Fred Apostoli

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Fred Apostoli
Fred Apostoli.jpg
Statistics
Real nameAlfredo Apostoli
Nickname(s)The Boxing Bell Hop
Weight(s)Middleweight
Height5 ft 9+12 in (1.77 m)
Reach70 in (178 cm)
Nationality American
Born(1913-02-02)February 2, 1913
San Francisco
DiedNovember 29, 1973(1973-11-29) (aged 60)
San Francisco
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights72
Wins61
Wins by KO31
Losses10
Draws1
External image
image icon Apostoli (right) having his hand wrapped in an undated photo by Harry E. Winkler (film negative held by the University of Notre Dame library)

Alfredo "Fred" Apostoli (February 2, 1913 – November 29, 1973) was a rugged, accomplished body punching middleweight, who was recognized as the world champion when he defeated Marcel Thil on September 23, 1937. Statistical boxing website BoxRec lists Apostoli as the #8 ranked middleweight of all time. He was inducted into the Ring Magazine Hall of Fame in 1978, the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1988, and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2003.

Early life[edit]

Freddie Apostoli was born in San Francisco and lived in North Beach and Fisherman's Wharf as a young child. His father worked as both a fisherman and laborer in the San Francisco area but had grown up in a farming community near Gibbstown, NJ in the late 19th century.

The Apostoli family immigrated to NYC in the 1880s from the city San Benedetto del Tronto in the Ascoli Piceno Province in the Marche region of Italy. Apostoli's mother died in child birth in the early 1920s and his father sent his other younger children back to live with relatives on the East coast and placed Freddy in the care of a Catholic orphanage in San Francisco. Apostoli attended grade school and high school in North Beach and was a lifelong friend of classmate Joe Dimaggio.

Apostoli's father was one of the workers killed in 1928 while working on a construction detail trying to access the damaged portion of a dam which had failed in Los Angeles County. During his time in the orphanage, Apostoli and the other teens were encouraged by the nuns of the parish to work their disputes out through boxing. Freddie quickly became a master of said technique and showed such promise that the parish arranged for him to receive more formal training. These lessons at a local YMCA gym were partially funded thru the donations the parish had received over the years from his family back East. Apostoli, who won the Pacific Coast Junior Welterweight championship, Golden Gloves Middleweight championship, and the National AAU middleweight championship in 1934, turned pro later that year.

Pro career[edit]

Middleweight contender[edit]

He quickly moved up the ladder and fought future middleweight champion Freddie Steele within his first seven months as a professional. Although the more experienced Steele stopped him in 10 rounds, Apostoli went on to defeat top fighters such as Swede Berglund, Babe Marino, Babe Risko, Solly Krieger and Lou Brouillard to become the leading contender for the world championship.

World middleweight champion[edit]

Eventually, Apostoli was matched with title claimant Marcel Thil; he defeated the Frenchman via a 10th-round TKO. The New York Boxing Commission, however, still recognized Freddie Steele as champion. In 1938, Apostoli fought Steele in a non-title rematch and avenged his earlier defeat with a 9th-round KO. On 11/18/1938 Apostoli will win by TKO in the 8th round of Young Corbett III and will officially be recognized by the NYSAC as absolute middleweight world champion. Apostoli also fought as a light heavyweight. Although he dropped two close decisions to Hall of Famer Billy Conn, Conn always credited Apostoli as a great fighter who hurt him in both matches. On October 2, 1939, Apostoli's title reign ended when he lost the middleweight crown to Ceferino Garcia.

World War II service and retirement[edit]

