Before retiring a few years back, Bob Pugh spent over 50 years in the sport of boxing. He was a professional boxer, a promoter, a manager, a coach, and a trainer. He served as boxing coach for the City of Durham’s recreation department for many years. Pugh’s record in the ring stands at 106 bouts, 86 wins and 56 by knockout. He held the Southern Heavyweight Championship from 1949 to 1952, meeting and besting all comers during those years. Pugh once fought an exhibition against Joe Louis and held his own.
He was born in Roxboro, N.C. and has worked in various professions. He put in several years as a brakeman with the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad, served as a policeman in Durham and Aberdeen, N.C., worked in the construction business, sold insurance, and even played professional baseball. One year Pugh managed the Granite Falls, N.C. baseball team. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Pugh fought for the first time in 1939 at the age of 19. He was 42 when he climbed into the ring the last time.