Mike Ballerino
Global ID41487
birthdate 1901-04-10
death date 1965-04-00 (63)
height5′ 4″   /   163cm
country USA
residenceBayonne, New Jersey, USA
birth placeAsbury Park, New Jersey, USA
won 33 (KO 5) + lost 30 (KO 5) + drawn 14 = 82
rounds boxed 682
Newspaper Decisions won 6 : lost 6 : drawn 4
rounds boxed 154
Total Bouts 98 KO% 5.1

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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1928-06-27Maxie Strub34-3-2
Academy of Music, Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania, USALPTS1010
Strub reportedly broke bout hands in the 4th and fought a defensive fight thereafter.
1928-01-20Tommy Grogan23-5-3
Omaha, Nebraska, USALTKO410
Ballerino knocked down four times in the fourth before his seconds stopped the bout.
1927-11-21Mike Dundee41-10-6
Memorial Hall, Dayton, Ohio, USALTKO1012
1927-11-11Joey Medill13-1-2
Ashland Blvd. Auditorium, Chicago, Illinois, USALPTS1010
1927-10-17Benny Bass66-6-2
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALPTS1010
1927-09-03Bobby Burns14-12-6
Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn, New York, USALPTS66
1927-04-26King Tut24-6-1
Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USALNWS1010
King Tut won the newspaper decision. (Ironwood Daily Globe) The Boxing Blade, 7 May 1027. also had Tut winning a good bout.
1927-04-19Jack Duffy6-4-1
Akron, Ohio, USALNWS1010
Duffy won the newspaper decision. (Coshocton Tribune)
1927-03-18Nat Kawler11-3-2
Van Curler Theatre, Schenectady, New York, USALPTS1010
1927-03-05Marty Silvers47-25-11
Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn, New York, USADPTS66
1927-02-02Maxie Holub11-2-1
Akron, Ohio, USALNWS1010
Source: Chronicle Telegram Elyria, OH
1927-01-24Al Foreman49-12-8
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALPTS1010
1926-12-20Joe Glick76-19-15
Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USADPTS1010
1926-11-29Georgie Balduc21-15-3
Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS1010
1926-11-13Joe Glick76-19-14
Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn, New York, USADPTS1010
1926-11-08Tommy Herman19-3-3
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALPTS1010
1926-09-30Eddie Lord18-4-2
Nutmeg Stadium, New Haven, Connecticut, USAWPTS1010
referee: Bill Conway
1926-09-15Johnny Kochansky47-8-6
Bayonne Stadium, Bayonne, New Jersey, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from New York City area newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1926-08-30Georgie Day21-13-16
Nutmeg Stadium, New Haven, Connecticut, USALPTS1010
referee: Bill Conway
1926-07-21Allentown Johnny Leonard30-18-8
Bayonne, New Jersey, USADNWS1010
Source: AP results
1926-07-09Augie Pisano38-32-15
Stadium, Long Beach, New York, USALPTS66
1926-06-25Petey Mack12-2-1
Bayonne, New Jersey, USANCND1010
1926-06-05Allentown Johnny Leonard29-17-8
Queensboro Stadium, Long Island City, Queens, New York, USALPTS1010
1925-12-02Tod Morgan52-5-18
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USALTKO1010
World Jr. Lightweight Title
Ballerino's seconds threw in the towel although Morgan had "already virtually clinched the scrap on points." (AP)

1925-10-21Ace Hudkins30-5-10
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USALPTS1010
1925-08-14Billy Henry3-6-4
Bayonne, New Jersey, USAWNWS1010
Ballerino won the "newspaper" decision. Reported in the 'New York Times' as a successful defence by Ballerino. (Chicago Tribune)
1925-07-06Vincent (Pepper) Martin49-23-3
Queensboro Stadium, Long Island City, Queens, New York, USAWUD1515
referee: Johnny McAvoy | judge: George Schweigler | judge: Patsy Haley
World Jr. Lightweight Title
1925-06-23Babe Ruth8-1-0
Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USADPTS1010
1925-06-16Billy Henry3-6-4
Kansas City, Kansas, USAWNWS1010
Ballerino won as he pleased--Port Arthur News.
1925-06-12Frankie Schaeffer3-2-0
Aurora Bowl, Aurora, Illinois, USADNWS1010
Source: Chicago Daily Tribune
1925-06-01Frankie Callahan13-8-3
Columbus, Ohio, USANCND1010
World Jr Lightweight title
Although a no-decision bout Ballerino's title was at risk if he was stopped inside schedule

