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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 […]

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 […]

Ray Arcel

Ray Arcel (Boxing.  Born, Terre Haute, IN, Aug. 3, 1899; died, New York, NY, Mar. 7, 1994.)  Ray Arcel handled over 2,000 fighters and 20 of them became world champions over the course of a 70-year career as the leading trainer of the 20th century.  As staggering as his record is, Arcel was equally renowned […]

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