Joe Lee Sill began boxing at the age of 15, winning championships all over the Carolinas. These included the 1935 and 1938 Open Bantamweight AAU Championships in Charlotte, N.C. Another Hall of Famer, Marion Diehl was fighting during this time. The two split the fights.
Joe Lee Sill amassed 125 wins and 7 losses as an amateur. His pro record was 37-6-1.
Even in his late 30s and early 40s, Sill was fighting pro, winning bouts in Louisville, Cincinnati and St. Louis, as well as several preliminary bouts in the St. Nick’s Arena and Madison Square Garden, New York.
In 1943, Joe was drafted into the Navy and that ended approximately 11 years of boxing. After the war, Joe returned to Spartanburg and worked for Southern Railway until a heart attack took his life in 1972.