|Real name||Pete Latzo|
|Height||5 ft 7 1⁄2 in (1.71 m)|
|Reach||68 in (173 cm)|
August 1, 1902|
|Died||July 7, 1968
Atlantic City, New Jersey
|Wins by KO||25|
Pete Latzo (August 1, 1902 – July 7, 1968) was the boxing world welterweight champion from 1926 to 1927. 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.
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. Latzo fought many great fighters in his career, including future heavyweight champion Jim Braddock, Light heavyweight king Tommy Loughran, and middleweight champion Tiger Flowers. He is an inductee of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame.
Inspiration for Joe Palooka and later life
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. 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.
|Loss||Teddy Yarosz||TKO||4 (10)||1934-06-05||Hickey Park, Millvale, Pennsylvania|
|NC||Jimmy Slattery||NC||7 (10)||1930-05-27||Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts|
|Loss||James J. Braddock||PTS||10||1928-10-17||Newark Armory, Newark, New Jersey|
|Loss||Tommy Loughran||UD||10||1928-07-16||Artillery Park, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania||For World Light Heavyweight Title.|
|Loss||Tommy Loughran||UD||15||1928-06-01||Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York||For World Light Heavyweight Title.|
|Win||Maxie Rosenbloom||PTS||10||1928-02-06||Armory, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania|
|Loss||Maxie Rosenbloom||PTS||10||1928-02-06||Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Loss||Tiger Flowers||UD||10||1927-09-30||Artillery Park, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania|
|Loss||Joe Dundee||MD||15||1927-06-03||Polo Grounds, New York, New York||Lost World Welterweight Title.|
|Win||Mickey Walker||UD||10||1926-05-20||Watres Armory, Scranton, Pennsylvania||Won World Welterweight Title.|
|Draw||Dave Shade||PTS||10||1924-05-19||Wilkes-Barre Armory, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania|
|Loss||Mickey Walker||NWS||12||1923-03-22||113th Regiment Armory, Newark, New Jersey||Newspaper Decision|
|Win||Dave Shade||NWS||10||1922-05-17||Wilkes-Barre Armory, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania||Newspaper Decision|
- Cyber Boxing Encyclopedia - Pete Latzo CyberBoxingZone.com Retrieved on 2014-04-30
- New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame - Pete Latzo NJBoxingHOF.org Retrieved on 2014-04-30
- John Grasso (14 November 2013). Historical Dictionary of Boxing. Scarecrow Press. pp. 216–. ISBN 978-0-8108-7867-9.
- Pete Latzo's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-18.
|World Welterweight Champion
May 20, 1926 – June 3, 1927