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Babe Risko boxer

Babe Risko image
Status inactive
Age 45
Division middleweight
Height 5′ 10″/178cm
Reach 72½″/184cm
Debut 1929-10-26
Born 1911-07-14
Death 1957-03-07
Nationality USA
Residence Syracuse, New York, USA
bouts
103
won
65
lost
26
draw
12
bouts
103
won
65
lost
26
draw
12
Status inactive
Age 45
Division middleweight
Height 5′ 10″/178cm
Reach 72½″/184cm
Debut 1929-10-26
Born 1911-07-14
Death 1957-03-07
Nationality USA
Residence Syracuse, New York, USA

Risko was born Henry Pylkowski on July 14, 1911 in Syracuse, New York, the son of a struggling Polish family of five. He attended school in Syracuse. He had a long and impressive amateur boxing career in the United States Navy, which he joined at only 16 in 1927, and fought around 125 matches as Sailor Puleski. Risko won the Navy Middleweight Title in a Panama Bullring in 1931, and was undefeated in his fights with the Navy.On New Years Day 1935, bursting on the world scene in a stunning upset, Risko defeated defending World Middleweight Champion Teddy Yarosz in a technical knockout, though the bout was not for the title. Yarosz was down five times before his manager ended the bout early in the seventh round. A crowd of only 2300 witnessed the bout that demonstrated Risko's mastery of the reigning champion.

Risko was born Henry Pylkowski on July 14, 1911 in Syracuse, New York, the son of a struggling Polish family of five. He attended school in Syracuse. He had a long and impressive amateur boxing career in the United States Navy, which he joined at only 16 in 1927, and fought around 125 matches as Sailor Puleski. Risko won the Navy Middleweight Title in a Panama Bullring in 1931, and was undefeated in his fights with the Navy.On New Years Day 1935, bursting on the world scene in a stunning upset, Risko defeated defending World Middleweight Champion Teddy Yarosz in a technical knockout, though the bout was not for the title. Yarosz was down five times before his manager ended the bout early in the seventh round. A crowd of only 2300 witnessed the bout that demonstrated Risko's mastery of the reigning champion.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
May 17, 1939 Lloyd Marshall WWWWLL Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento LOSS
KO
Feb. 7, 1939 Walter Franklin WWWWWW New York Coliseum, Bronx LOSS
KO
Oct. 5, 1938 Billy Soose WWWWWW Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh LOSS
KO
Sept. 26, 1938 Ben Brown WWDWWW Warren Arena, Atlanta LOSS
KO
Sept. 19, 1938 Larry Lane WWWWWW Arena, Trenton LOSS
KO
July 18, 1938 Ben Brown WLWWWW Warren Arena, Atlanta DRAW
Points
June 27, 1938 Ralph DeJohn WWWWLW Municipal Stadium, Syracuse LOSS
KO
June 6, 1938 Al Quaill WLWLWL Hickey Park, Millvale DRAW
Points
May 10, 1938 Gorilla Jones WWWWWD Armory, Akron WIN
Points
Aug. 17, 1937 George Black LWWLWW State Fair Park, Milwaukee LOSS
KO
July 13, 1937 Al Hostak WWWWWW Civic Ice Arena, Seattle LOSS
KO
March 11, 1937 Billy Conn WWWWWW Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh LOSS
Unanimous decision
Feb. 19, 1937 Freddie Steele WWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York National Boxing Association World Middleweight

NYSAC World Middleweight

LOSS
Unanimous decision
Dec. 18, 1936 Butch Lynch LDWLWW Arena, Syracuse National Boxing Association World Middleweight

NYSAC World Middleweight

WIN
KO
Nov. 27, 1936 Tony Tozzo WDWWLD Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo WIN
Points
Oct. 28, 1936 Harry Balsamo WWWWWW Hippodrome, New York WIN
Unanimous decision
Sept. 21, 1936 Teddy Yarosz LWWLWW Forbes Field, Pittsburgh LOSS
Split-decision
July 11, 1936 Freddie Steele WWWWWW Civic Stadium, Seattle National Boxing Association World Middleweight

NYSAC World Middleweight

LOSS
Unanimous decision
May 8, 1936 Fred Apostoli WWWWWW Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco LOSS
Points
April 9, 1936 Mike Payan LLLWLL Coliseum, San Diego WIN
Points
March 24, 1936 Freddie Steele WWWWWW Civic Ice Arena, Seattle LOSS
Unanimous decision
Feb. 10, 1936 Tony Fisher WWWWLL Laurel Garden, Newark National Boxing Association World Middleweight

