Lem Franklin
Global ID24771
birthdate 1916-05-30
death date 1944-08-03 (28)
height6′ 2″   /   188cm
reach76″   /   193cm
aliasLammin' Lem
country USA
residenceMobile, Alabama, USA
won 31 (KO 28) + lost 13 (KO 8) + drawn 1 = 47
rounds boxed 213
Newspaper Decisions won 1 : lost : drawn
rounds boxed 10
Total Bouts 48 KO% 58.33

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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1944-07-24Larry Lane51-19-5
Meadowbrook Bowl, Newark, New Jersey, USALKO910
referee: Gene Roman
Franklin remained unconscious for an hour, and suffered serious brain injury which led to his death on August 3rd. Lane charged with manslaughter.
1944-07-03Colion Chaney8-6-3
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO510
Franklin down in second; Chaney down for count in fifth. It was a thriller. Chaney was down in round one. Franklin ended it with "a terrific right-hand smash."
1943-08-09Dan Merritt11-14-0
Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois, USALKO110
time: 2:00
Franklin announced his retirement after this bout. Merritt "was knocked down twice (..) before he bounced back to land a wild right on Franklin's chin to win." (Reno Evening Gazette)
1943-06-07Gus Dorazio64-18-1
Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USALPTS1010
1943-04-16Lee Savold80-26-1
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALKO810
time: 2:55 | referee: Tommy Thomas
Savold down in first and second; Franklin down for count in eighth
1943-02-15Lee Savold78-26-1
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALKO1010
Savold, a 7-5 favorite, down for a six count in the first; Franklin ahead on cards into the tenth. but Savold was the "complete master" from the eighth round on. Lee fought with a badly swollen eye from the third round, but by the ninth Franklin also had one eye swollen and closed and had bad cuts of the nose and mouth. A terrific right to the jaw finished the fight in the tenth. It was a sensational fight.
1943-01-22Altus Allen18-8-1
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO110
time: 0:19
1942-06-23Joe Muscato11-0-1
Lakefront Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio, USALKO110
1942-03-30Harry Bobo27-5-0
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALKO110
time: 2:40 | referee: Ernie Sesto
Bobo was floored, but rose and knocked down Franklin 3 times.
1942-02-24Bob Pastor50-6-4
Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USALKO810
time: 2:08 | referee: Joe Sedley
1942-02-10Al Reiss11-6-1
Civic Auditorium, Toledo, Ohio, USAWKO110
time: 2:05
1942-01-29Joe O'Gatty7-23-3
City Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska, USAWKO210
time: 2:15
1941-10-20Abe Simon36-8-1
Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWTKO510
time: 1:33 | referee: Joe Sedley
Simon was down in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th rounds. Franklin broke his hand again.
1941-09-24Tony Musto30-12-2
Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWKO210
1941-09-02Curtis Sheppard13-8-0
Hickey Park, Millvale, Pennsylvania, USAWKO510
referee: Buck McTiernan
Sheppard floored in second, fourth and fifth.
1941-08-11Eddie Simms45-43-6
Omaha, Nebraska, USAWKO710
time: 2:12
Simms, who became Franklins's 15th kayo victim in his past 16 starts, said afterwards that he had been knocked out by a body blow.
1941-08-04Lou Thomas24-21-4
Lexington Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USAWKO110
1941-07-14Jimmy Bivins23-1-0
Chicago Stadium Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO910
referee: Davy Miller
Bivins down twice in 1st and once in 2d. Bivins outboxed Franklin from the third through the seventh round, but Franklin slowed Jimmy "to a walk in the 8th with a fusillade of crushing blows." "A lethal wallop to the ribs" left Bivins helpless in the 9th and the referee stopped the fight.
1941-05-02Selman Martin5-13-2
Coliseum, Des Moines, Iowa, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision provided by the Oakland Tribune and Bismarck Tribune.
Franklin fractured left hand in this bout

