Lou Laurie

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Lou Laurie

Name: Lou Laurie
Born: 1917-11-19
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Died: 2002-12-26 (Age:85)
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Boxing Record: click

Lou Laurie was born in Cleveland, OH, November 19, 1917, of an Italian father and a Slovak mother. Lou graduated from East Technical High School and went to work as a service station attendant. He was acrobatic champion of Cleveland for two years.

Lou started to box in 1936. Although he competed in only 22 amateur bouts, he accomplished a great deal during that time. He reversed the decisions in the 5 bouts he had lost. Then he annexed the U.S. flyweight championship in 1936 and went to Berlin with the Olympic team where he won three out of his four bouts, earning the bronze medal. So impressive was Laurie's boxing style that he was requested to give an exhibition. He remained in Germany two months and was presented with the VAL BARKER trophy for being the most scientific boxer in all classes that year.

From Berlin, Lou travelled to Hamburg. Then he went to Le Havre, France. Then to Cobb, Ireland, Plymoth, England and parts of Holland. When Laurie came back home, he turned pro under the care of Sam Barber, who had started Paul Perrone. Lou fought eight battles, losing two of them.

He went to Chicago where he had six bouts under Jack Hurley's banner. After defeating Eddie Lander, he returned home, got his old job back pumping gas and gave up boxing for one year. Then, heeding the advice of his friend, Max Minnich, once a promising heavyweight, Lou Laurie re-entered the boxing game - and won a six-round decision at the Ridgewood Grove.

Jack Bluman, manager of Julie Kogan, was then handling the affairs of the clever battler. He continued as a featherweight though his ambitions was to compete in the bantamweight division.

From The Ring, September, 1940 -- "New Faces" by Fred Eisenstadt

Laurie, 85, died Dec. 26, 2002, at Beachwood Nursing and Health Care Center. He was one of five athletes from Cleveland's East Technical High School to compete in the 1936 Olympics. (Teammate Jesse Owens won four gold medals in track events. Dave Albritton won the silver in the high jump, and Jack Wilson did the same in bantamweight boxing. Ted Kara also performed well, reaching the quarterfinals in featherweight boxing.)

After the Olympics, Laurie gave boxing exhibitions in Europe. He came home and began a career as a professional boxer, but quit after eight fights. He returned to Europe and re-entered the ring briefly while serving in the Army during World War II. After the war, Laurie worked as a machinist. He was inducted into the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame in 1984. Four years later, the Ohio State Former Boxers and Associates gave him a similar honor. Survivors included one son, Joseph. (Written by Jim Amato of the International Boxing Research Organization (IBRO)).

Olympic Results