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Benny Leonard
Global ID9001
sexmale
birthdate 1896-04-07
death date 1947-04-18 (51)
divisionlightweight
stanceorthodox
height5′ 5″   /   165cm
reach69″   /   175cm
aliasThe Ghetto Wizard
country USA
residenceNew York, New York, USA
birth placeNew York, New York, USA
birth nameBenjamin Leiner
won 89 (KO 70) + lost 6 (KO 5) + drawn 1 = 100
rounds boxed 573
Newspaper Decisions won 96 : lost 16 : drawn 7
rounds boxed 1008
Total Bouts 219 KO% 31.96
 
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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1932-10-07Jimmy McLarnin49-8-3
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALTKO610
time: 2:55 | referee: Arthur Donovan
Leonard was down in the second round. "McLarnin, no respecter of persons or fistic kingdoms, hammered and battered Leonard pitilessly, while the veteran offered a weak resistance through five of the six rounds. When convinced that it was a futile undertaking by Leonard, Referee Donovan wisely stopped the struggle." James P. Dawson New York Times
1932-09-12Mike Sarko28-42-8
Starlight Park, Bronx, New York, USAWPTS66
1932-09-08Jimmy Abbott40-32-8
Fort Hamilton Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USAWTKO310
1932-09-02Phil Rafferty12-10-7
Long Beach Stadium, Long Beach, New York, USAWPTS66
Leonard "easily" beat Rafferty. This is Leonard's 22nd victory since he started his comeback a year earlier. New York Times
1932-08-19Mike Sarko28-41-8
Long Beach Stadium, Long Beach, New York, USAWPTS66
1932-08-11Paulie Walker27-13-7
Ebbet's Field, Brooklyn, New York, USAWUD1010
1932-07-28Billy Townsend53-14-13
Queensboro Stadium, Long Island City, Queens, New York, USAWPTS1010
1932-07-22Eddie Shapiro17-26-17
Coney Island Stadium, Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS88
"Leonard completely outboxed Shapiro, pounding him at will." (United Press)
1932-06-20Joe Trippe45-41-13
Bonacker's Stadium, Rensselaer, New York, USAWKO210
Leonard's victory was booed as Trippe had gone down from little more than a slap and was seen shielding his eyes from the ring lights with his forearm while being counted out.
1932-06-16Billy Angelo46-7-4
Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS1010
1932-06-08Andy Saviola15-21-4
Coney Island Stadium, Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS1010
1932-05-23Jimmy Abbott40-31-8
Paterson, New Jersey, USAWTKO610
referee: Danny Sullivan
Referee Sullivan stopped the bout when Abbott "was rocking on the ropes under a barrage of lefts and rights." New York Times
1932-05-16Marty Goldman35-7-3
Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, USAWKO210
1932-05-02Willie Garafola39-26-7
St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York, USAWTKO410
time: 2:45 | referee: Jed Gahan
Garafola down three times for counts of seven, six and eight.
1932-04-19Mike Sarko28-36-7
Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS66
1932-04-11Buster Brown56-18-10
St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York, USAWPTS1010
1932-02-29Billy McMahon39-14-8
St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York, USAWPTS1010
1931-11-23Buster Brown56-14-10
Carlin's Park, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWPTS1010
From Professional Boxing in Maryland 1930-1940.
1931-11-06Johnny Casper9-20-0
Burlington, Vermont, USADPTS1010
1931-10-27Vittorio Livan14-3-1
Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWKO310
referee: Johnny Martin
1931-10-06Pal Silvers61-22-7
Queensboro Stadium, Long Island City, Queens, New York, USAWKO210
Leonard's first bout after a seven-year retirement. He "is a pudgy, slow-footed old man of 35, making a desperate effort to recoup the fortune lost in stock speculation. The 15,000 spectators who paid $25,000 to witness Leonard's debut at Queensboro stadium were disappointed. They came to see their former old idol disprove the 'they never come back' axiom by a masterly exhibition of boxing skill. Benny scored his 'knockout' in the manner made famous - or infamous, if you will - by Primo Carnera. The spectators, who sat in stunned silence as the once unhittable Leonard had his face peppered red by an opponent who wouldn't have been considered worthy of carrying the gloves of the Leonard of a decade ago, greeted Silvers' 'dive' with boos and cat calls, and for the first time in his career, Leonard was hooted as he left the ring." (UP)
1924-08-11Pal Moran41-23-10
Olympic Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWNWS1010
Leonard "cracked" his thumb forcing cancellation of a scheduled Aug 11 bout with Mickey Walker.
On January 15, 1925, Leonard announced his retirement from boxing, thus vacating the World Lightweight Title. Leonard won 9 of ten rounds according to newspaper men (New York Times). (This bout is often incorrectly recorded as occurring August 1.)

