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Gus Lesnevich
Global ID10346
sexmale
birthdate 1915-02-22
death date 1964-02-28 (49)
divisionlight heavyweight
stanceorthodox
height5′ 9″   /   175cm
country USA
residenceCliffside Park, New Jersey, USA
birth placeCliffside Park, New Jersey, USA
won 60 (KO 23) + lost 14 (KO 5) + drawn 5 = 79
rounds boxed 604 KO% 29.11
 
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1949-08-10Ezzard Charles61-5-1
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USALRTD715
referee: Ruby Goldstein
National Boxing Association World heavyweight title
Lesnevich's corner refused to let him come out for the 8th round.
1949-05-23Joey Maxim63-16-4
Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio, USALUD1515
Vacant American Light Heavyweight Title (NBA)
A disappointing 6,931 crowd attended. Gross receipts were $56,151.50. AP scorecard: 8 for Maxin, 5 to Lesnevich, 2 even.

1949-03-03Eldridge Eatman22-18-5
Mosque Theater, Newark, New Jersey, USAWKO110
time: 0:21
1948-07-26Freddie Mills75-16-6
White City Stadium, White City, London, United KingdomLPTS1515x3
referee: Teddy Waltham
World Light Heavyweight Title
"Blood streamed from cuts over both of Lesnevich's eyes from the 1st round and he was twice down for counts of nine, one of which he took resting on one knee." (Sydney Morning Herald, AAP)
Referee Waltham gave verdict to Mills at the end of the bout.

1948-03-05Billy Fox43-1-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWKO115
time: 1:58 | referee: Frank Fullam
World Light Heavyweight Title
Fox was knocked down twice.

1947-10-31Tami Mauriello75-10-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWTKO710
time: 0:33 | referee: Ruby Goldstein
1947-07-30Tami Mauriello73-9-1
Ebbet's Field, Brooklyn, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Frank Fullam 5-4 | judge: Harold Barnes 6-4 | judge: Marty Monroe 6-5
Monroe scored the bout 5-5 in rounds, but favored Lesnevich in supplemental scoring.
1947-05-23Melio Bettina76-12-3
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWKO110
time: 0:59 | referee: Billy Cavanaugh
Bettina was down three times. On the final knockdown, the referee waved off the count. This set a new record for the fastest knockout in a main event at Madison Square Garden.
1947-02-28Billy Fox36-0-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWTKO1015
time: 2:19 | referee: Johnny Burns
World Light Heavyweight Title
Fox was knocked down for a count of eight in the 10th. After he got up groggy, Fox took Lesnevich down in a clinch. Referee Burns then waved off the bout. New York Times

1946-09-17Bruce Woodcock27-2-0
Harringay Arena, Harringay, London, United KingdomLKO810x3
time: 1:40
A right to the jaw put Lesnevich down for the full count, the only time in his career in which he was counted out.
1946-05-14Freddie Mills67-12-6
Harringay Arena, Harringay, London, United KingdomWTKO1015x3
World Light Heavyweight Title
Lesnevich floored Mills twice in the second round and twice again the 10th, before the referee stopped the fight. In between these two rough rounds, Freddie did extremely well. "This (was) one of the greatest fights in the history of British boxing." (Johnny Sharpe, in The Ring, August 1946, page 21).

