Garner, Bob(born: 1923 - died: 1998)
Bob Garner, born in Louisville, KY, was a light heavyweight boxer who stood 5 feet 11 inches tall. Garner was a Kentucky Golden Gloves Champion. He started boxing at Douglas High School when he was 14 years old, beginning his professional career in 1943 after winning the Golden Gloves Championship. He had an overall record of 42 wins with 23 KOs, and 42 losses with 17 KOs, and 4 draws. He was a sparing partner of heavyweight champion Joe Louis; the two had several exhibition fights in 1948. Garner's last fight was in Huntington, WV, in 1953. He moved to Lexington, KY, and was employed as a locker room attendant at the Idle Hour County Club. Garner lived the remainder of his life in Lexington with his wife and children. For more see Bob Garner at the boxrec.com; the Bob Garner entry in the Afro-American Encyclopedia; Joe Louis: boxing champion, by R. Vitale; and "State boxing champ Bob Garner, 75, dies," Lexington Herald-Leader, Obituaries section, p. B2.