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August in New York State Boxing History

On August 1, 2015, Danny "Swift" Garcia scored a 9th round TKO of Brooklyn's own Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in front of a sold-out crowd.

August 4, 1944, at Madison Square Garden, in the midst of World War II, Beau Jack and Bob "The Bobcat" Montgomery met for the fourth time in a lightweight bout that was proclaimed "The War Bonds Fight“ (tickets were only made available to interested parties who purchased war bonds). Jack and Montgomery were enlisted men in the U.S. Army at the time of the contest, and both refused to take purses for the fight. Jack’s aggressiveness won him a majority decision in an encounter that was hard fought through every one of the 10 rounds. The official scorecards were 6-2-2, 6-1-3, and 5-5 for Jack, who the great Cus D’Amato once called “the greatest lightweight ever.” The bout raised $35,864,900 for the World War II national bond drive.

On August 18,1936 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.