Name: Pete Podgorski
Alias: Hammer-The Percentage Man
Birth Name: Peter Paul Podgorski/Podgorsky
Hometown: Illinois, USA
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Pro Boxer: Record
Amateur Boxer: Record
- Pete Podgorski Photo Gallery
- Total record of opposition at time of meeting, 230-129-27
Purported Amateur Career Record
- Amateur record: 45-12, 20 Knockouts (RSC) Listing on boxrec is 42-9 missing six bouts, 3 wins 3 losses, afaik. Not included because of not having specific dates, names etc. for those bouts.
- 1972, Chicago, C.Y.O. 147 lb. Champion Novice tile.
- 1973, Wisconsin, Fox Valley - Golden Gloves 147 lb. Champion Open Division.
- 1973, April, September, Fought as a member of U.S.A. Boxing Teams at Welterweight and Jr. Middleweight.
- Results include a TKO win over Terry Wingo in 1973 on a supporting bout of card, USA vs. Poland. Also a Split Decision loss to Terrance Riordan of Ireland at Soldiers Field in Chicago as a member of USA team vs. Ireland.
- 1977, March 31st (last amateur bout) - Won Chicago Park District, 156 lb. Open Division Championship vs Allen Muleman Alexander.
Podgorski's amateur record includes wins over several tournament champions, many of whom turned professional: Allen Muleman Alexander, Robert Hughes, Harold Scully Jr., Johnny Lira, Willie LaBoy, Warren Thunder, Lewis Velez, Frank Mc Govern, Stan Cooper, Enrique Maldonado, Rick Wilson, Jose Mendoza, Tony Kitchenakow and Billy 'Shane' Page.
- Catchphrase during Final instructions as referee,'Come out bangin'at the Bell!'
=== Professional Titles ===
- United States Mid-West Regional Light Middleweight Title 
- United States Mid-American Regional Light Middleweight Title 
- note *** Listing of titles later changed from Light Middleweight to Super Welterweight
As of April 2016, Podgorski has officiated 100+ total title bouts and eliminators.
World Championship Title bouts, Officiated as a referee and judge (64).
Location of bouts officiated and title bouts worked as Supervisor include traveling to Argentina, Australia, Canada, Columbia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Panama, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, Sweden and several States in the U.S.A.
- Title bout officiating history
Notable Fights Refereed
- Victor Emilio Ramirez vs. Ola Afolabi (2015-04-10) IBF World Cruiserweight Title TyC Sports Argentina TV
- Jordan Shimmell vs.Damon McCreary (04-14-2014) * USA FOX Sports 1
- Carl Froch vs. Mikkel Kessler (2nd meeting) (2013-5-25) IBF & WBA World Titles * HBO
- Adrian Granados vs. Kermit Cintron ( 2013-3-22) * ESPN
- Jose Luis Castillo vs. Ivan Popoca (2012-07-13) * ESPN
- Thomas Oosthuizen vs William Gare (2011 06 04) IBO
- Lucian Bute vs. Brian Magee (2011-03-19) IBF * Showtime
- Sergey Kovalev vs Dallas Vargas (2010-11-19)
- Ronald Hearns vs. Shadrack Kipruto (2009-12-12)
- Fres Oquendo vs. Bruce Seldon (2009-7-24) NABA Heavyweight Title
- Nonito Donaire vs. Raul Martinez (2009-04-19) IBF & IBO
- Mariusz Wach vs. Eric Boose ( 2008-07-11 ) Heavyweights * ESPN
- Tavoris Cloud vs. Mike Wood (2008-03-28) USBA, NABA & NABO
- Daniel Jacobs vs. Hector Lopez (2008-01-25)
- Orlando Salido vs. Hector Julio Avila (2007-12-14) IBF Eliminator * Solo Boxeo
