Jens Ingemar "Ingo" Johansson (Swedish: [ˈɪŋ(ɛ)mar ²juːanˌsɔn]; 22 September 1932 – 30 January 2009) was a Swedish professional boxer who competed from 1952 to 1963. He held the world heavyweight title from 1959 to 1960, and was the fifth heavyweight champion born outside the United States. Johansson won the title by defeating Floyd Patterson via third-round stoppage, after flooring him seven times in that round. For this achievement, Johansson was awarded the Hickok Belt as top professional athlete of the year—the only non-American to do so in the belt's entire 27-year existence—and was named the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year and Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year.
Johansson also held the European heavyweight title twice, from 1956 to 1958 and from 1962 to 1963. As an amateur he won a silver medal in the heavyweight division at the 1952 Summer Olympics. He affectionately named his right fist "toonder and lightning" for its concussive power (it was also called "Ingo's bingo" and the "Hammer of Thor"), and in 2003 he was ranked at No. 99 on The Ring magazine's list of the 100 greatest punchers of all time. He reputedly had recurring bone trouble in his right hand throughout his career as a result.
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Reach||183 cm (72 in)|
|Born||22 September 1932|
|Died||30 January 2009 (aged 76)|
|Wins by KO||17|
Johansson's introduction to the top rank of the sport was inauspicious. At age nineteen he was disqualified for passivity at the Helsinki 1952 Summer Olympics in the heavyweight competition in a fight against eventual Olympic gold medalist Ed Sanders. Johansson maintained he was not evading Sanders (who also got a warning for passivity), but rather was trying to tire his opponent. Johansson said he had been limited to a 10-day training camp, had only trained with newcomers, and had been told by his coach to let Sanders be the aggressor. Nevertheless, his silver medal was withheld for poor performance and only presented to him in 1982.
Johansson had earned his spot in the Olympics by winning the Swedish National Championship earlier the same year, 1952, after he knocked out his opponent in the first round of the final.
After the Olympics Johansson went into seclusion for six months and considered quitting boxing. However, he returned to the ring and turned professional under the guidance of the Swedish publisher and boxing promoter Edwin Ahlquist, subsequently winning his first 21 professional fights. He won the Scandinavian pro title by knocking down and outscoring the Dane Erik Jensen (breaking his right hand in the process). A broken hand and a one-year military service kept him out of the ring until late 1954. In August 1955, in his twelfth professional fight, Johansson knocked out former European Heavyweight Champion Hein ten Hoff in the first round. He took the Scandinavian heavyweight title in 1953 and, on 30 September 1956, he won the European Heavyweight Championship by scoring a 13th-round KO over Italy's Franco Cavicchi in Milan for the European title.
Johansson earned his shot at the world heavyweight crown when he knocked out top ranked contender Eddie Machen in the first round of their elimination match on 14 September 1958. In front of 53,615 fans in Ullevi football stadium, Johansson downed Machen three times, finally finishing him with a barrage of punches at 2:16 of the first round. Johansson then signed to fight champion Floyd Patterson.
Johansson was a colourful figure in New York City as he trained for the fight. Eschewing the monastic training regimen favored by Patterson and other fighters, Johansson trained at the Catskill resort of Grossingers. He did not seem to train particularly hard, and was often seen at night spots with his attractive girlfriend, Elaine Sloane, whom he asked out while she was working for Sports Illustrated.
He entered the ring in Yankee Stadium on 26 June 1959, as a 5–1 underdog. Johansson spent the first two rounds of the encounter retreating and flicking a light left jab at the champion. In the third round, Johansson threw a wide left hook that Patterson blocked with his right hand. When he moved his right hand away from its protective peek-a-boo position before his chin, Johansson drilled him with a short powerful right hand. Patterson went down, arose on unsteady legs and was out on his feet. Johansson followed up his advantage and sent Patterson down six more times in the round before the bout was stopped by referee Ruby Goldstein. Johansson celebrated with his girlfriend and future wife Birgit Lundgren and the next day a headline in a New York newspaper expressed the city's amazement. It read: "Ingo – It's Bingo."  When Johansson returned to Sweden, he flew in on a helicopter, landing in the main football stadium in Gothenburg, his home town, and was cheered by 20,000 people. He appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, as well as the cover of Life Magazine on 20 July 1959, alongside Birgit.
