Gunnar Bärlund

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Statistics
Nickname(s) Guni, GeeBee
Weight(s) Heavyweight (80–92 kg)
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Born 9 January 1911
Helsinki, Finland
Died August 2, 1982(1982-08-02) (aged 71)
Palm Beach, Florida, United States
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 87
Wins 56
Wins by KO 28
Losses 30
Draws 1

Gunnar Richard Bernhard Bärlund (9 January 1911 – 2 August 1982)[1] was a Finnish heavyweight boxer who won the European amateur title in 1934. He competed in the 1932 Summer Olympics, but lost in the first round to the eventual winner Santiago Lovell.[2]

In 1934 Bärlund turned professional and in 1936 moved to the United States, where he fought until retiring from boxing in 1948.[3] He eventually became an American citizen, and died in Palm Beach, Florida in 1982. In 1991, his statue was erected in Helsinki.[4] His niece Tutu Sohlberg is a retired Olympic equestrian.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kanerva, Juha (11 October 2000). "Bärlund, Gunnar (1911–1982)". Kansallisbiografia (in (in Finnish)). Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Gunnar Bärlund. sports-reference.com
  3. ^ Gunnar Bärlund. boxrec.com
  4. ^ Gunnar Bärlund. taidemuseo.hel.fi