Alvarez In, Cole Out At Texas Commish

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Dickie Cole is exiting, and Greg Alvarez will be the new bossman heading up the Texas board which oversees combat sports, on an interim basis. Here is the release that organization sent out today:

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) is happy to have had a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Richard (Dickie) Cole. Dickie is retiring on April 30th of this year after 21 years in the Combative Sports program with the state of Texas! His legacy is the safe and organized combative sports events that are seen across the state. Throughout the years, he has been recognized for his dedication to combative sports and has provided opportunities and mentoring for many young men and women to become referees, judges, promoters, and seconds. His care and concern for the sport of boxing has been a lifelong passion that will continue to influence the industry for years to come. We are proud to have worked with Dickie, and to have been recipients of his wisdom and knowledge. He will be missed but not forgotten. We wish him well and thank him for his decades of service to the state of Texas.

Greg Alvarez, has been named interim Combative Sports program manager. Alvarez has been a member of the TDLR team for 13 years. Logo a2a80


Comment on this article


Radam G :

Don't let da door hit ya, where da good lord split ya! Holla

the Roast :

Please take Laurence Cole with you Dickie!

Carmine Cas :

Please take Laurence Cole with you Dickie!
Hopefully his son won't be getting anymore high profile assignments now that pappa is leaving.

Radam G :

Hopefully his son won't be getting anymore high profile assignments now that pappa is leaving.
Don't be surprised. The Coles are a part of the Lone Star State culture of boksing going all the way back to "Galveston Giant" Jack "Unforgivable Blackness" Johnson. Holla!

The Commish :

Oooh, you guys are brutal! But you are so right, Radam. The Coles are part of the fabric of boxing in Texas. Both have a lot of political influence in the sport. It will be interesting to see if interim boss Greg Alvarez can make positive changes to the Texas Commission or whether it will be business as usual. Stay tuned. Oh, and btw, the new boss in NY--David Berlin--begins his tenure as Executive Director on May 1. -Randy G.