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|Real name||Archibald Lee Wright|
|Nickname(s)||The (Old) Mongoose|
|Weight(s)|| Middleweight |
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Reach||75 in (191 cm)|
|Born||December 13, 1913|
Benoit, Mississippi, U.S.
|Died||December 9, 1998 81) (aged|
San Diego, California, U.S.
|Wins by KO||132|
Archie Moore (born Archibald Lee Wright; December 13, 1913 – December 9, 1998) 's list of "100 greatest punchers of all time". Moore was also a trainer for a short time after retirement, training Muhammad Ali, George Foreman and James Tillis.was an American professional boxer and the longest reigning World Light Heavyweight Champion of all time (December 1952 – May 1962). He had one of the longest professional careers in the history of the sport, competing from 1935 to 1963. Nicknamed "The Mongoose", and then "The Old Mongoose" in the latter half of his career, Moore was a highly strategic and defensive boxer, with a strong chin and unusual resilience. As of December 2020, BoxRec ranks Moore as the third greatest pound-for-pound boxer of all time. He also ranks fourth on The Ring
A native of Benoit, Mississippi, Moore was raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and grew up in poverty. Moore was denied a shot at the world title for over ten years, and spent many of those years fighting on the road with little to show for it. An important figure in the American Black community, he became involved in African American causes once his days as a fighter were over. He also established himself as a successful character actor in television and film. Moore died in his adopted home of San Diego, California; he was 81 years old.
Born Archibald Lee Wright, the son of Thomas Wright, a farm laborer and drifter, and Lorena Wright. He always insisted that he was born in 1916 in Collinsville, Illinois, but his mother told reporters that he was actually born in 1913 in Benoit, Mississippi. His father abandoned the family when Archie was an infant. Unable to provide for him and his older sister, his mother gave them into the care of an uncle and aunt, Cleveland and Willie Pearl Moore, who lived in St. Louis. Archie later explained why he was given their surname: "It was less questions to be called Moore."
He attended segregated all-Black schools in St. Louis, including Lincoln High School, although he never graduated. His uncle and aunt provided him with a stable upbringing, but after his uncle died in a freak accident around 1928, Moore began running with a street gang. One of his first thefts was a pair of oil lamps from his home, which he sold so that he would have money to buy boxing gloves. He later recalled of his stealing: "It was inevitable that I would be caught. I think I knew this even before I started, but somehow the urge to have a few cents in my pocket made me overlook this eventuality". After he was arrested for attempting to steal change from a motorman's box on a streetcar, he was sentenced to a three-year term at a reform school in Booneville, Missouri. He was released early from the school for good behavior after serving twenty-two months.
Around 1933 Moore joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, working for the forestry division at a camp in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. Determined to become a boxer, he decided to make his work at the camp a form of training. He later recalled that the other boys constantly kidded him about one daily exercise—standing upright in the bed of a truck as it drove along primitive forest roads, waiting until the last possible moment before ducking or weaving away from tree branches.
The captain of the camp permitted him to organize a boxing team, which competed in Golden Gloves tournaments in southern Missouri and Illinois. Many of his fights occurred in a racially charged atmosphere; he later described one of them, against a White boxer named Bill Richardson in Poplar Bluff:
I knocked him down with a volley of head punches about one minute into round one. His brother ... was the referee. He was furious at me and told me to keep my punches up. Since I had been hitting Bill in the head I would have missed him altogether if I threw my punches any higher. But the referee said I had fouled him. ... I got steamed at this and offered to fight [the referee], too. I resolved not to hit Bill any place but his head. ... In the second round I dropped him with a left hook that spun his head like a top. ... I heard a man at ringside say, "For two cents I'd shoot that nigger."
Moore had four fights in 1941, during which he went 2–1–1, with the draw against Eddie Booker. By then, however, he had suffered through several stomach ulcers and the resulting operations, and had announced his retirement from boxing.
His retirement was brief. By 1942 he was back in the ring. He won his first six bouts that year, including a second-round knockout of Hogue in a rematch, and a ten-round decision over Jack Chase. He met Booker in a rematch, and reached the same conclusion as their first meeting had: another 10-round draw.
In 1943, Moore fought seven bouts, winning five and losing two. He won and then lost the California State Middleweight title against Chase, both by 15-round decisions, and beat Chase again in his last bout of that year, in a ten-round decision. He also lost a decision to Aaron Wade that year.
In 1944, he had nine bouts, going 7–2. His last bout that year marked his debut on the Atlantic Coast, and the level of his opposition began to improve. He beat Jimmy Hayden by a knockout in five, lost to future Hall of Famer Charlie Burley by a decision, and to Booker by a knockout in eight.
He won his first eight bouts of 1945, impressing Atlantic coast boxing experts and earning a fight with future IBHOF enshrinee Jimmy Bivins, who defeated Moore by a knockout in six at Cleveland. He returned to the Eastern Seaboard to fight five more times before that year was over. He met, among others, future IBHOF enshrinee Holman Williams during that span, losing a ten-round decision, and knocking him out in eleven in the rematch.
By 1946, Moore had moved to the light heavyweight division and he went 5–2–1 that year, beating contender Curtis Sheppard, but losing to future World Heavyweight Champion and Hall of Famer Ezzard Charles by a decision in ten, and drawing with old nemesis Chase. By then, Moore began complaining publicly that, according to him, none of boxing's world champions would risk their titles fighting him. 1947 was essentially a year of rematches for Moore. He went 7–1 that year, his one loss being to Charles. He beat Chase by a knockout in nine, Sheppard by a decision in ten and Bivins by a knockout in nine. He also defeated Burt Lytell, by a decision in ten.
He fought a solid 14 fights in 1948, losing again to Charles by a knockout in nine, losing to Leonard Morrow by a knockout in the first, to Henry Hall by a decision in ten and to Lloyd Gibson by a disqualification in four. But he also beat Ted Lowry, by a decision in ten, and Hall in a rematch, also by decision.
In 1949, he had 13 bouts, going 12–1. He defeated the Alabama Kid twice; by knockout in four and by knockout in three, Bob Satterfield by a knockout in three, Bivins by a knockout in eight, future World Light Heavyweight Champion and IBHOF inductee Harold Johnson by a decision, Bob Sikes by a knockout in three and Phil Muscato by a decision. He lost to Clinton Bacon by a disqualification in six. By Moore's standards, 1950 was a vacation year for him: he only had two fights, winning both, including a 10-round decision in a rematch with Lydell.
In 1951, Moore boxed 18 times, winning 16, losing one, and drawing one. He went on an Argentinian tour, fighting seven times there, winning six and drawing one. In between those seven fights, he found time for a trip to Montevideo, Uruguay, where he defeated Vicente Quiroz by a knockout in six. He knocked out Bivins in nine and split two decisions with Johnson.
