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The Boxing Biographies Newsletter
Volume 4 - No 1 - 6th Jan, 2009
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Fighting Dick Hyland

Per the Tacoma Daily News (Tacoma, WA, USA) of Nov. 13, 1908, William Uren was a substitute for an amateur boxer named Dick Hyland at the old San Francisco Athletic Club, and the name stuck. The newspaper also reported that there was an imposter "Dick Hyland" boxing in Seattle at this time.

The Fresno Bee 10 Feb 1957

Dick Hyland, born William Uren, was a Fresnan by adoption and was a member of the Fresno Fire Department for 32 years. Yet he fought only one four round exhibition in the city which was to claim him as one of its most distinguished citizens in the world of fisticuffs. Now 72, Hyland lives in San Jose, his former home. He served as referee and later state boxing commission inspector, working in and out of Fresno, following his retirement from the ring after 14
years of success.

The Syracuse Herald 30 June 1909
Nelson knocks Out Dick Hyland
twenty-three Rounds Enough for Californian.,

May 29.—Fighting Dick Hyland of California went down to defeat In twenty-three rounds at the hands of Battling Nelson before Jimmy Coffroth's Colma club this afternoon. The pair were to have met to a finish and the lightweight championship of the world was at stake. Hyland, although whipped, was not disgraced. He fought as hard as he could and gamely too, but could not withstand the knockout punches of the champion.


The Boxing Biographies Newsletter
Volume 4 - No 2 - 19th Jan, 2009
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Joey Giardello

Joey Giardello was born Carmine Orlando Tilelli, in the Bedford-Stuyvesant district of Brooklyn, New York City, on 16 July 1930. When he was still a baby the family moved to Flatbush, a slightly up market district which he recalled as being “A nice neighborhood, we had a nice home”. In those days Brooklyn was not the ghetto which later produced world champions Mike Tyson, Riddick Bowe, and Mark Breland. Nevertheless growing up in New York in the 1930’s and 40’s brought its own difficulties and the young Giardello ran with street gangs and got involved in fights.


The Boxing Biographies Newsletter
Volume 4 - No 3 - 9th Feb, 2009
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Art Swiden

I had the pleasure of being contacted by Shawn a few weeks ago and at my request she has very kindly written the following account. I find it a fascinating story of the man, about whom
very little is actually known. My sincere thanks go to Shawn for this quite extraordinary insight into the life of “The Pittsburgh Phantom”.

By, Ms. Shawn M. Cohen

To Love a Boxer
What would you do if you found out that someone you knew and loved 32 years ago in 1976, when you were only 20 years old, and he was 48, someone who had had an impressive career as a professional Heavyweight Boxer from 1946 to 1960, fighting people like Joe Louis, Zora Folley, and Buddy Turman, but you never heard of those people because boxing was as far away from you as China, what would you do if you fell in love with this man never the less, and he with you…?

TOM ALLEN'S LIFE STORY – taken from article published in 1937 AFTER licking Posh Price in 41 rounds, and George Iles in 17 rounds, Allen -was matched with Joe Goss for £100 a "side. They met on March 5, 1867. Altogether they fought 34 rounds, and owing ,to interference, the 34 rounds were contested in three different rings. At last, after they had battled fiercely for one hour and forty-two minutes, the bout was finally declared a draw.


The Boxing Biographies Newsletter
Volume 4 - No 4 - 19th Feb, 2009
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Digger Stanley
The Times 22 October 1912

The feature of the programme at the National Sporting Club last night was the 20-round contest for £400, the Bantam-Weight Championship of Great Britain, and the Lonsdale Championship Challenge Belt between Digger Stanley, of London, the holder of the Lonsdale Belt, and Alec Lafferty, Bantam-Weight Champion of Scotland. The result was a victory on points for Stanley, who thus became the owner of his belt.


Even in the last days of the old Prize Ring the Englishman was still unquestionably superior to all his rivals in the art of self-defence with nature's weapons only, success in which depended in that age of cold common sense almost as much on a man's wrestling ability as on his skill in fisticuffs. It is just possible that England's supremacy in the finest of personal pastimes might have lasted even to the present moment if wrestling had not been ruled out—to reappear in the form of clinching— under the new and mitigated code which was universally accepted -when a revival of interest in prize-fighting took place. Under the good old rules we might still possess the world's heavy-weight championship ; cross buttocking permitted and the gloves laid by, we would cheerfully back Gunner Moir (who has been Hackenschmidt's wrestling partner) to beat even the artful and artistic Johnson, to say nothing of the " white man's hopes" that are appearing so plenteously on the other side of the Atlantic .

