Jose Lombardo (age 20) was a orthodox boxer with a record of 38 wins, 16 losses, 4 draws. Starting his career on November 1921 at age 20, Jose Lombardo fought 58 times over 6 years as a pro. Between November 1921 and September 1922, Lombardo had his longest winning streak of 11 fights. In his 58 fights, his longest KO streak is 6 fights long.
Lombardo's first fight came against O. D. Smith where Lombardo became only the 3rd person to stop Smith, stopping him in round 1 to claim his first pro fight stoppage and an almost perfect start to his career. Continuing on from his debut, Lombardo had an impressive start to his career as he went on to fight 29 fights including 2 times in 1921, 9 times in 1922 and 18 times through 1923 and 1924 against fighters such as Al Gordon, Lou Paluso and Frankie Monroe.
Lombardo went into his next fight against Dick Finnegan on March 4th, 1923 with a career record of 11 wins. Coming into the fight with high confidence Lombardo fought his next fight against Dick Finnegan on March 4th, 1923. Unfortunately, Lombardo was outclassed and lost the decision on the judges scorecards taking his record to 11-1-0. Lombardo then went on to win a further 14 fights taking his record to 23 wins, 3 losses and 0 draw.
On September 10th, 1924, Lombardo went into action again and beat Frankie Monroe taking the winning record to 24 wins. The 10 round fight ended in the 7th round via KO crowning Lombardo as only the 2nd to stop Monroe. Lombardo's wins continued and went from 24 wins to 25 after he then defeated Lou Paluso.
Lombardo's career took a knock with a loss against Louis 'kid' Kaplan on December 12th, 1924 taking his record to 25-4-0. Stepping up against a talented Kaplan, it wasn't long before Lombardo found himself in trouble against Kaplan early. After 4 rounds Lombardo lost via KO. Kaplan became the first of 29 opponents to stop Lombardo. Fights against boxers including Bobby Risden, Jose Ramos and Young joe Walcott followed where he won 4 fights taking his winning streak to 28 wins.
On June 30th, 1925, Lombardo took on and was defeated by Babe Herman meaning his career tally went to 28-5-1. Lombardo fought Babe Herman and was defeated via TKO in the 10 round bout. This was Lombardo's 2nd stoppage defeat in his career which came in the 10th round.
Lombardo went into his next fight against Buster Brown on January 16th, 1928 with a career record of 38-15-4. Lombardo fought a brave fight but in the end was outclassed by Buster Brown over the 12 distance.
Taking another knock in his career, Lombardo fought Young harry Wills on October 14th, 1928 and was defeated by Wills. Wills turned out to be too much for Lombardo stopping him in the 5th. Showing that the time was right for Lombardo to call it a day and retire.