Name: Arthur Flynn
Birthplace: Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA
Died: 1985-12-27 (Age:79)
Nationality: US American
Hometown: Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA
Height: 5′ 10″ / 178cm
Boxing Record: click
Arthur Flynn reportedly had 91 amateur bouts, and won the Nationals and Pam-Am Games in 1926.
The following was written by his son, Barry Flynn, to the International Boxing Research Organization (IBRO):
- He was born in Lawrence, MA on December 2, 1906. [BoxRec note: The 1931 Everlast Boxing Record recorded his date of birth as December 6, 1907.] He stood about 5'10". He died in Methuen, MA (pronounced dead in Lawrence, MA) on December 27, 1985.
- He started as a middleweight and won the New England middleweight title for four consecutive years and won the AAU nationals in 1926 and the Pan American title in Buenos Aires in 1926. He had 91 amateur bouts and won 90 (He never had a black eye or bloody nose, and the one loss, he claimed, was a "bum decision".) He sparred for Jack Sharkey and Gene Tunney.
- As a pro, he was only off his feet once and that was from a right from Ace Hudkins in the Boston Garden. He always claimed there must have been 400,000 people in the Garden that night as it was the only fight people remembered - it haunted him (often humorously) for the rest of his life. In the then syndicated column, "Take It On The Chin," both Lou Scozza and Dave Shade said that the hardest punch they had ever received was a left from Arthur Flynn.
- After his fight career, he attended pre-medical school at Boston College and received early admission to Tuft's Medical Shcool. To pay his way, he had over 1,000 professional wrestling matches. He quit school after a year at Tuft's and went on to become a Peabody Award winning radio journalist and one of the area's top sports broadcasters.
- He died in his cardiologist's parking lot from a myocardial infarction after having just completed a successful medical exam - some say he just died of a broken heart after my mother's death four years prior to his.