Leo Houck: A Biography of Boxing's Uncrowned Middleweight Champion (Paperback)Randy L. Swope (author)
Paperback 132 Pages / Published: 30/12/2018
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Readers searching for an authentic American success story will appreciate this biography about Leo F. Houck, a premier middleweight boxer of the early 1900s, Penn State boxing coach, and devoted family from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Leo F. Houck became a professional boxer during his adolescence at age fourteen while many of his contemporaries started their life-long employment in the mills, farms, and factories of Lancaster County. He gave the purses he earned to his widowed mother in order to support his six siblings after his father Edward, passed away at age fifty. There was nothing overtly glamorous about Leo's boxing career until 1911, when he earned the largest payday of his career with a twenty round victory over Harry Lewis in Paris. Leo reached the pinnacle of his career in 1913, when he was poised to capture the middleweight championship title. His two hundred fights are all described in this biography making it uniquely different from most boxing biographies, which typically focus on a finite number of key fights during a boxers' career. Leo coached boxing at Penn State after his retirement from prize fighting. Over the next twenty-seven years, Leo transformed Penn State into an intercollegiate boxing powerhouse and clearly established himself as Penn State's first legendary coach.
Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
Number of pages: 132
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 7 mm
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