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Fidel LaBarba boxer

Fidel LaBarba image
Status inactive
Age 76
Division flyweight
Height 5′ 3″/160cm
Reach 66″/168cm
Debut 1924-10-14
Born 1905-09-29
Death 1981-10-02
Nationality USA
Residence Los Angeles, California, USA
bouts
90
won
69
lost
15
draw
6
bouts
90
won
69
lost
15
draw
6
Status inactive
Age 76
Division flyweight
Height 5′ 3″/160cm
Reach 66″/168cm
Debut 1924-10-14
Born 1905-09-29
Death 1981-10-02
Nationality USA
Residence Los Angeles, California, USA

LaBarba began boxing around age 12 or 13 in little amateur cards held weekly at places such as the Elks Club, which were promoted by Carlo Curtiss, who had been one of World Heavyweight Champion Jess Willard's managers. "Sometimes we would have nude women at these events," he said. The first known mention of "Young Fidel" is September 17, 1920, by the Los Angeles Times, announcing a boxing/wrestling show at the Italian picnic the next day at Selig Zoo where his opponent was to be "Battling Bennie", newsboy like Fidel. Eventually, Central Junior High School boxing instructor Bob Howard saw his potential. According to an interview published January 28, 1927 in some United States newspapers, LaBarba mentioned that he defeated a boy named Dave Mariney (a.k.a. Marini) for the high school championship. Based upon this win, his friends suggested he join the amateurs, which he did. By this, he likely meant he joined the A.A.U. Fidel found it ironic that his first "official" amateur opponent was none other than Dave Mariney. This was at a semi-monthly boxing show sponsored by the Los Angeles Athletic Club (L.A.A.C). "It looked like a crime to match the two," reported the Los Angeles Times November 4, 1920. LaBarba was about four feet tall, and his opponent a foot and a half taller. "But LaBarba soon showed he knew how to take care of himself."George Blake reportedly was the referee at that fight. He and Charles Keppen ran these L.A.A.C. shows. Blake had come to Los Angeles from Chicago in 1904. He had been a United States Army boxing instructor during World War I. By the early 1920s, Blake was a well-known referee for boxing venues such as Jack Doyle's Vernon Arena, and would become the regular referee at the soon-to-be-built Hollywood Legion Stadium. He was much-respected and known as a man of impeccable character. Blake took an interest in the young and talented Fidel LaBarba, and asked Bob Howard to have him come down to the club. " I was asked four or five times, but was embarrassed to go," LaBarba explained. He owned only one pair of torn tennis shoes. He finally mustered the fortitude to go see Blake; thus started a very long relationship. LaBarba continued to have many amateur bouts. "We would receive a gift worth $35.00," he noted. "Later, they would give us a gift certificate to buy clothes at places like the Broadway, or Sears."

LaBarba began boxing around age 12 or 13 in little amateur cards held weekly at places such as the Elks Club, which were promoted by Carlo Curtiss, who had been one of World Heavyweight Champion Jess Willard's managers. "Sometimes we would have nude women at these events," he said. The first known mention of "Young Fidel" is September 17, 1920, by the Los Angeles Times, announcing a boxing/wrestling show at the Italian picnic the next day at Selig Zoo where his opponent was to be "Battling Bennie", newsboy like Fidel. Eventually, Central Junior High School boxing instructor Bob Howard saw his potential. According to an interview published January 28, 1927 in some United States newspapers, LaBarba mentioned that he defeated a boy named Dave Mariney (a.k.a. Marini) for the high school championship. Based upon this win, his friends suggested he join the amateurs, which he did. By this, he likely meant he joined the A.A.U. Fidel found it ironic that his first "official" amateur opponent was none other than Dave Mariney. This was at a semi-monthly boxing show sponsored by the Los Angeles Athletic Club (L.A.A.C). "It looked like a crime to match the two," reported the Los Angeles Times November 4, 1920. LaBarba was about four feet tall, and his opponent a foot and a half taller. "But LaBarba soon showed he knew how to take care of himself."George Blake reportedly was the referee at that fight. He and Charles Keppen ran these L.A.A.C. shows. Blake had come to Los Angeles from Chicago in 1904. He had been a United States Army boxing instructor during World War I. By the early 1920s, Blake was a well-known referee for boxing venues such as Jack Doyle's Vernon Arena, and would become the regular referee at the soon-to-be-built Hollywood Legion Stadium. He was much-respected and known as a man of impeccable character. Blake took an interest in the young and talented Fidel LaBarba, and asked Bob Howard to have him come down to the club. " I was asked four or five times, but was embarrassed to go," LaBarba explained. He owned only one pair of torn tennis shoes. He finally mustered the fortitude to go see Blake; thus started a very long relationship. LaBarba continued to have many amateur bouts. "We would receive a gift worth $35.00," he noted. "Later, they would give us a gift certificate to buy clothes at places like the Broadway, or Sears."

