Barney Ross

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Barney Ross
Barney Ross 1934.jpg
Ross in 1934
Statistics
Real nameDov-Ber Rasofsky
Weight(s)Lightweight
Light Welterweight
Welterweight
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Reach67 in (170 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1909-12-23)December 23, 1909
New York City, U.S.
DiedJanuary 18, 1967(1967-01-18) (aged 57)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights81
Wins74
Wins by KO22
Losses4
Draws3
Military career
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service1942–1944
RankUSMC-E5.svg Sergeant
UnitB Company,1st Battalion 8th Marines
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsSilver Star ribbon.svg Silver Star

Barney Ross (born Dov-Ber "Beryl" David Rosofsky; December 23, 1909 – January 17, 1967) was an American professional boxer. Ross became a world champion in three weight divisions and was a decorated veteran of World War II.[1]

Early life[edit]

Dov-Ber (or Beryl)[2] Rosofsky was born in New York City to Isidore "Itchik" Rosofsky and Sarah Epstein Rosofsky. His father was a Talmudic scholar who had emigrated to America from his native Brest-Litovsk after barely surviving a pogrom. The family then moved from New York to Chicago. Isidore became a rabbi and owner of a small vegetable shop in Chicago's Maxwell Street neighborhood, a vibrant Jewish ghetto akin to the New York's Lower East Side of the 1920s and '30s. Dov-Ber was being raised to follow in his footsteps.

The young Rasofsky grew up on Chicago's mean streets, ultimately ignoring his father's desire for him to become a rabbi and his admonition that Jews do not resort to violence. "'Let the goyim be the fighters,'" Ross later recalled being told by his father. "'The trumbeniks, the murderers—we are the scholars.'" Ross's ambition in life was to become a Jewish teacher and a Talmudic scholar, but his life was changed forever when his father was shot dead resisting a robbery at his small grocery.[3] Prostrate from grief, his mother Sarah suffered a nervous breakdown and his younger siblings—Ida, Sam and George—were placed in an orphanage or farmed out to other members of the extended family. Dov was left to his own devices at the age of 14.

As recounted in Barney Ross: The Life of a Jewish Fighter, by Ross biographer Douglas Century, in the wake of the tragedy, Dov became vindictive towards everything and turned his back on the orthodox religion of his father. He began running around with local toughs (including another wayward Jewish ghetto kid, the future Jack Ruby), developing into a street brawler, thief and money runner; he was even employed by Al Capone. Dov's goal was to earn enough money to buy a home so that he could reunite his family. He saw boxing as that vehicle and began training with his friend Ruby.

Boxing career[edit]

After winning amateur bouts, Dov would pawn the awards—like watches—and set the money aside for his family. There is speculation that Capone bought up tickets to his early fights, knowing some of that money would be funneled to Dov. Plagued by his father's death and feeling an obligation not to sully his name, Dov Rosofsky took the new name "Barney Ross." The name change was also part of a larger trend by Jews to assimilate in the U.S. by taking American-sounding names. Strong, fast and possessed of a powerful will, Ross was soon an Intercity Golden Gloves[1][4] and Chicago Golden Gloves champion[1][5] in 1929 at the age of 19 and went on to dominate the lighter divisions as a pro.

At a time—the late 1920s and '30s—when rising Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was using propaganda to spread his virulently anti-Jewish philosophy, Ross was seen by American Jews as one of their greatest advocates. He represented the concept of Jews finally fighting back. Idolized and respected by all Americans, Ross showed that Jews could thrive in their new country. He made his stand against Hitler and Nazi Germany a public one. He knew that by winning boxing matches, he was displaying a new kind of strength for Jews. He also understood that Americans loved their sports heroes and if Jews wanted to be embraced in the U.S. they would have to assume such places in society. Though Ross had lost faith in religion, he openly embraced his role as a leader of his people.

