|Real name||Walter Neusel|
|Nickname(s)||Der Blonde Tiger|
|Height||6 ft 1 1⁄2 in (187 cm)|
November 25, 1907|
October 3, 1964 (aged 56)|
|Wins by KO||36|
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. Statistical boxing website BoxRec rates Neusel as the 6th best German boxer ever across all weight divisions.
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. 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. 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.
First bout with Schmeling
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. Though the audience figures vary from 90,000 - 102,000 it was unquestionably the largest amount of spectators in German history. Neusel lost the match via 9th round technical knockout, putting up a valiant effort but ultimately being outclassed by Schmeling.
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. In 1935, Neusel returned to America to face former Heavyweight World Title holder Primo Carnera; losing the bout via 4th round knockout. He then returned to Europe and beat South African challenger Ben Foord twice, with both wins sandwiched around a loss to Tommy Farr.
World War II era & later career
In 1940, Neusel won the German Heavyweight title against Arno Kölblin in Berlin. He lost the title to Heinz Lazek in the latter part of 1940, but regained it against Adolf Heuser in 1942. He lost it for the last time against Hein ten Hoff in 1946. 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. Neusel retired after a knockout loss to Conny Rux in 1950.
|Loss||Conny Rux||KO||5 (10)||1950-03-18||Funkturmhalle, Westend Berlin|
|Draw||Hein ten Hoff||PTS||12||1949-09-18||Reiterstadion, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen|
|Win||Max Schmeling||PTS||10||1948-05-23||Sportplatz, Altona, Hamburg|
|Loss||Hein ten Hoff||KO||7 (12)||1947-10-15||HSV Platz, Hamburg||For German BDB Heavyweight Title|
|Loss||Hein ten Hoff||PTS||12||1946-08-03||HSV Sportplatz Rothenbaum, Hamburg||Lost German BDB Heavyweight Title|
|Win||Adolf Heuser||TKO||9 (12)||1942-09-06||Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg, Hamburg||Won German BDB Heavyweight Title|
|Draw||Adolf Heuser||PTS||12||1942-06-27||Union Sportplatz, Hamburg||For German BDB Heavyweight Title|
|Loss||Heinz Lazek||PTS||12||1941-10-26||Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg, Hamburg||For German BDB Heavyweight Title|
|Win||Arno Kölblin||PTS||10||1941-04-27||Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg, Hamburg|
|Win||Adolf Heuser||TKO||9 (10)||1941-01-26||Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg, Hamburg|
|Loss||Heinz Lazek||PTS||12||1940-11-03||Sportpalast, Schoeneberg, Berlin||Lost German BDB Heavyweight Title|
|Win||Arno Kölblin||PTS||12||1940-06-22||Eisstadion, Friedrichshain, Berlin||Retained German BDB Heavyweight Title|
|Win||Arno Kölblin||PTS||12||1938-11-11||Deutschlandhalle, Charlottenburg, Hamburg||Won German BDB Heavyweight Title|
|Loss||Heinz Lazek||PTS||15||1938-09-16||Ice Rink, Vienna||For EBU Heavyweight Title|
|Win||Heinz Lazek||PTS||12||1938-07-16||Schwebenhalle, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg|
|Win||Ben Foord||DQ||8 (12)||1938-04-16||Hanseatenhalle, Hamburg|
|Loss||Tommy Farr||KO||3 (12)||1937-06-15||Harringay Arena, Harringay, London|
|Win||Jack Petersen||TKO||10 (12)||1937-02-01||Harringay Arena, Harringay, London|
|Win||Ben Foord||PTS||15||1936-11-18||Harringay Arena, Harringay, London|
|Loss||Primo Carnera||TKO||4 (10))||1935-11-01||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York|
|Win||Jack Petersen||TKO||12 (12)||1935-06-25||Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London|
|Win||Jack Petersen||TKO||11 (15)||1935-02-04||Empire Pool, Wembley, London|
|Draw||Len Harvey||PTS||12||1934-11-26||Empire Pool, Wembley, London|
|Loss||Max Schmeling||KO||9 (15)||1934-08-26||Sandbahn Lokstedt, Hamburg|
|Win||Tommy Loughran||SD||10||1934-05-04||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York|
|Win||King Levinsky||PTS||10||1934-03-09||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York|
|Win||Gipsy Daniels||PTS||10||1932-11-26||Festhalle, Frankfurt, Hessen|
|Win||Larry Gains||UD||10||1932-10-17||Salle Wagram, Paris|
|Win||Gipsy Daniels||PTS||10||1931-07-31||Sportplatz Allee Altona, Altona, Hamburg|
- Walter Neusel's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-18.
- All-Time Pound-for-Pound Rankings (Germany). BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-18.
- Walter Neusel der "blonde Tiger" von der Dorneburg Wanne-EickelHistory.de Retrieved on 2014-04-30
- Schmeling (1977), p. 286
- Schmeling (1977), p. 287
- WALTER NEUSEL UND DER MEGAKAMPF GEGEN SCHMELING Boxen.de Retrieved on 2014-04-30
- Walter Neusel - German Boxer Munzinger.de Retrieved on 2014-04-30
- WALTER NEUSEL, 56, GERMAN BOXER, DIES NYTimes.com Retrieved on 2014-04-30
|Awards and achievements|
| German BDB Heavyweight Champion
November 11, 1938 – November 3, 1940
| German BDB Heavyweight Champion
June 27, 1942 – August 3, 1946
Hein ten Hoff