jim_wellsJim Wells A native of Faribault, MN,  was drawn to the sport at an early age, winning both the Blue Earth and the St. Paul Golden Gloves titles before shifting his time to sitting beside the ring, as opposed to inside of it; working for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and covering boxing for 37 years, which included both the amateur and professionals. Among the star-studded ensemble Wells interviewed while working for the Pioneer Press: Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Larry Holmes, Kenny Norton, Sugar Ray Leonard, Bob Foster, Marvin Hagler and Willie Pep. Wells also followed the careers of local big-name fighters: Pat O’Connor, Mike Evgen, Rafael Rodriguez, Gary Holmgren and Brian Brunette, among others.