On Top Of The World

World middleweight boxing champion Teddy Yarosz remained Monaca’s most famous athlete until his death in 1974.

He won his title in 1934 with a 15 round decision over Vince Dundee in Newark, NJ, and lost it a year later at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh when he dropped a 15 round decision to Babe Risko.

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Teddy Yarosz

By an ironic twist of fate, Teddy suffered a knee injury in an earlier non title bout with Risko on New Year’s Day on 1935. The injury hampered him in the summer bout with Risko and probably cost him his title.

Teddy then moved up to the light heavyweight division and lost two controversial decisions to Billy Conn before soundly whipping the man from Pittsburgh in July of 1938.

Late in his career, he scored a decisive victory over heavily favored Archie Moore in a bout in St Louis. Teddy boxed for 13 years, retiring in 1942 with a fine record of 106-21-2. He defeated ten fighters who at one time were world champions: Vince Dundee, Babe Risko, Billy Conn, Archie Moore, Ben Jeby, Ken Overlin, Solly Krieger, Lou Brouillard, Tommy Freeman, and Pete Latzo.

Teddy lost a ten round decision to former heavyweight champion Ezzard Charles in 1941 and retired after one more fight. His brothers Tommy and Eddie were also noteworthy boxers.

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