Felix “Soldier King” Zahar

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Felix “Soldier King” Zahar of Atlas was the son of a soft coal miner, born in Wheeling, West Virginia. His family moved to Atlas while he was a young boy and he grew up there. AS soon as he was old enough, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. His natural size and strength did not go unnoticed, and he was recruited as a boxer.

He took to boxing easily, and became All Army Lightweight champion. After his discharge he returned to this area…then decided to pursue boxing as a career.

Taking bouts wherever he found them, he compiled a record of 160 wins against only 5 losses. He rose to become one of the top contenders for the light-heavyweight championship of the world. He fought most of the big names in boxing that day. Some of the more notable were; Jack Delaney, Harry Greb, Young Stribling, Mike McTigue and others.

After hanging up the gloves he came home to Mount Carmel for retirement. He died there at the age of 76.

Categories: 1985 Hall of Fame