Ross is unique in boxing as one of its few triple division champions—lightweight, light welterweight and welterweight. He was never knocked out in 81 fights and held his title against some of the best competition in the history of the sport. Ross defeated great Hall-of-Fame champions like Jimmy McLarnin and Tony Canzoneri in epic battles that drew crowds of more than 50,000.

His first paid fight was on September 1, 1929, when he beat Ramon Lugo by a decision in six rounds. After ten wins in a row, he lost for the first time, to Carlos García, on a decision in ten.

Over the next 35 bouts, his record was 32–1–2, including a win over former world champion Battling Battalino and one over Babe Ruth (not the baseball player). Another bout included former world champion Cameron Welter. On March 26, 1933, Ross had his first world title bout when he faced world lightweight and light welterweight champion and fellow three-division world champion Tony Canzoneri in Chicago. In one night, Ross became a two-division world champion when he beat Canzoneri by decision in ten rounds.[6] Ross also campaigned heavily in the city of Chicago prior to the fight. After two more wins, including a knockout in six rounds over Johnny Farr, Ross and Canzoneri boxed again, with Ross winning again by decision, but this time in 15.

Ross was known as a smart fighter with great stamina. He retained his title by decision against Sammy Fuller to finish 1933 and against Peter Nebo to begin 1934. Then he defended against former world champion Frankie Klick, against whom he drew in ten. Then came the first of three bouts versus Jimmy McLarnin. Ross vacated the light welterweight title to go after McLarnin's welterweight title and won by a 15-round decision, his third world championship. However, in a rematch a few weeks later, McLarnin beat Ross by a decision and recovered the title. After that, Ross went back down to light welterweight and reclaimed his title with a 12-round decision over Bobby Pacho. After beating Klick and Henry Woods by decision to retain that title, he went back up in weight for his third and last fight with McLarnin; he recovered the welterweight title by outpointing McLarnin again over 15 rounds. He won 16 bouts in a row after that, including three over future world middleweight champion Ceferino Garcia and one against Al Manfredo. His only two defenses, however, over that stretch were against Garcia and against Izzy Jannazzo, on points in 15 rounds.

In his last fight, Ross defended his title on May 31, 1938, against fellow three-division world champion Henry Armstrong, who beat him by a decision in 15. Although Armstrong pounded Ross inexorably and his trainers begged him to let them stop the fight, Ross refused to stop or go down. Barney Ross had never been knocked out in his career[3] and was determined to leave the ring on his feet. Some boxing experts view Ross's performance against Armstrong as one of the most courageous in history. Some believe that Ross's will to survive every tough fight on his feet had to do with his understanding of his symbolic importance to Jews. That is, Jews would not only fight back, but they would not go down.

Ross retired with a record of 72 wins, 4 losses, 3 draws and two no decisions (Newspaper Decisions: 2–0–0), with 22 wins by knockout. He was ranked #21 on Ring Magazine's list of the 80 Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years.

World War II[edit]

In retirement in his early thirties, Ross enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in April 1942 to fight in World War II. The Marines wanted to keep him stateside and use his celebrity status to boost morale. Most of the athletes of the era, like heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey, had ceremonial roles in the military, but Ross insisted on fighting for his country.

Before he was to go overseas, Ross physically assaulted a non-commissioned officer who had made an anti-Semitic remark. He was to be court martialed at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego. The other board members wanted to throw the book at Ross, but Captain Berthol E. Davis, who was also Jewish and knew of Ross's achievements, convinced the rest of the board to allow Ross to go overseas and avoid punishment. So, he was sent to the Pacific theater.

He served with B Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines during the Battle of Guadalcanal in the South Pacific. One night, he and three other comrades were trapped under enemy fire. All four were wounded; Ross was the only one able to fight. Ross gathered his comrades' rifles and grenades and single-handedly fought nearly two dozen Japanese soldiers over an entire night, killing them all by morning. Two of the Marines died, but he carried the third on his shoulders to safety; the other man weighed 230 lb (104 kg) compared to Ross' 140 lb (64 kg).

