ABE ATTELL, an entertaining, hard-hitting bundle of aggression, claimed the world featherweight title for the best part of a decade in the early part of the 20th century, sometimes riding his luck and sometimes using the No Decision law of the day to keep a firm grip on the championship.
He was a raconteur, a gambling man, a maverick from the “south side” of the slot – the Powell Street cable car line – in San Francisco. He began boxing in his teens and laid his first claim to the championship when he was 20, following a 20-round points win over Johnny Reagan in St Louis, Missouri, in September 1903.
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