King Levinsky
Global ID12076
birthdate 1910-09-10
death date 1991-09-30 (81)
height5′ 11″   /   180cm
reach74″   /   188cm
aliasKingfish Levinsky
country USA
residenceChicago, Illinois, USA
birth placeNew York, New York, USA
birth nameHarris Krakow
won 74 (KO 40) + lost 35 (KO 5) + drawn 7 = 116
rounds boxed 771
Newspaper Decisions won : lost 2 : drawn
rounds boxed 15
Total Bouts 118 KO% 33.9

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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1939-07-11Frankie Edgren28-20-5
Memphis, Tennessee, USALKO310
1939-06-02Jay D Turner13-12-3
Dallas, Texas, USALPTS1010
1939-05-31Babe Ritchie6-4-0
Softball Park, Lubbock, Texas, USALKO310
1938-07-11Johnny Paychek16-3-1
Des Moines, Iowa, USALTKO38
Often incorrectly recorded as occurring July 17.
1937-10-07Jack Conley
Dubuque, Iowa, USAWKO210
1937-04-27Jack Doyle15-3-0
Empire Pool, Wembley, London, United KingdomLPTS1212x3
Derby Daily Telegraph - Wednesday 28 April 1937 P 9
1937-02-09Bob Nestell10-0-0
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USALTKO1010
time: 2:43 | referee: George Blake
Levinksy was knocked down once in the 1st, 3rd, 9th, and 10th rounds. Nestell was down for a no-count in the 3rd round.
1937-01-05Maxie Rosenbloom193-37-25
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USALPTS1010
Rosenbloom floored Levinsky for a nine-count in the fourth round.
1936-12-01Babe Hunt80-26-5
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWTKO610
time: 0:25 | referee: Abe Roth
1936-11-10Nash Garrison38-14-3
Civic Auditorium, San Jose, California, USADPTS1010
Garrison was down in the first round in this slugfest.
1936-09-22Leo Lomski99-25-16
Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USAWPTS1010
referee: Tom Louttit
1936-09-01Marty Gallagher40-19-5
Griffith Stadium, Washington, District of Columbia, USALUD1010
referee: Charley Reynolds
From Washington newspapers.
1936-07-20Big Boy Brackey17-4-2
Offermann Stadium, Buffalo, New York, USAWPTS1010
1936-07-07Lee Ramage42-10-6
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USALPTS1010
referee: Charley Randolph
1936-06-26Joe Bauer3-2-1
Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, USAWPTS1010
referee: Larry McGrath
1936-06-05Harold Murphy49-20-9
Coliseum, San Diego, California, USAWPTS1010
referee: Frankie Van
1936-05-26Pepe Del Rio1-0-0
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWTKO210
time: 1:38 | referee: George Blake
1936-04-07Lee Ramage41-10-5
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USADPTS1010
referee: Jack Kennedy
1936-02-14Phil Brubaker15-1-2
Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USALPTS1010
referee: Joe Gorman
Levinsky was knocked down in the 2nd and 7th round.
1936-01-27Alfred Rogers5-2-0
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWKO410
referee: Eddie Burns
1936-01-14Hank Hankinson36-9-1
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS1010
referee: Jack Kennedy
Hankinson was knocked down for a six-count in the 1st round.
1935-10-09Marty Gallagher38-19-5
Griffith Stadium, Washington, District of Columbia, USALPTS1010
From Washington newspapers (Laurence Fielding).
1935-08-07Joe Louis20-0-0
Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, USALTKO110
time: 2:21 | referee: Norm McGarrity
Levinsky connected with only two punches, one of which landed on Louis's shoulder and the other "looped around Joe's head, as Louis stepped inside and landed his own right." Levinsky was down four times and the referee stopped the fight during the last knockdown. It was Louis's easiest fight to date.
1935-06-10Tom Jones6-17-1
Peoria, Illinois, USAWPTS44
1935-06-07Jack Slade
Stadium, Davenport, Iowa, USAWKO2
1935-05-27Hans Birkie32-33-8
Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, CanadaWPTS1010
referee: Herschel Osbourne
Birkie down 5 times.
