Willie de Wit

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Name: Willie de Wit
Born: 1961-06-13
Hometown: Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
Height: 6′ 2½″   /   189cm
Boxing Record: click


Willie DeWitt had an excellent amateur career that peaked in the 1984 Olympic Games. DeWitt and teammate Shawn O'Sullivan were heavily-touted going into the Games, as both had won the World Championship Challenge in 1983. They were the men to beat in their divisions.

They both brought home Silver Medals, and fought very impressively. DeWitt then turned pro and on his way up faced four undefeated fighters. He also won the Canadian Heavyweight Title and was favorably compared to George Chuvalo.

DeWitt lost his only fight to the vicious-hitting Bert Cooper in the second round in 1987. Cooper was a knock-out puncher who could take out anyone if he hit him flush (he came close to winning the title against Evander Holyfield). DeWitt was hit flush early and was dropped four times in only two rounds. DeWitt continued defending his Canadian title. He beat Henry Tillman, the man who had defeated him for the Gold Medal in the 1984 Olympics, by decision in his last fight in 1988.

Although DeWitt had lost only once, was still the Canadian champion, and appeared to have rebounded from his loss to Cooper, he chose to retire and go to law school. DeWitt now (2005) lives comfortably as a lawyer.

Olympic games results

1984 (as a heavyweight)