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Willie Ames

Akron boxer who fought 150 amateur and professional fights as a bantamweight, featherweight and junior lightweight between 1917-28. During Ames career, he defeated three world champions, featherweights Johnny Dundee and Steve “Kid” Sullivan and former bantamweight champion Charley “Phil” Rosenburg, without holding a title during his career. This distinction as champion that eluded this talented fighter was because, in all three instances, Ames met the titlist in non-championship bouts, a favorite device used earlier in the century to protect titles from dangerous challengers.

Inducted 1957 | Boxing