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John E. "Skip" Whitted Sr.

Boxing ∙ Ambridge

 

 

 

 

John E (Skip) Whitted Sr was a versatile athlete who took the lessons he learned from sports and applied them to translate into a successful business career. A 1945 Ambridge graduate, he was a halfback on the football team, a member of the boxing team, and in track ran the 100, 220, and 440 yard dashes in addition to competing in the high jump and the broad jump. He enlisted in the Army upon graduation and continued boxing, winning the Kansas City Golden Gloves welterweight title on February 21, 1946. For his career as a boxer, Skip went 66-4 as an amateur and 30-4 as a pro, fighting as a lightweight, welterweight, and often as a middleweight. Skip turned pro in 1949 under the guidance of Eddie Yarosz and won a five round decision over Curtis Coles. Skip retired from the ring sport in 1952 to further his education. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin, majoring in Business Administration and Finance and then turned to the business world where he became a success, just as he was in boxing.