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Larry Boardman (born March 21, 1936, in Marlborough, Connecticut) is an American former lightweight boxer.[1]

Biography

Board, who is Jewish, was managed by his father (Sam Boardman).[2][3][4] He lived in Connecticut for the majority of his life.[5]

Career

On February 7, 1956, at the age of 19, Boardman defeated lightweight champion Wallace "Bud" Smith at the Boston Garden, leading to him being rated # 10 in the world in the lightweight division by Ring.[2][6] It was Boardman's 31st victory in his first 32 pro fights.[6] On April 14, 1956, he beat featherweight champion and later Hall of Famer Sandy Saddler in a unanimous decision in 10 rounds, and moved up to # 7.[5][7][8][9]

Boardman also defeated two other lightweight world champions, Paddy DeMarco and Jimmy Carter.[10][11] At the end of 1956, he was ranked as the # 2 lightweight contender in the world.[5][11]

Boardman had a 45–10–1 record in his career, winning 23 of his fights by knockout.[5][12] In 2008, he was inducted into the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame.[5]

References

  1. ^ Day by day in Jewish sports history. KTAV Publishing House, Inc. 2008. Retrieved February 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Friday's Heroes: Willie Pep Remembers. 2007. Retrieved February 2, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Boardman Tackles Lightweight Boss", Sunday Herald, February 5, 1956, Retrieved February 2, 2011
  4. ^ "Conversation with ... Manny Leibert", Jewish Ledger, November 17, 2006, Retrieved February 2, 2011
  5. ^ a b c d e "Vitali Klitschko Supports The WBC; Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame News". Eastsideboxing.com. November 4, 2008. Retrieved February 2, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Larry Boardman Upsets Lightweight Champ Smith", Lakeland Ledger, February 8, 1956, Retrieved February 2, 2011
  7. ^ Friday's Heroes: Willie Pep Remembers..., 2007, Retrieved February 2, 2011
  8. ^ "In this corner-- !": forty-two world champions tell their stories. Da Capo Press. 1994. Retrieved February 2, 2011. 
  9. ^ The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall of Fame Official Record Book. McBooks Press. 2006. Retrieved February 2, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Boardman Adds Another Win", The Robesonian, November 13, 1956, Retrieved February 2, 2011
  11. ^ a b "Boardman Seeks Title", The Miami News, September 12, 1956, Retrieved February 2, 2011
  12. ^ "Larry Boardman – Boxer". Boxrec.com. Retrieved February 2, 2011.