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Billy Graham

Billy Graham (Boxing.  Born, New York, NY, Sept. 9, 1922; died, West Islip, NY, Jan. 22, 1992.)  An incorruptible fighter with above-average skills, William P. Graham, Jr., was a basic welterweight who fought numerous champions but never won a title.  Graham campaigned for nearly 15 years (1941-55) as a professional boxer and faced such champions […]

Kid Gavilan

Kid Gavilan (Boxing.  Born, Camaguey, Cuba, Jan. 6, 1926; died, Miami, FL, Feb. 13, 2003.)  At age 17, Kid Gavilan began a professional boxing career in Havana in 1943 that would lead him eventually to New York and the world welterweight championship.  Gavilan’s first New York fight came after the second World War ended and […]

Robert Christenberry

Robert Christenberry (Boxing.  Born, Huntington, TN, Jan. 27, 1899; died, New York, NY, Apr. 14, 1973.)  During his four years as chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission, Robert Keaton Christenberry became embroiled in several controversies.  Christenberry succeeded Col. Edward P.F. Eagen Sept. 25, 1951.  Carmen Basilio won a 10-round decision over Michigan’s Chuck […]

Whitey Bimstein

Whitey Bimstein (Boxing.  Born, New York, NY, 1887; died, New York, NY, July 13, 1969.)  A ubiquitous character in New York boxing for more than five decades, Morris Bimstein was long associated with Ray Arcel.  Considered one of the best cornermen in the game, Bimstein excelled as a cut man who worked with Sixto Escobar, […]

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