Walter Neusel

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Walter Neusel
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Real name Walter Neusel
Nickname(s) Der Blonde Tiger
Weight(s) Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 1 12 in (187 cm)
Nationality German
Born (1907-11-25)November 25, 1907
Bochum, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Died October 3, 1964(1964-10-03) (aged 56)
Berlin
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 90
Wins 68
Wins by KO 36
Losses 13
Draws 9
No contests 0

Walter Neusel (November 25, 1907 – October 3, 1964) was a German heavyweight boxer. During his career he held the distinction of being recognized as German Heavyweight Champion.[1] Statistical boxing website BoxRec rates Neusel as the 6th best German boxer ever across all weight divisions.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Neusel turned professional in 1930, racking up a 32-0-2 record before experiencing his first lost against Belgian pugilist Pierre Charles via points decision.[3] During this period, Neusel scored wins over top European heavyweight contenders Gipsy Daniels (twice) and Larry Gains. In 1933, Neusel followed his contemporary Max Schmeling to America, where he became popular due to his aggressive style.[3] In 1934, he defeated King Levinsky and the future Hall of Famer Tommy Loughran. These accomplishments earned him a ranking as one of the Ring Magazine's Top 10 heavyweights, setting up a bout with Schmeling for European supremacy.[3]

First bout with Schmeling[edit]

On August 26, 1934 in Hamburg came a very important match for European boxing, Neusel against Schmeling. The venue was the dirt track facility in the immediate vicinity of Hagenbeck Zoo, which boxing promoter Walter Rothenburg had rebuilt within a few weeks in a rushed manner.[4] Though the audience figures vary from 90,000 - 102,000 it was unquestionably the largest amount of spectators in German history.[5] Neusel lost the match via 9th round technical knockout, putting up a valiant effort but ultimately being outclassed by Schmeling.

European contender[edit]

After the Schmeling fight, Neusel held another future Hall of Famer in Len Harvey to a 12 round draw. Following up with back-to-back victories over Welsh contender Jack Peterson.[6] In 1935, Neusel returned to America to face former Heavyweight World Title holder Primo Carnera; losing the bout via 4th round knockout.[6] He then returned to Europe and beat South African challenger Ben Foord twice, with both wins sandwiched around a loss to Tommy Farr.[7]

World War II era & later career[edit]

In 1940, Neusel won the German Heavyweight title against Arno Kölblin (de) in Berlin.[8] He lost the title to Heinz Lazek in the latter part of 1940, but regained it against Adolf Heuser (de) in 1942. He lost it for the last time against Hein ten Hoff in 1946.[8] In 1948, Neusel had a rematch with arch-rival Schmeling, 14 years after the initial encounter. This time Neusel prevailed with a points decision victory over 12 rounds.[1] Neusel retired after a knockout loss to Conny Rux (de) in 1950.[1]

Notable bouts[edit]

