The latest in a long line of Hall of Fame boxers from Lincolnton, N.C., Boyd began boxing at the age of 14. When he was 16, he moved into the open division to help fill out his weight class in a tournament. He was viewed as “a busy little buzz saw” with power in both hands. Boyd won championships in Gastonia, Mount Holly, Hickory, High Point, Charlotte, and many other cities. Lee used his southpaw style to win the Carolinas Golden Gloves in 1956 and 1959. He made the national semi-finals both years and represented the state well in those events in New York. Boyd also boxed in other national events where he made a good showing and was always a crowd favorite. Boyd enlisted in the Navy after high school and fought for the prestigious Blue Jacket Boxing In 1959, Boyd won every tournament he entered without losing a fight until he got to New York. He was chosen to represent his country in the Rome Olympics that year also. He won three qualifying fights but lost in the finals. Boyd coached the Lincolnton team for a year and retired from boxing in 1961. His final record was 150 wins and just 13 losses.
Boyd is known as a gentleman in his hometown and his friends and neighbors will tell you they’ve never heard him utter a single profanity. That’s a real accomplishment.