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James A. Shuler

May 1959 – March 1986

James Shuler – One of the finest 160 pound amateur fighters developed in the United States in several years…Compiled a 165-8 record in the Simon Pure ranks while meeting the top middleweights in the world….James was a silver medalist in the Pan American Games in the summer of 1979 in San Juan, Puerto Rico…..He then won the 156 lb. title in the first World Cup Boxing Competition at the Felt Forum…In the World Cup matches he defeated Jim Spencer of Austrailia, Khamgat Dzhabraylov of the Soviat Union and earned the gold medal by beating Park II Chun of South Korea….in 1980 he won the National Golden Gloves middleweight title and the 160 lb competition at the Olympic Trials in Atlanta....James won 102 of his career victories by knockouts…Born May 29th, 1959 and is one of eight children of the late Paul and Betty Shuler who were two of his most avid fans…. Graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School in Philadelphia where he participated in cross country track and swimming…..On the way home from a swimming meet on day he and his brothers stopped off in Joe Frazier’s Gym to watch “Smokin” Joe in training….The champion talked to the Shuler boys and found out they were interested in boxing and invited them to come back the next afternoon and start working out…..Seven months later James had his first fight…..He stood 6ft 1 and had no trouble making the middleweight limit of 160lbs….He turned professional under the banner of Smokin’ Joe Fraziers Enterprises, Inc. and was trained by Willie Folk (RIP) and Al Fennell…..James had been involved in Philadelphia’s Parkway Program where he received credit for working with youngsters as a recreation Advisor.  In 1994, Percy "Buster" Custus presented James Shuler Memorial Boxing Gym to the City of Philadelphia in HONOR of his cousin and Best Friend!  RIP