1946-02-22Lee Oma44-18-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALTKO510
referee: Arthur Donovan
On the advice of the ring doctor, Referee Arthur Donovan stopped the fight as Lesnevich had suffered a deep cut under his left eye. New York Times Lesnevich was down for no-count in round four.
1946-01-11Joe Kahut30-2-4
Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USAWKO110
time: 2:45 | referee: Nat Fleischer
1942-03-11Jimmy Bivins25-4-0
Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USALUD1010
Lesnevich was knocked down in the 2nd round for no-count.
1942-01-30Bob Pastor49-6-4
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALUD1010
referee: Billy Cavanaugh | judge: Marty Monroe | judge: George LeCron
The official scorecards, all in favor of Pastor, were 8-1-1, 7-3, and 5-4-1.
1941-11-14Tami Mauriello32-2-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1515
referee: Arthur Donovan | judge: George LeCron | judge: Sam Austin
National Boxing Association World light heavyweight title
NYSAC World light heavyweight title
Official scoring: 9-4-2; 9-5-1; 10-2-3.
1941-08-26Tami Mauriello32-1-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWSD1515
referee: Eddie Joseph 5-10 | judge: John Potter 8-7 | judge: Bill Healy 8-6
National Boxing Association World light heavyweight title
vacant NYSAC World light heavyweight title
1941-05-22Anton Christoforidis44-9-7
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1515
referee: Frank Fullam | judge: Marty Monroe | judge: Joe Agnello
National Boxing Association World light heavyweight title
Not an NBA Title fight but Lesnevich awarded the title by the NBA on May 24, 1941
1941-02-27Nathan Mann62-8-4
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
1940-12-16Jack Marshall17-5-4
Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, USAWKO410
time: 2:43 | referee: Paul Cavalier
Marshall was down twice in the 4th.
1940-11-23Al Delaney57-18-6
Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn, New York, USALPTS1010
Delaney was knocked down in the 10th round.
1940-09-05Henry Cooper29-26-2
Belmont Park, Garfield, New Jersey, USAWTKO510
1940-07-22Wally Sears37-28-1
Belmont Park, Garfield, New Jersey, USAWPTS1010
referee: Paul Cavalier 9-1
Sears was knocked down in the 1st, 2nd, and 6th rounds.
1940-06-05Billy Conn51-9-1
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USALUD1515
National Boxing Association World light heavyweight title
NYSAC World light heavyweight title
"Before the fight Conn said that if he won he would quit the 175-pound class to campaign among the heavyweights, aiming for a shot at Champion Joe Louis." New York Times The official scorecards were 8-5-2, 6-3-6, and 7-6-2, all in favor of Conn.
1940-01-01Dave Clark32-5-2
Fair Grounds Coliseum, Detroit, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
A "close" decision (Associated Press) "Clark put us a nice fight, but Lesnevich showed himself to be a real fighter as he walked off with a clear margin after ten non-stop rounds." Full results for this program were in The Ring, April 1940, page 55.
1939-11-17Billy Conn49-9-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALUD1515
referee: Johnny McAvoy 5-8 | judge: Marty Monroe 5-10 | judge: Joe Lynch 6-9
NYSAC World light heavyweight title
National Boxing Association World light heavyweight title
Attendance: 13,704; Gate: $45,067
1939-06-22Dave Clark29-2-2
Nutley, New Jersey, USAWKO110
1939-05-15Larry Lane29-5-0
Arena, Trenton, New Jersey, USAWPTS1010
referee: Paul Cavalier 6-3
1939-02-02Bob Olin54-26-4
Sydney Sports Arena, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaWPTS1212
referee: Mick Lacey
The Sydney Morning Herald Friday 3 February 1939 P 15
1939-01-13Alabama Kid115-37-18
Sydney Sports Ground, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaWRTD912
referee: Mick Lacey
The Sydney Morning Herald Saturday 14 January 1939 P 15
1938-12-08Ambrose Palmer57-6-2
Sydney Sports Ground, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaWPTS1212
referee: Mick Lacey
The Sydney Morning Herald Friday 9 December 1938 P 17
1938-10-27Ron Richards74-17-7
Sydney Sports Ground, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaLPTS1515
referee: Mick Lacey
The Sydney Morning Herald Friday 28 October 1938 P 15
1938-06-16Stanley Hasrato19-7-6
West New York, New Jersey, USAWKO110
1938-06-01Buddy Ryan17-13-4
West New York, New Jersey, USAWPTS1010
1938-03-23Lou Brouillard97-23-1
Hippodrome, New York, New York, USAWPTS1010
1938-02-24Jack Kirkland18-15-2
Beach Arena, Miami Beach, Florida, USAWKO110
1938-02-08Ben Brown39-4-0
Coliseum, Coral Gables, Florida, USAWUD1010
