Boxing in New Jersey, 1900–1999


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About the Book

For all hard-core boxing fans, this book introduces the reader to New Jersey stars of the 20th century—gladiators who fought in blood-soaked rings bringing entertainment to millions for little pay. They must not be forgotten. The book contains many little known facts about these fine men, all trying to punch out a living for their families in hard times. The author has followed the sport for 75 years and worked in all phases of it. Readers will learn of the hard work, dedication and respect developed by these fighters in the “sweet science.”

About the Author(s)

The late Robert F. Fernandez, Sr., lived in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania.

Bibliographic Details

Robert F. Fernandez, Sr.
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 204
Bibliographic Info: index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9476-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1607-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword (Peter R. Nozza and Thomas A. Kaczmarek) 1

Preface 3

James J. Braddock: Cinderella Man 5

Boxing Spawns Gentlemen: An Ode to Vic Creelman 10

The Jersey Nightstick: Tony Galento and Other Jersey Bombers 14

Ike Williams: Lightweight Champion Extraordinaire 25

The Garfield Gunner 31

School of Local Ring Greats: New Jersey’s Laurel Garden and Meadowbrook Bowl 42

Jersey Joe Walcott in Two Parts 65

The Irvington Milkman: Charley Fusari, New Jersey’s Golden Boy 79

Joe Louis’s “Exhibitions”: Joe Cheshul and Henry “Snow” Flakes 96

The Russian Lion and the Philly Fox 108

The Staircase to Boxing’s Fond Memories 120

Joe Frazier: Deceiving First Appearances 126

Tony Riccio: The Tungsten Steel Man 129

Al Guido: The Measuring Man 132

Chuck Wepner: The Red Badge of Courage 135

Freddie “Red” Cochrane 145

Rocky Graziano: The Dead End Kid 154

Promoter George “Korn” Kobb 160

Please Don’t Pass the Sugar: Sugar Ray Robinson 162

Frankie DePaula 175

More Thumbnail Sketches 179

Boxing Trivia 185

Boxing Trivia Answers 189

Index 191

Book Reviews & Awards

“an enjoyable and informative reminder of these boxing legends…offers a hugely entertaining slice of American sporting lore that will engage boxing fans, history lovers, and others through and through. Recommended”—ARBA.