Bill Schellhas

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April 29, 2009 – Bill Schellhas, a popular Northwest boxer known as “The Renton Express,” died April 29, 2009  in Mesa, Ariz., at the age of 66. Schellhas, a heavyweight, fought professionally from 1967 to 1971, retiring with a record of 13-4, with 10 knockouts. He fought 10 of his 17 bouts in Seattle. “We got each other ready for a lot of big, tough fights,” said Larry Buck, another Washington heavyweight who trained with Schellhas. “He was a good fighter, and he was like a brother to me. We’re going to miss him.” They faced each other once, with Buck winning on a ninth-round knockout at the Seattle Center Coliseum. “He was a real puncher,” Buck said of Schellhas’ boxing style. “He was a converted southpaw and had that big left hook. In top shape, he fought at about 185 pounds — he looked like Rocky Marciano in there.”