1923-09-07Johnny Mendelsohn10-2-0
Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS88
"From beginning to end, Leonard outclassed his opponent, who, game to the end, was able to land on the champion but rarely and never hard." (Nevada State Journal) Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Public Ledger and Philadelphia Inquirer (Jack Kincaid).
1923-07-24Lew Tendler32-3-0
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USAWUD1515
referee: Andy Griffin | judge: Charles F. Mathison | judge: Billy 'Kid' McPartland
World Lightweight Title
1923-07-09Alex Hart7-1-0
Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS88
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Public Ledger, the Record, and the Inquirer, all of which had Leonard winning.
1923-05-29Pinky Mitchell10-2-3
Dexter Park Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO1010
referee: Davy Miller
Leonard refused to weigh in, so neither Lightweight nor Jr. Welterweight Titles were at stake. This program was attended by many men and women of social prominence as a benefit for local charities. They got plenty of controversy when Benny appeared to score a knockout by striking Mitchell while Pinky was on the floor. "A full-scale riot broke out, perpetuated in part by Richie Mitchell, Pinky's brother."
1922-08-05Ever Hammer32-14-12
Floyd Fitzsimmons' Arena, Michigan City, Indiana, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Chicago Tribune.
1922-07-27Lew Tendler30-3-0
Boyle's Thirty Acres, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWNWS1212
referee: Harry Ertle
World Lightweight Title
Weights at 2 pm
Referee Harry Ertle in post-fight interview, given to a reporter of New York Morning World, voiced his opinion that "It was Leonard all the way". Newspaper decision for Leonard from Jersey Journal, Damon Runyon (New York American), Igoe (New York Morning World), Heywood Broun (New York Morning World), W. O. McGeehan (New York Herald), Jack Lawrence (New York Tribune), W. J. Macbeth (New York Tribune), Harry Newman (New York Daily News), New York Times, W. H. Hicks (New York Evening Journal), Sam Taub (New York Morning Telegraph), Fred Keats (New York Evening Sun), Frank O’Connell (New York Evening Telegram), Dan Lyons (New York Globe), Alfred W. M’Cann (New York Globe), New York Evening Mail, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, P.T. Knox (Cleveland Plain Dealer), James W. Gantz (Philadelphia North American), Philadelphia Record, Perry Lewis (Philadelphia Inquirer), Cullen Cain (Philadelphia Public Ledger), Louis H. Jaffe (Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger), Pittsburgh Gazette-Times, C. Edward Sparrow (Baltimore Sun), Ringsider (Trenton Evening Times), AP, Davis J. Walsh (INS), Westbrook Pegler (United News), Henry L. Farrell (UP) Newspaper decision for Tendler from James J. Corbett (Universal Service), Philadelphia Bulletin Newspaper draw from Vincent Treanor (New York Evening World), George B. Underwood (New York Evening Telegram), James K. McGuinness (New York Evening Telegram), Grantland Rice (New York Tribune), Sam P. Hall (Chicago Herald-Examiner), F. J. Collins (Springfield Daily Republican) "Benny Leonard won by a shade" The Ring Magazine.

