Henry (Red) Foley, a native of Castle
Shannon and resident of Canonsburg, has served as Washington YMCA boxing
coach since 1955.
He was an amateur boxer from 1934 through 1940 and fought mostly in the
112-118-pound class with a record of 84 wins in 101 bouts and was a
finalist in Diamond Belt competition in 1938-39. Among his opponents
were former national champion Joe McKenna, Golden Gloves champ Ed Sulk,
Ralph Immel, a Diamond Belt champion and Ed Fuscher, an AAU champion in
1936. His managers were George Tucker, Alex Columbus, Bill Hechtmann and
his brother Scotty Foley.
Foley had four professional fights while serving in the U.S. Navy and
fought four more times after his discharge. His last match was in 1947
in Youngstown, Ohio, when he fought in the 135-pound class and was
managed by former world lightweight champion Samrny Angott of
Foley, who once said a boxer can be trained in three months if he has
the desire, has coached numerous YMCA Fighters in Golden Gloves and
Diamond Belt tournaments and advanced several to the final round of the
recent Pittsburgh Golden Gloves at Monroeville.