Fred Apostoli

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Class of 2003
Modern Category
Hall of Fame bio:click
World Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee

Name: Fred Apostoli
Alias: Boxing Bell Hop
Birth Name: Alfredo Apostoli
Born: 1913-02-02
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA
Died: 1973-11-29 (Age:60)
Hometown: San Francisco, California, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 5′ 9½″   /   177cm
Reach: 70″   /   178cm
Boxing Record: click

Manager: Dolph Thomas
Trainer: Whitey Bimstein


Professional Boxer. Known as the "Boxing Bell Hop", he became the middleweight world champion when he defeated Marcel Thil on September 23, 1937. He held the middleweight crown until he was defeated by Ceferino Garcia on October 2, 1939. Born in San Francisco's North Beach district, Apostoli was a classmate and lifelong friend of baseball legend Joe DiMaggio. He served in the US Navy during World War II as a gunner aboard the cruiser USS Columbia in the Pacific, and was selected by "The Ring" magazine (the "Bible of Boxing") as Fighter of the Year in 1943. He appeared on the cover of that magazine with the headline, "Fred Apostoli - A World Sensation". He retired from the ring in 1948 with a 61-10-1 (31 KOs) record. In 2003, he was posthumously elected to the Boxing Hall of Fame.

  • Won the Pacific Coast Junior Welterweight, Golden Gloves Middleweight, and National AAU Middleweight Championship vs. Fred Wallmeyer (1934)
  • Served as a gunner in the US Navy during World War II
  • Selected by The Ring magazine as Fighter of the Year for 1943
  • Elected to The Ring's Hall of Fame

Preceded by:
Tom Chester
National AAU Middleweight Champion
Succeeded by:
Dave Clark

Preceded by:
Freddie Steele
NYSAC World Middleweight Champion
1938 Jan – 1939 Oct 2
Succeeded by:
Ceferino Garcia