Billy Harris

Inducted in 1989

  • Syracuse’s pied piper of Boxing
  • 1922: Won Welterweight Championship of New York State Golden Gloves
  • 1935: First Aferican American man to coach in Golden Gloves Competition
  • 1978: Coached six eventual winners to Golden Gloves and had boxers in all 11 weight classes in novice and open levels
  • Opened his own gym in the Syracuse area and trained both amateurs and professionals.
  • Trained professionals including welterweight champion Billy Backus, contender Hal "TNT" Carroll, Junior Middleweight contender Rocky Fratto
  • Worked the corner in three world title fights