Archie Moore

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Archie Moore
Archie Moore 1955.jpg
Archie Moore in 1955
Real nameArchibald Lee Wright
Nickname(s)The (Old) Mongoose
Ancient Archie
Weight(s) Middleweight
Light heavyweight
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Reach75 in (191 cm)
Born(1913-12-13)December 13, 1913
Benoit, Mississippi, U.S.
DiedDecember 9, 1998(1998-12-09) (aged 81)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights220
Wins by KO132
No contests1

Archie Moore (born Archibald Lee Wright; December 13, 1913 – December 9, 1998) [1] 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. [2] He also ranks fourth on The Ring '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.


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.

Early life

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.

Boxing career

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."

First retirement and comeback

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.

The Atlantic Coast

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.

World Light Heavyweight Champion

Archie Moore vs. Joey Maxim in December 1952 Archie Moore vs Joey Maxim 1952.jpg
Archie Moore vs. Joey Maxim in December 1952

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.

Archie Moore in 1954 Archie Moore 1954.jpg
Archie Moore in 1954

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. [3] 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." [4]

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.! [5]

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.

Archie Moore and Onyx Roach in 1956 Archie Moore and Onyx Roach 1956.jpg
Archie Moore and Onyx Roach 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.

Final retirement

Archie Moore and Eddie Hodges in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Archie Moore and Eddie Hodges 1960.jpg
Archie Moore and Eddie Hodges in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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). [6] 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 . [7]

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. [8]

Acting career

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."

Personal life

Archie Moore and Joan Hardy in 1956 Archie Moore and Joan Hardy 1956.jpg
Archie Moore and Joan Hardy in 1956

Archie Moore had three daughters, Reena, J'Marie and Elizabeth Moore-Stump, and four sons, Archie Jr., Hardy, Anthony and D'Angelo. [9] 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. [10]

In 1997, J'Marie Moore became the first daughter of a famous boxer to herself become a professional boxer. [11]


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. [12]


1960 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Jim
1964 The Carpetbaggers Jedediah
1964 The Hanged Man XavierTV movie
1966 The Fortune Cookie Mr. Jackson
1970 My Sweet Charlie TV movie
1973 The Outfit Packard
1975 Breakheart Pass Carlos
1993 The Adventures of Huck Finn cameo role


Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
220 fights186 wins23 losses
By knockout1327
By decision5414
By disqualification02
No contests1
220Win186–23–10 (1) Mike DiBiase TKO3 (10)Mar 15, 196349 years, 92 daysMadison Square Garden, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
219Loss185–23–10 (1) Muhammad Ali TKO4 (12) Nov 15, 1962 48 years, 337 daysSports Arena, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
218Draw185–22–10 (1) Willie Pastrano MD10May 28, 196248 years, 166 daysSports Arena, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
217Win185–22–9 (1) Howard King KO1 (10)May 7, 196248 years, 145 daysPlaza de Toros, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
216Win184–22–9 (1)Alejandro LavoranteTKO10 (10)Mar 30, 196248 years, 107 daysSports Arena, Los Angeles, California, U.S.Lavorante was carried out on a stretcher
215Win183–22–9 (1) Pete Rademacher TKO6 (10)Oct 23, 196147 years, 314 daysColiseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
214Win182–22–9 (1) Giulio Rinaldi UD15Jun 10, 196147 years, 179 daysMadison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.Retained NYSAC and The Ring light heavyweight titles
213Win181–22–9 (1) Buddy Turman UD10Mar 25, 196147 years, 102 daysAraneta Coliseum, Barangay Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
212Win180–22–9 (1) Buddy Turman UD10Nov 28, 196046 years, 351 daysMemorial Auditorium, Dallas, Texas, U.S.
211Loss179–22–9 (1) Giulio Rinaldi PTS10Oct 29, 196046 years, 321 daysPalazzetto dello Sport, Roma, Lazio, Italy
210Win179–21–9 (1)George AbinetRTD3 (10)Sep 13, 196046 years, 275 daysMemorial Auditorium, Dallas, Texas, U.S.
209Win178–21–9 (1) Willi Besmanoff TKO10 (15)May 25, 196046 years, 164 daysFairgrounds Coliseum, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.Promoted as for "American Heavyweight Title"
208Win177–21–9 (1) Yvon Durelle KO3 (15)Aug 12, 195945 years, 242 daysForum, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaRetained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring light heavyweight titles
207Win176–21–9 (1)Sterling DavisTKO3 (10)Mar 9, 195945 years, 86 daysEctor County Coliseum, Odessa, Texas, U.S.
206Win175–21–9 (1) Yvon Durelle KO11 (15)Dec 10, 195844 years, 362 daysForum, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaRetained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring light heavyweight titles
205Draw174–21–9 (1) Howard King PTS10Aug 4, 195844 years, 234 daysMoana Ball Park, Reno, Nevada, U.S.
204Win174–21–8 (1) Howard King UD10Jun 9, 195844 years, 178 daysMemorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, U.S.
203Win173–21–8 (1)Charley NorkusUD10May 26, 195844 years, 164 daysCivic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
202Win172–21–8 (1) Howard King UD10May 17, 195844 years, 155 daysColiseum, San Diego, California, U.S.
201Win171–21–8 (1) Willi Besmanoff SD10May 2, 195844 years, 140 daysFreedom Hall, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
200Win170–21–8 (1)Bob AlbrightTKO7 (10)Mar 10, 195844 years, 87 daysExhibition Gardens, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
199Win169–21–8 (1)Bert WhitehurstTKO10 (10)Mar 4, 195844 years, 81 daysSwing Auditorium, San Bernardino, California, U.S.
198Win168–21–8 (1)Julio NevesKO3 (10)Feb 1, 195844 years, 50 daysGinásio Gilberto Cardoso, Río de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
197Win167–21–8 (1)Luis IgnacioPTS10Jan 18, 195844 years, 36 daysGinásio Estadual do Ibirapuera, Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
196Win166–21–8 (1)Roger RischerKO4 (10)Nov 29, 195743 years, 351 daysAuditorium, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
195Win165–21–8 (1) Eddie Cotton UD10Nov 5, 195743 years, 327 daysCivic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
194Win164–21–8 (1)Ralph HookerTKO5 (10)Oct 31, 195743 years, 322 daysExhibition Gardens, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
193Win163–21–8 (1)Tony AnthonyKO7 (15)Sep 20, 195743 years, 281 daysOlympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring light heavyweight titles