1925-05-15Mickey Brown16-29-7
Bayonne, New Jersey, USADNWS1212
(Chicgo Tribune)
1925-04-01Steve Kid Sullivan32-18-4
108th Field Artillery Armory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1010
referee: Pep O'Brien | judge: John Steffens | judge: John Kofoed
World Jr. Lightweight Title
Although a title fight, this was just a 10-rounder. Source: Philadelphia Inquirer.

1925-02-05Vincent (Pepper) Martin49-21-3
Rink S.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO1112
time: 1:16
1925-01-01Frankie Monroe54-19-22
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Milwaukee Journal
1924-12-15Steve Kid Sullivan32-18-4
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USAWNWS1010
World Jr. Lightweight title
Newspaper decision from the Milwaukee Journal
Although a no-decision bout Sullivan's title was at risk if he lost inside schedule

1924-10-15Steve Kid Sullivan30-18-4
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALKO515
World Jr. Lightweight Title
Result from New York City newspapers.

1924-09-10Tony Vaccarelli22-3-3
Henderson's Bowl, Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS1010
1924-08-05Allentown Johnny Leonard20-12-6
Henderson's Bowl, Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS1212
1924-07-15Allentown Johnny Leonard19-10-6
Henderson's Bowl, Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS1010
1924-06-24Vincent (Pepper) Martin47-18-3
Nostrand A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS1212
1924-05-30Steve Kid Sullivan28-17-4
Henderson's Bowl, Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS1212
Result from New York City newspapers.
1924-04-22Joe Celmars9-4-3
Bayonne, New Jersey, USANCND1212
1924-03-14Joe Ryder20-16-8
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWPTS1212
1924-02-21Joe Souza16-12-7
Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS1010
1923-12-28Mickey Brown11-24-6
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWPTS1010
1923-11-19Al Markie6-2-0
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS88
From the Philadelphia Public Ledger (Paul Zabala).
1923-08-22Joe Nelson3-8-1
Velodrome, New York, New York, USAWPTS1010
1923-07-31Joe O'Donnell8-7-0
Shetzline Ballpark, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS88
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Public Ledger (Paul Zabala) and the Philadelphia Inquirer (Jack Kincaid) both were inj favor of Ballerino.
1923-07-20Harry Foley9-3-0
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS88
referee: Jimmy Walsh
1923-06-18Charley Goodman22-8-4
Polo Grounds, New York, New York, USALPTS66
1923-05-28Cuddy DeMarco5-1-0
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post. DeMarco won eight of the ten rounds.
1923-04-30Cuddy DeMarco4-1-0
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USADNWS88
The Philadelphia Inquirer (Jack Kincaid) favored Ballerino, and the Public Ledger (Paul Zabala) chose DeMarco as winner.
1923-03-19Bobby Wolgast10-1-1
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALNWS88
Wolgast won according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. The Public Ledger called it a draw.
1923-03-16Harvey Bright17-6-3
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALPTS1010
1923-02-13Billy Fitzsimmons18-22-6
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1010
Changed from Bob to Billy Fitzsimmons per the day after Observer-Dispatch.
1923-01-19Carl Tremaine15-1-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALTKO2
Ballerino down twice in the 1st, and three times in the 2nd round--the referee stopping it with him on his hands and knees in a neutral corner. New York Times
1923-01-05Frankie Jerome33-9-8
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USADPTS1212
1922-10-25Buddy Ridley13-4-4
Auditorium, Tacoma, Washington, USADPTS66
