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Name: Willie Eley
Nationality: US American
Hometown: New Salem, PA, Pennsylvania, USA
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- "Kingston, Jamaica, B.W.I. - Knocked down twice in the last minute of a ten round fight here on August 12, Willie Eley, New York middleweight, died in a local hospital early Saturday morning. He was fighting Buzz Barton of Jamaica, who floored the American for a count of nine, then knocked him down again. Dazed, but still game, Eley rose again and the referee stopped the fight.
- Eley, 24, termed himself the Negro welterweight champion of the world until Henry Armstrong won that title. He was a resident of Harlem and had been a popular fighter at Rockland Palace and other neighborhood fight clubs. Last winter, he suffered an attack of pneumonia but returned to the ring late in the spring.
- His last appearance in New York was at the Coney Island Stadium a month ago against Mike "Kid" Frattini. He was a veteran of 55 fights and was under management of Harry Levy and Clarence Smith."
- - New York Age, Saturday, August 20, 1938