By: Garrett Mitchell
Gerald “Jay” Snyder, a welding instructor at R.D. Anderson Applied Technology Center in Moore, is set to be inducted into the Carolinas Boxing Hall of Fame as part of the 2020 class of inductees.
Snyder was set to be inducted on April 24, though the ceremony has been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic with a make-up date to be determined.
Snyder, 59, began his boxing career at Bill Mitchem’s Headhunters Boxing Gym where he was given the nickname Jay “Swamp Monster” Snyder.
After turning professional following an amateur stint in the ring, Snyder would go on to compile a career record of 19-7, winning 18 consecutive fights during that time with 17 coming by way of knockout.
Snyder was, at several junctures, ranked among the top-10 fighters in the world and competed in two title bouts, one which was aired on ESPN and the second which took place in Berlin, Germany.
Among other notable career fights, Snyder fought in New York City against David Telesco for the WBC Continental Championship. He followed that with a bout against former world champion Tommy Hearns.
Following retirement from professional boxing, Snyder has taught welding at the high school level for 20 years. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Karen, for 39 years and they have two children, Sommer and Jacob.