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Frank Wine

Barberton boxer Frankie wine can look back on a fighting career as lavishly splashed with color as his own rugged disposition could have made it. After signing his first contract, he knocked out 27 straight opponents on the Pacific Coast. He fought in Montana for several years before being lured East by Jabbering Joe Basco. From then until his retirement from the ring, Wine boxed under Basco. One of his biggest victories was winning the South African heavyweight title. Wine battled Young Stribling to the limit four times. In 1932 he weathered four rounds with Jack Dempsey during the latter's "comeback" tour. Afterward Dempsey said Wine hit him as hard as anyone had. His battles with K.O. Christner were some of his best.

Inducted 1966 | Boxing