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The Boxing Biographies Newsletter

Volume 1- No 16                            16 November 2007


The Lima News 23 May 1926

Pete Latzo—a miner; by day, and a pugilistic celebrity' by night!

There's the unique double role played by the newly crowned king of the welterweights — the boy who conquered the great Mickey Walker.  For the last six years, this 23 year-old product of the coal mining region has worked the two way shift.

One of a family of eight, he comes of fighting  stock. Three brothers before him were professional ringsters, but only one, Steve, made much headway in the game. None progressed so sensationally as Peter, however, who.; in his first bout in 1919, fought; under the name of Young Clancy, because the Latzo name at that time was not regarded as an impressive nom de ring.

As Young Clancy, Pete copped, his first battle, knocking out a fellow named Red Ferguson in three rounds. He followed that success by scoring three more kayoes  in rapid and decisive fashion. His early achievements then induced him to tight under his real name of Latzo.

The youthful Scranton youth has climbed the pugilistic ladder rapidly during the last three years. True, he was decisively whipped by Mickey Walker a few  months after Walker won the welter title by edging the aged Jack Britton, but that proved only an incentive for Pete to get back in the running again.

The interesting and decidedly unusual part of Latzo's ring career is that he's never failed to lick an opponent that had previously defeated him. He's a scrapper without a jinx. Two years ago he fought the strong Willie Harmon in New York – and lost. A few months later Pete handed Harmon a fancy trimming at Scranton. The same is true of Latzo’s scuffles with Frankie Schoell and Paul Doyle.

In the case of Doyle, Pete was licked right in his home town after a sensational battle. Boston put in a bid for their services and Latzo came through victoriously. George Ward, a good mauler, has dropped three battles to Latzo while the renowned Dave Shade lost one decision and was given a draw in another bout with the Scranton miner boy.

Morrie Schlaifer, the only man to knock Latzo off his pins, took Pete on in a return match at Philadelphia a couple months ago and barely managed to escape a knockout. Since then Schlaifer has not accomplished  anything to speak of. Latzo's favorite pastimes, when not fighting or working in the mines, is playing baseball and basketball. As a diamond performer, Pete is classed with the best in the anthracite field. He plays second base and the outfield.