Newsboy Brown

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Newsboy Brown
Real name David Montrose
Rated at Flyweight
Height 5 ft 1 in (1.55 m)
Nationality United States United States
Born (1905-08-17)August 17, 1905
Died February 1, 1977(1977-02-01) (aged 71)
Los Angeles, California
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 91
Wins 68
Wins by KO 12
Losses 13
Draws 10

David Montrose (August 17, 1905 – February 1, 1977), better known as Newsboy Brown, was an American boxer. Statistical boxing website BoxRec lists Brown as the #7 ranked flyweight of all-time.[1] He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2012.[2]

Professional career[edit]

As part of the inaugural card for the famous Olympic Auditorium, he defeated Frankie Grandetta by points. Brown had two famous bouts against Corporal Izzy Schwartz. Brown beat him in 1925 but lost in a title bout to Corporal Izzy Schwartz for the NYSAC flyweight title in 1927. In his next fight Brown won his first title by beating Johnny McCoy for the flyweight world title as recognized in California. He defended that title once by beating Speedy Dado but lost it in 1928 when Johnny Hill won a decision over him.

He fought Speedy Dado again in 1931, losing one bout and winning one. Later that year he defeated Panama Al Brown. In 1932 he fought his last title fight, losing a ten-round decision to Baby Arizmendi for the world featherweight title. He retired from boxing in 1933.

He broke into the motion picture business by coaching cowboy star Tom Mix in his fight scenes. As a result of his association with Mix, he landed a job in the properties department of one of the Hollywood studios, where he worked in his later years.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ All-Time Welterweight Rankings. Retrieved on 2014-04-11.
  2. ^ "Newsboy Brown Bio". International Boxing Hall of Fame. Retrieved May 28, 2012.