Crit Keeter started boxing in Cramerton as a 75 pounder in the late 40’s. He fought in most of the amateur tournaments in North and South Carolina compiling a record of 59-7 before entering the U.S. Army. Keeter’s service record stands at 26 wins and no defeats. He won the Army middleweight title in Europe. Keeter was a skilled ringmaster. He was fast and used both hands effectively. Although not a knockout type fighter early in his career, as he developed Keeter did win many of his service bouts via the KO route. He lost his only professional fight and gave up boxing after hurting his back while training with Lou Kemp. Keeter was a top flight football player in high school and later in life became a renowned handball player winning the Canadian National Golden Master’s Handball tournament in 1987 and was runner-up in the U.S. Golden Master tournament.

After his boxing career Keeter became a well-known artist whose work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. He trained at the famous Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida and taught for a while at Central Piedmont in Charlotte.

Keeter collapsed playing handball and died of heart failure on December 23, 1991. He was 56 years of age.

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