Young Firpo
Global ID9419
birthdate 1907-04-25
death date 1984-08-21 (77)
divisionlight heavyweight
height5′ 7½″   /   171cm
reach72″   /   183cm
aliasWild Bull of Idaho
country USA
residenceBurke, Idaho, USA
birth placeBarre, Vermont, USA
birth nameGuido Bardelli
won 74 (KO 44) + lost 15 (KO 5) + drawn 4 = 93
rounds boxed 568 KO% 47.31

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1947-11-11Tiger Bob Noonan
Saint Regis, Montana, USAWKO410
Firpo came out of retirement in 1947 and fought Bob Noonan. A clipping provides: "Young Firpo, not so young now as fighters go, displayed some of his old ring prowess last night in St. Regis, knocking out Tiger Bob Noonan, the St. Regis Slaughterer, in the fourth round of their bout on an Armistice day card." John Bardelli (Young Firopo's son) interviewed three ringsiders who saw the fight, fight fans who did not know one another, and all three told him that in the fourth round Firpo landed a left hook and it sounded like a gun shot went off. Noonan's head struck the canvas before any part of his body and there was great fear that he was permanently injured. Fortunately, he recovered after being carried from the ring. Bardelli stated further: "I recall meeting him several times in the later 1950's in St. Regis while traversing through Montana with my father. Noonan was so respectful in seeing Young Firpo during these sojourns. As a youngster, I did not understand what the "glee" was about at the time as Dad did not even mention to me he had fought Noonan. Now, I understand the respect directed toward Firpo by Noonan".
1937-09-10Dallas Bennett1-0-0
Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USALKO110
time: 2:20 | referee: Tom Louttit
Firpo was floored for a nine count a minute into the fight, before being counted out.
1937-08-13Tommy Lynch11-1-5
Kellogg Ball Park, Kellogg, Idaho, USAWTKO7
1936-03-24Red Bruce25-9-3
Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USALKO210
time: 0:52 | referee: Tom Louttit
Firpo announces his retirement March 27, 1936.
1936-02-07Red Bruce23-8-2
Armory, Spokane, Washington, USALKO410
referee: Walter Wall
1936-01-21Nash Garrison36-11-3
Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USAWKO110
time: 1:05 | referee: Tom Louttit
Garrison was taken to the hospital with a slight cerebral concussion.
1935-11-01Leroy Brown29-16-8
Armory, Spokane, Washington, USAWTKO68
referee: Walter Wall
Brown was down once in the 4th, 5th, and the 6th. After he barely rose from the knockdown in the 6th, the referee stepped in. This was Firpo's first bout in some time according to various Northwest newspaper sources. The Portland Oregonian had reported in August, that he had suffered minor injuries in Wallace, ID, when a mine that he was working in collapsed.
1935-05-10Tiger Jack Fox62-11-6
Armory, Spokane, Washington, USAWDQ1010
referee: Don Fraser
1935-01-01Dutch Weimer30-10-0
Armory, Portland, Oregon, USAWPTS1010
referee: Tom Louttit
1934-09-20John Henry Lewis32-2-1
Multnomah Stadium, Portland, Oregon, USADPTS1010
referee: Tom Louttit
Pacific Coast Light Heavyweight Title
The Portland Oregonian reported that the bout was even for the most part in the first seven rounds, in the 8th and 9th Firpo appeared to take a slight advantage with his aggresiveness. Lewis appeared to win the 10th, as Firpo tired.

1934-08-28Tiger Jack Fox56-9-6
Multnomah Stadium, Portland, Oregon, USAWPTS1010
referee: Tom Louttit
Pacific Coast Light Heavyweight Title
1933-11-28Wesley Ketchell58-23-13
Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USAWPTS1010
referee: Tom Louttit
Pacific Coast Light Heavyweight Title
1933-08-18Dave Humes14-10-8
Wallace, Idaho, USAWKO210
1933-04-18George Manley86-14-9
Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USAWTKO110
referee: Tom Louttit
Pacific Coast Light Heavyweight Title
1933-04-04George Manley86-13-9
Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USAWDQ310
referee: Tom Louttit
Pacific Coast Light Heavyweight Title
1933-04-04Tiger Roy Williams35-11-5
Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USAWTKO47
referee: Tom Louttit
1933-01-24Wesley Ketchell52-19-13
Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USAWPTS1010
referee: Tom Louttit
Pacific Coast Light Heavyweight Title
1933-01-02Leo Lomski93-22-13
Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USAWPTS1010
referee: Tom Louttit
1932-07-27George Gilstrap4-10-5
Fairgrounds, Kalispell, Montana, USADPTS1010
1932-07-15Leo Lomski86-20-12
Multnomah Stadium, Portland, Oregon, USAWPTS66
referee: Bud Oliver
1932-04-06Fred Gaudette8-4-6
Walla Walla, Washington, USAWPTS88
1932-02-09Young George Dixon35-27-20
Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USAWPTS66
1931-07-01George Gilstrap1-7-5
Saint Maries, Idaho, USALPTS1010
Exact date unknown. It is reported in the April 10th, 1932 Portland Oregonian that Gilstrap's "latest claim" was a 10 round victory over Firpo at an Idaho miner's picnic, where he knocked Firpo down three times. This bout was probably after Firpo's loss to Wesley Ketchell, but before August 1931 when he accidentally shot himself.
