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Charlie White

aka 'Left-Hook Charlie'

born: 25/03/1891, Liverpool
died: 24/07/1959

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Charles Anchowitz's family moved to Chicago when he was a boy. Charlie took up boxing while at a physical training school for the treatment of tuberculosis: he turned professional at 15. He twice fought for the world featherweight title. His first attempt came against Freddie Welsh at Colorado Springs on 4th September 1916 (he was only the second Liverpool-born boxer to challenge for a world crown), when he lost on points over 20 rounds: controversially, as White had shown most of the aggressive intent, but he had failed to finish off Welsh when he had the opportunity. His second chance was against Benny Leonard at Menton Harbour, Michigan on 5th July 1920, but he again failed to exploit his opportunities for a knock-out (including one occasion in the sixth round when he failed to claim a foul after Leonard, having been knocked down, was pushed back into the ring by his brother), and was stopped in round nine. He retired in 1923. Two of his brothers were also boxers: Jack White and Billy Wagner.