NYSAC World Middleweight

WIN
Points
Dec. 20, 1935 Jock McAvoy WLWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York LOSS
KO
Dec. 9, 1935 Frank Battaglia WLWWWW Arena, Philadelphia WIN
Split-decision
Oct. 21, 1935 Chester Palutis LWWLWL Town Hall, Scranton WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 4, 1935 Jackie Aldare WLLWLW Arena, Syracuse WIN
Points
Sept. 19, 1935 Teddy Yarosz WWWLWW Forbes Field, Pittsburgh National Boxing Association World Middleweight

NYSAC World Middleweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
July 8, 1935 Paul Pirrone WLWWWW Municipal Stadium, Cleveland LOSS
Points
May 22, 1935 Frank Battaglia WWWWWW Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh WIN
Points
March 25, 1935 Jimmy Belmont WWLWLW Public Hall, Cleveland LOSS
Split-decision
March 18, 1935 Sammy Slaughter WLLLW Arena, Philadelphia WIN
Points
March 11, 1935 Benny Levine WLWLLL Arena, Syracuse WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 25, 1935 Paul Pirrone WWWWLW Arena, Philadelphia WIN
Unanimous decision
Jan. 31, 1935 Solly Dukelsky DWWWWL Chicago Stadium, Chicago DRAW
Points
Jan. 25, 1935 Vince Dundee LLWLWW Madison Square Garden, New York LOSS
Split-decision
Jan. 1, 1935 Teddy Yarosz WWWWWW Town Hall, Scranton WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 7, 1934 Pete Susky WDWLLW Town Hall, Scranton WIN
Unanimous decision
Nov. 26, 1934 Al Salbano DLLLWL Arena, Syracuse WIN
Points
Nov. 5, 1934 Freddie Sallus WWWWDD Arena, Syracuse WIN
KO
Oct. 26, 1934 Weiner Wilch WWWLLL Kalurah Temple, Binghamton WIN
KO
Oct. 19, 1934 Chester Palutis WWWWLW Town Hall, Scranton WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 15, 1934 Freddie Sallus WWWWWW Arena, Syracuse DRAW
Points
Sept. 17, 1934 Pete Susky LWWDWL Arena, Syracuse WIN
Points
Sept. 10, 1934 Weiner Wilch DLWWWL Arena, Syracuse WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 9, 1934 Larry Wagner LLLLWW Johnson Field, Johnson City DRAW
Points
Aug. 6, 1934 Joe Desmond WW Convention Hall, Saratoga Springs WIN
Points
July 18, 1934 Paulie Sykes DWWWLW South Depot St. Arena, Oswego DRAW
Split-decision
June 8, 1934 Bucky Lawless LWLLLL Kalurah Temple, Binghamton WIN
KO
May 14, 1934 Bucky Lawless LLWLLL Arena, Syracuse WIN
Points
May 7, 1934 Jackie Flowers WWWWLL Arena, Syracuse WIN
Points
April 20, 1934 Jackie Flowers WWWWWL Convention Hall, Utica WIN
Points
April 16, 1934 Joe Lyons LLDLLW Arena, Syracuse WIN
KO
April 3, 1934 Jackie Flowers WWWWWW Convention Hall, Utica WIN
Points
March 27, 1934 Steve Wolanin LWWWWW Convention Hall, Utica WIN
Points
March 26, 1934 Frank LaSpina LLLLLD Arena, Syracuse WIN
KO
Jan. 12, 1934 Swede Berglund LWDWWW Coliseum, San Diego LOSS
KO
Dec. 8, 1933 Nick Ures WWDDLL Coliseum, San Diego WIN
KO
Oct. 20, 1933 Johnny 'Bandit' Romero WWWWWL Coliseum, San Diego WIN
Points
Sept. 22, 1933 Deacon Leo Kelly WWLLLL Coliseum, San Diego WIN
Points
Sept. 3, 1933 Dutch Weimer WWWWWL Foreign Club Arena, Tijuana LOSS
Points
Aug. 18, 1933 Johnny Cavos LLL Coliseum, San Diego WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 4, 1933 Ray Griffiths DLWWWW Coliseum, San Diego WIN
