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HISTORY: Abe Feldman was born in Salt Lake City on October 27, 1912. He fought as a light heavyweight and heavyweight from 1932 until 1939. Born in Salt Lake City (the same birthplace as the great Jack Dempsey), Abe Feldman moved to Schenectady, New York at the age of six. A football player in high school, his parents wanted Abe to continue his studies at Syracuse University. He had other ideas, however, and said, "I had boxed as an amateur while in high school and after I graduated, I came to New York. I met Hymie [Caplin, his manager]. He told me I was a fighter, and that settled it." Feldman began his professional career as a light-heavyweight in the early 1930s. In 1934, he fought future world champ Bob Olin and the bout ended in a 10-round draw. The following year, Feldman lost a 10-round decision to Hall of Famer Maxie Rosenbloom (Rosenbloom lost the title to Olin in 1934), but defeated the great John Henry Lewis on a decision in July 1935 (Lewis' next fight was a victory over Olin for the title). Despite fighting the top boxers in the light-heavyweight division, Feldman never received a title shot. By the late 1930s, Abe had moved up into the heavyweight division, where he fought contender "Two Ton" Tony Galento in February 1939. Feldman was knocked out in the third round. Galento's next fight was against the legendary Joe Louis for the heavyweight championship; Louis won, as was his custom. Physical description: 180-190 pounds W-L-D 32-14-5 His manager was Hymie Caplan. Also fought in his career James Braddock, Nathan Mann, Jack Roper, Jorge Brescia, and Al Ettore. Offered here is an original wire photo dated February 14, 1939 depicting Feldman in training for his fight with Galento.

FULL DESCRIPTION: This is an original ACME Newspictures wire photo with their stamp and caption on back. Bold, clear image. Clean without staining. Not creased or torn, but dies have some compressions. 6" x 8."

Size: 6" x 8"

Condition: Excellent