Benny Brostoff

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Name: Benny Brostoff
Born: 1909-01-01
Birthplace: Bialystok, Poland
Hometown: Bronx, New York, USA
Boxing Record: click

Benny Brostoff was born in Russia, then immigrated to the United States and settled in the Bronx with his family. In 1925, at the age of 16, he made his professional debut. Over the next five years, he had over 80 bouts before he fought Panama Al Brown, the future world bantamweight champion.

That November, Brostoff knocked out Leo (Kid) Roy, the Canadian lightweight and featherweight champion, in the tenth round. In May 1931, Brostoff fought Pete Sanstol, then the Montreal Athletic Commission World Bantamweight Champion. In February 1933, Brostoff fought a young Mike Belloise, a top future featherweight. Brostoff continued to box for another couple of years before retiring with over 100 professional fights.

After retiring from the ring, became a floor scraper, painter, and chicken plucker -- according to Vol. 17 of the International Boxing Research Organization's quarterly Journal. He was in the Merchant Marines during World War II, and his vessel was torpedoed between Cape Town and Durbin. He suffered injuries to his hip, pelvis and kidney, and was in the hospital for three months. After his health returned, he was a seaman on the S.S. Independence. His history after this is unknown.

Brostoff was of Hebrew heritage.

Source for many of the early bouts with uncertain dates is the Everlast Boxing Record (1930/1931).