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Fidel LaBarba
Global ID12310
sexmale
birthdate 1905-09-29
death date 1981-10-02 (76)
divisionflyweight
stanceorthodox
height5′ 3″   /   160cm
reach66″   /   168cm
country USA
residenceLos Angeles, California, USA
birth placeBronx, New York, USA
won 68 (KO 16) + lost 15 (KO 0) + drawn 6 = 89
rounds boxed 804
Newspaper Decisions won 5 : lost : drawn 1
rounds boxed 64
Total Bouts 95 KO% 16.84
 
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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1933-02-13Mose Butch28-8-2
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1010
referee: Al Grayber | judge: Frank Brown | judge: Freddie Lux
LaBarba retired from boxing after this bout.
1933-01-27Seaman Tommy Watson89-3-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALUD1212
referee: Pete Hartley
Watson's American debut: the first British Feather Champion to appear in an American ring in 22 years, since Gem Driscoll vs. Abe Attell. The "most stunning upset in months.... Watson shattered an American idol, won the hearts of American fight fans, and earned the right to meet Kid Chocolate, world champion...." New York Times. Referee Pete Hartley and Judges Charles F. Mathison and Marty Monroe were unanimous.
1932-12-29Tommy Paul63-10-6
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALMD1010
referee: Joe McNamara 48-52 | judge: Ed Klein 47-53 | judge: Ed Hintz 50-50
"Paul outfought and outboxed the Pacific Coast youngster to the amazement of the 5926 spectators." The New York Times
1932-12-09Kid Chocolate85-5-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALMD1515
referee: Willie Lewis
NYSAC World featherweight title
World Junior Lightweight Title
"In 15 rounds of boxing packed with scintillating ringwork, both defensive and offensive, and carrying the added thrill of a champion almost toppled off his throne, Chocolate emerged with the decision over little LaBarba.... The majority of the 14,000 who witnessed the battle however disagreed." Two judges gave it to Chocolate while the referee made it a draw. The New York Times. (LaBarba severely injured an eye while training for this bout, resulting in its eventual removal.)

1932-11-10Conrad Sanico0-1-1
Honolulu, Hawaii, USAWTKO68
1932-10-15Little Dempsey7-3-0
Honolulu, Hawaii, USAWPTS1010
1932-10-08Sailor Ray Butler27-5-6
Hilo, Hawaii, USAWPTS1010
IBRO # 57 - Honolulu Advertiser Name listed as Ray Butler
1932-09-05Frank Torres1-0-0
Maunaloa, Hawaii, USAWTKO1010
IBRO # 57 - Honolulu Advertiser
1932-09-02Vince Venturillo
Honolulu, Hawaii, USAWTKO1010
time: 2:50 | referee: Andy Biddle
1932-08-12Al Citrino30-3-8
Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USAWTKO610
referee: Bill Doran
1932-07-29Varias Milling19-15-12
Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, USAWPTS1010
1932-06-28Bobby Gray54-28-22
Forman's Arena, San Jose, California, USAWKO810
1932-06-14Tommy Paul58-7-6
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS1010
1932-06-02Varias Milling19-13-12
Sacramento, California, USAWPTS1010
1932-04-29Johnny Pena49-17-7
Detroit, Michigan, USALPTS1010
One of the semi-finals of the National Boxing Association's Featherweight Elimination Tournament.
1932-04-22Petey Sarron55-9-6
Detroit, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
NBA Featherweight Title Elimination Bout.
1932-04-08Max Tarley6-6-3
Stockton, California, USAWPTS1010
1932-03-11Varias Milling18-12-12
Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, USAWPTS1010
referee: Freddie Gilmore
1932-01-01Baby Arizmendi30-2-5
El Toreo, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, MexicoLPTS1010
1931-12-17Davey Jones29-3-11
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USAWPTS66
1931-12-15Benny Pelz28-16-14
Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USAWPTS66
1931-12-09Leslie (Wildcat) Carter69-24-9
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWKO110
time: 2:10 | referee: Toby Irwin
1931-11-27Santiago Zorrilla68-19-15
Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, USAWTKO610
referee: Abe Roth
Zorrilla was knocked down for a nine-count shortly before he was stopped.
