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Leo Lomski
"The Aberdeen Assassin"

Born: Circa 1903
Died: Grayland, WA, 1979

Weight, 155-185 lbs., Height, 5 ft. 10 inches.
Managers: Eddie Eicher; Bobby Evans

Available Record: Total Bouts: 111: 76- 24-11 (31 kayos)
One of the more crowd-pleasing, two-fisted, give-no-quarter fighters in boxing history, the "Aberdeen Assassin" probably had close to 125 fights over a 14-year period in the 1920s and 1930s. One title shot, against Tommy Loughran in the Garden at New York, saw Lomski deposit the champ on the canvas in the first round before losing a close, 15-round decision. Chet McIntyre, an old Northwest fight hand, got him started around the logging camps in Idaho. Then Lomski and his family moved to Aberdeen, Wash., on the Pacific coast, where he resided for the remainder of his life. A wild and colorful character, he was idolized by Northwest fight fans, who have never seen his like, before or since.

Managed for years by Eddie Eicher, who handled a small, but classy, stable out of the remote harbor town of Aberdeen. A stablemate, Frisco McGale, later managed Eddie Cotton, who became the "uncrowned lightheavyweight champion" out of Seattle under the tutelage of a subsequent manager, George (Don't Worry, Doctor) Chemeres. Lomski, between minor scrapes with the law, not to mention a series of unfortunate auto accidents, became a baseball umpire in his late 30s and 40s, and is remembered for having decked more than one irate batter with his club-like fists. One thing is certain: Lomski deserves a place, however small, on history's list of formidable lightheavies.

The following, sketchy record is probably shy 12-14 early fights, fought under Chet McIntyre's direction in a variety of Idaho towns during 1923-24, and most ending via a Lomski kayo.


	-- Billy Harms KO2

Jan. 22 -- Billy Wright, Coeur D'Alene W15
	(Billed as "Leo Lumpsky" from Mullan, ID)

Mar. 21 -- Billy Conley, Coeur D'Alene TKOby4
	(Suffers first loss, via TKO, Conley  would 
	fight a 12-round, no-decison bout with Young Stribling 
	in Youngstown, OH, 7 weeks later)

	-- George McCormack W12
	-- Mickey Rockson, Coeur D'Alene W15
	-- Billy Conley W12
	-- Eddie Richards, Aberdeen KO6
	-- Jimmy Darcey, Aberdeen KO6

Jan. 6 -- Mike O'Connor, Seattle W6
Jan. 13 -- Neil Campbell, Seattle W6
Jan. 22 -- Jimmy Moore, Tacoma W6
Feb. 5 -- Eddie Roberts, Tacoma W6
	(Billed as "Leo Lumski")
Feb. 10 -- Tillie Herman, Aberdeen W6
March 26 -- Red Uhlan, Tacoma W6
Apr. 9 -- Charles Bulger, Yakima, Wash., KO3
	-- Billy Gardeau, Aberdeen, Wash. W6
May 8 -- Pep Webster, Olympia, KO5
May 13 -- Frankie Murphy, Aberdeen W6
May 28 -- Gordon McKay, Aberdeen W6
June 16 -- Dago Joe Gans, Seattle W6
July 21 -- Bob Sage, Alan, Ida. W6
Aug. 25 -- Bert Colima, Seattle, KO2
Oct. 30 -- Eddie Roberts, Hollywood TKO5
Dec. 1 -- Ted Moore, Vernon W10
Dec. 11 -- Mickey Rockson, Hollywood W10

Jan. 19 -- Ray Pelkey, Oakland KO7
Jan. 29 -- Joe Roche, San Francisco L10
Mar. 17 -- Red Uhlan, Aberdeen W6
June 15 -- Jock Malone, Seattle W6
July 4 -- Buck Holley, Aberdeen W6
July 27 -- Jock Malone, Seattle L6
Aug. 10 -- Mickey Rockson, Portland TKO7
Sept. 14 -- Joe Roche, San Francisco, KO4
Oct. 18 -- Cowboy Jack Willis, Vernon W10
Dec. 7 -- Harry Dillon, Portland KO7

Jan. 1 -- Joe Anderson, Portland L10
Jan. 22 -- Tiger Flowers, Los Angeles W10
Mar. 9 -- Frank Monahan, Aberdeen W6
Mar. 29 -- Joe Anderson, Los Angeles W10
June 16 -- Harold Mays, New York W10
June 21 -- Maxie Rosenbloom, New York W12
July 11 -- Willie Walker, New York TKO3
Aug. 10 -- Ray Pelkey, Aberdeen W6
Aug. 23 -- Fred Lenhart, Alan KO2
Sept. 6 -- Ernie Owens, Los Angeles D10
Sept. 21 -- Jack Lee, Alan KO7

