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Wilkinson Inducted

William ‘Billum’ Wilkson was inducted into the North Carolina Boxing Hall of Fame recently.
The event was held in the speedway club at Lowe’s Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.
Billum, a native of Lincolnton, boxed along with his late brother David on the 1931 Lincolnton High School boxing team under the direction of Hoke Smith.
He was a winner in the First Carolinas’ Golden Glove Championship in 1933 and won the championship twice more after that.
He attended King College in Bristol, Tennessee on a boxing scholarship and was elected Vice President of the student body.
Billum and three of his brothers, David, Clarence and Warren boxed on the King team and gaining the title of ‘the fighting Wilkinsons.’
He fought 125 undefeated bouts there and was inducted into the King College Sportsman Hall of Fame in 1954.
Of the 150 bouts he fought during his career, he lost only four.
He has been deemed by many of his peers: Arnold Tarr, Joe Leonard, the late Vance Stamey and Cap Love the greatest boxer to come from Lincolnton.
Tarr believes Wilkinson would have been World Champion if he had turned pro.
Instead he and his four other brothers fought for a more noble cause serving in WW II.
Billum is also a silver medal winner in the Senior Tennis Games in San Antonio, Texas and also excelled in speed walking.
He retired from Coca-Cola after being regional sales manager in the Tennessee tri-state area for 40 years. Billum, a Johnson County resident, and his late wife Elizabeth are the parents of three children.by Alice McConnell

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