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Wilfred “Fitzie” Pruden | St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame
Attended high school in St. Catharines and played hockey, lacrosse and was a member of a boxing club and swimming team. Before turning professional, he did a lot of amateur boxing in the Niagara area.
Joined the Merchant Marines at the age of 16.
Turned professional boxer in 1947 fighting out of Patterson, New Jersey.
Possessed one of the best “left hands” seen at the time.
Fought the leading fighters of his day including Tony Janiro, Ike Williams. Kid Gavilan, Don Williams, Terry Young, Paddy Young, Beau Jack, Chick Davey and Arthur King.
He easily trounced Tony Janiro in a major upset. He scored over Don Williams, Carmine Fiore, lost a controversial decision to Chico Vejar and narrowly lost to Billy Graham.
After his retirement from boxing, he devoted his time to veteran boxer events and spent many hours in his local gym supporting the sport.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
Fitzie became the Canadian welterweight champ and was a ranking fighter in the U. S. during the 1950’s.
Inducted into the St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.