I was in DC yesterday; I can't go there with out thinking about Holly Mims. Who? you ask. He was one of the best boxers to ever come from Washington DC. I grew up hearing stories about this man. Mims had a record of 66 27 6 He went 10rds with Sugar Ray Robinson and lost a decision. He beat Georgie Benton and Spider Webb but lost return bouts to each of them and he never got a title shot.
He always seemed to lose close decisions to top level fighters like Joey Archer SD in MSG, and Joey Giardello SD in DC. Mims once fought Hurricane Carter as a substitute for Gomeo Brennan on 1962-12-22 MSG on No days notice and went 10 rds!
Mims'record does not really indicate what a great boxer he was though, he could really move, smooth, great jab and lateral movement. The only video I have of him is the televised Carter fight but I found this on youtube-
Mims'1961-11-29 points win over a young Jimmy Ellis in his 6th professional fight. In DC they used to call him "the uncrowned Champ."he continued to box until 1967 having 100 fights total. I knew none of you ever heard of Holly Mims that's why I brought him up,tragically he died from kidney failure in 1970.
Recently I found this footage of Mims in action against Joey Archer on YouTube-