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
Feb. 13, 1933 Mose Butch WWLLWW Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh WIN
Unanimous decision
Jan. 27, 1933 Seaman Tommy Watson WWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York LOSS
Unanimous decision
Dec. 29, 1932 Tommy Paul LLWWWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago LOSS
Majority decision
Dec. 9, 1932 Kid Chocolate WWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York NYSAC World Featherweight

LOSS
Majority decision
Nov. 10, 1932 Conrad Sanico WLDL Houston Arena, Honolulu NYSAC World Featherweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Oct. 15, 1932 Little Dempsey WWLLWW Honolulu NYSAC World Featherweight

WIN
Points
Oct. 8, 1932 Sailor Ray Butler DWWDWL Hilo WIN
Points
Sept. 5, 1932 Frank Torres WWLLW Maunaloa WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 2, 1932 Vince Venturillo Honolulu Stadium, Honolulu WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 12, 1932 Al Citrino WWWWWW Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco WIN
Technical knockout
July 29, 1932 Varias Milling LWLWLL Legion Stadium, Hollywood WIN
Points
June 28, 1932 Bobby Gray DWDWDW Forman's Arena, San Jose WIN
KO
June 14, 1932 Tommy Paul WWLWWW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Points
June 2, 1932 Varias Milling DDLWLW Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento WIN
Points
April 29, 1932 Johnny Pena WWWDWW Olympia Stadium, Detroit LOSS
Points
April 22, 1932 Petey Sarron WWWWDW Olympia Stadium, Detroit WIN
Points
April 8, 1932 Max Tarley WWWWLL Stockton WIN
Points
March 11, 1932 Varias Milling LWDDLW Legion Stadium, Hollywood WIN
Points
Jan. 1, 1932 Baby Arizmendi WWWWWW El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City LOSS
Points
Dec. 17, 1931 Davey Jones DWWWWD Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma WIN
Points
Dec. 15, 1931 Benny Pelz LDDWLW Auditorium, Portland WIN
Points
Dec. 9, 1931 Leslie (Wildcat) Carter LLWWL Auditorium, Oakland WIN
KO
Nov. 27, 1931 Santiago Zorrilla WWLWWW Legion Stadium, Hollywood WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 10, 1931 Leslie (Wildcat) Carter WLLWW Crystal Pool, Seattle WIN
Points
Oct. 9, 1931 Joe Guerrero WLLWLD Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento WIN
Points
Sept. 16, 1931 Johnny Previs WWLWLW Wilmington Bowl, Wilmington WIN
Points
Aug. 21, 1931 Isidro Pinto de Sa DWWWWW Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco WIN
Points
Aug. 6, 1931 Santiago Zorrilla LWWWWW Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento WIN
Points
July 20, 1931 Jackie Mandell DWWLDD Civic Auditorium, Stockton WIN
KO
July 4, 1931 Ray Montoya LWDWLW Pismo Beach Arena, Pismo Beach WIN
Points
June 26, 1931 Claude Varner WWDLDW Legion Stadium, Hollywood USA California State Featherweight

LOSS
Points
May 22, 1931 Battling Battalino LWLWLW Madison Square Garden, New York NYSAC World Featherweight

