Dick Goldstein

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Dick Goldstein

Name: Dick Goldstein
Alias: Dick Sizbette
Birth Name: Ryszard Matuszewski
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Hometown: Seattle, Washington, USA
Height: 5′ 11″   /   180cm
Boxing Record: click

Manager: George Chemeres
Dick Goldstein (real name: Ryszard Matuszewski) (also known as: Dick Sizbette) was born in Poland. He claimed to have been imprisoned in the Buchenwald Concentration camp, where he was tortured. He then escaped to Russia, only to be imprisoned again in a labor camp. Goldstein escaped again, getting shot in the leg in the process, and wandered to Germany. While there he was a University music student and track athlete, before American GIs befriended him and stowed him away to the United States. In the United States he won Golden Gloves titles before turning professional.

In late 1956, Goldstein was involved in an alleged "bribe-fix" allegation involving popular Los Angeles boxer Art Aragon, where he claimed that Aragon had offered him $500 to take a 4th round dive, in a scheduled 10-round bout on December 18, 1956 in San Antonio, Texas, which Aragon pulled out of. Shortly thereafter, Goldstein would take a swing at Aragon outside of a Los Angeles gymnasium. Goldstein ran into legal troubles of his own in January 1957, after he plead guilty to assault and battery, resisting arrest, disturbing the peace, and public drunkenness; following a brawl at the Reno, Nevada gambling establishment, Harold's Club.

In 1977, Goldstein was the primary investor in a Seattle-based promotional outfit named Global Productions, which handled boxers such as; Sugar Ray Seales, Mike Quarry, Jose Roman, Dale Grant, and Larry Smith. The group headed by trainer Joe Williams, trained their boxers on a ranch near Ellensburg and Cle Elum in Central Washington.

Sources

  • Reno Evening Gazette (background on Goldstein)
  • April 23, 1977 United Press "Seales picks own companions".