- John Ruiz vs. Otis Tisdale (2007-10-13) Heavyweights
- Arthur Abraham vs. Khoren Gevor (2007-08-18) IBF
- Nate Campbell vs. Matt Zegan (2006-10-07) IBF Eliminator
- Tomasz Bonin vs. Fernely Feliz (2005-11-26) IBC World Heavyweight Title
- Alejandro Garcia vs. Luca Messi (2005-08-13) WBA
- Alejandro Garcia vs. Rhoshii Wells (2005-05-21) WBA Interim
- Vic Darchinyan vs. Mzukisi Sikali (2005-03-27) IBF, IBO
- David Diaz vs. Emanuel Augustus (2004-01-30)
- Sven Ottke vs. Mads Larsen (2003-09-06) IBF & WBA
- James Crawford vs. Joseph Hughes (2002-06-28) Mid-West title
- Ben Tackie vs. Teddy Reid (2002-01-25) NABF & IBF Eliminator * ESPN
- Tue Bjorn Thomsen vs. Rob Calloway (2001-09-21) IBC World Super Cruiserweight Title
- Brian Nielsen vs. Dicky Ryan II (2000-12-01) Heavyweights
- Brian Nielsen vs. Jeremy Williams (2000-04-28) IBC World Heavyweight title
- Brian Nielsen vs. Troy Weida (2000-01-14) IBC World Heavyweight Title
- Greg Page vs. Terrence Lewis (2000-02-09) Heavyweights
- Jimmy Paul vs. Ali Kareem Muhammad (1999-10-28)
- Terry Ray vs. Samson Cohen (1999-01-23) WBF World Cruiserweight Title
- Paul Spadafora vs. Rocky Martinez (1999-01-22) * ESPN
- Thulani Malinga vs. Peter H Madsen (1998-11-27) WBFSuper-Middleweight
- Iran Barkley vs. Tony LaRosa (1998-08-22) Heavyweights
- Meldrick Taylor vs. Rafael Salas (1998-08-06) Middleweights
- Thulani Malinga vs. Fredrik Alvarez (1998-06-05) WBF Super-Middleweight
- Glen Johnson vs. Merqui Sosa (1997-12-13)
- Mads Larsen vs. Soon Botes (1997-11-14) IBO Super Middleweight Title
- Anthony Jones vs. Jorge Vaca (1997-07-11)
- Larry Donald vs. Cleveland Woods (1997-01-24) Heavyweights
- Dwight Davison vs. Eddie White (1996-11-27) IBO
- Brian Nielsen vs Mike Hunter (1996-05-31) IBO World Heavyweight Title
- Henry Maske vs. Duran Williams (1996-02-17) IBF RTL
- Andrew Golota vs.Jesse Shelby (1994-06-18) Heavyweights
- James Toney vs. Vinson Durham (1994-05-18) non-title bout for IBF Champion.
- Lupe Pintor vs. Kevin Sedam (11-18-1994)
- Andrew Golota vs. Donnell Wingfield (1994-01-14) Heavyweights
- Tom Johnson vs. Stephane Haccoun (1993-11-30) IBF
- Danell Nicholson vs. Michael Greer ( 1993-08-27) Heavyweights
- Lenny LaPaglia vs. Daryl Fromm (1993-08-20) IBO
- Pat Coleman vs. Saoul Mamby (1993-04-23)
- Michael Carbajal vs. Jose Manuel Diaz (1992-10-14) non-title bout for IBF Champion
- Vinnie Letizia vs.Jackie Beard (1992-08-28) IL
- James (Bonecrusher) Smith vs. Andre Crowder (1991-12-13) Heavyweights
- Quincy Taylor vs. Armando Rodriguez (1990-12-13) IBF Inter-continental
- Lee Roy Murphy vs.Terry Armstrong (1990-09-12) Heavyweights
- James Warring vs. Craig Bodzianowski (1989-11-10) Crusierwieghts
- Mike Evans vs. Joey Christjohn (1988-12-07) Heavyweights
- Oliver McCall vs. Bruce Johnson (1988-10-01) Heavyweights
- Mike Evans vs. David Jaco (1988-05-21) Mid-West Heavyweight title
- Buster Drayton vs. Leroy Jones (Arizona) (1987-12-05)
- Kimmuel Odum vs. Stan Johnson (1987-2-17) pro. debut as referee, Heavyweights
Notable Fights Judged
- Chris van Heerden vs. Sebastian Andres Lujan (06-16-2012) IBO
- Brian Magee vs. Hacine Cherifi ( 11-22-2003 ) IBO
- Cory Spinks vs. Larry Marks ( 08-17-2001 ) USBA
- Johnny Bredahl vs. Alexandre Da Silva ( 12-01-2000 ) IBC & WBA Int'Cont.
