New Book to tell the tales of Lowell’s Own Bobby Christakos


Bobby-Christakos and Larry Richardson

Five Time Golden Glove winner Bobby Christakos in his Lowell Home among dozens of photos and awards with his long time friend Larry Richardson.


By: Tom Duggan – January 2013

CoverFINALFive-time Golden Glove boxing champion, Bobby Christakos may live in a modest home in a quiet neighborhood in Lowell, but once visitors get a look inside it is clear that this is not the home of any ordinary Lowell citizen.

Lining the walls and ceiling of his garage are awards and photos of Christakos with various celebrities and boxing greats. Christakos, the only person to win the Golden Gloves five times in a row, will be the subject of now a book called “The Brawler”.

“And if things go well,” Christakos told the Valley Patriot in an exclusive interview, “hopefully they are going to make a movie when the book is done. We wanted to call it The Fighter,” he said laughing. “but, that one was kind of taken.”

In 2010, Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale starred in the hit movie “The Fighter” about another Lowell boxing champ, Micky Ward.

“John Dousterlaros came up to me at the Owl Diner, and he had heard me telling stories about the old days when my father ran a bookie joint, the cops on my father’s payroll, the celebrities and the politicians who used to come in. He said he wanted me to tell him my stories so we could put it in a book,” Christakos said.

“He sat down with me every Friday for over a year and I told him my stories. It’s slated to come out by the end of March.”

Christakos was animated as he shared stories in and out of the ring. In his boxing career he had 98 wins and 9 losses with 42 knockouts. Christakos fought five Gold Glove Champions including Mariln Starling Vinny Pazienza, Bobby Sims, and Bobby Joe Young.

Getting his Start in Boxing

“I was in front of my father’s coffee house one time, my father was a bookie on Market Street. So, this guy walked by with a long hair and a beard, he looked like a drug addict or something. And I had a big mouth back then so, I asked him ‘What’s your F*ing problem?’ My father said to me, ‘Hey, you started it, go fight him.’”

“I got my ass beat bad by that guy. After that my father said, ‘you are going to the gym, you better learn how to fight with that big mouth of yours.’ So, I went down to the gym and started training with Irish Beau Jaynes, Manny Freitas, Steve Coop, Dicky Eckland, Mickey Ward, and Jimmy Lopez. I mean these are all guys who are great fighters.”

“I remember sparring with Manny Freitas, man you could hit him with a pipe. I was only 16 years old, he was like 25 years old. But, my father always told me, if you spar with the best you are going to be the best. If you spar with a bum, you’re going to fight like a bum. You want to spar with someone better than you.”

“All of sudden, I am fighting in the Golden Gloves and I won. I won the championship. Imagine, from getting my ass kicked to being a Golden Glove winner. It was amazing,” Christakos recounted with excitement as if it had only happened yesterday.

“That was in 1975. The next year, in 1976 I won the Golden Gloves again, and the next year, and the next. By 1981 I had won five Golden Gloves.”

Life is Stranger than Fiction

“One day, after winning my 5th title, I was looking across the street and I see the guy, that guy who beat me up five years earlier, and he took a couple of cheap shotsgiving me the boot that first time.”

“I said hey, you remember me? He said, ‘I just got out of jail, I was in for three days leave me alone.’ I put him down with one punch. I said remember me now? Now, Tiny Mulligan the cop is standing right across the street and saw me beating the guy. He didn’t know what to do. When it was all over he ended up arresting the other guy for assaulting me,” Chirstakos said giggling.

A Change Meeting with Whitey Bulger

“Everyone came into my father’s place. Everybody. We had Congressmen, we had gangsters, we had cops, we had the guy who lived down the street. Whitey Bulger went in there, the whole Winter Hill Gang hung out there.Guys like Manny Bello, Jackie McDermott, Peter Sinderas, Allan the Closet, Rifleman Flemmi, who is still alive today. These guys were in my father’s place all the time.”