Stan Rowan

Stan began boxing with the Grafton Services Club & Caryl Gardens ABC. As an amateur he won Lancashire & Cheshire Junior Titles at two weights before winning the senior Flyweight Title at the age of seventeen. After turning professional in 1942 his first opponent was Eddie Douglas, whom he beat at the Liverpool Stadium in four rounds, 28 August 1942. Overall Stan had nine fights that year, winning seven and drawing two. He won another five bouts in 1943 before joining the Royal Air Force.


The Boxing Biographies Newsletter
Volume 4 - No 5 - 4th March , 2009

Waterloo Evening Courier 26 March 1929
10,000 Fans Riot as Jackie Fields Gains Disputed Title
Thirty Receive Hospital Treatment;
Thompson Is Most Frightened.

Chicago, March 26.—(INS)—Because of the race riot in the coliseum here last night during the Jackie Fields-Young Jack Thompson bout, a, resolution barring mixed fights will be considered by the Illinois Boxing commission, it was learned today. Plans for detailing more police officers at boxing bouts will also be discussed by the commission. Approximately 100 persons were being treated today for injuries sustained in a riot and panic during the Jackie Fields-Jack Thompson boxing show at the Coliseum last night. Upwards of 9,000 spectators were packed in the old graystone building at the time.

The Montana Standard
14 April 1929

Jackie Fields, proclaimed welter weight champion of the world by the National Boxing association, after his victory over Young Jack Thompson in Chicago, is the cleverest boxer who
ever held the title

The Ogden Standard Examiner
26 July 1929
Dundee Drops Welterweight Title To Coast Flash
Foul Blow To Baltimore Star

Championship Contest At. Detroit Ends In Second Round; Former Champion Goes Down Twice For Count; Gate Receipts Announced At $175,000

On the head of Jackie fields, product of Chicago's ghetto, the worlds welterweight crown rested today. Jackie won undisputed claim to the title last night when he was fouled by two low punches in the second round of his title fight with Joe Dundee, Baltimore Italian, who has been dodging the foremost challengers of his division, with such consistency that he already had already had been deprived of his title by the National Boxing association.

The Ogden Standard-Examiner 28 February 1932
Welterweight Champion Regains Crown After Stubborn Battle

NEW YORK, Feb. 27.—Jackie Fields has acquired a world's title and a. bride within a short time and now he is stepping out to make all- the money he can. Monday night Jackie tackles Jimmy Belmont, at Pittsburg and on the following. Friday he’ll mingle with Johnny Indrisano, at Boston. Belmont is the youngster who held Fields to a draw before the latter beat Lou Brouillaid for the welterweight title, and Indrisano is just about the classiest boxer tipping the scales at 147 pounds.


The Boxing Biographies Newsletter
Volume 4 - No 6 - 17th March , 2009

Pete Rademacher

After winning the gold medal at the 1956 Olympics in the Light Heavyweight division, Rademacher started saying that he would be able to become world Heavyweight champion in his first professional fight. He made his belief public and was able to lure world Heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson into defending his crown against the debutant Rademacher. Rademacher quickly became a mainstream celebrity, being the subject of television talk show talk, and of much gossip around boxing magazines, fans and critics. It was the first time that a fighter making his professional debut challenges for a world crown, and it remains the first time a debutant fights for the world Heavyweight title.

Marcel Thil

world champion boxer. Born in Saint-Dizier, Haute-Marne in the Champagne-Ardenne Region of France, Marcel Thil started boxing at a very young age and turned professional at the age of sixteen. For a number of years he was a journeyman boxer but as he matured to full adult strength, with training he developed power in both hands that saw him begin to win regularly by knockout.

Salt Lake tribune 21 January 1937
Lou Brouillard Disqualified in Fourth of Title Fight

Louis Brouillard's bid for the world's middleweight boxing championship failed tonight when the Worcester, Mass. veteran was disqualified in the fourth round of his scheduled 15 round bout
with Marcel Thil of France, generally recognized as king of the division.


The Boxing Biographies Newsletter
Volume 4 – No 7 - 5th April, 2009

Nebraska State Journal 21 September 1939
40,000 Shivering Fans See Ex-New York Collegian Hang on Gamely.


After chasing Bob Pastor round for 30 minutes and getting nowhere, Joe Louis knocked out the excollegian from New York in 38 seconds of the ll th round Wednesday night to retain his
world's heavyweight championship. Louis weighed 200 pounds; Pastor 183. After flooring Pastor four times In the first round and once in the second, Louis couldn't do a thing with the back pedalling husky until his left shot out with sudden fury in the llth. Pastor dropped, managed to raise himself to his knees, but could not get to his feet before Referee Sam Hennessy counted the full ten.