LOSS
Unanimous decision
March 27, 1931 Kid Francis WWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Unanimous decision
Feb. 3, 1931 Claude Varner DLLWWW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles DRAW
Points
Dec. 10, 1930 Eddie Shea DWLLWW Public Hall, Cleveland LOSS
Points
Nov. 28, 1930 Bud Taylor LWLWDL Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Points
Nov. 3, 1930 Kid Chocolate WWWLWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Unanimous decision
Aug. 7, 1930 Earl Mastro WWWWWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago DRAW
Points
May 28, 1930 Bushy Graham LLDWWL Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Points
April 21, 1930 Bud Taylor WDWLWW Coliseum, Chicago WIN
Points
April 4, 1930 Tommy Paul WWWWWD Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo WIN
Unanimous decision
March 4, 1930 Santiago Zorrilla WDLLDL Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Points
Feb. 14, 1930 Charley Sullivan LWLLWW Legion Stadium, Hollywood WIN
KO
Jan. 28, 1930 Johnny Torres WDWWDW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Points
Jan. 14, 1930 Ignacio Fernandez WWWWWL Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Points
Oct. 12, 1929 Kid Francis WLWDDW Velodrome d'Hiver, Paris LOSS
Points
Aug. 30, 1929 Jackie Mandell WWWWW Legion Stadium, Hollywood WIN
Technical knockout
June 25, 1929 Earl Mastro WWWWWW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles LOSS
Points
June 7, 1929 Tommy Paul WWWWWW Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo WIN
Majority decision
May 22, 1929 Kid Chocolate WWWWWW New York Coliseum, Bronx LOSS
Majority decision
March 16, 1929 Willie Smith WDWWWL Sydney Stadium, Sydney WIN
Technical knockout
March 2, 1929 Billy Grime LLLDLW West Melbourne Stadium, Melbourne WIN
Points
Feb. 9, 1929 Willie Smith LWDWWW Sydney Stadium, Sydney WIN
Points
Jan. 26, 1929 Billy (Young) McAllister WWLLWL Sydney Stadium, Sydney WIN
KO
Nov. 23, 1928 Ray Ravani WWWWWW Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco WIN
KO
Sept. 25, 1928 Young Nationalista WWWWLW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Points
Sept. 11, 1928 Bushy Graham WWWWWW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Points
Aug. 7, 1928 Earl Mastro WWLWWW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Points
July 17, 1928 Huerta Evans WWLWWL Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Points
Aug. 23, 1927 Johnny Vacca WWLLDD Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Points
July 12, 1927 Memphis Pal Moore DWLWDL Wrigley Field, Chicago WIN
Points
June 27, 1927 Clarence Rosen LWWWLL Bay City DRAW
NWS
June 21, 1927 Mike Brody DDDWWW University of St. Louis Athletic Field, Saint Louis WIN
NWS
May 27, 1927 Willie LaMorte WWWDLW Public Hall, Cleveland WIN
Technical knockout
May 11, 1927 Babe Kellar WWDWWL Kalamazoo WIN
NWS
April 29, 1927 Billy Shaw WWWWWW Arena Gardens, Detroit WIN
Points
April 11, 1927 Young Montreal WLLLLL Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence WIN
Points
March 21, 1927 Johnny Vacca WLLDLW Arena, Boston LOSS
Points
Feb. 14, 1927 Johnny Vacca WWLLDL Mechanics Building, Boston LOSS
Points
Jan. 21, 1927 Elky Clark WWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Unanimous decision
Dec. 7, 1926 Delos 'Kid' Williams LLDDWW Civic Auditorium, Fresno WIN
Points
Nov. 19, 1926 California Joe Lynch LLWLWD Dreamland Rink, San Francisco WIN
DQ
Oct. 26, 1926 Young Nationalista DLWWDW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles DRAW
Points
Oct. 5, 1926 Newsboy Brown WWWWWW Arena, Vernon DRAW
Points
Sept. 2, 1926 Paul Milnar LLLWW Peoria WIN
Points
Aug. 25, 1926 Happy Atherton WWLDDW Loyola University Athletic Field, Chicago WIN
Points
Aug. 13, 1926 Emil Paluso LWWLWW Comiskey Park, Chicago WIN
Points
July 7, 1926 Georgie Rivers WWWWWW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles National Boxing Association World Flyweight

WIN
Points
May 4, 1926 Emil Paluso DWWLWW Arena, Vernon WIN
NWS
March 31, 1926 Clever Sencio WWWLWW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Points
March 12, 1926 Vic King LLLLLL Legion Stadium, Hollywood WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 20, 1926 Clever Sencio WWWWWW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
NWS
Dec. 23, 1925 Lew Perfetti WDWLWL Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Points
Nov. 20, 1925 Ray Fee Legion Stadium, Hollywood WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 22, 1925 Frankie Genaro WWWWWD Ascot Park, Los Angeles vacant National Boxing Association World Flyweight

WIN
Points
July 17, 1925 Georgie Rivers WLDWWW Legion Stadium, Hollywood vacant National Boxing Association World Flyweight

WIN
Points
May 29, 1925 Teddy Silva LWWDLW Legion Stadium, Hollywood WIN
Points
April 17, 1925 Newsboy Brown WWWWWD Legion Stadium, Hollywood DRAW
Points
March 20, 1925 Georgie Rivers WWWDWW Legion Stadium, Hollywood WIN
Points
Feb. 20, 1925 Young Nationalista WWLWWW Legion Stadium, Hollywood WIN
Points
Jan. 13, 1925 Jimmy McLarnin WWWWDD Arena, Vernon LOSS
Points
Dec. 4, 1924 Pedro Villa DDDWLL Chief Petty Officers Club, San Pedro WIN
Points
Nov. 11, 1924 Jimmy McLarnin WWWWWW Arena, Vernon DRAW
Points
Oct. 28, 1924 Jimmy McLarnin WWWWWW Arena, Vernon LOSS
Points
Oct. 14, 1924 Frankie Grandetta LWDLWW Arena, Vernon WIN
Points