Born Aug. 23, 1934, this Gastonia native compiled a combined amateur and professional record of 75 wins and nine defeats. He won several amateur championships in North and South Carolina, including events in Charleston, Gastonia, Mount Holly, Hickory, and High Point. Raby boxed for T.L. McManus of Mount Holly, one of the most renowned amateur boxing coaches in the country. Known as a scrapper, McManus once described Raby as “a boxer who can fight over his head when he has to. He’s got the kind of heart the Lord ought to give every fighter.”

While serving in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1954, Raby won the Indiana lightweight title in Evansville and captured the Air Regionals at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

After boxing, Raby worked in the textile business for many years before taking a job with Freightliner Corporation. He finished his working career as a truck driver and now lives in North Platte, Nebraska.

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