- Thulani Malinga vs. Ole Klemetsen Vacant IBA Light Heavyweight Title
- Shane Mosley vs. Golden Johnson ( 01-09-1999 ) IBF
- Jesper Jensen vs. Vuyani Nene ( 06-05-1998 ) IBC
- Brian Nielsen vs. Don Steele (11-14-1997) IBO World Heavyweight title
- Brian Nielsen vs. Larry Holmes ( 01-24-1997 ) IBO World Heavyweight title
- Kostya Tszyu vs. Jan Piet Bergman ( 09-14-1996 ) IBF
- Harold Mestre vs. Mbulelo Botile ( 04-29-1995 ) IBF
- Orlando Canizales vs. Sergio Reyes (10-15-1994) IBF
- Kennedy McKinney vs. Rudy Zavala (07-17-1993 ) IBF
- Leon Spinks vs. Lupe Guerra (11-15-1991) Heavyweights
Family Boxing History
Pete is the son of Ray Podgorski a retired electrician (local 134) who had one amateur contest. Working the corner for Ray in his bout was NFL Pro football legend Red Grange. Podgorski's opponent received his instructions from NBA star George Mikan.
Brother of professionals, Stan and Leo Podgorski. Pete is the father of former amateur boxers, Mike Podgorski (11-0) who won a Amateur title in the Jr. division defeating future pro Francisco Tafoya and also the father of Matthew Podgorski, a professional Judge and Referee, who as an amateur compiled a record of 27-6 winning the Chicago Golden Gloves and Park District Tournaments in 1997.
| USA Mid West light middleweight title
1985 July 12 – 1986 July 11
- Bout originally for: USA Mid West Jr. Middleweight title Weight class later redefined as Super Welterweight and now listed as vacant USA Mid West super welterweight title.
Boxers who Podgorski lost close decisions to, that were ranked either Regional or Worldwide include, Harold Brazier, Jack Callahan and Randy Mitchem. Family History Grandparents, family names - Podgorski/Podgorsky, La Montagne, Lynn, Legenza
Amateur Boxing Shows: In 1985, 1986 & 1987 Podgorski had the annual Chicago Park District boxing shows of nearby Portage Park held at Dunham Park, the recreation facility that he managed. Pete promoted the shows and embraced the opportunity to train the local participants, make the matches, order professional/type boxing posters and announce the shows. These show preparations were done along with most everything else involved in putting an amateur boxing show together.
Listed in the publication Third Man in the Ring google books
- Fightnews Interview by Ray Wheatley
- Youtube clips of some amateur bouts
- CBZ HOF article
- Illinois MMA/Boxing HOF article
- Illinois Boxing HOF
- Illinois Martial Arts/Boxing HOF Webpage
International Boxing Federation IBF/USBA Board of Directors
|Officiating History - Title bout record|
|Total Bouts Officiated||Regional & Other Titles Judged||World Title Bouts -Judged||Regional & Other Titles Refereed||World Title Bouts - Refereed|
|Totals Incomplete||Years Officiated||1987 - 2016||*******||aka Peter Paul Podgorski||Pete Podgorski has been involved in Boxing most of his life. Along with fighting as an amateur and a professional which was part time also working full-time as a recreation supervisor and part-time as a physical education instructor for elementary schools. Pete also was a referee and judge for amateur and Pro. and participated as a Matchmaker and promoter for amateur shows that he held at the facility he was in charge of for the Chicago Park District. He has been involved in almost every aspect of boxing, training Fighters, working corners along with officiating, which he did the majority of his boxing career.|
- Irish American Boxers
- French American Boxers
- Polish American Boxers
- Chicago Catholic Youth Organization Sectional Champions
- Chicago Catholic Youth Organization Champions
- Chicago Park District Champions
- Wisconsin Golden Gloves Champions
- Chicago Park District Sectional Champions
- Chicago Tribune Golden Gloves Sectional Champions
- Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame Gallery
- Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame
- Podgorski Family