Inducted on June 15, 1969
Jack DeMave, sometimes also referred to as “The Golden-Haired Boy,” was a prominent heavyweight of the 1920s, whose main appellation “The Golden Boy” became the title of a play by Clifford Odets. Born in Holland, he was brought to the United States in 1908, settled in Hoboken, New Jersey, and began his ring career at 17. The blond puncher became a national figure in boxing in 1925 when he scored a sensational one-round knockout at Coney Island over the highly-rated Bob Lawson. During his busy career DeMave hooked up with most of the leading heavyweights of his era.