Hein ten Hoff

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Hein Ten Hoff
Hein Ten Hoff portrait.jpg
Real name Hein Ten Hoff
Nickname(s) Gentleman of the Ring
Weight(s) Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Reach 84 in (213 cm)
Nationality German
Born (1919-11-19)November 19, 1919
Süddorf, Edewecht
Died June 13, 2003(2003-06-13) (aged 83)
Boxing record
Total fights 43
Wins 32
Wins by KO 28
Losses 7
Draws 4
No contests 0

Hein ten Hoff (19 November 1919 – 13 June 2003) was a German boxer and Präsident des Bundes Deutscher Berufsboxer (BDB).[1] He was the son of a Dutch peasant, who left The Netherlands for Germany (Oldenburg Land) in the end of the 1930s, and became a German citizen.[2]

Amateur career[edit]

As an amateur boxer, Hein ten Hoff had 185 wins, 78 by KO, for a total of 194 fights. He was thrice a German champion in the Heavyweight class (1940, 1941 and 1944 – he beat Herbert Runge),[3] and won the gold medal at the 1942 European Amateur Boxing Championships in Breslau.[4] Between 1940 and 1944 Hoff was on the German national team 20 times,[5] losing only once, to the Slovakian Rudolf Kus in January 1940, a loss Hoff reversed later that year with a KO-win in the first round.[6]

Professional career[edit]

After World War II, he was a professional boxer, from September 1945 until August 1955 (won 32 (KO 28), lost 7 (KO 3), drawn 4, for a total of 43 fights).[7] The international boxing world referred to him as the "Gentleman of the Ring", "Künstler", or "Ästhet im Ring". He won the German BDB heavyweight title in 1946, then lost a ten round decision to Jersey Joe Walcott, the upcoming World champion, at Mannheim 1950, and finally won the EBU (European) heavyweight title, defeating Jack Gardner at West Berlin 1951.[8] He retired from professional boxing in 1955 after he was knocked out by Ingemar Johansson, the upcoming World champion, in Gothenburg.

Notable bouts[edit]

Result Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes[9]
Loss Sweden Ingemar Johansson KO 1 (8) 1955-08-28 Sweden Ullevi Gothenburg
Loss Germany Heinz Neuhaus (de) PTS 10 1955-03-27 Germany Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Loss Germany Heinz Neuhaus (de) KO 1 (15) 1952-07-20 Germany Stadion Rote Erde, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen For EBU Heavyweight Title
Lost German BDB Heavyweight Title
Loss Belgium Karel Sys (de) PTS 15 1952-01-12 Belgium Palais des Sports, Brussels Lost EBU Heavyweight Title
Win United Kingdom Jack Gardner UD 15 1951-09-23 Germany Waldbuehne, Westend Berlin Won EBU Heavyweight Title
Draw Germany Heinz Neuhaus (de) PTS 12 1950-10-15 Germany Rote Erde Stadion, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen Retained German BDB Heavyweight Title
Loss United States Jersey Joe Walcott UD 10 1950-05-28 Germany VFR Stadion, Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg
Draw Germany Walter Neusel PTS 12 1949-09-18 Germany Reiterstadion, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen Retained German BDB Heavyweight Title
Win Germany Herbert Runge KO 7 (12) 1949-06-03 Germany Prinzregentstadion, Munich, Bayern Retained German BDB Heavyweight Title
Win Germany Arno Kölblin (de) KO 5 (120 1948-05-16 Germany Olympiastadion, Westend Berlin Retained German BDB Heavyweight Title
Win Germany Herbert Runge KO 5 (10) 1948-03-28 Germany Messehalle, Leipzig, Sachsen
Win Germany Walter Neusel KO 7 (12) 1947-10-15 Germany HSV Platz, Hamburg Retained German BDB Heavyweight Title
Win Germany Walter Neusel PTS 12 1946-08-03 Germany HSV Sportplatz Rothenbaum, Hamburg Won German BDB Heavyweight Title


  1. ^ "Munzinger Archiv: Hein ten Hoff". Munzinger.de. 2003-06-14. Retrieved 2014-05-26. 
  2. ^ Der Spiegel, Gestorben, 2003, Nr.26
  3. ^ "Germany1920_1948". Amateur-boxing.strefa.pl. Retrieved 2014-05-26. 
  4. ^ Jarosław Drozd. "Kontrowersje: Wojenne Mistrzostwa Europy - Breslau 1942". Bokser.org. Retrieved 2014-05-26. 
  5. ^ http://www.amateur-boxing.strefa.pl/DualsLeague/duals_index.html
  6. ^ "Hein Ten Hoff". BoxRec.com. Retrieved 2014-05-26. 
  7. ^ "Hein Ten Hoff: bouts". BoxRec.com. 2003-06-13. Retrieved 2014-05-26. 
  8. ^ List of European Boxing Union heavyweight champions
  9. ^ Hein Ten Hoff's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-18.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Walter Neusel
German BDB Heavyweight Champion
August 3, 1946 – July 20, 1952
Succeeded by
Heinz Neuhaus (de)
Preceded by
Jack Gardner
EBU (European) Heavyweight Champion
September 23, 1951 – January 12, 1952
Succeeded by
Karel Sys (de)