Lou Filippo

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Lou Filippo, Ken Buchanan, Carlos Ortiz

Name: Lou Filippo
Born: 1925-12-01
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: 2009-11-02 (Age:83)
Hometown: Los Angeles, California, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 5′ 6″   /   168cm
Boxing Record: click
Judging Record: click
Refereeing Record: click

Division: Lightweight
Trainer: Jackie McCoy
Manager: Jackie McCoy
Photo: Lou Filippo (left), Ken Buchanan, Carlos Ortiz (Los Angeles: Oct. 2000)

  • Exact date of birth in 1926 unknown. Born in south central Los Angeles, California.
  • Attended John C. Fremont High School in south Los Angeles
  • Began boxing at the 97th Street Arena and became one of California's top amateur boxers of the 1940s
  • Joined the U.S. Navy during World War II, became a Pharmacist Mate, 2nd Class (medic), and served aboard the USS South Dakota
  • Won the South Pacific All-Services 125-pound title in 1944 at Guadacanal, South Pacific; as well as the 1945 Naval Base 125-pound Championship (his team-mate was Joey DeJohn)
  • After his discharge from the Navy, he won the US Diamond Belt (lightweight division)
  • Had more than 250 amateur bouts before embarking on a professional career
  • Annotated professional Fight Record
  • Named Action Fighter of the Year in Los Angeles (1957)
  • Manager and trainer (trained World Champion Don Jordan for a couple of fights)
  • Went into refereeing in 1973 at the suggestion of Olympic Auditorium promoter Aileen Eaton
    Lou Filippo
  • Officiated over 85 championship bouts (judge or referee)--Officiating Record
  • Appeared as either a referee or announcer in every "Rocky" movie, starring Sylvester Stallone. His movie credits are here.
  • Spent 43 years with Thermo-Electron, Cal Duran Division
  • Currently (2005) an executive with the World Boxing Hall of Fame in California (since 1983)
  • Served two terms as President of the WBHOF
  • Currently (2005) remains an active boxing judge and referee
  • Inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame, "Expanded Category" (Referees & Judges & Timekeepers)
  • Inducted into the John C. Fremont Hall of Fame
  • Husband of Pat; father of Debbie and Patty

Sources: The Ring magazine, Holiday 1999 issue, pp. 55-57; WBHOF Year 2000 Souvenir Program; www.fightworld.us