“I walked in one day and my father said, ‘get out!’ He was meeting with a bunch of guys. I could see this guy and the two goons with him didn’t want me there, so I said. ‘No’.”

“I had no idea who this guy was, but Whitey says ‘hey kid come here.’ He smacked me in the back of the head and handed me a $100 bill and told me to go get him some coffee.”

“I get to the store and the coffee is only 15 cents. I handed the lady the $100 bill and she got mad, she said ‘What am I supposed to do with this?’ I said ‘it’s for some guy named Whitey Bugel, Whitey Bungle? She grabbed the money right out of my hand and said “give me that” and handed me $99.85 in change. When I brought the guy his coffee, he slapped me the head again and said ‘take the change and get the F* out of here and don’t come back for two hours.’”

“You know how much $99.85 was worth back then? That was like $5,000 back then. I remember what he said when I was leaving he said, ‘one of these days you are going to work for me.’ I said, ‘never happen.’ I never did, either.”

Christakos says that not everyone who frequented his father’s “bookie joint” was a criminal or a gangster or a politician on the take. “We had regular people too. It wasn’t just criminals all the time like people think,” he said.

“You know, back in those days it was normal. It wasn’t corruption, it was just the way it was.”


“When Davis was on vice-squad in Lowell, he arrested my father, and he pushed him. Me and my brother Butchy, we both went after Davis. Next thing you know they hit a panic button and 30 cruisers show up.” Christakos said that eventually the cops separated everybody but the only thing they were really concerned about was keeping Bobby and his brother Butchy apart.

“But it’s funny, now, me and Davis are friends. In fact, he has done a few favors for me recently and he didn’t have to do that. But we go way back and it’s nice that some of the guys from back then help each other out, you know?


The first book signing for “The Brawler” will be in July at the Spinners Field. “Drew Webber says that’s what he wants me to do, and I love that guy. He really is the best,” Christakos said. The Valley Patriot will be closely following the book release and will publish more of our interview with Bobby Christakos in the coming months. Chistakos will also appear on WCAP’s Paying Attention with Tom Duggan later this month.


Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan is president and publisher of The Valley Patriot Newspaper in North Andover, Massachusetts. He is an author, host of the Paying Attention TV/Radio Program, lectures on media bias and police issues, is a former Lawrence School Committeeman, former political director for Mass. Citizens Alliance, and a 1990 Police Survivor. You can email your comments to

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16 Responses to New Book to tell the tales of Lowell’s Own Bobby Christakos

  1. tom Reply

    January 21, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    funny I looked on the goldern gloves website and there was no bob christakos listed any where for those years. what weight class?. all weight classes were listed..

  2. Jim Reply

    January 21, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    I can attest that Bobby Christakos fought in the Golden Gloves those years. When I was a boy growing up in Lowell, but my father would bring my whole family to the Golden Gloves on Tuesday nights at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Bobby was big, and he was tough, and was a fan favorite. He would get in there, and both give and take punches. He would always be the last one standing. I remember that he was pretty big, and usually fought near the end of the night, when the heavier classes fought – might have been light heavyweight or heavyweight. He was the champion of the Lowell Golden Gloves (not the nationals) -

  3. tom Reply

    January 23, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    So that means he lost five years in a row in nationals?

  4. Jack Murph Reply

    March 27, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Christakos was a bum…he “fought”…all he did was stand there and take punches from smaller guys and wear them out. He would then get lucky with a punch. Also, a liar…trained with Micky Ward? Micky would have been 10 when he was fighting..someone needs to check the facts…took me a 2 second google search…..this guy doesnt deserve the rpint….nothing but a 2 bit hood and bum

    • Shy Christakos Reply

      July 17, 2015 at 5:17 PM

      Fuck you jack your a jealous fuck who never mattered and to put someone down who fought and helped everyone GO FUCK YOUR SELF LOVE SHY JESSIE CHRISTAKOS

  5. dick Reply

    August 11, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    home | search | date | ratings | schedule | results | location | title | forum | encyclopaedia | contact | boxer location | manager location | Register | watch list | 5 Star | shop | UK news login