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1952 was one of the most important years in Moore's life. After beating Johnson, heavyweight contenders Jimmy Slade, Bob Dunlap, and Clarence Henry and light heavyweight Clinton Bacon (knocked out in four in a rematch), Moore was finally given an opportunity at age 36 to fight for the title of World Light Heavyweight Champion against future IBHOF honoree Joey Maxim. Maxim had just defeated the great Sugar Ray Robinson by a technical knockout in 14 rounds, forcing Robinson to quit in his corner due to heat exhaustion. Against Maxim, Moore consistently landed powerful right hands, hurting him several times en route to a fifteen-round decision. After sixteen long years, he had finally achieved his dream. The next year, Moore won all nine of his bouts, including a 10-round, non-title win against then fringe heavyweight contender Nino Valdez of Cuba and a 15-round decision over Maxim in a rematch to retain the belt. He made two more bouts in Argentina before the end of the year.
In 1954, he had only four fights, retaining the title in a third fight with Maxim, who once again went the 15 round distance, and versus Johnson, whom he knocked out in 14. He also beat highly ranked heavyweight Bob Baker. In 1955, Moore again beat Valdez, who by that time was the no. 1 heavyweight contender, and defended against Bobo Olson, the World Middleweight Champion and future Hall of Famer who was coming off a decision victory over Joey Maxim, by a knockout in three.
"The Mongoose", received two cracks at the heavyweight championship of the world. On September 21, 1955, Moore faced future Hall of Famer Rocky Marciano at New York's Yankee Stadium. It was in this fight Archie came closest to wearing the belt. A Moore surprise right hand in the 2nd round sent Marciano down for the second and final time in his career, setting the stage for a legendary battle, but also creating controversy as far as shared memory. In subsequent years Moore made much of Referee Harry Kessler's handling of the pivotal moment. A half-decade on, in Archie's autobiography, The Archie Moore Story (1960), he describes in detail the referee, though Rocky arose at "two", continuing a superfluous mandatory eight-count: "...Kessler went on, three, four. The mandatory count does not apply in championship bouts (1955)...My seconds were screaming for me to finish him and I moved to do so, but Kessler...carefully wiped off Rocky's gloves, giving him another few seconds...he gave him a sort of stiff jerk, which may have helped Rocky clear his head." Moore admits to being angry enough at what he saw as interference, he went recklessly, "blind and stupid with rage", going for the knockout, toe-to-toe.This resentment toward referee Kessler appears only to have grown more entrenched. By the time of a recorded interview with Peter Heller, in October, 1970, Archie had this to say: "(Kessler) had no business refereeing that match because he was too excitable. He didn't know what to do...He grabbed Marciano's gloves and began to wipe Marciano's gloves and look over his shoulder...I'll never forget it. It cost me the heavyweight title."
This grudge, however, was not mutual. In his own autobiography, Harry Kessler indeed recounts Marciano-Moore with a great excitement, frequently employing exclamation marks in his punctuation, going so far as a direct comparison to the donnybrook between Jack Dempsey and Luis Firpo. Yet, the third man is evenhanded in his praise, taking time over most of a chapter on the bout, to laud Moore. His praise for Moore include the following quotes: "Archie had exuded a stalwart confidence from his training camp..." "Archie Moore had more punches in his arsenal than Robin Hood and all his Merry Men had arrows in their quivers..." "Archie Moore was probably as sure a fighter as ever set foot in the ring..." "No one ever questioned Archie Moore's courage...". As for the knockdown, described here also in detail, Kessler offers a perspective directly contradicting Moore's, saying "I didn't bother to wipe Marciano's gloves on my shirt before I waved them back to combat; that early in the drama, there was no resin on the canvas." As opposed to any blind rage, Kessler states that "Archie hesitated a couple of seconds before he came in." With humor and without malice, Kessler even recounts the 38-year-old Moore poo-pooing any talk of retirement at the postfight press conference, then sitting in on bass fiddle at a hotspot in Greenwich Village until 5 A.M.!
Examination of the original, uncut closed circuit broadcast from 1955, shows no excesses in referee involvement. Marciano arises at "two", but the voice of Al Berl, assigned the counting for knockdowns, continues to "four". In harmony with Archie's further 1960 description, Marciano has moved to the ropes and rests an elbow. Moore is already moving toward him. Kessler flashes onscreen quickly, then away again, as though he had meant to separate the fighters. He is perpendicular to Marciano's chest, and his right hand waves rapidly near Rocky's left glove. Kessler reverses out as fast as he has come into frame, with no wiping of Marciano's gloves, and the action resumes. Marciano recovered, and went on to knock Moore down five times, finally knocking him out in the ninth to retain the belt. It was Marciano's sixth and last title defense, before retiring in 1956.
In 1956, Moore fought mostly as a heavyweight but did retain his Light Heavyweight title with a ten-round knockout over Yolande Pompey in London. He won 11 bouts in a row before challenging again for the World Heavyweight Championship. The title was left vacant by Marciano, but Moore lost to Floyd Patterson by a knockout in five (Patterson, yet another future Hall of Famer, himself made history that night, becoming, at the age of 21, the youngest World Heavyweight Champion yet, a record he would hold until 1986).
Moore won all six of his bouts during 1957. Among those wins was an easy 10-round decision over heavyweight contender Hans Kalbfell in Germany, a knockout in 7 rounds over highly ranked Tony Anthony to retain the light heavyweight title, a one-sided 10-round decision over light heavyweight contender Eddie Cotton in a non-title bout and a 4th-round knockout of future top ten heavyweight contender Roger Rischer.
In 1958, Moore had 10 fights, going 9–0–1 during that span. His fight with Yvon Durelle in particular was of note: defending his world light heavyweight title in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, he was felled three times in round one, and once again in round five, but then dropped Durelle in round 10 and won by a knockout in the 11th. 1959, his last full year as uncontested champion, was another rare low-profile year; in his two fights, he beat Sterling Davis by a knockout in three, and then Durelle again, also by a knockout in three, to once again retain his World Light Heavyweight title.
In 1960, Moore was stripped of his World Light Heavyweight title by the National Boxing Association (NBA), but continued to be recognized by most major boxing authorities including the New York State Athletic Commission and The Ring Magazine. Moore won three of his four bouts in 1960, one by decision against Buddy Turman in Dallas, his lone loss coming in a ten-round decision versus Giulio Rinaldi in Rome. In 1961, he defeated Turman again by decision in Manila, Philippines before defending his Lineal World Light Heavyweight Championship for what would be the last time, beating Rinaldi by a 15-round decision to retain the belt. In his last fight that year, he once again ventured into the heavyweights, and met Pete Rademacher, a man who had made history earlier in his career by becoming the first man ever to challenge for a world title in his first professional bout (when he lost to Patterson by a knockout in six). Moore beat Rademacher by a knockout in nine.
