Bob Baker

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Name: Bob Baker
Born: 1926-10-26
Birthplace: Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 2002-04-23 (Age:75)
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 6′ 2″   /   188cm
Boxing Record: click

Amateur Career

Bob Baker made the final of the New York Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in 1948, with the decision being awarded to Coley Wallace. On March 9, 1949, Baker won the New York Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions at heavyweight by eliminating Coley Wallace in the semi-final by decision and on March 10, 1949 he won the final of that tournament vs. Van Curry* , by decision. On March 28 1949 at Madison Square Garden representing New York, he won the Intercity Golden Gloves' championship vs. Desry Sykes, representing Chicago at heavyweight.


Preceded by:
Coley Wallace
New York Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions
Heavyweight Champion

1949
Succeeded by:
Norvel Lee
Preceded by:
Coley Wallace
Intercity Golden Gloves
Heavyweight Champion

1949
Succeeded by:
Norvel Lee


Professional Career

Baker was a leading contender from 1954 through 1956, he had the better of Coley Wallace as a professional, winning both bouts in 1954, some of his more credible accomplishments may have been a victory vs. future Hall-of-Famer Jimmy Bivins and his two victories against contender Nino Valdes. On September 9 1957, in a later portion of his career, Baker won a unanimous decision from future Canadian heavyweight champion George Chuvalo. After 1957, Baker's popularity slowly diminished and after doing some exhibitions he retired in 1960.

Reference source

  • * Miami News March 11, 1949 page 32

External links:

'Big Bob Grinder' Baker's Obituary