Harry Staal

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Harry Staal
Statistics
Rated atheavyweight
NationalityDutch
Born(1909-02-10)10 February 1909
Boxing record
Total fights69
Wins32
Losses30
Draws6

Harry Staal (born 10 February 1909) was a Dutch professional boxer. He competed in the heavyweight category. He competed internationally and fought between 1932 and 1947.

Staal made his debut on 7 November 1932 in Rotterdam against Belgian Louis Wilms and won (KO). During his career he had 69 fights, winning 32 of them (30 losses, 6 draws).[1]

Staal fought among others against Belgian Pierre Charles[2], German Kurt Hayman[3], Canadian Larry Gains[4], Canadian Al Delaney[5], Irish Jack Doyle[6], Swedish Anne Anderson[7], British Jack Petiffer[8] and British Midlands champion Frank Borrington.[9]

Staal became national champion in 1937[10] and 1939.[11]

During World War II Staal and his Jewish girlfriend were arrested by and taken to Amersfoort concentration camp. His manager[9] Theo Huizenaar, who had his own boxing location, was able to release Staal. Huizenaar requested that he needed Staal for a boxing fight. Pressured by German boxing promotor Walter Englert, the Germans let Staal go but not his girlfriend.[12]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Harry Staal". boxerlist.com (in Dutch). Retrieved 16 June 2022.
  2. "Boksen". Nieuwe Haarlemsche courant (in Dutch). 5 August 1934. Retrieved 16 June 2022 – via Delpher.
  3. "Harry Staal verliest van Hayman". De avondpost (in Dutch). 6 May 1937. Retrieved 16 June 2022 – via Delpher.
  4. "Larry Gains wint van Harry Staal op punten". Nieuwsblad van het Noorden (in Dutch). 7 July 1937. Retrieved 16 June 2022 – via Delpher.
  5. "Harry Staal verliest te Londen van Delaney". Nieuwe Tilburgsche Courant (in Dutch). 19 October 1937. Retrieved 16 June 2022 – via Delpher.
  6. "Jack Doyle slaat Harry Staal". Nieuwe Tilburgsche Courant (in Dutch). 16 February 1937. Retrieved 16 June 2022 – via Delpher.
  7. "Harry Staal verliest". De avondpost (in Dutch). 31 December 1938. Retrieved 16 June 2022 – via Delpher.
  8. "Successen van Nederlandsche boksers in Engeland". De Gooi- en Eemlander (in Dutch). 7 April 1936. Retrieved 16 June 2022 – via Delpher.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Boksen. Jef Diickson heeft Harry Staal in het vizier". De Telegraaf (in Dutch). 4 October 1934. Retrieved 16 June 2022 – via Delpher.
  10. "Harry Staal naar Berlijn". Rotterdamsch nieuwsblad (in Dutch). 14 April 1937. Retrieved 16 June 2022 – via Delpher.
  11. "Harry Staal naar Goteberg". De Gooi- en Eemlander (in Dutch). 15 March 1939. Retrieved 16 June 2022 – via Delpher.
  12. "De Tweede Wereldoorlog en het einde van het boksverbod". sportgeschiedenis.nl (in Dutch). 4 May 2018. Retrieved 16 June 2022.

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