James “June Bug” Livingston Jr. started boxing in 1970. His first fight was in 1971 in which he had lost his debut match. In 1972, he boxed in the Golden Gloves and won the 112lb championship as well as the A.A.U 112lb championship. In 1973, he won the open class 112lb Open Championship as well as the A.A.U championship once again. June Bug went on to the National Golden Gloves and lost in the quarter finals. In 19723 he once again boxed his way into the finals that he lost. He was chosen to be a part of the USA Boxing Team and won the Gold Medal. In 1974 he won both the Golden Gloves and the A.A.U Championships.
June Bug had 209 bouts winning 196 and only losing 13. He had a tremendous career and is truly a legend in Trenton’s long history of boxing.
I had the privlage of knowing June Bug for many years. He always brought a smile to my face. The last several years of his life June Bug along with Ron Harris and Terrance Miller helped develop Primal Gym’s tremendously successful boxing program.
For this I am eternally grateful.
In honor of June Bug on June 30th we are having the 1st Annual June Bug Livingston Memorial Championships.
Rest in Peace Brother.