Ross was awarded America's third highest military honor, the Silver Star,[1] as well as a presidential citation.[7] As one of America's greatest "celebrity" war heroes, he was honored by President Roosevelt in a Rose Garden ceremony. He was also awarded the Edward J. Neil Trophy as "the outstanding boxer of 1942" by the Boxing Writers Association of New York.[7]

During his time in Guadalcanal, Ross began a lifelong friendship with the famous Father Frederic Gehring, a wartime chaplain who wrote regular correspondences for Reader's Digest magazine. Gehring considered Ross a national treasure who defied logic when it came to bravery and the defense of principle. Ross was the only one capable of playing a temperamental organ on the tropical island. On Christmas Eve, before he and his fellow Marines were to go into battle, Gehring asked him to learn "Silent Night" and other Christmas songs for the troops. After playing them, Gehring asked Ross to play a Jewish song. Ross played "My Yiddishe Momma," about a child's love for his self-sacrificing mother. Many of the Marines knew the melody of the song because Ross always had it played when he entered the ring. When the Marines heard the lyrics, newspaper reports say they were all in tears.

Drug addiction and recovery[edit]

During his recovery at the hospital from his wounds suffered in that battle, Ross developed a habit for the morphine administered for pain. Back in the states, the morphine became heroin. This habit became so bad he would sometimes spend $500 a day on the drug. Ross went to a recovery center and beat his addiction. He gave lectures to high school students about the dangers of drug addiction. His struggle against morphine addiction is the subject of the 1957 film Monkey on My Back.

This story inspired the song 'Barney Ross', released in 2013 by the Spanish rock band Doctor Divago on their album 'Imperio'.[citation needed]

Final days[edit]

Ross spent his last days using his celebrity status in promotional work for casinos and other businesses. He remained with his second wife, Cathy Howlett, although they never had children. He was happy he reached the two goals he had set: reunite his family and become a world champion in boxing. He wrote an autobiography titled No Man Stands Alone.

He also remained loyal to his friend Jack Ruby and testified as a character witness on Ruby's behalf at his trial for killing Lee Harvey Oswald, who was under arrest for the shooting death of Dallas patrolman, J.D. Tippit.

Ross died in his hometown Chicago of throat cancer at the age of 57.

His relatives include Yuri Rasovsky, Solomon Rosowsky, Baruch Leib Rosowsky and Dana Sandra Wile.

Honors[edit]

Ross was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, the World Boxing Hall of Fame, the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame, the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame[8] and the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.[9] He was inducted into the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame in the Class of 2006.[10]

The Aleph Zadik Aleph chapter located in Chicago's south suburbs (primarily in Flossmoor, Homewood, and Olympia Fields), is named in his honor.

Professional boxing record[edit]

All information in this section is derived from BoxRec,[11] unless otherwise stated.

Official record[edit]

Professional record summary
81 fights 72 wins 4 losses
By knockout 22 0
By decision 50 4
Draws 3
Newspaper decisions/draws 2

All newspaper decisions are officially regarded as “no decision” bouts and are not counted to the win/loss/draw column.

No. Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
81 Loss 72–4–3 (2) Henry Armstrong UD 15 May 31, 1938 Madison Square Garden Bowl, New York City, New York, U.S. Lost NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring welterweight titles
80 Win 72–3–3 (2) Bobby Venner TKO 7 (10) Apr 25, 1938 Shrine Auditorium, Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
79 Win 71–3–3 (2) Henry Schaft TKO 4 (10) Apr 4, 1938 Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
78 Win 70–3–3 (2) Ceferino Garcia UD 15 Sep 23, 1937 Polo Grounds, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring welterweight titles
77 Win 69–3–3 (2) Al Manfredo NWS 10 Aug 9, 1937 Western League Baseball Park, Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
76 Win 69–3–3 (1) Jackie Burke KO 5 (10) Jun 27, 1937 Heinemann Park, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
75 Win 68–3–3 (1) Chuck Woods KO 4 (10) Jun 17, 1937 Perry Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
74 Win 67–3–3 (1) Al Manfredo PTS 10 Jan 29, 1937 Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
73 Win 66–3–3 (1) Izzy Jannazzo UD 15 Nov 27, 1936 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring welterweight titles
72 Win 65–3–3 (1) Phil Furr UD 10 Jul 22, 1936 Griffith Stadium, Washington, District of Columbia, U.S.
71 Win 64–3–3 (1) Morrie Sherman KO 2 (10) Jun 22, 1936 City Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
70 Win 63–3–3 (1) Laddie Tonielli TKO 5 (10) Jun 10, 1936 State Fair Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
69 Win 62–3–3 (1) Chuck Woods TKO 5 (10) May 1, 1936 Jefferson County Armory, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
68 Win 61–3–3 (1) Gordon Wallace MD 10 Mar 11, 1936 Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
67 Win 60–3–3 (1) Lou Halper TKO 8 (10) Jan 27, 1936 Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
66 Win 59–3–3 (1) Ceferino Garcia UD 10 Nov 29, 1935 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
65 Win 58–3–3 (1) Ceferino Garcia PTS 10 Sep 13, 1935 Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
64 Win 57–3–3 (1) Baby Joe Gans KO 2 (10) Sep 6, 1935 Multnomah Stadium, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
63 Win 56–3–3 (1) Jimmy McLarnin UD 15 May 28, 1935 Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, U.S. Won NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring welterweight titles
62 Win 55–3–3 (1) Henry Woods UD 12 Apr 9, 1935 Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, U.S. Retained world light welterweight title
61 Win 54–3–3 (1) Frankie Klick UD 10 Jan 28, 1935 Municipal Stadium, Miami, Florida, U.S. Retained world light welterweight title
60 Win 53–3–3 (1) Bobby Pacho PTS 12 Dec 10, 1934 Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. Retained world light welterweight title
59 Loss 52–3–3 (1) Jimmy McLarnin SD 15 Sep 17, 1934 Madison Square Garden Bowl, New York City, New York, U.S. Lost NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring welterweight titles
58 Win 52–2–3 (1) Jimmy McLarnin SD 15 May 28, 1934 Madison Square Garden Bowl, New York City, New York, U.S. Won NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring welterweight titles
57 Win 51–2–3 (1) Bobby Pacho PTS 10 Mar 27, 1934 Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
56 Win 50–2–3 (1) Kid Moro PTS 10 Mar 14, 1934 Auditorium, Oakland, California, U.S. Retained world light welterweight title
55 Draw 49–2–3 (1) Frankie Klick PTS 10 Mar 5, 1934 Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S. Retained world light welterweight title
54 Win 49–2–2 (1) Pete Nebo PTS 12 Feb 7, 1934 Convention Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. Retained world light welterweight title
53 Win 48–2–2 (1) Billy Petrolle UD 10 Jan 24, 1934 New York Coliseum, New York City, New York, U.S.
52 Win 47–2–2 (1) Sammy Fuller MD 10 Nov 17, 1933 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Retained world light welterweight title;
Won world light welterweight title claim
51 Win 46–2–2 (1) Tony Canzoneri SD 15 Sep 12, 1933 Polo Grounds, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring lightweight titles;
Retained world light welterweight title
50 Win 45–2–2 (1) Johnny Farr TKO 6 (10) Jul 26, 1933 Convention Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. Retained world light welterweight title
49 Win 44–2–2 (1) Tony Canzoneri MD 10 Jun 23, 1933 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Won NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring lightweight titles;
Won world light welterweight title
48 Win 43–2–2 (1) Joe Ghnouly PTS 10 May 3, 1933 Arena, Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.
47 Win 42–2–2 (1) Billy Petrolle UD 10 Mar 22, 1933 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
