Fighting more than 200 amateur matches, Gilbert compiled an excellent record with only six losses and two draws. His professional career included 11 bouts in which he went undefeated. During an eight-year career, Gilbert won 28 Golden Gloves Championships. He was named “Outstanding Boxer” seven times and was honored as “Knockout King” on three different occasions. Lettering in boxing at Harding High School as a seventh grader, Gilbert went on to win the Gastonia Silver Gloves Championship as a 14-year-old. He has been involved with the YMCA Boxing Club, Police Athletic Club, Berryhill Bombers, and the Red Shield Boys Club, all in Charlotte.