December 15, 1904 - June 25, 1975
Benny Bass was a prominent American lightweight boxer of the first quarter of the XX century, the time when boxing established itself in mainstream America as a respectable and popular sport.
Benny Bass – The Big «Little Fish» of american Boxing
Benjamin "Benny" Baruch J. Bass, known simply as Benny Bass, or under his ring nickname "Little Fish," was born in Kiev, Ukraine, then part of the Russian empire, to a Jewish family. The Bass family emigrated to the United States in 1906, after the revolution of 1905 and a wave of pogroms, choosing to settle in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
At the age of just 15, Bass almost won a place in the American Olympic boxing team, which would have made him the youngest sportsman to represent the United States at international level.
He reportedly won 95 out of his first 100 fights, eventually becoming the world featherweight champion and later world junior lightweight champion.
According to the boxing website BoxRec, Bass ranks as the #17 lightweight of all time!
Bass earned his nickname "Little Fish" due to his diminutive stature, which misled many of his overly arrogant opponents.
He was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2002.
Benny Bass died aged 71, after a career full of triumphs.
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