ROBERT R. REIHNER
1987 – BOXING
Robert R. Reihner of Washington was an active boxer, manager and referee for nearly 25 years.
He started his boxing career at the age of 15 and fought until he was 25. He had only two amateur bouts before turning professional and fought his way up through the weight classes.
Reihner boxed most of the time as a lightweight competing mostly within the Tri-State area in a 100-mile radius of Washington. He had a 55-4-2 record as a professional boxer.
Reihner was manager of six boxers from 1928 through 1933 with one of his fighters competing in a lightweight title bout in Pittsburgh after Reihner had sold his contract.
Reihner was licensed by the Pennsylvania Boxing Commission and served as a referee from 1935 through 1939. He refereed both pro and amateur bouts, including Golden Gloves tournaments.
He joined the U.S. Navy in 1943 at the age of 39 and was never again actively involved in boxing.
After returning from service, Reihner was employed as a machinist and mould maker at Brockway Glass Co. until his retirement.