Casper Leon
(Gaspare Leoni)
(the "Sicilian Swordfish")

BORN   December 8 1872; Palermo, Sicily
DIED May 6 1926; New York, New York
HEIGHT 5-3 1/2
WEIGHT 103-112 lbs

Leon was a scrappy fighter and a top contender who went up against the best men in his weight class on many occasions; He was quick, clever and game; Leon won the 105 Pound Championship of America during his career

Casper defeated such men as Charley Roden, Connie Sullivan, Tommy "Spider" Kelly, Joe Elms, George Justice, Jack "Kid" Madden, Patsy Haley, Johnny Connors, "Torpedo" Billy Murphy, Jack Ward, Morris Rauch, Jack Lynch, "Turkey Point" Billy Smith and Joe Sturch

Leon met the great Jimmy Barry in the ring seven times, three times for the World Championship. Perhaps, his greatest ring performance came in a losing cause, his 28 round battle against Barry for the 105 Pound Championship of America in 1894

1891
       Jim Burns                                                   KO  1

1892
Feb 16 Eddie Curry                New York, NY                      D  4
Aug  2 Willie Conley              New York, NY                     KO  2
Aug    Billy Hill                 New York, NY                     ND  4
          -Some sources report "W 4"
Aug 15 Billy Hill                 New York, NY                     LT  2
          -Some sources report "LK 1" on 8/18/92
Oct  3 Sammy Myers                New York, NY                     ND  6
Dec 12 Terry Lee                  Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled; Lee was too heavy
Dec 12 Billy Steele               Brooklyn, NY                     ND  4
          -Police intervened; Some sources report "D 4"

1893
       Andrew Cuneo                                                KO  4
Apr 22 Eugene Garcia              New York, NY                      D  8
          -Some sources report "W 8"
Sep 11 Mike Bent                  Brooklyn, NY                      W 10
Oct 20 John Simpson               Brooklyn, NY                     KO  2
       Sammy Myers                New York, NY                      W  6
Dec 27 Peter Gillespie            Philadelphia, Pa                  W  6

1894
       Jack Grimes                                                 KO  4
Feb  3 Fred Hinckman              Rockaway Beach, NY               KO  5
Feb 24 Jack Levy                  New York, NY                     EX  3
Sep 15 Jimmy Barry                Lemont, Il                       LK 28
          -105 lb Championship of America;
           Weights were announced as 105-105; 
           The men actually fought at 112 lbs;   
           Following this fight, Barry claimed the
          Bantamweight Championship of the World
Sep 24 Jimmy Barry                Chicago, Il                      EX   
Nov  5 -Leon refereed the Lou Agnew-Jack Ryan bout in Chicago, Il
Nov 15 Joe Bertrand               Chicago, Il                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but postponed;
           Bertrand could not make the 110 lb limit
Dec 11 Jim "Kid" Ryan             Chicago, Il                       W  8
          -Some sources report 12/18/94

1895
Jan    -Leon had George Siler helping him with ring tactics
          and the finer points of boxing
Feb    -Leon refused the offer of the National Sporting Club
          of London, Eng to meet George Corfield
Feb    Joe Bertrand               Chicago, Il                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
           Bertrand could not make the 110 pound limit
Mar 30 Jimmy Barry                Chicago, Il                       D 14
          -Bantamweight Championship of the World;
          Police intervened; Barry was pounding Leon
Apr 27 Charles Roden              Jersey City, NJ                   W  8
          -Some sources report 4/28/95;
           Some sources report "W 10"
May  2 Connie Sullivan            New York, NY                     KO  5
          -Some sources report 5/09/95;
           Some sources report 5/16/95
           Some sources report 5/02/96
May 13 Dave Cullen                Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled;
           Cullen was the overweight limit
May 13 Mike Newman                Brooklyn, NY                     LF  5
          -Police intervened
May 17 Ed Vaughn                  Jersey City, NJ                  KO  4
May 30 -Some sources reported that Leon and Bob Cunningham
          may fight if they can agree on the weight limit
Jun  8 Frank Erne                 New York, NY                     EX   
          -This bout was part of a Benefit for "Nonpareil"
          Jack Dempsey; Some sources report "ND"
Jun 27 Charles Kelly              New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jul 15 Charles Roden              Jersey City, NJ                   W 10
Aug 19 Emil Moore                 New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled
Aug 19 Jimmy Barry                New York, NY                     EX  3
          -Some sources report "ND 3"
Aug 22 Bill Klemm                 Hoboken ,NJ                      KO  8
Sep 19 Jim Anthony                Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3
Oct  7 Charles Roden              Constable Hook, NJ                W 10
          -Some sources report 10/08/95
Oct 14 Jimmy Barry                Jersey City, NJ                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Oct 19 Sammy Kelly                Constable Hook, NJ              SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known;
           Some sources report 10/07/95
Oct 26 Young Corfield             New York, NY                     KO  2
Oct 28 Patsy Haley                New York, NY                      W 10
Nov 11 "Turkey Point" Billy Smith Maspeth, NY                       W  6
Nov 29 Frank Burns                Brooklyn, NY                     KO  4
Dec  2 Joe Elms                   Maspeth, NY                      WF  4
          -Some sources report "W 4"

