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Johnny Risko
Birth: Dec. 18, 1902
Death: Feb. 13, 1953

Heavyweight boxer. Turned pro in 1925. In his fourth professional bout injured his right shoulder, and from then on counted on his aggressive style, competitiveness, and devastating left hook to win fights. He was nicknamed "Cleveland's rubber man" because of his ability to absorb opponents' blows. Risko fought Gene Tunney in Cleveland on November 18, 1925, losing a close 12-round decision. He defeated both Jack Sharkey and Max Baer. Only Max Schmeling knocked him out in 1929. In 17 years as a professional fighter, Risko fought 137 times, won 44 decisions, scored 22 knockouts, lost 36 decisions, and was knocked out 3 times. (bio by: Joyce) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  John Risko (1879 - 1966)
  Susie Macko Risko (1881 - 1945)
 
 Siblings:
  Paul Risko (____ - 1944)*
  Paul Risko (____ - 1944)*
  Johnny Risko (1902 - 1953)
  Susan Cifranic (1907 - 1998)*
  Mary Forma (1916 - 1995)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Husband
 
Burial:
Brooklyn Heights Cemetery
Brooklyn Heights
Cuyahoga County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Lot 326 Section Mapleside Grave 3
 
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Originally Created by: Joyce
Record added: Mar 13, 2002
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Name: Risko, Johnny - Date: ? 1953 - Source: unknown, Reel #127 --- Notes: Risko, Johnny, beloved husband of Mildred; son of John C. and the late Susan, (nee Micho); brother of Mrs. Susan Cifranic, Mrs. Mary Forman and the late Paul. --- Berry's Funeral ...(Read more)
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