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Johnny Buff Statistics Real name John Lesky Nickname(s) Johnny Buff Rated at Bantamweight Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m) Nationality American Born 12 June 1888(1888-06-12) Perth Amboy, New Jersey  USA Died 14 January 1955(1955-01-14) Stance Orthodox Boxing record Total fights 88 Wins 35 Wins by KO 7 Losses 17 Draws 5 No contests 0 John "Johnny Buff" Lesky (June 12, 1888 – January 14, 1955) was an American boxer. He was World Bantamweight Champion from 1921 to 1922.[1] Contents 1 Boxing career 2 Outside the ring 3 Personal life 4 References 5 External links Boxing career In 1921, Buff won both the World Bantamweight Championship and the American Flyweight Championship. He became the flyweight champion by defeating Abe Goldstein in New York City on March 31, 1921. Six months later, on September 23, he won the bantamweight title by defeating Pete Herman in Madison Square Garden. He lost both titles in 1922.[1] He held wins over Tommy Gorman, Willie LaMorte, Midget Smith, Eddie O'Dowd, Frankie Dailey, Abe Goldstein, "Young" Zulu Kid, Charles Ledoux, "Little" Jack Sharkey and Benny Schwartz during his career. Outside the ring Lesky enlisted into the United States Navy prior to World War I. When the war arrived, he waived the family exemption, and joined the Navy for a second time. After his professional boxing career, he enlisted for a third time in the Navy, becoming a gunner's mate on the USS Wyoming (BB-32) by 1928. In the military he was known as "Gunner's Mate Spike Lisky", serving aboard the USS California (BB-44). It was said at the time that he was the only United States Navy sailor to have become a world champion.[2] Personal life Lesky is the grandfather of modern-day boxing and MMA announcers Michael Buffer and Bruce Buffer. He married Elizabeth Lisky with whom he had three children: Jimmy, Johnny and Theresa. There were other grandchildren: Walter Palac, Cheryl Palac, and their cousins Jimmy, Mark and Jeannie Lisky. References ^ a b "JOHNNY BUFF, HELD TWO BOXING TITLES", The New York Times, January 18, 1955, p. 27. ^ August 7, 1928 Daily News Searchlight newspaper of navy town Bremerton, WA External links History Johnny Buff's bio at the Cyberboxingzone Professional boxing record for Johnny Buff from BoxRec Vacant Title last held by Frankie Mason American Flyweight Champion March 31, 1921 – September 14, 1922 Succeeded by Pancho Villa Preceded by Pete Herman World Bantamweight Champion September 21, 1921 – July 10, 1922 Succeeded by Joe Lynch Persondata Name Buff, Johnny Alternative names Short description Date of birth June 12, 1888 Place of birth Perth Amboy, New Jersey Date of death January 14, 1955 Place of death