Johansson was a flamboyant champion – a precursor to the "Swinging Sixties". One publication dubbed Johansson "boxing's Cary Grant" and in 1960 he appeared in the movie All the Young Men as a marine, alongside stars Alan Ladd and Sidney Poitier. Wherever he went, in the U.S. or in Sweden, he had a beautiful woman on his arm, with paparazzi snapping pictures.
To train for the third fight with Patterson, Ingemar sparred with a young Muhammad Ali, (known then as Cassius Clay) in Miami Beach. After Cassius had "boxed his way around the ring, as if it was he, using 'Ingo' as a sparring partner", somebody offered $100,000 to Ingemar to fight in a televised event with Ali, but Ingemar declined saying that the fight would not draw three ticket holders and that Ali did not have the ability to step in the ring with him at that time.
Johansson proposed to girlfriend Birgit in April 1960 after the champion visited Egypt. Then he turned his attention to defending his title against Floyd Patterson. The two signed for a rematch on 20 June 1960. Patterson knocked Johansson out in the fifth round with a leaping left hook to become the first man to recover the world's undisputed heavyweight title. The punch caught Johansson's chin and he hit the canvas with a thud, out cold before he landed flat on his back. With blood trickling from his mouth, his glazed eyes staring up at the ring lights, and his left foot twitching, the Swede was counted out. After the count, Patterson showed his concern for Johansson by cradling his motionless opponent, and promising him a second rematch. Johansson lay flat on his back on the canvas for five minutes before he was placed on a stool brought into the ring. He was still dazed and unsteady fifteen minutes after the knockout as he was helped out of the ring.
Patterson and Johansson fought their final match on 13 March 1961. Johansson appeared to be in the worst physical condition of his three bouts with Patterson. A. J. Liebling, writing in The New Yorker, said the outcome seemed preordained and that Johansson was not dieting for the fight, eating creamed chicken, strawberry shortcake, and cherry cheesecake. Nonetheless the fight was competitive. Johansson caught Patterson leaping at him in the very first round and knocked him down. He followed his advantage up by scoring another knockdown, but was himself caught going in wide open by that famous Patterson left hook, resulting in a knockdown. As the fight progressed, it became obvious that Johansson was spent. Patterson won when the referee swiftly stopped the contest in round six after Johansson had been knocked down once again.
Johansson, then only 29, returned to Europe. He recaptured the European crown from Dick Richardson by an eight-round KO on 17 June 1962. By this time, Sonny Liston had captured the heavyweight crown from Patterson, and efforts were underway to match Johansson with Liston.
Johansson, however, fought journeyman heavyweight Brian London on 21 April 1963, in a non-title twelve-round match. Johansson won most of the rounds by boxing fairly well but seldom throwing a serious right hand punch throughout the entire fight. In round twelve, with four seconds remaining in the fight, London tagged Johansson with a powerful right hand that knocked him down flat on his back. Johansson arose at the count of four, just as the bell rang to end the fight. Film of this fight clearly illustrates Ingo was upright but groggy at the sound of the bell, but was the points winner.
The next day, the front page of Stockholm's newspapers showed a photo of him dizzy, climbing the ropes, with the headline "Wake up Ingo – You won!" After seeing this, he sat down and wrote a letter to the European Boxing Union, resigning his title and retiring from boxing at the age of 30.
Ingemar Johansson and Floyd Patterson became good friends who flew across the Atlantic to visit each other every year.
Johansson made several films in Sweden and appeared as a marine in the Korean War film All the Young Men (1960). In the 1960s along with other business interests, Johansson co-promoted boxing cards in Sweden, including several with ex-champ Sonny Liston (1966 and 1967). On 22 April 1966, he boxed a five-round exhibition with European Heavyweight Champion Karl Mildenberger for his first co-promotion. He also owned a fishing boat and a bar called "Ingo's".
By the 1970s, he resided in Pompano Beach, Florida, where he owned a hotel. He ran in marathons (including the Boston Marathon) all over the world until the mid-1980s. In 1985 he completed the Stockholm Marathon.
During the 1990s, Johansson and Patterson would attend boxing conventions and also sign their autographs on boxing memorabilia. They continued to be friends until the onset of Alzheimer's disease incapacitated them both. It is thought the illness was of the type linked to boxing, although his career was fairly short compared to some champions. In the 1990s Johansson's business interests in Sweden included sports apparel and a light lager beer called "Hammer", named for his punching prowess.
