Paul Jorgensen

Born: April 5, 1935 in Tallulah, Louisiana

Died: Aug. 6, 2008

Boxer Paul Jorgensen was born in Tallulah, Louisiana, but lived in Port Arthur "his whole life." He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1952.

 

As an amateur boxer from 1950 to 1953, he had three managers including Dick Menchaca. He won Golden Gloves and Amateur Athletic Union titles during that time. Jorgensen turned professional in 1953 while attending the University of Houston. He made his professional debut on April 28, 1953 with a four round points win against Baby Valdez in Houston, Texas. Jorgensen won his first 16 fights, including a win against Eddie Bertolino on June 1, 1954. It was in the rematch against Bertolino on September 28, 1954 that Jorgensen suffered his first loss.

 

He won the state featherweight title on August 1, 1955 in the old Sea Hawk Stadium in Port Arthur. He lost the world junior lightweight title fight to Harold Comes at Providence, Rhode Island in 1959.

 

Like many boxers of his day, Jorgensen fought frequently - often twice a month. Jorgensen continued to fight and generally to win, facing tough competition like Redtop Davis, Lulu Perez, Jackie Blair, Carmelo Costa, Victor Manuel Quijano, Harold Gomes, and Battling Torres.

 

Jorgensen retired after a losing to Battling Torres on September 6, 1960. He managed to cram an amazing number of fights (93) into a relatively short career (7½ years). His final record was 81 wins (35 by knockout), 8 losses, and 4 draws.

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