Harper McDonald “Skeeter” O’Sullivan, Jr. was the predominant featherweight fighter in both Carolinas during the early 1950s. He compiled a record of 90 wins and 14 losses. O’Sullivan won the Carolinas Golden Gloves in 1951 and 1952 and represented the Carolinas in the Eastern regionals at Madison Square Garden in New York. He was the first boxing commissioner in Wilmington, N.C., his hometown. O’Sullivan was also a boxing coach in Wilmington for many years. Two of his protégés were Jackie Theodore and Donald Avery.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and later worked for 19 years with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department, retiring as Chief Deputy in 1978.

O’Sullivan also served his community as a Little League baseball coach for many years.

As a fighter he carried a devastating right hand and was seldom knocked off his feet. O’Sullivan was tenacious and known to finish what he started in and out of the ring.

He died in 1996.

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