Jerry Dodgen began his boxing career in the early 50’s. Before he was finished, he compiled an enviable record as an amateur and a professional fighter. Dodgen won 56 bouts and lost 13 and was victorious in 14 of his 15 professional matches. He represented the Carolinas at the nationals in New York on two occasions having won the Carolinas Golden Gloves as a lightweight in 1955 and a featherweight in 1956. His loss in 1956 to the eventual champion was a disputed decision. Dodgen had good power in both hands and was noted for a hard left jab and as an expert counter-puncher. He was an all-around athlete in high school and excelled as a pitcher on the baseball team. Dodgen played a couple of years in the semi-pro ranks before deciding to become a pro boxer. Dodgen’s early success as a professional earned him a feature article in Ring Magazine who labeled him “an up and coming” young fighter in 1957. He has served several communities as a boxing, football and baseball coach.
After finishing his boxing career, Dodgen became a successful hospital administrator in Gastonia, Taylorsville and Sparta and later owned a business in Gastonia. Now retired, he turned over his fence business to his son after 26 years.