In 2000, the Swedish Sports Academy selected Johansson as Sweden's third-best athlete of the 20th century, behind tennis great Björn Borg and Alpine skiing great Ingemar Stenmark. In 2002, he was inducted to the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Having suffered from Alzheimer's disease and dementia since the mid-1990s, he lived in a nursing home in Kungsbacka while his health deteriorated. In the later stages of his illness, he was reunited with his second wife, Birgit, who was at his side when he died on 30 January 2009, from complications following pneumonia. At the time of his death, he was at age 76 the oldest living heavyweight champion. Johansson was married three times and is survived by five children.
In January 2011, the 1959 Johnny Lion song "Ingemar Johansson", which chronicles the 1959 Patterson fight, was re-released on the compilation album From The Vault: The Coed Records Lost Master Tapes, Volume 1.
While his victory over Floyd Patterson was a huge upset at the time, Johansson's standing within heavyweight history is fairly poor. Considered to be an ordinary fighter with a very good right hand, the Swede was perhaps fortunate to have met Patterson, one of history's more vulnerable heavyweight champions, for the title. Patterson also likely took the challenge of Johansson lightly, given the Swede's apparently lackadaisical approach to training. This was also at a time when it was considered a virtual impossibility that a European heavyweight could inflict a defeat on an American champion on U.S soil. Furthermore, Patterson had defended the title just 56 days previously, against Britain's Brian London, and likely considered Johansson to be another inept challenger from Europe.
Johannsson's world title victory is still historically significant within European boxing, as he became only the fourth-ever European to become heavyweight champion, and the first since Primo Carnera in 1933, who lost the title to Max Baer almost exactly 25 years before Johansson's triumph. Johansson would be the last European to win the heavyweight title until Italy's Francesco Damiani became the inaugural WBO heavyweight champion in May 1989. As the WBO was a fledgling sanctioning body at the time and not considered a legitimate world title, it was not until Great Britain's Lennox Lewis was awarded the WBC title in 1992, 33 years after Johansson's victory over Patterson, that a European again held a recognized version of the heavyweight title. It was also not until 1999, when Lewis unified the titles against Evander Holyfield, that a European again held the undisputed heavyweight championship, as Johansson had 40 years earlier. Johansson was also the last Caucasian (and last non-American) to hold the heavyweight title until South Africa's Gerrie Coetzee won the WBA version in 1983.
Despite never successfully defending the title, Johansson can claim to have been a heavyweight champion through two decades (The 1950s and 1960s). He was the first heavyweight champion to lose the title to the man whom he had beaten to become champion since Ezzard Charles's loss to Jersey Joe Walcott in 1951. This would not happen again until September 1978, when Leon Spinks dropped the title back to Muhammad Ali, having beaten him in February of that year to become champion.
Outside of Europe, Johansson is best remembered as the opponent whom Patterson beat to become the first man to regain the heavyweight championship. As this loss, and the one which he suffered to the American in their third fight, are his only defeats, Johansson is one of three heavyweight champions to have retired with victories over every opponent he faced as a professional. The others are Rocky Marciano and Lennox Lewis. Although the win over Patterson to claim the heavyweight title is his most famous, Johansson's first-round victory of the undefeated American, Eddie Machen, in 1958 is also noteworthy and provides evidence of the power the Swede held in his right hand. Machen would go on to take Sonny Liston the twelve round distance in 1960 and lasted into the tenth round against Joe Frazier in 1966.
