International Boxing Hall of Fame

Maxie Rosenbloom

"Slapsie Maxie"

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Maxie Rosenbloom
Statistics
Real name Charley Belanger
Nickname(s) Slapsie Maxie
Rated at Light Heavyweight
Nationality Flag of the United States USA
Birth date 1904-11-06
Birth place Leonard's Bridge, CT
Death date March 6, 1976 (aged 71)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 298
Wins 221
Wins by KO 19
Losses 42
Draws 32
No contests 3

Max Everitt Rosenbloom, known as Slapsie Maxie (born September 6, 1903, in Harlem, New York City � died March 6, 1976, in South Pasadena, California), was a boxing champion, film actor, and television personality.

Growing up in a tough New York neighborhood, Rosenbloom learned to defend himself. He was considered a clever boxer. Not a heavy puncher, as a professional he relied on hitting and moving to score points. He was very difficult to hit cleanly with a power punch and his fights often went the full number of required rounds.

Slapsie Maxie won the Light Heavyweight Championship of the World in 1932. He held and defended the title until November of 1934, when he lost it to Bob Olin.

Opinions over his nickname vary. He may have been called Slapsie Maxie because at times he seemed to slap his opponent with open gloves rather than punch. But "Slapsie" was a common term for punch-drunk, and Rosenbloom played that character with great popular success both in the ring, and later in films. This seems the more likely reason for the name.

Rosenbloom was extremely popular, and enjoyed gala parties, the company of movie actors, women, and even gamblers.

In his boxing matches he suffered thousands of head punches, which eventually led to the deterioration of his motor functions.

In 1937, he accepted a role in a Hollywood film. He became a character actor, portraying comical "big guys," in movies that included Each Dawn I Die. After retiring from boxing in 1939 he operated nightclubs in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He continued acting on radio, television, and in a number of films, usually playing comedy roles as a big, clumsy, punch-drunk -- but lovable -- lout.

Death

On his passing in 1976 at the age of 72, Maxie Rosenbloom was interred in the Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in North Hollywood, California.

Rosenbloom played an important part in television's first 90-minute drama, Requiem for a Heavyweight, written by Rod Serling, and starring Jack Palance as a boxer at the end of his career. Rosenbloom played an ex pug, whose life revolved around retelling old boxing stories night after night to other ex-pugs in a down and out bar. It is the fate that looms for Palance (as "Mountain McClintock") if he cannot adjust to a new life outside the ring.

Halls of Fame

Rosenbloom was inducted into the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1972.

In 1984 he was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.[1]

Rosenbloom was also inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1985.

In 1993 he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.