Hein ten Hoff

Hein ten Hoff (19 November 1919 – 13 June 2003) was a German boxer and Präsident des Bundes Deutscher Berufsboxer (BDB).[1] He was the son of a Dutch peasant, who left The Netherlands for Germany (Oldenburg Land) in the end of the 1930s, and became a German citizen.[2]

Hein ten Hoff
Hein Ten Hoff portrait.jpg
Real nameHein ten Hoff
Nickname(s)Gentleman of the Ring
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Reach213 cm (84 in)
Born(1919-11-19)November 19, 1919
Süddorf, Edewecht
DiedJune 13, 2003(2003-06-13) (aged 83)
Boxing record
Total fights43
Wins by KO28
No contests0
Medal record
Men's Boxing
Representing  Germany
European Amateur Championships
Gold medal – first place 1942 Breslau Heavyweight

Amateur careerEdit

As an amateur boxer, Hein ten Hoff had 185 wins, 78 by KO, for a total of 194 fights. He was thrice a German champion in the Heavyweight class (1940, 1941 and 1944 – he beat Herbert Runge),[3] and won the gold medal at the 1942 European Amateur Boxing Championships in Breslau.[4][5][6]

Professional careerEdit

After World War II, he was a professional boxer, from September 1945 until August 1955 (won 32 (KO 28), lost 7 (KO 3), drawn 4, for a total of 43 fights).[7] The international boxing world referred to him as the "Gentleman of the Ring", "Künstler", or "Ästhet im Ring". He won the German BDB heavyweight title in 1946, then lost a ten-round decision to Jersey Joe Walcott, the upcoming World champion, at Mannheim 1950, and finally won the EBU (European) heavyweight title, defeating Jack Gardner at West Berlin 1951.[8] He retired from professional boxing in 1955 after he was knocked out by Ingemar Johansson, the upcoming World champion, in Gothenburg.

Notable boutsEdit

Result Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes[9]
Loss   Ingemar Johansson KO 1 (8) 1955-08-28   Ullevi Gothenburg
Loss   Heinz Neuhaus PTS 10 1955-03-27   Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Loss   Heinz Neuhaus KO 1 (15) 1952-07-20   Stadion Rote Erde, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen For EBU Heavyweight Title
Lost German BDB Heavyweight Title
Loss   Karel Sys PTS 15 1952-01-12   Palais des Sports, Brussels Lost EBU Heavyweight Title
Win   Jack Gardner UD 15 1951-09-23   Waldbuehne, Westend Berlin Won EBU Heavyweight Title
Draw   Heinz Neuhaus PTS 12 1950-10-15   Rote Erde Stadion, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen Retained German BDB Heavyweight Title
Loss   Jersey Joe Walcott UD 10 1950-05-28   VFR Stadion, Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg
Draw   Walter Neusel PTS 12 1949-09-18   Reiterstadion, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen Retained German BDB Heavyweight Title
Win   Herbert Runge KO 7 (12) 1949-06-03   Prinzregentstadion, Munich, Bayern Retained German BDB Heavyweight Title
Win   Arno Kölblin KO 5 (120 1948-05-16   Olympiastadion, Westend Berlin Retained German BDB Heavyweight Title
Win   Herbert Runge KO 5 (10) 1948-03-28   Messehalle, Leipzig, Sachsen
Win   Walter Neusel KO 7 (12) 1947-10-15   HSV Platz, Hamburg Retained German BDB Heavyweight Title
Win   Walter Neusel PTS 12 1946-08-03   HSV Sportplatz Rothenbaum, Hamburg Won German BDB Heavyweight Title


  1. ^ "Munzinger Archiv: Hein ten Hoff". Munzinger.de. 2003-06-14. Retrieved 2014-05-26.
  2. ^ Der Spiegel, Gestorben, 2003, Nr.26
  3. ^ "Germany1920_1948". Amateur-boxing.strefa.pl. Retrieved 2014-05-26.
  4. ^ Jarosław Drozd. "Kontrowersje: Wojenne Mistrzostwa Europy - Breslau 1942". Bokser.org. Retrieved 2014-05-26.
  5. ^ http://www.amateur-boxing.strefa.pl/DualsLeague/duals_index.html
  6. ^ "Hein Ten Hoff". BoxRec.com. Retrieved 2014-05-26.
  7. ^ "Hein Ten Hoff: bouts". BoxRec.com. 2003-06-13. Retrieved 2014-05-26.
  8. ^ List of European Boxing Union heavyweight champions
  9. ^ Hein Ten Hoff's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-18.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by German BDB Heavyweight Champion
August 3, 1946 – July 20, 1952
Succeeded by
Preceded by EBU (European) Heavyweight Champion
September 23, 1951 – January 12, 1952
Succeeded by