In October of
Dickson was called the "Father of Women's Boxing" in the Boxing
Hyatt Lake Tahoe matchmaker Bill Dickson
is at it again. But unlike Cupid whose work keeps the hotel full of honeymooners,
Dickson's matchmaking brings together athletes bent on pummeling each other.
In boxing, that is the nature of the game and Dickson has
been providing it in a big-time way at Incline for the past 10 years. When
Saturday's first of 32 rounds of scheduled boxing gets underway, it will mark the end of
an 18-month boxing drought at Incline. The last card presented at the Hyatt was in
May of 1984.
Since 1976, the Hyatt has been offering cards with
highly-regarded club fighters and a sampling of world class prospects on a more or less
regular basis. In addition, during the late seventies and early eighties, the Hyatt
was regarded as the UNOFFICIAL NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS FOR WOMEN'S BOXING.
Dickson and the Hyatt received national attention when
"Boxing Illustrated" featured a story on WOMEN'S BOXING IN AMERICA in October,
1980. In the article, Dickson was dubbed the "FATHER OF WOMEN'S BOXING IN
During the Women's heyday in the ring, the Hyatt was the country's number
one arena for women's boxing. PIONEERS such as "Squeaky"
Bayardo, Julie "Machine Gun" Mullen, LaVonne "Snow
White" Ludian, and Toni Lear Rodriguez, shuffled and jabbed
across the Hyatt canvas.
While women have faded from the boxing scene,
Dickson says he still receives phone calls on the subject. By Robert Johnston, Staff Writer-North Lake Tahoe Bonanza (Excerpt)
Bill Dickson has contributed a lot of old
women boxing records that have uncovered many past events in the sport.
Those documents will be shared on WBAN through a period of time. A
Special thanks to Bill and his wife Jane that have been so helpful in
putting together some of the history of women's boxing in the 70's and
80's. Sue TL Fox
Exclusive Interview - by Sue TL Fox
Latest update on Bill Dickson. Bill passed
away on September 5, 2001