Regular price $185.00

HISTORY: Paul Berlenbach (born February 18, 1901 – died September 30, 1985) was the light heavyweight boxing champion of the world from May 30, 1925, when he wrested the crown from Mike McTigue, until July 16, 1926, when he was defeated by his nemesis Jack Delaney. Known as the "Astoria Assassin", Berlenbach was known for his punching power. Interestingly, the New York City-born Berlenbach was an AAU champion wrestler before turning to professional boxing in 1923. Eventually he scored a 10th round TKO over former champion "Battling Siki" to earn a title shot against champion Mike McTigue. Described by writer Paul Gallico as "untutored, unlettered, slow-witted, slow-moving, and wholly lacking in animation or imagination", Berlanbach was, nevertheless, a formidable fighter. As Gallico noted, he possessed "a numbing, paralyzing body punch that caused his opponents suddenly to crumple up" as though shot. His weaknesses were his non-existent defense, and slow movements which enabled sharp shooting opponents, such as Jack Delaney, to hit him at will. He retired with a record of 42 wins (35 KOs), 8 losses, and 3 draws. He was named to the Ring Magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time. Presented here is a signed and inscribed photo of Berlenbach.

FULL DESCRIPTION: This is an original, first generation photograph of Berlenbach working out in the gym. Stamped on the reverse by ACME NEWSPICTURES. Boldly inscribed and signed in fountain pen in the lower right corner, "To my friend Jack Metz Paul Berlenbach." No creases or tears. Bold and clear image. Clean. 5" x 7 1/2."

Size: 5 x 7 1/2

Condition: excellent