Originally written on Pro Boxing Fans  |  Last updated 10/22/14
Not many know of "Tiger" Ted Lowry.  A shame, given that Lowry was the only boxer to twice survive the distance with one of the all-time great heavyweights, Rocky Marciano. Lowry (68-68-10, 45 KOs) fought from 1939 to 1955, taking time off from the ring to serve his country during World War II with the all-black 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, known as the Triple Nickles. His unit was certainly no less courageous for having served on the home front.  Little known even today, the Japanese sent balloons toward the Pacific Northwest that released incendiary devices over heavily wooded areas.  It was the job of Lowry and his fellow smoke jumpers to put out the resultant fires, as well as disarm and retrieve the bombs. As both he and Joe Louis served in the military at the same time, they once had the opportunity to put on an exhibition match.  Louis won, of course, but the experience served Lowry well.  "From then on, I never had fear in the ring again," he said. The jo...
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