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Johnny Buff
Global ID18030
sexmale
birthdate 1891-11-26
death date 1955-01-14 (63)
divisionbantamweight
stanceorthodox
height5′ 3″   /   160cm
reach65″   /   165cm
aliasJohn Lesky
country USA
residenceJersey City, New Jersey, USA
birth placePerth Amboy, New Jersey, USA
birth nameJohn Liskey
won 31 (KO 14) + lost 12 (KO 7) + drawn 3 = 50
rounds boxed 390
Newspaper Decisions won 35 : lost 8 : drawn 7
rounds boxed 406
Total Bouts 100 KO% 14
 
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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1926-05-13Johnny Hamm11-3-3
Palisades Rink, McKeesport, Pennsylvania, USALTKO210
1925-09-25Johnny Breslin18-8-7
Bayonne Stadium, Bayonne, New Jersey, USALTKO5
"Buff, a shell of his former self, was no match for his sturdy rival, who dropped him four times before the towel ended hostilities." The New York Times. (Often incorrectly listed as occurring Sept. 23.)
1925-03-12Mickey Gill16-4-6
East Side Arena, San Jose, California, USALPTS66
1925-03-05Eddie Kelly42-22-16
Petaluma, California, USADPTS66
1925-02-23Frankie Novey27-28-20
Recreation Park, San Francisco, California, USADPTS44
1925-02-14Benny Diaz20-20-10
Lyceum A.C., Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS66
1925-02-07Gene 'Kid' Payo18-11-6
Lyceum A.C., Los Angeles, California, USAWKO5
1924-06-23Amos 'Kid' Carlin17-0-3
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USALTKO915
Reported by New Orleans Times-Picayune (Jack Kincaid).
1924-06-11Tony Carney4-7-0
National A.C., Providence, Rhode Island, USALPTS1212
referee: Harry Ertle
1924-05-09Frank DeMari17-9-14
Tulane Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWPTS1515
Reported in the New Orleans Times-Picayune (Jack Kincaid).
1924-04-08Young Dencio12-5-3
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1010
1924-03-31Johnny Lear5-1-1
Hamilton, Ontario, CanadaLPTS1010
referee: Billy Carroll
Lear down twice in round 9. "Even a rabid Hamilton crowd jeered the decision." - Toronto Star
1924-03-27Harry Forbes7-1-4
Columbus, Ohio, USAWPTS1010
1924-03-17Benny Schwartz40-11-5
4th Regiment Armory, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWPTS1212
1924-03-03Emil Paluso25-2-0
Arena, Trenton, New Jersey, USAWNWS1010
Bout was even (Chicago Tribune). Newspaper decision for Buff from local Trenton Evening Times
1924-02-12Frankie Ash61-9-8
Stadium A.C., Jersey City, New Jersey, USALNWS1010
This was Ash's first appearance in the United States.
Newspaper decision for Ash from New York Evening Post.
Newspaper decision for Buff from New York Evening Telegram.
This was Ash's first appearance in the United States.
'Frankie Ash of England... in his first American appearance, tonight, outpointed Johnny Buff, former world's bantamweight and American flyweight title holder, in a 10-round contest, in the opinion of a majority of newspaper men present.' - The Lewiston Daily Sun, 13 Feb 1924.

1924-01-22Willie Woods7-7-2
Stadium A.C., Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision for Buff from New York Evening Telegram and New York Times.
1923-07-17Henny Catena21-5-4
Queensboro Stadium, Long Island City, Queens, New York, USALTKO910
time: 0:57
Buff was down once in the 7th and twice in the 9th, the last time his manager throwing in the towel.
1923-06-11Patsy Wallace6-9-1
Oakland A.A., Jersey City, New Jersey, USADNWS1212
Newspaper decision for Wallace from New York Evening Post ("honors even until the closing rounds, when Wallace forged to the front"), Brooklyn Daily Eagle ("Wallace was given six rounds, Buff two and the rest were considered even by the sports writers").
Newspaper decision for Buff from New York Evening Telegram ("For the first eight rounds Buff had the fight by a big margin. From the eighth round on Wallace made a big spurt and won the remaining rounds.").
A draw from New York Times ("Honors were about evenly divided at the finish").