1922-07-04Rocky Kansas46-5-5
Floyd Fitzsimmons' Arena, Michigan City, Indiana, USAWTKO810
time: 2:32 | referee: Davy Miller
Neither fighter weighed in (Buffalo Evening News). Referee stops the fight with Kansas staggering around the ring.
1922-06-26Jack Britton64-12-16
Velodrome, Bronx, New York, USALDQ1315
referee: Patsy Haley
World Welterweight Title
Leonard hit Britton while the latter was on the canvas after being knocked down. Attendance: 20,000.
This fight is one of the most controversial in the history of the ring, as shown by a reading of about fifteen accounts by New York sportswriters (supplied by Jack Kincaid). The writers were unanimous in having Britton well ahead after twelve fast rounds. He had crowded Leonard, cleverly outboxed him, and even marked him up. Leonard did have a good round eleven, staggering Britton twice, but Jack had a big 12th. In the 13th, Leonard landed a left to Britton's body which caused him to gasp, folding his hands over his mid-section, and go down to his knees. Jack seemed to claim a foul (although he said afterward that he didn't), but Referee Patsy Haley disallowed the claim. Britton came up to one knee and Leonard rushed in and struck him a light blow, causing the referee to disqualify Benny. Leonard claimed that this final blow was not a foul, but none of the reporters agreed. The reporters, who included Damon Runyon, Sid Mercer, Hype Igoe, W.R. McGeehan, and George Underwood, drew various conclusions about the ending. Some thought that the conclusion was staged, others did not. The spectators seemed inclined to believe that something had been put over on them, but perhaps the best approach is to take the result at face value.

1922-05-19Soldier Bartfield45-12-7
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWPTS44
Although part of a charity program for the National Sports Alliance, decisions were rendered by the NYSAC. World Champion Jack Dempsey and Senator Walker (author of the current boxing law) were introduced. New York Times
1922-03-20Johnny Clinton26-9-4
Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Boston Globe. Newspaper decisions were unusual in Massachusetts, but this was one.
1922-02-25Pal Moran34-16-9
Louisiana Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWNWS1010
referee: Remy Dorr
Newspaper decision for Leonard from William McG. Keefe (New Orleans Times-Picayune), W.R. Hamilton (New Orleans Item), Colonel Cluke (New Orleans States), AP (rounds 1, 7 for Moran, 8th even), New York Times (Leonard won handily).
Leonard injured his right hand in either the 1st (Picayune) or the 6th (Item) round.

1922-02-10Rocky Kansas44-4-5
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1515
referee: Billy 'Kid' McPartland
World Lightweight Title
Kansas was knocked down in the 11th round.

1921-12-20Tim Droney7-5-0
Ice Palace, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS88
Newspaper decision from three Philadelphia newspaper, the Public Ledger, the Record, and the Inquirer, all inf favor of Leonard.
1921-11-22Sailor Friedman11-2-2
Ice Palace, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS88
The Philadelphia Public Ledger, Philadelphia Record, and Philadelphia Inquirer all gave Leonard the decision.
1921-06-06Rocky Kansas38-4-4
Federal League Baseball Park, Harrison, New Jersey, USAWNWS1212
referee: Danny Sullivan
World Lightweight Title at stake if Kansas won inside the distance.
"The champion easily outpointed his rival. Leonard won nine of the rounds, one was even, two, the fifth and tenth, went to Kansas." (Sheboygan Press)

1921-02-24Joe Welling23-5-5
Coliseum, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWNWS88
Welling was "soft picking for Leonard." (Appleton Post Crescent)
1921-02-21Eddie Moy19-14-6
Miami Club, Dayton, Ohio, USAWTKO310
1921-01-14Richie Mitchell12-1-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWTKO615
World Lightweight Title
Mitchell was floored three times, Leonard once, in the first round.
Benefit for the American Committee for Devastated France.
Attendance: 13,000

