Charlotte, N.C.

Charlotte’s “Golden Boy of the Ring,” the late Lassiter was known for his class, style and finesse. Lassiter started his amateur career later than most fighters. He had completed a tour of duty in the U.S. Navy and returned to Charlotte Tech to complete high school. He then began boxing in amateur bouts but soon turned professional. He won more than 90 percent of the 70 professional fights he entered, including top light heavyweight contender Danny Nardico of Jacksonville, Fla. Two of his best known fights were losses to middleweight contender Billy Kilgore in Miami, and by the number of welterweight contender at the time, Bobby Dykes of Tampa. Lassiter died 11 years ago.

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