|28||Win||26–2||Brian London||PTS||12||21 Apr 1963||Johanneshovs Isstadion, Stockholm, Sweden|
|27||Win||25–2||Dick Richardson||KO||8 (15), 2:13||17 Jun 1962||Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden||Won European heavyweight title|
|26||Win||24–2||Wim Snoek||KO||5 (10), 1:15||15 Apr 1962||Kungliga tennishallen, Stockholm, Sweden|
|25||Win||23–2||Joe Bygraves||TKO||7 (12), 2:08||9 Feb 1962||Exhibition and Congress Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden|
|24||Loss||22–2||Floyd Patterson||KO||6 (15), 2:45||13 Mar 1961||Exhibition Hall, Miami Beach, Florida, US||For The Ring and world heavyweight titles|
|23||Loss||22–1||Floyd Patterson||KO||5 (15), 1:51||20 Jun 1960||Polo Grounds, New York City, New York, US||Lost The Ring and world heavyweight titles|
|22||Win||22–0||Floyd Patterson||TKO||3 (15), 2:03||26 Jun 1959||Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York, US||Won The Ring and world heavyweight titles|
|21||Win||21–0||Eddie Machen||KO||1 (12), 2:16||14 Sep 1958||Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden|
|20||Win||20–0||Heinz Neuhaus||TKO||4 (12), 2:56||13 Jul 1958||Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden|
|19||Win||19–0||Joe Erskine||TKO||13 (15)||21 Feb 1958||Exhibition and Congress Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden||Retained European heavyweight title|
|18||Win||18–0||Archie McBride||PTS||10||13 Dec 1957||Exhibition and Congress Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden|
|17||Win||17–0||Henry Cooper||KO||5 (15), 2:57||19 May 1957||Råsunda Stadium, Stockholm, Sweden||Retained European heavyweight title|
|16||Win||16–0||Peter Bates||KO||2 (10), 1:45||28 Dec 1956||Exhibition and Congress Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden|
|15||Win||15–0||Franco Cavicchi||KO||13 (15), 1:16||30 Sep 1956||PalaDozza, Bologna, Italy||Won European heavyweight title|
|14||Win||14–0||Hans Friedrich||PTS||10||15 Apr 1956||Kungliga tennishallen, Stockholm, Sweden|
|13||Win||13–0||Joe Bygraves||PTS||8||24 Feb 1956||Exhibition and Congress Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden|
|12||Win||12–0||Hein ten Hoff||KO||1 (8), 1:00||28 Aug 1955||Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden|
|11||Win||11–0||Günter Nurnberg||KO||7 (8)||12 Jun 1955||Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Germany|
|10||Win||10–0||Uber Bacilieri||UD||8||3 Apr 1955||Kungliga tennishallen, Stockholm, Sweden|
|9||Win||9–0||Aldo Pellegrini||DQ||5 (8)||4 Mar 1955||Exhibition and Congress Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden||Pellegrini disqualified for repeated low blows|
|8||Win||8–0||Kurt Schiegl||TKO||5 (8), 2:28||13 Feb 1955||Kungliga tennishallen, Stockholm, Sweden|
|7||Win||7–0||Ansell Adams||PTS||8||6 Jan 1955||Exhibition and Congress Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden|
|6||Win||6–0||Werner Wiegand||TKO||5 (8), 2:45||5 Nov 1954||Exhibition and Congress Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden|
|5||Win||5–0||Raymond Degl'lnnocenti||KO||2 (6)||3 Dec 1953||Exhibition and Congress Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden|
|4||Win||4–0||Erik Jensen||PTS||6||12 Mar 1953||K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark||Won vacant Scandinavian heavyweight title|
|3||Win||3–0||Lloyd Barnett||PTS||8||6 Mar 1953||Exhibition and Congress Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden|
|2||Win||2–0||Emile Bentz||KO||2 (6), 0:32||6 Feb 1953||Exhibition and Congress Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden|
|1||Win||1–0||Robert Masson||KO||4 (8), 1:30||5 Dec 1952||Exhibition and Congress Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden||Professional debut|
Ingemar Johansson, McFarland Publishing (2015) by Ken Brooks. 272 pages.
|Regional boxing titles|
| European heavyweight champion
30 September 1956 – July 1958
Title next held byDick Richardson
| European heavyweight champion
17 June 1962 – 1963
Title next held byHenry Cooper
|World boxing titles|
| The Ring heavyweight champion
26 June 1959 – 20 June 1960
| World heavyweight champion|
26 June 1959 – 20 June 1960
| Oldest living world champion
2 February 2005 – 30 January 2009
Events from the year 2009 in SwedenAl Silvani
Al Silvani (March 26, 1910 – January 10, 1996) was an American boxing trainer and actor.
As one of the most sought-after trainers in the business, Silvani trained over twenty world champions, including Jake LaMotta, Henry Armstrong, Carmen Basilio, Fritzie Zivic, Pone Kingpetch, Rocky Graziano, Ingemar Johansson, and Lou Ambers.
He also had a lengthy career in the film industry as an actor, stunt man, and as a technical advisor—most noteworthy a lead role in Robin and the Seven Hoods. He also appeared in From Here to Eternity, Ocean's Eleven, Stir Crazy, Every Which Way But Loose, The Gauntlet, Rocky, Rocky II and Rocky III.
He was a close personal friend of Frank Sinatra and hung out with Sinatra's Rat Pack.
Inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame.
