Titles: Bantamweight champion 1916-1921 Record: 66-13-8 with 57 no decisions Born: February 12, 1896 in New Orleans, Louisiana (USA) Years active: 1912-1922 Nickname: none Pete Herman was the most brilliant boxer of his time and perhaps one of the best ever scientific boxers the bantamweight division ever saw. Herman was also as tough as they come and was only stopped once in his 10 year career and that was very early in his career. The accuracy of his punches was what he was known for and Pete had the ability to go inside and fight there when forced to do so. His only real deficiency as a fighter was his marked lack of punching power only 21 of his 144 opponents were knocked out. Still his busy style made him a fan favorite even though he lacked a knockout punch. Herman came up the hard way and never fought as a amateur loosing several of his early fights. Still managed to beat such excellent fighters as Johnny Coulon, Kid Williams, Johnny Buff, and Joe Lynch. These worthy accomplishments fade in comparison to his title winning 17th round kayo of Jimmy Wilde in London. This fight is thought of as one of the best of the "old-timers" era. Herman began to box at the age of 16 after being spotted by a local promoter in a street fight, he rarely ventured outside of the New Orleans area during his early career. 1914 was the breakout year for Herman when he held vastly more experienced former champion Kid Williams to a no contest they would meet again in 2 years. Herman continued to improve over the next 2 years fighting the likes of Young Zulu Kid and Eddie Campaigned, a official shot at the title came in 1916. Again he faced Kid Williams in a very close fight that featured a lot of infighting, the decision was a draw but ringside reports had Herman getting the better of Williams. A rematch had to be made because of the closeness of the first fight and in the second fight Herman would not be denied. The fight was all Herman as he knocked down Williams twice on the way to a 20 round decision win. Herman was now a champion at the age of 20. For the next 4 years Herman fought a wide variety of fighters but only put his title on the line once. It was also during this time that Herman injured his eye in a charity match and this would hinder him for the rest of his career. Joe Lynch took the title from Herman in a 1917 and Herman never looked worse than in this fight as he seemed lethargic and unfocused. Less than 3 weeks later however he faced the legendary Jimmy Wilde in London. The fight almost did not take place as Wilde balked at having to face a larger Herman and had to be persuaded to fight in his lockeroom by the Prince of Wales who was in attendance. It was a tremendous fight by every account and Herman the naturally larger man wore down his aging opponent and won the fight after 17 hard rounds. Now a rematch with Joe Lynch set up in Chicago. Herman fought almost the entire fight on the inside as his vision was getting progressively worse, after 15 round a deserved decision was given to Herman. He would only hold the title for 2 months as Johnny Buff took the title from him. Soon after Herman retired from the ring due to his eye poor eyesight. In retirement Herman went totally blind but did run a successful cafe and served on the Louisiana state athletic board.