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Cleveland, Ohio: Boxing Champion Johnny Kilbane

Three bronze statues depict Kilbane in three stages of his life: as a child, as a boxing champion, and as an Ohio political official.

7404 Father Frascati, Cleveland, OH
West of downtown. US-20 exit at W. 73rd St. Drive south, cross under the railroad overpass, then make the first right (no stoplight) onto Father Frascati. The statue will be on the right, at the intersection of W. 75th St.
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Boxing Champion Johnny Kilbane statue.

Boxing Champion Johnny Kilbane Statue

John "Johnny" Patrick Kilbane (1889-1957) held the world featherweight boxing title from 1912 to 1923, the longest period in the division's history. He was the second-longest world title holder in boxing, behind only heavyweight Joe Louis. His statue, by sculptor Rowan Gillespie, shows Kilbane in three stages of his life: as a child, as a boxing champion, and as a statesman.

[Glenn Peterson, 04/15/2024]

Johnny went on to serve in the Ohio Senate and as Clerk of the Cleveland Municipal Court. He was probably not called "The Haymaker Lawmaker," but he should have been.

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