Many in the Boxing New Zealand family would have shed a small tear when news filtered through of the recent passing of legendary coach Alan Scaife.
Aged thirteen, the Hutt Valley youngster entered the gym of one of the godfathers of New Zealand amateur boxing Dick Dunn. There began a boxing career that would last a lifetime. Success in the ring included being awarded the Watchhorn Belt for winning the Light Welterweight championship of New Zealand in 1953 and a place in the New Zealand boxing team at the 1954 Commonwealth Games in Vancouver, Canada.
While Alan’s achievements as a boxer and trainer are known to most in the countries boxing community, few in the modern era know that he re-entered the ring as a referee (and judge) and went on to officiate at National Championships and gain his Oceania Referee and Judge credentials.
In 1969, the heritage that would last to today commenced when Alan reconstituted the Heretaunga Boxing Club.
The deeds of Alan Scaife coaching achievements are numerous and include 36 New Zealand senior titles, 9 intermediate titles and 12 junior champions. His record in training the Jackson brothers to win the Jameson Belt in six successive years is unlikely to ever be beaten. Among the many titleholders trained by Alan were Ron and David Jackson, Bill Byrne, Grant Scaife and the Ioane brothers.
International coaching appointments included the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and the World Cup, along with numerous other international tournaments. Along with his New Zealand coaching positions, Alan was appointed the Western Samoan boxing coach to the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angles.
During 1978, a Heretaunga invitation team travelled to the Muhammad Ali camp in Pennsylvania, USA and participated in a tournament. In 1979 Alan was one of the two principals behind the visit to New Zealand of Muhammad Ali, Jimmy Ellis, Joe Bugner and the Muhammad Ali amateur boxing team.
Three generations of the Scaife family had the Geoff Watchorn Belt placed around their waist. In 1953 Alan won the New Zealand Light Welterweight crown when he defeated Nobby Clarke from Canterbury in Wanganui.
Twenty-six years later at the 1979 Wellington National Championships, Alan was in the corner of son Grant who got past Patrick Ashkettle (Wellington), to have the Watchorn Belt wrapped around his waist in triumph.
At last years (2012) Boxing New Zealand National Championships held at the Lower Hutt Town Hall, a third generation of the Scaife family annexed the Light Welterweight title, when Harry (Harrison) Scaife won the Light Welterweight championship. There was special delight in the Scaife camp, when grandfather Allan was given the pleasure of presenting the Light Welterweight certificate, winner’s medal and belt to Harry. At the prizegiving, Alan presented the ultimate prize at each National Championships, when he gave Harry Scaife the Jameson Belt.
Rest In Peace Alan Scaife
Funeral Heretaunga christian centre Upper Hutt Monday the 3rd Sept 2-30pm