Jewish boxer who became the star of Madison Square Garden in the 1940s until his violent past caught up with him.
He grew up in the rough Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn alongside his older brother, who was in a gang.
He became the hero of his Brownsville neighborhood for escaping it and making a name for himself.
His father owned a candy store that also sold illegal liquor during the days of Prohibition.
His last match before his murder was against the future boxing champion Rocky Graziano.