Art Lasky

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Art Lasky
Real name Arthur Lakofsky
Weight(s) Heavyweight
Nationality United States American
Born November 16, 1908
Evansville, Minnesota
Died April 2, 1980
Stance orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 59
Wins 44
Wins by KO 34
Losses 9
Draws 6
No contests 0

Arthur Lakofsky (November 16, 1909 – April 2, 1980), also known as Art Lasky, was a heavyweight professional boxer from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Personal life[edit]

Art Lasky was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota on 11/8/1908. He called Minneapolis his home. After his boxing career ended, he went on to become a cameraman, stunt coordinator, and even dabbled in acting. [1] Being a bit of a renaissance man, always interested in new challenges, he even had a short career in the Palm Springs police department, and later became a physical therapist with a practice in San Bernardino, then in Palm Springs, and later at his home in Sky Valley (approximately 13 miles east of Desert Hot Springs, CA.).

Professional career[edit]

Lasky made his professional debut with a knockout of Sam Baker in May 1930. Lasky faced his first notable opponent, Jimmy Gibbons of Saint Paul, on January 1931. Lasky knocked the 28-0-2 Gibbons unconscious in the second round. Lasky remained undefeated until his 16th bout, a decision loss to Dick Daniels, also of Minneapolis. Lasky bounced back, however, and by September 1932 was sporting a 14-1 record when he faced Primo Carnera in Saint Paul. Carnera decisioned Lasky in a ten-rounder, but the loss did nothing to hamper Lasky's career. He immediately embarked on a six fight winning streak, including a fifth-round knockout of 50-5 Tiger Jack Fox at Chicago Stadium in Illinois.

Lasky moved to California in 1933, and became a regular at Olympic Stadium in Los Angeles and Legion Stadium in Hollywood. On December 1, 1933 Lasky put away 76-12-11 Fred Lenhart in the third round of a bout at Legion Stadium, part of a 15-fight unbeaten streak that lasted until the fall of 1934. The good times came to a screeching halt with a loss to Steve Hamas in October of that year, beginning an 0-4-1 streak that included a draw with King Levinsky and losses to Jim Braddock and Charley Retzlaff. Lasky fell from top contender status, but continued to fight frequently until June 1936, then sat out all of 1937. He fought twice more in 1938 (both draws) and finished his career with a loss to 44-6 Nathan Mann in Connecticut in January 1939.

On October 2nd, 2001, Art Lasky was inducted into the Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame. [2]

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