|Real name||Gerhardt Anthony Steffen|
|Rated at||115–145 lb.|
|Height||5 ft 6.25 in (1.68 m)|
February 13, 1891|
San Francisco, California
|Died||March 24, 1975
|Wins by KO||8|
He was born in San Francisco, California as Gerhardt Anthony Steffen on February 13, 1891. He began his boxing career in 1907 under the assumed name of "Willie Ritchie" so that his mother wouldn't be aware of his career.
On July 16, 1908, he met future World Bantamweight Champion Jimmy Walsh at the Reliance Athletic Club in Oakland, California, and won a six round points decision. Ritchie was one of the most accomplished opponents Reagan would met in his early career.
Ritchie's first title shot was with reigning lightweight champion Ad Wolgast on November 28, 1912 in San Francisco. Ritchie dominated the fight, and after Wolgast landed two blows below the belt in the sixteenth round, the referee called the fight for Ritchie.
He held the title for two years, successfully defending it four times. In 1914, he sailed to London to face the British lightweight champion, Freddie Welsh. Welsh won the 20-round match by decision.
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- "IBHOF / Willie Ritchie". International Boxing Hall of Fame. 2004-01-10. Archived from the original on 2008-03-03. Retrieved 2008-04-28.
- "Wolgast, Tottering, Fouls Ritchie; Referee Disqualifies Champion in Sixteenth Round of California Fight." (PDF). The New York Times. November 29, 1912. p. 13. Retrieved 2008-04-28.
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- Associated Press (1975-03-27). "Willie Ritchie Dies at 84; Ex-Lightweight Champion" (PDF, fee required). The New York Times. p. 28. Retrieved 2008-04-28.
|World Lightweight Champion
November 28, 1912 – July 7, 1914
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