Inducted on November 5, 1978
He was one of the best lightweights in New Jersey during 1930’s. Johnny took part in 127 bouts, winning 89, 12 draws, 9 no decision contests, losing only ] 4 decisions and 3 tko’s. During his pro career he fought some of the top fighters in the country. A brief look at Johnny’s career rer eals the following;
1930 – Decision over Joey Glick” Danny Cooney, Pinkey Burns, Patsy Barbera, and a stunning upset victory – over contender Lope Tenorio.
1931- Victories over Tony Lambert, Sammy Cherin, and Charlie Klaus.
1932 – A draw with ranking Jimmy Phillips decisions over Al Constantino, and Emil Rossi. 1933 – Wins over Carl Duva, Six second Powell and Jay Macadon.
1934 – Victories over Jimmy Evans, Billy Gerard and fought a sensational draw with Morrie Sherman at the Paterson Armory. Johnny is married to the former Bertha Piela of Clifton, N ew Jersey. They have a son Richard, a daughter Joan, and four lovely grandchildren. Johnny resides in Clifton, New Jersey. He was a gallant battler in his· day, well deserving of tonights honor.
Boxing Record – Johnny O’Keefe