A lot of people helped him achieve great heights in his athletic and personal careers.

And on Sunday, when Deoria was officially inducted into the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame, he made sure to thank all the people who helped him become successful.

The ceremony took place at Romano's Caterers in Philadelphia. Deoria was one of five inductees selected by the board of directors of the Veteran Boxers Association.

"It was really nice," Deoria said. "I don't know how many people were there, but it turned out to be nice. There were a lot of good boxing people there."

Deoria enjoyed a highly successful amateur and professional career in the ring. He won the Pennsylvania state lightweight title back in 1993. He fought professionally for six years and ended his career with a 20-6 mark that included 10 knockouts.

He was trained and managed by John Mulvenna of the Front Street Gym in Philadelphia and his father, Jim Deoria Sr. Today, Jimmy is a police officer in Schuylkill Township and directs the Phoenixville Area Police Athletic League (PAL) program for young boxers at the Civic Center on Main Street.

Deoria and his wife, Brigitte, have three children and still reside in Phoenixville.

"I thanked my family for supporting me for my 14 years as a boxer," Deoria said of his speech. "My father took me to the Philadelphia gym every day after work and school. And in 1982, I met John Mulvenna and he became a second father to me. He would stick by me every day in the gym. He was always there for me."

He thanked wife Brigitte for allowing him to continue to stay involved with PAL boxing, which occupies much of his time outside of police duty as a second career. The PAL program began in 1999.

Deoria's well-documented boxing career began at the tender age of 12. Deoria spent eight years as an amateur, traveling around the United States in national tournaments. He amassed more than 100 amateur fights that included international bouts in Ireland and Canada.

Deoria became a five-time Philadelphai Junior Olympic champion, three-time Mid-Atlantic open class champion and two-time Diamond Belt open class champion. In 1988, Deoria was named the Mid-Atlantic Fighter of the Year.

Deoria has fond memories of all his feats. He made sure to thank all the people who helped make it all possible.

"In life, in whatever career, you don't get there alone," Deoria said. "There are good people around you who help you out. You have to be strong enough to take advantage of help. Any kid who gets into boxing should have the same type of people around him that I had."

He acknowledged that some of the greatest fighters in the world have had their roots in Philadelphia.

"It is a great honor to be recognized among the other boxers," Deoria said. "I am very thankful to the nominating committee."

Other inductees included Vinny Burgese, Sammy Goss, Joe Trofe and Bobby "Boogaloo" Watts.

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