Lou Filippo

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Lou Filippo

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
Manager and Trainer: Jackie McCoy
Officiating Record: Judge
Officiating Record: Referee
Photo #2

Lou Filippo attended John C. Fremont High School in south Los Angeles, and began boxing at the 97th Street Arena to become one of California's top amateur boxers of the 1940s. He joined the U.S. Navy during World War II, became a Pharmacist Mate, 2nd Class (medic), serving aboard the USS South Dakota. He 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 (where his team-mate was Joey DeJohn). After his discharge from the Navy, Filippo won the US Diamond Belt (in the lightweight division). He had more than 250 amateur bouts before embarking on a professional career.

Filippo fought professionally from 1947-1957, compiling a record of 28-9-3 (8), and was named Action Fighter of the Year in Los Angeles (1957). During his career he fought former lightweight champions Carlos Ortiz and Lauro Salas. Filippo was known to cut easily, and once quipped that he would start to bleed while the referee was still giving opening instructions.

He later became a boxing manager and trainer (he trained World Champion Don Jordan for a couple of fights). Filippo went into refereeing and judging in the early 1970s at the suggestion of Olympic Auditorium promoter Aileen Eaton, and eventually officiated over 85 championship bouts. He was the judge who favored Hagler 115-113 in the controversial Marvin Hagler vs. Sugar Ray Leonard middleweight championship fight in Las Vegas. Filippo also handled the first Shane Mosley-Oscar De La Hoya welterweight championship fight in 2000 in Los Angeles. Filippo retired from officiating in 2005.

Filippo appeared as either a referee or announcer in every "Rocky" movie, except "Rocky Balboa," starring Sylvester Stallone. (His movie credits are here.)

He also spent 43 years with Thermo-Electron, Cal Duran Division. And, from 1983 to about 2005, Filippo served as an executive with the World Boxing Hall of Fame in California (since 1983), serving two terms as its President.

He was the husband of Pat; father of Debbie and Patty. He passed away Nov. 2, 2009, in Los Angeles.

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

Lou Filippo, Ken Buchanan, Carlos Ortiz

Photo: Lou Filippo (left), Ken Buchanan, Carlos Ortiz (Los Angeles: Oct. 2000)