If you follow boxing in Texas, you probably know the name Dickie Cole, the quintessential Texas good old boy.
For 21 years, Cole oversaw the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation’s Combative Sports division. That’s the fancy way of saying that he was chief regulator for boxing in Texas.
Under his watch, the state hosted numerous big-time fights, including Manny Pacquiao’s two world title bouts at Cowboys Stadium. But under Cole’s watch there were also too many judging controversies to count, not to mention a lackadaisical approach to drug testing.
On Tuesday, the TDLR announced that Cole is retiring on April 30.
“Over the years, Dickie 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,” the department said in a statement. “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, who has worked for the TDLR for 13 years, was named to succeed Cole, who is also the father of Texas referee Laurence Cole.