1931-06-22Wesley Ketchell33-16-13
Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USALPTS1010
1931-05-12Young George Dixon32-24-17
Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USADPTS1010
referee: Kewpie Riley
1931-02-20Eddie Shelton18-15-8
Bozeman, Montana, USAWPTS1010
Young Firpo, 175, of Spokane, Wash., defeated Eddie Shelton, 183, of Great Falls in the 10-round main event of a boxing card last night. The battle was rough throughout. Firpo was given five rounds with three even. The Evening Tribune (San Diego, California)
1930-12-16Leo Lomski71-15-8
Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USALKO210
Semifinal bout for the Pacific Coast Light Heavyweight Title
1930-12-09Herman Ratzlaff18-3-5
Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USAWTKO1010
referee: Tom Louttit
Ratzlaff was nearly stopped in the 2nd and 9th round. Referee Tom Louttit finally stopped it in the 10th after an extended flurry by Firpo had Ratzlaff in trouble again.
1930-11-18Wesley Ketchell31-15-12
Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USAWKO610
1930-10-09Red Uhlan40-29-19
Wallace, Idaho, USAWPTS1010
1930-08-01George Courtney60-12-1
Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USALDQ510
referee: Toby Irwin
After Firpo was floored in the 1st round and went down several other times without being hit, Referee Toby Irwin stopped the bout due to excessive holding by Firpo.
1930-07-08Roy Jacks1-0-0
Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USAWKO410
1930-05-27Jimmy Darcy56-70-40
Auditorium Theater, Spokane, Washington, USAWTKO36
Darcy's corner threw in the towel
1930-05-13Pete Cerkan22-3-9
Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USAWKO210
referee: Tom Louttit
Cerkan was knocked down six times in the second round, the final time for the full count.
1930-04-15Harry Dillon31-17-4
Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USAWUD1010
referee: Tom Louttit
1930-02-26Del Fontaine21-14-4
Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, USAWKO36
referee: Adolph Schacht
1930-02-18Del Fontaine21-13-4
Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USAWPTS1010
referee: Tom Louttit
1930-01-21George Manley57-7-8
Olympic Auditorium, Denver, Colorado, USALPTS1010
"A rally during the last two rounds after he had knocked Firpo to the canvas for a short count in the eighth brought Manley the victory. Until the eighth round the fight was even." (UP)
1930-01-20George Rickard1-6-0
Kellogg, Idaho, USAWKO210
Month and day unknown. Rickard was knocked out in the second round. "Subjected to a merciless bombardment of right and left hand punches, George Rickard, Tacoma and Winnipeg light-heavyweight, lost to Young Firpo, Burke's hard-hitting 172 pounder, by a technical knockout in the second round of their scheduled 10-round main event on the 'Miners' picnic card last night at the Kellogg ball park. Rickard had been down for six and nine counts before the towel came sailing in [at the count of seven with Rickard still on the canvas] to halt the uneven battle. * * * Midway in the [second] round, Firpo landed several hard wallops that sent Rickard through the west ropes, his head striking the floor with a sickening thud."
1930-01-16Bill Nearing5-5-2
Eagles Hall, Wallace, Idaho, USAWKO2
1930-01-07Ray Pelkey61-27-16
Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USAWKO210
1929-10-18Jimmy Hanna25-6-7
Rock Springs, Wyoming, USAWPTS1010
1929-10-08Howard Ball20-10-12
Broadway Theater, Butte, Montana, USAWTKO1012
1929-08-16KO White11-9-9
Wallace, Idaho, USAWKO710
1929-06-19Fred Lenhart32-5-5
Wallace, Idaho, USALPTS1212
1929-05-03Denny Lenhart5-0-1
Glover Stadium, Spokane, Washington, USAWTKO66
referee: Denny Walsh
One bout of the inaugural outdoor boxing card of the season. "It was a slashing, mauling mill from gong to gong with the Wild Bull the aggressor most of the way. The sailor took plenty of punishment until referee Denney Walsh halted the contest in the last round when Firpo opened up a deep gash under Lenhart's eye." (UP) Three days later, County Prosecutor C.W. Greenough banned all boxing in Spokane County.
1929-03-12Tom Patrick5-6-2
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS66
Firpo was knocked down in the 1st.
