Pete Latzo

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Pete Latzo
Pete Latzo LOC.jpg
Statistics
Real name Pete Latzo
Nickname(s) Young Clancy
Rated at Welterweight
Height 5 ft 7 12 in (1.71 m)
Reach 68 in (173 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1902-08-01)August 1, 1902
Coloraine, Pennsylvania
Died July 7, 1968(1968-07-07) (aged 65)
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 146
Wins 93
Wins by KO 25
Losses 39
Draws 12
No contests 2
Portrait of Latzo in fighting pose

Pete Latzo (August 1, 1902 – July 7, 1968) was the boxing World Welterweight Champion from 1926 to 1927.[1] Latzo fought all the top welterweights of his era and won the title from hall of famer Mickey Walker on May 20, 1926. He lost the crown to Joe Dundee on June 3, 1927.[2]

After losing the welter crown Latzo invaded the heavier ranks. For the duration of his career he fought middleweights, challenged for the world light heavyweight title and even fought heavyweights.[2] Latzo fought many great fighters in his career, including future heavyweight champion Jim Braddock, Light heavyweight king Tommy Loughran, and middleweight champion Tiger Flowers.[2] He is an inductee of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame.[3]

Inspiration for Joe Palooka and later life[edit]

Cartoonist Ham Fisher met Latzo outside a pool hall and, impressed by his personality, sportsmanship, and physique, was inspired to create his popular character Joe Palooka.[4] Latzo resided in Marven Gardens in Margate, NJ. He was a visible figure at many of the affairs of the Veteran Boxer Association events and other rings around the state of New Jersey, where he made his home after his retirement from boxing in 1934. He died in Atlantic City in July 1968 at the age of 66.[3]

Notable bouts[edit]

Result Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes[5]
Loss United States Teddy Yarosz TKO 4 (10) 1934-06-05 United States Hickey Park, Millvale, Pennsylvania
NC United States Jimmy Slattery NC 7 (10) 1930-05-27 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Loss United States James J. Braddock PTS 10 1928-10-17 United States Newark Armory, Newark, New Jersey
Loss United States Tommy Loughran UD 10 1928-07-16 United States Artillery Park, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania For World Light Heavyweight Title.
Loss United States Tommy Loughran UD 15 1928-06-01 United States Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York For World Light Heavyweight Title.
Win United States Maxie Rosenbloom PTS 10 1928-02-06 United States Armory, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Loss United States Maxie Rosenbloom PTS 10 1928-02-06 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Loss United States Tiger Flowers UD 10 1927-09-30 United States Artillery Park, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Loss United States Joe Dundee MD 15 1927-06-03 United States Polo Grounds, New York, New York Lost World Welterweight Title.
Win United States Mickey Walker UD 10 1926-05-20 United States Watres Armory, Scranton, Pennsylvania Won World Welterweight Title.
Draw United States Dave Shade PTS 10 1924-05-19 United States Wilkes-Barre Armory, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Loss United States Mickey Walker NWS 12 1923-03-22 United States 113th Regiment Armory, Newark, New Jersey Newspaper Decision
Win United States Dave Shade NWS 10 1922-05-17 United States Wilkes-Barre Armory, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Lineal Welterweight Champs". Cyber Boxing Zone. 
  2. ^ a b c Cyber Boxing Encyclopedia - Pete Latzo CyberBoxingZone.com Retrieved on 2014-04-30
  3. ^ a b New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame - Pete Latzo NJBoxingHOF.org Retrieved on 2014-04-30
  4. ^ John Grasso (14 November 2013). Historical Dictionary of Boxing. Scarecrow Press. pp. 216–. ISBN 978-0-8108-7867-9. 
  5. ^ Pete Latzo's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-18.

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Achievements
Preceded by
Mickey Walker
World Welterweight Champion
May 20, 1926 – June 3, 1927
Succeeded by
Joe Dundee