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Ron Howard
Laurel's outdoor boxing arena met mysterious end
Laurel's outdoor boxing arena met mysterious end

This is a story without an end. The hope is that someone in Laurel can provide it. Boxing was the second-most popular spectator sport during the Great Depression, behind baseball, mostly because boxing matches were usually cheap to attend. Matches were held indoors across the country in just about any venue that could accommodate a ring and some seats. In Laurel, however, promoter Angy Gerrin built a huge outdoor, wooden arena with a capacity of around 7,000. Gerrin, a flamboyant Frenchman who entertained the boxing writers with his mangled English, operated a boxing club in Washington, D.C. With the backing of some "silent partners" Gerrin formed a new company, the Mid City...