Jack Capri

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Career Summary

Portland, Oregon based manager, who arrived in Portland around 1922 with a group of boxers from Minnesota. Capri wound up staying, though his boxers returned to Minnesota. Capri's first notable fighter was Chuck Hellman, who was a ranked contender in the Bantamweight division in 1926 and 1927.

Capri's next notable fighter was Chinese-American Lightweight Ah Wing Lee, who rose to prominence in 1933 in Portland. Lee drew the largest crowd ever for a Portland fighter, during his knockout defeat to Young Peter Jackson for the Pacific Coast Lightweight Title.

After Lee retired, Capri became a promoter in Yakima, Washington, working primarily with Yakima's most popular boxer ever Henry Woods.

In the 1940s, Capri began working with Joe Kahut, who was from Woodburn, Oregon, which is about 30 miles south of Portland. Under this tutelage, Kahut would become probably the greatest local draw in Portland's boxing history. Kahut would attain rankings in both the Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight division, during the mid-to-late 1940s.

Fighters Managed

  • Chuck Hellman
  • Ah Wing Lee
  • Joe Kahut
  • John L. Sullivan (Portland Light Heavyweight)
  • Herman Ratzlaff
  • Jimmy Valentine (Minnesota boxer who came West with Capri)
  • Al Spina (during the early 40s)