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Paulino Uzcudun boxer

Paulino Uzcudun image
Status inactive
Age 86
Division heavyweight
Height 5′ 10″/178cm
Debut 1923-09-16
Born 1899-05-03
Death 1985-07-05
Nationality Spain
Residence Regil, País Vasco, Spain
bouts
71
won
51
lost
17
draw
3
bouts
71
won
51
lost
17
draw
3
Status inactive
Age 86
Division heavyweight
Height 5′ 10″/178cm
Debut 1923-09-16
Born 1899-05-03
Death 1985-07-05
Nationality Spain
Residence Regil, País Vasco, Spain

Uzcudun was a rugged boxer with a crouched stance. He had a powerful left hook, and fought the toughest heavyweights of his time. He had only one opportunity at the world's heavyweight championship, but was defeated in a fifteen-round fight by Primo Carnera of Italy on October 22, 1933. Trainer Whitey Bimstein accompanied Uzcudun to the bout in Barcelona, Spain. Later in life, Bimstein gave an account in interview, of a scene more reminiscent of the cinema: "I remember one day we were at a sidewalk cafe. Just as I started to put my lips to a glass of vermouth a shot splintered the glass. Believe me, I got back to the hotel in nothing flat..." Much more grim was his description of the Civil War in Spain beyond such high drama: "It was nothing to walk along the streets covered with hundreds of dead, and you couldn't tell when the fighting would break out anew." Against this chaotic backdrop, Uzcudun's chance at the title took place. Shortly before the fight, Carnera balked at the Spanish-made gloves chosen by the governing boxing commission. The champion, who had insisted upon American gloves, stated loudly and in Spanish that he would not fight. The commissioner, according to Bimstein, removed himself from the room, and "about a dozen soldiers walked toward Carnera." The champion "backed up hurriedly" and conceded the choice. As for the actual fight, Uzcudun went the 15 scheduled rounds and well enough, that "when the verdict was announced, the revolution started all over again." A riot, which included gunfire, commenced. Uzcudun, Bimstein, the other seconds and as many as "three hundred others" took refuge under the massive ring, until troops restored order—even with this, citizenry "continued rioting in the streets all night...." It was unfortunate for Uzcudun, whom Bimstein said "was the finest character among the fighters I ever met, square as they make 'em, game and tough, and in his prime a match for any of 'em."

Uzcudun was a rugged boxer with a crouched stance. He had a powerful left hook, and fought the toughest heavyweights of his time. He had only one opportunity at the world's heavyweight championship, but was defeated in a fifteen-round fight by Primo Carnera of Italy on October 22, 1933. Trainer Whitey Bimstein accompanied Uzcudun to the bout in Barcelona, Spain. Later in life, Bimstein gave an account in interview, of a scene more reminiscent of the cinema: "I remember one day we were at a sidewalk cafe. Just as I started to put my lips to a glass of vermouth a shot splintered the glass. Believe me, I got back to the hotel in nothing flat..." Much more grim was his description of the Civil War in Spain beyond such high drama: "It was nothing to walk along the streets covered with hundreds of dead, and you couldn't tell when the fighting would break out anew." Against this chaotic backdrop, Uzcudun's chance at the title took place. Shortly before the fight, Carnera balked at the Spanish-made gloves chosen by the governing boxing commission. The champion, who had insisted upon American gloves, stated loudly and in Spanish that he would not fight. The commissioner, according to Bimstein, removed himself from the room, and "about a dozen soldiers walked toward Carnera." The champion "backed up hurriedly" and conceded the choice. As for the actual fight, Uzcudun went the 15 scheduled rounds and well enough, that "when the verdict was announced, the revolution started all over again." A riot, which included gunfire, commenced. Uzcudun, Bimstein, the other seconds and as many as "three hundred others" took refuge under the massive ring, until troops restored order—even with this, citizenry "continued rioting in the streets all night...." It was unfortunate for Uzcudun, whom Bimstein said "was the finest character among the fighters I ever met, square as they make 'em, game and tough, and in his prime a match for any of 'em."

