Aaron Wade

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Aaron "Little Tiger" Wade (March 17, 1916 February 15, 1985) was an American Middleweight boxer [1] who fought from 1935 to 1950. Wade was a member of the famed Black Murderer's Row.

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Early life

Born in Trenton Tennessee Wade became the first African American golden gloves champion in Peoria, Illinois and reportedly had 600 or more amateur fights. Aarons older brother Bruce "Big Tiger" Wade was also a professional boxer, albeit a less successful one than his younger brother. Aaron stood a hair above 5 feet 5 inches and began his career at 140 lbs before moving up and competing at welterweight, middleweight, and light heavyweight

Career

Aaron Wade's fights with other members of black murderer's row are 3 losses to Charley Burley, 1 win over Herbert Lewis "Cocoa Kid" Hardwick, 2 losses and 1 draw to Jack Chase, and a win over Bert Lytell. Other notable fights of Wade's career include a win over Archie Moore, a win against Sam Baroudi, 3 wins against Oakland Billy Smith, a loss to Ceferino Garcia, and a loss in his final career fight after a 2-year layoff against the great Sugar Ray Robinson. [2] Like all the black murderer's row fighters, Wade never got a shot at the world title. Aaron Wade finished his career with a record of 64(32KOs)-16-6.

Wade was a sparring partner of Sugar Ray Robinson's in 1948. According to a Boston Post article Wade got into a fight with Sugar Ray over Wade's payment. Wade left Sugar Ray with separation of his ribs and swelling described as "the size of a pullet egg" around his heart. Robinson had to cancel his scheduled fight and was out for the next two months.

Authur Springs Toledo uncovered evidence that Wade took a dive in the bout against Sugar Ray Robinson. According to Wade's son Robinson was unaware of the fix with the promoters being the culprits, paying Wade a few hundred dollars to lose the fight. According to the Savannah Evening Press Wade "Began hitting the canvas for apparently no reason at all." [3]

Later Years

After his career ended, Wade descended into alcoholism but later overcame it and devoted his life to helping the less fortunate in the Fillmore section of San Francisco as a Christian minister. Wade died of a heart attack on February 15 of 1985. He was 68 years old [4]


