On September 10 110 years ago King Levinsky was born. Here are 10 big names he shared a ring with
- JOE LOUIS
Prior to becoming heavyweight champion, an unbeaten 21-year-old Louis scorched Levinsky in the opening round in 1935. In doing so, “The Brown Bomber” became the first man to defeat Levinsky via stoppage.
- JACK DEMPSEY
Four-and-a-half years after his last official outing, ex-heavyweight king Dempsey boxed Levinsky in an exhibition in 1932. Levinsky controlled proceedings and Dempsey decided to remain retired instead of pursuing a comeback.
- MICKEY WALKER
During his late-career run at heavyweight, former welterweight and middleweight champ Walker got the better of Levinsky on a split decision in 1932, but had to survive a first-frame knockdown.
- TOMMY LOUGHRAN
Levinsky had a trilogy of fights with previous light-heavyweight ruler Loughran from 1930 to 1933. A pair of unanimous verdict victories for Loughran sandwiched a points win for Levinsky, which was also unanimous.
- MAX BAER
After dropping a unanimous vote to Baer in early 1932, Levinsky suffered another loss on the scorecards in their rematch in mid-1932. Baer would go on to claim the heavyweight championship in 1934.
- MAXIE ROSENBLOOM
When Levinsky was outpointed by ex-light-heavyweight leader Rosenbloom in 1937, this reverse kicked off a sequence of seven defeats in his final eight contests. Rosenbloom was Levinsky’s last star opponent.
- JACK SHARKEY
In what was Sharkey’s first appearance since losing the heavyweight crown three months previously, Levinsky secured a major scalp by beating “The Boston Gob” on a unanimous decision in 1933.
- JIMMY SLATTERY
Levinsky faced Slattery, a former NBA and NYSAC light-heavyweight titlist, on three occasions from 1930 to 1931. He won a split verdict, then lost on points, then outscored Slattery in a rubber match.
- PRIMO CARNERA
Before picking up the heavyweight title, the gigantic Carnera notched a brace of wins over Levinsky. Carnera conquered Levinsky unanimously in 1931 and took a split decision success in 1932.
- PAULINO UZCUDUN
Uzcudun found himself on the wrong end of a majority verdict when he met Levinsky in 1932. The following year, Uzcudun unsuccessfully challenged for the heavyweight belt.