These Facts About Rat Pack Member Dean Martin Will Have You Singing That’s Amore

Jenna Goldberg | November 20, 2019 7:27 pm

Martin Won 24 Boxing Matches

Martin Won 24 Boxing Matches And Lots Of Injuries
Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Dean Martin began welterweight boxing at the age of 15, using the name “Kid Crochet.” Although Martin held his own in the amateur ring, he also once joked that he won 11 professional fights. The job didn’t pay much, and Martin often didn’t have enough money to afford tape to go around his knuckles, resulting in a lot of injuries.

Some of those injuries included a broken nose, scarred lip, busted knuckles, and a bruised body. Thankfully, Martin later had his nose straightened out. Who knows what a crooked nasal passage would have done to his singing voice!