46 Win 41–2–2 (1) Tommy Grogan PTS 10 Feb 22, 1933 Washington Blvd. Auditorium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
45 Win 40–2–2 (1) Johnny Datto KO 2 (10) Jan 30, 1933 Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
44 Win 39–2–2 (1) Johnny Farr PTS 10 Nov 25, 1932 Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
43 Win 38–2–2 (1) Goldie Hess PTS 10 Nov 11, 1932 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
42 Win 37–2–2 (1) Battling Battalino UD 10 Oct 21, 1932 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
41 Win 36–2–2 (1) Frankie Petrolle KO 2 (10) Sep 15, 1932 Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
40 Win 35–2–2 (1) Ray Miller UD 10 Aug 26, 1932 Sparta Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
39 Win 34–2–2 (1) Henry Perlick TKO 3 (8) Jul 28, 1932 Sparta Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
38 Win 33–2–2 (1) Dick Sisk TKO 6 (8) May 20, 1932 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
37 Win 32–2–2 (1) Frankie Hughes PTS 10 Apr 5, 1932 Armory, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
36 Win 31–2–2 (1) Nick Ellenwood PTS 10 Mar 2, 1932 Armory, Muncie, Indiana, U.S.
35 Win 30–2–2 (1) Billy Gladstone PTS 6 Feb 18, 1932 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
34 Win 29–2–2 (1) Micky O'Neill PTS 6 Feb 8, 1932 Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
33 Win 28–2–2 (1) Jimmy Lundy PTS 8 Nov 18, 1931 Convention Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
32 Win 27–2–2 (1) Young Terry PTS 8 Nov 13, 1931 Moline Field House, Moline, Illinois, U.S.
31 Win 26–2–2 (1) Lou Jallos PTS 8 Nov 4, 1931 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
30 Win 25–2–2 (1) Glen Gamp PTS 10 Oct 2, 1931 Eagles Arena, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
29 Win 24–2–2 (1) Jimmy Alvarado PTS 8 Jul 30, 1931 Navin Field, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
28 Win 23–2–2 (1) Babe Ruth TKO 4 (10) Jul 15, 1931 Armory, Benton Harbor, Michigan, U.S.
27 Win 22–2–2 (1) Billy Shaw PTS 8 May 13, 1931 Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois, U.S.
26 Win 21–2–2 (1) Jackie Dugan KO 2 (8) May 1, 1931 Moline Field House, Moline, Illinois, U.S.
25 Win 20–2–2 (1) Lud Abella TKO 2 (6) Apr 24, 1931 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
24 Win 19–2–2 (1) Midget Mike O'Dowd PTS 8 Apr 8, 1931 Moline Field House, Moline, Illinois, U.S.
23 Loss 18–2–2 (1) Roger Bernard PTS 8 Mar 27, 1931 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
22 Win 18–1–2 (1) Jackie Davis PTS 6 Mar 20, 1931 Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois, U.S.
21 Win 17–1–2 (1) Young Terry UD 10 Feb 20, 1931 Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois, U.S.
20 Win 16–1–2 (1) Henry Falegano PTS 8 Jan 14, 1931 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
19 Draw 15–1–2 (1) Harry Dublinsky PTS 8 Nov 21, 1930 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
18 Win 15–1–1 (1) Petey Mack KO 1 (8) Nov 6, 1930 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
17 Win 14–1–1 (1) Sammy Binder KO 2 (6) Oct 14, 1930 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
16 Draw 13–1–1 (1) Young Terry PTS 8 Sep 19, 1930 Jones & Baumrucker Park, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
15 Win 13–1 (1) Luis Perez KO 1 (6) Aug 2, 1930 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
14 Win 12–1 (1) Eddie Koppy PTS 6 Jul 1, 1930 Michigan State Fairgrounds, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
13 Win 11–1 (1) Mickey Genaro PTS 6 Apr 25, 1930 Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
12 Loss 10–1 (1) Carlos Garcia PTS 6 Apr 21, 1930 Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
11 Win 10–0 (1) Eddie Bojack TKO 2 (4) Apr 8, 1930 Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
10 Win 9–0 (1) Jackie Davis NWS 4 Mar 3, 1930 Arena, Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 Jiro Kumagai PTS 4 Feb 24, 1930 Recreation Park, San Francisco, California, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 Johnny Andrews PTS 4 Jan 24, 1930 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 Louis New PTS 6 Jan 10, 1930 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 Al DeRose PTS 6 Dec 5, 1929 Ashland Blvd. Auditorium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 Joey Barth PTS 5 Nov 29, 1929 Guyon's Paradise Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 Virgil Tobin KO 2 (4) Oct 21, 1929 State Armory, San Francisco, California, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 Joe Borola PTS 6 Oct 12, 1929 Main Street Athletic Club, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 Joe Borola PTS 6 Sep 14, 1929 Main Street Athletic Club, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 Ramon Lugo PTS 6 Aug 31, 1929 Main Street Athletic Club, Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Unofficial record[edit]

