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Bobo Olson

Bobo Olson (Boxing.  Born, Honolulu, HI, July 11, 1928; died, Honolulu, HI, Jan. 16, 2002.)  A middleweight champion (1953-55), Carl Olson became famous for four legendary losses to Sugar Ray Robinson and three of his five New York fights.  In 1953, Olson won the American middleweight title with a 15-round decision over Paddy Young June 19 […]

Jake LaMotta

Jake LaMotta (Boxing. Born, The Bronx, NY, July 10, 1922.) One of the celebrated middleweight champions of the post-World War II era, Jake LaMotta remains one of the most popular fighters in New York history. LaMotta’s heyday coincided with the advent of boxing as a major television attraction and he became nationally known even before […]

Emile Griffith

Emile Griffith (Boxing.  Born, St. Thomas, V.I., Feb. 3, 1938.)  Emile Alphonse Griffith never sought a boxing career and had it started for him by his employer in a hat factory when his boss entered him in the Daily News Golden Gloves.  But he turned out to be one of the most active and proficient […]

Tony Zale

Tony Zale (Boxing.  Born, Gary, IN, May 29, 1913; died, Portage, IN, Mar. 20, 1997.)  “The Man of Steel” was one of the most appropriate names in boxing. Anthony Florian Zaleski was born in a town literally founded by the U.S. Steel Company (Gary was named after a president of U.S. Steel) and in a […]

Rocky Graziano

Rocky Graziano (Boxing.  Born, New York, NY, Jan. 1, 1922; died, New York, NY, May 22, 1990.)  Rocky Graziano, born Rocco Barbella, rose from the streets and fight clubs of New York to the middleweight championship of the world.  And he did so with the heartfelt good wishes of almost everybody in his hometown.  During […]

Roberto Duran

Roberto Duran (Boxing. Born, Guarare, Panama, June 16, 1951.)  Roberto Duran cemented his reputation as “The Hands of Stone” (“Manos de Piedra”) when he won the lightweight championship from Ken Buchanan on June 16, 1972 in a Madison Square Garden title fight that resembled a back alley mugging. All of Duran’s savage skills were on […]

Marcel Cerdan

Marcel Cerdan (Boxing.  Born, Sidi Bel Abbes, Algeria, July 22, 1916; died, near Ponta Delgada, Azores, Oct. 28, 1949.)  Born in what was then considered metropolitan France, Marcel Cerdan began his pro boxing career in 1935.  Cerdan ultimately fought 100 times as a pro and held the world middleweight title for nine months.  He won […]

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