"Eddie Tait, as square and honest a sportsman as Tacoma boxing has known, and who is clean-cut in every action and dealing, refused to permit his boy to meet Ridley unless the bout was a draw, with both men on their feet at the end. They were, and that was the decisions [sic]. Tait did the only proper thing for his boy." Tacoma News-Tribune. (After this bout, Ridley became very ill, and did not fight again until early December. TNT, Nov. 25.)
1922-10-13Vic Foley9-0-4
Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaDPTS1010
1922-09-28Vic Foley9-0-3
Auditorium, Tacoma, Washington, USADPTS66
1922-09-14Sammy Gordon14-23-22
Auditorium, Tacoma, Washington, USADPTS66
1922-09-07Ernie Daley9-17-7
Legion Hall, Olympia, Washington, USAWPTS66
referee: Frank Farmer
"In the last round Daily adopted Ballerino's buzz saw tactics, but the Tacoma boy soon convinced him that those were his own, exclusive, unlimited tactics." Farmer was the referee for all bouts on this card. Tacoma News Tribune
1922-06-26Mike DePinto14-7-14
Fort Lewis, Washington, USALPTS44
1922-06-12Mike DePinto14-7-13
Aberdeen, Washington, USADPTS66
1922-05-18Sammy Gordon13-21-22
Auditorium, Tacoma, Washington, USALPTS44
1922-05-04Kid LaRose3-1-0
Eagles Hall, Tacoma, Washington, USAWPTS44
LaRose "continually smiled, which appealed to the fans. He can just about peek over the neck of a five-cent pop bottle. He not only is clever, but a heavy socker for such a little shaver. He claims the flyweight championship of Canada. The fans want to see him again." Tacoma News Tribune
1922-04-25Frank Pantley7-1-8
Arena, Seattle, Washington, USAWPTS44
referee: Rod Murphy
The "best fight of the night... in which Mike gave Frankie such a trimming as he has not received in many a day. The little soldier is a rip-snorting, tearing-in fighter who battles from gong to gong.... A big cheer went up when Referee Murphy gave the decision to Ballarino. Pantley was the only one in the hall who thought that Pantley did not lose." Seattle Daily Time
1922-03-30Soldier Toth
Camp Lewis, Washington, USAWTKO3
Sometimes attributed to a "Joe Loth." The referee stopped the bout after Ballerino split Toth's ear wide open. This may be an amateur military bout, as it was part of the Northwest Military tournament eliminations, with many of the other fights on this card being of three-round duration. (Ballerino had gotten a TKO-3 over Soldier Shea of Fort George Wright March 28 earlier during this tourney.) Tacoma News Tribune.
1922-03-28Soldier Shea
Fort Lewis, Washington, USAWTKO3
This may be a so-called amateur military bout, as this was part of the Pacific Northwest Military elimination tournament. Tacoma News Tribune
1922-03-23Mike Mitchell2-13-3
Tacoma, Washington, USAWPTS44
Ballerino is a soldier at nearby Camp Lewis at this time. Tacoma News Tribune
1922-02-22Mirillo Guida
Fort Lewis, Washington, USALPTS88
Attributed to soldier Mike Balarino--"Manila Typhoon." (Apparently Ballerino was a soldier in the United States Army at this time.) They used eight-ounce gloves. This bout was part of Fort Lewis's boxing elimination series. Tacoma News Tribune
1922-02-01Jimmy Cole7-7-2
Exact date and location unknown.
1922-01-12Eddie Moore10-10-8
Eagles Hall, Tacoma, Washington, USAWPTS66
Credited to "Mike Balarina" and "Mike Balarini" of Manila by two of the Seattle newspapers. His second mainland American bout, per the March 31, 1922 Tacoma News Tribune.
1921-12-29Frankie Britt14-8-16
Eagles A.C., Tacoma, Washington, USADPTS66
Ballerino's American debut: "A Manila typhoon, labeled Mike Balarina, broke loose at the Eagles' boxing show Thursday night.... What a battle raged! It was the old story of the irresistible force against an immovable body, with honors even when the storm ended." Tacoma News Tribune "He came in unsung and went out with every fan's well-wishes.... [The] crowd wore blisters on their hands and raised their voices to the rafters." March 31, 1922 TNT.
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