Bob Foster (right) with Frankie DePaula
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
October 31st 2014
Boxing fans tend to remember the great fighters, great fights and great moments in boxing. The late Hank Kaplan, who wrote Boxing Digest on his own for many years, was a walking encyclopedia of the fighters of his era, with most names long forgotten. As the boxing historian, I often feel a lot like Hank, as I feel very connected to some many people, places and events experienced as the reporter.
So many names have come and gone, some delegated to the obscurity of the subconscious, others are in the hereafter.
He was shot in Jersey City on May 14, 1970, in a mob hit. He was taken to Jersey City Medical Center where he developed paralysis and died four months later.
There were rumors DePaula’s title bout with Bob Foster was fixed by the mob, but it was never proven. Nobody was ever convicted of the DePaula hit. For those interested in learning more about Frankie DePaula’s life, a recent book, entitled ‘Jersey Boy-The Life and Mob Slaying of Frankie DePaula’ by Adeyinka Makinde, tells the DePaula story in great detail.
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