Christopher Battalino

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Battling Battalino
Battling Battalino.jpg
Statistics
Real name Christopher Battaglia
Rated at Featherweight
Height 5 ft 5 12 in (1.66 m)
Reach 65 in (165 cm)
Nationality United States American
Born February 18, 1908
Hartford, Connecticut
Died July 15, 1977
Hartford, Connecticut
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 88
Wins 58
Wins by KO 23
Losses 26
Draws 3
No contests 1

Christopher Battaglia (February 18, 1908 – July 25, 1977) better known as Battling Battalino, was an American world featherweight boxing champion. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Battalino engaged in 87 bouts during his career, of which he won 57 (23 knockouts), lost 26, drew 3, and he fought 1 No Contest.[1] He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2003.[2]

Amateur boxing career[edit]

A good amateur boxer, Battalino won the National AAU featherweight championship in 1927. He had fifty-nine amateur bouts, knocking out forty-six of his opponents.[3]

Professional boxer[edit]

World featherweight champion[edit]

Battalino became a professional boxer in June 1927. His first big win came on July 26, 1929, when he upset bantamweight champion "Panama" Al Brown on a 10-round decision. The fight made him a contender and garnered him a title match with featherweight champion Andre Routis. The 21-year old Battalino made the most of his opportunity and defeated Routis over 15 rounds to win the world title.

Title defenses[edit]

During the next two years he successfully defended his crown by defeating Ignacio Fernandez, Earl Mastro, and Hall of Famers Kid Chocolate, Fidel LaBarba and Freddie Miller. Among his non-title victories during this time were wins over Bud Taylor, Bushy Graham, Lew Massey, Eddie Shea and Al Singer.

Later career[edit]

In January 1932 Battalino once again defended the title against Freddie Miller. The champion came in three pounds overweight and did not put up a good fight. After Battalino went down in the third round from an apparently harmless punch, the referee stopped the fight and declared Miller the winner. The National Boxing Association and the New York State Athletic Commission, however, overruled the referee and declared the bout a "no contest." They also declared that the title was vacant due to Battalino's inability to make the featherweight limit.[4] To end any confusion about his championship status, Battalino voluntarily relinquished the title in March and began to fight at the lightweight limit.[5] As a lightweight, he lost bouts with Hall of Famers Billy Petrolle and Barney Ross. His final bout was in 1940.

After boxing[edit]

When Battalino retired, he settled in Hartford, Connecticut, and worked as a construction laborer.[6]

Notable bouts[edit]

Result Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes[1]
Win Puerto Rico Cocoa Kid TKO 7 (10) 1934-10-23 United States Foot Guard Hall, Hartford, Connecticut
Loss United States Barney Ross UD 10 1932-10-21 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Loss United States Billy Petrolle UD 10 1932-05-20 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Loss United States Billy Petrolle TKO 12 (12) 1932-03-24 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
NC United States Freddie Miller NC 3 (10) 1932-01-27 United States Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio Retained World Featherweight Title.
Win United States Al Singer TKO 2 (10) 1931-12-11 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win United States Bushy Graham KO 1 (10) 1931-11-19 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Loss United States Bushy Graham SD (10) 1931-09-24 United States Redland Field, Cincinnati, Ohio
Win United States Freddie Miller UD 10 1931-07-23 United States Redland Field, Cincinnati, Ohio Retained World Featherweight Title.
Win United States Fidel LaBarba UD 15 1931-05-22 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Retained World Featherweight Title.
Win Cuba Kid Chocolate UD 15 1930-12-12 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Retained World Featherweight Title.
Loss United States Kid Kaplan PTS 10 1930-09-24 United States Hurley Stadium, East Hartford, Connecticut
Win United States Bud Taylor PTS 10 1930-08-18 United States Hurley Stadium, East Hartford, Connecticut
Win United States Bushy Graham PTS 10 1930-04-25 United States Foot Guard Hall, Hartford, Connecticut
Loss United States Bud Taylor PTS 10 1930-03-20 United States Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan
Win France André Routis PTS 15 1929-09-23 United States Hurley Stadium, East Hartford, Connecticut Won World Featherweight Title.
Win Panama Panama Al Brown PTS 10 1929-07-26 United States Bulkeley Stadium, East Hartford, Connecticut

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Battling Battalino's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-18.
  2. ^ "Battling Battalino". IBHOF.com. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  3. ^ Heller (1994), p. 143
  4. ^ Mullan (1987), p. 368
  5. ^ Heller (1994), ps. 141-142
  6. ^ Heller (1994), p. 142

Bibliography[edit]

  • Heller, Peter (1994). In This Corner...!. New York, New York: Da Capo Press. ISBN 0-306-80603-7. 
  • Mullan, Harry (1987). The Great Book of Boxing. New York, New York: Crescent Books. ISBN 0-7517-6295-4. 

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Achievements
Preceded by
Andre Routis
World Featherweight Champion
September 23, 1929 – March 1, 1932
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Henry Armstrong