Apostoli served in the United States Navy during World War II as a gunner aboard the light cruiser USS Columbia (CL-56) in the Pacific theater. Wounded in battle, he received a Bronze Star and returned to San Francisco in 1946. He rehabilitated from injuries sustained in the Battle of Midway at Letterman Army Hospital located in the Presidio of San Francisco. He retired from the ring in 1948 and served as a member of the Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
72 fights 61 wins 10 losses
By knockout 31 4
By decision 30 6
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
72 Loss 61–10–1 United States Earl Turner UD 10 Dec 1, 1948 United States Auditorium, Oakland, California, U.S.
71 Win 61–9–1 United States Georgie Abrams MD 10 Nov 17, 1947 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
70 Win 60–9–1 United States Reuben Shank UD 10 Aug 25, 1947 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
69 Win 59–9–1 United States Reuben Shank RTD 8 (10) Jul 14, 1947 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
68 Win 58–9–1 United States Bobby Volk SD 10 May 21, 1947 United States Oaks Ballpark, Emeryville, California, U.S.
67 Win 57–9–1 United States George Duke PTS 10 May 2, 1947 United States Los Banos, California, U.S.
66 Win 56–9–1 United States Bobby Volk KO 3 (10) Apr 7, 1947 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
65 Loss 55–9–1 United States Bobby Volk TKO 1 (10) Feb 28, 1947 United States Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, U.S.
64 Win 55–8–1 United States Paul Lewis UD 10 Dec 11, 1946 United States Auditorium, Oakland, California, U.S.
63 Win 54–8–1 United States Frankie Angustain MD 10 Nov 18, 1946 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
62 Win 53–8–1 United States Tommy Egan PTS 10 Oct 21, 1946 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
61 Win 52–8–1 United States George Duke KO 9 (10) Sep 20, 1946 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
60 Win 51–8–1 United States Sheik Rangel PTS 10 Aug 27, 1946 United States Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, U.S.
59 Win 50–8–1 Philippines Dencio Cabanela Jr TKO 7 (10) Sep 9, 1946 United States Coliseum Bowl, San Francisco, California, U.S.
58 Win 49–8–1 United States Pedro Jimenez TKO 4 (10) Aug 12, 1946 United States Coliseum Bowl, San Francisco, California, U.S.
57 Win 48–8–1 Kingdom of Italy Saverio Turiello PTS 10 Aug 24, 1942 United States Foreman Field, Naval Base, Norfolk, New Jersey, U.S.
56 Draw 47–8–1 United States Ken Overlin PTS 10 Jun 26, 1942 United States Foreman Field, Naval Base, Norfolk, New Jersey, U.S.
55 Win 47–8 United States Joe Mulli TKO 2 (8) Apr 4, 1942 United States Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
54 Win 46–8 Mexico Augie Arellano TKO 5 (8) Mar 7, 1942 United States Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
53 Win 45–8 United States El Brookman TKO 6 (10) Oct 14, 1941 United States Uline Arena, Washington, D.C., U.S.
52 Win 44–8 United States Joey Spangler TKO 5 (10) Sep 15, 1941 United States Municipal Auditorium, Norfolk, New Jersey, U.S.
51 Win 43–8 United States Bill McDowell TKO 2 (10) Aug 21, 1941 United States Foreman Field, Naval Base, Norfolk, New Jersey, U.S.
50 Loss 42–8 United States Tony Zale PTS 10 Nov 19, 1940 United States Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
49 Win 42–7 United States Bobby Pacho PTS 10 Sep 16, 1940 United States Coliseum Bowl, San Francisco, California, U.S.
48 Win 41–7 United States Big Boy Hogue PTS 10 Aug 19, 1940 United States Coliseum Bowl, San Francisco, California, U.S.
47 Win 40–7 United States Dale Sparr KO 5 (10) Jul 22, 1940 United States Coliseum Bowl, San Francisco, California, U.S.
46 Loss 39–7 United States Melio Bettina RTD 12 (15) Feb 2, 1940 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
45 Win 39–6 United States Melio Bettina MD 12 Jan 5, 1940 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
44 Loss 38–6 Philippines Ceferino Garcia KO 7 (15) Oct 2, 1939 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Lost NYSAC middleweight title
43 Win 38–5 United States Glen Lee MD 10 Aug 28, 1939 United States Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
42 Win 37–5 Egypt Mohamed Fahmy TKO 3 (10) Aug 7, 1939 United States Eastern States Coliseum, West Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
41 Win 36–5 United States Eric Seelig SD 10 May 1, 1939 United States Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
40 Win 35–5 United States George Nichols KO 2 (10) Apr 17, 1939 United States Open-Air Arena, Houston, Texas, U.S.
39 Loss 34–5 United States Billy Conn UD 15 Feb 10, 1939 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
