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Maxie Rosenbloom (Leonard's Bridge, Connecticut)
"Slapsie" Maxie is the former light heavyweight (175 pounds) champion of the world and he retired with a mark of: 207-39-26 with 19 knockouts to his credit. A light puncher who jabbed and moved and his combinations were of the pity pat nature. On the other hand he was smart, quick fisted and his footwork was at the elite level. He never ducked a challenge and even though he lacked power and many hated his style it was effective.
Maxie Rosenbloom's biggest victories came from beating: Mickey Walker, John Henry Lewis, Lou Nova and Lou Scozza.
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Battling Battalino (Hartford, Connecticut)
"Battling" Battalino is the former featherweight (1122 pounds) champion of the world and he retired with a record that reads: 57-26-3 with 23 knockouts. Battalino defended his title five times not counting non title affairs. H e had good footwork, power, speed and his jab to the head and body went against the grain at the time actually worked wonders. Also, Battalino campaigned as a ;lightweight but by then heis skills had eroded and he lost more than he won at the end.
Battling Battalino's top wins came from defeating: Panama Al Brown, Andre Routis, Cocoa Kid and Al Singer.
Kid Kaplan (Meriden, Connecticut)
"Kid" Kaplin is the former featherweight champion of the world and he retired with a resume reading: 108-23-13 with 28 knockouts on his docket. Kaplan is known for unlimited stamina and a come forward stalking style complimented by loots of leather being thrown win or lose. On his best days he was able to jab his way inside te reach of taller guys and he always cornered his foes at some point during his matches.
Louis Kaplin's best wins came from toppling the likes of Babe Herman, Billy Petrolle, Jackie Fields and Pancho Villa.
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Lawrence Clay-Bey (Bloomfield, Connecticut)
"Mr. Clay-Bey" won the National Golden Gloves and he was a two time United States Amateur Heavyweight champion. As a professional Clay-Bey was a heavyweight contender who retired with a resume reading: 21-3-1 with 16 knockouts. An outstanding amateur boxer but a definite underachiever in the pro ranks. Decent power, fast hands, excellent footwork and combination punching are his best asserts when he was at his best.
Lawrence Clay-Bey's biggest accomplishments came from topping: Charles Shufford, Robert Daniels, Mario Cawley and Otis Tisdale.
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Tim Littles (Sharon, Connecticut)
"The Doctor of Style" was the United States Amateur Light Middleweight champion in 1985 and a top rated super middleweight during the bulk of his professional career. Liitles retired sporting a record of: 27-3 with 18 knockouts. A very good boxer who was best fighting with distance using footwork and a long, accurate jab to pile up the points or in some cases set up a bout ending power shot. Littles had a solid defense but he seemed to fade later in fights which caused him to suffer losses over lesser opponents in some cases.
Tim Littles biggest victories came from beating the likes of: John Scully, Frankie Liles, Antoine Byrd and Chris Sande.
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Travis Simms (Norwalk, Connecticut)
"Tremendous" Travis is a ranked contender in the junior middleweight (154 pounds) division and he is an active boxer, as of 2015, with a current record of: 28-1 with 20 knockouts on his docket. Simms is the former WBA junior middleweight champion and he is a southpaw prizefighter. Simms has power in his left when he chooses to open up but he can also win bouts with above average boxing skills. He has a solid jab, chin and straight left hand.
Travis Simms has won some significant bouts including victories over Bronco McKart, Jose Antonio Rivewra, Anton Robinson and Alejandro Garcia.
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Tyrone Booze (Hartford, Connecticut)
"Mr. Booze" is the former WBO Cruiserweight champion who retired with a mark reading: 22-12-2 with 8 stoppage wins. Booze had average fight ending power and ordinary speed but he showed mettle in his bouts and in most cases lots of stamina. Although he was not special boxer he was solid and he took on al the best of his era including Evander Holyfield and Dwight Qawi.
Tyrone Booze's top wins came from taking out the likes of Derek Angol, Ralf Rocchigiani, Anthony Witherspoon and Pablo Pizzarro.
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Tarvis Simms (Norwalk, Connecticut)
"Marvelous" Tarvis, brother of Travis, is a former middleweight contender who left the sport with a record of: 27-1-1 with 11 knockout victories. Simms had olid skills especially defensively with deft head movement, fast footwork and he had a tiif, southpaw jab but for multiple reasons he never won a world title. As far as his amateur career it was stellar. Even his losses we very close. Tarvis Simms had a final amateur tally of: 197-7, winning the National Golden Gloves championship along the way.
Tarvis Simms beat some descent boxers including: Carl Daniels, Sam Hill, John Mackey and Marcus Upshaw.
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Jaidon Codrington (Bridgeport, Connecticut)
"The Don" had a productive amateur career capturing the National Golden Gloves championship as a middleweight before turning pro. In the paid ranks Codrington competed as a middleweight (160 pounds) and compiled a record of: 21-4 with 17 knockout wins. Codrington possessed a soft chin and average skills in the pro game but he showed plenty of heart and on his best day he was a tough assignment for any pugilist.
Jaidon Codrington's top wins were against Brian Vera, Carl Daniels, Wayne Johnsen and Marion Hayes.
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Austin Rice (New London, Connecticut)
"The Connecticut Ironman" was a featherweight Title challenger who boxed Young Corbet 3 for the belt. Rice compiled a resume ta reads: 45-24-57 with 11 knockouts. To his credit, Rice fought all the best bantamweights and featherweights of his time and he fought in several 20 round matches. On the other hand he was a weak puncher with a sloppy defense. Rice's positives would be his huge heart, amazing stamina and his constant punch output.
Austin Rice's best wins in the squared circle came against George Dixon (20 round bout, wow!), Billy Barrett, Kid Locke and Eddie Toy.