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Willie de Wit boxer

Willie de Wit image
Status inactive
Division heavyweight
Height 6′ 2½″/189cm
Debut 1984-12-01
Born 1961-06-13
Nationality Canada
Residence Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
bouts
22
won
20
lost
1
draw
1
bouts
22
won
20
lost
1
draw
1
Status inactive
Division heavyweight
Height 6′ 2½″/189cm
Debut 1984-12-01
Born 1961-06-13
Nationality Canada
Residence Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada

DeWit played football in high school and was an all-star quarterback. He was offered a scholarship to the University of Alberta, but decided to quit football after He began going to a Grande Prairie health club, which was run by a man named Jim Murrie where he started to learn how to box. At the time, deWit's father Len was ill with a brain tumor so Willie started hitting the heavy bags to stay out of the house and to stay in shape. Impressed with his dedication and size, Murrie introduced deWit to Dr. Harry Snatic, a dentist and rancher who had been a youth boxing coach in Louisiana before moving his family in 1971 to Beaverlodge, a small town near Grande Prairie. He worked out with deWit three times a week, first in the health club, until it went out of business a short time later, and then in the deWit's unheated garage where temperatures would often get to 10 or 20 degrees below zero.DeWit's first fight came at the Alberta provincial championships, in March 1979 in Medicine Hat. Snatic entered deWit in the light heavyweight intermediate novice division for boxers age 17 to 20 with less than 10 fights. DeWit knocked out his first opponent in 20 seconds—which caused the coaches of the six other fighters in the division to pull their fighters. DeWit had won his first championship. Snatic then entered Willie in the British Columbia Golden Glove championships. where he fought 18-year-old Shane Anderson who was the western Canadian 178-pound champion and a veteran of about 40 fights. DeWit lost by decision. But he did beat Anderson in two of three return matches. In the last of those bouts, deWit knocked out Anderson, who never fought again.

DeWit played football in high school and was an all-star quarterback. He was offered a scholarship to the University of Alberta, but decided to quit football after He began going to a Grande Prairie health club, which was run by a man named Jim Murrie where he started to learn how to box. At the time, deWit's father Len was ill with a brain tumor so Willie started hitting the heavy bags to stay out of the house and to stay in shape. Impressed with his dedication and size, Murrie introduced deWit to Dr. Harry Snatic, a dentist and rancher who had been a youth boxing coach in Louisiana before moving his family in 1971 to Beaverlodge, a small town near Grande Prairie. He worked out with deWit three times a week, first in the health club, until it went out of business a short time later, and then in the deWit's unheated garage where temperatures would often get to 10 or 20 degrees below zero.DeWit's first fight came at the Alberta provincial championships, in March 1979 in Medicine Hat. Snatic entered deWit in the light heavyweight intermediate novice division for boxers age 17 to 20 with less than 10 fights. DeWit knocked out his first opponent in 20 seconds—which caused the coaches of the six other fighters in the division to pull their fighters. DeWit had won his first championship. Snatic then entered Willie in the British Columbia Golden Glove championships. where he fought 18-year-old Shane Anderson who was the western Canadian 178-pound champion and a veteran of about 40 fights. DeWit lost by decision. But he did beat Anderson in two of three return matches. In the last of those bouts, deWit knocked out Anderson, who never fought again.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
March 29, 1988 Henry Tillman WLWWWL Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton WIN
Unanimous decision
Feb. 20, 1988 Tony Morrison DWWWLW Centre 200, Sydney Canada Heavyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 3, 1987 Donnie Long LWLLLL Grande Prairie WIN
Corner retirement
Aug. 24, 1987 Ken Lakusta LWLWLL Northlands Agricom, Edmonton WIN
KO
May 21, 1987 Terry Mims WLWLLL Arco Arena, Sacramento WIN
KO
Feb. 14, 1987 Bert Cooper LWWWWW Regina Agridome, Regina LOSS
Technical knockout
Dec. 13, 1986 Lorenzo Canady LDWWWL Regina Agridome, Regina WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 10, 1986 Conroy Nelson WWLLLW Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax Canada Heavyweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 30, 1986 Andrew Stokes WDLWWL Agridome, Edmonton WIN
Unanimous decision
June 14, 1986 Ken Lakusta LLLWLW Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton WIN
Unanimous decision
May 3, 1986 Mike Acey WWWWWW Regina Agridome, Regina WIN
Technical knockout
March 20, 1986 Jeff Jordan WLWLWL Stampede Corral, Calgary WIN
Corner retirement
Feb. 3, 1986 George Graham WWWWWW Northlands Agricom, Edmonton WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 13, 1985 Scott Wheaton WWWWWD Corral Sports Arena, Calgary WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 3, 1985 Otis Bates LWWLLL City Coliseum, Austin WIN
KO
Sept. 11, 1985 Marion Bridges DWWW Trump Casino Hotel, Atlantic City WIN
Technical knockout
July 11, 1985 Earl Lewis WWWWWL Trump Casino Hotel, Atlantic City WIN
Technical knockout
June 5, 1985 Sterling Benjamin DWLLLL Resorts International, Atlantic City WIN
Unanimous decision
April 15, 1985 Alex Williamson WWWWDL Caesars Palace, Outdoor Arena, Las Vegas DRAW
Points
March 5, 1985 Tony Pulu WLLLLL Dallas Convention Center, Dallas WIN
KO
Jan. 24, 1985 Inoke Katoa WLW Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 1, 1984 Walter Morris LL Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton WIN
Technical knockout