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Goldstein, Abe

Goldstein, the world bantamweight champion in 1924, was ranked the No. 5 bantamweight of all-time by manager Charley Rose.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. September 10, 1898 - d. February 12, 1977

Career Highlights:
Goldstein turned professional in 1916 at the age of 17 and lost only once in his first 40 fights, including 16 knockout victories. By 1921, he was a contender and in March, Goldstein received his first title shot. Against American flyweight champion Johnny Buff, Goldstein was knocked out in the second-round. After his loss, he went undefeated in his next 19 fights until losing a 10-round decision to Johnny Sheppard in April 1922. Seven months later, Goldstein received another shot at the American flyweight title, but lost again, this time, to Pancho Villa in a 15-round decision.

Goldstein bounced back from this defeat, and did not lose in his next 15 fights, and went undefeated in 19 of 20 bouts before receiving another title shot in 1924. He faced Joe Lynch, the world bantamweight champ, who had knocked Goldstein out in the 11th-round back in November 1920 (it was Goldstein's second career loss). When they fought again in March 1924, however, Goldstein avenged the loss and won the title when he defeated Lynch in a 15-round decision. Goldstein successfully defended the title twice (July 16 against Charles LeDoux and September 8 against Tommy Ryan) and held the title for nine months before losing to Eddie "Cannonball" Martin in a 15-round decision on December 19, 1924.

Over the next three years, Goldstein continued to fight the top bantamweight boxers in the world, although he did not receive another title shot. He faced Charles "Bud" Taylor three times from 1925-1927, losing twice with one no decision; Taylor won the bantamweight title in June 1927, one month after the third fight with Goldstein. He also defeated Hall of Famer Panama Al Brown in a 10-round decision in April 1926. Goldstein retired in 1927 with a professional record of 89 victories (30 knockouts), 5 draws, 13 losses, and 22 no decisions.

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Physical description:
5'5", 112-120 pounds

Career Statistics:
Professional record:
Wins : 89 (30 by knockout)
Losses: 13
Draws: 5
No decisions: 22

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