2006 California Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee.Anthony Marenghi
Anthony Marenghi was an American sportswriter who wrote for the Newark Star-Ledger in the early 1900s. He was best known for covering boxing and his column "From Pillar to Post."On January 14, 1960, Marenghi was presented with a special award by the Boxing Association of New York, now the BWAA, for 40 years of boxing coverage. On the same night, the BWAA also awarded Ingemar Johansson the Edward J. Neil Trophy for 1959's "Fighter of the Year."From the great-nephew of Anthony Marenghi (Paul J. Molinaro). Anthony was born in Newark, New Jersey. His brothers and sisters often teased him, because he was always reading - even at the dinner table. Thus, it was no surprise that Anthony never finished high school but made his living as a professional writer. His expert knowledge of boxing came easy to him as he truly loved the sport and loved writing about it.Arthur Mercante Sr.
Arthur Mercante Sr. (January 26, 1920 – April 10, 2010) was an international boxing referee. His career lasted from the 1960s until 2001. Mercante's son also became a noted referee. In his youth, Arthur Mercante Sr. was a member of the Merchant Marines.His first title bout was the second fight between Floyd Patterson and Ingemar Johansson. Johansson had won the world heavyweight title in the first fight. In the second fight, Patterson became the first fighter to regain the heavyweight title.Mercante was also the referee for many notable bouts, including the first Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier fight on March 8, 1971, the first bout between George Foreman and Joe Frazier, the first bout between Alexis Arguello and Alfredo Escalera, the Wilfredo Gomez-Lupe Pintor fight, the first bout between Edwin Rosario and Jose Luis Ramirez and Rosario's bout with Hector Camacho Sr..
Mercante served in the Navy during World War II and his commanding officer was heavyweight champion Gene Tunney.
His refereeing career began professionally in 1956 and ended in 2001 at the age of 81. In 1995 he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York.Athletics at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Men's 10 kilometres walk
The men's 10 kilometres walk event at the 1948 Summer Olympic Games took place August 3 and August 7. The final was won by Swede John Mikaelsson. This was the first time since 1924 the event took place.Boxing at the 1952 Summer Olympics
Final results for the boxing competition at the 1952 Summer Olympics. The events were held at Messuhalli. From this edition of the Olympic Games, the bronze medal match was abolished.Boxing at the 1952 Summer Olympics – Heavyweight
The men's heavyweight event was part of the boxing programme at the 1952 Summer Olympics. The weight class allowed boxers of more than 81 kilograms to compete. The competition was held from 29 July to 2 August 1952. 21 boxers from 21 nations competed.Carl Johanneson
Carl Johanneson (born 1 August 1978) is an English former super featherweight boxer. His nickname, "Ingemar" is a nod to the famous Swedish boxer Ingemar Johansson and is the nephew of former Leeds United player Albert Johanneson. He served for four years in the Duke of Wellington's Regiment of the British Army.Floyd Patterson
Floyd Patterson (January 4, 1935 – May 11, 2006) was an American professional boxer who competed from 1952 to 1972, and twice reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1956 to 1962. At the age of 21, he became the youngest boxer in history to win the title, and was also the first heavyweight to regain the title after losing it. As an amateur, he won a gold medal in the middleweight division at the 1952 Summer Olympics.
In 1956 and 1960, Patterson was voted Fighter of the Year by The Ring magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1991.Göran Karlsson's Motor Museum
Göran Karlsson's Motor Museum is a museum of classic cars and motorcycles, opened in Sweden in 2007.
Göran Karlsson started Gekås in Ullared, Sweden in 1963 which today is the largest big-box store in Scandinavia. He was a dedicated collector. The museum has a number of cars of different brands and marques, such as Lamborghini and Chevrolet, where one of the museum's most precious cars is an Excalibur SS Series 1 Roadster that once belonged to the Swedish boxer Ingemar Johansson.Ingemar
Ingemar is a given name. Notable people with the name include:
Ingemar Backman (born 1976), Swedish professional snowboarder
Ingemar Burgström (1926–1951), Swedish flyweight boxer
Olai Ingemar Eikeland (1915–2003), Norwegian politician for the Centre Party
Ingemar Erlandsson (born 1957), Swedish footballer
Ingemar Hedberg (born 1920), Swedish flatwater canoeist
Ingemar Hedenius (1908–1982), Swedish philosopher
Ingemar Johansson (1932–2009), Swedish boxer, former heavyweight champion of the world
Ingemar Johansson (racewalker) (1924–2009), Swedish athlete
Byron Ingemar Johnson (1890–1964), 24th Premier of British Columbia, Canada (1947–1952)
