Gus Lesnevich

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Gus Lesnevich
Rated at Light heavyweight
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Nationality  American
Born (1915-02-22)February 22, 1915
Cliffside Park, New Jersey
Died February 28, 1964(1964-02-28) (aged 49)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 79
Wins 60
Wins by KO 23
Losses 14
Draws 5

Gustav George "Gus" Lesnevich (February 22, 1915 – February 28, 1964) was an American boxer. Lesnevich was born and raised in Cliffside Park, New Jersey.[1]

Lesnevich turned pro in 1934 and in 1940 took on National Boxing Association World Light Heavyweight Title holder Billy Conn, but lost a decision. In 1941 he took on Anton Christoforidis, winning the title by decision. Later that year he defended the title twice against Tami Mauriello, winning both decisions. In 1948 he lost a decision to Freddie Mills along with his title recognition. In 1949 he took on Ezzard Charles, but was TKO'd in the 7th, and retired after the bout.

In addition to his various accolades, Lesnevich was named Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year in 1947.

Lesnevich served in the United States Coast Guard from 1943 to 1945.


  1. via Associated Press. "Billy Conn Punches Out Decision Over Lesnevich: Pittsburgh Fighter Successfully Defends Light-heavyweight Title Through Superior Boxing Ability Before Small Crowd at Detroit", Hartford Courant, June 6, 1940. Accessed March 22, 2011. "Billy Conn, the smiling, dancing Irishman from Pittsburgh, successfully defended his world's light heavyweight boxing championship tonight by beating out a close 15-round decision over Gus Lesnevich, plodding challenger from Cliffside Park..."

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Preceded by
Anton Christoforidis
NBA World Light Heavyweight Champion
May 22, 1941– July 26, 1948
Succeeded by
Freddie Mills
Preceded by
Billy Conn
NYSAC Light Heavyweight Champion
August 26, 1941 – July 26, 1948
Undisputed Light Heavyweight Champion
August 26, 1941 – July 26, 1948