Boxing Biographies

Boxing Biographies written by IBRO Members

Jose (Toluco) Lopez

Jose (Toluco) Lopez was born Jose Lopez Hernandez on June 21, 1932 in El Oro, Mexico. He was nicknamed “Toluco” after the city of Toluca where he began his...

Len Matthews

Back during the 1950s, the most fertile breeding ground in boxing had to be a section of North Philadelphia known as Strawberry Mansion. Gil Turner, Jimmy...

October 29, 1938. . . In the 22 Brand-Whitlock Homes, a Federal Housing project in intercity Toledo, Ohio, a young girl was in labor for the 1st time in her...

Ricardo was born in the small mining town of Chalchihuites in the state of Zacatecas on February 7, 1937. He left school to work as a metal breaker at the...

German Ohm

German Ohm was born of German ancestry on May 28, 1936 in Mexico City, Mexico. He was raised in Ciudad Lerado. Leredo is a little town in La Laguna where there...

Eddie Owens

Eddie Owens had an outstanding amateur career, never losing a bout in Western Massachusetts in over 35 fights.

Mike Pusateri

Driving through the rain soaked streets of Brockton; I was searching for a little diner where I’d meet Mike Pusateri. Bob Benoit, who I had interviewed in a...

Stefan Redl

Stefan Redl was born in Heregsalva, Hungary on March 5, 1933. Stefan was the only boy in a family of three. His father Frank and mother Katherine were of...

Freddie Steele

Freddie Steele was a boxing prodigy. As early as age six he dreamed of a career as a boxer. His parents hoped he would outgrow the idea. But he didn’t. Every...