HBO boxing columnist Bill Dettloff began his long love affair with boxing when, at nine years old, he opened a Sports Illustrated magazine and saw a photo of George Foreman preparing for his upcoming heavyweight title defense against Muhammad Ali. He knew at that second that Foreman represented everything he wanted to be and was hooked from that moment on.
After a four-year amateur career that lasted throughout his teens and included a trip to the middleweight finals of the 1983 New Jersey Golden Gloves competition, Bill decided his chances for success were far greater with a pen than they were with boxing gloves, and started writing. He attended college in New Jersey and while in his 20s wrote for various newspapers and edited and wrote copy for several advertising agencies. His passion for the fight game never waned, however, and he soon began to submit articles to The Ring and KO magazines.
Bill published his first articles for The Ring and its sister magazines in 1995 and soon after was named the magazine's senior writer, a position he retains today. He began writing for HBO's boxing Web site in January 2002 and is one of the fight game's more prolific writers. In 2004 a feature he wrote on Roy Jones for The Ring was recognized by the Boxing Writers Association of America (of which Bill is a member), as one of the best feature stories of the year. Bill also writes a weekly column for The Ring's Web site and in November 2005, Harper Collins published the book Box Like the Pros, which Bill wrote with former world heavyweight champion Joe Frazier.
Bill lives in the Lehigh Valley in eastern Pennsylvania with his wife, Kimberly, two daughters, Kayla and Angelina, son Billy, and their Australian Cattle Dog, Duva.