In the March 25, 1936 edition of the New York American newspaper, the Associated
Press was reporting that Godfrey signed to meet Leroy Haynes at the Philadelphia Arena
on April 13. Godfrey was recognized as the "International Boxing Federation's World
Heavyweight Champion." The show was promoted by Gunnis and Taylor. Haynes was
said to have a TKO victory over Primo Carnera.
In Los Angeles, Godfrey was suspended by the California State Athletic Commission on
August 11, 1937 following a fight "last night" against Hank Hankinson of Akron.
Apparently the commsision stated that Godfrey had "no ability."
The Associated Press reported (1/10/1938, Boston Globe) that a 56 year old Freeport,
Long Island man under the name "George Giudrey" had been in the Long Beach (NY)
Hospital for "several weeks" after suffering a stroke. On January 9, 1938, Long Beach
Police Chief Edward J. Agnew, a former fighter himself, recognized Giudrey to be George
Godfrey, the "one-time heavyweight fighter from Leiperville, Pennsylvania." The AP
stated that upon a doctor asking the man if he was in fact, Godfrey, he admitted that he
Research by Tim Hornbaker
January 16, 2011
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