Willy Wise

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Willy Wise
Willy Wise, Retired Professional boxer.jpg
Willy Wise
Born William Bernard Wise
(1967-01-29) January 29, 1967 (age 48)
Eastern Shore, Virginia, U.S.
Other names Slick
Nationality United States American
Height 5 ft 9 12 in (1.77 m)
Division Welterweight
Reach 67 in (170 cm)
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Westbury, New York, U.S.
Years active 1988–2003
Professional boxing record
Total 41
Wins 26
By knockout 7
Losses 11
By knockout 7
Draws 4
Other information
Spouse Ava Gabrielle Wise (m. 2012), Eureka Mays (m. 1996-2011)
Children Shaquanna, Domonique, Mateo
Website http://wisechoiceboxing.com
Boxing record from Boxrec

William Bernard "Willy" Wise (born January 29, 1967) is a retired American professional boxer from Onancock, Virginia. Wise has an IBO world title, but is best known for his 1999 upset of Julio Cesar Chavez. Wise was partially reared in Westbury, New York, from where he quickly rose to the top of the international amateur ranks and subsequently launched his professional career.

Amateur career[edit]

Wise was an amateur standout, capturing various amateur titles, including:

1983 Virginia State Golden Gloves Champion Hampton Roads
1987 New York State Golden Gloves Champion
1987 Mayor's Cup in Washington, DC Spanish Cup
1987 Empire State Champion New York

Wise ended his amateur career with an 87-10 record.

Professional career[edit]

Shortly after entering the ranks of professional fighting, "Slick Willy" was given to him by his New York fans as a tribute to his ability to fight his way off of the ropes. One of the high points of his career was the October 1999 win over then number five ranked Julio César Chávez. It was "Upset of the Year" He later lost to him in a 2003 Tijuana re-match.[1]

In the year 2000, he took IBO World Champion Belt which was one of the final highlights of his boxing career, and also fought Shane Mosley with a loss in the third round. His boxing career ended in 2003 with a 26-11-4 professional record.

2001 IBO World Champion London

Post Retirement Endeavors[edit]

Today Wise trains and promotes other fighters at his training facility, allowing troubled youth and aspiring boxers to attend his residential training camp to teach them the lessons of boxing and discipline for life in and outside the ring.[2] He also works closely with young people in the local community near his home, using his own resources to take them to boxing competitions around the country. He currently resides on the Eastern Shore of Virginia where he enjoys his favorite pastime of fishing for crabs off of the pier of his beachfront backyard and cooking them for sport.

Injury in Car Accident[edit]

In October 2014, Wise was seriously injured in a single car accident when he crashed his Maserati on a road near his home in Harborton, Virginia. He was airlifted by helicopter to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, VA with several broken vertebrae in his neck and back and traumatic brain injury. He was released from the hospital eight days later to begin physical therapy. A statement was released on social media stating that he hoped to return to the Wise Choice Boxing Fitness and Training Center in 2015.[3][4][5]

Titles in pretence
Title last held by
Peter Malinga
World Welterweight Champion
IBO recognition

December 2, 2000 - June 11, 2001
Succeeded by
Jawaid Khaliq
Ivan Robinson W10 Arturo Gatti I
The Ring Magazine Upset of the Year
W10 Julio César Chávez

José Luis Castillo W12 Stevie Johnston


  1. ^ http://cyberboxingzone.com/boxing/chavrec.htm.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Former champ Wise trains young boxers". Eastern Shore News. 16 October 2010. Retrieved 22 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Shores Wise Leads Boxers into New York Ring". Eastern Shore News. 23 July 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Shore's Wise Passes the Boxing Torch". Eastern Shore News. 12 March 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Wise, VA Shore Boxer Who Beat Chavez, Hurt in Car Crash". Eastern Shore News. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 

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