Lewiston, Maine 'Welcomes Heavyweight Championship'
May 15, 1965
Maine Governer, John H. Reed, said that he is 'Proud to announce that Lewiston, Maine
will have World Heavyweight Championship come to his state, and the City of Lewiston
welcomes it with open arms.
The textile town of 41,000 will soon be invaded by thousands of boxing fans, in hopes
of seeing a complete heavyweight bout.
Governer Reed followed, 'What we need, is an honest-to-goodness championship bout
to put Lewiston on the map. I'm sure, after this bout everyone will be talking about it.'
The bout will be held at the Central Maine Youth Center, a 4200 seat capacity arena, that
is currently being used as a hockey rink. This will be a far cry from the 17,000 seat Boston
Garden where the bout was supposed to take place.
The Youth Center is owned by the Dominican Fathers of St. Peter and St. Paul Parish.
The Governer added, that this Championship Fight will add close to $1,000,000 in revenue for the City of Lewiston.