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Pete Mead

Pete’s first boxing match was in 1939 – he was only 15 years old and weight 135 pounds.  He lost that first fight but went on to win a string of 68 amateur fights without a loss.  Pete became a pro, winning the Lightweight Michigan Title, joined the army and fought 31 fights there, then began a pro career again in 1945 in NY, fighting such champs as Zivic, Turpin, Sands, Marciano, Kronowitz, Dempsey, Louis, and Graziano.  His most notable fight was a win against Joey DeJohn, dubbed by experts as one of the greatest bouts ever.  He had a pro career record of 44-16-1 in 61 bouts (444 rounds).