Jan. 6 -- Tommy Loughran, New York L15
      -Light Heavyweight Championship of the World
Feb. 3 -- Mike McTigue, New York W10
Feb. 20 -- Jimmy Francis, Philadelphia TKO3

Mar. 16
Jimmy Slattery refuses to sign for Lomski fight this day in Madison Square Garden
Mar. 30 -- Joe Sekyra, New York W10 June 13 -- Pete Latzo, New York LF6 Aug. 10 -- Georgie Smith, Newark KO4 Aug. 24 -- Maxie Rosenbloom, Long Branch D10 Sept. 7 -- Pete Latzo, Detroit W10 1929 Jan. 18 -- James J. Braddock, New York W10 Mar. 18 -- Maxie Rosenbloom, Philadelphia L10 June 17 -- Matt Adgie, Philadelphia W10 Aug. 19 -- Mickey Walker, Philadelphia L10 Oct. 1 -- Cowboy Jack Willis, Seattle W6 Nov. 15 -- Charley Belanger, Detroit L10 Nov. 29 -- Charley Belanger, Detroit W10 1930 Jan. 3 -- Maxie Rosenbloom, New York L10 Jan. 17 -- James J. Braddock, Chicago W10
Lomski down twice, judges split, originally called a draw, crowd booed five minutes, referee later said he "erred" on original scorecard, decision reversed to Lomski's favor Jan. 28, 1930 by Illinos State Athletic Commission; promoter Jack Dempsey said he lost $11,000 when sub-zero weather kept crowd down to 5,432, which paid $15,939
Feb. 14 -- Mickey Walker, Detroit L10 May 16 -- Wesley Ketchell, Seattle D6 May 29 -- Fred Lenhart, Portland D10 June 20 -- Armand Emanuel, San Francisco D10 July 16 -- Harry Dillon, Tacoma KO4 Aug. 3 -- Fred Lenhart, Spokane D10 Aug. 21 -- Maxie Rosenbloom, Aberdeen D8 Sept. 11 -- King Levinsky, Chicago KOby5 Nov. 4 -- Jack Silver, Seattle TKO6 Nov. 25 -- Fred Lenhart, Portland L10 Dec. 16 -- Young Firpo, Portland KO2 1931 Jan. 20 -- Charley Belanger, Portland W10 Feb. 10 -- George Manley, Portland D10 Mar. 3 -- George Manley, Portland L10 May 6 -- Maxie Rosenbloom, Portland L10 Sept. 20 -- Dave McRae, Kelso, Wash., KO2 Oct. 14 -- George Rickard, Tacoma D6 Oct. 20 -- Jack Sekyra, Chehalis Wash. KO2 Oct. 27 -- Les Kennedy, Portland W10 Nov. 7 -- Steve Mullin, Victoria B.C. KO5 Dec. 22 -- Denny Lenhart, Portland KO5 1932 Jan. 1 -- George Rickard, Aberdeen KO4 Jan. 12 -- Frank Sawyer, Portland W6 Jan. 25 -- Hans Birkie, Oakland KOby9 Mar. 30 -- Toby Christenson, Vancouver Wash. D10 Apr. 7 -- Jimmy Byrne, Marshfield Ore. W6 Apr. 13 -- Bearcat Baker, Seattle W6 May 19 -- George Gilstrap, Spokane L6 May 31 -- Jim Anderson, Yakima KO2 July 15 -- Young Firpo, Portland L6 July 20 -- Jack McCarthy, Medford KO4 Aug. 23 -- George Manley, Denver L10 Sept. 15 -- Denny Lenhart, Victoria TKO7 Oct. 1 -- Ben Shaves, Victoria, KO3 1933 Jan. 2 -- Young Firpo, Portland L10 Apr. 4 -- Frank Van Hee, Portland KOby3 1936 May 18 -- George Vallas, Chicago W5 May 25 -- Eddie Boyle, Chicago W8 June 8 -- Adolph Wiater, Chicago TKO3 July 4 -- Ford Smith, Red Lodge Mont. D10 July 13 -- Eddie Boyle, Chicago W8 July 20 -- Pet Silvers, Chicago L8 Aug. 6 -- Jack Petric, Dallas W10 Sept. 22 -- King Levinsky, Portland L10 Oct. 9 -- Mickey Dugan, Chicago KO4 Nov. 13 -- Pretty Ferrar, Rockford W10 Nov. 20 -- Tommy Gibson, Rockford KO4 Dec. 4 -- Lee Ramage, San Diego KOby6
Career Notes: Sept. 22, 1925 -- Wrigley Field date with Colima put off after protest by neighborhood residents Oct. 20, 1925 -- Scheduled fight with Bert Colima at Vernon postponed due to Colima's hand problems Dec. 11, 1925 -- Rockson fight, Lomski down in second and ninth rounds, rallies to win decision June 15, 1926 -- Malone fight, Lomski wins Coast middleweight title recognition before 5,000 in the ballpark, largest Seattle fight crowd to that date Sept. 14, 1926 -- Roche fight, Lomski avenges earlier loss at Recreation ballpark, defends Coast middleweight title before 8,000 Jan. 22, 1927 -- Flowers fight, Lomski's first fight with a former champion (Flowers had lost middleweight crown to Mickey Walker the previous month); he will, between now and May 5, 1931, fight current or former champs 13 times, going the distance in every one, and ending with a 5-6-2 record Sept. 6, 1927 -- Owens