Bobby Leitham
Global ID41259
birthdate 1906-01-01
death date 1982-07-27 (76)
height5′ 3″   /   160cm
aliasVerdun Flash
country Canada
residenceVerdun, Quebec, Canada
birth placeScotland, United Kingdom
won 33 (KO 5) + lost 17 (KO 3) + drawn 8 = 59
rounds boxed 519
Newspaper Decisions won 1 : lost : drawn
rounds boxed 12
Total Bouts 60 KO% 8.33

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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1934-06-06Sixto Escobar20-8-2
Forum, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaLTKO510
referee: Mickey McGowan
This was considered a bantamweight elimination bout by the Montreal Athletic Commission, with the winner to face Mexican Champion Baby Casanova, present ring-side. "A crowd of about 4,500 saw Escobar unleash the lightning in his right hand early in the fourth round, and knock Leitham to the canvas three times. At the beginning of the fifth, another right hand punch to the jaw sent Leitham flat on his back and his second [Manager Sammy Gibbs] climbed into the ring to stop the fight...." Montreal Gazette
This is Bobby Leitham's final professional bout.

1934-05-07Sixto Escobar18-8-2
Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, USALTKO710
referee: Jack Dekkers
1934-03-02George Annarino56-7-3
Detroit, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
1934-02-21Ernie Maurer48-1-4
Detroit, Michigan, USALPTS1010
1934-02-02Ernie Maurer48-0-4
Arena Gardens, Detroit, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
1933-10-27Pedro Lorenzo4-14-1
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USAWPTS1010
1933-10-18Pete Sanstol88-5-8
Forum, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaLSD1212
1933-09-27Midget Wolgast109-10-7
Forum, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWUD1010
1933-09-13Pete Sanstol87-5-8
Forum, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaLSD1212
A "near riot broke out" as most of the crowd booed and hissed the verdict. It was announced previous to the bout that the winner would be matched with Midget Wolgast, World Flyweight Champion. Montreal Gazette
1933-08-30Jimmy Thomas39-17-3
Forum, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWPTS1212
Leitham's first bout since his United Kingdom tour. The winner of this contest was to meet Pete Sanstol. Montreal Herald
1933-07-13Jimmy O'Neil20-10-3
The Stadium, Liverpool, Merseyside, United KingdomWKO812x3
1933-07-03Dick Corbett69-16-10
King's Hall, Belle Vue, Manchester, Lancashire, United KingdomWPTS1010x3
Dundee Courier - Tuesday 04 July 1933 P 4
1933-06-12Johnny King99-16-8
Olympia, Kensington, London, United KingdomLPTS1515x3
Commonwealth (British Empire) bantamweight title
Western Morning News - Tuesday 13 June 1933
1933-04-21Raymond Lirzin7-6-3
Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CanadaWPTS1010
referee: Jack Dempsey
Max Schmeling boxed three exhibition rounds with sparring partners on this card. Montreal Gazette
1933-04-19Pete DeGrasse53-23-17
Mount Royal Arena, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWPTS1010
referee: Jack Dempsey
Attendance: 7,000
"The victory earned for the champion [Leitham] a meeting with Pete Sanstol, or Panama Al Brown."
Max Schmeling boxed three two-minute exhibitions with sparring partners Jack Shaw and Phil Higgins on this card. Montreal Gazette

1933-01-31Little Pancho36-7-10
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USALPTS1010
referee: Larry McGrath
1932-12-30Frankie Wolfram7-4-2
Auditorium, Winnipeg, Manitoba, CanadaWTKO815
1932-12-09Jimmy Thomas33-13-2
Northside Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALSD1010
referee: Red Robinson | judge: Frank Ferris | judge: Lou Meininger
1932-11-07Frankie Wolfram7-3-2
Auditorium, Winnipeg, Manitoba, CanadaWPTS1515
Canadian Bantamweight Title
1932-10-10Tony Marino13-2-0
Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, CanadaWPTS1212
1932-09-29Antal Kocsis22-7-2
Baseball Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWPTS1010
1932-09-19Willie Davies120-23-17
Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, CanadaWSD1010
Leitham "was extended to the limit to gain a close, but well deserved decision." Toronto Globe
1932-08-02Pete DeGrasse52-20-14
Baseball Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaDPTS1010
referee: Bert Schneider
Attendance: 7,500
Hats, cushions, "and even unwieldly benches and chairs" were hurled into the ring. Leitham claimed a foul in the fifth which the referee disallowed. Originally announced as a win for Leitham, but the Boxing Commission reversed the decision a week later and declared a draw. Sept. 9 The Gazette. (Often incorrectly recorded as occurring July 29.)

