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King Levinsky boxer

King Levinsky image
Status inactive
Age 81
Division heavyweight
Height 5′ 11″/180cm
Reach 74″/188cm
Debut 1928-07-13
Born 1910-09-10
Death 1991-09-30
Nationality USA
Residence Chicago, Illinois, USA
bouts
116
won
74
lost
35
draw
7
bouts
116
won
74
lost
35
draw
7
Status inactive
Age 81
Division heavyweight
Height 5′ 11″/180cm
Reach 74″/188cm
Debut 1928-07-13
Born 1910-09-10
Death 1991-09-30
Nationality USA
Residence Chicago, Illinois, USA

Levinsky was a rated heavyweight whose biggest wins came against ex-heavyweight champion Jack Sharkey on a 10-round decision, and ex-lightheavyweight champion Tommy Loughran, also on a decision. He was defeated twice by Primo Carnera, and also lost to Max Baer. Although he never fought for the title, Levinsky faced all of the top fighters of his era.Levinsky is best remembered for "freezing" in his fight with Joe Louis, who knocked him out in the first round. On February 18, 1931, Levinsky also fought a 4-round exhibition with Jack Dempsey. Dempsey had embarked on a tour of exhibition bouts and was contemplating a comeback. The Levinsky fight convinced him that he was through as a fighter.

Levinsky was a rated heavyweight whose biggest wins came against ex-heavyweight champion Jack Sharkey on a 10-round decision, and ex-lightheavyweight champion Tommy Loughran, also on a decision. He was defeated twice by Primo Carnera, and also lost to Max Baer. Although he never fought for the title, Levinsky faced all of the top fighters of his era.Levinsky is best remembered for "freezing" in his fight with Joe Louis, who knocked him out in the first round. On February 18, 1931, Levinsky also fought a 4-round exhibition with Jack Dempsey. Dempsey had embarked on a tour of exhibition bouts and was contemplating a comeback. The Levinsky fight convinced him that he was through as a fighter.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
July 11, 1939 Frankie Edgren LWDWWW Memphis LOSS
KO
June 2, 1939 Jay D Turner WLLLLW Dallas LOSS
Points
May 31, 1939 Babe Ritchie LWLWWW Softball Park, Lubbock LOSS
KO
July 11, 1938 Johnny Paychek WWWWWW Riverview Park, Des Moines LOSS
Technical knockout
Oct. 7, 1937 Jack Conley L Dubuque WIN
KO
April 27, 1937 Jack Doyle WWWLLW Empire Pool, Wembley LOSS
Points
Feb. 9, 1937 Bob Nestell WWWWWW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles LOSS
Technical knockout
Jan. 5, 1937 Maxie Rosenbloom WWWWWD Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles LOSS
Points
Dec. 1, 1936 Babe Hunt WLWLLL Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 10, 1936 Nash Garrison LLWLLW Civic Auditorium, San Jose DRAW
Points
Sept. 22, 1936 Leo Lomski WWDWLW Auditorium, Portland WIN
Points
Sept. 1, 1936 Marty Gallagher LLWWWW Griffith Stadium, Washington LOSS
Unanimous decision
July 20, 1936 Big Boy Brackey WLWWLW Offermann Stadium, Buffalo WIN
Points
July 7, 1936 Lee Ramage WLLWDW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles LOSS
Points
June 26, 1936 Joe Bauer WWLWDL Legion Stadium, Hollywood WIN
Points
June 5, 1936 Harold Murphy DLDLLL Coliseum, San Diego WIN
Points
May 26, 1936 Pepe Del Rio W Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Technical knockout
April 7, 1936 Lee Ramage WWWLLW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles DRAW
Points
Feb. 14, 1936 Phil Brubaker WDWWWW Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco LOSS
Points
Jan. 27, 1936 Alfred Rogers WWWWLL Auditorium, Oakland WIN
KO
Jan. 14, 1936 Hank Hankinson WWLWW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Points
Oct. 9, 1935 Marty Gallagher WDLLWW Griffith Stadium, Washington LOSS
Points
Aug. 7, 1935 Joe Louis WWWWWW Comiskey Park, Chicago LOSS
