Boxer Joey Hadley Talks about Meeting Elvis (04:34)
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Joey won the Memphis and Mid-South Golden Gloves 6 times!
He was a 3 time Southeastern AAU champion!
In 1971 he was the United States and North American champion!
In December of 1973 he knocked out Leon Spinks in the first round in Memphis, TN. As an amateur his record was 140 fights, out of which he lost 18. Of the 122 he won, 93 of them were won by knockout!
He turned pro in 1974 and moved to upstate New York and lived and trained with Cus D'Amato, who at that time had managed and trained Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson and Light heavyweight Champion Jose Torres. Cus was also the original trainer and manager of Iron Mike Tyson but died shortly before Tyson won his world title. Joey was considered an outstanding prospect for the US Olympic team!
He had 6 pro fights, winning them all by knockout, but because of an eye infection had to retire.
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