Few boxers can boast that they fought on the undercard of a world heavyweight championship bout but Lynn Lustig can continue to brag
about his bout on the undercard of the bout for world heavyweight championship between Larry Holmes and Scott Ledox. The bout was held July 7, 1980 in Bloomington, Minnesota.
Lustig, who had a short professional boxing career, was born on July 1, 1946 in Cleveland. He attended grade school at St. Charles School in Parma, and graduated from St. Cantius High School in 1964 where he played football for four years and became captain of the football team during his senior year.
Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich was a classmate and friend of Lustig. After attending a year at Cuyahoga Community College, Lustig joined the U.S. Army and served a tour of duty in Vietnam. In 1968, he was honorably discharged, and he became a cement mason apprentice with local 404 where he retired after 25 years. Lustig had begun boxing in the early ‘60’s with Jimmy Trannett. Following his stint in the service, the legendary Jimmy Bivins and Gary Horvath stepped in to train Lustig at the Old Angle Gym.
Lustig competed in the 1974 Lake Erie AAU Tournament in the 165 pounds weight class where he was the runner up. Lustig turned professional in 1978, and he won his ﬁrst ﬁght in a four round bout against Joe Hrbcha. His ﬁfth professional ﬁght was against the world renown boxer and trainer, Floyd Mayweather Sr., on April 4, 1980; who is the father of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Now Lynn is helping with coaching at the Old Angle Gym. Lustig retired from the army reserve when he was injured in a parachute accident at the start of the ﬁrst Gulf War in 1991.
Lustig returned to college, and he graduated with a degree in criminal
justice from Lakeland Community College in 2005. While attending Lakeland Community College, Lustig made the Dean’s List every semester. Lustig is a past Commander and Ofﬁcer of VFW Post 6846, a member of the 82nd Airborne and Special Forces Association, and a member of the Knights of Columbus, third degree.
In 2011, Lustig took 4th place overall in the Top Gun Cowboy Fast
Draw Shooting Contest. He is an active member of the American Fast Draw Shooting Association. He recently returned from a competition in Alabama. Aside from his shooting activities, Lustig enjoys attending local boxing shows.
Lustig resides on a farm in Ashtabula County.