In 1962, the remaining boxing commissions that had continued to back Moore as the World Light Heavyweight Champion withdrew their recognition. He campaigned exclusively as a heavyweight from then on, and beat Alejandro Lavorante by a knockout in 10 and Howard King by a knockout in one round in Tijuana. He then drew against future World Light Heavyweight Champion Willie Pastrano in a 10-round heavyweight contest. On the posters advertising that fight, Moore was billed as the "World Light Heavyweight Champion." The bout took place in California, which had not yet withdrawn recognition from Moore at the time the Moore-Pastrano fight was signed. By the time the bout took place, the California commission, like New York, Massachusetts, the EBU and Ring Magazine, had recognized Harold Johnson, who had beaten Doug Jones 16 days earlier, as the new Light Heavyweight Champion. Johnson had reigned as the NBA (WBA) Champion since February 7, 1961.
Then, in his last fight of note, Moore faced a young heavyweight out of Louisville named Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali). Moore had been Clay's trainer for a time, but Clay became dissatisfied and left Moore because of Moore's attempts to change his style and his insistence that Clay do dishes and help clean gym floors. In the days before the fight, Clay had rhymed that "Archie Moore...Must fall in four." Moore replied that he had perfected a new punch for the match: The Lip-Buttoner. Nonetheless, as Clay predicted, Moore was beaten by a knockout in four rounds. Moore is the only man to have faced both Rocky Marciano and Muhammad Ali. After one more fight in 1963, a third-round knockout win over Mike DiBiase in Phoenix, Moore announced his retirement from boxing, for good.
Despite retiring, Moore couldn't escape the limelight, and received numerous awards and dedications. In 1965, he was given the key to the city of San Diego, California. In 1970, he was named "Man of The Year" by Listen Magazine, and received the key to the city of Sandpoint, Idaho. He was elected in 1985 to the St. Louis city Boxing Hall of Fame and he received the Rocky Marciano Memorial Award in the city of New York in 1988. In 1990, he became a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York, being one of the original members of that institution.[ citation needed ]
At one point the oldest boxer to win the World's Light Heavyweight Championship, he is believed to have been the only boxer who boxed professionally in the eras of Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano and Muhammad Ali. He is one of only a handful of boxers whose careers spanned four decades, retiring with a final record of 185 wins, 23 losses, 11 draws and 1 no contest, with 131 official knockouts.[ citation needed ]
However, at least three of Moore's 131 knockouts came in less-than-competitive matches against pro wrestlers: "Professor" Roy Shire in 1956, Sterling Davis in 1959 and Mike DiBiase in 1963 (Moore's 131st and final knockout).All three matches are officially listed as third-round TKO stoppages. The second-highest amount of knockouts in boxing history is 128, which belongs to Sam Langford .
During the 1960s he founded an organization called Any Boy Can, which taught boxing to underprivileged youth in the San Diego area. In 1974 he helped train heavyweight boxer George Foreman for his famous "Rumble in the Jungle" title bout in Zaire against Muhammad Ali. In 1976 he served as an assistant coach for the Nigerian Olympic boxing team. Actively involved in efforts to teach children about the dangers of drug abuse, he worked during the 1980s as a youth boxing instructor for the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, assigned largely to ghettos in San Diego and Los Angeles. "I try to pass on the arts I know: self-control, self-reliance, self-defense," he told a reporter. In the early 1990s he again worked as a trainer for George Foreman.
In 1960, Moore was chosen to play the role of the runaway slave Jim in Michael Curtiz's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , based on Mark Twain's book of the same title, opposite Eddie Hodges as Huck. Moore garnered positive reviews for his sympathetic portrayal of Jim, which some viewers still consider the best interpretation of this much-filmed role.[ citation needed ]
Moore did not choose to pursue a full-time career as an actor, but he did appear in films such as The Carpetbaggers (1964), The Hanged Man (1964) and The Fortune Cookie (1966), and on television in episodes of Family Affair , Perry Mason , Wagon Train , The Reporter , Batman (episode 35) and the soap opera One Life to Live . He also appeared in the critically aclaimed TV movie My Sweet Charlie . His later film appearances included the crime film The Outfit (1973), as a chef in Breakheart Pass (1975) with Charles Bronson, and a cameo role as himself in the 1982 film Penitentiary II , along with Leon Isaac Kennedy and Mr. T.
Boxing took Moore all over the world as a fighter, a civil rights activist, and a leader in the fight to influence the minds of the nation's youth. He arrived in Argentina in June 1951 for a rematch with the champion Abel Cestac. Moore's victory made headlines and caught the attention of the Argentinian President Juan Perón and his wife Eva for his selfless act helping children, buying them shoes, clothing, and building their confidence. Moore was invited to stay in Argentina and accept an appointment as the Minister of Welfare of Children. He declined the offer to continue his road to winning title fights.
In 1957, Moore founded Any Boy Can, a non-profit organization based in San Diego, California. ABC, as it was known, provides services to all who seek help regardless of age, race, creed, religion or national origin. Moore stated that the mission of ABC is to help the youth to "step off in life with their best foot forward." The students were taught good sportsmanship, respect, and confidence. They were instructed to look a person in the eye and give them a firm handshake. They addressed him as Instructor Moore.
Word traveled fast about Moore's ABC program. He was invited to Jamaica and sponsored by the Jamaican Boxing Board of Control to train boys for the Olympics. He trained 600 boys using his ABC methods.
In 1968, the ABC Foundation received the Freedom Foundation's Patriotism Award, a special citation for providing a challenge for youth to become contributing members of their communities and upholding the ideals and ideas that were present at the founding of our great nation. This recognition is one of many.
Based on his work with the youth, in 1981, Moore became the Presidential Appointee of Ronald Reagan to work under Samuel R. Pierce, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Under the national heading, Project Build, Moore taught boxing to underprivileged youth in and around the housing projects in California.
Moore applied the philosophy and mechanics of his ABC program and until his death, he believed that "Any Body Can."
Archie Moore had three daughters, Reena, J'Marie and Elizabeth Moore-Stump, and four sons, Archie Jr., Hardy, Anthony and D'Angelo.The marriage of Archie Moore and Elizabeth Thorton produced Archie Jr. and Elizabeth. In 1956, he married Joan Hardy and had five children: Reena, J'Marie, Hardy, Anthony and D'Angelo. They were married until his death in 1998.
Moore joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church later in life.
In 1997, J'Marie Moore became the first daughter of a famous boxer to herself become a professional boxer.
