Born in Madara, Pa., Chet O'Kelley came to Akron in 1928 and became enthralled with the exploits of two local all-time great boxers, Gorilla Jones and K.O. Christner. He started his ring career in 1929, losing five straight but then got going and won 27 in a row. As a lightweight boxer, O'Kelley fought 128 bouts, losing only 12, and had 18 knockouts in a career during the 1930s. He was named by Ring Magazine as Ohio's lightweight champ. In later years since his retirement, O'Kelley has operated gyms for young amateurs and turned out some fine boxers.