Name: Joe Gray
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan, USA
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Joe Gray started boxing as an amateur at age 14 and captured a number of amateur titles, including the Detroit. C.Y.O. and Michigan sGolden Glove welterweight championship. He only lost 2 of 35 amateur contests.
Gray hoped to turn pro at age 18, but the war with Korea broke out and he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He did some boxing while in the service, but was soon shipped out to Korea. While fighting on the Korean battlefields Gray was badly wounded in the right arm. He spent over a year in Army hospitals in Japan, and then was shipped back to the States, where he was again hospitalized, and it was "touch and go" as the doctors attempted to save his arm. They were successful.
Although little hope was given that he would be able to resume his boxing career, the doctors felt that exercise would be beneficial in helping heal the damaged tissues and muscles and told him to go ahead and start training. Within six months, he launched his professional career. A speedy boxer and a fan favorite he boxed from 1955-1957, compiling a record of 18-3-1 (3 KOs). Among his opponents were Joey Giardello, Tiger Jones, and Bobby Lane.