Father of modern boxing in Toledo broke barriers to leave a lasting impact

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TOLEDO, Ohio — Toledo’s boxing scene is home to world champions and Olympians and has history that dates back more than 100 years. But the story of boxing in the Glass City can’t be told without one person in particular: Larry Moreland.

He is considered the father of modern boxing in Toledo. In the 1950s, Moreland and a friend, Al Parales, broke barriers and changed the lives of kids all over the city when they became the first people of color to own and operate a gym in Toledo.

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