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The Boxing Biographies Newsletter

Volume 3- No 9  24th  Nov ,  2008

Ace Hudkinswas born in Nebraska in 1905 and began boxing at 12.  He began fighting

 

professionally at 16 and boxed until he was 27 and was never knocked out.  His nicknames were “The Wildcat” and “The Nebraska Wildcat”.  In the years around 1925-1926, Hudkins and Clever Sencio were the top drawing cards at Los Angeles’ Olympic Auditorium.  One of his most famous fights was a 1927 fight in New York, a knockout of hot prospect Ruby Goldstein.  One writer wrote of Hudkins’ win over Goldstein as “the fight that broke the Jewish banks.”  It was Hudkins’ toughness that most impressed his faithful fans; his fight against Sammy Baker was described as “the bloodiest fight ever seen…even the referee was drenched in ruby red…”  Fighting from lightweight to light-heavyweight, he won several California State Heavyweight Titles and was Southern California’s biggest boxing drawing card in the 1920s.

 

In 1930 he lived with his extended family at 2302 Observatory Avenue in L.A.; his brothers Clyde and Art served as his managers.  As his boxing career wound down in the early 1930’s his personal life fell apart as he battled alcoholism and went on extended “benders.”  On January 10, 1932 he was charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon in Los Angeles for punching T. Leonard Park, 38, in the head with his bare fist and fracturing his skull.  Hudkins claimed that he and a friend, Ellen Dorsey, were standing at an intersection when Park and a companion, Edward B. Martin, approached and insulted the woman.  The charges were later dropped but Park sued Hudkins for $50,000 and was awarded $1.

 

That March, his pretty live-in girlfriend Rhea Hill sued for $160,000; $100,000 for breach of a promise to marry, and $60,000 for beating her.  After winning the lawsuit on April 2nd, Ace went out, got drunk, and was arrested for public drunkenness and fighting with the police.  The following July 16th he was arrested for drunk driving and speeding near Fresno.  Released from jail the next morning he went to a nearby bar and when he left, drove his car directly into a service station building, destroying both car and building and landing back in jail charged with drunk driving again.  In December he was arrested and convicted twice more in Fresno on the same charges.In March, 1933, Hudkins spent a month in Hawaii and was arrested twice for disorderly conduct following fights in hotel bars and spent a week in jail.