Born 73 years ago at St. Frederick de Beauce, Canada, Paul Junior came out of Lisbon, Maine to compete in 489 professional fights, losing only 13 and registering one draw. He retired undefeated as light weight champion of New England after 22 defenses of his title.
Paul was ranked fourth in the World Boxing Ratings. He is the only Maine man ever to fight twice for a World Boxing Championship, having battled Henry Armstrong twice for the Welterweight Championship. He also met former lightweight champion Lou Ambers twice, appearing in such cities as Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Miami and New York as well as Boston, where he was a popular draw.
In 1933, Paul retired to the restaurant business, but he kept his hand in boxing, training and managing local fighters. He also was a wrestling promoter.
Labbe is married to the former Rose Fortin whose home town was Sherbrooke, Canada. They have two daughters, Marlene and P. Dale, and a son, Paul E. Mrs. Labbe runs a catering business with help from her husband who also has a number of hobbies including bumper pool, in which he has become a tough competitor.
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The Maine Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1972 for the purpose of: 1) appointing and bestowing recognition awards and scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes; and, 2) to formally honor and memorialize Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and honor to the state of Maine.