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Doyle Baird

Certainly one of the finest fighters of the modern era to come out of Akron. This native of Tennessee learned his brawling on the streets in south Akron, but it wasn't until he encountered trouble with the law over his street fighting that he took to the boxing ring. As an amateur Baird won the Ohio middleweight championship in 1966 and was national AAU runner-up the same year. He turned professional and fought 32 fighters in six years - winning 11 by decision, 16 by knockout, had one draw and four defeats. However, in that relatively short professional career Baird fought four world champions in non-title fights - including middleweights Don Fulmer, Emile Griffith and Nino Benvenuti and light heavyweight Bincente Rondon. He won a split decision over Fulmer and fought Benvenuti to a draw in the Akron Rubber Bowl - a fight many felt he won. In 1968 Baird decisioned Ernie Burford of Cleveland to capture the Ohio middleweight title. During his career Doyle was ranked among the world's top 10 middleweights for five years by Ring Magazine.

Inducted 1976 | Boxing