Artie Levine, American boxer, died he was 86.
(January 26, 1925 – January 13, 2012)
Levine, who was Jewish and from Brooklyn, was a legitimate contender who flattened 36 opponents with a devastating left hook.
Levine, who stood at 5′ 9″, was a right handed
slugger, with an orthodox fighting style. His left hook made him a
fighter who no one looked forward to facing in the ring. He was trained
by Charley Goldman, the famed trainer of boxing legend Rocky Marciano.
Levine fought professionally for eight years (1941–49) before retiring at the age of 24.
On November 6, 1946, Levine challenged Sugar Ray Robinson. Robinson claimed Levine hit him with the hardest punch of his career when he knocked Sugar Ray down and out for a 21-second long count.
Instead of directing Levine back to his corner, the referee walked
him to his corner then returned about 10 seconds later to begin the
count on Robinson. Robinson came back and KO’d Levine in the tenth
Of the fight, The Ring Magazine wrote:
Sugar … was almost kayoed in the fourth round. A left hook,
followed by a right cross, both to the chin, put (him) down and almost
out… Sugar rose unsteadily and called upon all his ring skill and
stamina to last out the round…Sugar had several other close calls
during the course of the evening. Artie’s left hooks and resounding
right crosses occasionally found their marks and with telling effect.
Robinson’s class and body punching were taking their toll from the
heavier Levine as the bout progressed. Sugar started the tenth with
knockout intent. With the round about two minutes gone, Sugar paralyzed
Artie with a right to the solar plexus. Then Sugar became a ‘killer,’
throwing punches with reckless abandon to both head and body with the
result that Artie was beaten to the floor.
(The Ring, January 1947, page 34)
It is unknown what effect this victory could have had upon both the
careers of Levine or Robinson. It is possible to speculate that since
Levine had actually knocked Sugar Ray out in this fight that he may have
done it again in a rematch, altering the history of boxings greatest
pound for pound fighter.
In March 1947, Levine faced Herbie Kronowitz of Brooklyn in the main event at Madison Square Garden
in New York City. The crowd of 12,000 was said to have been enthralled
during the entire 10-round battle between the two fighters. Kronowitz
always claimed that he really defeated Levine in the confrontation.
His fight record was: W: 52(36 ko’s)| L:15 | D:5 | Total 72
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