Hitopoulos was born and reared in Charleston, S.C. He has been active in the world of boxing since his formative years and has acquired a national reputation in the sport. Hitopoulos boxed in high school, the U.S. Navy and for three years as a member of the boxing team at The Citadel. While at The Citadel, he was runner-up twice at the Southern Invitational Tournament. Some of his teammates were: Gunner Ohlandt, Dale Matthews, Burke Watson, Timmie Wiggins, Alton Whittier, and Bill Baldwin.
Hitopoulos has served as a referee, a judge and a coach. He has presented seminars and clinics for boxing officials for many years throughout the country. He coached youngsters for nine years during the 1950s and coached boxing at The Citadel in 1985 and 1986 during his first stint, then again from 1987 through 2000. He has served as the chief boxing official for the state of South Carolina from 1985 until the present. Hitopoulos’ lists of credits in the sport are far too long for this space. He has been a guiding light in the sport in South and North Carolina for most of his life and rubs elbows every day with the most prominent people in the sport throughout the country.
Hitopoulos served as a member of the town council in Mount Pleasant for 12 years.
In addition to his success in the boxing world, Hitopoulos is a successful businessman and has established ongoing endowments at the College of Charleston, The Citadel and the University of South Carolina.