1931-11-10Leslie (Wildcat) Carter69-23-9
Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, USAWPTS66
1931-10-09Joe Guerrero32-11-8
Sacramento, California, USAWPTS1010
1931-09-16Johnny Previs32-6-1
Wilmington Bowl, Wilmington, California, USAWPTS1010
Previs down in the 4th round.
1931-08-21Isidro Pinto de Sa11-1-1
Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USAWPTS1010
referee: Eddie Burns
1931-08-06Santiago Zorrilla67-18-15
Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, USAWPTS1010
1931-07-20Jackie Mandell29-13-6
Civic Auditorium, Stockton, California, USAWKO110
1931-07-04Ray Montoya44-26-17
Pismo Beach Arena, Pismo Beach, California, USAWPTS1010
referee: Freddie Gilmore
1931-06-26Claude Varner24-10-9
Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, USALPTS1010
referee: Billy Burke
USA California State featherweight title
1931-05-22Battling Battalino30-10-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALUD1515
referee: Billy 'Kid' McPartland | judge: George Kelly | judge: Billy Joh
NYSAC World featherweight title
Battalino "effectively disproved the belief that he was a 'cheese champion' when he scored a convincing 15-round victory...." (UP) Almost every fistic pundit had predicted that LaBarba would win; most fans had wagered 2-1 that Battalino would lose the Title.
1931-03-27Kid Francis84-6-4
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Patsy Haley | judge: Charles F. Mathison | judge: Billy Joh
"A crowd of 7890 fight fans, paying gross receipts of $23,420, saw LaBarba, admittedly one of the greatest little ring men of this era, subject Francis to a baffling exhibition of boxing skill in the 1st round of their tilt, ride successfully through the storm of savage drives to the body and head which Francis unleashed in four succeeding rounds, and comeback with an exhibition of boxing which bewildered his rival." (New York Times)
1931-02-03Claude Varner23-9-7
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USADPTS1010
referee: Jack Kennedy
1930-12-10Eddie Shea50-12-5
Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USALPTS1010
referee: Patsy Haley 3-5
Often incorrectly reported as occurring Dec. 9. Attendance: 12,000.
1930-11-28Bud Taylor70-19-8
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWPTS1010
1930-11-03Kid Chocolate57-1-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Arthur Donovan | judge: Charles F. Mathison | judge: George Kelly
1930-08-07Earl Mastro39-3-1
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USADPTS1010
referee: Phil Collins
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1930-05-28Bushy Graham80-14-7
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWPTS1010
This bout "deteriorated into a pursuit race with LaBarba filling the role of pursuer. Hardly more than one round of good, solid-fighting was crowded into the time occupied by the ten sessions." New York Times, May 28, p. 24.
1930-04-21Bud Taylor67-15-7
Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS1010
LaBarba floored in the first round.
1930-04-04Tommy Paul38-2-6
Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Joe Morrison
1930-03-04Santiago Zorrilla57-13-11
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS1010
1930-02-14Charley Sullivan38-14-13
Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, USAWKO510
referee: Benny Whitman
1930-01-28Johnny Torres19-11-2
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS1010
1930-01-14Ignacio Fernandez30-18-10
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS1010
1929-10-12Kid Francis73-6-4
Velodrome d'Hiver, Paris, Paris, FranceLPTS1212
Western Daily Press - Monday 14 October 1929
1929-08-30Jackie Mandell22-5-2
Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, USAWTKO810
1929-06-25Earl Mastro31-2-0
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USALPTS1010
referee: Billy Burke
1929-06-07Tommy Paul29-1-4
Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USAWMD66
referee: Lou Magnolia | judge: Jimmy Collins | judge: Frank E. Klipfel
Referee called it a draw.
1929-05-22Kid Chocolate33-0-1
New York Coliseum, Bronx, New York, USALMD1010
referee: Lou Magnolia | judge: George Kelly | judge: Charles F. Mathison
Judge Kelly voted a draw, while Referee Magnolia and Judge Mathison gave the fight to Chocolate. "Many persons in the crowd thought LaBarba had won the fight by a rousing last round rally and they booed the decision." Although the NYSAC had not officially designated this bout a bantamweight titular affair, it had "strongly advised" the boxers to weigh in at 118 pounds, but both boxers entered the ring overweight. The NYSAC then offered Panama Al Brown and Vidal Gregorio a similar title opportunity for June 18, when Brown was given the NYSAC's 'defending world champion' title. (United Press reports.)
