A featherweight in the 1920s, Kramer was a top contender and fought for the vacant world title, but lost to Louis "Kid" Kaplan in 1925.
Birth and Death Dates:
b. November 22, 1900 - d. March 1971
Kramer began his professional career in 1919 and moved up the ranks in the featherweight division. In 1923, he defeated contender George "K.O." Chaney when Chaney was disqualified in the second-round. The following year though, Kramer was disqualified in a bout with Joey Sangor and was knocked out in the first-round in a rematch with Chaney. Despite these losses, Kramer had a chance at the world featherweight title when it came down to the final bout in an elimination tournament for the vacant crown. In what boxing's foremost historian, Nat Fleischer, called the tenth greatest fight of the half-century, Kramer was knocked out in the ninth-round by Louis "Kid" Kaplan on January 2, 1925 in New York City. Kramer never received another title shot, but he continued to fight top competition. In August 1925, he faced Chaney for a third time and won the "rubber" (deciding) match by knocking his opponent out in the first-round. Kramer eventually retired in 1928 after fighting 90 career bouts.
Wins: 52 (25 by knockout)
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