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as at the State Armory. Today, bouts are held at the National Guard Armory on Brown Avenue. Fay Keiser was the most outstanding professional boxer ever developed in Cumberland. A native of Greenwich, Ohio, Keiser was a middleweight and began boxing in 1916 and fought his last bout in 1928. He fought Gene Tunney in 1922. Tunney later became World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. Keiser fought some of the best, including Bill Shade, young Bob Fitzsimmons, Tommy Loughran, Harry Greb 12 times, Wolf Larson, and young Strigling. During 1921 - 22, he met and defeated Bob Martin, who was then AEF (American Expeditionary Forces) champion. Keiser died in 1971, at age 78. His local manager was John W. Snyder. Other good local fighters were K. O. Yutzy, Bobby Green, Patsy Gainer, and Buck Griffith, who, in 1926, won the Welterweight Championship of the Citizens Military Training Camp at Fortress Monroe, Virginia. Buck Penner was also a good fighter. Now, promoters of the amateur fights in Cumberland are the Has-Beens, Inc., a group of ex-fighters and others who are interested in the boxing profession. A Black man, Arthur Steigall, was considered one of the outstanding boxers of his time. Other local Black fighters were Battling Bob Holmes, Frankie Freeman, and Elmo Biggs. Some of the managers of local boxers were John W. Snyder, Vic Ricker, Tommy Moss, and Chris Charuhas. In February, 1920, John W. Snyder, fight promoter and manager of Fay Keiser, went to New York City to meet Tex Rickard, promoter of championship fights, to see if he, Snyder, could arrange to have the Dempsey-Carpentier championship fight in Cumberland.


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Miller, Herman J.

Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland


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Stegmaier, Harry

Cumberland (Md.), history

Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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