KENANSVILLE, NC (RELEASE) —
WHAT: Myrtle Beach resident and former Heavyweight Boxing World Champ inducted into James Kenan High School Hall of Fame
WHEN: Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 5pm
WHERE: James Kenan High School in Warsaw, North Carolina
PURPOSE: Former Boxing Heavyweight World Champion James “Bonecrusher” Smith will be inducted into the James Kenan High School Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 9, 2016. James Kenan High in Duplin County, North Carolina is where James Smith graduated. The former champ is being honored by his high school for his achievements in professional boxing and for his work mentoring kids through his non-profit foundation Champion For Kids.
James got his bachelor’s degree in business from Shaw University in Raleigh, NC and then joined the U.S. Army where he began his amateur boxing career. In 1986 at the age of 32, James “Bonecrusher” Smith became the World Heavyweight Champion when he knocked out Tim Witherspoon at Madison Square Garden in New York city. James was the first college graduate to win the heavyweight title. Bonecrusher fought many great champions in his career and he was the first boxer to go the distance with former champ Mike Tyson. After a successful boxing career James started his charity Champion For Kids to mentor children around the world through the sport of boxing.