Fred Apostoli

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Fred Apostoli
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Statistics
Real name Alfredo Apostoli
Nickname(s) The Boxing Bell Hop
Rated at Middleweight
Height 5 ft 9 12 in (1.77 m)
Reach 70 in (178 cm)
Nationality  American
Born (1913-02-02)February 2, 1913
San Francisco
Died November 29, 1973(1973-11-29) (aged 60)
San Francisco
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 72
Wins 61
Wins by KO 31
Losses 10
Draws 1

Alfredo "Fred" Apostoli (February 2, 1913 – November 29, 1973) was a rugged, accomplished body punching middleweight, who was recognized as the world champion when he defeated Marcel Thil on September 23, 1937. Statistical boxing website BoxRec lists Apostoli as the #8 ranked middleweight of all time. He was inducted into the Ring Magazine Hall of Fame in 1978, the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1988, and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2003.

Early life[edit]

An orphan, Apostoli won the Pacific Coast Junior Welterweight championship, Golden Gloves Middleweight championship, and the National AAU middleweight championship in 1934, and turned pro later that year.

Pro career[edit]

Middleweight contender[edit]

He quickly moved up the ladder and fought future middleweight champion Freddie Steele within his first seven months as a professional. Although, the more experienced Steele stopped him in 10 rounds, Apostoli went on to defeat top fighters such as Swede Berglund, Babe Marino, Babe Risko, Solly Krieger and Lou Brouillard to become the leading contender for the world championship.

World middleweight champion[edit]

Eventually, Apostoli was matched with title claimant Marcel Thil; he defeated the Frenchman via a 10th round TKO. The New York Boxing Commission, however, still recognized Freddie Steele as champion. In 1938, Apostoli fought Steele in a non-title rematch and avenged his earlier defeat with a 9th round KO. Apostoli also fought as a light heavyweight. Although he dropped two close decisions to Hall of Famer Billy Conn, Conn always credited Apostoli as a great fighter who hurt him in both matches. On October 2, 1939, Apostoli's title reign ended when he lost the middleweight crown to Ceferino Garcia.

WWII service and retirement[edit]

Apostoli served in the United States Navy during World War II as a gunner aboard the light cruiser USS Columbia (CL-56) in the Pacific theater. Wounded in battle, he received a Bronze Star and returned to San Francisco in 1946. He rehabilitated from injuries sustained in the Battle of Midway at Letterman Army Hospital located in the Presidio of San Francisco. He retired from the ring in 1948 and served as a member of the Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Notable bouts[edit]

Result Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes[1]
Win United States Georgie Abrams MD 10 1947-11-17 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California
Draw United States Ken Overlin PTS 10 1942-06-26 United States Foreman Field, Norfolk, Virginia
Loss United States Tony Zale PTS 10 1940-11-19 United States Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington
Loss United States Melio Bettina RTD 12 (15) 1940-02-02 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win United States Melio Bettina MD 12 1940-01-05 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Loss Philippines Ceferino Garcia KO 7 (15) 1939-10-02 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Lost NYSAC World Middleweight Title
Loss United States Billy Conn UD 15 1939-02-10 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Loss United States Billy Conn UD 10 1939-01-06 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win Italy Young Corbett III TKO 8 (15) 1939-01-06 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Retained NYSAC World Middleweight Title
Loss Italy Young Corbett III PTS 10 1938-02-22 United States Seals Stadium, San Francisco, California
Win United States Freddie Steele TKO 9 (12) 1938-01-07 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win France Marcel Thil TKO 10 (12) 1937-09-23 United States Polo Grounds, New York, New York
Win United States Solly Krieger TKO 5 (12) 1937-04-14 United States Hippodrome, New York, New York
Win United States Solly Krieger UD 10 1937-02-17 United States Hippodrome, New York, New York
Loss United States Ken Overlin MD 10 1937-01-27 United States Hippodrome, New York, New York
Win Canada Lou Brouillard PTS 10 1936-10-09 United States Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California
Win United States Babe Risko PTS 10 1936-05-08 United States Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California
Loss United States Freddie Steele TKO 10 (10) 1935-04-01 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fred Apostoli's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-18.

External links[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
Freddie Steele
Recognition Withdrawn
NYSAC World Middleweight Champion
Jan 1938 – 2 Oct 1939
Succeeded by
Ceferino Garcia
Awards
Preceded by
Sugar Ray Robinson
Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year
1943
Succeeded by
Beau Jack