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Johnny Larrick

Boxing ∙ Ambridge

 

 

 

 

Johnny Larrick had an amateur boxing career from 1932 to 1939, losing only six of more than 150 fights, including 31 knockouts and numerous victories over Golden Gloves and county champions of his day. His victims included such well known Gold Gloves as Tony Talarico of Beaver Falls; Joey Evans of Ellwood City; Johnny Branovich of New Castle; Jimmy Sullivan of the Pittsburgh Boys’ Club; Ray Halton of Bloomfield; George Martzo of Pittsburgh; Eddie Keith of the Bronx; and Paul Young of Stillman’s Gym in New York City. In his younger days, Johnny also played basketball and softball and was an avid marathon runner. After his own fighting career ended, Johnny served in many capacities in amateur boxing organizations: he was an assistant to Pennsylvania Boxing Commissioner Joe Cimino for four years and later served as president of the American Boxing Federation. Johnny was also boxing chairman of the Allegheny Mountain Association for Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, and oversaw 42 boxing clubs and 90 judges and timekeepers in the three state area. He was elected to the Beaver County Boxing Hall of Fame in 1974. Johnny retired in 1979 from his job as an inspector for the Pennsylvania Bureau of Occupational Health and Industrial Safety in the Department of Labor and Industry.