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The Best Jewish Boxers of All Time

Updated on May 2, 2017

Legendary Prizefighters

Barney Ross is a three division champion who took on all comers including Jimmy Mclarnin.
Barney Ross is a three division champion who took on all comers including Jimmy Mclarnin. | Source
Max Baer, pictured fighting Jimmy Braddock, was a former heavyweight champion who possessed a huge knockout punch.
Max Baer, pictured fighting Jimmy Braddock, was a former heavyweight champion who possessed a huge knockout punch. | Source
Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom was a great light heavyweight with a light punch but a great skill set.
Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom was a great light heavyweight with a light punch but a great skill set. | Source

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Ten Great Jewish Boxers

1. Benny Leonard: The Ghetto Wizard is one of the top Lightweight Champion's boxing has ever produced. Leonard had a solid chin, viscous knockout power in both hands and excellent boxing skills especially offensively. He beat Freddie Welsh for the 135 pound crown and held it from 1917-1925. Leonard defended the crown 8 times and also won several newspaper bouts as well. Leonard's top wins came against: Freddie Welsh, Lewis Tendler, Rocky Kansas, Jack Britton and Johnny Dundee.

2. Barney Ross: Ross won Championships in the Lightweight, Jr. Welterweight and Welterweight divisions during his distinguished career. He was not a power puncher but he had pop, accuracy and hand speed. He had an iron chin and he was never stopped and his conditioning was second to none. The best wins of Ross's ring career came against: Tony Canzoneri (Twice), Jimmy McLarnin (Twice), Ceferino Garcia, Al Manfredo, Baby Joe Gans and Battling Battalino. Ross left the sport with a resume reading: 72-4-3 with 22 knockouts.

3. Abe Attel: The Little Hebrew, as he was nicknamed, was the Featherweight World Champion for six years and he took on all comers. Attel is one of Boxing's most controversial figures ever because of his ties with mafia gangsters. He had average power but undeniable stamina and solid ring skills. His footwork, feints and stiff jab usually carried the day for Abe Attel. His best victories came against: Eddie Kelly, Johnny Kilbane, Harry Forbes, Tommy O' Toole and Charlie White. Attel left the squared circle with a mark of: 72-9-16 with 39 knockouts.

4. Ted "Kid" Lewis: This legendary former Welterweight Champion was a swarming boxer-puncher who possessed a nice left hook, solid chin and an unstoppable will and stamina. Lewis won the Welterweight Crown twice both times from Jack Britton. Lewis fought many 20 round bouts and he even fought at light heavyweight on occasion. The best wins of his ring career came over: Britton, Johnny Tillman, Bryan Downey, Mike O' Dowd, Mike Glover and Willie Ritchie. Kid Lewis left the ring with a record reading: 192-32-14 with 79 knockouts to his credit.

5. Maxie Rosenbloom: Slapsie Maxie was a very light puncher partially due to the fact that he punched often times with his gloves half open not making a fist. (Similar to Chris Byrd). He was very good at dancing around the ring and slipping big shots. He also possessed an excellent jab and great conditioning. Rosenbloom beat Jimmy Slattery for the light heavyweight championship and defended it successfully seven times. His biggest accomplishments came from beating: Slattery, Mickey Walker, Jimmy Adamick, John Henry Lewis, Bob Godwin and Adolf Heuser. Rosenbloom retired with a record of: 207-39-26 with 19 knockouts.

6. Battling Levinsky: Battling Levinsky won the Light Heavyweight crown from Jack Dillon and held it for just over four years. He wasn't great at any one thing but he was very good in every department. Solid jab and right hand, good footwork and he was accurate. Levinsky fought all the top light heavyweights and heavyweights of his era. The best victories he accumulated came from beating the likes of: Billy Miske, Jim Coffey, Gunboat Smith, Dillon, Fireman Jim Flynn and Tom Cowler. Battling Levinsky retired sporting a record of: 70-20-14 with 30 knockouts.

7. Lew Tendler: Tendler fought as a Bantamweight, Lightweight and Welterweight taking on all comers including the great Benny Leonard. He had knockout power in both hands and he was very accurate with his southpaw jab and bodywork. Tendler's best wins came from posting wins over: Kid Goodman, Pete Herman, Johnny Dundee, Rocky Kansas, George KO Chaney and Pal Moran. Lew Tendler wrapped up his career in the squared circle with a resume that reads: 59-11-2 with 38 wins coming by way of knockout.

8. Jack "Kid" Berg: Kid Berg had excellent talent which his great trainer Ray Arcel got the most out of. Berg had an average defense but his timing,jab and combination punching were excellent. He knocked out Mushy Callahan for the Jr. Welterweight crown and he took on all Lightweight and Jr. Welterweights that came his way. The best wins of his ring career came over: Kid Chocolate, Callahan, George Rose, Buster Brown, Billy Wallace and Tony Canzoneri. Kid Berg left the sport with a mark of: 157-26-9 with 61 wins coming inside the distance.

9. Jackie Fields: Fields had excellent footwork and hand speed not to mention he was very good in fighting skills and he was great at parrying punches. Fields won the Welterweight World Championship on two separate occasions. During his career he fought all the top boxers of his time including: Henry Firpo, Lou Brouillard, Tommy Freeman, Vince Dundee, Joe Dundee and Baby Joe Gans. Jackie Fields quit prizefighting with a record that reads: 72-9-2 with 31 knockouts on his ledger.

10. Max Baer: The Livermore Larupper was a heavyweight power puncher and he was known for being a comedian before and after bouts. He knocked out Primo Carnera for the title, and he also beat many top contenders. He had average speed and his footwork was nothing special but, he was very accurate and he knocked out many very good fighters. Baer's best wins came from besting: Carnera, Max Schmeling, Tommy Farr, Tuffy Griffiths, King Levinsky and Tom Heeney. Baer left the sport with a record of: 66-13 with 51 knockouts.

Light Heavyweight Great

Battling Levinsky was a former light heavyweight champion who also took on the best heavyweights of his era.
Battling Levinsky was a former light heavyweight champion who also took on the best heavyweights of his era. | Source

Benny Leonard's Best Victories

Rocky Kansas
Lew Tendler
Ritchie Mitchell
Joe Welling
Charlie White
Johnny Dundee
Young George Erne
Jack Britton
Johnny Kilbane
 
Freddie Welsh
 
Ten boxers who Leonard took to school in the squared circle.

Barney Ross vs. Henry Armstrong Highlights

The Ghetto Wizard

Benny Leonard is one of the best Lightweight boxers in history.
Benny Leonard is one of the best Lightweight boxers in history. | Source

Marquess of Queensberry Rules

The Marquess of Queensberry is a set of rules for boxing. They are the first rules that includes the use of gloves in boxing. They were written up in England and they are the accepted basics of boxing rules. The newer rules that boxing now uses are based in part on these Queensberry rules. The rules were first published in 1867 and by 1889 the United States, Canada and the rest of the world adopted these rules.

Boxing Uses Padded Gloves

Boxing gloves help protect boxers hands from getting broke during boxing matches.
Boxing gloves help protect boxers hands from getting broke during boxing matches. | Source

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Leslie, I'm not much into boxing, but you've provide a lot of interesting information on the sport. A well written and presented hub, voting up and interesting.

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