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Willie Devore

Like Willie Ames, professional featherweight boxing star Willie Devore (1915-25) was the victim of lax supervision and legislation in boxing’s early days when no-decision bouts were permitted. Championships thus were able to protect their title status by fighting challenger after challenger in no-decision bouts which were no more than exhibitions. Devore boxed two world champions, gaining a draw with bantamweight champ Joe Lynch in 1918 and decisioning American flyweight champ Jimmy Papas.

Inducted 1957 | Boxing