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Battling Levinsky

Battling Levinsky (Boxing. Born, Philadelphia, PA, June 10, 1889; died, Philadelphia, PA, Feb. 12, 1949.) Born Bernard Lerowitz, Battling Levinsky was a popular fighter in several weight classes over a 23-year career (1906-29) who fought 56 times in New York. Levinsky also had 24 bouts in Brooklyn, five in the Rockaways, four in Jersey City, […]

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, […]

Mike McTigue

Mike McTigue (Boxing. Born, County Clare, Ireland, Nov. 26, 1892; died, New York, NY, Aug. 12, 1966.) Mike McTigue was among the most popular fighters during the great days of boxing after the Walker Law legalized the sport in 1920. McTigue began boxing in Ireland in 1909 and first fought in New York in 1916, […]

Gus Lesnevich

Gus Lesnevich (Boxing. Born, Cliffside Park, NJ, Feb. 22, 1915; died, Cliffside Park, NJ, Feb. 28, 1968.) A Golden Gloves Intercity champion in 1934, Gus Lesnevich turned pro and had a 15-year career (1934-49) that included seven years (1941-48) as light heavyweight champion. After lean war years, Lesnevich had several big paydays, selling out the […]

Jack Delaney

Jack Delaney (Boxing.  Born, St. Francis, P.Q., Mar. 18, 1900; Katonah, NY, Nov. 27, 1948.)  Born Ovila Chapdelane, Jack Delaney was a very popular fighter in the 1920s, winning the light heavyweight championship in 1926.  Delaney fought four times against Paul Berlenbach, two of them historic occasions.  He lost to Berlenbach in a light heavy […]

Georges Carpentier

Georges Carpentier (Boxing.  Born, Lens, France, Jan. 12, 1894; died, Paris, France, Oct. 27, 1975.)  Known as the only boxer to have fought professionally in all weight classes, Georges Carpentier was a party to boxing’s first million-dollar gate main event.  Carpentier, a French World War I veteran, had 106 pro bouts but is remembered for […]

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