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1992 – BOXING

Benny Urso, a native of Shinnston, WV, and longtime resident of Washington, started training at Brownson House in 1935 at the age of l2 under trainer-manager George Tucker.

He won his first amateur bout in 1939 and in the same year won the Ohio Valley 112-pound title.
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He was runnerup in the 112-pound division in a Silver Gloves tournament in Uniontown before entering the service in 1943.

Urso advanced to the 165-pound class and had his first professional bout at Fort Ord, CA.
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, where he won the base championship and was part of a boxing card involving famed heavyweights Joe Louis and Jersey Joe Walcott, who put on an exhibition.
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After leaving the service, Urso returned to Washington and trained at the YMCA under one-time lightweight champion Sammy Angott. His last pro fight was a victory over Cal Leda of Canton, Ohio in 1952. He finished his career with an 82-10 record and is still active as a coach and trainer of amateur boxers at Brownson House.
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