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Paul Berlenbach

"The Astoria Assassin"

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Paul Berlenbach
Real name Paul Berlenbach
Nickname(s) Astoria Assassin
Rated at Light Heavyweight
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Birth date February 18, 1901
Birth place New York, New York, United States
Death date September 30, 1985 (aged 83)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 51
Wins 40
Wins by KO 33
Losses 8
Draws 3
No contests 1

[1] Paul Berlenbach (February 18, 1901 September 30, 1985) was the light heavyweight boxing champion of the world from May 30, 1925, when he wrested the crown from Mike McTigue, until July 16, 1926, when he was defeated by his nemesis Jack Delaney.

Known as the "Astoria Assassin", Berlenbach was known for his punching power. Interestingly, the New York City-born Berlenbach was an AAU champion wrestler before turning to professional boxing in 1923. Eventually he scored a 10th round TKO over former champion "Battling Siki" to earn a title shot against champion Mike McTigue.

Described by writer Paul Gallico as "untutored, unlettered, slow-witted, slow-moving, and wholly lacking in animation or imagination", Berlanbach was, nevertheless, a formidable fighter. As Gallico noted, he possessed "a numbing, paralyzing body punch that caused his opponents suddenly to crumple up" as though shot. His weaknesses were his non-existent defense, and slow movements which enabled sharp shooting opponents, such as Jack Delaney, to hit him at will.

He retired with a record of 40 wins (33 KOs), 8 losses, and 3 draws. He was named to the Ring Magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time.

Preceded by
Mike McTigue
World Light Heavyweight Champion
30 May 1925�16 Jul 1926
Succeeded by
Jack Delaney