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Hicks won the Buffalo Golden Gloves tournament in 1965 in the 175 Novice Division, and in 1967 won the Open 175 Division and finished third in the Nationals in Milwaukee.
Turning pro in 1967, he fought part-time while working as a teacher of handicapped children in Ithaca, New York. Fighting from 1967 to 1974, he won 18 fights, 10 by knockout, while losing 12, 8 by knockout, and drawing 3.
He was inducted into the Buffalo Boxing Hall of Fame.
- "Tommy Hicks: Boxer". Boxrec.com. Retrieved March 2, 2013.
- "Tommy Hicks | Buffalo Veterans Boxers Association". Ring44.com. June 27, 1944. Retrieved March 2, 2013.
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