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Last NameSportCountryYear Inducted
ABE ATTELL ("THE LITTLE HEBREW")

Sport: Boxing
Inducted:1983
Country: United States
Born: February 22, 1884 in San Francisco, California
Died: February 7, 1970

Abe Attell held the World Featherweight Championship in 1903 and 1904 and from 1906 to 1912.

The 54, 122-pound Attell won his title four months short of his seventeenth birthday, defeating Johnny Reagan in 20 rounds. He lost his crown to Tony Sullivan one year later but regained it in February 1906 with a decision over Jimmy Walsh. Attell successfully defended his championship 21 times during the nine years he held the title.

Attell was both a boxer and a puncher, winning 23 of his first 29 fights by a knockout. Attell claimed to have fought 365 times, but although his official record indicates less than half that number, he was known to have fought as often as three times a week, often giving away as many as 30 pounds to an opponent.

His official professional record: 171 bouts—won 124 (53 by KO), lost 19, drew 24, no-decisions 2, no-contests 2.

Attell was elected to the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1955 and to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.
 
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