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Mayor Lovely Warren proclaimed today as "Willie Monroe Jr. Day" in a proclamation to honor the boxing champion during a press conference at City Hall.
Willie has a professional record of 18-1 and is the Middleweight Champion of the North American Boxing Association (NABA) and the North American Boxing Organization (NABO). He is currently ranked #5 in the world by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) and recently won the 2014 ESPN Boxcino Middleweight Championship.
Mr. Monroe is a graduate of the School of the Arts and mentors youth at City schools and recreation centers through the "In Control" organization.
Mr. Monroe is a native son of Rochester and a member of a renowned family of boxers. He is the son of Willie "the Body Rock" Monroe also of Rochester, and great-nephew of the legendary boxer Willie "The Worm" Monroe of Philadelphia; and his caring grandfather, also a boxer, began training him as a fighter at the age of six.
Before turning pro in 2008, Monroe achieved an impressive 128-14, 72 KOs record as an Amateur; won gold at the Empire Games and in the New York Golden Gloves, three national titles and nearly made the 2008 Olympic team.