Johnny Risko
Global ID12063
birthdate 1902-12-18
death date 1953-01-13 (50)
height5′ 11″   /   180cm
reach74″   /   188cm
aliasCleveland Rubber Man
country USA
residenceCleveland, Ohio, USA
birth placeAustria
birth nameMesto Bohunico
won 68 (KO 22) + lost 46 (KO 3) + drawn 6 = 121
rounds boxed 1058
Newspaper Decisions won 12 : lost 7 : drawn 2
rounds boxed 210
Total Bouts 142 KO% 15.49

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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1940-02-19Tony Musto24-6-0
Beach Arena, Miami Beach, Florida, USALKO310
1940-01-29Sandy McDonald25-29-4
Hot Springs, Arkansas, USAWPTS1010
1939-12-14Jack Lawton
Municipal Auditorium, Aiken, South Carolina, USAWKO410
1939-10-02Sandy McDonald24-24-4
Fort Smith, Arkansas, USAWPTS1010
1939-08-18Babe Daniels1-2-1
Madison Square Garden, Phoenix, Arizona, USAWKO410
1939-08-15Battling Blackjack5-3-0
Tucson, Arizona, USAWKO3
1939-08-03Young Allen3-3-2
Macon, Georgia, USALPTS1010
1939-07-26Bob Sikes7-2-0
Pine Bluff, Arkansas, USALPTS1010
1938-02-22Red Burman55-15-1
Coliseum, Coral Gables, Florida, USALPTS1010
1938-02-03George Brown2-15-0
Beach Arena, Miami Beach, Florida, USAWKO310
1937-12-17John Henry Lewis84-9-4
Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USALPTS1010
Lewis won 9 rounds and one was even, according to the Chicago Tribune. Result from the Cleveland Plain Dealer (Laurence Fielding).
1937-12-10Jimmy Delaney
Memorial Hall, Lima, Ohio, USAWKO410
referee: Joe Sekyra
1937-11-17Bob Olin53-22-4
Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWPTS1010
From the Cleveland Plain Dealer (Laurence Fielding).
1934-12-28Charley Retzlaff53-5-1
Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USALPTS1010
1934-12-19Harry English32-10-4
Convention Hall, Toledo, Ohio, USAWUD1010
1934-12-10Patsy Perroni40-7-2
Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USALSD1010
referee: Matt Brock | judge: Herb Williams | judge: Al Porter
1934-08-18Adolph Wiater16-1-1
Green Bay, Wisconsin, USANCNC510
Bout halted by rain and no decision was given. The Milwaukee Journal reported that Wiater was in the lead.
1934-08-01Tommy Loughran78-18-5
Freeport Stadium, Freeport, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Arthur Donovan | judge: Parker Lynch | judge: Ernest Benedetti
1934-07-24Patsy Perroni36-7-2
Equestrium, Cleveland, Ohio, USALPTS1010
1934-06-04Natie Brown25-17-5
Griffith Stadium, Washington, District of Columbia, USALPTS1010
From Washington newspapers (Laurence Fielding).
1934-03-22Bob Godwin76-9-10
Daytona Beach, Florida, USALPTS1010
1934-01-09Jim Maloney51-16-2
Coliseum, Coral Gables, Florida, USAWUD1010
referee: Tom Heeney
1933-11-09Jack Van Noy23-19-2
Fair Park Live Stock Arena, Dallas, Texas, USALPTS1010
1933-10-30Big Boy Peterson39-35-7
Houston, Texas, USAWKO610
Risko dropped Peterson six times before finishing him off with a left to the body. (Associated Press)
1933-07-26Tommy Loughran76-15-5
Mills Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWSD1010
Scoring on points: Referee Tommy Thomas favored Risko 55-45; Judge Ed Klein preferred Risko 52-48; Judge William Battye scored it for Loughran 54-46.
1933-06-20Patsy Perroni30-6-1
Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USALPTS1010
1933-03-28Dick Daniels22-9-0
Coliseum, Cleveland, Ohio, USALPTS1010
1933-02-24King Levinsky44-20-4
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWPTS1010
1932-09-01King Levinsky41-17-4
Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWPTS1212
1932-08-01Tuffy Griffiths70-7-1
Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWPTS1212
1932-06-24Mickey Walker80-10-1
Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWUD1212
referee: Freddy Block | judge: Herb Williams | judge: Jim Murray
1931-11-30KO Christner29-18-0
Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWPTS1010
"By request, everything went, and Referee Tommy Mulgrew was an interested spectator to a repertoire of heeling, low blows, rabbit punches and wrestling. Twice Christner almost tossed Risko out of the ring after the approved wrestling style. But the decision went to Risko on clean lefts and rights to Christner's body that in the ninth and tenth had him alternately clinching and backing away. Risko won every round." New York Times
1931-11-09Max Baer28-7-0
Seals Stadium, San Francisco, California, USALPTS1010
referee: Eddie Burns
1931-10-19Tommy Loughran69-11-5
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALPTS1010
1931-08-04KO Christner28-15-0
Harvard Bowl, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWPTS1212
1931-07-03Tony Galento31-9-1
Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWPTS88
1931-05-05Max Baer26-5-0
Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWPTS1010
1931-04-21King Levinsky35-10-3
Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1010
referee: Joe O'Connor
1931-04-06Tom Heeney35-17-5
Arena Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, CanadaWPTS1010
1931-03-30Stanley Poreda13-3-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALPTS1010
1931-03-25John Schwake10-0-0
Coliseum, Saint Louis, Missouri, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision from The Ring, June 1931, page 58, and Daily Capital News (Jefferson, MO -- AP report)
1931-02-25Mickey Walker73-10-0
Madison Square Garden Stadium, Miami, Florida, USALUD1010
Walker won "due chiefly to a furious last two rounds in which he punched Risko groggy with vicious left hooks to the head and body". (New York Times)
1931-02-06Charley Retzlaff24-1-0
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USALPTS1010
1930-12-05Jim Maloney47-10-2
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1010
1930-11-07Mickey Walker68-10-0
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USALPTS1010
Risko was down for a nine count in the 2nd round. (Associated Press)
1930-10-23Dick Daniels17-3-0
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USALDQ710
referee: Johnny Martin
Risko down twice. Reported in the Boston Globe as a seventh-round disqualification, with Daniels the winner.
