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In 1948, Coley Wallace (boxer) won the Open New York Daily News Golden Gloves vs. Gilmore Newkirk, then he won a disputed, unpopular, very close, amateur split decision vs. Rocky Marciano in the semi-final of the New York Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions and then he won the final of that tournament by a very close unpopular split decision vs. bulky Bob Baker by keeping a stiff left in Baker’s face throughout the bout. Both fights VS Baker & Marciano should have been draws! They were too close to call.
He also won by decision the Intercity Golden Gloves' championship vs. Clarence Henry and the National AAU vs. Bill Bangert, in the heavyweight divisions, although he did not make the Olympics, being bested by Norvel Lee in the semi-final. In 1949, Wallace won the Open New York Daily News Golden Gloves Championship vs. Jimmy Gambino , made the semi-final of the New York Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions, with the decision being awarded to bulky Bob Baker, in the heavyweight divisions and he then won the consolation bout vs. Jim Hillard.
Wallace starred in the 1953 biopic movie "The Joe Louis Story" as the heavyweight boxing champion!