Paul Berlenbach

Name: Paul Berlenbach
Career Record: click
Alias: Astoria Assassin
Nationality: US American
Birthplace: New York, NY
Hometown: New York, NY
Born: 1901-02-18
Died: 1985-09-30
Age at Death: 84
Height: 5' 10?


Paul Berlenbach was born a deaf-mute to French and German parents. When he was 18, while working as an instructor at a Westchester County institution for deaf-mutes, he went to the aid of a boy whose kite had become entangled in an electric wire 12 feet above the ground. Climbing a pole, he released the kite, but came in contact with the wire, received a shock, and fell to the ground. Those who came to his rescue feared him dead. First aid revived him. When he came to, he immediately found that he now had normal hearing. Subsequent treatment developed his speech.

He became a wrestler and won the Middleweight Gold at the 1920 Antwerp Olympic Games. He soon tired of grappling and became a boxer, winning 13 knockouts and three decisions as an amateur, earning an amateur boxing championship as well. After his boxing career ended, he went back to wrestling for awhile. He had first retired from boxing to enter the lumber business.

 

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Written by Rob Snell   
Wednesday, 08 April 2009

Name: Bill Beynon
Career Record: click
Nationality: United Kingdom
Birthplace: Taibach, Wales
Hometown: Wales, United Kingdom
Born: 1891-04-08
Died: 1932-07-20
Age at Death: 41

Complete Record: Bouts 192, Won 70, Drew 30, Lost 91, No contest 1

British Bantamweight Champion 1913

Many great fighters came out of the Welsh mining pits and one of the most rugged and durable of them was Bill Beynon. He just loved fighting, and when he had made a name for himself in his own locality, he set off to find contests all across England in the many boxing halls that were flourishing in his day.

He became the British bantam champion in his third year, causing an upset by outpointing the renowned Digger Stanley in a twenty round contest. His success was short lived however, as Digger Stanley was to take the verdict in a return title bout.

In all the years that followed Beynon did not get another title shot and when he retired at the age of 39 he expected to be able to live on his fight memories fo a long time. Alas, he was killed in a colliery accident soon after.

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