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MAJERUS, LAWRENCE (LARRY MADGE)

MAJERUS, LAWRENCE (LARRY MADGE)

MAJERUS, LAWRENCE (LARRY MADGE) (19 May 1908-13 Dec. 1993) outstanding local boxer, was born in Cleveland, the son of Henry and Gusta Grabowski Majerus. After graduation from Lincoln High School, he worked as a machinist, joining Thompson Products in 1933 where he remained for 38 years. Using the name Larry Madge, he boxed professionally as a welterweight (147 pounds) in the 1920s and 1930s. A solid puncher, Madge had many bouts in Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown, and in western Pennsylvania, where he narrowly lost to welterweight title contender Thaddeus (Teddy) Yarosz. Majerus also promoted local boxing matches at the Navy Gym in Cleveland and taught the elements of boxing to disadvantaged children at the Old Angle gym. He was inducted into the Cleveland Boxing Hall of Fame in 1984.

Majerus married Alice Yager in Cleveland 20 Aug. 1931. Apparently there were no children. He died in Cleveland and was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery.