Category Archives: Boxing Trivia

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He said it – Al DeSantis, a sportswriter for the Schenectady Union Star, once said the Petey Virgin, “has the manners of a rattlesnake with a hangover in the ring, but he’s a nice kid out of the ring.” Virgin at one time ranked among the top ten featherweights in the world, fought on the undercard the night Marty Servo knocked out Freddy Cochran at Madison Square Garden for the World Welterweight title in 1946.

Schenectady Brothers Billy, Pete and Frank Petrolle were all Boxers. Billy, Known as the “Fargo Express”, is the 18th Ranked Lightweight of All-Time by Box Rec. In 1932, the “Fargo Express” Fought World Title-Holder Tony Canzoneri and Dropped a Decision. Petrolle is a member of the Minnesota, Ring Magazine and International Boxing Halls of Fame. He Retired During the Depression and Lived in Minnesota. Later, He Owned a Religious Goods and Gift Shop in Duluth.

The Great Heavyweight Jack Dempsey was Training in Saratoga Springs, N. Y. for a Fight with Jack Sharkey in 1927, When There was a Murder-Suicide in Schenectady, N.Y. It Turned Out That Dempsey’s Brother John, Who was Estranged From His Wife, Paid her a Visit at 847 Emmett Street on Hamilton Hill, Shot Her , Then Turned the Gun on Himself. Dempsey Came to Schenectady, Handled the Funeral Arrangements, Then Returned to Saratoga & Resumed Training. Later, He Successfully Defended His Title by Knocking out Sharkey.