Sammy Mandell

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Sammy Mandell
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Statistics
Real name Salvatore Mandala
Nickname(s) Rockford Sheik
Rockford Flash
Rated at Lightweight
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Reach 67 in (170 cm)
Nationality United States American
Born February 5, 1904
Rockford, Illinois, USA or Piana del Greci, Sicily
Died November 7, 1967(1967-11-07) (aged 63)
Oak Park, Illinois, USA
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 190
Wins 143
Wins by KO 32
Losses 26
Draws 16
No contests 5[1]

Sammy Mandell (aka Samuel Mandella; February 5, 1904 - November 7, 1967) was a former world lightweight boxing champion from 1926-1930. Born Salvatore Mandala, he was known as the "Rockford Sheik" due to his Rudolph Valentino like good looks and as the "Rockford Flash" due to his fast hands and foot speed. Statistical boxing website BoxRec ranks Mandell him as the 13th greatest lightweight boxer ever.[2] He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1998.[1]

Amateur career[edit]

Mandell (left) during his bout with Rocky Kansas

Mandell developed his fighting skills at the Camp Grant barracks in Rockford, Illinois. He was too young and underweight to join the army, weighing 105 lbs. Despite this, his persistence in hanging around the wrestling and boxing training areas saw him gain permission to join in with the military personnel. The camp boxing instructor at the time was Fred Dyer, "The Singing Boxer," who recalled in a 1926 interview how Mandell beat every soldier in the bantamweight class and was able to best men 10 lbs heavier than him. Dyer also stated that he advised Mandell to turn professional.[3]

Pro career[edit]

Trained by the legendary Jack Blackburn, Mandell was an outstanding, clever fighter who carried a solid punch, fast hands and superb defensive skills. He won the championship when he outpointed Rocky Kansas on July 3, 1926. He successfully defended his crown against hall of famers and future champions Tony Canzoneri and Jimmy McLarnin. In a startling upset, Mandell lost the crown when he was KOed by Al Singer in the first round.

Notable bouts[edit]

Result Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes[4]
Loss United States Kid Kaplan PTS 10 1931-08-24 United States Hurley Stadium, East Hartford, Connecticut
Loss United States Steve Halaiko PTS 8 1930-12-01 United States Convention Hall, Rochester, New York
Loss United States Al Singer KO 1 (15), 1:46 1930-07-17 United States Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York Lost World Lightweight Title.
Loss Canada Jimmy McLarnin UD 10 1930-03-01 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Loss Canada Jimmy McLarnin SD 10 1929-11-04 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Win United States Tony Canzoneri SD 10 1929-08-02 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois Retained World Lightweight Title.
Win Canada Jimmy McLarnin UD 15 1928-05-21 United States Polo Grounds, New York, New York Retained World Lightweight Title.
Win United States Jackie Fields UD 10 1928-02-23 United States Chicago Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois
Win United States Billy Petrolle NWS 10 1928-01-13 United States Minneapolis Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota Newspaper Decision
Loss United States Jackie Fields NWS 12 1927-04-04 United States Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California Newspaper Decision
Win United States Rocky Kansas PTS 10 1926-07-03 United States Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois Won World Lightweight Title.
Win United States Sid Terris PTS 12 1925-02-06 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win United States Johnny Dundee NWS 10 1924-06-09 United States Open-Air Arena, East Chicago, Indiana Newspaper Decision
Win United States Jack Bernstein NWS 12 1924-05-16 United States Louisville, Kentucky Newspaper Decision
Draw United States Jack Bernstein PTS 15 1924-01-11 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Draw United States Sid Terris PTS 10 1923-12-17 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Draw United States Memphis Pal Moore NWS 8 1922-07-04 United States Russwood Park, Memphis, Tennessee Newspaper Decision
Win United States Memphis Pal Moore NWS 10 1921-08-26 United States Sager's Arena, Aurora, Illinois Newspaper Decision

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sammy Mandell Bio". International Boxing Hall of Fame. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "All-Time Lightweight Rankings". BoxRec. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Mandell Got Bunch of Bananas for One Bout". The Border Cities Star. 8 June 1927. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Sammy Mandell's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-18.

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Achievements
Preceded by
Rocky Kansas
World Lightweight Champion
July 3, 1926 – July 17, 1930
Succeeded by
Al Singer