Inducted on November 15, 1991
The 1950’s was an era in boxing that many fans rate as their favorite. We all had our own idols – Marciano, Basilio, Vejar, Gavilan, Olson, Pep, Saddler and so many more. The Garden, Sunnyside, St. Nick’s, Eastern Parkway – those were the boxing fans delight.
One battler who left his imprint in those days was Milo Savage. Dangerous, durable, clever – he fought them all. How good was he? In those days of outstanding middleweights he earned himself a ranking of the third best middleweight in the world. Savage defeated such top notchers as Neal Rivers, Moses Ward, Bobby Boyd, Sammy Walker, Dick Wagner and Charlie Sawyer. He drew with Edwardo Lassie, and Harry “Kid” Matthews.
Milo had a long and varied career, turning Pro in 1945. He continued boxing into the 1960’s. Rumor has it that he fought several times in the 1970’s and even once in the early 1980’s. Truly an amazing man.
Milo was born on August 8, 1926 in Iowa City, Iowa. His real name is George Jethro Ware.
During the past 20 years, Milo was a licensed referee and judge on the N.J. state Athletic Commission. He has trained and worked with many youngsters in the Trenton areaa in preparing them for the Golden Gloves and Diamond Gloves Tournaments.
Milo has resided in Trenton, N.J. for many years and his entrance into the N.J. Boxing Hall of Fame is a tribute to this fine gentleman and the 50 years he devoted to the sport of boxing.
Milo Savage was a middleweight contender during the mid-1950s. He was known as a very crafty fighter who threw trick punches and clowned in the ring.
Savage was apparently involved in a mixed fight with a Judo player, Gene Labell, in the 1960s. There is a song about the fight. Labell, who strangled Savage, made a reputation for himself from this fight.
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