Andre Anderson (boxer)

Andre Anderson (1890 in Chicago, Illinois – April 1, 1926) was an American boxer from 1915 until his death in 1926. He was best known for knocking down and drawing the World Heavyweight Champion Jack Dempsey on 24 June 1916 in a match held in the Bronx, New York.

Andre Anderson
Real nameFrederick Boeseneilers
NationalityUnited States of America
Chicago, Illinois
Died(1926-04-01)April 1, 1926
StanceSouth Paw Right Handed
Boxing record
Total fights45
Wins by KO14
No contests0

It was alleged that Anderson would take dives for organized crime gamblers, which led to his shooting death, reportedly after refusing to partake in further bribes.

Hemingway connectionEdit

Because of proximity (Chicago), profession and death at the hands of the mob, the young writer Ernest Hemingway was almost certainly aware of Anderson. Hemingway likely cast him as Andreson 'the Swede' in his short stories 'A Matter of Colour' and 'The Killers'.[1][2]


  1. ^ Lundin, Leigh (23 Dec 2012). "Literary Mystery". The Killers. Durban: SleuthSayers.
  2. ^ Lundin, Leigh (6 Jan 2013). "Hemingway Punchline". A Matter of Colour. Durban: SleuthSayers.

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