Bruce Cantrell was one of the greatest Middleweight southpaws to ever come out of the Palmetto State. His amateur record consisted of 7 bouts with 21 wins – 6 losses – and 1 draw. As a pro, his record was 34-20-1.
Cantrell’s pro career started in 1971 where he won 10 straight bouts, including the SC title, defending it, and he never lost it.
In 1973, Cantrell fought John “Bo Jack” Magnum in Las Vegas. Some say that was the best fight ever fought in Sin City. Bruce lost in a controversial 10-round decision, which was talked about for months after the fight.
Some of the Ring Magazine all-ranked fighters that Cantrell fought included:
- #2 Vito Antuofermo in 1975 at Long Island, NY. It was a close fight. The next year Antuofermo won the title.
- John “Bo Jack” Magnum, 1973 best fighter of the year in Las Vegas
- Perry Abney in The Spectrum Philadelphia, PA in 1974
- #10 rank Leo “The Kid” Saenz in Capital Center, Maryland in 1974
- #14 Roy Dale in Ft. Wayne, Indiana in 1973
- #9 Rocky Cudney at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1973. The bout was so close they thought Cantrell won the fight. In lieu of that, he was given an honorary membership in the Canadian hall of fame in 1973.
Bruce Cantrell is currently employed as a field machinist by Westinghouse. His specialty – Nuclear Power Plants.