1923-05-24Patsy Wallace6-9-1
Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALNWS88
referee: Frank McCracken
Newspaper decision for Wallace from Philadelphia Inquirer (searched by Jack Kincaid), New York Evening Telegram ("Wallace had the better of the encounter in every round"), New York Times.
1923-04-26Johnny 'Red' Allen16-12-3
Casino, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USAWPTS88
1923-04-11George Murray2-0-0
Fall River, Massachusetts, USALPTS1010
1923-03-26Gene LaRue19-3-0
Detroit, Michigan, USAWDQ810
1923-02-06Teddy Silva11-8-9
Civic Auditorium, Fresno, California, USADPTS44
Buff was knocked down twice in the 1st round, and once in the 2nd round.
1923-01-31California Joe Lynch19-9-18
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USALPTS44
1922-09-14Pancho Villa52-2-3
Ebbet's Field, Brooklyn, New York, USALTKO1112
time: 0:27 | referee: Patsy Haley
American Flyweight Title
Buff down twice in tenth and once in 11th

1922-07-10Joe Lynch36-5-5
Velodrome, New York, New York, USALTKO1415
referee: Patsy Haley
Bantamweight World Title
Buff was guaranteed $30,000 if he lost the title. The gate was $9,150.35 short. Lynch had to pay the difference out of his own share, and thus received nothing for this bout. Attendance: 20,000.

1921-12-15Memphis Pal Moore75-12-16
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Milwaukee Journal
1921-11-10Jackie Sharkey8-11-11
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWPTS1515
Bantamweight World Title
1921-09-23Pete Herman56-11-8
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWPTS1515
Bantamweight World Title
1921-09-05Indian Russell10-1-0
Boyle's Thirty Acres, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWKO510
Buff kept his "Rickard Belt"
1921-08-10Charles Ledoux84-11-5
Boxing Drome, Bronx, New York, USAWPTS1010
referee: Artie McGovern | judge: Tommy Shortell | judge: George Schweigler
Ledoux was down in the 1st round. Buff was down in the 5th round.
1921-08-01Jabez White5-4-2
Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWNWS1212
(Chicago Tribune)
1921-06-29Frankie Daly4-15-2
Palace of Joy, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS1212
1921-06-09Harry Mansell1-10-3
Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWKO312
Mansell was "completely outclassed." He was floored four times during the first round, and five times in the second, then was knocked out by Buff's first punch of the third round. New York Times
1921-05-02Eddie O'Dowd7-0-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1212
referee: Danny Sullivan
Flyweight Championship of America
This was a judges decision in favor of Buff.

1921-04-16Young Zulu Kid17-20-10
Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS1515
Flyweight Championship of America
1921-03-31Abe Goldstein24-3-2
Manhattan Casino, New York, New York, USAWTKO215
time: 1:31 | referee: Patsy Haley
Vacant American Flyweight Title
1921-03-02Frankie Daly4-10-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWPTS1212
1921-02-11Frankie Mason60-8-11
Tulane Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWPTS1515
referee: Remy Dorr
Semi-Final of Flyweight Championship of America eliminators.
1921-01-21Georgie Lee18-9-12
Tulane Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWPTS1515
Lee was down in the 3rd and 14th rounds.
1921-01-10Battling Al Murray24-7-1
Arena, Trenton, New Jersey, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision for Buff from Trenton Evening Times, Jersey Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer.
Weigh-in at 115 pounds at 3 PM.