Professional record summary
81 fights 74 wins 4 losses
By knockout 22 0
By decision 52 4
Draws 3

Record with the inclusion of newspaper decisions to the win/loss/draw column.

No. Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
81 Loss 74–4–3 Henry Armstrong UD 15 May 31, 1938 Madison Square Garden Bowl, New York City, New York, U.S. Lost NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring welterweight titles
80 Win 74–3–3 Bobby Venner TKO 7 (10) Apr 25, 1938 Shrine Auditorium, Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
79 Win 73–3–3 Henry Schaft TKO 4 (10) Apr 4, 1938 Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
78 Win 72–3–3 Ceferino Garcia UD 15 Sep 23, 1937 Polo Grounds, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring welterweight titles
77 Win 71–3–3 Al Manfredo NWS 10 Aug 9, 1937 Western League Baseball Park, Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
76 Win 70–3–3 Jackie Burke KO 5 (10) Jun 27, 1937 Heinemann Park, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
75 Win 69–3–3 Chuck Woods KO 4 (10) Jun 17, 1937 Perry Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
74 Win 68–3–3 Al Manfredo PTS 10 Jan 29, 1937 Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
73 Win 67–3–3 Izzy Jannazzo UD 15 Nov 27, 1936 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring welterweight titles
72 Win 66–3–3 Phil Furr UD 10 Jul 22, 1936 Griffith Stadium, Washington, District of Columbia, U.S.
71 Win 65–3–3 Morrie Sherman KO 2 (10) Jun 22, 1936 City Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
70 Win 64–3–3 Laddie Tonielli TKO 5 (10) Jun 10, 1936 State Fair Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
69 Win 63–3–3 Chuck Woods TKO 5 (10) May 1, 1936 Jefferson County Armory, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
68 Win 62–3–3 Gordon Wallace MD 10 Mar 11, 1936 Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
67 Win 61–3–3 Lou Halper TKO 8 (10) Jan 27, 1936 Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
66 Win 60–3–3 Ceferino Garcia UD 10 Nov 29, 1935 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
65 Win 59–3–3 Ceferino Garcia PTS 10 Sep 13, 1935 Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
64 Win 58–3–3 Baby Joe Gans KO 2 (10) Sep 6, 1935 Multnomah Stadium, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
63 Win 57–3–3 Jimmy McLarnin UD 15 May 28, 1935 Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, U.S. Won NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring welterweight titles
62 Win 56–3–3 Henry Woods UD 12 Apr 9, 1935 Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, U.S. Retained world light welterweight title
61 Win 55–3–3 Frankie Klick UD 10 Jan 28, 1935 Municipal Stadium, Miami, Florida, U.S. Retained world light welterweight title
60 Win 54–3–3 Bobby Pacho PTS 12 Dec 10, 1934 Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. Retained world light welterweight title
59 Loss 53–3–3 Jimmy McLarnin SD 15 Sep 17, 1934 Madison Square Garden Bowl, New York City, New York, U.S. Lost NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring welterweight titles
58 Win 53–2–3 Jimmy McLarnin SD 15 May 28, 1934 Madison Square Garden Bowl, New York City, New York, U.S. Won NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring welterweight titles
57 Win 52–2–3 Bobby Pacho PTS 10 Mar 27, 1934 Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
56 Win 51–2–3 Kid Moro PTS 10 Mar 14, 1934 Auditorium, Oakland, California, U.S. Retained world light welterweight title
55 Draw 50–2–3 Frankie Klick PTS 10 Mar 5, 1934 Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S. Retained world light welterweight title
54 Win 50–2–2 Pete Nebo PTS 12 Feb 7, 1934 Convention Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. Retained world light welterweight title
53 Win 49–2–2 Billy Petrolle UD 10 Jan 24, 1934 New York Coliseum, New York City, New York, U.S.
