- Became the fifth-ranked lightweight in the world in the 1930s.
- Turned professional after only eight amateur bouts and spent 12 years in the ring.
- Appeared in more than 200 fights before retiring in the early 1940s.
- Boxed against Henry Armstrong, Lou Ambers and Sugar Ray Robinson, all top fighters of their day.
- Defeated three of Philadelphia’s best lightweights in just over a month’s time.