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Barney Ross

Barney Ross (Boxing.  Born, New York, NY, Dec. 23, 1909; died, Chicago, IL, Jan. 17, 1967.)  Barnet David Rosofsky, born on New York’s Lower East Side, moved to Chicago as a youngster and turned to boxing after the tragic murder of his father during a holdup at the family’s store.  Although known to his family as “Beryl,” Ross […]

Sammy Mandell

Sammy Mandell (Boxing. Born, Rockford, IL, Feb. 5, 1904; died, Oak Park, IL, Nov. 7, 1967.) Though he fought mainly in the Midwest early in his career, Sammy Mandell (born Samuel R. Mandella) had several of his most important bouts in New York. Lightweight champion from 1926-30, he was a major contender when champion Benny […]

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 […]

Ralph Giordano

Ralph Giordano (Boxing.  Born, Naples, Italy, May 22, 1905; died, Fresno, CA, July 20, 1993.)  During his 21-year career in the ring (1919-40), Ralph Capabianca Giordano won 123 of 151 bouts and reigned as world welterweight champion for 96 days in 1933.  Basically a West Coast fighter, Giordano fought as “Young Corbett III” during much […]

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