1938-01-07Joey Parks27-3-2
Coliseum, Saint Louis, Missouri, USADPTS1010
1937-11-19Herbie Katz27-3-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWPTS88
1937-10-05Allen Matthews73-14-3
Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, USADMD1010
referee: Tommy Clark | judge: Eddie O'Neill | judge: Al Rosenberg
Rosenberg scored for Lesnevich
1937-09-03Alabama Kid104-33-18
Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USAWPTS1010
1937-08-24Atilio Sabatino51-12-6
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS1010
1937-06-22Young Stuhley45-23-3
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS1010
referee: Bud Taylor
1937-05-14Johnny 'Bandit' Romero103-23-6
Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, USAWKO710
referee: Mushy Callahan
1937-03-12Young Corbett III109-10-22
Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USALTKO510
referee: Toby Irwin
Lesnevich was stopped on a cut left eye.
1937-02-20Tony Celli32-24-5
Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS88
1936-11-17Freddie Steele111-2-11
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USALTKO210
time: 1:12 | referee: Charley Randolph
1936-11-04Young Stuhley45-21-3
Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USAWKO910
1936-10-23Marty Simmons40-18-4
Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, USADPTS1010
referee: Larry McGrath
1936-10-09Carmen Barth35-5-2
Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, USAWPTS1010
referee: George Blake
1936-08-21Ray Actis30-4-5
Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, USAWPTS1010
1936-06-19Louie Rogers18-17-2
Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, USAWTKO16
1936-05-29Johnny Sikes7-2-0
Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, USAWTKO16
time: 1:54 | referee: Mushy Callahan
1936-05-19Sammy Christian1-3-1
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS44
1936-04-13Frankie Caris24-1-2
Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, USAWPTS1010
Referee Frankie Manna gave Lesnevich 7 rounds, Caris two, and called one even. Caris was more hesitant to mix it up than in his previous fight with Lesnevich. (Newark Evening News, Herb Goldman)
1936-03-16Frankie Caris24-1-1
Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, USADPTS1010
According to the Newark Evening News (Herb Goldman), this was a closely-fought slugfest. Referee Henny Lewis scored it 4-4-2 on rounds, but penalized Caris for roughness, giving the win to Lesnevich.
1936-03-11Billy Hood27-25-5
Beach Arena, Miami Beach, Florida, USAWPTS88
In the 1986-87 edition of The Ring Record Book this fight was shown without date and location.
1936-02-04Eddie Whalen92-27-13
Braddock Bowl, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWKO510
This fight is sometims listed as occurring in Newark, but Jersey City was definitely the correct location. The 1937 Everlast Boxing Record unhelpifully gave the location as "N.J."
1935-12-14Frank LoBianco11-31-10
Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS88
1935-05-25Tony Celli23-12-3
Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS88
1935-05-04Tom Chester5-3-0
Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS88
1935-04-13Jimmy Varrelli11-7-3
Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS88
1935-03-22John Andersson22-9-12
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USADPTS66
1935-03-02John Andersson22-8-12
Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS88
1935-02-02Jackie Aldare51-24-11
Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS88
1935-01-12Bucky Lawless77-42-6
Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO28
time: 1:28
1934-12-29Jackie Aldare51-23-11
Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS88
1934-12-08Stanley Willardson6-1-2
Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS66
1934-11-24Jackie Aldare50-23-11
Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn, New York, USALSD66
referee: Jack Dorman
Referee Dorman gave the decision to Aldare after Judges Charles & Joe Lynch disagreed. New York Times
1934-11-03Tom Chester5-1-0
Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS66
1934-10-13Mark Hough1-0-0
Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS66
1934-09-22Charley Weise6-7-1
Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS66
1934-09-13Nicky Williams2-9-1
Teterboro Airdrome, Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, USAWPTS66
1934-07-23Tony Calabrese
Oakland Arena, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWKO26
1934-06-16Roy Frisco18-4-2
Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS66
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