Norvel Lee

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Norvel Lee (born: September 22, 1924 in Eagle Rock, Virginia; died: August 19, 1992 in Bethesda, Maryland) was a former American amateur boxer. Lee went to the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games as a reserve Heavyweight. He was told that if he could make the weight limit, he could compete as a light heavyweight. Lee lost twelve pounds, and went on to defeat Argentina's Antonio Pacenza for the Gold Medal on a 3-0 decision. Lee also narrowily missed out of making the 1948 Olympics, losing to Jay Lambert in the finals of the US Olympic Trials.

At the time of the Olympic Games, Lee had already earned a Master's Degree from Howard University. In 1948, he had been arrested in his hometown of Covington, KY, when he became one of first blacks to sit in the all-white section of a bus.

In 1950 he won the New York Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in the heavyweight division, by ko over Nick Vasquez Charlotte, SC by ko in the 1st round, the Intercity Golden Gloves' championship at heavyweight vs. Kirby Seals and the heavyweight National AAU when he decisioned Stan Howlett of Madison, IL in the final.

In 1951 he would repeat as National AAU heavyweight champion and win an Intercity Golden Gloves' title at heavyweight vs. Toxey Hall.

On April 5, 1951 in Washington DC as a member of the Washington DC Golden Gloves Team representing the United States vs. Europe at heavyweight, Lee won by default, when previous to the bout, an eye injury prevented Ingemar Johansson from fighting.

In 1952 he would win the New York Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions vs. Harold Johnson of the Sampson Air Force Base and the Intercity Golden Gloves championship in the heavyweight division vs. Ed Sanders.


Olympic Results

Sources

  • Complete Book of The Olympics


Preceded by:
Bob Baker
New York Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions
Heavyweight Champion

1950
Succeeded by:
Michael Maye
Preceded by:
Bob Baker
Intercity Golden Gloves
Heavyweight Champion

1950
Succeeded by:
Michael Maye
Preceded by:
Rex Layne
NationalAAU
Heavyweight Champion

1950-1951
Succeeded by:
Jack Scheberies
Preceded by:
Vincent (Jimmy) Gambino
Intercity Golden Gloves
Heavyweight Title

1951
Succeeded by:
Ernest Fann
Preceded by:
Michael Maye
New York Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions
Heavyweight Champion

1952
Succeeded by:
Julius Griffin
Preceded by:
Michael Maye
Intercity Golden Gloves
Heavyweight Champion

1952
Succeeded by:
Sonny Liston
Preceded by:
George Hunter
Olympic Gold Medalist
Light Heavyweight Champion

1952
Succeeded by:
Jim Boyd


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