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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: New champion

   May 26, 1932 -- World boxing champions from our area aren't exactly commonplace. We should celebrate the ones we've had.

   So say hello to Buffalo's Tommy Paul.

   Paul was born in 1909 and lived on Seventh St. in the Waterfront district. He turned professional at 18, and began a string of triumphs that made him quite an attraction in bouts held at the Broadway Auditorium and Bison Stadium.

   In 1932, Paul got his big chance. The featureweight title was vacant, and the National Boxing Association set up an eight-man tournament to fill it. Paul reached the final and met Johnny Pena for the championship.

   It was no contest. Paul dominated the fight, held on this day, to claim the world title.

   Paul lost the belt to Freddy Miller in Chicago the following January. He finished his career 80-28-10. Paul died in 1991, and was named to the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.

 --- Budd Bailey


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