Lott, Gordon - Boxing, 1986
Although he was not an athlete in high school, Gordon Lott found his athletic calling in college. After graduating, from Savannah High School, Lott spent one year at Clemson University before transferring to Georgia Southern College. While at Southern in 1961, Lott met Grady Bragg, the Union Camp Boxing coach and began competing on his team.
Lott rose through the amateur ranks. He won the novice divisions in the Georgia Golden Gloves tournament and went on to win the Southern Championship before losing to Joe Wilson. Later that year, Lott lost a split decision in the Eastern Olympic trials. He wrapped up his amateur career with a record of 24-3-3, opting not to wait four more years for another shot at the Olympics.
Lott began professional competition in the summer of 1984 and went on to win his first twenty fights, nine of the first ten by knockouts. During his career, he posted a 31-6 record and was ranked as high as eighth in the World Boxing Association’s middleweight division.