Due to Louis’ insistence though, his father finally relented. However, the deal was Louis could go to the gym to spur, train and punch the heavy bag but he was not allowed to fight in public. Louis got extremely good at boxing that the manager asked him to fight. Louis reported his parents would not allow it but the manager encouraged him that he could change his name like every Jewish boxer. The Champion at that time was Benny Leonard, not his real name. Louis was called Kid Roth. He trained and fought and moved up from amateur to professional fighting. A best friend of Louis’ father mentioned how well Louis was dong in the ring. When his father learned his son was fighting that night he closed his store and watched his son fight his first and last professional boxing match. Louis won the fight. However, his father went to the ringside, grabbed his son by the ear and pulled him out of the ring ending Louis’ boxing career.
Geoff’s interest into the Three Stooges goes beyond just about “these guys, it’s about the cultural impact, the vaudeville era, the Jewish influence and the boxing. That’s why I wrote the book, it’s about the underdog; it’s about the little guy that really shouldn’t have made it and hopefully to educate people who really didn’t know these guys. It’s a futile attempt to someone in their sixties trying to say the Three Stooges aren’t so stupid as you think. There is more to them then smacking or poking each other in the eye it’s quite bit more to it than that.” The book is more fiction then fact. “The reality is I basically wrote a fiction based on an awfully lot of non-fiction.” Geoff does not want his readers to know what is real or not. He would rather his readers go out and find out for themselves or they could sponsor him to write another book.
Geoff’s next move is writing a non-fiction on another Stooge, Shemp Howard the Forgotten Stooge.
Check out Geoff Dale’s campaign to write a biography on Shemp Howard