Willie PastranoBoxing, 1951-63

Inducted: 1973

  • After beginning his boxing career at the age of 16, became the light heavyweight champion of the world in 1963 and held the title until 1965.
  • Managed by the legendary Angelo Dundee, won the title with a 15-round decision over Harold Johnson and defended the title multiple times.
  • After losing the light heavyweight title to Jose Torres, he retired and never fought again, closing his career with a record of 62-13-8.
  • Featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated for March 22, 1965.
  • Born Nov. 27, 1935 and died on Dec. 6, 1997 at the age of 62.