PHILLY BOXING HISTORY                                                                           July 02, 2013


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by John DiSanto


Marvin Edelman passed away on Tuesday, July 2nd, at age 82.  In the 1950s he was a tough and popular middleweight who built an impressive professional record of 33-4-1 with 19 KOs.  He started his career in 1950 by splitting his first two fights.  However, beginning with his third bout, Edelman put together an extraordinary 30-bout unbeaten streak, going 29-0-1 (17 KO), and recording wins over Jimmy Flood, Herman McCray, Pat Byers, Harold Moore, Joe Aurillo, and Charley Williams along the way. 

His unbeaten streak came to an end on February 9, 1953, when Ralph Tiger Jones stopped Edelman in the 9th round of their bout at Eastern Parkway Arena, in Brooklyn.  Six months later, Marvin bounced back with an 8-round decision win over Bobby Brandt at Toppi Stadium. 

With his bob-and-weave style and strong left hook, Edelman was not only a popular attraction around Philadelphia (Arena, Toppi Stadium, Cambria, Met), but also in New York, where he fought at Madison Square Garden and Eastern Parkway Arena several times. 

Those who remember him said Marvin had unusually big hands, and a surly personality, both of which apparently served him well in the ring. 

During the 1980s, Edelman helped train his son, Greg "The Zion Lion" Edelman, who was a professional junior middleweight with a 16-2-1 (12 KO) record. 

Marvin was a father of six, grandfather of eight, and great grandfather of two.  He was married to Delores Edelman for 60 years. 

Services will be held Friday, July 5th at Platt Memorial Chapels (2001 Berlin Road) in Cherry Hill, NJ.  Visitation begins at 9:15 AM, Funeral Services at 10:00 AM, followed by interment at Locustwood Memorial Park in Cherry Hill, NJ. 




John DiSanto - Philadelphia - July 02, 2013