1920-12-22Midget Smith11-0-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWPTS1010
1920-11-15Henry 'Kid' Wolfe2-1-0
Arena, Trenton, New Jersey, USAWTKO4
1920-10-25Tommy Murray5-1-0
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS88
Newspaper decision for Buff from three Philadelphia newspapers (Record, Inquirer, Public Ledger).
1920-10-18Mike Ertle7-5-1
Arena, Trenton, New Jersey, USAWTKO8
1920-09-27Frankie Mason59-7-11
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS88
Newspaper decision from two Philadelphia newspapers, the Inquirer and the Public Ledger, agreeing that Buff won.
1920-09-06Billy Bevan11-1-0
Armory, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS1010
(Wilkes-Barre Times Leader)
1920-07-26Silent LaMont
Armory A.A. Outdoor Arena, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWKO2
1920-07-06Abe Goldstein17-1-2
Armory A.A., Jersey City, New Jersey, USADNWS1212
Newspaper draw from the 1986/87 Ring Record Book. Also from New York Tribune
1920-06-07Victor Ritchie6-1-0
4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, USADNWS88
Changed from a KO5 and June 7. Fight was on undercard of Tunney-Madden. NY Evening Telegram
1920-05-31Willie LaMorte1-0-0
Armory A.A. Outdoor Arena, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWKO68
Changed from 8/14/1920. Willie LaMorte listed as Willie Burns. Brooklyn Daily Eagle
1920-03-19Memphis Pal Moore61-9-15
4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, USALNWS88
(Wilkes-Barre Times Leader)
1920-02-16Earl Puryear18-9-15
Grand Theatre, Tenton A.C., Trenton, New Jersey, USALNWS88
Puryear won the newspaper decision. (Trenton Evening Times)
1920-02-09Willie Spencer4-0-0
4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWNWS88
Did not take place on 2/29 as previously listed. Brooklyn Daily Eagle
1920-01-26Mickey Delmont3-2-2
4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, USALTKO28
referee: Harry Ertle
Buff down four times, the last for the count.
1920-01-15Jackie Sharkey4-6-3
Grand View Auditorium, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWNWS88
Newspaper decision from the Jersey Journal (Jack Kincaid).
1919-12-25Jack Eile2-0-0
2nd Regiment Armory, Trenton, New Jersey, USAWNWS88
Newspaper decision for Buff from Trenton Evening Times, Philadelphia Inquirer.
1919-12-16Tommy Gorman2-2-0
Armory, Reading, Pennsylvania, USAWKO210
time: 1:12
Correct date per Wilkes-Barre Times.
1919-11-27Bobby Doyle
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision for Buff from Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Public Ledger, Philadelphia Record, Jersey Journal.
1919-11-24Pete Herman44-8-8
Grand Theatre, Trenton, New Jersey, USADNWS88
A draw from Trenton Evening Times and Pittsburgh Post.
1919-11-17Mickey Russell7-3-0
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Buff asserted that he fought Russell a total of 7 times. Newspaper decision by Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Public Ledger, both having Buff as winner.
1919-11-06Maxie Williamson4-2-1
Grand View Auditorium, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWNWS88
Newspaper decision for Buff from New York Sun and from the Jersey Journal (Jack Kincaid).
1919-11-03Johnny Ritchie2-3-1
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision for Buff from Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Public Ledger.
Ritchie was down in the 2nd round.

1919-10-27Lew Angelo
Grand Theatre, Trenton, New Jersey, USAWNWS88
Date: Tuesday, October 28, 1919 Paper: Trenton Evening Times (Trenton, NJ) Page: 19
1919-10-01Johnny Curtin
Jersey City, New Jersey, USANCND?
According to July 16, 1920 article in Utica Herald Dispatch, Curtin had previously defeated Johnnie Buff (sic). No date is given and fight probably took place in either 1919 or 1918. Jersey City is a guessed location.
1919-09-16Mickey Russell5-3-0
International League Ballpark, Jersey City, New Jersey, USADNWS88
Newspaper decision from the Jersey Journal (Jack Kincaid).
1919-09-15Willie Spencer4-0-0
Jersey City, New Jersey, USANCND88
1919-09-13Patsy Wallace2-1-0
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
The Philadelphia Public Ledger gave the newspaper decision to Wallace. This fight was not reported in the Inquirer.
1919-09-03Harvey Crosby1-2-0
Summit Gymnasium, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWNWS88
Newspaper decision from the Jersey Journal (Jack Kincaid).
1919-08-25Mickey Dunn3-3-0
Open-Air Arena, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWNWS88
Newspaper decision from the Jersey Journal (Jack Kincaid).
1919-08-07Patsy Wallace2-1-0
Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWNWS88
Date: Friday, August 8, 1919 Paper: Jersey Journal (Jersey City, NJ) Page: 9
1919-07-21Battling Al Murray17-5-1
Grand Theater, Trenton, New Jersey, USAWNWS88
Johnny Buff Outpoints Battling Murray In Fast Mill At Grand Theatre bout made at 114lbs: Date: Tuesday, July 22, 1919 Paper: Trenton Evening Times (Trenton, NJ) Page: 17
1919-07-18Jack Eile1-0-0
Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWNWS88
Newspaper decision from the Jersey Journal (Jack Kincaid).
1919-07-04Al Cook0-0-0
Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWKO6
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