Mar 8, 2008

Heavyweight Championship of the World


On March 21, 1941, my mother's cousin Abe Simon, son a of Jewish egg and butter salesman, fought Joe Louis for the title in Detroit. Lasting 13 rounds, he earned another title shot against the Brown Bomber a year later in Madison Square Garden. After retiring he acted in several movies, including On The Waterfront and Requiem For A Heavyweight.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Interestng note. On this date in
'41 my great uncle, Sammy Angott, of Washington, Pa., was reigning lightweight champion of the world.

Chuck

Bill Villa said...

... that is one heckuva mug on cousin Abe. I believe I remember it from "On The Waterfront." Good story MM ..

Delight Schwartz said...

I would like to hear from the original writer of the Abe Simon item - Abe was also a cousin of my husband's family - Herman Schwartz and his son, 'Big Ed' Schwartz, whose son Steven is my spouse. I have been researching Mr. Simon's boxing career, and hunting unsuccessfully for any existing footage of the 1941 Detroit fight. Help? THanks!

michael molovinsky said...

delight, you may know that the second fight with louis is on u-tube, you can find it under google. i do have a ring magazine from 41 with a few pages of photo's of the detroit fight, cousin abe took quite a beating. the name schwartz doesn't ring a bell, my mother's maiden name was albert, she was related from her mother's side, family name aaron. you and steven are welcome to email me mmolovinsky@aol.com i do somewhere have an old 8mm film of simon vs. louis, but i never viewed film or know which fight it was from

Anonymous said...

Delight: The Schwartz' were the family of Abe Simon's mother.