52 Win 48–2–2 Sammy Fuller MD 10 Nov 17, 1933 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Retained world light welterweight title;
Won world light welterweight title claim
51 Win 47–2–2 Tony Canzoneri SD 15 Sep 12, 1933 Polo Grounds, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring lightweight titles;
Retained world light welterweight title
50 Win 46–2–2 Johnny Farr TKO 6 (10) Jul 26, 1933 Convention Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. Retained world light welterweight title
49 Win 45–2–2 Tony Canzoneri MD 10 Jun 23, 1933 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Won NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring lightweight titles;
Won world light welterweight title
48 Win 44–2–2 Joe Ghnouly PTS 10 May 3, 1933 Arena, Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.
47 Win 43–2–2 Billy Petrolle UD 10 Mar 22, 1933 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
46 Win 42–2–2 Tommy Grogan PTS 10 Feb 22, 1933 Washington Blvd. Auditorium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
45 Win 41–2–2 Johnny Datto KO 2 (10) Jan 30, 1933 Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
44 Win 40–2–2 Johnny Farr PTS 10 Nov 25, 1932 Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
43 Win 39–2–2 Goldie Hess PTS 10 Nov 11, 1932 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
42 Win 38–2–2 Battling Battalino UD 10 Oct 21, 1932 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
41 Win 37–2–2 Frankie Petrolle KO 2 (10) Sep 15, 1932 Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
40 Win 36–2–2 Ray Miller UD 10 Aug 26, 1932 Sparta Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
39 Win 35–2–2 Henry Perlick TKO 3 (8) Jul 28, 1932 Sparta Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
38 Win 34–2–2 Dick Sisk TKO 6 (8) May 20, 1932 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
37 Win 33–2–2 Frankie Hughes PTS 10 Apr 5, 1932 Armory, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
36 Win 32–2–2 Nick Ellenwood PTS 10 Mar 2, 1932 Armory, Muncie, Indiana, U.S.
35 Win 31–2–2 Billy Gladstone PTS 6 Feb 18, 1932 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
34 Win 30–2–2 Micky O'Neill PTS 6 Feb 8, 1932 Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
33 Win 29–2–2 Jimmy Lundy PTS 8 Nov 18, 1931 Convention Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
32 Win 28–2–2 Young Terry PTS 8 Nov 13, 1931 Moline Field House, Moline, Illinois, U.S.
31 Win 27–2–2 Lou Jallos PTS 8 Nov 4, 1931 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
30 Win 26–2–2 Glen Gamp PTS 10 Oct 2, 1931 Eagles Arena, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
29 Win 25–2–2 Jimmy Alvarado PTS 8 Jul 30, 1931 Navin Field, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
28 Win 24–2–2 Babe Ruth TKO 4 (10) Jul 15, 1931 Armory, Benton Harbor, Michigan, U.S.
27 Win 23–2–2 Billy Shaw PTS 8 May 13, 1931 Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois, U.S.
26 Win 22–2–2 Jackie Dugan KO 2 (8) May 1, 1931 Moline Field House, Moline, Illinois, U.S.
25 Win 21–2–2 Lud Abella TKO 2 (6) Apr 24, 1931 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
24 Win 20–2–2 Midget Mike O'Dowd PTS 8 Apr 8, 1931 Moline Field House, Moline, Illinois, U.S.
23 Loss 19–2–2 Roger Bernard PTS 8 Mar 27, 1931 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
22 Win 19–1–2 Jackie Davis PTS 6 Mar 20, 1931 Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois, U.S.
21 Win 18–1–2 Young Terry UD 10 Feb 20, 1931 Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois, U.S.
20 Win 17–1–2 Henry Falegano PTS 8 Jan 14, 1931 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
19 Draw 16–1–2 Harry Dublinsky PTS 8 Nov 21, 1930 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
18 Win 16–1–1 Petey Mack KO 1 (8) Nov 6, 1930 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
