Gus Wilson

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August "Gus" Wilson (Born: 1887 or 1888; Died: July 27, 1951) was a prominent French-American boxing manager and trainer between the 1920s and 1940s.

Wilson was born in Strasbourg, Alsace, France. He initially came to the United States in 1921 with Georges Carpentier, acting as his French-English translator for his bout with Jack Dempsey at Boyle's Thirty Acres in New Jersey.

Wilson remained in the United States, and worked with Dempsey during his second bout with Gene Tunney. After leaving Dempsey, Wilson ran a gym in Orangeburg, New Jersey, which was the frequent training spot for Jimmy McLarnin for his bouts on the East Coast. During this time Wilson often managed boxers from France fighting in the United States, such as Eugene Huat.

Wilson moved to California during the early 1930s where his first notable fighter was heavyweight prospect Bob Nestell. Wilson managed only one world champion during his long career, Bantamweight Champion Harold Dade. He continued to manage boxers until his death.

On July 17, 1951, Wilson suffered a heart attack while in Portland, Oregon, with his boxer Baby Dutch Culbertson, who was facing Harry "Kid" Matthews. He died in a Portland hospital ten days later.

His stable included:


  • 'Heart Attack Proves Fatal to Gus Wilson', Los Angeles Times, July 28, 1951