On This Day In Alabama History: Izzy Jannazzo Went The Distance

| November 27, 2019 @ 10:00 am

By Alabama NewsCenter Staff

From almost from the beginning, Isadoro Anthony “Izzy” Jannazzo was a fighter. Born in the Ensley community near Birmingham in 1915, he took up prizefighting at age 14 to help support his family after his mother died in childbirth. That same year, he took home the state amateur title as a bantamweight. Three years later the family moved to New York, where Jannazzo worked at a shipyard between bouts. In 1932, he made his professional debut and on this day in 1936 went the distance against Barney Ross at Madison Square Garden but lost the bout, which gave Ross the welterweight championship of the world.

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