Archie Moore died of heart failure in 1998. He was cremated and is interred in a niche at Cypress View Mausoleum and Crematory, in San Diego.
|1960||The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn||Jim|
|1964||The Hanged Man||Xavier||TV movie|
|1966||The Fortune Cookie||Mr. Jackson|
|1970||My Sweet Charlie||TV movie|
|1993||The Adventures of Huck Finn||cameo role|
|220 fights||186 wins||23 losses|
|220||Win||186–23–10 (1)||Mike DiBiase||TKO||3 (10)||Mar 15, 1963||49 years, 92 days||Madison Square Garden, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.|
|219||Loss||185–23–10 (1)||Muhammad Ali||TKO||4 (12)||Nov 15, 1962||48 years, 337 days||Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|218||Draw||185–22–10 (1)||Willie Pastrano||MD||10||May 28, 1962||48 years, 166 days||Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|217||Win||185–22–9 (1)||Howard King||KO||1 (10)||May 7, 1962||48 years, 145 days||Plaza de Toros, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|216||Win||184–22–9 (1)||Alejandro Lavorante||TKO||10 (10)||Mar 30, 1962||48 years, 107 days||Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, U.S.||Lavorante was carried out on a stretcher|
|215||Win||183–22–9 (1)||Pete Rademacher||TKO||6 (10)||Oct 23, 1961||47 years, 314 days||Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|214||Win||182–22–9 (1)||Giulio Rinaldi||UD||15||Jun 10, 1961||47 years, 179 days||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.||Retained NYSAC and The Ring light heavyweight titles|
|213||Win||181–22–9 (1)||Buddy Turman||UD||10||Mar 25, 1961||47 years, 102 days||Araneta Coliseum, Barangay Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines|
|212||Win||180–22–9 (1)||Buddy Turman||UD||10||Nov 28, 1960||46 years, 351 days||Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, Texas, U.S.|
|211||Loss||179–22–9 (1)||Giulio Rinaldi||PTS||10||Oct 29, 1960||46 years, 321 days||Palazzetto dello Sport, Roma, Lazio, Italy|
|210||Win||179–21–9 (1)||George Abinet||RTD||3 (10)||Sep 13, 1960||46 years, 275 days||Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, Texas, U.S.|
|209||Win||178–21–9 (1)||Willi Besmanoff||TKO||10 (15)||May 25, 1960||46 years, 164 days||Fairgrounds Coliseum, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.||Promoted as for "American Heavyweight Title"|
|208||Win||177–21–9 (1)||Yvon Durelle||KO||3 (15)||Aug 12, 1959||45 years, 242 days||Forum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring light heavyweight titles|
|207||Win||176–21–9 (1)||Sterling Davis||TKO||3 (10)||Mar 9, 1959||45 years, 86 days||Ector County Coliseum, Odessa, Texas, U.S.|
|206||Win||175–21–9 (1)||Yvon Durelle||KO||11 (15)||Dec 10, 1958||44 years, 362 days||Forum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring light heavyweight titles|
|205||Draw||174–21–9 (1)||Howard King||PTS||10||Aug 4, 1958||44 years, 234 days||Moana Ball Park, Reno, Nevada, U.S.|
|204||Win||174–21–8 (1)||Howard King||UD||10||Jun 9, 1958||44 years, 178 days||Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, U.S.|
|203||Win||173–21–8 (1)||Charley Norkus||UD||10||May 26, 1958||44 years, 164 days||Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.|
|202||Win||172–21–8 (1)||Howard King||UD||10||May 17, 1958||44 years, 155 days||Coliseum, San Diego, California, U.S.|
|201||Win||171–21–8 (1)||Willi Besmanoff||SD||10||May 2, 1958||44 years, 140 days||Freedom Hall, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.|
|200||Win||170–21–8 (1)||Bob Albright||TKO||7 (10)||Mar 10, 1958||44 years, 87 days||Exhibition Gardens, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|199||Win||169–21–8 (1)||Bert Whitehurst||TKO||10 (10)||Mar 4, 1958||44 years, 81 days||Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, California, U.S.|
|198||Win||168–21–8 (1)||Julio Neves||KO||3 (10)||Feb 1, 1958||44 years, 50 days||Ginásio Gilberto Cardoso, Río de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|197||Win||167–21–8 (1)||Luis Ignacio||PTS||10||Jan 18, 1958||44 years, 36 days||Ginásio Estadual do Ibirapuera, Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|196||Win||166–21–8 (1)||Roger Rischer||KO||4 (10)||Nov 29, 1957||43 years, 351 days||Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, U.S.|
|195||Win||165–21–8 (1)||Eddie Cotton||UD||10||Nov 5, 1957||43 years, 327 days||Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, U.S.|
|194||Win||164–21–8 (1)||Ralph Hooker||TKO||5 (10)||Oct 31, 1957||43 years, 322 days||Exhibition Gardens, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|193||Win||163–21–8 (1)||Tony Anthony||KO||7 (15)||Sep 20, 1957||43 years, 281 days||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.||Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring light heavyweight titles|
|192||Win||162–21–8 (1)||Alain Cherville||TKO||6 (10)||Jun 2, 1957||43 years, 171 days||Killesberghalle, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany|
|191||Win||161–21–8 (1)||Hans Kalbfell||UD||10||May 1, 1957||43 years, 139 days||Dubois-Arena, Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany|
|190||Loss||160–21–8 (1)||Floyd Patterson||KO||5 (15)||Nov 30, 1956||42 years, 353 days||Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.||For vacant NBA, NYSAC, The Ring heavyweight titles|
|189||Win||160–20–8 (1)||Roy Shire||TKO||3 (10)||Sep 8, 1956||42 years, 270 days||Ogden Stadium, Ogden, Utah, U.S.|
|188||Win||159–20–8 (1)||James J Parker||TKO||9 (15)||Jul 25, 1956||42 years, 225 days||Maple Leaf Stadium, Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|187||Win||158–20–8 (1)||Yolande Pompey||TKO||10 (15)||Jun 5, 1956||42 years, 175 days||Harringay Arena, Harringay, London, England||Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring light heavyweight titles|
|186||Win||157–20–8 (1)||Gene Thompson||KO||3 (10)||Apr 30, 1956||42 years, 139 days||Sports Center, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.|
|185||Win||156–20–8 (1)||Sonny Andrews||KO||4 (10)||Apr 26, 1956||42 years, 135 days||Edmonton Gardens, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|184||Win||155–20–8 (1)||George Parmentier||TKO||3 (10)||Apr 16, 1956||42 years, 125 days||Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, U.S.|
|183||Win||154–20–8 (1)||Willie Bean||TKO||5 (10)||Apr 10, 1956||42 years, 119 days||Auditorium, Richmond, California, U.S.|
|182||Win||153–20–8 (1)||Howard King||UD||10||Mar 27, 1956||42 years, 105 days||Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, U.S.|
