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Ronnie Delaney

Although he never reached the top cherished by all boxers - a world championship - Delaney's record reads like a Who's Who in the boxing business. As an amateur he was unbeaten, winning the City and the state Golden Gloves championship. When he turned pro in the early 1950s he was a welterweight. He defeated Jonny Saxton, then the welterweight champion of the world in a non-title fight on February 11, 1955 at the Akron Armory. As a middleweight, Ron won the state championship by defeating Jimmy Welch in 10 rounds and defeated nationally ranked Holly Mimms in Madison Square Garden. During his career Delaney lost just three professional fights in 60 bouts.

Inducted 1973 | Boxing