Newsboy Brown - Born Dave Montrose. Held controversial flyweight title when he defeated Johnny McCoy in L.A. in 1928. Only recignized in California. Lost it to Johnny Hill in 1929. Brown was undoubtedly one of the best small fighters of his day. He met four (4) Hall of Famers six times. Genera (2W), La Barba (2D), Panama Al Brown (1W), Chalky Wright (1W). In addition he beat flyweight great Midget Wolgast, and met and beat the best of his age. Had one shot for undisputed world title, losing to Izzy Schwartz, whom he had previously beaten.
Lightweight contender (1924-1933). Of note though, he was only man to ever knock out Jimmy McLarnin, who made an issue out of knocking out Jewish fighters. Miller was never himself KOed in 111 fights. Overall record, 77W(31KO), 4D, 25L.
Born Morris Kaplan. Top featherweight in the 1920s. Declared champion by some organizations when Kid Kaplan vacated the title. Fought legendary title fight in 1928 against fellow Jewish boxer Benny Bass. The fight went the distance and featured double knockdowns. Bass won in a split decision. Chapman is in the New England Boxing Hall of Fame.
Bantamweight champion, 1954-1955. Algerian Jew. Reminiscent of the Hemingway character of same name. Was in a terrible auto accident and never recovered his form.
Who is he? He is the real-life model for Robert Cohn, the Princeton boxing champion in Hemingways "The Sun Also Rises". In the book, Cohn is criticized for fighting for the wrong reason--the right reason being the joy of athletic competition & some other mystical Hemingway macho stuff. The real Robert Cohn never made it to Paris and in later years hardly anyone remembered him from his Princeton days. He was a quiet young man who didnt want to have to take an insult from anyone. Therefore, he studied boxing and became Princeton middleweight champ in the 20s. He apparently never had a college fight outside the gym.
Famed referee who was born on the lower East Side. He was a pro boxer in the 20s, nicknamed "the Jewel of the Ghetto". Started referring while in the Army during WWII. Referred many impt. fights incl. Louis/Walcott, Zale/Graziano. Columnist for "Ring". Died in 84.
(1916-1924). Lightweight. Overall record, 37W(22KO), 4D, 3L, 38ND. Fits in with Soldier Bartfield and Corporal Izzy Schwartz.
Greek Jew who was middle-weight champion of the Balkans before WWII. He was deported to Auschwitz and forced to box in staged fights for the camp guards. His story is depicted in the film "Triumph of the Spirit", starring William Dafoe.
Canadian amateur welterweight champion, 1930s. Was supposed to represent Canada at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. However, he joined the boycott of the games by Jewish (and some other athletes). Mr. Luftspring has been active in the Jewish sports community and has written his autobiography.
Won Olympic gold medal for USA as heavyweight in 1904.
Won Olympic gold medal for USA as lightweight in 1920.
Was the Heavyweight champion from 1934-35. Fought with a Star of David on his shorts. Always some dispute whether he was really Jewish; or marketing ploy. It is known that his father was Jewish, but speculated that he was raised Catholic. Father of Max Baer, Jr. who played Jethro on Beverly Hillbillies.
is a Ukrainian-born Jewish-American boxer from Brooklyn, New York in the welterweight division. He is a practicing Orthodox Jew, and became so after he moved to Brooklyn. He does not fight on the Sabbath or Jewish holidays and follows Jewish dietary laws.
Was a major boxing promoter of the 20s and 30s. Began as a ticket scalper. Signed Joe Louis to an exclusive contract in 35. Put on major fights in the Garden. Died in 1953.
is a British-based Israeli heavyweight boxer, currently International Boxing Organization's (IBO's) Intercontinental heavyweight champion, with a 27–1 record. Greenberg has been nicknamed the Lion from Zion.
is a Belarusian-born Israeli professional boxer, based in the United States.He is a former World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight champion. Foreman turned professional in January 2002 in the Junior Middleweight Division and remained undefeated for 29 fights until June 5, 2010, in which he lost by TKO in the ninth round to Miguel Cotto.
Attell learned to fight growing up in an Irish neighborhood. He was featherweight champ for eight years (1901-08). Overall record was 171-9.
Hollandersky was known as the Newsboy. Possibly most prolific fighter of all time. Reputed to have fought some 1,309 bouts.
Levine was a middleweight (1941-1949) whose most famous fight was with Sugar Ray Robinson (11/6/46) in which he almost KOed Robinson in the 5th round. A long count might have saved Robinson. Robinson managed to rebound and knock out Levine in the 10th round, but he never could remember the fight after the 5th round. It has been claimed that Robinson said no one ever hit him harder than Levine did in the 5th round of that fight. Levine never got a title shot. His overall record was 50W(36KO), 6D, 15L.
Ross was a World lightweight champ from 33-35; welterweight 34;35-38. Grew up in an Orthodox home in Chicago, and his father opposed him going into the ring and wanted him to be a Hebrew teacher. After his fathers death, Ross became the familys support. He was a war hero and becamed addicted to morphine for his wounds. Successful fight back from addiction was made into the movie Monkey On My Back.
Probably the second best Jewish heavyweight after Max Baer (who is considered to be Jewish by some boxing historians and not Jewish by others), so maybe the best all-time Jewish heavyweight.