    Bob Christakos
    Global ID 98283
    sex male
    division middleweight
    country USA
    residence Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
    won 2 (KO 1) + lost 1 (KO 0) + drawn 0 = 3
    rounds boxed 10 KO% 33.33

    Lb St Kg | ↑date↓ | ratings off on | print
    date opponent W-L-D last 6 location
    1990-02-23 Tony Rivera 0-4-0
    Lowell Auditorium, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA W UD 4 4
    1989-09-08 Steve Manfredo 4-1-1
    Roseland Ballroom, Taunton, Massachusetts, USA L PTS 4 4
    1984-05-10 Dan Butts
    Massasoit Community College Gym, Brockton, Massachusetts, USA W KO 2 4

    verified unverified unsanctioned

    This guy has no record on the web of winning 5 champion fights.

  6. dick Reply

    August 11, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    You need to check your facts if you are to call yourself a newspaper.

  7. Tom Duggan

    Tom Duggan Reply

    January 30, 2015 at 11:12 PM

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  8. jerry Reply

    March 19, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    bobby was a boxer ,how many gloden gloves titles he won who knows and who cares ,he had the balls to get in the ring and fight .sure some of the stuff he says might be fiction but i know the family very well and his father was a class act type guy .

    • jerry Reply

      March 19, 2015 at 9:42 AM

      also bobby is a decent man ,sure he had some demons in the past ,but he has cleaned them up.

  9. Freddie potenti Reply

    January 5, 2017 at 5:07 PM

    I was around back then fighting aau boxing in Lowell and all over New England from 1975-1983 and I fought bobbys younger brother Chris for the middles in 1982. Bobby won those titles. His father was a real sport. Don’t forget there were no computers back then. The amateur trecords were on paper. Good luck Bobby! Freddie potenti wircester ma


    October 30, 2017 at 6:03 PM

    Hi this is wilfredo Lind know one has mentioned my name i Boxe 1981 to 1994

    • Wilfredo Lind Reply

      June 12, 2019 at 9:09 AM

      The only Amateur Boxer the Ban him self from a Amateur Boxing official in the state of Massachusetts

  11. Wilfredo Lind Reply

    October 5, 2019 at 8:17 AM

    Good morning today Saturday October 5 2019 yes to inform everyone that me wilfredo Lind did Ban myself from becoming a Amateur Boxing official in the state of Massachusetts that was decided by me in 1995 many professional athletes and people were informed about my decision to protect the benefits of the innocence out of experience and lessens younger amateur Boxers so many people knew about this important issue Arthur Ramalho was the cause of my decision after I STARTED to speak about the corruption the mr. Arthur Ramalho was doing so many people were scared because my decision let me remain you the the Lowell SUN’S OWNERS AND THE owners of the Lowell memorial auditorium did not care about the safety of children’s the were more interested to make $ money Hi BoBy sorry I was no present for the people we had lost in Lowell and in Massachusetts Boby please keep in mind the so many people are Guilty about and involve on this issue non sanction Amateur Boxing fights done by Arthur Ramalho and others please keep in mind the so many people are going to throw under the Bus about this important issue Boby keep in mind the after 10 years as a Amateur Boxer in the state of Massachusetts the Massachusetts LBC put me in this issue the gat tiger of one doing nothing so they put me wilfredo Lind in this position I’m the solution because my involvement in Amateur Boxing the did something in me to approach this issue Boby they did choose the right person I have been determined to do this Boby I’m going to have many people on my side supporting me it is your own decision to decide to manage this issue your personal decision this is my own decision and choice I do miss being in Lowell and Lawrence and the state of Massachusetts please say hi to your Brother Chris and jose ayala miss you all✌
    Please let jose family know you do with this information what you want it is your choice please take precautions bad things did happen to me with the police in lowell and other issues in Lawrence what ever you do you going to need support if you need support please contact marvelous hagler former professional Boxer from Massachusetts you also going to need jose and Francisco Martinez from Lawrence also Mike Tilton

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