|181||Win||152–20–8 (1)||Frankie Daniels||UD||10||Mar 17, 1956||42 years, 95 days||Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, U.S.|
|180||Win||151–20–8 (1)||Bob Dunlap||KO||1 (10)||Feb 27, 1956||42 years, 76 days||Arena, San Diego, California, U.S.|
|179||Win||150–20–8 (1)||Howard King||UD||10||Feb 20, 1956||42 years, 69 days||Winterland Arena, San Francisco, California, U.S.|
|178||Loss||149–20–8 (1)||Rocky Marciano||KO||9 (15)||Sep 21, 1955||41 years, 282 days||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.||For NBA, NYSAC, The Ring heavyweight titles|
|177||Win||149–19–8 (1)||Bobo Olson||KO||3 (15)||Jun 22, 1955||41 years, 191 days||Polo Grounds, New York City, New York, U.S.||Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring light heavyweight titles|
|176||Win||148–19–8 (1)||Nino Valdes||PTS||15||May 2, 1955||41 years, 140 days||Cashman Field, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||Won vacant world heavyweight title recognized only by Nevada|
|175||Win||147–19–8 (1)||Harold Johnson||TKO||14 (15)||Aug 11, 1954||40 years, 241 days||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.||Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring light heavyweight titles|
|174||Win||146–19–8 (1)||Bert Whitehurst||TKO||6 (10)||Jun 7, 1954||40 years, 176 days||St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|173||Win||145–19–8 (1)||Bob Baker||TKO||9 (10)||Mar 9, 1954||40 years, 86 days||Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.|
|172||Win||144–19–8 (1)||Joey Maxim||UD||15||Jan 27, 1954||40 years, 45 days||Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida, U.S.||Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring light heavyweight titles|
|171||Win||143–19–8 (1)||Dogomar Martinez||PTS||10||Sep 12, 1953||39 years, 273 days||Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina|
|170||Win||142–19–8 (1)||Rinaldo Ansaloni||TKO||4 (10)||Aug 22, 1953||39 years, 252 days||Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina|
|169||Win||141–19–8 (1)||Joey Maxim||UD||15||Jun 24, 1953||39 years, 193 days||Ogden, Utah, U.S.||Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring light heavyweight titles|
|168||Win||140–19–8 (1)||Frank Buford||TKO||9 (10)||Mar 30, 1953||39 years, 107 days||Coliseum, San Diego, California, U.S.|
|167||Win||139–19–8 (1)||Al Spaulding||KO||3 (10)||Mar 17, 1953||39 years, 94 days||Armory, Spokane, Washington, U.S.|
|166||Win||138–19–8 (1)||Nino Valdes||UD||10||Mar 11, 1953||39 years, 88 days||Arena, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.|
|165||Win||137–19–8 (1)||Sonny Andrews||TKO||5 (10)||Mar 3, 1953||39 years, 80 days||Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, U.S.|
|164||Win||136–19–8 (1)||Leonard Dugan||TKO||8 (10)||Feb 16, 1953||39 years, 65 days||Winterland Arena, San Francisco, California, U.S.|
|163||Win||135–19–8 (1)||Toxie Hall||KO||4 (10)||Jan 27, 1953||39 years, 45 days||Sports Arena, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.|
|162||Win||134–19–8 (1)||Joey Maxim||UD||15||Dec 17, 1952||39 years, 4 days||Arena, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.||Won NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring light heavyweight titles|
|161||Win||133–19–8 (1)||Clinton Bacon||TKO||4 (10)||Jul 25, 1952||38 years, 225 days||Bears Stadium, Denver, Colorado, U.S.|
|160||Win||132–19–8 (1)||Clarence Henry||UD||10||Jun 26, 1952||38 years, 196 days||Memorial Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|159||Win||131–19–8 (1)||Bob Dunlap||KO||6 (10)||May 19, 1952||38 years, 158 days||Winterland Arena, San Francisco, California], U.S.|
|158||Win||130–19–8 (1)||Jimmy Slade||UD||10||Feb 27, 1952||38 years, 76 days||Arena, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.|
|157||Win||129–19–8 (1)||Harold Johnson||UD||10||Jan 29, 1952||38 years, 47 days||Sports Arena, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.|
|156||Loss||128–19–8 (1)||Harold Johnson||UD||10||Dec 10, 1951||37 years, 362 days||Arena, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.|
|155||Win||128–18–8 (1)||Chubby Wright||TKO||7 (10)||Oct 29, 1951||37 years, 320 days||Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.|
|154||Win||127–18–8 (1)||Harold Johnson||UD||10||Sep 25, 1951||37 years, 286 days||Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|153||Win||126–18–8 (1)||Embrel Davidson||KO||1 (10)||Sep 5, 1951||37 years, 266 days||Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.|
|152||Win||125–18–8 (1)||Alfredo Lagay||KO||3 (10)||Aug 17, 1951||37 years, 247 days||Palacio de los Deportes, Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina|
|151||Win||124–18–8 (1)||Rafael Miranda||TKO||4 (10)||Aug 5, 1951||37 years, 235 days||Palacio de los Deportes, Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina|
|150||Win||123–18–8 (1)||Americo Capitanelli||KO||3 (10)||Jul 28, 1951||37 years, 227 days||San Miguel de Tucumán, Tucuman, Argentina|
|149||Win||122–18–8 (1)||Victor Carabajal||KO||3 (12)||Jul 26, 1951||37 years, 225 days||Córdoba, Argentina|
|148||Win||121–18–8 (1)||Vicente Quiroz||RTD||6 (10)||Jul 14, 1951||37 years, 213 days||Cine Boston, Montevideo, Uruguay|
|147||Win||120–18–8 (1)||Alberto Santiago Lovell||KO||1 (12)||Jul 7, 1951||37 years, 206 days||Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina|
|146||Draw||119–18–8 (1)||Karel Sys||PTS||12||Jun 23, 1951||37 years, 192 days||Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina|
|145||Win||119–18–7 (1)||Abel Cestac||RTD||9 (12)||Jun 9, 1951||37 years, 178 days||Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina|
|144||Win||118–18–7 (1)||Art Henri||TKO||4 (10)||May 14, 1951||37 years, 152 days||Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|143||Win||117–18–7 (1)||Herman Harris||TKO||4 (10)||Apr 26, 1951||37 years, 134 days||I.M.A. Auditorium, Flint, Michigan, U.S|
|142||Win||116–18–7 (1)||Abel Cestac||UD||10||Mar 13, 1951||37 years, 90 days||Sports Arena, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.|
|141||Win||115–18–7 (1)||Jimmy Bivins||TKO||9 (10)||Feb 21, 1951||37 years, 70 days||St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|140||Win||114–18–7 (1)||John Thomas||KO||1 (10)||Jan 28, 1951||37 years, 46 days||Estadio Olimpico, Panama City, Panama|
|139||Win||113–18–7 (1)||Billy Smith||TKO||8 (10)||Jan 2, 1951||37 years, 20 days||Auditoriu, Portland, Oregon, U.S.|
|138||Win||112–18–7 (1)||Vernon Williams||KO||2 (10)||Jul 31, 1950||36 years, 230 days||Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|137||Win||111–18–7 (1)||Bert Lytell||UD||10||Jan 31, 1950||36 years, 49 days||Sports Arena, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.|
