Johnny Duke boxer

Johnny Duke boxer
bouts
36
won
28
lost
6
draw
2
Status
inactive
Division
middleweight
Debut
1945-06-05
Height
-
Reach
-
Age
76
Born
1927-08-18
Death
2004-03-04
Nationality
USA

The youngest of three brothers, Duke grew up in the North End of Hartford to a poor immigrant Italian family. His father, Lucie Gallucci, deserted the family when he was a child. Perpetually on welfare, Duke and his brothers, Joseph and John, struggled for stability. Duke was introduced to boxing by legendary champion Willie Pep when they were both shoeshine boys in downtown Hartford. Duke joined a gym and became a sparring partner for Pep. Duke also trained at Stillman's Gym in New York alongside boxers such as Sugar Ray Robinson and Henry Armstrong. He was 23-21-4 under his birth name, and also fought a handful of fights at the end of his career as Johnny Duke. He picked the name "Duke" for his well tailored suits and sharp dress.As a corner man, Duke helped develop top amateurs such as Jimmy Blythe, Donnie Nelson, Herb Darity, Marlon Starling and former U.S. Olympian Lawrence Clay-Bey. He coached Starling to a national Junior Olympics championship. Later, Starling won the World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight title. Duke's influence is still felt. Mike Oliver, one of the fighters at Duke's service, is unbeaten as a super bantamweight and won the USBO title on February 18, 2006.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Result
1953-07-18 Dick Finley LWLLLW Legion Stadium, Hollywood LOST
KO
1953-06-27 Jimmy Smith LLLLLL Legion Stadium, Hollywood WIN
Points
1953-05-23 Bull Halsey LLLLLL Legion Stadium, Hollywood WIN
Points
1953-04-25 Billy McNeece WWWW Legion Stadium, Hollywood WIN
Points
1952-06-28 Charley Green WWWWWW Legion Stadium, Hollywood LOST
Technical knockout
1952-05-23 Russ Gilliam LLDLWL Madison Square Garden, Phoenix WIN
Unanimous decision
1951-01-03 Dietrich Hucks DLWWWD Winterbahn, Munich DRAW
Points
1950-12-01 Karl Oechsle DWDWDD Winterhalle, Munich WIN
Points
1950-09-08 Bob Murphy LWWWWW Legion Stadium, Hollywood LOST
KO
1950-05-26 Milo Savage WWLLLL Legion Stadium, Hollywood WIN
Unanimous decision
1950-04-21 Milo Savage LWWLLL Legion Stadium, Hollywood WIN
Majority decision
1949-11-22 Bobo Olson WWWWWW Civic Auditorium, Honolulu LOST
Unanimous decision
1949-05-20 Ray Dioses LWLWLL Coliseum, San Diego WIN
Unanimous decision
1949-04-08 Nap Howard LLLDLW Coliseum, San Diego WIN
Technical knockout
1949-03-28 Ray Dioses LLWLWL Ocean Park Arena, Santa Monica WIN
Unanimous decision
1948-10-30 J.T. Ross WWWWWL Legion Stadium, Hollywood LOST
KO
1948-09-10 Erskine Howell WWLWLL Legion Stadium, Hollywood WIN
Technical knockout
1948-09-03 Art Hardy LDDLLD Legion Stadium, Hollywood WIN
Points
1948-08-13 Buster Price DLDLWW Legion Stadium, Hollywood WIN
KO
1948-06-11 Johnny Meyers WLLWWL Legion Stadium, Hollywood WIN
Unanimous decision
1948-05-19 Art Hardy LWLWWW Madison Square Garden, Phoenix WIN
Corner retirement
1948-01-30 Emory Jackson WWWLLL Legion Stadium, Hollywood WIN
KO
1947-11-05 Art Lind LWWLLW Wilmington Bowl, Wilmington LOST
Points
1947-10-24 Billy King DWWWWW Legion Stadium, Hollywood WIN
Points
1947-10-10 Benny Cordova Jr. LWWLWD Coliseum, San Diego WIN
KO
1947-09-19 Leroy Burleson WLDDDL Legion Stadium, Hollywood WIN
Points
1947-08-26 Billy King DLDWWW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Points
1947-08-18 Ray Pullman LLWLLL Ocean Park Arena, Santa Monica WIN
Points
1947-08-15 Larry Bolish W Coliseum, San Diego WIN
KO
1947-05-06 Pedro Jimenez DWWWLL Civic Auditorium, Seattle DRAW
Points
1947-04-08 Dick Wagner WWDWWW Civic Auditorium, Seattle WIN
Points
1947-03-25 Frankie Rowe LWWLWW Civic Auditorium, Seattle WIN
Points
1947-03-18 Warren Holland WLLLWD Civic Auditorium, Seattle WIN
Points
1946-11-12 Billy Williams LWWDLW Civic Auditorium, Seattle WIN
KO
1946-06-18 Wayne Parker WWWDW Civic Ice Arena, Seattle WIN
Technical knockout
1945-06-05 Art Dehlinger LWW Midway Arena, Tacoma WIN
Points