1935-04-15Hans Birkie32-32-8
City Auditorium, Denver, Colorado, USAWKO4
1935-04-04Bob Williams6-6-0
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USAWKO1
1935-04-01Joe Rice14-9-0
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USAWKO210
1935-03-27Babe Hunt74-18-5
Fair Park Live Stock Arena, Dallas, Texas, USAWPTS1010
Date: Thursday, March 28, 1935 Paper: Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX) Section: I Page: Thirteen
1935-03-04Salvatore Ruggirello27-40-0
Benjamin Field Arena, Tampa, Florida, USAWKO210
1935-02-21Jack Wagner
Daytona Beach, Florida, USAWKO2
1935-02-19Jack Townsend14-21-2
Jacksonville, Florida, USAWKO2
1935-02-14Ted DeMarino
Dixie Theatre, West Palm Beach, Florida, USAWKO210
1935-02-11Bob Savage1-1-0
Benjamin Field Arena, Tampa, Florida, USAWTKO210
The towel was tossed in as the bell for the 3rd round rang. Savage had been knocked down as the 2nd round ended. (Associated Press)
1935-02-04Merrill 'Red' Tonn2-9-2
Legion Coliseum, Sarasota, Florida, USAWKO610
1934-11-23Art Lasky33-2-2
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USADPTS1010
1934-09-28Salvatore Ruggirello25-38-0
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USAWKO310
referee: Ted Jamieson | judge: Jim Keefe | judge: Ben Steinel
1934-09-20Art Sykes4-4-0
Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS1010
"The fight was a farce, with Levinsky missing more than he landed and Sykes almost incapable of doing anything." (Nevada State Journal)
1934-06-12Art Lasky32-1-2
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USALUD1010
referee: George Blake
1934-04-17Lee Ramage37-7-4
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS1010
referee: George Blake
1934-03-09Walter Neusel39-2-4
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALPTS1010
1934-02-09Charley Massera24-6-4
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWPTS1010
referee: Ed Smith | judge: James Buckley | judge: Joe Agnello
1933-12-29Don McCorkindale25-9-3
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS1010
McCorkindale was down four times in the 1st, and once in 4th, 8th, and 10th
1933-09-18Jack Sharkey35-9-2
Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, USAWUD1010
referee: Phil Collins
Sharkey down in first. The referee scored it 55-45 for Levinsky, and the referees had it 53-47 and 56-44. Sharkey appeared to win rounds 4, 6, and 7, and Levinsky took all the others.
1933-06-02Tuffy Griffiths71-10-1
Mills Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS1010
referee: Phil Collins
Levinsky's purse was withheld while the state athletic commission investigated his conduct in the ring. Chairman Joseph Triner thought that Levinsky had showed little respect for Referee Collins. Levinsky shoved Collins about the ring and on one occasion reached over the official's shoulder for a punch at Griffith(s). Griffith claimed to have suffered a fracture of his right thumb early in the bout. Griffith was down in the 3rd and 7th rounds, but arose immediately each time.
1933-05-03Charley Retzlaff46-3-1
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO110
time: 2:15
1933-02-24Johnny Risko54-33-6
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALPTS1010
1933-02-02Unknown Winston34-19-3
Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS1010
1933-01-23KO Christner40-24-3
St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York, USAWTKO5
1933-01-10Tommy Loughran72-15-5
Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALUD1010
1932-12-09Primo Carnera67-6-0
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALSD1010
referee: Eddie Purdy
Attendance 1,433.
1932-10-13Joe Sekyra48-18-6
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USALNWS1010
Minneapolis Tribune
1932-09-22Angus Snyder37-7-2
City Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska, USAWTKO310
referee: Johnny Lee
1932-09-01Johnny Risko53-33-6
Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio, USALPTS1212
1932-07-04Max Baer35-7-0
Dempsey's Bowl, Reno, Nevada, USALPTS2020
referee: George Blake
Attendance: 8,000 "Baer piled up a big lead throughout the fight." (AP)
1932-04-29Mickey Walker78-10-1
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALSD1010
1932-01-29Max Baer31-7-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALUD1010
referee: Ed Smith
1932-01-15Paulino Uzcudun44-11-2
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS1010
A "surprising ten-round victory." One judge and the referee scored it 52-48. The other referee made it a draw. New York Times
1931-12-18Tommy Loughran71-11-5
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1010
Levinsky floored Loughran three times, for "8" in 3rd round, for "9" in the 4th, and for "8" in the 9th.
1931-11-19Primo Carnera48-4-0
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALUD1010
referee: Eddie Purdy
Carnera arrested after the fight in conjunction with a judgment against him of $3754 by Indiana fight promoter Geo. Blemer. Attendance 20,000.
1931-10-30Jimmy Slattery107-11-0
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
1931-09-30Joe Sekyra44-13-6
Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS1010
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1931-09-09Young Con O'Kelly45-13-6
White City Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USADPTS1010
1931-07-01Ace Hudkins61-14-12
Mills Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALPTS1010
"Hudkins fought his characteristic charging, mauling battle and during the first seven rounds built up a sufficient margin to offset Levinsky's strong finish. The Ace had Levinsky on the canvas twice--in the fourth and fifth rounds--each time for counts of nine." New York Times
1931-06-09Pat McCarthy45-28-6
Kanawha Park, Charleston, West Virginia, USAWTKO410
referee: Jimmy Duggan | judge: Larry Pepper | judge: Bud Connell
1931-05-08Emmett Rocco26-9-2
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS1010
1931-04-27Emmett Rocco25-9-2
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALPTS1010
1931-04-21Johnny Risko46-31-6
Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, USALPTS1010
referee: Joe O'Connor
1931-03-31Young Con O'Kelly45-10-5
Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWUD1010
"The decision was disputed by the fans who though O'Kelly's persistent jabbing won him the award." (Associated Press)
1931-03-06Tuffy Griffiths65-5-1
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALPTS1010
1931-02-06Jack Gagnon42-20-1
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWKO310
1931-01-30Harry Dillon34-22-4
Riverview Rink, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USAWKO2
1931-01-14Jimmy Slattery105-10-0
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALPTS1010
1930-11-21Tommy Loughran62-10-5
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALUD1010
referee: Dave Barry
Loughran was down for a nine count in the 2nd round "but came back to win nine of the 10 rounds." New York Times In the fifth, Loughran pushed Levinsky down, but the latter did not take a count.
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