1920-11-26Joe Welling23-4-5
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWTKO1415
referee: Johnny Haukop
World Lightweight Title
1920-11-17Harlem Eddie Kelly7-15-8
Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York, New York, USAWDQ512
time: 1:13 | referee: Jack Skelly
This bout was regarded by Leonard as a "trial battle" for his title contest with Joe Welling November 26. Skelly stopped the fight after Leonard had severely punished Kelly, but declared afterward that he had disqualified Kelly, questioning his "gameness." Boxing Commission Walter G. Hooke did not share Skelly's opinion. New York Times
1920-11-12KO Willie Loughlin29-14-5
Camden Sportsmen's Club, Camden, New Jersey, USAWNWS1010
(New York Times) The Philadelphia Inquirer (Jack Kincaid) has Leonard the winner.
1920-10-18Johnny Tillman20-7-11
Armory, Akron, Ohio, USAWPTS1010
1920-10-08Johnny Sheppard8-4-0
6th Regiment Armory, Paterson, New Jersey, USAWTKO310
1920-10-04Frankie Britt72-17-20
Wethersfield Baseball Grounds, Hartford, Connecticut, USAWTKO510
This bout was stopped, as Britt was clearly outclassed.
1920-09-25Pal Moran29-12-7
East Chicago, Indiana, USAWNWS1010
Leonard won the newspaper decision. (Decatur Daily Review)(Atlanta Constitution) According to the Chicago Tribune, Benny won decisively. It was the largest crowd to ever see a ring show in East Chicago, 6,842 fans on hand. The gate receipts were $27,135.
1920-09-10KO Willie Loughlin29-12-5
Armory, Camden, New Jersey, USAWKO910
1920-07-05Charley White72-9-4
Floyd Fitzsimmons Arena, Benton Harbor, Michigan, USAWKO910
This fight was billed for the lightweight title but Leonard was overweight. White knocked Leonard out of the ring in round five. White was down 5 times in the ninth.
1920-02-09Johnny Dundee44-4-11
4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWNWS88
Leonard won the newspaper decision. (Sandusky Register; Reno Eve. Gazz.)
1919-12-22Jake Abel31-14-15
Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision for Leonard from AP (Leonard "gave an exhibition of speed and cleverness that outdid what Abel had to offer").
1919-12-19Red Herring13-1-2
Southern A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, USAWTKO68
time: 1:00 | referee: Billy Haack
1919-12-10Mel Coogan40-3-9
4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWTKO28
"Coogan was floored three times in the second round." (Sandusky Star Journal)
1919-11-27Soldier Bartfield36-6-1
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Leonard won the newspaper decision according to both the Philadelphia Public Ledger, the Philadelphia Record, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.
1919-11-17Lockport Jimmy Duffy34-4-3
Convention Hall, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USAWTKO215
referee: Billy 'Kid' McPartland
Promoted as for World Lightweight Title at 140 pounds ringside.
Duffy was knocked down three times in each round, the last time the referee stopping the fight.
Tulsa Daily World called it a “hoax” and reported the spectators were utterly disgusted by Duffy’s performance, him being scared or not even trying to put up a fight for unknown reasons.