Technical knockout
June 10, 1935 Tom Jones LLLLLW Peoria WIN
Points
June 7, 1935 Jack Slade Municipal Stadium, Davenport WIN
KO
May 27, 1935 Hans Birkie LLLLWL Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto WIN
Points
April 15, 1935 Hans Birkie DLLLLW City Auditorium, Denver WIN
KO
April 4, 1935 Bob Williams WWLWLL Tulsa WIN
KO
April 1, 1935 Joe Rice LLWLLL Oklahoma City WIN
KO
March 27, 1935 Babe Hunt WWWWLW Fair Park Live Stock Arena, Dallas WIN
Points
March 4, 1935 Salvatore Ruggirello WLLWLW Benjamin Field Arena, Tampa WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 21, 1935 Jack Wagner Daytona Beach WIN
KO
Feb. 19, 1935 Jack Townsend LLLLW Jacksonville WIN
KO
Feb. 14, 1935 Ted DeMarino Dixie Theatre, West Palm Beach WIN
KO
Feb. 11, 1935 Eddie Civil LWWWWL Benjamin Field Arena, Tampa WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 4, 1935 Merrill 'Red' Tonn LWLLLW Legion Coliseum, Sarasota WIN
KO
Nov. 23, 1934 Art Lasky WWWWWL Chicago Stadium, Chicago DRAW
Points
Sept. 28, 1934 Salvatore Ruggirello LWLLWL Auditorium, Milwaukee WIN
KO
Sept. 20, 1934 Art Sykes LLWWWW Wrigley Field, Chicago WIN
Points
June 12, 1934 Art Lasky WWWWWW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles LOSS
Unanimous decision
April 17, 1934 Lee Ramage WWLWWL Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Points
March 9, 1934 Walter Neusel WWWWWD Madison Square Garden, New York LOSS
Majority decision
Feb. 9, 1934 Charley Massera DWDWLW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Split-decision
Dec. 29, 1933 Don McCorkindale DWWWLW Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Points
Sept. 18, 1933 Jack Sharkey WLDWWL Comiskey Park, Chicago WIN
Unanimous decision
June 2, 1933 Tuffy Griffiths LWLLLW Mills Stadium, Chicago WIN
Unanimous decision
May 3, 1933 Charley Retzlaff WWWWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
KO
Feb. 24, 1933 Johnny Risko LLWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York LOSS
Points
Feb. 2, 1933 Unknown Winston WWWLWW Convention Hall, Philadelphia WIN
Points
Jan. 23, 1933 KO Christner WDWWWL St. Nicholas Arena, New York WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 10, 1933 Tommy Loughran WLLLWL Convention Hall, Philadelphia LOSS
Unanimous decision
Dec. 9, 1932 Primo Carnera WWWWWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago LOSS
Split-decision
Oct. 13, 1932 Joe Sekyra LWWLLL Auditorium, Minneapolis LOSS
NWS
Sept. 22, 1932 Angus Snyder WLWLWL City Auditorium, Omaha WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 1, 1932 Johnny Risko WLLWWW Municipal Stadium, Cleveland LOSS
Points
July 4, 1932 Max Baer WWWWWW Dempsey's Bowl, Reno LOSS
Points
April 29, 1932 Mickey Walker WWDWWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago LOSS
Split-decision
Jan. 29, 1932 Max Baer LWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York LOSS
Unanimous decision
Jan. 15, 1932 Paulino Uzcudun LWLWWL Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Majority decision
Dec. 18, 1931 Tommy Loughran WWWLWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Unanimous decision
Nov. 19, 1931 Primo Carnera WWWWWL Chicago Stadium, Chicago LOSS
Unanimous decision
Oct. 30, 1931 Jimmy Slattery WLWWL Olympia Stadium, Detroit WIN
Points
Sept. 30, 1931 Joe Sekyra LWWWWW Coliseum, Chicago WIN
Points
Sept. 9, 1931 Young Con O'Kelly WLLDLL White City Arena, Chicago DRAW
Split-decision
July 1, 1931 Ace Hudkins WLWLL Mills Stadium, Chicago LOSS
Points
June 9, 1931 Pat McCarthy WWWLLL Kanawha Park, Charleston WIN
Technical knockout
May 8, 1931 Emmett Rocco DWLLLW Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Points
April 27, 1931 Emmett Rocco DDWLLL Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh LOSS
Points
