A three-time Bantamweight Golden Gloves champion, Howard boxed in 44 amateur fights from 1938 to 1944. He also compiled an impressive record boxing in the U.S. Navy in 1943, winning the U.S. Navy Fleet Air Wing Three Lightweight championship. Howard’s professional boxing resume included 131 bouts from 1946 through 1954. He won 25 consecutive fights in the Carolinas and Georgia, including 12 consecutive wins in Charlotte. Howard also served as an instructor, coach and trainer in the Navy, high school and Belmont Boys Club. He founded the Lenoir Kiwanis Boxing Team which won four Golden Gloves championships in its first year. He was named to the Charlotte Boxing Commission in 1992.