17 Win 15–1–1 Sammy Binder KO 2 (6) Oct 14, 1930 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
16 Draw 14–1–1 Young Terry PTS 8 Sep 19, 1930 Jones & Baumrucker Park, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
15 Win 14–1 Luis Perez KO 1 (6) Aug 2, 1930 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
14 Win 13–1 Eddie Koppy PTS 6 Jul 1, 1930 Michigan State Fairgrounds, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
13 Win 12–1 Mickey Genaro PTS 6 Apr 25, 1930 Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
12 Loss 11–1 Carlos Garcia PTS 6 Apr 21, 1930 Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 Eddie Bojack TKO 2 (4) Apr 8, 1930 Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 Jackie Davis NWS 4 Mar 3, 1930 Arena, Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 Jiro Kumagai PTS 4 Feb 24, 1930 Recreation Park, San Francisco, California, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 Johnny Andrews PTS 4 Jan 24, 1930 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 Louis New PTS 6 Jan 10, 1930 Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 Al DeRose PTS 6 Dec 5, 1929 Ashland Blvd. Auditorium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 Joey Barth PTS 5 Nov 29, 1929 Guyon's Paradise Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 Virgil Tobin KO 2 (4) Oct 21, 1929 State Armory, San Francisco, California, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 Joe Borola PTS 6 Oct 12, 1929 Main Street Athletic Club, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 Joe Borola PTS 6 Sep 14, 1929 Main Street Athletic Club, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 Ramon Lugo PTS 6 Aug 31, 1929 Main Street Athletic Club, Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Barney Ross Loses Bout To Cancer; Dies at 57". Waco News-Tribune. Associated Press. January 19, 1957 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  2. ^ The Yiddish name דוב-בער Dov-Ber literally means "bear-bear", traceable back to the Hebrew word דב dov "bear" and the German word Bär "bear". See p. 130 of Zuckermann, Ghil'ad (2003), Language Contact and Lexical Enrichment in Israeli Hebrew. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781403917232 / ISBN 9781403938695 [1]. It is thus an example of a bilingual tautological name.
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  4. ^ "Chicago/New York Championships: Intercity Golden Gloves Championships". pagoldengloves.com. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
  5. ^ "Chicago Golden Gloves – History". chicagogoldengloves.com. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
  6. ^ "Barney Ross – Lineal Junior Welterweight Champion". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia.
  7. ^ a b "Barney Ross Honored With Silver Star". The Palm Beach Post. Associated Press. November 23, 1943.
  8. ^ "International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame". Jewishsports.net. Archived from the original on October 6, 2010. Retrieved October 19, 2010.
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  10. ^ "Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame: Class of 2006". Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
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Achievements
Preceded by World Lightweight Champion
June 23, 1933 – April 15, 1935
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Tony Canzoneri
The Ring Lightweight Champion
June 23, 1933 – 1933
Vacated
World Light Welterweight Champion
June 23, 1933 – April 9, 1935
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Tippy Larkin
Preceded by World Welterweight Champion
May 28, 1934 – September 17, 1934
Succeeded by
The Ring Welterweight Champion
May 28, 1934 – September 17, 1934
World Welterweight Champion
May 28, 1935 – May 31, 1938
Succeeded by
The Ring Welterweight Champion
May 28, 1935 – May 31, 1938