|136||Win||110–18–7 (1)||Leonard Morrow||KO||10 (15)||Dec 13, 1949||36 years, 0 days||Sports Arena, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.|
|135||Win||109–18–7 (1)||Charley Williams||KO||8 (10)||Dec 6, 1949||35 years, 358 days||Auditorium, Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.|
|134||Win||108–18–7 (1)||Phil Muscato||KO||6 (10)||Oct 24, 1949||35 years, 315 days||Sports Arena, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.|
|133||Win||107–18–7 (1)||Bob Amos||UD||10||Oct 4, 1949||35 years, 295 days||Sports Arena, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.|
|132||Win||106–18–7 (1)||Esco Greenwood||TKO||2 (10)||Jul 29, 1949||35 years, 228 days||Meadowbrook Arena, North Adams, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|131||Win||105–18–7 (1)||Bob Sikes||TKO||3 (10)||Jun 27, 1949||35 years, 196 days||Outdoor Sports Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.|
|130||Loss||104–18–7 (1)||Clinton Bacon||DQ||6 (10)||Jun 13, 1949||35 years, 182 days||Outdoor Sports Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.||Moore was disqualified for low blows|
|129||Win||104–17–7 (1)||Harold Johnson||UD||10||Apr 26, 1949||35 years, 134 days||Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|128||Win||103–17–7 (1)||Jimmy Bivins||KO||8 (10)||Apr 11, 1949||35 years, 119 days||Sports Arena, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.|
|127||Win||102–17–7 (1)||Dusty Wilkerson||TKO||6 (10)||Mar 23, 1949||35 years, 100 days||Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|126||Win||101–17–7 (1)||Alabama Kid||KO||3 (10)||Mar 4, 1949||35 years, 81 days||Memorial Hall, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.|
|125||Win||100–17–7 (1)||Bob Satterfield||KO||3 (10)||Jan 31, 1949||35 years, 49 days||Sports Arena, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.|
|124||Win||99–17–7 (1)||Alabama Kid||KO||4 (10)||Jan 10, 1949||35 years, 28 days||Sports Arena, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.|
|123||Win||98–17–7 (1)||Charley Williams||KO||7 (10)||Dec 27, 1948||35 years, 14 days||Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|122||Win||97–17–7 (1)||Bob Amos||UD||10||Dec 6, 1948||34 years, 359 days||Turner's Arena, Washington, D.C., U.S.|
|121||Win||96–17–7 (1)||Henry Hall||UD||10||Nov 15, 1948||34 years, 338 days||Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|120||Loss||95–17–7 (1)||Lloyd Gibson||DQ||4 (10)||Nov 1, 1948||34 years, 324 days||Turner's Arena, Washington, D.C., U.S.||Moore was disqualified for low blows|
|119||Loss||95–16–7 (1)||Henry Hall||PTS||10||Oct 15, 1948||34 years, 307 days||Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.|
|118||Win||95–15–7 (1)||Billy Smith||KO||4 (10)||Sep 20, 1948||34 years, 282 days||Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|117||Win||94–15–7 (1)||Ted Lowry||UD||10||Aug 2, 1948||34 years, 233 days||Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|116||Win||93–15–7 (1)||Jimmy Bivins||MD||10||Jun 28, 1948||34 years, 198 days||Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|115||Loss||92–15–7 (1)||Leonard Morrow||KO||1 (12)||Jun 2, 1948||34 years, 172 days||Auditorium, Oakland, California, U.S.||Lost USA California state light heavyweight title|
|114||Win||92–14–7 (1)||Billy Smith||UD||10||May 5, 1948||34 years, 144 days||Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|113||Win||91–14–7 (1)||Charley Williams||KO||7 (10)||Apr 19, 1948||34 years, 128 days||Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|112||Win||90–14–7 (1)||Dusty Wilkerson||TKO||7 (10)||Apr 12, 1948||34 years, 121 days||Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|111||Loss||89–14–7 (1)||Ezzard Charles||KO||8 (15)||Jan 13, 1948||34 years, 31 days||Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.|
|110||Win||89–13–7 (1)||George Fitch||TKO||6 (10)||Nov 10, 1947||33 years, 332 days||Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|109||Win||88–13–7 (1)||Jimmy Bivins||TKO||8 (10)||Sep 8, 1947||33 years, 269 days||5th Regiment Armory, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|108||Win||87–13–7 (1)||Bobby Zander||PTS||12||Jul 30, 1947||33 years, 229 days||Auditorium, Oakland, California, U.S.||Won vacant USA California state light heavyweight title|
|107||Win||86–13–7 (1)||Bert Lytell||UD||10||Jul 14, 1947||33 years, 213 days||Coliseum, Baltimore,Maryland, U.S.|
|106||Win||85–13–7 (1)||Curtis Sheppard||UD||10||Jun 16, 1947||33 years, 185 days||Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C., U.S.|
|105||Loss||84–13–7 (1)||Ezzard Charles||MD||10||May 5, 1947||33 years, 143 days||Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|104||Win||84–12–7 (1)||Rusty Payne||PTS||10||Apr 11, 1947||33 years, 119 days||Coliseum, San Diego, California, U.S.|
|103||Win||83–12–7 (1)||Jack Chase||KO||9 (10)||Mar 18, 1947||33 years, 95 days||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|102||Draw||82–12–7 (1)||Jack Chase||PTS||10||Nov 6, 1946||32 years, 328 days||Auditorium, Oakland, California, U.S.|
|101||Draw||82–12–6 (1)||Billy Smith||PTS||12||Oct 23, 1946||32 years, 314 days||Auditorium, Oakland, California, U.S.||For USA California state light heavyweight title|
|100||Win||82–12–5 (1)||Jimmy O'Brien||TKO||2 (10)||Sep 9, 1946||32 years, 270 days||Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|99||Win||81–12–5 (1)||Buddy Walker||KO||4 (10)||Aug 19, 1946||32 years, 249 days||Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|98||Loss||80–12–5 (1)||Ezzard Charles||UD||10||May 20, 1946||32 years, 158 days||Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|97||Win||80–11–5 (1)||Vern Escoe||TKO||7 (10)||May 2, 1946||32 years, 140 days||Armory, Orange, New Jersey, U.S.|
|96||Win||79–11–5 (1)||George Parks||KO||1 (10)||Feb 5, 1946||32 years, 54 days||Turner's Arena, Washington, D.C., U.S.|
|95||Win||78–11–5 (1)||Curtis Sheppard||UD||12||Jan 28, 1946||32 years, 46 days||Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|94||Win||77–11–5 (1)||Colion Chaney||KO||5 (10)||Dec 13, 1945||32 years, 0 days||Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.|
|93||Win||76–11–5 (1)||Holman Williams||TKO||11 (12)||Nov 26, 1945||31 years, 348 days||Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|92||Win||75–11–5 (1)||O'Dell Riley||KO||6 (10)||Nov 12, 1945||31 years, 334 days||Arena Gardens, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.|
