Larry Boyles was one of the toughest North Carolina fighters of the day. His amateur career consisted of 75 wins and 15 losses. A native of Cherryville, NC, Boyles fought for the Lincolnton (NC) Boxing Team. At 135 pounds, he was a lightweight fighter.
Early in his amateur career he fought Al Wilson (1995 inductee) and Bearl Davis (2008 inductee.)
In 1954, Boyles boxed his way to the top of the Tar Heel State, winning the North Carolina Golden Gloves Championship. In 1956, Larry represented North Carolina in the National Golden Gloves Championship in New York.
After boxing, he went to work in the hosiery mills and the cotton mills. Eventually, he ended up in the antique business.
These days Larry Boyles is a devout member of his Presbyterian Church and the owner of an antique business in Cherryville.