New head of Oklahoma's boxing commission
Friday, December 26th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6
(Oklahoma City-AP) -- A long-time referee will take over as administrator of the state boxing commission.
Joe Miller will replace Steve Bashore, who is leaving to become general manager of a new Peoria Indian tribe casino in Miami, Oklahoma. He'll remain as a consultant to the commission.
Bashore is credited with the revival of Oklahoma prize fighting, which has been tied to frequent shows at Indian casinos.
Bashore instituted a by-the-book policy on licenses, safety and certification.
Oklahoma has attracted a variety of big-name fighters and Sugar Ray Leonard has promoted two shows in the state.
Miller is a property officer for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. He fought in 45 amateur boxing matches and won the 1975 Kansas-Oklahoma Golden Gloves titles.
Miller left the ring in 1982 and returned in 1986 as an official.