Professional Boxing Record

Professional record summary
86 fights64 wins16 losses
By knockout325
By decision3211
Draws6
No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRoundDateLocation
86Loss64–16–6 Sugar Ray Robinson KO3 (10)Feb 22, 1950Municipal Auditorium, Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
85Loss64–15–6Wylie BurnsUD10Dec 22, 1947Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.
84Loss64–14–6 Ted Lowry UD10Oct 27, 1947Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.
83Win64–13–6 Sam Baroudi SD10Oct 13, 1947Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.
82Loss63–13–6 Holman Williams KO4 (10)Feb 4, 1946St. Nicholas Arena, Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
81Win63–12–6Joe HymanTKO2 (10)Oct 15, 1945St. Nicholas Arena, Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
80Win62–12–6 Bert Lytell SD10Oct 1, 1945Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
79Loss61–12–6 Charley Burley UD10Aug 20, 1945Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
78Win61–11–6Mario Raul OchoaTKO2 (6)Aug 10, 1945Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
77Loss60–11–6Joe CarterPTS10Dec 11, 1944Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
76Win60–10–6 Herbert Lewis Hardwick PTS10Nov 13, 1944Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
75Loss59–10–6 Holman Williams PTS10Oct 11, 1944Auditorium, Oakland, California, U.S.
74Win59–9–6Jimmy HaydenKO1 (10)Sep 29, 1944National Hall, San Francisco, California, U.S.
73Draw58–9–6 Jack Chase PTS10Aug 9, 1944Auditorium, Oakland, California, U.S.
72Loss58–9–5 Jack Chase TKO10 (10)Jun 28, 1944Auditorium, Oakland, California, U.S.
71Loss58–8–5 Charley Burley PTS10Mar 24, 1944Coliseum, San Diego, California, U.S.
70Win58–7–5Alonzo WilliamsTKO2 (6)Feb 21, 1944Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
69Win57–7–5Eddie GuerraTKO1 (10)Nov 15, 1943Coliseum Bowl, San Francisco, California, U.S.
68Win56–7–5Harvey MasseyTKO7 (10)Oct 25, 1943Coliseum Bowl, San Francisco, California, U.S.
67Win55–7–5Harvey MasseyTKO4 (10)Oct 4, 1943Coliseum Bowl, San Francisco, California, U.S.
66Win54–7–5 Archie Moore PTS10Aug 16, 1943Coliseum Bowl, San Francisco, California, U.S.
65Win53–7–5RJ LewisTKO4 (10)Aug 2, 1943Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
64Win52–7–5RJ LewisTKO1 (10)Jul 19, 1943Coliseum Bowl, San Francisco, California, U.S.
63Loss51–7–5 Jack Chase PTS10Jun 21, 1943Coliseum Bowl, San Francisco, California, U.S.
62Win51–6–5Al CoutureTKO2 (8)Jun 7, 1943Coliseum Bowl, San Francisco, California, U.S.
61Loss50–6–5 Charley Burley PTS10Mar 3, 1943Auditorium, Oakland, California, U.S.
60Win50–5–5Watson JonesPTS10Dec 18, 1942Coliseum, San Diego, California, U.S.
59Win49–5–5Rand JacksonKO3 (8)Dec 3, 1942National Hall, San Francisco, California, U.S.
58Win48–5–5Oakland Billy SmithPTS10Nov 10, 1942Auditorium, Oakland, California, U.S.
57Win47–5–5Buddy GreenTKO4 (8)Oct 16, 1942National Hall, San Francisco, California, U.S.
56Win46–5–5Bobby BirchPTS8Sep 18, 1942National Hall, San Francisco, California, U.S.
55Win45–5–5Tabby RomeroPTS8Sep 4, 1942National Hall, San Francisco, California, U.S.
54Win44–5–5Oakland Billy SmithKO4 (8)Aug 28, 1942National Hall, San Francisco, California, U.S.
53Win43–5–5Tabby RomeroPTS6Aug 26, 1942Auditorium, Oakland, California, U.S.
52Win42–5–5Oakland Billy SmithPTS8Aug 21, 1942National Hall, San Francisco, California, U.S.
51Win41–5–5Rudy CampaKO1 (8)Aug 7, 1942National Hall, San Francisco, California, U.S.
50Loss40–5–5Johnny JacksonPTS10Aug 11, 1941Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
49Win40–4–5Johnny JacksonPTS10Jul 17, 1941Coliseum Bowl, San Francisco, California, U.S.
48Win39–4–5Urban HernandezTKO6 (10)Jun 16, 1941Coliseum Bowl, San Francisco, California, U.S.
47Loss38–4–5Johnny JacksonKO5 (10)Apr 25, 1941Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, U.S.
46Win38–3–5Big Boy HogueRTD8 (10)Dec 20, 1940Coliseum Bowl, San Francisco, California, U.S.
