Wilfred “Fitzie” Pruden

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Year Inducted 2015
Category Athlete
Sport Boxing

BIOGRAPHY

  • 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.

SPORT AFFILIATIONS

  • Boxing

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.