Skip to comments.St. Louis’ first homegrown world boxing champion Virgil Akins dies at 82
Posted on 01/25/2011 9:04:43 AM PST by EveningStar
Former world welterweight boxing champion and St. Louis native Virgil Akins died on Saturday in St. Louis. He was 82. Akins became the first homegrown St. Louisan to win a professional world championship on June 6, 1958 when he stopped Victor Martinez in the fourth round to win the undisputed welterweight title.
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