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WBA mourns passing of former president Bobby Lee

Robert “Bobby” Lee died this week in Hawaii at the age of 99. The World Boxing Association (WBA) mourns the death of its former president, who served from 1972 to 1974 and whose legacy will live on in world boxing history.

Bobby dedicated his whole life to boxing and was always linked to it in one way or another. Since the age of 8, he practiced amateur boxing during the 1930s and the 1940s.

He made a total of 45 amateur fights before retiring and moving on to other things, but he was always involved in the sport he loved. That’s how he ascended, he got to know boxing from the inside and that helped him become a leader.

Lee is Hawaii’s most important and influential boxing commissioner in history. He did a lot for the sport in his state, partnering with great promoters to make it grow and brought his experience to the WBA presidency during his years as the pioneer organization leader.

Lee also worked with the IBF and WBC in various positions and advised many of the world’s leaders. Today he rests in peace after a great life, and boxing thanks him for his contribution.

The WBA sends words of condolence to his family and friends. The world of boxing has lost a great man but he will always be remembered by everyone. Thank you very much, Bobby.

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  • There were many Bobby Lee’s, several were fighters and the other was the President of the IBF and he lived in New Jersey, which one passed away!

    • This was Bobby Lee from Hawaii, the former WBA president. NOT Bob Lee from New Jersey, the former IBF president.

    • The Bobby Lee from Hawaii. A former Hawaii commissioner and President of the WBA and NABF. Bob Lee of New Jersey was
      President of the IBF/USBA, two different people.

    • My dad was a very very close friend to BOBBY my dad owned a boxing ring where the state capital is now when it was the states armory back in the day. We we went to every Tuesday night fight back in the days. I invited BOBBY and Sam Inchinose for my dads 60 th birthday

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