Technical knockout
June 15, 1933 Miles Murphy WWWLLW Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma WIN
Technical knockout
May 19, 1933 Guy McKinney WLWWWW Coliseum, San Diego WIN
Technical knockout
March 10, 1933 Grant Willardson WWDWLW Coliseum, San Diego LOSS
DQ
March 3, 1933 Guy McKinney WLLWLW Coliseum, San Diego WIN
Points
Jan. 13, 1933 Jack O'Neill LLLLL Coliseum, San Diego WIN
Points
Dec. 23, 1932 Johnny Reed LWWLLW Coliseum, San Diego WIN
Points
Nov. 4, 1932 Tony Pena Coliseum, San Diego WIN
Points
Oct. 7, 1932 Billy McMullen LWLLWW Navy Field, San Diego WIN
Points
Sept. 16, 1932 Harry Walton LWDWWL Coliseum, San Diego DRAW
Points
July 6, 1932 Leroy Brown WWWLWW Sullivan's Bowl, Charleston LOSS
KO
June 30, 1932 Jack McCarthy LWLWDW Freihofer Field, Phillipsburg WIN
Points
June 23, 1932 Vic Suquera Armory, White Plains WIN
Technical knockout
April 14, 1932 Joe Smallwood WWWWDW New Broadway A.C., Philadelphia WIN
Points
Feb. 26, 1932 Joe Colucci LDWWLL 106th Infantry Regiment Armory, Brooklyn LOSS
Points
Feb. 18, 1932 Chick Williams New Broadway A.C., Philadelphia WIN
Points
Nov. 23, 1931 Leroy Brown LWWWLW Sullivan's Bowl, Charleston DRAW
Points
Oct. 29, 1931 Rufus Miles WWLLWW Fair Grounds Arena, Orangeburg LOSS
Points
Oct. 12, 1931 Bud Spittle WWLWDD Sullivan's Bowl, Charleston WIN
Points
June 19, 1931 Carl Schlieper DWDWWL 106th Infantry Regiment Armory, Brooklyn WIN
Points
May 20, 1931 Frank Sumter WDDWL Sullivan's Bowl, Charleston WIN
Points
Jan. 6, 1931 Charlie Brown DWWLLW Academy of Music, Charleston LOSS
Points
Dec. 19, 1930 Bud Spittle WWWLWD Sumter Guards' Armory, Charleston DRAW
Points
Dec. 5, 1930 Rufus Miles WWDWWL Citadel Gymnasium, Charleston DRAW
Points
Nov. 27, 1930 Larry Leavitt LWDLDL Johnson Hagood Stadium, Charleston WIN
Points
Nov. 14, 1930 Rufus Miles LWWDWW Johnson Hagood Stadium, Charleston WIN
Unanimous decision
Nov. 11, 1930 Wendell Weeks WWWLLL Johnson Hagood Stadium, Charleston WIN
Points
Nov. 5, 1930 Bob Allison LLWLWL Ashley Park, Charleston WIN
Points
Oct. 27, 1930 Bob Allison WLLWLW Johnson Hagood Stadium, Charleston WIN
Points
Oct. 17, 1930 Larry Leavitt LLWDLD Elks Arena, Folly Beach WIN
Points
Oct. 10, 1930 Wendell Weeks WLWWWW Elks Arena, Folly Beach WIN
Points
July 22, 1930 Freddy Brewer L 22nd Engineers' Armory, New York WIN
KO
May 8, 1930 Eddie Cavanaugh LLWWWL Armory, White Plains LOSS
KO
April 10, 1930 Johnny Baruzzi LWLWWL Armory, White Plains DRAW
Points
March 27, 1930 Tony Dallas LDLLLW Armory, White Plains WIN
Points
Dec. 19, 1929 Roy LaDuca WDWLL 102nd Medical Regiment Armory, New York WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 12, 1929 Charlie McKain LLLLLL Armory, White Plains WIN
Points
Dec. 6, 1929 Mule Brown LWLLLL Flushing Armory, Queens DRAW
Points
Dec. 5, 1929 Roy LaDuca WDW 102nd Medical Regiment Armory, New York WIN
Points
Nov. 20, 1929 Wendell Weeks D Marion Square Arena, Charleston WIN
Points
Nov. 9, 1929 Young Murray WD Marion Square Arena, Charleston WIN
Technical knockout
Oct. 26, 1929 Diaz Music LD Marion Square Arena, Charleston WIN
Points