Paulino Uzcudun

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Uzcudun and the second or maternal family name is Eizmendi.
Paulino Uzcudun
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Statistics
Nickname(s) Basque Woodchopper
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Nationality  Spanish
Born (1899-05-03)3 May 1899
Errezil, Gipuzkoa
Basque Country
Died 5 July 1985(1985-07-05) (aged 86)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 70
Wins 50
Wins by KO 34
Losses 17
Draws 3

Paulino Uzcudun Eizmendi (3 May 1899 – 5 July 1985) was a Basque heavyweight boxer, who is considered to be the greatest heavyweight from Spain. Uzkudun is another variation on the spelling of his last name. He was the youngest of 9 siblings. In his youth, he became an Aizkolari or traditional competitive Basque wood chopper. Uzcudun, known as Paulino in the United States, was the European heavyweight champion, and he fought heavyweight champions Joe Louis, Max Baer, Max Schmeling (three times) and Primo Carnera (twice) during his career. The former butcher—nicknamed "the Basque woodchopper"—retired from boxing with a record of 50 wins (34 KOs), 17 losses and 3 draws.

Uzcudun was a very rugged boxer who fought out of a crouch. He had a powerful left hook, and fought the toughest heavyweights of his time. He was afforded only one opportunity at the world's heavyweight championship, but was outpointed in a fifteen round fight by Primo Carnera of Italy on October 22, 1933.

Uzcudun also "retired" the famed Harry Wills, when he stopped him in four rounds on July 13, 1927. The tough and durable Uzcudun was never knocked off his feet, or KO'd until his last professional fight. On December 13, 1935, Uzcudun made the mistake of coming out of retirement to meet Joe Louis. In the fourth round, Louis hit Uzcudun with a swift, powerful right uppercut that knocked him down causing the referee to stop the fight even though Paulino wanted to continue. His record was 50–17–3 with 34 knockouts.

In 1933–34, Uzcudun trained on the beach in Rocky Point, Long Island, New York. During a sparring session with Franklin Rosalia (1911–1972), who also summered in Rocky Point, Uzcudun received a punch that knocked him down flat. Some conjecture that this defeat led to his subsequent retirement having been demoralized by this incident.

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