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William Ronald 'Bill' Curry

Athlete and Builder


Wrestling, Boxing, Hockey

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Born: 1929 - Windsor ON


Elected: 18-Dec-1991

Inducted: 07-Mar-1992



Bill Curry, a professional boxer and wrestler, was born in Windsor and made North Bay his home from 1944. On retirement from pro sports Curry helped found the West Ferris Minor Hockey Association and coached for a decade, winning an Ontario title at the Peewee level and reaching a Bantam final. In his teen years he worked river drives and lumber camps and started boxing in Mattawa at 15. After several years as an amateur he turned pro and was eventually ranked by Ring Magazine as one of Canada's top ten light heavyweights. Small purses and broken hands pushed him away from boxing and into pro wrestling in 1952. He grappled all over the continent after becoming an instant TV star out of Chicago. He developed his own form of "abdominal stretch" and met the likes of Lou Thesz, Jim Londos and Ed "Strangler" Lewis in the ring. He wrestled many times here in North Bay on Larry Kasaboski cards. Not a flamboyant performer, he was the dependable professional who was schooled in the basics and knew all the moves. He was one of the few to be the subject of items on both boxing and wrestling in Ring Magazine.

Inductee No.  131
Last Revised: 11/13/2011


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