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|Real name||John Lesky|
|Height||5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)|
12 June 1888|
Perth Amboy, New Jersey USA
|Died||14 January 1955|
|Wins by KO||14|
In 1921, Buff won both the World Bantamweight Championship and the American Flyweight Championship. He became the flyweight champion by defeating Abe Goldstein in New York City on March 31, 1921. Six months later, on September 23, he won the bantamweight title by defeating Pete Herman in Madison Square Garden. He lost both titles in 1922.
Outside the ring
Lesky enlisted into the United States Navy prior to World War I. When the war arrived, he waived the family exemption, and joined the Navy for a second time. After his professional boxing career, he enlisted for a third time in the Navy, becoming a gunner's mate on the USS Wyoming (BB-32) by 1928.
In the military he was known as "Gunner's Mate Spike Lisky", serving aboard the USS California (BB-44). It was said at the time that he was the only United States Navy sailor to have become a world champion.
Lesky is the grandfather of modern-day boxing and MMA announcers Michael Buffer and Bruce Buffer. He married Elizabeth Lisky with whom he had three children: Jimmy, Johnny and Theresa. There were other grandchildren: Walter Palac, Cheryl Palac, and their cousins Jimmy, Mark and Jeannie Lisky.
- "JOHNNY BUFF, HELD TWO BOXING TITLES", The New York Times, January 18, 1955, p. 27.
- August 7, 1928 Daily News Searchlight newspaper of navy town Bremerton, WA
- Johnny Buff's bio at the Cyberboxingzone
- Professional boxing record for Johnny Buff from BoxRec
Title last held byFrankie Mason
|American Flyweight Champion
March 31, 1921 – September 14, 1922
|World Bantamweight Champion
September 21, 1921 – July 10, 1922