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Fidel LaBarba

Full name: Fidel LaBarba
Gender: Male
Height: 5-2.5 (160 cm)
Weight: 112 lbs (51 kg)
Born: September 29, 1905 in Bronx, New York, United States
Died: October 2, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, United States
Affiliations: LAAC, Los Angeles (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Boxing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Outstanding as an amateur, Fidel LaBarba went on to even greater success as a professional. After winning the 1924 Olympic flyweight championship, LaBarba won the world professional championship from another Olympian, Frankie Genaro, in 1925. La Barba never defended his title and retired only a few months later to enter Stanford University and major in journalism. He stated that he had already made over $400,000 in the ring, but the stock market crash and depression depleted most of that. He returned to the ring in 1929, first as a bantamweight and eventually moving up to the featherweight class. Although he eventually had some title fights in the heavier classes, he was never the fighter he was as a flyweight. Nat Fleischer, well-known boxing expert, rated La Barba the fourth best flyweight of all-time, behind Genaro, Jimmy Wilde and Pancho Villa. After retiring as a fighter in 1933, La Barba became a journalist, writing for boxing newspapers and magazines. He also served as a boxing advisor in Hollywood.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 18 Paris Boxing Men's Flyweight United States USA 1 Gold

Men's Flyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR R
1924 Summer 18 Paris Boxing United States USA Final Round Match 1/2 1 1924-07-20 LaBarba (USA) , McKenzie (GBR) decision
1924 Summer 18 Paris Boxing United States USA Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1924-07-19 LaBarba (USA) , Castellenghi (ITA) decision
1924 Summer 18 Paris Boxing United States USA Quarter-Finals Match #2 1 1924-07-18 LaBarba (USA) , Rennie (CAN) decision
1924 Summer 18 Paris Boxing United States USA Round Two Match #4 1 1924-07-16 LaBarba (USA) , Lanzi (ITA) knock-out 2
1924 Summer 18 Paris Boxing United States USA Round One Match #8 1 1924-07-15 LaBarba (USA) , Warwick (GBR) decision
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