Benny Bass

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Benny Bass
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Statistics
Real name Benjamin Baruch J. Bass
Nickname(s) Little Fish
Rated at Featherweight
Lightweight
Height 5 ft 1 12 in (1.56 m)
Reach 64 in (163 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1903-12-04)December 4, 1903
Kiev, Ukraine
Died June 25, 1975(1975-06-25) (aged 71)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 243
Wins 191
Wins by KO 72
Losses 41
Draws 9
No contests 2

Benjamin "Benny" Baruch J. Bass, known as "Little Fish," (December 15, 1904 – June 25, 1975) was an American boxer. He was born in Kiev, Ukraine, with his family emigrating to the United States in 1906; choosing to settle in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Bass was world featherweight champion and world junior lightweight champion during his career. Statistical boxing website BoxRec lists Bass as the #17 ranked lightweight of all time.[1] He was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2002.[2][3]

He defeated former Junior Lightweight Champion Mike Ballerino, in a fast ten round points decision on October 17, 1927. "Bass, who was outweighed by seven pounds punched hard and accounted for a knockdown in the fourth round but Ballerino was up at the count of eight". Bass would first take the World Junior Lightweight Championship by defeating Tod Morgan on December 20, 1929.[4]

Notable bouts[edit]

Result Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes[5]
Loss United States Henry Armstrong KO 4 (10) 1913-03-05 United States Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Loss United States Petey Sarron MD 10 1934-09-24 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Loss United States Petey Sarron DQ 6 (10) 1934-08-27 United States Griffith Stadium, Washington D.C.
Win United States Johnny Jadick PTS 10 1934-07-31 United States Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Loss United States Wesley Ramey NWS 10 1932-03-09 United States Saint Louis Coliseum, Saint Louis, Missouri Newspaper Decision
Loss Cuba Kid Chocolate TKO 7 (10) 1931-07-15 United States Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Lost World Junior Lightweight Title.
Win United States Bud Taylor TKO 2 (10) 1931-02-16 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win United States Lew Massey UD 10 1931-01-05 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win United States Johnny Jadick UD 10 1930-12-08 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win United States Lew Massey UD 10 1930-11-24 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Loss United States Tony Canzoneri UD 10 1930-07-21 United States Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win United States Tod Morgan KO 2 (15) 1929-12-20 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Won World Junior Lightweight Title.
Loss United States Tony Canzoneri SD 15 1928-02-10 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Lost NBA World Featherweight Title.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ All-Time Lightweight Rankings. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-04-11.
  2. ^ "International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame". Jewishsports.net. Retrieved January 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Benny Bass". Ibhof.com. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  4. ^ "Benny Bass Defeats Mike Ballerino", The Brainerd Daily Dispatch, Brainerd, Minnesota, pg. 5, 18 October 1927
  5. ^ Benny Bass' Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-18.

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Achievements
Inaugural Champion NBA World Featherweight Champion
September 12, 1927 – February 10, 1928
Succeeded by
Tony Canzoneri
Preceded by
Tod Morgan
World Junior Lightweight Champion
December 20, 1929 – July 15, 1931
Succeeded by
Kid Chocolate