Willard Brown

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Name: Willard Brown
Birth Name: Willard J. Brown
Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Birthplace: Tennessee, USA
Died: 1975-02-07 (Age:61)
Pro Boxer: Record

Manager: Aerol Atherton
State Amateur Champion: 1930

Willard Brown boxed as an amateur in Cincinnati in 1928/29. While competing for the L.B. Harrison Club, he won the Cincinnati amateur boxing title in the flyweight class, when he knocked out Tommy Thomas in the 2nd round on January 21, 1929. Brown then went on to win the Ohio State C.A.C. flyweight title on February 10, 1929 in Cleveland, when he beat Henry Gechter. Brown then moved up to bantamweight and tried to win the Ohio State AAU district title, losing to Frankie Wallace of Cleveland.

Brown is in Indianapolis in the 1930 census. He is only 16 years old. He lists his profession as "boxer". The census was taken 2nd April of that year. He was born in Tennessee and his parents were Henry and Hylan (Smith) Brown. He is probably born in Morgan County, Tennessee as that is where the family is in the 1920 census.

He attended and possibly graduated from Lousiana State University. According to the Corpus Christi Times, 2nd June 1937, he was a student at LSU and a top ranked welterweight.

This is him in 1937 as a sophomore at LSU from the yearbook, which lists his hometown as Baton Rouge: [1]

Willard Brown SSN: 435-18-1674 Last Residence: 78209 San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, United States of America Born: 8 Sep 1913 Died: Feb 1975 State (Year) SSN issued: Louisiana (Before 1951)