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Mayor Doherty also enjoyed figure skating and photography as pastimes.
Mayor Doherty also enjoyed figure skating and photography as pastimes.
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September 8, 2016

1935 Mayoral Boxing Challenge

Rapid City Mayor Charles LeRoy "Roy" Doherty was looking for a fight in 1935. With the Five State Amateur Athletic Union boxing tournament scheduled to take place in Rapid City on September 17-19, Doherty challenged "every mayor within a radius of 1,000 miles" to enter the boxing ring with him. If no mayor accepted his challenge, Doherty said he was ready to fight Louisiana's pugnacious Senator Huey Long. 

When Belle Fourche Mayor Dan McCutcheon accepted Doherty's challenge, the anticipated bout was reported in Chicago and throughout the Midwest. Doherty promised to show spectators "just why he expects to knock McCutcheon for a row of tin derbies" at a free training session ahead of the tournament.  

Doherty's braggadocio was apparently enough to scare off McCutcheon. After the tournament began, the Lawrence Journal-World reported that the "leather-pushing" Doherty was still in search of McCutcheon, who failed to appear at the tournament. 

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