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Coulon, Johnnylocked

(12 February 1889–29 October 1973)
  • John Grasso

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Coulon, Johnny (12 February 1889–29 October 1973), prizefighter, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the son of Emile “Pop” Coulon. (His mother’s name is unknown.) His family immigrated to Chicago, Illinois, when Coulon was three years old, and he lived there for the remainder of his life. He began amateur boxing in 1904 and won all 12 of his bouts. The following year he won his first professional bout with a sixth-round knockout of “Young Bennie” in Chicago. With his father as manager, he quickly rose to prominence by winning his first 26 professional fights. During that time, while in New York City for a bout, he saved a boy from drowning in the East River and was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal....

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