38 Loss 34–4 United States Billy Conn UD 10 Jan 6, 1939 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
37 Win 34–3 United States Al Cocozza TKO 4 (10) Dec 20, 1938 United States Arena, New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
36 Win 33–3 United States Young Corbett III TKO 8 (15) Nov 18, 1938 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Won vacant NYSAC middleweight title
35 Win 32–3 United States Butch Lynch TKO 2 (10) Sep 16, 1938 United States Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
34 Win 31–3 Mexico Mike Payan KO 2 (10) Sep 6, 1938 United States Civic Auditorium, San Jose, California, U.S.
33 Win 30–3 United States Glen Lee PTS 10 Apr 1, 1938 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
32 Loss 29–3 United States Young Corbett III PTS 10 Feb 22, 1938 United States Seals Stadium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
31 Win 29–2 United States Glen Lee SD 12 Feb 4, 1938 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
30 Win 28–2 United States Freddie Steele TKO 9 (12) Jan 7, 1938 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
29 Win 27–2 United States Tony Celli TKO 2 (10) Oct 25, 1937 United States Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
28 Win 26–2 France Marcel Thil TKO 10 (15) Sep 23, 1937 United States Polo Grounds, New York City, New York, U.S. Won IBU middleweight title
27 Win 25–2 United States Tommy Jones KO 2 (10) Jun 22, 1937 United States Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
26 Win 24–2 United States Dale Sparr PTS 10 Jun 11, 1937 United States Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
25 Win 23–2 United States Solly Krieger TKO 5 (12) Apr 14, 1937 United States Hippodrome, New York City, New York, U.S.
24 Win 22–2 United States Butch Lynch TKO 9 (10) Mar 15, 1937 United States Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
23 Win 21–2 United States Solly Krieger UD 10 Feb 17, 1937 United States Hippodrome, New York City, New York, U.S.
22 Loss 20–2 United States Ken Overlin MD 10 Jan 27, 1937 United States Hippodrome, New York City, New York, U.S.
21 Win 20–1 United States Babe Marino PTS 10 Dec 14, 1936 United States Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
20 Win 19–1 Canada Lou Brouillard PTS 10 Oct 9, 1936 United States Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
19 Win 18–1 United States Marty Simmons PTS 10 Aug 21, 1936 United States Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
18 Win 17–1 United States Eddie Babe Risko PTS 10 May 8, 1936 United States Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
17 Win 16–1 United States Young Stuhley PTS 10 Apr 6, 1936 United States Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
16 Win 15–1 United States Paul Pirrone RTD 7 (10) Feb 28, 1936 United States Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
15 Win 14–1 United States Frankie Britt PTS 10 Jan 20, 1936 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
14 Win 13–1 United States Swede Berglund PTS 10 Nov 27, 1935 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
13 Win 12–1 United States Babe Marino PTS 10 Oct 25, 1935 United States Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
12 Win 11–1 United States Young Stuhley PTS 10 Oct 4, 1935 United States Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
11 Win 10–1 United States Rudy Mendez PTS 8 Aug 14, 1935 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
10 Win 9–1 United States Dick Foster TKO 6 (8) Jul 31, 1935 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
9 Win 8–1 United States Eddie Schneider KO 1 (8) Jul 17, 1935 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
8 Win 7–1 Mexico Mike Payan PTS 10 May 31, 1935 United States Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
7 Loss 6–1 United States Freddie Steele TKO 10 (10) Apr 1, 1935 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 United States Newsboy Millich TKO 4 (6) Feb 22, 1935 United States Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 United States Andy DiVodi PTS 6 Jan 28, 1935 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Eddie Fox TKO 5 (6) Jan 7, 1935 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 United States Eddie Daniels TKO 2 (6) Nov 30, 1934 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 United States Jack Riley KO 1 (6) Nov 12, 1934 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Gilbert Attell TKO 3 (6) Oct 8, 1934 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.

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Achievements
Preceded by
Freddie Steele
Recognition Withdrawn
NYSAC World Middleweight Champion
18 November 1938 – 2 October 1939
Succeeded by
Ceferino Garcia