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Name: Frank Mantell
Career Record:
Alias: Frank Otto Mintell
Nationality: US American
Hometown: Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA
Born: 1886-06-25
Died: 1951-10-09
Age at Death: 65
Height: 5′ 9″

  • The March 18, 1914 Tacoma Daily News reported Mantell's hometown as being Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA. So did the Oct. 12, 1914 Buffalo Courier. August 19, 1916 National Police Gazette reported hometown as Dayton, Ohio.
  • Died October 9, 1951, in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Harry Greb Mantell page

Nevada State Journal

29 November 1913

Frank Mantel! Lets Out Howl of Anguish

Reno fight fans who saw the go between Frank Mantell and Roy Taylor at the Belle Isle pavilion Thursday night will be interested in the echo that comes from Sacramento where the mighty Mantel relieved himself of a few opinions. Apparently he was displeased to the utmost in being robbed of an easy win. To be charitable to Mantell it might be said that he has gone just as far back mentally as physically and that the only victories he will win in the future will be those conversational triumphs around the post office stove where the best single-handed talker is always returned a winner.

Mr. Mantell put the newspaper boys of Sacramento up against it when he suggested to a reporter on the Bee that he was robbed out of an easy win by a bum decision. If there’s a fight fan in this city today even though he bet on Mantell, believes that Mantell made any sort of a showing whatever, he has not been discovered. Even Mantell's friends admit that he made a poor showing and never had a chance save one or two rounds.

All admit that the fight was a tame one and that little damage was done on either hand The fact that It was a slow fight and that Mantell did nothing but hang on for the last three rounds makes his statement  all the more ridiculous.

This is the second time that he has delivered himself of these few cutting remarks against the Reno fight community but it is a cinch that he will never have the opportunity of a third
declaration because no one here wants to see him fight again. He hollered after the first fight and he hollered after the second but in both events he received absolutely a square deal according to the consensus of opinion among those who saw him go.

Accepting all criticism that may be offered as to the class of the go that have been held here, there is no one that can successful get away with an imputation of unfairness in the fights that have been held in the city during the past year Mantell was willing- to come here to fatten his meal ticket but when he weeps copious tears in his home town he will  find no one in Reno to extend the hand of sympathy.

This is what Mantell had to say after reaching home: "Frank Mantell arrived this morning from Reno where he fought Roy Taylor yesterday and lost a ten-round decision. Mantell is a pretty sore fighter today, not physically, but mentally. He claims he was robbed of an easy win and that six of the ten rounds belonged to him. He admits Taylor had the shade in two, and says the other two were even. "Reno dispatches  say the fight was a tame affair. Both men indulged in much hugging. Taylor had the better of the close fighting in clinches in the last two rounds. In the second and third Mantell  showed to good advantage landing some hard blows to Taylor's chin."

It may be said in passing that Kid George, who had the pleasure of beating Mantell and who afterwards fought two draws with Taylor in Reno has never had a word to say about the decisions. In fact George has admitted on many occasions that Taylor was one of the toughest propositions he ever went against Walter Coffey fought Taylor here and said that he believed Taylor was a coming man in the middleweight division.



The Fort Wayne Sentinel

28 December 1916

Buck Crouse Carries Fight to Mantell and Wins by a Shade
Hess is the Winner of a Hot Bout With the St Louis Boxer.

Buck Crouse, of Pittsburg, won by a shade from Frank Mantell, a Dayton pug. in a ten round bout at the Majestic last night. Crouse carried the fighting to Mantell at all limes and had to do all the aggressive work. Mantell set himself down on his heels and waited for Buck to come in. The latter worked persistently on the jaw and left ear of the Buckeye with a straight right from the shoulder, but failed to leave any impression on these members.

Crouse jumped from his corner to the center of the ring at the opening gong and from that time to the close never let things lag as far as it was possible for him to keep them going. The veteran Mantell, towards the end of the bout, kept calling for him to "come on" and worked a few other stunts to show how far from all-in he was, but it is not likely that he made himself any more popular with the fans by his comedy.

Mantell fought a defensive game and stood the gaff in fine style, but he didn’t live up to his rep of mixing things up and taking the initiative. There is no doubt he is well trained and an experienced boxer, but most of his evenings work last night consisted of blocking Crouse’s punches. The latter fought with his head in the air and watched every move, but the right from the shoulder was the ony blow which he could register.

Sometimes the Pittsburg boy would get two or three of these in quick succession  and would have Mantell snorting like a wild horse, but Frank always came up and never showed the wear.

In the third round Mantell opened up and sent out a line of wallops that gave him the inning and had the fans pulling for him to keep it up. This didn’t last however and he sank back on his heels in the fourth and left the initiative to his younger opponent.

George Biemer was sore about Mantell’s showing, and especially after the line he handed out in the afternoon proceeding the scrap, telling what he thought of scrappers who stall. His manager Was instructed to tell Mantell to open up, if he knew how, and fight. Frank took the next round, then settled back once more to put in the time till the final gong.

He almost got the finisher in the closing frame when Crouse landed a blow to the head which seemed to have some effect  on that seemingly solid member of the fighter's make-up, going to the ropes  Crouse did not follow this up quickly enough, however, and blew chances of a K. 0. Manager Biemer stated after the show that he has seen plenty of the middles and light-heavies and that it  is impossible to set two of them together any more without having one of  them spoil the show by stalling. In the future the lighter boys will appear here.


When Sandusky, folks gather around the ring for the Mantell-Wiggam scrap December 29, they will have the opportunity of witnessing one of the wisest scrappers in the game in  Mantell. The local man has had many ring battles and he is the sort of fellow who profits by experience.

Mantell has fought all of the good boys in his class. He handed the K.O. to Billy Papke and he gained a decision over Battling Levinsky so it can be seen he must know something about the game to be so successful against two formidable foes as those. Mantell expects to give the fans a real treat. He is not the kind to rush from his corner and with wild and careless tactics hope to land a lucky punch. On the other hand Mantell is a clever boxer with enough kick in either mitt to worry the best of them.

He doesn’t waste any time when he gets in the hempen circle and goes right after his man. He is especially good at infighting and Wiggam will have to keep himself well covered in the clinches or he is likely to find himself stretched out on the floor. Mantell. knows all of the tricks. He knows what to look out for and he knows what to use opportunely. He will give the Sandusky fans a good exhibition of a clever boxer.