|91||Loss||74–11–5 (1)||Holman Williams||MD||10||Oct 22, 1945||31 years, 313 days||Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|90||Win||74–10–5 (1)||Cocoa Kid||KO||8 (10)||Sep 17, 1945||31 years, 278 days||Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|89||Loss||73–10–5 (1)||Jimmy Bivins||KO||6 (10)||Aug 22, 1945||31 years, 252 days||Lakefront Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.|
|88||Win||73–9–5 (1)||Lloyd Marshall||TKO||10 (10)||Jun 26, 1945||31 years, 195 days||Lakefront Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.|
|87||Win||72–9–5 (1)||George Kochan||TKO||6 (10)||Jun 18, 1945||31 years, 187 days||Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|86||Win||71–9–5 (1)||Lloyd Marshall||UD||10||May 21, 1945||31 years, 159 days||Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|85||Win||70–9–5 (1)||Teddy Randolph||TKO||9 (10)||Apr 23, 1945||31 years, 131 days||Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|84||Win||69–9–5 (1)||Nate Bolden||UD||10||Apr 2, 1945||31 years, 110 days||Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|83||Win||68–9–5 (1)||Napoleon Mitchell||KO||6 (8)||Feb 12, 1945||31 years, 61 days||Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|82||Win||67–9–5 (1)||Bob Jacobs||TKO||9 (10)||Jan 29, 1945||31 years, 47 days||St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|81||Win||66–9–5 (1)||Joey Jones||TKO||2 (8)||Jan 11, 1945||31 years, 29 days||Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|80||Win||65–9–5 (1)||Nate Bolden||UD||10||Dec 18, 1944||31 years, 5 days||St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|79||Win||64–9–5 (1)||Battling Monroe||KO||6 (10)||Sep 1, 1944||30 years, 263 days||Coliseum, San Diego, California, U.S.|
|78||Win||63–9–5 (1)||Jimmy Hayden||KO||5 (10)||Aug 18, 1944||30 years, 249 days||Coliseum, San Diego, California, U.S.|
|77||Win||62–9–5 (1)||Lloyd Kip Mays||KO||3 (10)||Aug 11, 1944||30 years, 242 days||Coliseum, San Diego, California, U.S.|
|76||Win||61–9–5 (1)||Kenny LaSalle||PTS||10||May 19, 1944||30 years, 158 days||Coliseum, San Diego, California, U.S.|
|75||Loss||60–9–5 (1)||Charley Burley||PTS||10||Apr 21, 1944||30 years, 130 days||Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, U.S.|
|74||Win||60–8–5 (1)||Roman Starr||TKO||2 (10)||Mar 24, 1944||30 years, 102 days||Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, U.S.|
|73||Loss||59–8–5 (1)||Eddie Booker||TKO||8 (10)||Jan 21, 1944||30 years, 39 days||Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, U.S.|
|72||Win||59–7–5 (1)||Amado Rodriguez||KO||1 (10)||Jan 7, 1944||30 years, 25 days||Coliseum, San Diego, California, U.S.|
|71||Win||58–7–5 (1)||Jack Chase||MD||10||Nov 26, 1943||29 years, 348 days||Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, U.S.|
|70||Win||57–7–5 (1)||Kid Hermosillo||TKO||5 (10)||Nov 4, 1943||29 years, 326 days||Glacier Gardens, San Diego, California, U.S.|
|69||Loss||56–7–5 (1)||Aaron Wade||PTS||10||Aug 16, 1943||29 years, 246 days||Coliseum Bowl, San Francisco, California, U.S.|
|68||Loss||56–6–5 (1)||Jack Chase||UD||15||Aug 2, 1943||29 years, 232 days||Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.||Lost California state middleweight title|
|67||Win||56–5–5 (1)||Eddie Cerda||KO||3 (10)||Jul 28, 1943||29 years, 227 days||Lane Field, San Diego, California, U.S.|
|66||Win||55–5–5 (1)||Big Boy Hogue||TKO||5 (10)||Jul 22, 1943||29 years, 221 days||Lane Field, San Diego, California, U.S.|
|65||Win||54–5–5 (1)||Jack Chase||UD||15||May 8, 1943||29 years, 146 days||Lane Field, San Diego, California, U.S.||Won California state middleweight title|
|64||Draw||53–5–5 (1)||Eddie Booker||PTS||12||Dec 11, 1942||28 years, 363 days||Coliseum, San Diego, California, U.S.||For California state middleweight title|
|63||Win||53–5–4 (1)||Jack Chase||UD||10||Nov 27, 1942||28 years, 349 days||Coliseum, San Diego, California, U.S.|
|62||Win||52–5–4 (1)||Tabby Romero||KO||2 (10)||Nov 6, 1942||28 years, 328 days||Coliseum, San Diego, California, U.S.|
|61||Win||51–5–4 (1)||Shorty Hogue||TKO||2 (10)||Oct 30, 1942||28 years, 321 days||Coliseum, San Diego, California, U.S.|
|60||Win||50–5–4 (1)||Jimmy Casino||TKO||5 (10)||Mar 18, 1942||28 years, 95 days||Auditorium, Oakland, California, U.S.|
|59||Win||49–5–4 (1)||Al Globe||TKO||2 (10)||Feb 27, 1942||28 years, 76 days||Coliseum, San Diego, California, U.S.|
|58||Win||48–5–4 (1)||Bobby Britt||KO||3 (10)||Jan 28, 1942||28 years, 46 days||Legion Arena, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.|
|57||Draw||47–5–4 (1)||Eddie Booker||PTS||10||Feb 20, 1941||27 years, 69 days||Coliseum, San Diego, California, U.S.|
|56||Loss||47–5–3 (1)||Shorty Hogue||PTS||10||Jan 31, 1941||27 years, 49 days||Coliseum, San Diego, California, U.S.|
|55||Win||47–4–3 (1)||Clay Rowan||KO||1 (10)||Jan 17, 1941||27 years, 35 days||Coliseum, San Diego, California, U.S.|
|54||Win||46–4–3 (1)||Pancho Ramirez||TKO||5 (10)||Oct 18, 1940||26 years, 310 days||Coliseum, San Diego, California, U.S.|
|53||Win||45–4–3 (1)||Ron Richards||PTS||12||Jul 11, 1940||26 years, 211 days||Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|52||Win||44–4–3 (1)||Fred Henneberry||TKO||7 (12)||Jun 27, 1940||26 years, 197 days||Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|51||Win||43–4–3 (1)||Frank Lindsay||KO||4 (12)||May 27, 1940||26 years, 166 days||City Hall, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia|
|50||Win||42–4–3 (1)||Joe Delaney||KO||2 (12)||May 18, 1940||26 years, 157 days||Grenfell Street Stadium, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia|
|49||Win||41–4–3 (1)||Atilio Sabatino||TKO||5 (12)||May 9, 1940||26 years, 148 days||Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|48||Win||40–4–3 (1)||Ron Richards||TKO||10 (12)||Apr 18, 1940||26 years, 127 days||Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|47||Win||39–4–3 (1)||Jack McNamee||TKO||4 (12)||Mar 30, 1940||26 years, 108 days||West Melbourne Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|46||Loss||38–4–3 (1)||Shorty Hogue||PTS||6||Dec 29, 1939||26 years, 16 days||Coliseum, San Diego, California, U.S.|
|45||Win||38–3–3 (1)||Honeyboy Jones||PTS||10||Dec 7, 1939||25 years, 359 days||Municipal Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.|
|44||Win||37–3–3 (1)||Billy Day||KO||1 (10)||Nov 27, 1939||25 years, 349 days||Legion Arena, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.|
|43||Draw||36–3–3 (1)||Freddie Dixon||TD||8 (10)||Nov 13, 1939||25 years, 335 days||Legion Arena, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.||TD in the 8th round after Dixon was hit low and could not continue.|
PAC's rules stated that no fighter could win or lose a fight due to a foul.
