Carol Polis, the first female professional boxing judge in the world, will be speaking at the Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library on April 25.
The Philadelphia native will be telling her story and answering questions from 5:30-7 p.m.
Carol was not always a fan of boxing. In
Commissioner Zack Clayton thought her “practice” scores were so accurate that he recommended that (then) Pennsylvania Governor Milton Shapp appoint her as a professional judge. A few weeks later, she became the first woman to judge a professional bout in the fight between heavyweights Jimmy Young and Ernie “The Acorn” Shavers.
Carol went on to judge 26 professional title fights and two non-title heavyweight fights featuring Mike Tyson and Larry Holmes. She was awarded a silver tray as runner-up for Official of the Year by The World Boxing Association.
Carol appeared on the TV show “What’s My Line?”, twice on “To Tell The Truth,” and made a cameo appearance in the “Rocky V” movie.
“The Lady is a Champ, a book about her life co-authored by Rich Herschlag, was published in 2012.
Come hear Carol tell her exciting story and welcome this Hometown Hero at the SWFL Military Museum and Library.