Eddie Machen
Edward Mills Machen was born in Redding, California
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, on June 15, 1932. Machen was a convict
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 turned boxer. His 64-bout career began on March 22, 1955, and he went on to win his first 24 bouts.

Machen often fought at Civic Auditorium or the Cow Palace
Cow Palace
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 in San Francisco. His first bout was with fellow first-timer Raul Flores, whom he knocked out
Knocked Out
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 in the first round. He had eleven fights in 1955 and the six-feet, 195-pounder won them all, ten by knockout or technical knockout.