|42||Win||36–3–2 (1)||Bobby Seaman||TKO||7 (10)||Sep 22, 1939||25 years, 283 days||Coliseum, San Diego, California, U.S.|
|41||Win||35–3–2 (1)||Jack Coggins||PTS||10||Sep 1, 1939||25 years, 262 days||Coliseum, San Diego, California, U.S.|
|40||NC||34–3–2 (1)||Jack Coggins||NC||8 (10)||Jul 21, 1939||25 years, 220 days||Coliseum, San Diego, California, U.S.||Following several warnings to the effect that more action and effort were needed,|
the referee called it "no contest" in round eight
|39||Loss||34–3–2||Teddy Yarosz||UD||10||Apr 20, 1939||25 years, 128 days||Municipal Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.|
|38||Win||34–2–2||Marty Simmons||UD||10||Mar 16, 1939||25 years, 93 days||Municipal Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.|
|37||Win||33–2–2||Domenico Ceccarelli||KO||1 (10)||Mar 2, 1939||25 years, 79 days||Coliseum, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.|
|36||Win||32–2–2||Jack Moran||KO||1 (10)||Jan 20, 1939||25 years, 38 days||Coliseum, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.|
|35||Win||31–2–2||Bob Turner||KO||2 (8)||Dec 7, 1938||24 years, 359 days||Arena, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.|
|34||Win||30–2–2||Ray Lyle||KO||2 (10)||Nov 22, 1938||24 years, 344 days||Coliseum, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.|
|33||Win||29–2–2||Bobby Yannes||TKO||2 (10)||Oct 19, 1938||24 years, 310 days||Coliseum, San Diego, California, U.S.|
|32||Win||28–2–2||Tom Henry||TKO||4 (6)||Sep 27, 1938||24 years, 288 days||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|31||Win||27–2–2||Frank Rowsey||TKO||3 (10)||Sep 16, 1938||24 years, 277 days||Coliseum, San Diego, California, U.S.|
|30||Win||26–2–2||Johnny Romero||KO||8 (10)||Sep 2, 1938||24 years, 263 days||Coliseum, San Diego, California, U.S.|
|29||Win||25–2–2||Lorenzo Pedro||PTS||10||Aug 5, 1938||24 years, 235 days||Lane Field, San Diego, California, U.S.|
|28||Win||24–2–2||Johnny Sikes||KO||1 (10)||Jul 22, 1938||24 years, 221 days||Lane Field, San Diego, California, U.S.|
|27||Loss||23–2–2||Johnny Romero||PTS||10||Jun 24, 1938||24 years, 193 days||Lane Field, San Diego, California, U.S.|
|26||Win||23–1–2||Ray Vargas||KO||3 (10)||May 27, 1938||24 years, 165 days||Lane Field, San Diego, California, U.S.|
|25||Win||22–1–2||Jimmy Brent||KO||1 (6)||May 20, 1938||24 years, 158 days||Lane Field, San Diego, California, U.S.|
|24||Win||21–1–2||Karl Lautenschlager||TKO||2 (5)||Jan 7, 1938||24 years, 25 days||Coliseum, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.|
|23||Win||20–1–2||Sammy Jackson||KO||8 (10)||Dec 1, 1937||24 years, 4 days||Jackson, Missouri, U.S.||Month & date need verification|
|22||Win||19–1–2||Sammy Christian||PTS||5||Nov 16, 1937||23 years, 338 days||Municipal Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.|
|21||Win||18–1–2||Chuck Vickers||KO||2 (10)||Nov 9, 1937||23 years, 331 days||Shrine Auditorium, Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.|
|20||Win||17–1–2||Charley Dawson||TKO||5 (5)||Sep 17, 1937||23 years, 278 days||Municipal Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.|
|19||Win||16–1–2||Sammy Slaughter||PTS||10||Sep 9, 1937||23 years, 270 days||Outdoor Sports Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.|
|18||Loss||15–1–2||Billy Adams||PTS||8||Sep 1, 1937||23 years, 262 days||Parkway Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|17||Win||15–0–2||Deacon Logan||KO||3 (5)||Aug 19, 1937||23 years, 249 days||Municipal Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.|
|16||Win||14–0–2||Frank Hatfield||KO||1 (8)||Jul 21, 1937||23 years, 220 days||Parkway Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|15||Win||13–0–2||Al Dublinsky||KO||3 (?)||Jun 1, 1937||23 years, 170 days||United States of America||Month & date unknown|
|14||Win||12–0–2||Doty Turner||KO||1 (8)||May 28, 1937||23 years, 166 days||Armory, Benton Harbor, Michigan, U.S.|
|13||Win||11–0–2||Carl Martin||RTD||1 (8)||Apr 23, 1937||23 years, 131 days||Armory, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.|
|12||Win||10–0–2||Charley Dawson||PTS||8||Apr 9, 1937||23 years, 117 days||Armory, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.|
|11||Win||9–0–2||Ham Pounder||KO||2 (8)||Mar 23, 1937||23 years, 100 days||Ponca City, Oklahoma, U.S.|
|10||Win||8–0–2||Joe Huff||KO||3 (5)||Feb 2, 1937||23 years, 51 days||Coliseum, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.|
|9||Draw||7–0–2||Sammy Jackson||PTS||8||Jan 29, 1937||23 years, 47 days||Quincy, Illinois, U.S.|
|8||Win||7–0–1||Johnny Davis||KO||4 (8)||Jan 18, 1937||23 years, 36 days||Eagles Hall, Quincy, Illinois, U.S.|
|7||Win||6–0–1||Mack Payne||KO||1 (8)||Jan 5, 1937||23 years, 23 days||Coliseum, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.|
|6||Win||5–0–1||Sammy Jackson||PTS||5||Oct 9, 1936||22 years, 301 days||Coliseum, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.|
|5||Win||4–0–1||Murray Allen||KO||2 (6)||Sep 30, 1936||22 years, 292 days||Hi-Life Garden, Keokuk, Iowa, U.S.|
|4||Draw||3–0–1||Sammy Christian||PTS||6||Aug 4, 1936||22 years, 235 days||Quincy, Illinois, U.S.|
|3||Win||3–0||Murray Allen||PTS||6||Jul 14, 1936||22 years, 214 days||Eagles Hall, Quincy, Illinois, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||Kid Pocahuntas||KO||3 (8)||Jan 1, 1936||22 years, 19 days||Hot Springs, Arkansas, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||Billy Simms||KO||2 (4)||Sep 3, 1935||21 years, 264 days||Poplar Bluff, Missouri, U.S.|
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