Sammy Mandell
Global ID10116
birthdate 1904-02-02
death date 1967-11-07 (63)
height5′ 7″   /   170cm
reach67″   /   170cm
aliasRockford Sheik
country USA
residenceRockford, Illinois, USA
birth placePiana dei Greci, Sicilia, Italy
birth nameSaverio Mandala
won 86 (KO 32) + lost 22 (KO 6) + drawn 10 = 121
rounds boxed 930
Newspaper Decisions won 60 : lost 4 : drawn 6
rounds boxed 668
Total Bouts 191 KO% 16.75

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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1934-06-27Joe Bernal13-2-1
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USALTKO610
referee: Oakland Jimmy Duffy
1934-04-12Chico Vasquez0-1-0
Fort Warren, Cheyenne, Wyoming, USAWKO210
1934-03-31Buddy Jackson5-3-0
Rock Springs, Wyoming, USAWPTS1010
2 of the 3 judges voted for Mandell (3rd judge vote not given).
1934-03-23Archie Kovich29-3-5
Chestnut St. Arena, Reno, Nevada, USADPTS1010
1934-03-13Al Manfredo47-1-2
Ryan's Auditorium, Fresno, California, USALKO410
1934-03-02Tommy Elks24-22-10
Nogales, Arizona, USAWTKO210
1934-02-23Mike Nelson1-1-1
Tucson, Arizona, USAWPTS88
1934-02-16Chico Vasquez
Tucson, Arizona, USAWTKO610
1934-01-31Tony Herrera68-11-3
Liberty Hall, El Paso, Texas, USALTKO610
1933-12-15Sherald Kennard12-1-1
Fargo, North Dakota, USAWPTS1010
1933-12-11Johnny Stanton15-0-2
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USADPTS1010
1933-11-06Vernon Nelson3-3-4
Sioux City, Iowa, USANCND88
1933-10-23Jackie Davis49-12-9
Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USALPTS1010
1933-10-13Mickey Serrian15-4-0
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USALUD66
1933-09-04Iowa Joe Rivers24-8-0
Windsor Arena, Windsor, Ontario, CanadaLPTS1010
1933-08-19Tommy Bland17-13-2
Kirkland Lake, Ontario, CanadaLPTS1010
1933-08-02Bud Jennings
Tecumseh Park, London, Ontario, CanadaWKO410
1933-07-04Frankie Hayes28-27-4
Auditorium, Ottawa, Ontario, CanadaWPTS1010
1933-06-19Ron Headley12-6-0
Auditorium, Ottawa, Ontario, CanadaLSD1010
1933-06-14Ray Collins38-30-7
Ashtabula, Ohio, USAWPTS1010
1932-11-25Young Stuhley24-4-0
Clinton, Iowa, USALNWS1010
Stuhley won the newspaper decision. (Helena Independent)
1932-10-25Billy Hoon14-18-8
Clinton, Iowa, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Associated Press
1932-10-07Frankie Burns12-17-5
Dubuque, Iowa, USAWNWS?
Newspaper decision from the Waterloo Daily Courier (I.N.S. wire)
1932-07-08Tod Morgan84-22-24
Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, USALPTS1010
1932-06-17Frankie Diaz24-8-5
El Centro, California, USAWPTS66
1932-04-11Eddie Foster
Daytona Beach, Florida, USAWPTS1010
1932-03-14Gus Campbell38-4-3
Biscayne Arena, Miami, Florida, USALPTS1010
1932-02-17Jimmy Spivey14-12-5
National Guard Arena, Daytona Beach, Florida, USAWPTS1010
1931-11-04Ralph Lenny51-6-2
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USANCNC810
1931-10-08Joey Harrison21-4-4
Paterson, New Jersey, USADPTS1010
1931-09-08Owens Duvernay15-0-0
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWPTS1010
referee: Jimmy Moran
1931-08-24Louis 'Kid' Kaplan100-20-13
Hurley Stadium, East Hartford, Connecticut, USALPTS1010
1931-08-14Steve Wolanin26-15-5
Utica Stadium, Utica, New York, USALPTS1010
1931-07-10Wilbur Stokes20-3-0
Benjamin Field Arena, Tampa, Florida, USADPTS1010
referee: Lucien Byron
1931-03-31Jose Estrada12-10-8
Daytona Beach, Florida, USAWPTS1010
1931-02-27Dick Gore18-6-6
Daytona Beach, Florida, USAWKO410
A smashing left hook to the body sent Gore down for the final count.
1930-12-05Maxie Strub58-9-7
Carney Auditorium, Erie, Pennsylvania, USALPTS1010
1930-12-01Steve Halaiko16-2-1
Convention Hall, Rochester, New York, USALPTS88
Often incorrectly reported as occuring Dec. 2
1930-10-27Tony Legouri18-4-1
Des Moines, Iowa, USAWNWS1010
Mandell won the newspaper decision. (Daily Northwestern)
1930-10-10Joe Trippe40-30-11
Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USAWPTS1010
referee: Joe Morrison
1930-10-02Spug Myers67-22-21
Memorial Coliseum, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USAWNWS88
Mandell won the newspaper decision. (Indiana Evening Gazette)
1930-09-26Tommy Herman33-10-6
Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS88
Herman down in the first round. This was an 8-round fight according to the Chicago Tribune (Bob Sodeerman), not ten as shown previously.