192Win162–21–8 (1)Alain ChervilleTKO6 (10)Jun 2, 195743 years, 171 daysKillesberghalle, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
191Win161–21–8 (1)Hans KalbfellUD10May 1, 195743 years, 139 daysDubois-Arena, Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
190Loss160–21–8 (1) Floyd Patterson KO5 (15)Nov 30, 195642 years, 353 daysChicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.For vacant NBA, NYSAC, The Ring heavyweight titles
189Win160–20–8 (1)Roy ShireTKO3 (10)Sep 8, 195642 years, 270 daysOgden Stadium, Ogden, Utah, U.S.
188Win159–20–8 (1)James J ParkerTKO9 (15)Jul 25, 195642 years, 225 daysMaple Leaf Stadium, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
187Win158–20–8 (1)Yolande PompeyTKO10 (15)Jun 5, 195642 years, 175 daysHarringay Arena, Harringay, London, EnglandRetained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring light heavyweight titles
186Win157–20–8 (1)Gene ThompsonKO3 (10)Apr 30, 195642 years, 139 daysSports Center, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
185Win156–20–8 (1)Sonny AndrewsKO4 (10)Apr 26, 195642 years, 135 daysEdmonton Gardens, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
184Win155–20–8 (1)George ParmentierTKO3 (10)Apr 16, 195642 years, 125 daysCivic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
183Win154–20–8 (1)Willie BeanTKO5 (10)Apr 10, 195642 years, 119 daysAuditorium, Richmond, California, U.S.
182Win153–20–8 (1) Howard King UD10Mar 27, 195642 years, 105 daysMemorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, U.S.
181Win152–20–8 (1)Frankie DanielsUD10Mar 17, 195642 years, 95 daysLegion Stadium, Hollywood, California, U.S.
180Win151–20–8 (1)Bob DunlapKO1 (10)Feb 27, 195642 years, 76 daysArena, San Diego, California, U.S.
179Win150–20–8 (1) Howard King UD10Feb 20, 195642 years, 69 daysWinterland Arena, San Francisco, California, U.S.
178Loss149–20–8 (1) Rocky Marciano KO9 (15)Sep 21, 195541 years, 282 daysYankee Stadium, Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.For NBA, NYSAC, The Ring heavyweight titles
177Win149–19–8 (1) Bobo Olson KO3 (15)Jun 22, 195541 years, 191 daysPolo Grounds, New York City, New York, U.S.Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring light heavyweight titles
176Win148–19–8 (1) Nino Valdes PTS15May 2, 195541 years, 140 daysCashman Field, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.Won vacant world heavyweight title recognized only by Nevada
175Win147–19–8 (1) Harold Johnson TKO14 (15)Aug 11, 195440 years, 241 daysMadison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring light heavyweight titles
174Win146–19–8 (1)Bert WhitehurstTKO6 (10)Jun 7, 195440 years, 176 daysSt. Nicholas Arena, New York City, New York, U.S.
173Win145–19–8 (1) Bob Baker TKO9 (10)Mar 9, 195440 years, 86 daysAuditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
172Win144–19–8 (1) Joey Maxim UD15Jan 27, 195440 years, 45 daysOrange Bowl, Miami, Florida, U.S.Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring light heavyweight titles
171Win143–19–8 (1)Dogomar MartinezPTS10Sep 12, 195339 years, 273 daysEstadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina
170Win142–19–8 (1)Rinaldo AnsaloniTKO4 (10)Aug 22, 195339 years, 252 daysEstadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina
169Win141–19–8 (1) Joey Maxim UD15Jun 24, 195339 years, 193 daysOgden, Utah, U.S.Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring light heavyweight titles
168Win140–19–8 (1)Frank BufordTKO9 (10)Mar 30, 195339 years, 107 daysColiseum, San Diego, California, U.S.
167Win139–19–8 (1)Al SpauldingKO3 (10)Mar 17, 195339 years, 94 daysArmory, Spokane, Washington, U.S.
166Win138–19–8 (1) Nino Valdes UD10Mar 11, 195339 years, 88 daysArena, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
165Win137–19–8 (1)Sonny AndrewsTKO5 (10)Mar 3, 195339 years, 80 daysMemorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, U.S.
164Win136–19–8 (1)Leonard DuganTKO8 (10)Feb 16, 195339 years, 65 daysWinterland Arena, San Francisco, California, U.S.
163Win135–19–8 (1)Toxie HallKO4 (10)Jan 27, 195339 years, 45 daysSports Arena, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