1941-04-25Frank Androff23-7-4
Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USAWKO210
1941-04-10Paul Hartnek25-7-4
Ak-sar-ben Coliseum, Omaha, Nebraska, USAWTKO310
referee: Alex Fidler
Hartnek had beaten Franklin in the finals of the 1937 National Golden Gloves at Chicago
1941-02-24Carl Vinciquerra40-4-5
City Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska, USAWKO110
1941-02-03Carl Vinciquerra40-3-5
Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO410
1940-12-16Selman Martin4-10-2
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO410
1940-11-25Eddie Blunt31-9-3
Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO510
1940-10-28Elza Thompson18-3-1
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS1010
1940-08-12Napoleon Mitchell4-1-0
Detroit, Michigan, USAWKO3
Franklin was scheduled to meet Texas Jack Wofford in a 10-rounder at Willoughby, Ohio's High School Gym the following September 17.
1940-03-14Willie Reddish30-9-2
Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO510
1940-02-19Andy Miller19-10-3
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USANCNC28
Main event - Franklin floored Miller five times but according to the Chicago Tribune the referee called it no contest. Franklin was to have received only $125 and Miller $100.
1940-02-05Buddy Millard18-0-0
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO210
1939-12-29Eddie Simms38-36-5
Hammond, Indiana, USALPTS1010
Reported in detail in Chicago Tribune.
1939-11-17Perk Daniels7-0-0
White City Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO18
time: 2:55
Franklin floored Daniels for a nine-count and then badly beat him until the referee intervened.
1939-09-11Clarence Brown8-4-4
Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USADMD1010
Franklin landed heavily in the first two rounds and wore himself out. Brown outboxed him after that. The referee voted for Franklin, one judge for a draw, and the other marked his ballot "no contest," for some reason. Evidently this was interpreted as a vote for a draw.
1939-04-13Tony Musto23-2-0
Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, USALPTS1010
According to Bob Soderman, the report of this fight in the Chicago Tribune was rather skimpy. Presumably Musto wore Franklin down with in-fighting; at least he did so for the first six rounds.
1939-03-31Abe Simon22-3-0
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS1010
referee: Phil Collins
1939-03-20Lee Savold38-18-1
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO210
Savold was down in round one and again in round two before going down for the count.
1938-12-20Eddie Simms31-29-5
Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USALTKO810
1938-10-14Charlie Belanger105-50-23
White City Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS88
Belanger's ring generalship enabled him to elude a knockout. According to Bob Soderman, who attended, Charley had to use every trick in his reportoire to go the full distance. This fight is shown incorrectly as a 10-rounder in Franklin's published record.
1938-09-28Bill Allen3-6-0
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWTKO110
1938-06-08Sandy McDonald22-16-2
Mills Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO110
1938-05-23Jack Monroe4-2-0
Armory, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWKO16
From Cleveland Plain Dealer (Laurence Fielding).
1938-04-22Paul Williams4-1-1
White City Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USANCNC610
This fight was stopped because "Williams was not trying." The gross gate was $715 and the share for these boxers was just $29.50 each. (From the Chicago Tribune, Bob Soderman)
1938-04-08Paul Ambers2-3-1
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWKO16
From the Detroit News (Laurence Fielding).
1937-12-13Freddie Fiducia34-8-3
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALPTS66
1937-11-19Harold Ullmer6-7-4
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWKO26
From the Detroit News (Laurence Fielding).
1937-10-06Max Zona22-11-1
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO25
Zona down four times in the first round, From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1937-10-01Lou Campbell
White City Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO16
Campbell's pro debut. From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1937-07-30Paul Williams3-1-0
White City Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USALMD66
Franklin's pro debut. His published record does not include a fight on this date, but includes an erroneous fight with Williams on November 3. Franklin had won the International Amateur Heavyweight Championship, beating Herman Runge of Germany earlier in the year. Williams was very cagy and fought in a shell to take the decision. Franklin landed his first hard, clean punch in round six and it broke Williams's nose.


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