Martin Goldberg (Marty Gold)
Martin Goldberg (Marty Gold). He was born in Philadelphia in 1904, the son of Simon Goldberg and Mina Barker. Mina was the daughter of Aaron Michal Barker and Jidas Kansor of Kovno, Lithuania. Martin married Edna and had children Dorothy and Martin in Philadelphia.
A flyweight, Gold began his career in the 1920s and fought Newsboy Brown in November 1924; the bout was a 10-round no decision. The following year, he lost to Hall of Famer, and future bantamweight champ, Panama Al Brown in a 10-round decision.
In 1927, the flyweight division was thrown up for grabs when champ Fidel LaBarba retired and vacated the title. No undisputed fighter could be agreed upon to be the new champion and the title was split into three versions. During this time, Gold fought contenders and challengers alike, but never received a title shot himself. He lost to Frankie Genaro in 1927 and Frenchy Belanger in 1928 (after Genaro defeated Belanger for the NBA version), but defeated Belanger in a rematch in 1930.
Marty died in Philadelphia in 1958.
Martin's mother, Mina, was my great great grandmother's sister.