1896
Jan  4 Frank Burns                Brooklyn, NY                      W   
          -Some sources report "Frank Brennan"
Jan 18 Sammy Myers                New York, NY                      W  4
Jan 30 George Justice             New York, NY                      W  4
Feb 22 Jack "Kid" Madden          New York, NY                      W 12
Mar 24 Jack Lynch                 New York, NY                     TK  7
Mar 31 Jack Lynch                 Philadelphia, Pa                  W 10
          -This was a "private" fight
Apr  7 "Turkey Point" Billy Smith Shenandoah, Pa                   KO  2
Apr 25 Tommy "Spider" Kelly       New York, NY                     KO  5
          -Some sources report Sep 1896
May  2 Connie Sullivan            New York, NY                     KO  5
          -Some sources report "W 8"
Jun 14 Johnny Connors             Miowanda, NY                     TK  9
          -105-lb Championship of America
Jun 15 Johnny Connors             Niagara Falls, NY                 W  3
Jul 14 Jack Moran                 Albany, NY                       KO  8
          -Some sources report "KO 3"
Jul 24 Jimmy Barry                Elmira, NY                       EX  6
          -Some sources report "ND 6"
Aug 22 Jack Lynch                 Philadelphia, Pa                  D  6
Oct 16 Jimmy Rose                 New York, NY                      D 10
Nov 24 Dave Sullivan              Maspeth, NY                       D 20
Dec 12 Jack Lynch                 Toronto, Ont, Can                 W 20

1897
Jan  8 Jack McKeck                Troy, NY                         KO  3
          -Some sources report "W 3"   
Jan 18 Jack McKeck                Brooklyn, NY                      W 15
Mar  1 George Church              Buffalo, NY                       W 20
          -Some sources report "Frank Church";
           Some sources report "Jack Church";
           Some sources report 3/02/97
Mar 30 Jack Ward                  New York, NY                      W 20
          -Some sources report 4/01/97
May 22 Ed Vaughn                  New York, NY                     KO 11
          -Reports vary - "KO 1" - "KO 4" - "KO 10"
May 31 Tom Myers                  Hartford, Ct                      D 15
          -Some sources report "W 15"
Nov  8 Johnny "Midget" Glynn      Brooklyn, NY                      D 20
          -Some sources report 11/02/97
Dec  2 Tom Myers                  Bridgeport, Ct                    W 15
          -Some sources report 12/21/97

1898
Jan 11 Jack Ward                  Trenton, NJ                       D 15
          -This bout was an "agreed draw"
Mar  3 George Munroe              New Haven, Ct                     W 15
          -Some sources report "W 20"
Apr 29 Jack Ward                  Baltimore, Md                     D  8
May 30 Jimmy Barry                New York, NY                      D 20
          -Bantamweight Championship of the World
Sep 30 Steve Flanagan             New York, NY                      D 25
          -105 lb Championship of America
Oct 22 Harry Forbes               Chicago, Il                       D  6
Nov  7 Joe Sturch                 Chicago, Il                       W  6
Nov 12 John Whittaker             Chicago, Il                      EX  3
Nov 21 Jimmy Barry                Chicago, Il                       D  6
Nov 26 Sammy Harris               Chicago, Il                       L  6
          -Some sources report "D 6"
Dec 29 Jimmy Barry                Davenport, Ia                     D 20
          -Bantamweight Championship of the World

