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Ingemar Johansson

Ingemar Johansson (Boxing.  Born, Gothenburg, Sweden, Oct. 16, 1932; died, Kungsbacka, Sweden, Jan. 30, 2009.)  Heavyweight champion for just over 51 weeks in 1959-60, Ingemar Johansson both won and lost the title in New York.  Johansson became the champion June 26, 1959, by virtue of a third-round knockout of Floyd Patterson at Yankee Stadium.  He lost the […]

Les Keiter

Les Keiter (Broadcasting.  Born, Seattle, Wash., Apr. 27, 1919; died, Kailua, Hawaii, April 14, 2009.)  For nearly a decade starting in 1954, Les R. Keiter was one of the most recognizable voices in New York sports radio.  Keiter became sports director at WINS (AM 1010) in 1954 and began doing a pre-game show before Yankees […]

Archie Moore

Archie Moore (Boxing. Born, Benoit, MS, Dec. 13, 1913; died, San Diego, CA, Dec. 9, 1998.) One of the best fighters and greatest characters of boxing’s last “Golden Age” in the 1950s and early 1960s, Archie Moore was the light heavyweight champion for over nine years (1952-62). Moore fought several times for the heavyweight title, […]

Floyd Patterson

Floyd Patterson (Boxing.  Born, Waco, NC, Jan. 4, 1935; died, New Paltz, NY, May 11, 2006.)  Although he was born in North Carolina, New York fans adopted Floyd Patterson as one of their own, and he was to become a New York institution after making his pro debut at St. Nick’s Arena Sept. 12, 1952.  […]

Ruby Goldstein

Ruby Goldstein (Boxing.  Born, New York, NY, Oct. 7, 1907; died, Miami Beach, FL, Apr. 22, 1984.)  Known as “the Jewel of the Ghetto” during his days as a professional fighter, Reuben Goldstein is perhaps best remembered as a boxing referee who  worked 39 championship fights in over two decades as the third man in […]

Oscar Bonavena

Oscar Bonavena (Boxing.  Born, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sept. 25, 1942; died, Reno, NV, May 22, 1976.)  A serious heavyweight contender who once took Muhammad Ali 15 rounds, Oscar Natalio Bonavena was never quite good enough to beat a top heavyweight.  Among his eight career losses in 67 fights were those to Zora Folley (1965), Jimmy […]

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