Fred Lenhart

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Name: Fred Lenhart
Born: 1907-07-31
Birthplace: Czech Republic
Died: 1987-04-01 (Age:79)
Hometown: Elk, Washington, USA
Stance: Southpaw
Height: 5′ 9½″   /   177cm
Boxing Record: click

Division: Light Heavyweight
Trainer: Iron Chamberlain
Managers: Ray Lenhart & Dave Miller; Jack Connor

According to the 27 April 1927 Tacoma News-Tribune, Fred Lenhart's career began in February 1926. He won his first five bouts by knockout. His bout with Young Jack Dempsey reportedly was his sixth career fight. But it actually may have been his 12th. By April 27, 1927, his record was comprised of 24 total bouts. He had lost only one, on an alleged foul--which he disputed. By then, he had never been knocked down, he claimed. (That April 27 newspaper article of his record-to-date included a win over Don Jones. However, their March 19, 1926 bout at the Elks Club in Spokane was an amateur contest. An extra round was added to the originally-scheduled three rounds to determine a winner.) He began his career as a southpaw, then developed an orthodox stance by 1933.

His first manager was a man named Shoemaker, a barber. Fred dropped him as his manager when Shoemaker had him face too tough competition early on, and not giving him a chance to develop properly. By 1927, his brother Ray became his manager. Also reported to have been managed by Oscar Levitch. Articles in the Portland Oregonian during the Spring of 1932 indicate that Dave Miller, best known for managing Freddie Steele, was behind the switching of Lenhart from a southpaw to an orthodox fighter. Miller also got Lenhart to fight more as a boxer, instead of as a slugger. In 1934 Joe Waterman was often referred to as his manager. Waterman had actually bought a half-interest in Dave Miller's stable, and probably just represented Lenhart when he was not boxing in the Puget Sound.

Lenhart had come to St. Paul in 1936 to fight Jack Gibbons. Liking it, he sent for his wife and kids and moved to White Bear Lake, MN, where he stayed and operated a tavern for the next 35 years of his life. Lenhart later moved back to Washington in 1971 where he lived out the remaining years of his life.


  • A chapter in the 2011 book A Dream, A Buck, An Era is devoted to him.
  • Photos; Photo #2, Photo #3
  • Place of birth sometimes incorrectly reported as Havre, Montana, Lenhart was actually born in Bohemia, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic).
  • Lenhart was a logger by trade and was also reported to have been a sheepherder, per the Los Angeles Times of 27 October 1934. His hometown was Elk, Washington, although Spokane is often cited by some sources.
  • Fred was not related to Denny Lenhart, a light heavyweight boxer who fought many of the same opponents in the Pacific Northwest of the United States during the early 1930s.
  • Annual Ranking of Lenhart by The Ring magazine in the Light Heavyweight Class:
    • 1929: #9
    • 1930: #8
    • 1934: #9
    • 1935: #10
    • 1936: #7
    • 1937: #10