Cecil Stewart of Fort Frances by virtue of two vicotries on Saturday night, won the lightweight title at Hibbing's ninth District Golden Gloves tournament and the right to participate in the Minnesota tournament at Minneapolis opening on February 9.
In the semi-finals, Stewart won over George Elich of Hibbing and in the finals he defeated Dan Rebrovich of Keewatin. both bouts, held on Saturday night, were won on decisions.
Stewart, who hail for Belfast, Ireland and is employed at the fort Frrances Times is the first Canadian to win a title in this Golden Gloves tournament. David McCaig and Dalton Taylor, other representitives of the fort Frances Recreational Council, were eliminated in their first round bouts.
Chick Grinsell of Fort Frances has been in charge of boxing for the Recreational Council and managed the Fort Frances fighters during the tournament.
In his first bout, Stewart won an unanimous decision over Peter Victor of Eveleth. Stewart showed promising style and a good punch in gaining the three-roud verdict over his Range opponent.
In other bouts involving Fort mitt slingers Dalton Taylor lost by a first round TKO at the hands of Martin Garmaker, Jr., of Hibbing in a welterweight battle while Dave McCaig, featherweight, was dropped for the full count in the third round by Bernard Pitzel, one of Hibbing's last year's finalists and a favorite contender for this year's featherweight crown.