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
Dec. 13, 1935 Joe Louis WWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York LOSS
Technical knockout
July 7, 1935 Max Schmeling WLLDWW Poststadion, Moabit LOSS
Points
May 13, 1934 Max Schmeling WWLWLL Estadio Olímpico de Montjuïc, Barcelona DRAW
Majority decision
Oct. 22, 1933 Primo Carnera WWWWWW Piazza di Siena, Roma EBU European Heavyweight

International Boxing Union World (1913 - 1946) Heavyweight

LOSS
Unanimous decision
July 1, 1933 Don McCorkindale WLDWWW Plaza de Toros Monumental, Barcelona EBU European Heavyweight

International Boxing Union World (1913 - 1946) Heavyweight

WIN
Points
May 13, 1933 Pierre Charles WWWWWW Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, Madrid EBU European Heavyweight

WIN
Split-decision
April 16, 1933 Hans Schoenrath LDLLLW Frontón Betis, Sevilla EBU European Heavyweight

WIN
Points
March 18, 1933 Ernst Guehring LLWWWL Plaza de Toros, Valencia EBU European Heavyweight

WIN
KO
Feb. 3, 1933 Salvatore Ruggirello LLLWLW Frontón Jai-Alai, Madrid EBU European Heavyweight

WIN
Points
Jan. 24, 1933 Giacomo Bergomas DDLLWW Teatro Circo Olympia, Barcelona WIN
KO
July 25, 1932 Ernie Schaaf WWWWLW Madison Square Garden Bowl, Long Island City, Queens LOSS
Points
May 26, 1932 Mickey Walker WDWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York LOSS
Points
April 4, 1932 Jack Gagnon WLLLLL St. Nicholas Arena, New York WIN
KO
Jan. 15, 1932 King Levinsky LDWWLW Chicago Stadium, Chicago LOSS
Majority decision
Nov. 13, 1931 Tommy Loughran WWWWLW Madison Square Garden, New York LOSS
Split-decision
July 4, 1931 Max Baer WLWLWL Race Track Arena, Reno WIN
Points
March 10, 1931 Les Kennedy WWLLWW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 30, 1930 Primo Carnera WWWWWL Estadio Olímpico de Montjuïc, Barcelona LOSS
Split-decision
Oct. 18, 1930 Maurice Griselle LWWWLW Velodrome d'Hiver, Paris WIN
Technical knockout
June 19, 1930 Johnny Risko WWLWDW Navin Field, Detroit LOSS
Points
Jan. 10, 1930 Otto von Porat WWWWWL Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Points
Nov. 29, 1929 Tuffy Griffiths WWWWWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago LOSS
Majority decision
June 27, 1929 Max Schmeling WWWWWW Yankee Stadium, Bronx LOSS
Points
April 10, 1929 Jose Casnos Santo Domingo WIN
KO
March 30, 1929 Caeano Santo Domingo WIN
KO
March 24, 1929 Francisco Cruz Coelho WLLLLL San Juan Stadium, San Juan WIN
KO
Feb. 22, 1929 KO Christner WDLWWL Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Points
Dec. 25, 1928 Jack Renault WWLLWL Estadio Versalles, Cali Colombian Heavyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
Dec. 3, 1928 Bill Hartwell WLLWL Arena, Philadelphia Colombian Heavyweight

WIN
Points
Nov. 5, 1928 Otto von Porat WLWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York Colombian Heavyweight

WIN
Points
Oct. 19, 1928 Big Boy Peterson LWDLLW Ebbets Field, Brooklyn LOSS
DQ
July 7, 1928 Ludwig Haymann WWLDWW Plaza de Toros del Chofre, San Sebastian EBU European Heavyweight

