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Knott Street Boxing Club

Knott Street Boxing Club - Special Contribution

The Club brought the national spotlight to Portland with the most successful amateur boxing program in the country. The club had nine National Amateur Athletic Union Champion boxers.

In 1961, Knott Street won the U.S. Team Boxing Championship. Two Knott Street boxers participated in the 1964 U.S. Olympic Boxing Trials and three participated in the 1968 U.S. Olympic Boxing Trials. In 1968, Knott Street was the only amateur boxing team in U.S. history to have three National Champions on the same team at the same time. The club has produced many recognizable names including Adofo Akil, Michael Colbert, Steve Forbes, Jodie Harris, Joe Hopkins, Johnny Howard, Louis Johnson, Oregon Hall of Famer Ray Lampkin Jr., Chuck Lincoln, A. Halim Rahsaan, Wade Smith and Thad Spencer. The list of names could continue on and on. Administration, coaches and athletes, Knott St. Boxing Club truly made a special contribution to the State of Oregon .