Al McCoy

Arizona Republic
26 November 1940
Popular Al McCoy, Listed As Louis' Next Victim,
May Prove Surprise In Clash With Heavy Champion
Boston, Nov 25 –

Al McCoy is listed as Joe Louis’s next victim at the Boston Garden December 16, and
undoubtedly will be, but the But the Dorchester-Maine boy is no Paycheck. Louis will have to whip McCoy. The challenger's knees won't clatter in his corner. McCoy, a native of Winslow Me., has performed in every division – from flyweight to heavyweight. Carpentier perhaps is the only other fighter who did that. McCoy started young— at 26 years of age, he is a veteran of 11 years of warfare and 150 glove duels. He is the roly-poly type – always has been that way. even as little fellow.


The Boxing Biographies Newsletter
Volume 4 – No 8 - 18th April , 2009

Charles Ledoux

The Times
9th February 1914

Charles Ledoux (France) and Bill Beynon (South Wales) met at Cardiff on Saturday night in a 20-round contest for £1,000 and the Bantam-Weight Championship of Europe. Beynon's seconds
decided that he had had enough in the ninth round, Ledoux thus repeating his victory of six weeks ago. It was hoped that the plucky little Welshman would avenge his previous defeat, which was due, in the opinion of certain patriotic authorities, to an unlucky blow that split his eyebrow and compelled his retirement in the seventh round.

Abe Goldstein

The Galverston Daily News 17 July 1924
Bantamweight Champion Defends His Title Against Frenchman in Dull Affair

New York. July 16.
Abe. Goldstein, world's bantamweight champion, successfully defended his title in a tame, uninteresting fifteen round exhibition against Charles Ledoux of France at the Velodrome Athletic Club tonight. Ledoux started the first round cautiously, taking the defensive. Goldstein staggered him with a stiff right, Ledoux almost losing his balance from the force of the jolt.

The Daily Huronite 26 January 1894
How Corbett Won and Mitchell Lost the Great Buttle at Jacksonville.

For the first time since he has been acknowledged head of the pugilistic fraternity of the world, James J. Corbett has defended with success the title which he won by defeating his
predecessor, John L. Sullivan. Pitted against the boasted exponent of the manly art in England,


The Boxing Biographies Newsletter
Volume 4- No 9 - 22 April , 2009

Harold Blackshear
Oakland Tribune 18 January 1940

No one is to blame for Harold Blackshear's plight but Harold himself. Had the Monterey Negro emulated Al Jolson and asked Sonnyboy to sit upon his knee and listen to a lullaby, all might
have gone well. But, no. Blackshear wanted to play rough. Sonnyboy Walker Fell into the spirit of the occasion, and as a result Harold was kay od with a Beautiful finality in the ninth round of last night's Auditorium main event.

Oakland Tribune 18 December 1940
Negro Unhurt;
Asks Rematch
Jim Jeffries, Ex-Champ, on Hand to Referee Preliminary
Three separate and distinct schools of thought exist today as the aftermath of last night's fight
show. One school believes Buddy Baer, all 241 pounds of him, is a distinct burn, despite his
third round technical knockout of Harold Blackshear at the Auditorium.

Jack Sharkey

Was born Joseph Paul Cukoschay, also spelt Zukauskas. The son of Lithuanian immigrants in Binghamton. New York state, on 26 October 1902. Some years later when a young reporter told him he couldn’t pronounce Sharkey's name, the fighter laughed:

“Neither can I, That’s why I changed it’s the damnedest conglomeration of letters I've ever seen!'

As a boy growing up in Binghamton Sharkey wasn't much of a scholar. He preferred fishing in the local streams to attending classes, and was something of a loner.


The Boxing Biographies Newsletter
Volume 4- No 10 - 6 May , 2009

Harry Mizler
Career Record: click
Nationality: British
Hometown: St George's, London, United Kingdom
Born: 1913-01-22
Died: 1990-00-00
Age at Death: 76

1952, Boxing News. Parts 1-5
THE-Perfect Fighting Machine descends on us so very occasionally yet, when he does, the tendency is to take him for granted. During the past half century who has there been worthy
of that exalted title ?. In the United State Mickey Walker, Joe Louis, Henry Armstrong and Ray Robinson. Over here Jimmy Wilde, Jim Driscoll, Kid Lewis, Benny Lynch and Randolph Turpin, while the Continent has contributed the tragic Marcel Cerdan.

