Monday, June 11, 2012

Boxing Champs Bizzarro and Strub- Erie, PA 1971

Boxing Champs Bizzarro and Strub 1971 Interview in the Erie Press

The Pittsburgh Press ran a small article about Max Strub on Jan. 21, 1930 with the headline 'Strub Scores Kayo.' "Wheeling, W.V.- Maxie Strub, Erie lightweight, stopped Ray Collins of Philadelphia, in the fifth round here last night. Each weighed 136. Near the close of the fourth a right chop to the jaw dropped Collins for nine, and a left uppercut to the jaw had him out at the bell. The fifth was hardly under way when a short right ended the bout."

Here's a link to Max Strub's stats:

Max Strub retired in 1938, the year that Johnny Bizzarro was born.

Johnny Bizzarro got his start in the Police Athletic League in Erie, Pennsylvania and was coached by Sam Gemelli. Gemelli served as Erie Police Chief from 1972 to 1980.

Here's a link to Johnny Bizzarro's state:
Here's a rare video of Johnny Bizzarro fighting Carlos Ortiz in Pittsburgh, PA on June 20, 1966 in the Super Leightweight World Championship bout at the Civic Arena:

Just in case you want to start training:

1 comment:

  1. Really interesting article Debbie, thanks for sharing. Maxie Strub was the real deal. He beat Sammy Mandell only five months after Mandell had lost the World Lightweight Championship. Both fighters did Erie proud!