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Charlie gained his nickname "Charlie
Blood" at a young age from his reputation as a street tough fighter
during his school days. He began profressional boxing at the age of 16 to aid
his family in the pre-Depression years. Weighing in at 127, standing 5'
4", and earning a pro salary of $10 for 4 rounds, Charlie was known to
box in a roughhouse manner. He was never knocked off his feet.
Many of his fights were held in Garfield, Jersey City, and Paterson,
and in Monticello and Herkemine, New York.
He gained the New Jersey
Lightweight crown in 1928 from Cy Roberts. Among the fighters that Charlie
hels victories over were Lou Ambers, Petey Mack of Jersey
City, Nick Salvatore of Newark,
and Joey Bliss of Garfield.
With a winning record of 65-5, he retired in 1931. When asked why he retired
so soon, Charlie was quoted as saying, " I gave up fighting after a
Garfield boy, Joey Bliss, stood up for 8 rounds of pounding. I was mad
because I couldn't knock him out - and the depression had cut my purses from
$300 and $400 to $50 and $75 - not worth it"
In 1940, Charlie took over a tavern in Garfield
from his father-in-law. It is knwon as "Charlie Bloods" and is
owned and run by his son Sal Benanti, and his family. After his boxing
retirement, Charlie became Superintendent of Weights and Measures in Garfield. He also served
as President of the local liquor dealers association, President of the Garfield Rotary, a member of the Foresters of America,
and the 20th Century A.C. He married Nettie Garrone and had 2 children,
Rosalie and Sal, and 4 grandchildren.
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