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Benny "The Fighting Jew" Goldberg

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by IntentionalButt, Aug 30, 2010.



  1. IntentionalButt

    IntentionalButt Nash Equilibrium Debunker Staff Member

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    A Polish-born Jew who turned pro in the US and made waves at bantamweight during the period that his homeland was invaded and occupied, he went 2-1 in a trilogy with Manuel Ortiz, with the loss being his only world title challenge. With one additional bout reported but unconfirmed, he may have even been 3-1 against Ortiz (which actually puts him in a class by himself - Maes and Salas were both 2-1 against Ortiz, and a couple like Pep and Eddie Chavez were undefeated against him, but nobody else had three wins and he generally got the better of his multi-fight rivals).

    The two confirmed bouts from 1938 were early in the year and only 4 rounds each, but if the third one did in fact take place in November then Benny proved himself the better man on the night over a full ten rounds after Ortiz had attained some measure of meaningful experience with the likes of Richie Lemos and David Kui Kong Young.

    He was inducted into the World Boxing HOF in 1994 with the following written about him:

    Does anybody know if there is any existing/surviving footage of Mr. Goldberg? Especially of interest would be the loss to Ortiz in the title challenge, his immediate subsequent points loss to Billy Miller in his own adopted home of Detroit, or either of the two wins over Luis Castillo at Legion Stadium in Hollywood, CA. If anyone is hoarding some please upload it (or state what you want for it).

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