Back in 1971 Maurice Lucas, Jeep Kelly and Rickey Coleman were winning state basketball championships and Sam Clancy, Warnie Macklin, Puffy Kennedy and Bill Clarke were in Elementary school and Major Harris was barely out of diapers.
1971 was also the last time a sanctioned boxing event was held in the historic Pittsburgh’s Hill District.
On June 7, Shields of Faith LLC Promotions put on a boxing card at the New YMCA on the Hill billed as “The Rumble on the Hill.”
You heard the old cliché, “Anything men can do, women can do better!” It was true on Saturday afternoon. Promoter Goldette Shields, CEO of Shields of Faith LLC, did something no man in 43 years could accomplish. She put on a sanctions boxing card on the Hill.
“Boxing is really dying down, but when you know somebody is putting on a boxing show in your community that will make you work harder to come and get your shine on for your family,” said Shields. “I got into boxing when I was young from being bad in the streets. I played professional football in Pittsburgh, Erie and in Florida. I also won the state of West Virginia Toughman contest and I still hold the record for the quickest knockout of 36 seconds. I studied Mike Tyson and what he taught me is to never let anybody come out the corner. I’m going to jump on you like a cat and have an easy night.”