45Win37–3–5 Bobby Pacho TKO6 (10)Sep 30, 1940Coliseum Bowl, San Francisco, California, U.S.
44Win36–3–5Billy BengalKO1 (10)Jun 28, 1940National Hall, San Francisco, California, U.S.
43Win35–3–5Lloyd DelucchiPTS10Jun 7, 1940National Hall, San Francisco, California, U.S.
42Win34–3–5Billy AzevedoPTS4May 13, 1940Coliseum Bowl, San Francisco, California, U.S.
41Loss33–3–5Billy AzevedoPTS6Mar 29, 1940L Street Arena, Sacramento, California, U.S.
40Loss33–2–5Jackie CooperPTS5Nov 17, 1939White City Arena, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
39Win33–1–5Chuck VickersKO3 (?)Aug 31, 1939Peoria, Illinois, U.S.
38Win32–1–5Henry WoodsPTS10Feb 10, 1939Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
37Win31–1–5Billy PascalKO10 (10)Feb 1, 1939National Hall, San Francisco, California, U.S.
36Win30–1–5Herman GravesPTS6Nov 8, 1938San Jose, California, U.S.
35Win29–1–5Jack RainwaterTKO2 (6)Oct 10, 1938National Hall, San Francisco, California, U.S.
34Win28–1–5Ace of SpadesTKO3 (6)Oct 3, 1938National Hall, San Francisco, California, U.S.
33Win27–1–5Frankie SantosKO4 (6)Aug 22, 1938National Hall, San Francisco, California, U.S.
32Draw26–1–5Frankie SantosPTS4Aug 12, 1938Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
31Win26–1–4Jimmy McCreadyPTS6Jun 1, 1938National Hall, San Francisco, California, U.S.
30Win25–1–4Jack RainwaterPTS10Apr 26, 1938Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, U.S.
29Win24–1–4Jimmy BerresPTS6Mar 16, 1938Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
28Win23–1–4Johnny BassanelliPTS10Feb 4, 1938Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, U.S.
27Win22–1–4Jimmy WakefieldTKO2 (6)Jan 19, 1938Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
26Win21–1–4Billy AzevedoPTS6Nov 10, 1937Auditorium, Oakland, California, U.S.
25Win20–1–4Young Lew MasseyTKO3 (6)Oct 13, 1937Auditorium, Oakland, California, U.S.
24Win19–1–4George RomeroTKO2 (6)Sep 24, 1937Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
23Draw18–1–4Mickey DurisPTS6Sep 17, 1937Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
22Draw18–1–3Clarence EnosPTS4Aug 25, 1937Auditorium, Oakland, California, U.S.
21Win18–1–2Mario DucciniPTS6May 28, 1937L Street Arena, Sacramento, California, U.S.
20Win17–1–2Lee MedinaPTS6Apr 26, 1937Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
19Win16–1–2Teddy MovanKO1 (6)Apr 16, 1937Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
18Loss15–1–2 Ceferino Garcia TKO1 (10)Mar 23, 1937Civic Auditorium, San Jose, California, U.S.
17Win15–0–2Johnny FasanoTKO3 (6)Nov 20, 1936L Street Arena, Sacramento, California, U.S.
16Draw14–0–2Billy AzevedoPTS6Nov 4, 1936Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
15Win14–0–1Billy AzevedoPTS6Oct 21, 1936Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
14Win13–0–1Mike BartoPTS6Sep 16, 1936Auditorium, Oakland, California, U.S.
13Win12–0–1Frankie SantosPTS6Aug 12, 1936Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
12Draw11–0–1Jimmy McLeodPTS6Jul 31, 1936Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
11Win11–0Jimmy McLeodPTS4Jul 22, 1936Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
10Win10–0Lloyd SmithTKO3 (6)Jun 10, 1936Sports Palace, San Francisco, California, U.S.
9Win9–0Johnny BassanelliTKO3 (6)May 21, 1936L Street Arena, Sacramento, California, U.S.
8Win8–0Frankie NocellaTKO5 (6)May 15, 1936Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
7Win7–0Bert SommersPTS4Apr 17, 1936L Street Arena, Sacramento, California, U.S.
6Win6–0Walter AdamsPTS4Mar 27, 1936L Street Arena, Sacramento, California, U.S.
5Win5–0Bobby WhiteKO2 (4)Mar 13, 1936L Street Arena, Sacramento, California, U.S.
4Win4–0Jimmy DuffyPTS4Nov 22, 1935Chestnut St. Arena, Reno, Nevada, U.S.
3Win3–0Carl MartinUD8Oct 14, 1935Quincy, Illinois, U.S.
2Win2–0Murray AllenPTS6Sep 27, 1935Peoria, Illinois, U.S.
1Win1–0Murray AllenPTS8Aug 15, 1935Quincy, Illinois, U.S.

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