1930-09-15Mickey O'Neill11-2-4
Fairgrounds, Janesville, Wisconsin, USAWPTS1010
1930-07-17Al Singer51-6-2
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USALKO115
time: 1:46 | referee: Arthur Donovan | judge: William P. Donnano | judge: Hugh Riley
World Lightweight Title
1930-06-17Izzy Kline1-5-1
Lansing, Michigan, USAWKO310
1930-05-09Tommy Grogan48-18-5
Ak-sar-ben Coliseum, Omaha, Nebraska, USADPTS1010
referee: Phil Collins
1930-04-30Pee Wee Jarrell15-6-2
Armory, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
referee: Elmer Slim McClelland
The official decision of Referee Elmer 'Slim' McClelland was very unpopular. Mandell probably deserved the decision on the strength of his tireless left jabbing, but Jarrell made a great showing.
1930-03-01Jimmy McLarnin44-6-3
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALUD1010
1930-02-03Joey Goodman40-11-6
Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWPTS1212
referee: Patsy Haley
1930-01-15Manuel Quintero75-5-8
Carter's Arena, Miami Beach, Florida, USADPTS1010
referee: Billy Haack
"Quintero's puzzling southpaw style won him an even break in his engagement with the titleholder last night. Promoter G. R. K. Carter said the inaugural of the winter fistic season in the Miami arena attracted 11,000 persons who paid $32,000 to witness the match. Mandell's contract called for $10,000, he added, while Quintero worked on a 12½ per cent basis with a small guarantee." (AP)
1929-12-13Herman Perlick6-5-0
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
Sometimes incorrectly reported as occurring Dec. 12.
1929-11-21Joe Azzarella14-5-1
Arcadia Ballroom, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USAWKO28
1929-11-04Jimmy McLarnin42-6-3
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALSD1010
Attendance: 22,812. From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman). McLarnin fought from a crouch "to offset Mandell's stabbing lefts, and then kept Sammy in retreat as he moved in close to hammer away at the body." Walter Eckersall of the Tribune scored it five rounds for McLarnin, two for Mandell, and three even. It was an excellent, action-packed fight.
1929-09-23Ray Kiser4-1-0
Memphis, Tennessee, USAWNWS88
No official decision was given per Mandell's stipulation but Mandell "trounced" Ray Kiser. Source: Nevada State Journal
1929-09-06Luis Vicentini30-15-3
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS1010
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1929-08-28Frankie Frisco1-7-1
Petoskey, Michigan, USAWTKO310
Frisco down in both the 2nd and 3rd rounds before his corner stopped the bout.
1929-08-02Tony Canzoneri59-5-8
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWSD1010
referee: Dave Barry 2-4 | judge: Ed Klein | judge: Phil Collins
World Lightweight Title
Official scoring: for Mandell 6-2-2 and 6-3-1, and for Canzoneri 4-2-4.

1929-06-20Tony Lombardo8-2-3
Jackson County Farigrounds, Jackson, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
"After an even first round, the title holder took the remaining nine, drawing blood early in the fight and nearly closing both of Tony's eyes by the end of the ninth." Source: The Benton Harbor News-Palladium
1929-06-07Jackie Nichols11-9-2
Marsh Field, Muskegon, Michigan, USAWTKO710
referee: Elmer Slim McClelland
"Sammy Mandell, world's light weight champion, last night directed a smashing offensive against Jackie Nichols of Milwaukee, winning by a technical knockout in the seventh round when Referee Slim McClelland stopped the fight to save a reeling, bleeding Nichols." Source: The Benton Harbor News-Palladium
1929-04-25Frankie Nelson15-14-3
Lansing, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
1929-04-12Benny Duke3-1-1
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
referee: Elmer Slim McClelland
1929-02-04Don Davis11-16-15
Peoria, Illinois, USAWPTS1010
Mandell hurt his left shoulder badly in the ninth round of this bout.
1929-01-22Jack Gillespie0-4-2
Armory, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Indianapolis News and Associated Press
1928-09-25Jimmy Goodrich70-22-18
Athletic Park, Flint, Michigan, USALTKO210
referee: Elmer Slim McClelland
Mandell's title was not at stake because his manager had a stipulation inserted in the agreement that Goodrich had to weigh in over the lightweight limit of 135 pounds. Mandell broke his left collar bone during the first five seconds of the bout, forcing him to cancel upcoming bouts he had scheduled - including one Oct. 8 with Lope Tenerio in Cleveland.
1928-08-14Johnny O'Donnell17-13-5
Janesville, Wisconsin, USAWTKO810
referee: Walter Houlehan
1928-05-21Jimmy McLarnin36-4-3
Polo Grounds, New York, New York, USAWUD1515
referee: Lou Magnolia
World Lightweight Title
1928-04-17Eddie Wagner49-23-9
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
1928-02-23Jackie Fields28-2-1
Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, USAWUD1010
referee: Eddie Purdy
1928-01-13Billy Petrolle49-10-7
Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USAWNWS1010
"Sammy Mandell, world's lightweight champion, won a shade newspaper decision in 10 rounds over Billy Petrolle, Duluth, here tonight, but barely escaped a knockout. A terrific right to the jaw early in the eighth round knocked Mandell into the ropes and a smashing left to the head had him groggy. Sensing a knockout, Petrolle pumped both hands to the head and body, but Mandell's footwork saved him." (Helena Independent)
1927-12-16Johnny O'Donnell17-12-5
Municipal Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Associated Press
1927-12-09Jimmy Sacco65-29-24
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1010
1927-11-23Babe Ruth27-8-6
108th Field Artillery Armory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS1010
1927-11-15Spug Myers59-7-21
Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS1010
1927-10-24Wildcat Monte106-15-15
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USAWKO310
1927-10-11Joe Trabon7-4-0
Kansas City, Missouri, USAWNWS1010
Mandell won the newspaper decision. (Daily Northwestern)
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