Portrait of a Champion

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Hilton “Fitzie” Fitzpatrick

Fitzie Fitzpatrick, a fighter and warrior in the world of boxing, illustrated and defined the life and career of a true champion. Winning a competition or a series of events and holding on to first place is only part of what it takes to be a champion in any sports event.

Every June, the International Boxing Hall of Fame holds its annual sports convention in New York, where inductees are forever enshrined in the world of boxing. I dream and desire to be part of next year’s activities. I hope to hear the name of Fitzie Fitzpatrick added to the list of the many great fighters of his time. This final victory for the Irish Blockbuster would exemplify a career Fitzie would be proud of.

Larry C. Burton

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Knockouts Under Thirty – Seconds

When it comes to Modern World Boxing Records,
Fitzie Fitzpatrick is top on the list.

Of the top one hundred knockouts under thirty seconds, Fitzpatrick is only second to Jack Dempsey and Shannon Briggs. Dempsey, “Top Kayo King,” has recorded four kayos under the wire, and Briggs, who recently passed Fitzpatrick, has three knockouts. As of today, Fitzie is 66th and 89th on the list. There are only a handful of fighters that have more than one knockout in less than thirty seconds.

Fitzie Fitzpatrick VS. Gregorio Gonzales
January 2, 1945
Gonzales kayoed in 0.23 seconds

Fitzie Fitzpatrick VS. Ernie Rios
January 8, 1946
Rios kayoed in 0.29 seconds

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The Irish Blockbuster

  • West Virginia’s Greatest Boxer
  • World Ranked # 1 Light – Heavyweight Division
  • World Ranked # 8 Heavyweight Division
  • Ring Victories – 47
  • Knockouts - 31
  • First-Round Knockouts – 18
  • Quickest Knockouts: 23,29,35,57 Seconds
  • Bouts against Top Ten Contenders – 25
  • World Ranked by Ring Magazine - 7 years
  • West Virginia Boxing Hall of Fame
  • Boxing Hall of Fame USA Deaf Sports Federation
  • West Virginia State Golden Glove Champion
  • All-American High School Football Player
  • Honorary Member of Boys Town
  • Boxing Coach, West Virginia Golden Glove Team

Fitzie Fitzpatrick was the greatest puncher-boxer ever to come out of Fayette County and the state of West Virginia. He gave the boxing world the color, knockout thrills, and displayed ring sportsmanship as a true champion in a great American sport.

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