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Review on ‘Friday Night Fighter: Gaspar “Indio Ortega” and the Golden Age of Television’

by on Oct.18, 2013, under Boxing News, Reviews

By Pete Ehrmann

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Friday Night Fighter:

 Gasper “Indio” Ortega and the Golden Age of Television Boxing

By Troy Rondinone

University of Illinois Press

304 pages, 14 b/w photos

 When I interviewed Gaspar “Indio” Ortega for The Ring magazine in 1995, the Mexican native who was a Top 10 welterweight in the 1950s and ‘60s and a staple of the fights that were a staple of TV network broadcasting then said, “I liked to be in the ring and show how Indio, with no education, can excite a lot of people.” Now 78, he’s doing it all over again thanks to this magnifico biography of a fighter and an era that ought to make up a little for the championship belt Ortega  never got.

Troy Rondinone’s history of television’s first go-round with boxing is outstanding in every respect. Twinning it with the riveting life story of the popular veteran of 200 or so pro fights was inspired and natural, since Ortega appeared in the Gillette series more times than anyone but Dick Tiger. (continue reading…)

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A Look Back at Longtime Ad Wolgast Sparring Partner, ‘Hobo’ Dougherty

by on Jul.03, 2013, under Boxing News

By Pete Ehrmann

Ad Wolgast (photo courtesy of Imageevent.com -- no photo could be found of Hobo Dougherty)

Ad Wolgast (photo courtesy of Imageevent.com — no photo could be found of Hobo Dougherty)

 

These days it’s anybody who wears the uniform of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks, but long before the Cream City sports landscape was littered with such overpaid nuisances the idols of kids like Burke Cantor were the pugs who traded leather at the Hippodrome on Wells Street and in downtown theaters like the Star and the Gayety.

Even though prizefighting was technically outlawed in Wisconsin, in the eighth year of the first decade of the 20th century the sport thrived in the state’s largest city thanks to the patronage of city fathers and the appeal of such homegrown fighters as Charley Neary and Maurice Sayers, both lightweights of national renown. (continue reading…)

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King Tut: The Life of Lightweight Henry Tuttle

by on Jan.07, 2011, under Pete Ehrmann

Henry Roland Tuttle: "King Tut"

Henry Roland Tuttle: "King Tut"

By Pete Ehrmann

When 12-year-old Henry Roland Tuttle ran away from his home in Wonewoc, a flyspeck on the Wisconsin map 50 miles north of Madison best-known for a local Spiritualist Camp offering “Serenity…Peace…Harmony…Healing…Soul Nourishment” for 136 years, not even the boldest swami there would’ve predicted he would be reincarnated down the road as an Egyptian pharaoh who punched like a pyramid falling down.

Twelve years later the runaway would be King Tut, the most feared lightweight boxer in the world, conqueror in 34 seconds of future Hall of Famer Billy Petrolle, and referred to by newspaperman as “HRH” — His Royal Highness. Or, when they were feeling less whimsical, as the “Wonewoc Wasp.” (continue reading…)

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‘Slave for Mayhem’ & Excess, Ketchel Takes Papke in Milwaukee

by on Jun.02, 2009, under Boxing News, CBZ Columnists, Pete Ehrmann

A look back at middleweight legend Stanley Ketchel vs. Billy Papke 
By Pete Ehrmann

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A hundred and one years ago Thursday, one of the most legendary champions in boxing history defended his title in the Beer Capital of America, and then celebrated by washing his feet in $2,700 worth of wine.

In 1908 that was more money than the average wage-slave earned in an entire year. But the only thing Stanley Ketchel was a slave to was his appetite for mayhem in the ring and for doing whatever the hell he felt like out of it. (continue reading…)

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