March 2, 2012
He lost his first 27 amateur bouts, but Jeffra kept on slugging. The Hall of Fame fighter from Pigtown, in South Baltimore, captured the world bantamweight title in 1937, then advanced to the featherweight ranks and won that crown three years later. Both were 15-round decisions. Of his 120 pro fights, Jeffra won 94, with 28 knockouts. He later coached boxing at Western Maryland College (now McDaniel).