1929-01-25Johnny Barry8-1-2
Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, USAWPTS66
1929-01-20KO Franklin2-3-1
Wallace, Idaho, USAWKO210
Month and day unknown.
1929-01-15Marvin Rife2-0-1
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWTKO26
1928-11-28Al Webster50-13-16
Eagles Hall, Wallace, Idaho, USALPTS1010
1928-10-27Dusty Miller22-8-9
Eagles Hall, Wallace, Idaho, USAWSD1010
Miller scored a nine-count knockdown in the fifth round. Spokane Spokesman-Review
1928-07-03Jack Lee11-23-6
Punch Bowl Arena, Alan, Idaho, USAWPTS1010
Inaugural card of the 1928 Alan outdoor boxing season.
1928-06-20Buck La Deaux0-2-1
Wallace, Idaho, USAWKO110
time: 1:05
Sometimes attributed to a "Buck Ladeaus."
1928-06-07Mike Stewart3-1-0
Wallace, Idaho, USAWKO4
"The fight ended in a riot when Firpo hit Stewart in the face while he was being pushed back through the ropes by fans, after he had been knocked out by Firpo. The excited fans were subdued by a state constable who stepped into the ring with a drawn revolver." Everett Daily Herald.
1928-05-10Pete Cerkan11-0-5
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USAWPTS66
Reported as Cerkan's sixth professional bout (which appears inaccurate) and his first as a main-eventer. Said to be his first real test against a top-notch opponent. Firpo won four rounds and Cerkan two. Cerkan's right eye was cut and closed, and a later head bump raised and blackened the left eye. Tacoma News-Tribune.
1928-01-02Fred Lenhart23-3-4
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USALPTS66
1927-12-23Jimmy Darcy56-68-40
Wallace, Idaho, USAWPTS1212
Darcy was knocked down three times for a count of nine in the 7th
1927-12-15Hank Rykor10-11-13
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USAWKO16
1927-11-29Jimmy McDermott11-16-2
Arena, Dishman, Washington, USAWTKO46
referee: Denny Walsh
1927-11-22Tiger Thomas14-6-6
Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, USAWPTS66
1927-08-19Frankie Wine32-3-7
Baseball Park, Kellogg, Idaho, USAWPTS1212
Part of the program of the miners' picnic. Spokane Spokesman Review
1927-08-02Fred Lenhart22-2-4
Punch Bowl Arena, Alan, Idaho, USALSD1212
referee: Charlie Towers | judge: Ford White | judge: Harry Spain
Pacific Coast Light Heavyweight Title
1927-07-02Buck Holley28-17-10
Fairgrounds, Missoula, Montana, USAWKO2
1927-06-16Mickey Rockson30-32-23
Wallace, Idaho, USAWTKO8
1927-05-16Buck Holley28-16-8
Wallace, Idaho, USAWPTS1010
1927-04-30Spark Plug Boyd27-14-15
Wallace, Idaho, USAWPTS1010
1927-02-28Orville Darr5-0-0
Eagles Hall, Wallace, Idaho, USAWKO810
Darr was knocked out in the 8th round. The fight clipping reads in pertinent part: "After stopping hundreds of wild swings, Orville Darr fell when a short left hook raised his chin in the eighth round of the main event at the Eagles Hall last night. And when he landed his head nearly broke through the floor. * * * The knockout came with Firpo standing in close and it was a short blow. Darr was "'out" for several minutes."
1926-07-22Spark Plug Boyd23-11-11
Arena, Alan, Idaho, USADPTS88
This was the last card held at the old Alan Arena. The new one opened August 10, and could seat 3300-3500.
1926-07-04Eddie Shelton6-5-5
Eagles Hall, Wallace, Idaho, USAWKO1112
1926-05-25Fred Lenhart3-0-1
Arena, Alan, Idaho, USALPTS88
referee: Bill Guimond
Firpo was knocked down three times in the 1st round.
1926-03-29Eddie Shelton5-4-4
Wallace, Idaho, USALPTS1010
1926-03-23George McCormick10-11-8
Four-L Club, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, USALKO2
1926-02-13Bert Tribbey35-24-10
Wallace, Idaho, USAWPTS1010
Pacific Northwest Middleweight Title
1926-01-20Al Stradley
Wallace, Idaho, USAWKO710
Day and month unknown. The Stradley fight was entered in early newspaper records as a KO 7 for Young Firpo even though Stradley was disqualified by the referee. "Stradley was on the floor through most of the sixth. At every Firpo charge he went down with his gloves and the fans were howling. Stradley was warned against these tactics by Referee [Charley] Towers and Boxing Commssioner George McKeown. * * * As the seventh started Stradley continued his diving game, and was disqualified." [In the list of Firpo's fights published after the fight, Firpo was awarded a KO 7 over Stradley.]
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