1932-06-29Emile Pladner71-8-6
Forum, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaLPTS1212
Attendance: 6,000
1932-06-16Art Giroux27-9-1
Mount Royal Arena, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWTKO710
Canada bantamweight title
1932-04-28Emile Pladner68-8-6
Forum, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaLPTS1010
Pladner scored a nine-count knockdown. Part of a bantamweight elimination tournament, sponsored by the Montreal Athletic Commission, to select an opponent for Panama Al Brown. The Gazette (Often incorrectly recorded as occurring May 14.)
1932-04-06Routier Parra14-28-6
Mount Royal Arena, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWKO910
1932-02-26Ernie Booth0-2-0
Location of bout unknown for now.
1932-01-25Willie Davies113-19-16
Arena Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, CanadaLPTS88
1931-12-15Lew Farber22-14-4
Forum, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWMD1010
1931-10-27Art Giroux25-8-1
Forum, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWDQ610
referee: Georges Rivet
Canada bantamweight title
Giroux fouled by a left-hook flush to Leitham's groin. Montreal Gazette
1931-09-09Art Chapdelaine25-8-1
Forum, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaDPTS1010
1931-08-25Peter Jackson13-9-5
Forum, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWPTS66
Leitham received a nasty cut over his left eye in the third that troubled him considerably.
1931-05-06Johnny McCoy69-24-12
Forum, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWPTS1010
Shortly afterward, Leitham had his tonsils removed. May 14 Montreal Herald
1931-03-23Pete Sanstol71-2-5
St. Denis Theatre, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaLUD1010
A bitter rivalry between Leitham & Sanstol begins here, according to later Montreal newspaper reports.
1931-02-16Frankie Wallace3-0-0
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USAWPTS66
"Bobby Leitham..ia going great guns, (He defeated Frankie Wallace and then beat Mickey Slavin.) From The Ring, May 1931, page 62. Leitham fought Wallace while using the name of George LaRocco. (It was an issue fought out in U.S. sports as to whether or not an athlete could jump back and forth between the professional and amateur ranks. The prevalent point of view, usually held to the present day, was that athletes lost their amateur status permanently after performing professionally even one time. This distinction still prevails, but has been overlooked in certain cases. For instance, the Olympic boxer Eddid Flynn (of New Orleans) moved back and forth rather freely between the two ranks.
1931-02-15Art Chapdelaine19-7-0
Precise date & location of bout unknown at present.
1931-01-26Harry Hill51-40-16
Monument National, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaDPTS88
Despite professional experience, Leitham would regularly engage in amateur fights in upstate New York around this time, using the name of George LaRocco, fighting among others Mickey Barron. The following February 16 he would lose a 6-round decision in such a fight at Syracuse to Frankie Wallace, who, like Leitham, had fought professionally elsewhere. All of these fights, however, were true amateur fights per Syracuse Herald and other New York papers, even though they may not have been reported as such by the Montreal press. They are therefore ommitted from his record.
1930-09-02Lew Farber14-9-3
Forum, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaLPTS88
Leitham sustained a badly injured ear. Montreal Herald
1930-08-10Sammy Schwartz0-1-0
Precise date & location of bout unknown at present.
1930-07-30Emil Paluso49-8-4
Montreal, Quebec, CanadaDPTS88
By the end of this bout, Leitham was badly cut, and bleeding from the nose and eye. Montreal Herald
1930-07-07Tommy McBeigh8-11-5
Arena Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, CanadaWUD66
referee: Herschel Osbourne
1930-06-10Sammy Schwartz
Precise date & location of bout unknown at present.
1930-06-02Joe Villeneuve5-3-4
Quebec City, Quebec, CanadaDPTS1010
Canada bantamweight title
1930-05-10Tony Canzoni2-1-4
Precise date & location of bout unknown at present.
1930-03-10Myer Stein
Precise date & location of bout unknown at present.
1930-01-20Joe Barbara23-13-6
Precise date & location of bout unknown at present. (Reported by some as "Lou Barba," which is the name of a contemporary heavyweight boxer; so it most likely was Joe Barbara.)
1929-09-25Joe Villeneuve4-2-4
Forum, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWPTS1010
1929-08-21Joe Marciente23-23-12
Forum, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaLPTS88
1929-07-25Joey Soldato
Plattsburgh Barracks, Plattsburgh, New York, USAWPTS66
1929-05-22Arthur Gagne1-1-0
Forum, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWPTS88
Gagne "was outclassed and given a boxing lesson that he will remember for sometime to come." Montreal Herald
1929-03-24Joe Villeneuve4-1-3
Quebec City, Quebec, CanadaDPTS1010
Canada bantamweight title
Exact date unknown, perhaps late March. Villeneuve is the Canadian Bantamweight Champion at this time. "Joe was slightly ahead and the Montrealer tore in, fists flying in a desperate effort to knock Villeneuve out." Source: May 1929 The Ring.
1928-09-18Harry Roberts4-6-0
Exposition Building, Portland, Maine, USANCND1212
Leitham won the "newspaper decision." But he receives a severe cut over his right eye, which will reopen in later bouts.
1928-09-04Tony Santello14-7-0
Portland, Maine, USAWNWS1212
Montreal Herald
1928-03-10Kid Johnny
Precise date & location of bout unknown at present.
1928-02-10Armand Midget Lavigne2-2-1
Precise date & location of bout unknown at present.
1928-01-15Armand Midget Lavigne2-2-0
Precise date & location of bout unknown at present.
1927-09-12Frenchy Belanger21-4-10
Arena Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, CanadaLKO56
referee: Alex Sinclair
Leitham "made an excellent showing in the first four rounds, and was well applauded for his cleverness. He kept Belanger quite busy for a while, and with more experience in the professional ranks will be hard to beat." The Globe
1927-06-15Young Burns0-1-0
Quebec City, Quebec, CanadaLPTS66
Sometimes recorded as W-8 for Leitham. Source here: Montreal Daily Star
1927-05-04Gerald Beaudin3-2-1
Forum, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWPTS66
referee: Bert Light
Leitham's professional debut. Light's debut as a professional referee. Montreal Gazette


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