For Jewish boxer Dustin Fleischer – ‘The White Tiger’ – toughness is a birthright

When welterweight Dustin Fleischer entered the ring on Saturday evening, he was wearing his late grandfather’s gold Star of David necklace with a red jewel – and carrying the weight of history on his shoulders.

The person who removed the jewelry for safekeeping was his cornerman and trainer for the bout, his father, Phillip Fleischer, himself a former boxer and the son of a Holocaust survivor.

“My quest is to become the first world champion who’s the [descendant] of a Holocaust survivor,” said Dustin Fleischer, 26, a native of Monmouth Beach, New Jersey, just north of the fight’s site in Beach Haven.


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