I am few days late but January 30th made the 7th anniversary of the death of my great uncle Coley Wallace. Now that it is February 1st and we are in Black History Month he is definitely apart of my history as well as Black History.

Coley Wallace (April 5, 1927-January 30, 2005) was an American actor and heavyweight boxer who outpointed by Rocky Marciano in a three-round amateur fight.

Although Wallace, a Jacksonville, FL native had a respectable record as a professional (20-7-0), his claim to fame came in 1948 when, as an amateur, he defeated future heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano in the finals of the New York Golden Gloves Tournament.

Wallace’s contact was “owned” under the table by the notorious Frank “Blinky” Palermo, a member of the Philadelphia crime family. Palermo was imprisoned in 1961 for conspiracy and extortion for the covert ownership of prizefighters.[1].

After boxing, Wallace acted in four movies, twice portraying the boxer Joe Louis.

Wallace died on January 30, 2005, of heart failure in New York City

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Love and Miss you Uncle Coley you will always be a Champ to Me! – Love your Great niece Neeahsha ❤

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