Introduced to the sport of boxing by his football coach Ebb Gantt in 1953, Wilson launched his boxing career as a Novice Featherweight in AAU competition. By the following year, Wilson was crowned Carolina’s Novice Lightweight Champion and Regional Champion. He was runner-up of the Charlotte Golden Gloves Championship for three consecutive years. Wilson also earned the North Carolina AAU Welterweight Championship in 1958, advancing to the Nationals in Cincinnati. He concluded his ring competition by winning the 1960 Carolina Golden Gloves Middleweight Championship at the Charlotte Coliseum and an appearance in the Nationals in Chicago. His overall record was 142-14. Turning his attention to coaching, Wilson headed the Mt. Holly and Oak Dale boxing programs for several years.

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