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Sandwina, Teddy

Theodore Sandwina

A 6'2", 210-pound heavyweight in the 1920s and early 1930s, Sandwina's strength in the ring was hereditary. His mother was Kate Sandwina, a famous strongwoman in the first half of the 20th Century. After emigrating to the U.S. from Germany, she travelled with the Barnum and Bailey circus and was considered the strongest woman in the world.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. January 25, 1909 - d. July 17, 1997

Career Highlights:
Sandwina began his professional career as a heavyweight in 1926. He went undefeated until June 1927 when he lost a 12-round decision to George Cook. Two years later, he fought British champion Phil Scott in January and won the bout in the fifth round on a disqualification. In 1930, Teddy fought future contender "Two Ton" Tony Galento twice and lost both bouts (one decision and one knockout). Sandwina and Galento fought a third time in March 1932 and Teddy lost again on a decision. That year, Sandwina also faced future champion Primo Carnera and was knocked out in the fourth round. Teddy retired later in 1932 and while he never received a title shot, he had 46 career wins, 38 of which were knockouts.

Sioux City, Iowa

Physical description:
6'2-1/2", 200-210 pounds

Career Statistics:
Professional record:
Wins: 46 (38 by knockout)
Losses: 16
Draws: 5
No decisions: 1

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When Boxing Was A Jewish Sport, by Allan Bodner (Connecticut: Praeger, 1997)