Johnny Breitenbruck


Former professional boxer Johnny Breitenbruck passed away August 8, 2010. Johnny boxed professionally from 1946-1956, and compiled a record of 34-10-2 (12).  He was only stopped once. He would have turned 83 on September 20th.  Breitenbruck was a member and Board Member of Ring 8 NY. He was a tough boxer from Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He boxed in the Marines before turning pro. As a professional he beat Jimmy Herring at the Ridgewood Grove Arena. On September 1, 1949, in a dramatic display of courage, he knocked out Gene Salisbury at Ft. Hamilton Arena after spending an hour in frigid waters that afternoon trying to save a drowning boy. He also defeated Buster Carroll, Tommy Ciarlo, Rocky Tomasello, and Chester Rico. Others he fought included Jack LaBua, Sal DiMartino, Buddy Holderfield and Al “Bozo” Costantino.