April 21, 1931 Johnny Risko WLLLLW Arena, Boston LOSS
Points
March 31, 1931 Young Con O'Kelly WWWLWW Arena, Boston WIN
Unanimous decision
March 6, 1931 Tuffy Griffiths WWWWWL Chicago Stadium, Chicago LOSS
Points
Feb. 6, 1931 Jack Gagnon LLLWWL Boston Garden, Boston WIN
KO
Jan. 30, 1931 Harry Dillon WLWLLW Riverview Rink, Milwaukee WIN
KO
Jan. 14, 1931 Jimmy Slattery WLWL Chicago Stadium, Chicago LOSS
Points
Nov. 21, 1930 Tommy Loughran WWLLWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago LOSS
Unanimous decision
Nov. 6, 1930 Jimmy Slattery WWLW Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Split-decision
Oct. 14, 1930 Tom Kirby LLWWL Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
KO
Sept. 11, 1930 Leo Lomski DDDWDD Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
KO
Aug. 29, 1930 Jack Kracken WWWLL Jones & Baumrucker Park, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 16, 1930 Len Darcy DDLLDW North Shore Arena, South Haven WIN
Points
Aug. 1, 1930 Bud Doran LLWWLL Jones & Baumrucker Park, Chicago WIN
Points
July 18, 1930 Jimmy Mahoney WLLLLL Jones & Baumrucker Park, Chicago WIN
KO
July 11, 1930 KO White LWLWDL Jones & Baumrucker Park, Chicago WIN
Points
June 20, 1930 Paul Pantaleo WWWWDW Blue Mound Race Track, Milwaukee LOSS
Points
May 28, 1930 Mitz Minikel LLWLWW Auditorium, Milwaukee WIN
KO
April 30, 1930 Al Keegan WWLDW Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
April 21, 1930 Mitz Minikel WLLWLW Auditorium, Milwaukee LOSS
Points
April 3, 1930 Dave Maier WWWWWW Auditorium, Milwaukee WIN
Technical knockout
March 24, 1930 Paul Swiderski WWLLWL White City Arena, Chicago LOSS
Points
March 8, 1930 Leon Lucas WWWWWW Auditorium, Milwaukee WIN
KO
Feb. 11, 1930 Al Stillman WWWLWW Arena, Saint Louis LOSS
NWS
Feb. 7, 1930 Chick Rife WWLLWW Coliseum, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 31, 1930 Jack Barry LWLWLW Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Points
Jan. 23, 1930 Johnny Freeman LWWWWW Rainbo Fronton, Chicago WIN
Points
Dec. 26, 1929 Tom Jones WWL Ashland Blvd. Auditorium, Chicago WIN
Points
Nov. 18, 1929 Ted Ross WWWWLL White City Arena, Chicago LOSS
DQ
Oct. 29, 1929 Russell Buelick LDLWDL Guyon's Paradise Ballroom, Chicago WIN
KO
Oct. 22, 1929 Russell Buelick LDLWD Guyon's Paradise Ballroom, Chicago WIN
KO
Oct. 16, 1929 Nick Taft LWWLWD Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 12, 1929 Tommy O'Brien LWLWL Logan Square Baseball Park, Chicago WIN
Unanimous decision
July 9, 1929 Johnny Sherrod WWWWLL Logan Square Baseball Park, Chicago WIN
Points
July 4, 1929 Frankie Ryan Mills Stadium, Chicago WIN
KO
June 24, 1929 Joe Corrado WLDLLD Logan Square Baseball Park, Chicago WIN
KO
June 10, 1929 Joe Corrado WWLDLL Chicago Stadium, Chicago DRAW
Points
May 24, 1929 Mickey Furey LLLLLL Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
KO
April 29, 1929 Art Schragel White City Arena, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
March 25, 1929 Johnny Sherrod LWWWLW Coliseum, Chicago LOSS
Points
March 12, 1929 Chuck Benoit WWWWLL Coliseum, Chicago WIN
KO
Feb. 4, 1929 Billy O'Brien LLLLLL White City Arena, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 22, 1929 Johnny DeCoursey WLLDLW Hippodrome, Chicago DRAW
Points
Jan. 8, 1929 Sam Curtis DDW Hippodrome, Chicago WIN
Points
Nov. 26, 1928 Mickey Furey LLLLLL White City Arena, Chicago WIN
Points
Oct. 29, 1928 Nick Taft DLLLWW White City Arena, Chicago WIN
KO
Oct. 9, 1928 Cecil Hurt DLWDW Hippodrome, Chicago LOSS
DQ
Sept. 27, 1928 Russell Buelick LDLW Midway Gardens, Chicago DRAW
Points
Sept. 6, 1928 Jimmy Gardner LLWDL Mills Stadium, Chicago WIN
Points
Aug. 20, 1928 Joe Greb WDWLDL Midway Gardens, Chicago WIN
Points
July 13, 1928 Nick Taft LLDLLL Hippodrome, Chicago LOSS
Points