1929-03-16Willie Smith18-2-2
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaWTKO1215x2
referee: Joe Wallis
The Sydney Morning Herald ,March 18, 1929
1929-03-02Billy Grime77-23-9
West Melbourne Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaWPTS1515x2
referee: Val Quirk
Reported as being "disappointing, both men frequently 'counted out' by the crowd for continual clinching. Grime remained on the defensive practically throughout." (AP) Attendance: 9000. Gate 2081 pounds. LaBarba and Grime received 500 pounds each.
1929-02-09Willie Smith18-1-2
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaWPTS1515
referee: Joe Wallis
Attendance:12000
Brisbane Courier February 11, 1929

1929-01-26Billy (Young) McAllister49-15-1
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaWKO415x2
referee: Joe Wallis
The Sydney Morning Herald , January 28, 1929
1928-11-23Ray Ravini30-3-1
Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USAWKO810
referee: Toby Irwin
1928-09-25Young Nationalista47-30-19
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS1010
1928-09-11Bushy Graham71-10-6
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS1010
1928-08-07Earl Mastro23-1-0
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS1010
1928-07-17Huerta Evans5-3-0
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS1010
LaBarba returns to boxing as a bantamweight.
1927-08-23Johnny Vacca26-9-3
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS1010
After this bout LaBarba renounced the Undisputed Flyweight World Title to attend Stanford College, with the intention of entering the brokerage business. And thus the Flyweight Title became disputed for 10 years to come, with various boxers claiming some version of it, including: Frenchy Belanger, Jackie Brown, Newsboy Brown, Frankie Genaro, Johnny Hill, Willie LaMorte, Johnny McCoy, Small Montana, Victor (Young) Perez, Emil (Spider) Pladner, Izzy Schwartz, Pinky Silverberg, and Midget Wolgast. In 1935 Benny Lynch defeated Jackie Brown for general recognition and then beat Small Montana in 1937 for universal recognition. (Courtesy of CBZ.)
1927-07-12Memphis Pal Moore99-21-25
Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS1010
1927-06-27Clarence Rosen12-2-1
Bay City, Michigan, USADNWS1010
Reported by the Associated Press as a draw.
1927-06-21Mike Brody2-0-0
University of St. Louis Athletic Field, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWNWS1010
"The Los Angeles flyweight took every round by a wide margin and had Brody on the verge of a knockout several times." Source: INS Newspaper decision from the St. Louis Globe-Democrat (Laurence Fielding). Brody is the correct name of LaBarba's opponent according to the Globe-Democrat.
1927-05-27Willie LaMorte20-10-7
Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWTKO1012
1927-05-11Babe Kellar5-4-2
Kalamazoo, Michigan, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Associated Press
1927-04-29Billy Shaw3-4-1
Detroit, Michigan, USAWNWS1010
"La Barba won every round." -- Newspaper decision from the Associated Press.
1927-04-11Young Montreal57-32-8
Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island, USAWPTS1010
Also said to have occurred in Tucson, AZ. CBZ
1927-03-21Johnny Vacca25-7-1
Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, USALPTS1010
referee: Jimmy Walsh | judge: John T. Glackin | judge: William T. McDermott
1927-02-14Johnny Vacca24-7-1
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USALPTS1010
referee: Jimmy Walsh | judge: Jim Harmon | judge: Pat Moran
1927-01-21Elky Clark30-11-5
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWPTS1212
World Flyweight Title
Attendance: 16,000
Clark "was battered from gong to gong of 12 merciless rounds." (AP) Five times the "ripping punches" of LaBarba tumbled the weak and dizzy Clark to the canvas. Clark then retires due to an eye that was severely damaged during this bout.
Boxing January 26, 1927

1926-12-07Delos 'Kid' Williams25-17-7
Civic Auditorium, Fresno, California, USAWPTS1010
referee: Toby Irwin
1926-11-19California Joe Lynch43-29-36
Dreamland Rink, San Francisco, California, USAWDQ410
referee: Toby Irwin
Irwin disqualified Lynch for holding tactics.
1926-10-26Young Nationalista30-19-14
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USADPTS1010
referee: Freddie Gilmore
1926-10-05Newsboy Brown18-1-3
Arena, Vernon, California, USADPTS1010
1926-09-02Paul Milnar5-2-2
Peoria, Illinois, USAWPTS88
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