Edmund Filipski–Welterweight Boxer
Ed Filipski is not really any relation to me, he was the husband of a cousin, Emerence Koralewski. He and Emerence were married in 1942 and they had a son, James.
Prior to his marriage, Ed was an amateur welterweight boxer. He had competed in a set of Golden Glove bouts, city amateur boxing matches, at the University of Toledo Field House in February 1938. According to the Toledo News Bee of 8 February 1938, “Filipski, a vicious puncher, took the first two rounds, but the handsome Horvath, the crowd’s favorite, blasted Ed around the ring in the third.” An transcription of in the New Bee is below.
Crown 8 Champs Tonight 30 Still In ‘Gloves’ Classic
22 Bouts Listed in Field House
By Raleigh Hoover
The ring–called the lonesomest place in the world–will pay off tonight for eight young men who will have earned their reward through sweat, weariness and bruises.
Under the arc-lights in the University of Toledo Field House, champions of the The News-Bee Golden Gloves city amateur boxing tournament will be crowned.
They will be the eight who, of 30 eligible, survive the semi-finals and finals. Before the last toga is handed out, 22 grueling battles will have been fought.
All favorites have come through the eliminations and will face their supreme tests tonight.
WINNERS BOX IN ‘DISTRICT’
Heinie Weiss, the heavyweight; Chuck Lyskawa, the middleweight; Ed Filipski, the welterweight; Ambrose Easter, the lightweight; Johnny Walker, the featherweight; and Mose Magdaleno, the bantamweight–each was returned victor in the second elimination series Tuesday night. Each has proved he is the man to beat in his division.
The choice for champions in the light-weight and flyweight divisions is a toss-up.
To the title-winners go the right to represent Toledo in the northestern Ohio district tournament, starting 10 days hence, against champions from six other districts–Lima, Findlay, Fremont, Defiance, Sandusky, and Bellevue. Out of that meet will come eight who go to Chicago to compete in the Tournament of Champions.
About 2750 saw last night’s elimination–25 bouts that produced six knockouts and 15 knockdowns, an evening’s cavalcade of thrills and comedy, slugfest, and boxing skill.
HEINIE SEEKS REVENGE
Weiss, the big blond German from the German-American A.C., earned his chance to meet August Schurfeld, Y.M.C.A. red-haired slugger, for the heavyweight title by knocking out Larry Crippen, C.Y.O. southpaw, in the first round.
Heinie lost a close decision to Schurfeld in the finals of the recent Y.M.C.A. tourney, and will be after revenge as well as the championship. he blamed poor condition for his defeat by Schufeld, asserting he had not had an opportunity to train properly.
The fans didn’t have much chance to see if Heinie was in shape last night, for early in the first round the German sank a terrific punch into Crippen’s mid-section and the Central Catholic High School boy dove to the fool and remained there for the full count.
LYSKAWA THRILLS ‘EM
Charles Lyskawa, C.Y.O. middleweight king, once more gave the fans their evening’s spine-chill in his bout with John Morris, C.Y.O. Negro. Chuck, who got off the floor twice in in first elimination bout to come on and win, repeated his specialty of how to win by sheer courage.
After a torrid opening heat, Lyskawa dropped Morris for no count in the second. Chuck is easy to hit with a right hand, however, and the Negro soon had him groggy with several punches of this variety. Early in the third, Morris had Chuck close to a knockdown, but the blond rallied and turned on his punching machine, which operates like and eight-day clock. The final bell wasn’t the only music ringing in Morris’ ears at the end.
George Kerekes’ unorthodox style proved a puzzle to Johnny Walker, but the little C.Y.O. featherweight champion solved it sufficiently to win a clean-cut decision. Johnny boxed with his usual neatness, but the fans gave Kerekes a big hand for his showin.
The veteran Don Landowski, Walker’s chief rival who lost a close match to the blond in the C.Y.O. meet, went into the semi-finals by was of a close decision over spidery Clem Speights, Douglass Center Negro.
Ed Filipski, Athletic Center welterweight, had anything but an easy time of it in his bought with smiling Mickey Horvath, May Coal Club. Filipski, a voracious puncher, took the first two rounds, but the handsome Horvath, the crowd’s favorite, blasted Ed around the ring in the third.
Ambrose Easter’s Sunday punch failed to score a direct hit against Joe Reid, and the knocker-out had to be content with a decision. Ambrose looked sluggish and was unable to comply with his second’s exhortation to “come on and mess it up in there.” Both boys, lightweights, are from Douglass Center.
Alvin Drosdowicz, pale and skinny Newsboys’ flyweight, and Harold Cunningham, Douglass Center Negro, put on a row between Snow White and one of the Seven Dwarfs. Cunningham, tagged as “Paleozoic pete” by the ring-siders, St. Vitus danced and Big Appled his way to the decision.
In a reckless slugging extravaganza, George Graff, DeSales College, and Melvin Mohr, C.Y.O., took turns pounding each other close to a knockout. Each boy came back from the mists several times to batter his opponent to the edge of the black-and-blue horizon. Graff outlasted and won the decision. The are middles.
Harold Knaggs, C.Y.O. middleweight, started out to rush Alex Cerveny, Newsboys, out of the arena, suddenly rushed into a terrific left hook and spent 10 unhurried seconds on the floor.
In the final bout, Paul Bennet, T. U. welterweight, knocked Emery Horvath, May Coal Club, clear out of the ring and into the ringside spectators’ row in the third round, but the game Horvath climbed right back in and battled toe-to-to with the college boy to the finish. Bennett won by a narrow margin.
On 24 February, Ed was up against Jim Johnson of Fremont in a tourney in Lima, Ohio. Ed one that match. He then went on to the Chicago annual Golden Gloves Tournament in March, where he was knocked out by Ray McDonald of Kansas City. Ed then went on to a second match where he was knocked out in one round by James Pierce of Milwaukee.