1899
Jan 16 "Torpedo" Billy Murphy     Cincinnati, Oh                    W 10
Jan 30 Terry McGovern             Brooklyn, NY                     LK 12
Apr  1 Danny Dougherty            Brooklyn, NY                     ND 20
          -Some sources report "D 20"
Apr 13 Pinky Evans                Yonkers, NY                      ND 20
          -Some sources report "W 20"
Apr 20 Patsy Donovan              Wilmington, De                    L 10
May 25 Pinky Evans                Yonkers, NY                      ND 20
          -Some sources report "W 20"
Jun  3 Paddy Donovan              Brooklyn, NY                      L 20
Jun  9 Clarence Forbes            St. Louis, Mo                     L 12
          -Some sources report Bantamweight Championship of America
Jun 23 Clarence Forbes            St. Louis, Mo                     D 12
          -Some sources report Bantamweight Championship of the World
Jul  6 Frank Cabrilliac           St. Louis, Mo                    TK 18
          -Some sources report 7/07/99;
           Some sources report "W 18"
Jul 24 Morris Rauch               St. Louis, Mo                     W 20
Sep 16 Danny Dougherty            Brooklyn, NY                     ND 20
          -Some sources report "D 20"
Oct  4 Steve Flanagan             St. Louis, Mo                    ND 20
          -Bantamweight Championship of America (112 lbs);
           Some sources report 10/03/99;
           Some sources report "New York, NY"
Oct 27 Steve Flanagan             St. Louis, Mo                     L 25
          -Bantamweight Championship of America (110 lbs)
           Some sources report "L 20"
Nov 27 Johnny Ritchie             Memphis, Tn                       D  4
          -Leon suffered a broken arm

1900
Feb 17 Jimmy Smith                Toronto, Ont, Can                LT 10
Jun  1 Jimmy Smith                Toronto, Ont, Can                LF  2
          -Some sources report 6/02/00
Aug 14 Johnny Reagan              Coney Island, NY                 ND 20
          -Some sources report "L 20"
Sep  6 Harry Forbes               St. Joseph, Mo                    D 20
Oct 16 Harry Harris               Chicago, Il                       L  6
Oct 27 Harry Forbes               Chicago, Il                       L  6
          -Some sources report "D 20";
           Some sources report 11/12/00
Dec 18 Dennis "Kid" McFadden      Memphis, Tn                       L 20
          -Some sources report 12/19/00;
           Some sources report "D 20"

1901
Jan 14 George Munroe              Hot Springs, Ar                   L 20
Feb  1 George Munroe              Hot Springs, Ar                   D 20
          -Some sources report 1/31/01
Mar  8 Morris Rauch               Hot Springs, Ar                   D 20
          -Some sources report 12/12/01
Apr  2 Harry Forbes               Memphis, Tn                      LT 15
          -Some sources report 4/03/01
Apr 22 Jack "Kid" Madden          Hot Springs, Ar                  LF 15
          -Some sources report 4/23/01;
           Some sources report "WF 5"

1902
Jan  6 Kid Bernasconi             Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jan 22 Jack Ward                  Baltimore, Md                     D  8
          -Some sources report "D 10" on 1/23/02
Feb 19 Alex Dunsheath             Baltimore, Md                     W 20
Apr  7 Abe "Kid" Goodman          Hartford, Ct                      L 15
Nov  3 Patsy Broderick            Providence, RI                    D 10

1903
Apr 17 Danny Dougherty            Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jun 22 "Brooklyn" Kid Everett     Reading, Pa                      ND  8

1904
Apr  4 Jimmy Farren               Baltimore, Md                     D  8
          -This bout was scheduled for 15 rounds but due to the small
            crowd and gate receipts, it was shortened to 8 rounds 
Oct  8 Tommy "Kid" Love           Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6

1906
May 22 Barney Sunshine            New York, NY                     ND  6

1909
Dec 21 Tommy "Spider" Kelly       New York, NY                     EX  2
          -This bout was part of a Benefit for Leon


*** The Following Bouts Are Reported But Not Confirmed ***

1891
       Harry Mack                                                  KO  2
       Bob Lee                                                     KO  5
       Harry Cohen                                                 KO  3
       Mike Gilligan                                               KO  7
       Bob Steel                                                   KO  4
       Mike Slattery                                               KO  7
       Dan O'Leary                                                 KO  1
       Peter Hegerman                                              KO  4
       Jack Newman                                                 KO  3
       Chick Johnson                                                D  2

1892
       Nick Grant                                                  KO  2
       W. Hannible                                                 KO  1
       H. Livingston                                               KO  3
       Jim Hoey                                                    KO  5
       Eddie Curry                                                 KO  2
       Eddie Curry                                                  W  6
       Jack Rose                                                    W  4
       Jack Adler                                                   W  4
       Frank McSpeddon                                              D  5
       Jack McKeck                                                 ND  6

1892-1894
       Pat Daley                                                    D  6

1895
Dec 21 Jim Corfield               New York, NY                     KO  1

Review courtesy of Tracy Callis, Historian, International Boxing Research Organization
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