William Kennedy III established a reputation as a hard puncher who could box. He began boxing at the Salvation Army Boys Club in Winston-Salem at age 15.

He eventually came under the influence of Austin Benjamin, a man known as the “Father of Boxing” in Winston-Salem. Under Benjamin’s guidance, Kennedy won 120 and lost 10 amateur fights before turning professional. Kennedy’s overall record stands at 126-11 with six draws. Kennedy won more than 10 championships in the Carolinas, and in 1982 won regional championships in Knoxville, Tennessee and Sebring, Florida.

Kennedy has devoted his life to sports. He’s been a basketball official on the high school and college levels, worked as a counselor and has coached baseball and basketball at the Salvation Army Boys Club where he got his start. He has also taught and coached boxing for many years.

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