Art Oliver

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Name: Art Oliver
Born: 1911-03-25
Birthplace: Mississippi, USA
Died: 1944-06-01 (Age:33)
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Boxing Record: click

In August 1935, while still an amateur, Art Oliver served as sparring partner for Joe Louis. In 1936 representing Chicago at the Intercity Golden Gloves Tournament he won a heavyweight title vs. Nate Wright and won the Olympic Trials May 20 at Chicago vs. Willis Johnson of Detroit. He served as the American Olympic heavyweight representative at the Berlin Olympics, losing in the second round of matches.

Oliver joined the Army during World War II, receiving an honorable discharge. He died in the summer of 1944, when a truck he was driving for American Maize Company collided with a passenger train at the crossing in Robertsdale, southeast of Hammond, Indiana.

Preceded by:
Otis Thomas
Intercity Golden Gloves
Heavyweight Title

Succeeded by:
Lem Franklin

Olympic Results

  • First Round -- Bye
  • Second Round -- Lost to Olle Tandberg (Sweden) points, Aug 11, 1936