A member of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, Krieger was the world middleweight champion in 1938-39.
Birth and Death Dates:
b. March 28, 1909 - d. September 24, 1965
After a successful amateur career, where he was a Golden Gloves champion, Krieger turned professional in 1928, but did not get a title shot for 10 years. In November 1938, in his 91st professional fight, Krieger won the NBA (National Boxing Association) world middleweight title in a major upset when he defeated Al Hostak in 15-rounds.
Krieger's reign was short-lived though as he only defended it once, seven months later against Hostak; he was knocked out in the fourth-round knockout. Although he defeated Jewish fighter Herbie Katz in 1940, he did not get another title shot and retired in 1941. Krieger is a member of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
Brooklyn, New York
5'8", 160-165 pounds
Wins: 81 (54 by knockout)
Use links below to navigate through the boxing section of Jews In Sports.
Jewish Sports Legends: The International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, by Joseph Siegman (Washington, D.C.: Brassey's, 2000)
encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co, 1965)