THE IRISH BLOCKBUSTER          
Fitzie Fitzpatrick  

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FITZIE V.S. Heavyweights
Fitzie V.S. Heavyweights




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            Irish Blockbuster, Fitzie Fitzpatrick fought his first heavyweight bout on January 10, 1945. On November 26, 1946, Fitzie became a full time heavyweight, fighting Lee Oma, who weighed in at 190 lbs. At first he was glad moving up in weight, but now he was fighting the big guys. Cutting weight and maintaining the lower weight needed to compete in the light heavyweight division was a real battle for the Irish bruiser. Two months later he would knockout Pat Valentino, but would not be ranked in the heavyweight division until his next victory over top ranked Lee Savold. Fitzie was outweighed by twenty-four pounds and would win the ten round decisions. During the following months, Ring Magazine placed Fitzie eighth in the heavyweight division. Fitzie went on to win four straight bouts as a heavyweight before losing to Bobby Zander, May 13, 1947. Ezzard Charles, who fought his first heavyweight bout against Fitzie Fitzpatrick, was next on the list. They fought twice, Charles winning bout engagements. Fitzie went on to box world ranked fighter; Rusty Payne, Leonard Morrow, and Bob Foxworth.

            The following photos of Fitzie's heavyweight bouts shows him demonstrating his devastating punching power, which always made him a knockout threat.

Larry C. Burton

 



Fitzie works out on

Ronnie Wuff




Fitzie Spars With Billy McClure, training for the Ezzard Charles fight 









Fitzie V.S. Heavyweights


THE HEAVYWEIGHTS


Fitzie in a Workout!



        LEE OMA

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East Coast - Top Contender
Lee Oma
1943



Lee Oma hits the rope to
pull away from one of Fitzie's Left-Hooks





        PAT VALENTIN0

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Pat Valentino Was
A World Ranked Heavyweight Contender -
he fought Ezzard Charles in a title fight in
October 1949









     

(Left) Pre-War Photo of Valentino
(Right) Valentino and his Manager






World Ranked Pat Valentino won 13 straight
fights before losing to Fitzie Fitzpatrick




      Military service kept Pat Valentino out of the ring from 1944 to 1946. On his return, Valentino won thirteen straight matches before being kayoed by Fitzie Fitzpatrick. It was a fifth round victory for the Irish Blockbuster.

      Over the next two years Valentino would go on and fight top ranked, Tony Bosnich, Turkey Thompson, and Ezzard Charles. Unfortunately, Pat Valentino would suffer from an eye injury that would eventually end his boxing career. Even with the eye injury, Valentino fought his way to victory winning the California State Heavyweight title against Turkey Thompson.

      An operation to repair his torn retina kept him sidelined most of 1949. With only four weeks to prepare, Valentino accepted a title fight against Ezzard Charles. After a year off and his eye still healing, Valentino would fulfill his childhood dream.

      The NBA title fight was held at the Cow Place, in San Francisco. The event generated a $167,000 dollar gate. Valentino was a 5-1 underdog and earned a career high purse of $5,000. Valentino gave Charles all he could handle in the early rounds with vicious body shots. Charles was sharp on his attack and countered with precision. Valentino showing signs of fatigue continued his aggressive charges and in the eight round was chopped down before being tagged by Charles right, ending the fight. Valentino was ahead on the scorecard at the time of his collapse. The punishment he took left him completely blind in his right eye.

      Several weeks after the Charles fight, Valentino accepted an exhibition bout with Joe Louis. An offer of $7,500 could not keep Valentino from his biggest purse of his career. Blind in one eye and giving up thirty pounds to Louis, Valentino expected little trouble from an exhibition bout. Valentino was told to take it easy, but nobody advised the ex-champ it was an exhibition bout. Valentino said “The hell with this” and belted Louis around. Louis paid him back with a beating, dropping the Italian in the eighth round. This was Pat Valentino’s last fight.






Fitzie winds up against Pat Valentino
knocking him out in the fifth round







Fitzie Winds Up Against Pat Valentino

 



Pat Valentino

Pat Valentino



        JACK HANNON PORTER

 



Fitzie Charges In On Porter






Jack Hannon Porter






Fitzie Knocks Porter Down





Jack Hannon Porter





        JIM RICHIE

 




Jim Richie






 



        LEE SAVOLD

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Fitzpatrick wins a 10-round bout
against Savold - 1947







Savold Takes a
Nine Count In The 1st Round







British Boxing Board Council
World Champion
Lee Savold
1950







Lee Savold


        BOBBY ZANDER

 

Bobby Zander





Zander vs Fitzpatrick
May 13, 1947



Bobby Zander avoids Fitzie's left hook




 

        EZZARD CHARLES

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Ezzard Charles
World Heavyweight Champion




      Ezzard Charles had great boxing skills and fought with a killer instinct. After being side stepped for title bouts in the Light-Heavyweight division, Charles quickly entered the heavyweight division and challenged the Fitzpatrick camp. It was commonly agreed that the winner would get a shot at the heavyweight title and Joe Louis.

      Rocky Marciano once said to Charles, “ I couldn’t put you down and I don’t think any man can.” Fitzie Fitzpatrick made his Cincinnati debut against Ezzard Charles at Crosley Field, before a crowd that paid twenty seven thousand dollars, who watched Fitzie go out and belt the local favorite, dropping him in the second round of their first of two fights. Fitzie had Charles down after landing a terrific right to the jaw sending Charles through the air, landing on his shoulders and neck. Charles had been hit hard and was hurt, but he managed to rally and win the fight.






This scene is reminiscent of the Dempsey -
Tunney fight - Charles gets a long count - the
referee was not picking up the count from the
time keeper, as Charles struggled on
back, getting up to one knee after
the nine-count





Second Round Knockdown



Billy McClure
1947





Fitzie Boarding A Plane For
Charles Fight 1947






Charles - Fitzpatrick
Post Fight Photo





Fitzie being held by
Joe Camile, letting Charles
ride out the storm - 1947





Fitzpatrick v.s Charles
July 14, 1947

 

Fitzpatrick lost the second match
with Charles / by TKO
December 2, 1947
Cleveland Arena, Ohio

        BOB FOXWORTH

 



World Ranked Bob Foxworth




 

        RUSTY PAYNE

 



World Ranked Rusty Payne







Fitzpatrick vs Payne





Rusty Payne
Knockout Magazine






 





Rusty Payne
Back Cover of Knockout
Magazine 1947







Fitzie vs Payne Article


        LEONARD MORROW

 


World Ranked Leonard Morrow







Fitzpatrick vs Leonard Morrow
Second Fight - 1948




Leonard Morrow
Knockout Magazine







The Main Event Magazine






Referree Magazine
Fitzpatrick VS Morrow






Referee Magazine
Fitzpatrick - Morrow
August 21, 1948



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