Ray "Roughhouse" Nelson
(alias: Lew Comasana)
Ray Nelson started boxing around 1924 as a 18
year old high school student out of Phoenix, Arizona. He was said to have
won every bout in his first two years except for his loss to Greb in 1924.
After their battle Greb declared, "Nelson will be the next middleweight
champion of the world. He has a world of stamina, can punch and has a sort
of awkward cleverness.". Nelson used the fake alias "Lew Comasana"
when he fought Greb. This name is often listed in record books, although
it is incorrect.
Ray Nelson was managed by Willie Hunnefield,
who used to be a lightweight from Los Angeles. After retiring from being
a boxer, Hunnefield went to Phoenix to be a manager and promoter. Hunnefield
stated, "It was in Phoenix that I found Nelson. When I first saw him
he was just a punk kid in his second year of high school. He had a reputation
of being a terrible scrapper. One day I met him and invited him over to
my gymnasium to work out. He was pretty awkward at first - and hasn't entirely
got over it yet. But he has acquired a certain cleverness to offset some
of his clumliness now." -taken from
the Beloit Daily News. July 27, 1926. Article titled, "Roughhouse Nelson
Boomed By Greb As Next Middle Champ" written by Dan Thomas.
Tale Of The Tape
Manager: Willie Hunnefield
Nov 11 1924 Harry Greb Penns. TKO'd by 3 (loss)
unknown 1926 Mickey Rockson Hollywood Legion Stadium, Los Angeles W 10
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