fight, Lomski's first as a lightheavyweight, controversial draw is decision Nov. 18, 1927 -- Lomski cancels fight with Homer Robertson at Boston due to "bad stomach" Jan. 6, 1928 -- Loughran fight, said to be Lomski's fifth career loss; Lomski has champion on floor in first round before losing the decision Feb. 3, 1928 -- McTigue fight, easy decision for Lomski in Madison Square Garden, 12,000 pay $40,158 Mar. 30, 1928 -- Sekyra fight, Lomski gets an easy win before 12,508 (who paid $49,782) in Madison Square Garden June 13, 1928 -- Latzo fight, 18,000 hiss and boo Lomski at Ebbets Field, figuring he took "coward's way out" by losing on foul, costs him July 4 Ebbets date with Mickey Walker Jan. 18, 1929 -- Braddock fight, lures 18,000 (and $62,540) to Madison Square Garden, Arthur Donovan ref, Tex Rickard raises Lomski hand in victory June 17, 1929 -- Adgie fight, viewed by 20,000 in Philadelphia Municipal Stadium Oct. 30, 1929 -- Tacoma fight with Kayo White postponed when Lomski complains of "bad hand," yet he recovers to take Nov. 15 fight in Detroit with George Courtney Nov. 15, 1929 -- Charley Belanger is substitute for Courtney, wins a decision and then loses rematch to Lomski two weeks later Jan. 3, 1930 -- Rosenbloom fight, Lomski was 6-to-5 favorite at ringside, lost all ten rounds in front of 8,586 who paid $26,288 May 16, 1930 Ketchell fight, Lomski down for eight-count in first, a six-count in the third, lost a tooth, eye closed, but rallied to gain controversial draw; later claimed he was hampered by a broken thumb suffered in Mickey Walker fight June 20, 1930 -- Emanuel fight, Lomski laid up nearly three months with an eye injury Sept. 11, 1930 Levinsky fight, first time Lomski kayoed, was down six times in first round, three times in second round, three times in fifth round; Billy Petrolle won a decision from Tony Canzeroni in the main event -- 13,260 pay $46,000 to see the fights Nov. 2, 1930 -- Before Silvers fight, Lomski tells Seattle Times: "I've got five years a main eventer ahead of me." Claims to have earned $250,000 in ring; two nights later, Lomski's punches are said to "lack old steam" Feb. 10, 1931 -- Manley fight, Lomski's left eye closed last half of the fight Mar. 3, 1931 -- Manley fight, Lomski's left eye closed, again, from third round on Mar. 31, 1931 -- Lomski exhibition with Max Baer in Portland postponed due to former's flu; April 7 re-match doesn't come off, either June 19, 1931 -- Lomski suffers cracked ribs and cut left wrist in auto crash near Woodland, Wash. Sept. 7, 1931 -- Lomski scheduled for Jack Dempsey exhibition in Reno, but sees him Sept. 2 in Aberdeen exhibition and ducks out, claiming not to be in condition at 199 pounds Jan. 12, 1932 -- Sawyer fight, Lomski down early, gets up off canvas to win a decision Jan. 25, 1932 -- Birkie fight, Lomski is down three times in first four rounds before losing by TKO in ninth Apr. 13, 1932 -- Baker fight, split-decision win booed loudly by Ice Arena crowd, Lomski described as a bit flabby in the waist, puffy in the face May 19, 1932 -- Gilstrap fight, six-round decision loss to "an inexperienced young lumberjack" booed loudly May 31, 1932 -- Anderson fight, both fighters are knocked down in the first round before Lomski scores kayo win in second July 20, 1932 McCarthy fight, Lomski down in each of the first three rounds, scored knockout win in fourth Oct. 1, 1932 -- Shaves fight, before which Lomski is referred to as "the former Aberdeen Assassin" Apr. 4, 1933 -- Van Hee fight, Lomski down in first and second, before a left hook to the heart had him out several minutes "knocked colder than a mackerel"; after this debacle, Lomski retires, citing never-ending problems with his hands (the bane of all hard punchers) June 8, 1936 -- Wiater first man who ever went to a 10-round decision with Joe Louis (1934) is stopped by Lomski, 186 1/2
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