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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Henry Brimm

(Born January 1, 1922) -- It’s easy to pick out the highlight of Henry Brimm’s boxing career. It came against one of the greatest fighters in history.

Brimm was born in Puerto Rico, but he and his family moved to Lackawanna when he was five years old. Brimm started boxing on the amateur level at the age of 14, and took an AAU title in Boston in 1939.

Then it was on to the pro ranks. He lost only one of his first nine fights and was 16-3-1 in his first 20 bouts.  Brimm earned a shot at Sugar Ray Robinson in March of 1948, losing a nontitle bout.

Less than a year later, Brimm got another shot at the great Sugar Ray, who had fought only five days before that. This time Brimm was even better and earned a draw. Robinson had a record of 90-1-1 at the time.

Brimm went on to go up against such fighters as Rocky Graziano and Bobo Olson, but he lost eight of his last nine bouts to finish at 26-18-4.  Brimm was always well liked here. He died in 1994.

--- Budd Bailey

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