1919-11-10Soldier Bartfield36-6-1
4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWNWS88
Leonard won the newspaper decision. (Decatur Review) The Philadelphia Record also reported Leonard as the winner. The Pittsburgh Post said that Leonard won easily.
1919-10-15Phil Bloom10-9-4
Arena Gardens, Detroit, Michigan, USAWNWS1010
Leonard "had an easy time." (Coshocton Tribune) The Chicago Tribune had the same result.
1919-10-01Charley Metrie4-4-2
Arena Gardens, Detroit, Michigan, USAWTKO710
Leonard won every round. "Officials" stopped the fight in round seven after Metrie had been floored and the count reached two.
1919-09-17Johnny Dundee41-4-11
1st Regiment Armory, Newark, New Jersey, USAWNWS88
Leonard won the newspaper decision. (Bridgeport Standard Telegram)& (New York Times).Dundee called the winner by illustrated Boxing record.
1919-09-08Johnny Clinton12-3-3
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision provided by the Syracuse Herald.
1919-09-04Soldier Bartfield36-6-1
Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Source: The Syracuse Herald; "Leonard was given the verdict on points in four out of six rounds. Bartfield took one round, the sixth, and one was even."(Mansfield News) The Philadelphia Public Ledger gave Leonard the newspaper verdict, as also did the Philadelphia Record and the Philadelphia Inquirer..
1919-08-11Patsy Cline17-1-4
Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision from three Philadelphia newspapers (Philadelphia Public Ledger (Paul Zabala), Inquirer (Jack Kincaid), and the Record was unanimously in favor of Leonard.
1919-07-23Joe Malone0-2-0
Newport, Rhode Island, USAWTKO36
This event was billed as an exhibition and was held at the beach.
1919-06-16Johnny Dundee38-4-11
Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
The Philadelphia Record favored Dundee as winner of the newspaper decision, but the Philadelphia Public Ledger and Philadelphia Inquirer gave it to Leonard.
1919-06-09Charley Pitts11-7-9
Theatre francais, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWNWS1010
Leonard won the newspaper decision. (Sandusky Register)
1919-05-21Young George Erne3-7-1
Grand Theater, Trenton, New Jersey, USAWKO68
referee: Danny Sullivan
World Lightweight Title
1919-04-28Willie Ritchie31-8-15
1st Regiment Armory, Newark, New Jersey, USAWTKO88
referee: James Brennan
Ritchie was down in the 2nd round.
At 3 p.m. Leonard weighed in at 136 pounds, and Ritchie at 138 1/2 pounds, and at ringside each was a pound heavier.
Referee James Brennan stopped the bout with 40 seconds left to go in the contest to save Ritchie from "further punishment." Ritchie "couldn't come back." But he "sustained his defeat in glorious fashion.... Ritchie was defending himself in dazed fashion against the wildly plunging and swinging champion. The latter lost his head completely, and at one time swung so wildly that he almost swung himself to the canvas... Ritchie apparently is through. There can be little doubt of that, for he was badly beaten last night, but fans who saw the bout never will cease to bestow praise on the fighting heart of such a man." (From Tacoma Daily News, of the national wire report.)

1919-03-26Harvey Thorpe17-6-7
Joplin, Missouri, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision for Leonard from C.E. McB. (Kansas City Star and Kansas City Times; Thorp had the better of rounds 4 and 7, the rest were Leonard's) and Marion Daily Star ("Leonard made Thorpe look like a novice").
No official weight was announced, but both looked to be weighing about 140 pounds, according to Kansas City Star.

1919-02-21Willie Ritchie31-8-15
Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USALNWS44
referee: Jim Griffin
Newspaper decision was a draw, or a slight win for Ritchie San Francisco Chronicle Wire reports said Ritchie the clear winner. Calgary Daily Herald
1919-02-07Wildcat Leonard8-3-11
Hoffman A.C., Sacramento, California, USAWKO44
1919-02-05Spider Roach7-1-4
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWNWS44
Leonard won the Newspaper Decision according to the San Francisco Chronicle
1919-01-31Joe Benjamin11-10-16
Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USAWNWS44
referee: Jim Griffin
Newspaper decision from San Francisco Chronicle
1919-01-20Johnny Dundee38-4-11
1st Regiment Armory, Newark, New Jersey, USAWNWS88
Leonard won the newspaper decision. (Bridgeport Standard Telegram, New York Times, etc)
1919-01-13Harlem Eddie Kelly6-6-6
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Leonard won the newspaper decision from three Philadelphia newspapers: Public Ledger, Record, Inquirer.
1919-01-01Paul Doyle10-1-0
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Leonard got the newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Public Ledger, Philadelphia Record. and the Philadelphia Inquirer.
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