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Virgil Hill Jr. Makes His Pro Debut This Friday

by David P. Greisman

Virgil Hill Jr. — the son and namesake of the Hall of Fame fighter — will begin his own pro boxing career this Friday in North Dakota, according to the Minot Daily News.

The younger Hill, who will soon turn 24, will apparently fight as a super middleweight. His opponent is Brent Moorehead, whose record is not listed in the article or on BoxRec.com. The bout will take place at the 4Bears Casino and Lodge in New Town.

Hill Jr. was a four-sport athlete in high school, was drafted by two different Major League Baseball teams and was released by a single-A ball club before this year’s season began, according to the newspaper. He struggled to stay above the Mendoza Line last year, batting just .204 in 46 games for the Iowa-based Quad Cities River Bandits, according to Baseball-Reference.com. The outfielder had 32 hits, four home runs and 22 runs batted in.

He took up boxing earlier this year.

The elder Hill had 10 defenses of a light heavyweight title during his first reign and another 10 defenses in the division during his second reign, including a very brief period in which he was seen as the legitimate, lineal champion. Later on in his career, he twice held a cruiserweight belt. He retired with a record of 50-7 (23 knockouts).

Hill Sr. was voted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame last year and officially inducted into Canastota in June.

David P. Greisman is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow David on Twitter @fightingwords2 or send questions/comments via email at [email protected]

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by brett3154 on 08-29-2013

Good luck to Jr. Grew up idolizing Virgil Sr.

Comment by richardt on 08-27-2013

Virgil Hill was one of the truly nice guys in Boxing at the time. I'll never forget him and how humble he was. He and Tommy Hearns went fishing after they fought each other. I remember that.

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 08-27-2013

He started boxing at a late age, only after a career in one of the major sports had faltered. That's a common trend among many American boxers these days.

Comment by Ray Corso on 08-27-2013

If he's considered a prospect he will get the same type of opponents that ALL prospects get. Theres no mention of an amatuer background so moving slowly as far as opponents go the first year should be understood! However at…

Comment by richardt on 08-27-2013

I wish the guy well......his father was one of my favorites. But if he shows some signs at being decent, I hope they get him fights outside of the mid-west.

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