Inducted on November 14, 1996
Richie Kates is 42 years of age, resides in Vineland with his wife, the former Gloria Hagan, and three children (Richard,Jr., Ryan, and Randall). He is the son of the late John and Alice Kates of Bridgeton. Richie is one of 11 children in the Kates family.
As a 12-year-old, Richie began boxing under the banner of the Millville Athletic Club. He quickly advanced through the amateur ranks. A dedicated and disciplined athlete, Richie’s tireless training helped him develop into a promising fighter by the time he turned professional in December of 1969 at the age of 16.
His success continued as a pro. Starting as a welterweight, His continued physical development paralleled his improvement. He became a technically sound, boxer-puncher. A classic fighter, bending ring savvy with experience and confidence.
He won 17 straight bouts, starting in four – rounders and moving into six and eight round bouts before stepping up in class among the main eventers. Richie is credited with wins over the best of the light-heavies, including Don Fullmer, Jose Gonzalez, Len Hutchins, Pierre Fourie, Roger Russell, Murray Sutherland,Jerry Celestine, Jerry Martin, and a host of others.
Big victories in 1974 and 1975 launched Richie on the final steps in his quest for a world title. He knocked out Jimmy Dupree in one round in Philadelphia on May 29, 1974 winning the North American LightHeavyweight Crown. He fought for the World Light-Heavyweight Championship twice.
Om May 22, 1976, in Johannesburg, South Africa he lost on a controversial 15 round knockout to Victor Galindez, and June 18, 1977 losing on a close 15-round split decision to Galindez. In all, Richie has won 43 fights, scored 22 knockouts and lost only six.
The success earned by Richie Kates inside the roped square has been equaled outside the ring. A dedicated family man, throughout the years, he has shown continued interest in the church and community. He has appeared at schools, participated in men programs, and worked with his church youth’s department, and is presently a volunteer trainer at the Vineland Police Athletic League, helping to instill a determination ~d proving an inspiration to youngsters.
He works full-time as a senior therapy program assistant at the New Jersey _. ernorial Home in Vineland.
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