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Virgil Hill

Virgil Hill

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Virgil “Quicksilver” Hill is a highly successful and decorated world champion boxer. His pride in his home state and his Native American heritage were both well represented throughout Virgil’s career. He would carry a North Dakota flag and wear his Native American headdress while entering the ring in bouts around the world.

He first caught the attention of the boxing world as an amateur where he competed in the 1984 Olympic Games for the United States and won the silver medal as a middleweight. Following his stellar performance in the Olympic Games, Hill turned professional and fought as a light heavyweight and cruiserweight from 1984 to 2007. Over that career he won five world titles and defended those titles an amazing 20 times before making a final farewell fight in his hometown of Bismarck, ND in 2015.

Over the course of his hall of fame career, Hill stacked up an impressive record of 51 wins and seven losses. A major career highlight came on September 5, 1987, in Atlantic City, when he defeated Leslie Stewart by TKO for the WBA World Light Heavyweight Title. Hill went on to defend his title ten times before losing it to boxing legend Thomas “Hitman” Hearns in 1991. He later recaptured his title in 1992 with a victory over Frank Tate, and successfully defended his belt ten more times between 1992 and 1997. At the tail end of his career, Hill also won the IBC and WBA titles in the cruiserweight division.

Hill was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2010, The International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2013, The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame in 2019, and The National Hall of Fame in 2022.

Hill remains in boxing as a trainer having helped several Native American boxers with their careers and occasionally co-promotes pro-am shows in North Dakota, California, and Wisconsin. His biggest dream is to see Native American athletes walking into the Olympics as their own Nation.

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