Sport: Boxing Inducted:1983 Country: United States Born: February 22, 1884 in San Francisco,
California Died: February 7, 1970
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
Attell was elected to the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1955 and
to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.