Result Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes[1]
Loss Germany Conny Rux (de) KO 5 (10) 1950-03-18 Germany Funkturmhalle, Westend Berlin
Draw Germany Hein ten Hoff PTS 12 1949-09-18 Germany Reiterstadion, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Win Germany Max Schmeling PTS 10 1948-05-23 Germany Sportplatz, Altona, Hamburg
Loss Germany Hein ten Hoff KO 7 (12) 1947-10-15 Germany HSV Platz, Hamburg For German BDB Heavyweight Title
Loss Germany Hein ten Hoff PTS 12 1946-08-03 Germany HSV Sportplatz Rothenbaum, Hamburg Lost German BDB Heavyweight Title
Win Nazi Germany Adolf Heuser (de) TKO 9 (12) 1942-09-06 Nazi Germany Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg, Hamburg Won German BDB Heavyweight Title
Draw Nazi Germany Adolf Heuser (de) PTS 12 1942-06-27 Nazi Germany Union Sportplatz, Hamburg For German BDB Heavyweight Title
Loss Austria Heinz Lazek PTS 12 1941-10-26 Nazi Germany Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg, Hamburg For German BDB Heavyweight Title
Win Nazi Germany Arno Kölblin (de) PTS 10 1941-04-27 Nazi Germany Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg, Hamburg
Win Nazi Germany Adolf Heuser (de) TKO 9 (10) 1941-01-26 Nazi Germany Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg, Hamburg
Loss Austria Heinz Lazek PTS 12 1940-11-03 Nazi Germany Sportpalast, Schoeneberg, Berlin Lost German BDB Heavyweight Title
Win Nazi Germany Arno Kölblin (de) PTS 12 1940-06-22 Nazi Germany Eisstadion, Friedrichshain, Berlin Retained German BDB Heavyweight Title
Win Nazi Germany Arno Kölblin (de) PTS 12 1938-11-11 Nazi Germany Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg, Hamburg Won German BDB Heavyweight Title
Loss Austria Heinz Lazek PTS 15 1938-09-16 Austria Ice Rink, Vienna For EBU Heavyweight Title
Win Austria Heinz Lazek PTS 12 1938-07-16 Nazi Germany Schwebenhalle, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg
Win South Africa Ben Foord DQ 8 (12) 1938-04-16 Nazi Germany Hanseatenhalle, Hamburg
Loss Wales Tommy Farr KO 3 (12) 1937-06-15 United Kingdom Harringay Arena, Harringay, London
Win Wales Jack Petersen TKO 10 (12) 1937-02-01 United Kingdom Harringay Arena, Harringay, London
Win South Africa Ben Foord PTS 15 1936-11-18 United Kingdom Harringay Arena, Harringay, London
Loss Italy Primo Carnera TKO 4 (10)) 1935-11-01 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win Wales Jack Petersen TKO 12 (12) 1935-06-25 United Kingdom Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London
Win Wales Jack Petersen TKO 11 (15) 1935-02-04 United Kingdom Empire Pool, Wembley, London
Draw United Kingdom Len Harvey PTS 12 1934-11-26 United Kingdom Empire Pool, Wembley, London
Loss Nazi Germany Max Schmeling KO 9 (15) 1934-08-26 Nazi Germany Sandbahn Lokstedt, Hamburg
Win United States Tommy Loughran SD 10 1934-05-04 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win United States King Levinsky PTS 10 1934-03-09 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win Wales Gipsy Daniels PTS 10 1932-11-26 Germany Festhalle, Frankfurt, Hessen
Win Canada Larry Gains UD 10 1932-10-17 France Salle Wagram, Paris
Win Wales Gipsy Daniels PTS 10 1931-07-31 Germany Sportplatz Allee Altona, Altona, Hamburg

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Walter Neusel's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-18.
  2. ^ All-Time Pound-for-Pound Rankings (Germany). BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-18.
  3. ^ a b c Walter Neusel der "blonde Tiger" von der Dorneburg Wanne-EickelHistory.de Retrieved on 2014-04-30
  4. ^ Schmeling (1977), p. 286
  5. ^ Schmeling (1977), p. 287
  6. ^ a b WALTER NEUSEL UND DER MEGAKAMPF GEGEN SCHMELING Boxen.de Retrieved on 2014-04-30
  7. ^ Walter Neusel - German Boxer Munzinger.de Retrieved on 2014-04-30
  8. ^ a b WALTER NEUSEL, 56, GERMAN BOXER, DIES NYTimes.com Retrieved on 2014-04-30

Bibliography[edit]

  • Schmeling, Max (1977). Erinnerungen. Frankfurt/Berlin: Ullstein. ISBN 978-3-5482-7508-6.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Arno Kölblin (de)
German BDB Heavyweight Champion
November 11, 1938 – November 3, 1940
Succeeded by
Heinz Lazek
Preceded by
Adolf Heuser (de)
German BDB Heavyweight Champion
June 27, 1942 – August 3, 1946
Succeeded by
Hein ten Hoff