Born December 1, 1916 – Cornelius, N.C. – Boxed in approximately 150 amateur bouts – won 140, lost 10 – won the Carolinas Golden Gloves, 1936, 1938-1939 in Charlotte, N.C. – won the Jake Wade outstanding boxing award in the Charlotte 1938 Gloves. Won the Raleigh Golden Gloves in 1939 – Won the middleweight championship while serving in the Navy in the Caribbean – Boxed in the 1938 Collegiate finals.

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