Virgil Hill wouldn’t mind seeing his boxing career end where it started — in Grand Forks. And the former light heavyweight champion wouldn’t mind seeing his son — Virgil Jr. — launch his boxing career in Grand Forks as well.
With November’s tragic shootings still lingering in the hearts of New Town, N.D., students, administrators and families, former world champion boxer and North Dakotan Virgil Hill made a sweep of small-town schools in the state recently to inspire hope and give support to those still grieving.
Virgil Hill, now 48, was one of about 6,800 Olympic athletes from 140 nations in 1984. And today, almost 28 years later, he is planning a professional comeback as the 2012 London Olympics kick off today.
The aging poster of Virgil Hill was still taped to the concrete basement wall in Eddie Obregon’s boxing gym. It was signed by the North Dakota boxer during a time that was arguably the peak of the sport in North Dakota.
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