California Jackie Wilson

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George Dudley Wilson

Name: California Jackie Wilson
Birth Name: George Dudley Wilson
Hometown: Los Angeles, California, USA
Birthplace: Spencer, North Carolina, USA
Died: 1956-03-10 (Age:38)
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 179cm
Reach: 193cm
Pro Boxer: Record
Amateur Boxer: Record

Manager: Walter Melrose
Trainer: George Nicholson

  • 1936 Jackie Wilson won the Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions at flyweight vs. Sam Zaczek.
  • 1936 he won the Intercity Golden Gloves championship at flyweight vs. Joe Wall.
  • 1936 at the Berlin Olympiad, Wilson was the silver medalist at bantamweight with the verdict for the gold medal being awarded to Ulderico Sergo of Italy.
  • Wilson went on to have a successful pro career, and was ranked #2 in the world at lightweight by Ring Magazine in 1940, and #2 in 1941 at welterweight. Wilson was also the first African-American boxer to fight a main event at Hollywood Legion Stadium, when he won the verdict vs. Tony Chavez on April 26, 1940.
  • He was a sergeant in the United States Army during World War II.

According to his obituary in the March 11, 1956 edition of the Los Angeles Times, California Jackie Wilson died at the age of 38 after a bout with cancer in a hospital in Cleveland, Ohio on March 10, 1956. "He had been a patient in the hospital since last November."

Olympic Games Results

1936 (as a bantamweight)


Preceded by:
Patsy Urso
Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions
Flyweight Champion

1936
Succeeded by:
Jimmy Urso
Preceded by:
George Coyle
Intercity Golden Gloves
Flyweight Champion

1936
Succeeded by:
Bill Speary
Preceded by:
Johnny Marcelline
National AAU Flyweight Champion
1936
Succeeded by:
Bill Speary
Preceded by:
Hans Ziglarski
Olympic Silver Medalist
Bantamweight Champion

1936
Succeeded by:
Giovanni Zuddas