1930-09-15Babe Hunt46-1-4
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USALPTS1010
1930-07-02Tuffy Griffiths61-4-1
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALUD1010
referee: Phil Collins 43-57 | judge: Michael J. Corrigan 43-57 | judge: Livingston Osborne 43-57
1930-06-19Paulino Uzcudun41-8-2
Navin Field, Detroit, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
Often incorrectly recorded as occurring June 1. According to newspaper accounts, Risko won seven rounds, and held Uzcudun even in two others.
1930-03-24Victorio Campolo11-2-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWSD1010
referee: Arthur Donovan | judge: Charles F. Mathison | judge: George Patrick
An unpopular decision, as 11,000 people booed the verdict. Referee Donovan voted for Risko, after Judges Mathison (for Campolo) & Patrick (Risko) split.
1930-02-27Victorio Campolo11-2-0
Madison Square Garden Stadium, Miami, Florida, USADPTS1010
referee: Billy 'Kid' McPartland
1930-01-20Riccardo Bertazzolo16-5-2
Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWPTS1010
Risko "clubbed the Italian all over the ring" (Associated Press)
1929-12-27Tuffy Griffiths55-3-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALPTS1010
referee: Jack Denning
Risko accidentally butted Denning in the 6th, knocking out the referee's tooth
1929-12-09Ernie Schaaf23-6-1
Cleveland, Ohio, USAWPTS1212
referee: Billy 'Kid' McPartland
1929-10-22Jim Maloney42-8-2
Cleveland, Ohio, USAWTKO212
referee: Billy 'Kid' McPartland
1929-09-04KO Christner18-3-0
Cleveland, Ohio, USALDQ910
referee: Patsy Haley
Referee Haley awarded the bout to Christner after Risko head-butted him. Risko was fined $1,000 for this foul.
1929-07-29Emmett Rocco18-3-0
Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWPTS1212
referee: Patsy Haley
"Johnny Risko gave Emmett Rocco a severe drubbing.." (Ring, October 1929, page 36)
1929-06-27Tuffy Griffiths47-3-1
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USALDQ710
referee: Al Day
Having lost the first six rounds, Risko was disqualified for punching low.
1929-06-17George Cook26-30-9
Braves Field, Boston, Massachusetts, USALDQ510
Risko was disqualified for a low blow.
1929-05-07Emmett Rocco17-2-0
Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USALPTS1212
"Johnny Risko lost the duke to Emmett Rocco at the Public May-a fight he surely won, to my way of tabbing it-as I gave him seven out of the first eight rounds, and you could split the others.." (Tom McGinty in The Ring, July 1929, page 35)
1929-04-05Otto von Porat18-3-0
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWUD1010
1929-02-01Max Schmeling40-4-3
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALTKO915
referee: Arthur Donovan | judge: Joe Agnello | judge: Ray Farrell
1929 Fight of the Year - Ring Magazine
1929-01-24Tut Jackson67-28-7
Jackson, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
1928-12-28Ernie Schaaf17-3-1
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USALUD1010
referee: Joe O'Connor | judge: Dave Nelligan | judge: William T. McDermott
1928-11-30Jim Maloney35-6-1
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USALPTS1010
1928-11-08Tut Jackson67-28-7
Fremont Theatre, Fremont, Ohio, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Sandusky Register
1928-09-07Bearcat Wright33-7-7
City Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska, USAWPTS1010
referee: Jimmy Drexel
1928-08-15Roberto Roberti21-2-6
Ebbet's Field, Brooklyn, New York, USALDQ610
referee: Johnny McAvoy
1928-07-20Johnny Squires21-6-5
Navin Field, Detroit, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
referee: Jack Dempsey
1928-06-27George Godfrey50-11-1
Ebbet's Field, Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS1010
1928-03-12Jack Sharkey26-6-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWSD1515
referee: Billy 'Kid' McPartland | judge: Stuart Douglas | judge: George Kelly
McPartland gave Risko 9 rounds, Sharkey 4 rounds, and 2 even. Douglas gave Risko 6 rounds, Sharkey 4 rounds, and 5 even. Kelly gave Sharkey 8 rounds and Risko 7.
1927-12-07Phil Scott59-9-4
Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWPTS1010
referee: Patsy Haley
1927-11-25Paulino Uzcudun29-3-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWPTS1010
1927-10-26Tom Heeney30-8-4
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USALPTS1010
1927-10-13Quintin Romero Rojas21-26-4
Armory, Akron, Ohio, USAWNWS1010
This was a newspaper decision, reported in the Pittsburgh Post, New York Times, and other newspapers as a win for Risko.
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