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Never the most stylish boxer, he became the middleweight
division's most feared puncher and twice held the world title in the
160-pound bracket. He didn't hang up the gloves until after he was 33, and
he won his last bout by a knock-out. From Seattle's Georgetown area.
The "The Tacoma Wonder Boy" enjoyed a meteoric rise to the
world's middleweight boxing championship, by taking a decision over Babe
Risko in a Seattle scrap. Freddie defended the title against Risko and in
several other fights but in 1938 lost the crown when he suffered a
first-round knockout to Al Hostak.
One of the region's biggest
sports stars before the arrival of major league sports in the Pacific
Northwest, he was homegrown, a legitimate title contender and potential
heavyweight champion. Starting with his hard-nosed, blue-collar roots on
Tacoma's South Side, he at one time was ranked fifth among the world's
heavyweights. One of his biggest career highlights was a decision over
George Chuvalo at Madison Square Garden in 1958.
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