Yet one finds the task of selecting the greatest boxers, from a class field, comparable to finding the sweetest fruit in a box of fresh strawberries. There have been thousands of fighters from every weight division who have reached championship class. Men who have won titles, others who have never been given their deserved opportunity, and youngsters whom fate has, treated


And for every career, there is a story worthy of inclusion in the long history of boxing's annals.
The burning question that constantly remains unanswered is . . . What qualifications are required
to raise the good boxer into the immortal class ?


The Boxing Biographies Newsletter
Volume 4 - No 11 - 22 May , 2009

Harry Mizler
Part 6 and the final installment

Just before he was matched with AI Roth of New York Mizler became friendly with Betty Greenfield an attractive young woman who was to become his wife two years later. Betty met
Roth at a dance and asked him during the course of conversation what he did for a living. The exchanges went something like this:


The Boxing Biographies Newsletter
Volume 4- No 12 - 2 June , 2009

The Times , Chester, PA - 6 September 1935
Old Friend of Tony Canzoneri, Whom He'll Fight on Oct. 4

SUMMIT, N. J., Sept. 6 — Little Al Roth, 133 pounds and 5 feet, 4, but with a bull neck and shoulders of a truck driver, stopped skipping a rope and with a sigh said he wished someone besides Tony Canzoneri was lightweight champion. "Gee," he exclaimed, "it's a tough break for me that Tony is champion. He and me are pals and here I am getting ready to fight him. We'll have to go in there and try to bang each other's heads off. But whoever wins, we'll still be pals when it's over."

The Warren Morning Mirror - 13 September 1927

Benny Bass Earns Decision Over Red Chapman For The Title
In a sensational ten round match which almost ended in a simultaneous knockout in the ninth
round, Benny Bass battered his way to victory tonight over Red Chapman, in a bout which
carried with it recognition by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission as featherweight
champion of the world.

Ironwood Daily Globe 2 December 1925
Fiction Is Outdone By Newsboy Fighter
Already He Is 2 to 2 Favorite
Over Anybody He Happens To Meet
Los Angeles—Two years ago
"Mushy" Callahan was a young news boy who picked up considerable side money by "scalping" tickets and selling boxing magazines in front of local fight arenas. Today others are "scalping" tickets — with "Mushy's" name printed on them in big type —and others are selling those same magazines— with Mushy's' picture on the cover.

The Lincoln State Journal
20 January 1923
Awarded the Decision Over Pal Moran at the End of Fifteen
Rounds of a Give and Take Battle.
NEW YORK, Jan. 19

Lew Tendler. Philadelphia lightweight, was awarded the judge's decision- tonight over Pal Moran of New Orleans, in a slashing fifteen round battle at Madison Square garden. Both fighters began cautiously and there was little action in the first, three rounds. Moran outboxed Tendler, blocking the Philadelphian's left hooks and shooting in a damaging right that brought a
flow of blood from Tendler's mouth. Both traded hard punches to the head in the second round and in the third Moran staggered Tendler with a right smash to the chin.


The Boxing Biographies Newsletter
Volume 4- No 13 - 20 June , 2009

Harlem Tommy Murphy

Harlem Tommy Murphy was champion near champion of boxing. Too heavy for the featherweight class and too light for the lightweights. Murphy developed into the toughest work-horse in both classes. Champions steered clear of him until they lost their titles, Willie Ritchie being the only one to give Harlem Tommy a crack at his crown. But the chance came too late. Murphy was in the yellow of his fighting days when he battled Ritchie for the lightweight championship, April 17, 1914, in San Francisco, and lost in 20 hard fought rounds.

The Salt Lake Tribune 24th Feb 1913
Wolgast-Murphy Mill Is Full of Breakneck Speed More Action Crowded Into Each Round
Than Is Frequently Seen in an Entire Contest; Every Point Scored by One Fighter Is Offset by the Other.

Now that the fight is over one can consider it calmly. Twenty rounds, and a draw for Ad Wolgast and Harlem Tommy Murphy. But that does not begin to tell the story, for there was more action crowded into each three minute spell of fighting than is frequently seen in an entire contest.

The Bridgeport Telegram 11 October 1918
Matty Baldwin Had Brilliant Career in Ring

Matty Baldwin, the lightweight, boxer who died Tuesday at his home in Boston, a victim of the Spanish influenza plague, enjoyed a unique career in the squared circle. Matty, although never
champion of his division, fought, without losing two men who later won the lightweight title. These men were Ad Wolgast, the Michigan Bearcat, and Willie Ritchie.