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Craig, Charles Wesley, Sr. "Chuck"

(born: September 23, 1931  -  died: November 13, 2007) Charles W. Craig, Sr. was a professional boxer for a brief period in the 1950s. He was born in Lexington, KY according to his boxer's license applications in Wisconsin from 1955-1957, and the Kentucky Birth Index [both in Ancestry]. When he was a child, Charles W. Craig, Sr.'s family lived in Lexington, KY, then moved to Toledo, OH, by 1940 [source: 1940 U.S. Census].

In 1955, Charles W. Craig, Sr. resided in Monroe, Michigan. On his boxer's application in Wisconsin, he weighed in at 163 pounds, had the ring name Chuck Craig, and his manager was listed as Harlen Brost. Charels W. Craig, Sr. had been a construction laborer prior to becoming a boxer. As a boxer, he competed in the middle weight division. He won his first professional fight on July 11, 1955 against Bob Smith. The fight took place in Auburn, according to his entry in the BoxerList website.

According to his obituary at the House Of Day Funeral Service website, Charles W. Craig, Sr. had also been a Golden Gloves Champion. At the BoxerList website, Chuck Craig is listed as having fought professionally in 11 bouts with a record of 6 wins, 4 losses, and 1 draw. His last fight was a loss to George Jarosch. The fight took place the Auditorium in Milwaukee, WI on December 28, 1957. During this period, Chuck Craig was living in Toledo, OH, according to his Wisconsin boxer's license application. After his professional boxing career ended, Charles W. Craig, Sr. was an employee with Jeep for 45 years. He died in Toledo on November 13, 2007. He was the son John and Anna Wilkerson Craig, and the husband of Mildred Craig.

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