At the turn of the 20th century, newspaper boys routinely fought for control of the best corners. A young man in Fresno, California, benefited from this practice.
Abe Henderson, the circulation manager of the Fresno Herald, organized boxing tourneys to help keep some discipline among his ranks. A 14-year-old immigrant from Naples, Italy, Young Corbett III proved the hardiest of the lot, cleaning up the 110-pound division. So accomplished was the youngster that he fought on a pro card later that year, facing a pro named Young Jeffries–and won.
His pro career underway, Corbett would go on to score victories over champs Jackie Fields and Young Thompson. In 1940, the former welterweight champ retired, with a distinguished career record of 123-11-17.
Young Corbett was elected to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1982