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Herman Folins

Boxing ∙ Ambridge

 

 

 

 

Tough. Aggressive. Courageous. Fast. Those were words once used by a newspaper reporter to describe Herman Folins, one of Beaver County’s most accomplished boxers. Herman was born Armando Folino on August 2, 1909, in Catanzaro, Italy, and came to the United States at age 10 when his parents settled in Ambridge. From 1927 to 1932, Herman fought as an amateur and then as a professional in the flyweight, bantamweight, featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight divisions. He was a 5'-9" power puncher who never weighed more than 137 pounds. He compiled a 40-5 record as an amateur from 1927 to 1929 and as a pro from 1929 to 1932 was 121-14-3, with a combined pro and amateur record of 161-19-3. Amazingly, Herman racked up these numbers at an early age, quitting the ring at age 23 because he wasn’t getting paid as much as other fighters of his time.