Melio Bettina

Name: Melio Bettina
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Nationality: US American
Birthplace: Bridgeport, CT, USA
Hometown: Beacon, NY
Born: 1916-11-18
Died: 1996-12-20
Age at Death: 80
Stance: Southpaw
Height: 5′ 9″
Reach: 178
Division: Light-heavyweight
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1934 won the Intercity Golden Gloves at light-heavyweight (2nd Div.) by decision over Tony Zale.


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Name: Luis Angel Firpo
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Alias: El Toro Salvaje de las Pampas
Nationality: Argentinian
Birthplace: Jun�n, Buenos Aires
Hometown: Buenos Aires
Born: 1894-10-11
Died: 1960-08-07
Age at Death: 65
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 6' 2�
Division: Heavyweight
Trainers: Jimmy DeForrest, Joe Boykin, Fires DeForrest
Manager: Himself

Career Overview

Although all but forgotten by casual sports fans in the United States, Luis Angel Firpo remains a cultural icon in his native South America to this day. There are statues erected in his honor as well as a professional soccer team named after him, all primarily because of a few seconds of glory he experienced in the ring with the legendary Jack Dempsey in 1923. Strong and powerful, Luis showed little true boxing craft in the ring, but size and brute force was enough to allow him to beat some of the highest ranking heavyweights of the 1920s and establish a permanent legacy as an icon of South American sports.

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