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Tommy Loughran

"The Phantom of Philly"

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Tommy Loughran
Statistics
Real name Thomas Loughran
Nickname(s) Phantom of Philly
Rated at Light Heavyweight
Nationality American
Birth date November 29, 1902(1902-11-29)
Birth place Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Death date July 7, 1982 (aged 79)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 175
Wins 96
Wins by KO 17
Losses 24
Draws 9

Tommy Loughran (born November 29, 1902, Philadelphia, PA died July 7, 1982, Altoona, PA) was the light heavyweight boxing champion of the world.

Loughran's effective use of coordinated foot work, sound defense and swift, accurate counter punching is now regarded as a precursor to the techniques practiced in modern boxing. Loughran fought many middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight champions in his career - including Gene Tunney, Jack Sharkey and Georges Carpentier. Loughran even achieved a Newspaper Decision over fistic phenom Harry Greb. Loughran was but 19 years old when he first met Greb.

As a light heavyweight, he defeated two future world heavyweight champions: Max Baer and James J. Braddock. Loughran finally fought Primo Carnera for the heavyweight title but lost a decision.

While Loughran is remembered among boxing's elite, his career was marred by his fragile hands and jaw.

He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. He was the Ring Magazine's Fighter of the Year in 1929 and 1931.