In 2017 Wade was inducted into PA Boxing Hall of Fame. He started boxing at 14 years old with friends from his neighborhood at the ABCDEF Center in Brewerytown. As an amatuer, Wade had 45 wins and 5 losses with a career 25 KOs. He went Pro at the tender age of 16. His first professional match was in 1975, and went undefeated for 12 fights with 6 KOs. His career ended early due to an eye injury, with a record of 14-2.
Immediately after retiring, Wade started coaching in 1981 and has been coaching ever since. He and his students have won three national champions. Students Chazz Witherspoon made the 2004 Olympic team, Teon Kennedy fought in the 2012 super Bantamweight, Middleweight Lajuan Simon fought for 2 world titles, and Arthur Abraham in Germany in 2009 with a loss due to controversial decision. Wade’s students include many other fighters that had successful careers.
Wade started doing personal training for a variety of clients in 2010. His client list includes famous Philly chefs Michael Solomonov and Brad Spence, ex-wife of Brent Celek, and many others. From trashmen, to lawyers, doctors, and CEOs, Wade teaches anyone at any level of experience who wants to learn the sweet science of boxing. Look out for him as Michael B. Jordan’s corner man in Creed II!