LENNY “BOOM BOOM” MANCINI, A GREAT YOUNGSTOWN FIGHTER

 Boom Boom Manceini
Lenny “Boom Boom” Mancini was an outstanding lightweight amateur in the 1930’s depression era. He was born and raised in Youngstown and began his professional career in 1937, Trained by Hall of Famer Ray Arcel.
Mancini made his pro debut in Youngstown on September 21,st,1937 at the old Rayen-Wood Auditorium , and defeated Emil Tanner on points. After winning several more fights in Youngstown, he signed on with renounced manager Frankie Jacobs in New York and began fighting at NYC arenas like the Broadway Arena, the Fort Hamilton  Arena, the St. Nicholas Arena, and Madison Square Garden.
With negotiations for a title fight with Sammy Angott  under way,Mancini was drafted into the Army in January 15 1942. He requested a 30-day furlough so he could fight Angott,but was refused. Mancini even offered his entire purse from the title fight to the Army. The Selective Service answered “We want you not your money”

On November 11,1944 he was wounded by mortar shrapnel in Metz France. six fragments tore through his back,arm and leg but they were only able to remove 4 pieces . He spent six months recuperating from his injuries and was discharged from the Army late in June of 1945, he was awarded the Purple Heart.
After recovering from his injuries ,Mancini returned to boxing and fought as a welterweight and a middleweight. He returned to the ring on October 2,1945 and defeated Stanley Sims by unanimous decision at the Broadway Arena in Brooklyn,NY.   Mancini won eight of his first nine fights after his comeback including his last bout in Youngstown, a win by decision over Bobby Simmons  at Idora Park on June 6, 1946
Mancini retired from boxing after two losses to Rocky Castellani at Madison Square Garden on September 19,1947 and by unanimous decision on December in Castellani hometown, Scranton,Pennsylvania. Lenny’s final record was a very  impressive 46-12-3,(16 KO’s). In 61 fights.  Mancini was also responsible for encouraging George “Sonny” Horne  local boxing standout Tony Janiro,Tommy Bell, Joey carkido,Frank Lentine, and Joe “Red” D’AMoto to come to New York City in the 1930’s and 1940’s to join him and fight for manager Frankie Jacobs during the Youngstown “golden era of Fighting
While unfortunately Lenny Mancini never got the chance to fight for a world championship, his dream for a would title for his son Ray ‘Boom Boom” Mancini happened on May 8th,1982 when Ray knocked out Arturo Frias in Las Vegas for the WBA world Lightweight Championship at The Aladdin in Las Vegas. Lenny Mancini was ringside to share his son’s celebration.
Lenny Mancini died in Youngstown on November 29th, 2003 at age 84.

 

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