Willie Roache

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A busy club fighter who once had 23 pro bouts in one year (1942), Willie became the only Delawarean, at that time, ever to fight for a title when he lost a 15-round decision to Sal Bartolo, the
featherweight champion, at Boston Garden in 1944. His opponents also included champions Willie Pep and Ike Williams. He first put on the gloves in competition as a nine-year-old, and his pro career
was preceded by an equally active amateur schedule After he retired in 1952, he coached amateurs in Wilmington. Born June 25, 1917, died Aug. 12, 1980, age 63.



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