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Q: featherweight boxing 1927 ( No Answer,   0 Comments )
Subject: featherweight boxing 1927
Category: Sports and Recreation > Trivia
Asked by: kather-ga
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Posted: 04 May 2006 15:23 PDT
Expires: 03 Jun 2006 15:23 PDT
Question ID: 725549
I'm lookng for information and preferably a source for getting a
newspaper article or other printed resource to document that Chris
Filomena won the Florida featherweight boxing championship in 1927 in
Daytona Beach, Florida.  The guy is still alive (97 years old) and
plays poker at the Monte Carlo in Las Vegas.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 04 May 2006 17:25 PDT
Mr. Filomena does indeed have a professional record at the BoxRec
boxing archives site:

It does not show the Florida fight, but it is not unusual for the
records from years past to be very incomplete.

I looked, but did not see any newspaper articles on the fight.

Let me know if the link helps at all,


Clarification of Question by kather-ga on 06 May 2006 16:46 PDT
Hey, this is a good start for me!  Here's the rest of the story. 
(Sorry to be so late getting back.  This is my first Answer query. 
Read about it in "Google Hacks".)

I've played poker with this guy and he's darned good.  Last week my
DH/SO and I sat him dowm to ask all the details.  He remembers the
fight very well and says that he hates it that he threw away the
newspaper article.  He remembers that he was there to do a Golden
Gloves fight but it fell through and someone set him up  to fight a
professional fight.

My interest is, we're going back in a month or so and I'd love to have
something concrete to show him.  But even more, I'd love to have
something to give his "girl friend" Holly (age 57), a dealer at the
Monte Carlo, who has taken care of him for several years now.

He's obviously not going to last a whole lot longer.  The people at
the Monte Carlo are so fond of him that I'd love to give them all and
especially Holly something to remember...


Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 06 May 2006 19:38 PDT

Thanks for the extra detail.  This is one case where it doesn't really
help the searching, but it's nice to know the story here.

As for the searching, I have access to lots of old newspaper and
magazine archives, but nothing more has turned up on Mr. Filomena.  If
I think of any more likely sources to search, I'll certainly give them
a try.  But for now, the well has run dry for me, I fear.

Perhaps another researcher will come up with something, though.

Best of luck,


Clarification of Question by kather-ga on 07 May 2006 14:52 PDT
Well, thanks for this much.  At least I know he's out there
somewhere....I know this is the right guy.  He was born in New York, a
child of a family of around 12 kids, Italian (of course), and his real
name is said to be "Christmas" because he was born on Christmas Day. 
No wonder he's a fighter...
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