WIN
KO
Feb. 28, 1928 George Godfrey WWWWWW Wrigley Field, Los Angeles LOSS
Points
Jan. 29, 1928 Quintin Romero Rojas LLLLLW El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City WIN
KO
Jan. 16, 1928 Ed Keeley WWLLWL Broadway Arena, Brooklyn WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 2, 1928 Pat Lester LWLLLL Armory, Newark WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 25, 1927 Johnny Risko WWWWWL Madison Square Garden, New York LOSS
Points
Sept. 8, 1927 Tom Heeney WWWLWW Madison Square Garden, New York DRAW
Points
Aug. 11, 1927 Jack Delaney WWWWWL Yankee Stadium, Bronx LOSS
DQ
July 13, 1927 Harry Wills WWWWWL Ebbets Field, Brooklyn WIN
KO
April 1, 1927 Tom Heeney WWLWWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Points
Feb. 25, 1927 Knute Hansen WWWWLW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Points
Jan. 21, 1927 Homer Smith LWLWWL Benjamin Field Arena, Tampa WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 15, 1927 Antolin Fierro LLWWLL Nuevo Fronton, Havana WIN
KO
Jan. 1, 1927 Martin O'Grady LLLLLL Almendares Park, Havana WIN
KO
May 18, 1926 Erminio Spalla WWWWLL Plaza de Toros Monumental, Barcelona EBU European Heavyweight

WIN
Points
March 23, 1926 Harry Drake LWLLLL Cirque de Paris, Paris WIN
KO
Feb. 12, 1926 Franz Diener DWWWWW Kaiserdamm Arena DRAW
Points
Feb. 9, 1926 Soldier Jones LLLWDL Cirque de Paris, Paris WIN
KO
Jan. 29, 1926 Constant Barrick LWLDLL Teatro Circo Olympia, Barcelona WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 1, 1925 Hans Breitenstraeter WWWWW Sportpalast, Schoeneberg WIN
KO
Nov. 7, 1925 Marcel Nilles LLLDLW Velodrome d'Hiver, Paris WIN
KO
Oct. 16, 1925 Constant Barrick WLLWLD Teatro Circo Price, Madrid WIN
Technical knockout
Oct. 10, 1925 Fernand Delarge WWWWWL Plaza de Toros de Las Arenas, Barcelona WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 6, 1925 Phil Scott WWWWWW Plaza de Toros de Vista Alegre, Bilbao WIN
KO
July 11, 1925 Jack Humbeeck WLLWLW Plaza de Toros de Goya, Madrid WIN
Points
June 7, 1925 Fernand Delarge DWWWWW Arenes d'Eckmühl, Oran WIN
Points
Dec. 20, 1924 Jack Humbeeck LLWWLW Velodrome d'Hiver, Paris WIN
Technical knockout
Oct. 5, 1924 Louis Piochelle WLWLWL Stade Municipal, Algiers WIN
KO
Sept. 7, 1924 Frank Goddard WWLWLW Arènes de Bayonne, Bayonne WIN
Technical knockout
July 29, 1924 George Cook DWWLLW Cirque de Paris, Paris LOSS
Points
July 3, 1924 George Cook WDWWLL Royal Albert Hall, Kensington LOSS
Points
June 14, 1924 Jose Teixidor LWLLLW Cirque d'Hiver, Paris Spanish Heavyweight

WIN
KO
June 1, 1924 Arthur Townley LLDWLL Stade Buffalo, Montrouge WIN
KO
May 17, 1924 Marcel Nilles LLWLWW Plaza de Toros de Las Arenas, Barcelona WIN
KO
May 11, 1924 Paul Journee LLLLLL Estadio Municipal de Atocha, San Sebastian WIN
KO
April 19, 1924 Laurent Mahieu WLWLWL Frontón Euskalduna, Bilbao WIN
KO
April 4, 1924 Alex Touroff LLLLW Circo Americano, Madrid WIN
KO
Jan. 2, 1924 Herman Sjouwerman LLWLL Salle Wagram, Paris WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 26, 1923 Paul Journee DLWLLL Salle Wagram, Paris WIN
Points
Sept. 16, 1923 Alex Touroff Stade Anastasie, Paris WIN
KO