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Suey Welch

Suey Welch
Date of birth: c.1898
Place of birth: Akron, Ohio, United States
Date of death: January 16, 1974
Place of death: Long Beach, California, United States
Career information
Position(s): Head coach
College: None
As coach:
1917-1918 Akron Burkhardts
As player:
1916-1918 Akron Burkhardts
Career highlights and awards

Stephen H. "Suey" Welch (Born 1898 or 1899-January 16, 1974) was an Akron, Ohio-based manager who handled boxers from the 1920s through the 1970s. He specialized in bringing fighters from Ohio to Southern California, where many of them went on to become main event fighters. Most notably, he managed Middleweight Champion Gorilla Jones. One of the last fighters he brought to Southern California in the 1970s was Gil King of Akron. He puportedly got his name of Suey, while catching rides on a Chinese laundryman's truck as a kid.

Work at the Olympic Auditorium

Welch was named the matchmaker at the Olympic Auditorium on March 16, 1937, after previous matchmaker Joe Waterman was fired (Waterman's claim) or resigned (Olympic's claim) from his position. Welch made his debut on March 23, 1937 with a main event between Baby Arizmendi and Wally Hally. In January 1938, Welch was made the superivsor of all of Olympic manager Harry Popkin's boxing operations in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Waterman was then reinstated as matchmaker at the Olympic, though Welch would still assist him in making matches. Welch left his position at the Olympic in April 1939, amidst allegations that Lou and Jack Daro managers of the Olympic and powerful figures in the wrestling game, were paying sportswriters and local politicians.[1] Welch was subsequently cited for tax evasion by the State of California in 1937 and 1938, during which time he was paid $19,000, while claiming a salary of $100 per week. The state also invested claims of fixed boxing matches, which included the Chuck Crowell and Al (Big Boy) Bray bout.

Akron Indians

For a few years, Suey played alongside his brothers Chang and Howe for the Akron Indians of the "Ohio League" from around 1916 until 1918. The Indians were reestablished in 1916 and temporarily called the Akron Burkhardts, after a local brewer. The team was reportedly built around the brothers. In 1921, Welch bought the "Akron Indians" name and fielded his own independent team.

Welch, a bachelor, died January 16, 1974 in Long Beach, California after a series of heart attacks. He was later inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame


Other boxers in his stable included:

  • Andy Bundy (1934, while in Los Angeles}
  • K.O. Christner
  • Charley (Killer) Coates
  • Art Hafey
  • Hank Hankinson
  • Tommy Hart
  • Gus Lesnevich (1936, while boxing in Los Angeles)
  • Al Manfredo (1935–37)
  • Emilio Martinez (1936, after drawing with John Henry Lewis
  • Sammy O'Dell
  • Billy Peacock
  • Charley Powell


  • Summitt County Hall of Fame Inductees
  • Box Rec Boxing Encyclopedia
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