Ingemar Lindh (born 1945), Swedish theatre director and pedagogue
Ingemar Henry Lundquist (1921-2007), inventor and mechanical engineer
Carl Ingemar Perstad, for 24 years host of the Swedish Broadcasting Company (SVT) motoring show Trafikmagasinet
Ingemar Ragnemalm, computer programmer, writer of the Sprite Animation Toolkit (SAT)
Ingemar Ståhl (1938–2014), Swedish economist
Ingemar Stenmark (born 1956), Swedish skier
Ingemar Svensson (1929–2004), Swedish rower
Ingemar Teever (born 1983), Estonian professional footballer
Ingemar Thillberg, Swedish footballer
Ingemar Vänerlöv (born 1944), Swedish Christian democratic politicianIngemar Johansson (racewalker)
Bror Ingemar Ture Johansson (25 April 1924 – 18 April 2009) was a Swedish race walker who won a silver medal in the 10 km at the 1948 Summer Olympics. He was also an accomplished speed skater.Joe Bygraves
Joe Bygraves (26 May 1931 – 16 January 2012) was a British heavyweight boxer. Bygraves turned professional in 1953, and after an impressive early career he successfully challenged Kitione Lave for the vacant Commonwealth Heavyweight belt in 1956. Bygraves defended the title on three occasions, knocking-out Henry Cooper and holding Dick Richardson to a draw before losing the championship to Joe Erskine. Bygraves immigrated to Britain as a youth but did not take British citizenship until the end of his fighting career in 1967.List of European Boxing Union heavyweight champions
The European Boxing Union (EBU) is an organisation in the sport of boxing in Europe. The boxers that have won the EBU title in the heavyweight division are listed below.Peter Linde
Peter Linde (born 9 February 1946 in Karlshamn) is a Swedish sculptor. He was educated at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm in 1970–1975. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts.Linde has made many public sculptures in Sweden. These include a statue of the writer Hjalmar Söderberg situated outside the National Library in Stockholm since 2010, and a 2011 statue of the boxer Ingemar Johansson outside the stadium Ullevi in Gothenburg.Pär Johansson
See also Per Johansson (disambiguation).Pär Ingemar Johansson (born 6 March 1970 in Sundsvall (grew up in Delsbo)) is a Swedish screenwriter, lecturer, theatre producer and theatre director. He works in Hudiksvall. He started the theatrical organization Glada Hudik-teatern in 1996. In 2011 he received H. M. The King's Medal.Ruby Goldstein
Reuven "Ruby" Goldstein (October 7, 1907 – April 23, 1984), the "Jewel Of The Ghetto," was an American boxer and prize fight referee. He was a serious World Lightweight Championship contender in the 1920s, and became one of America's most trusted and respected boxing referees in the 1950s. During his boxing career, he was trained and managed by Hymie Cantor.The Ring magazine Fighter of the Year
The Ring magazine was established in 1922 and has named a Fighter of the Year since 1928, which this list covers. The award, selected by the magazine editors, is based on a boxer's performance in the ring.Whitey Bimstein
Whitey Bimstein (born 1897, Lower East Side, Manhattan; d. 1969) was a boxing trainer and cutman. He boxed pro and after 70 fights, he hung up his gloves, and joined the U.S. Navy during World War I as a boxing instructor. When he left the Navy, he decided to become a full-time trainer. He formed a partnership with Ray Arcel in 1925 and together they had some great champions. Their partnership ended in 1934 due to economic times, but Bimstein was still very much in demand, by the fighters that wanted to work with him, and the managers who would only trust their fighters to him, and the promoters who trusted him to deliver a well trained conditioned boxer.
He handled the boxers that were the best of their times like Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney, Harry Greb, Georges Carpentier, Jackie (Kid) Berg, Benny Leonard, Sixto Escobar, Lou Ambers, Barney Ross, Fred Apostoli, Max Baer, Primo Carnera, James "Cinderella Man" Braddock, Billy Conn, Rocky Marciano, Billy Graham, Joey Archer, and Rocky Graziano. At one point in the 1930s, every recognized champion, was one of his fighters. He later partnered with Freddie Brown, and they had great success with their boxers from the 1950s until Whitey's forced retirement in 1969. His 1959 highlight was Ingemar Johansson, winning the heavyweight crown.
His last heavyweight championship was George Chuvalo for his fight with Muhammad Ali. Whitey was a product of New York's lower East Side, but he lived most of his life in the Bronx. Whitey's one strange claim to fame may be that his obituary in "Time" magazine was probably seen by more people than any other. Of course he had help that it was in the same issue as the moon landing in 1969. His passing was news worthy worldwide. As his New York Times obituary stated, "Second to champions, and second to none".
|Professional record summary|
|28 fights||26 wins||2 losses|