Stanley Poreda entered the sport of boxing in the late 1920s. What he lacked in experience he helped to make up for with a powerful right hand, although he reportedly had a "weak chin." He had some impressive wins against the likes of Tommy Loughran, Primo Carnera, Johnny Risko, Tom Heeney, and Ernie Schaaf.
Between the years 1933 and 1935, Poreda was aiming for a title shot against Carnera, Max Baer or Jim Braddock. However, after the 1933 ring death of his friend and former opponentErnie Schaaf, along with a string of knockout losses (among them a loss to Joe Louis), Poreda walked away from the sport.
"Stanley Poreda, New York's most promising heavyweight, first took up boxing as a means of reducing his weight. He used to spar with the professionals at Joe Jeannette's gymnasium. One day a heavyweight tried to use him for a punching-bag, and Poreda, his anger rising, suddenly found that he could battle better than the boxer he was oposing. He was coached for a time by Jeannette, and finally decided to try professional boxing." - The Globe and Mail, March 13, 1931