Bearl Davis began boxing at age 10. During his many years in the ring, Davis fought all comers and held his own with each of them. He was one of several outstanding boxers trained by the late T.L. McManus.

Davis has been described as one of the state’s classiest fighters. A victim of polio at an early age, he conquered the disease and went on to become part of ring history in the Carolinas. Davis won countless amateur championships during a long career that included over 250 victories and 20 losses.

The Davis family featured four boxing brothers, one of whom, Max, is already a member of the Carolinas’ Boxing Hall of Fame.

Davis retired a few years ago after a long career in the textile industry.

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