Melvina Lathan, Chairperson
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August in New York State Boxing History
On August 29, 2001, in New York’s Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, former World heavyweight Champion Jack Sharkey, who was born in Binghamton, NY before moving to Massachusetts as a young man, was knocked out in the third round by the great Joe Louis in what would be Sharkey’s last bout of his career. Throughout his colorful career, Sharkey fought at the most iconic sports venues throughout New York State, including Yankee Stadium, Madison Square Garden, Ebbet’s Field, as well as in Syracuse’s State Fair Coliseum. Sharkey never shied away from the best opponents of his era, taking on such greats as Louis, Primo Carnera, Max Schmeling (who he won the Heavyweight Championship from in a 15-round split decision), and Jack Dempsey, to name a few.
Sharkey finished his career with a record of 38 wins (13 by KO) against 14 losses and three draws and was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1994. Louis, who fought a total of 29 times all over New York State in his illustrious career, went to become one of the greatest athletes the world has ever known, holding the championship from 1937 to 1949, which is still a record. Louis finished his career with a record of 69 wins, 3 losses and one no contest.