162Win134–19–8 (1) Joey Maxim UD15Dec 17, 195239 years, 4 daysArena, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.Won NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring light heavyweight titles
161Win133–19–8 (1)Clinton BaconTKO4 (10)Jul 25, 195238 years, 225 daysBears Stadium, Denver, Colorado, U.S.
160Win132–19–8 (1) Clarence Henry UD10Jun 26, 195238 years, 196 daysMemorial Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
159Win131–19–8 (1)Bob DunlapKO6 (10)May 19, 195238 years, 158 daysWinterland Arena, San Francisco, California], U.S.
158Win130–19–8 (1)Jimmy SladeUD10Feb 27, 195238 years, 76 daysArena, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
157Win129–19–8 (1) Harold Johnson UD10Jan 29, 195238 years, 47 daysSports Arena, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
156Loss128–19–8 (1) Harold Johnson UD10Dec 10, 195137 years, 362 daysArena, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
155Win128–18–8 (1)Chubby WrightTKO7 (10)Oct 29, 195137 years, 320 daysKiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
154Win127–18–8 (1) Harold Johnson UD10Sep 25, 195137 years, 286 daysArena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
153Win126–18–8 (1)Embrel DavidsonKO1 (10)Sep 5, 195137 years, 266 daysOlympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
152Win125–18–8 (1)Alfredo LagayKO3 (10)Aug 17, 195137 years, 247 daysPalacio de los Deportes, Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
151Win124–18–8 (1)Rafael MirandaTKO4 (10)Aug 5, 195137 years, 235 daysPalacio de los Deportes, Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
150Win123–18–8 (1)Americo CapitanelliKO3 (10)Jul 28, 195137 years, 227 daysSan Miguel de Tucumán, Tucuman, Argentina
149Win122–18–8 (1)Victor CarabajalKO3 (12)Jul 26, 195137 years, 225 daysCórdoba, Argentina
148Win121–18–8 (1)Vicente QuirozRTD6 (10)Jul 14, 195137 years, 213 daysCine Boston, Montevideo, Uruguay
147Win120–18–8 (1) Alberto Santiago Lovell KO1 (12)Jul 7, 195137 years, 206 daysEstadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina
146Draw119–18–8 (1) Karel Sys PTS12Jun 23, 195137 years, 192 daysEstadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina
145Win119–18–7 (1) Abel Cestac RTD9 (12)Jun 9, 195137 years, 178 daysEstadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina
144Win118–18–7 (1)Art HenriTKO4 (10)May 14, 195137 years, 152 daysColiseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
143Win117–18–7 (1)Herman HarrisTKO4 (10)Apr 26, 195137 years, 134 daysI.M.A. Auditorium, Flint, Michigan, U.S
142Win116–18–7 (1) Abel Cestac UD10Mar 13, 195137 years, 90 daysSports Arena, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
141Win115–18–7 (1) Jimmy Bivins TKO9 (10)Feb 21, 195137 years, 70 daysSt. Nicholas Arena, New York City, New York, U.S.
140Win114–18–7 (1)John ThomasKO1 (10)Jan 28, 195137 years, 46 daysEstadio Olimpico, Panama City, Panama
139Win113–18–7 (1)Billy SmithTKO8 (10)Jan 2, 195137 years, 20 daysAuditoriu, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
138Win112–18–7 (1)Vernon WilliamsKO2 (10)Jul 31, 195036 years, 230 daysMarigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
137Win111–18–7 (1) Bert Lytell UD10Jan 31, 195036 years, 49 daysSports Arena, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
136Win110–18–7 (1)Leonard MorrowKO10 (15)Dec 13, 194936 years, 0 daysSports Arena, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
135Win109–18–7 (1) Charley Williams KO8 (10)Dec 6, 194935 years, 358 daysAuditorium, Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
134Win108–18–7 (1)Phil MuscatoKO6 (10)Oct 24, 194935 years, 315 daysSports Arena, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
133Win107–18–7 (1)Bob AmosUD10Oct 4, 194935 years, 295 daysSports Arena, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
132Win106–18–7 (1)Esco GreenwoodTKO2 (10)Jul 29, 194935 years, 228 daysMeadowbrook Arena, North Adams, Massachusetts, U.S.
131Win105–18–7 (1)Bob SikesTKO3 (10)Jun 27, 194935 years, 196 daysOutdoor Sports Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
130Loss104–18–7 (1)Clinton BaconDQ6 (10)Jun 13, 194935 years, 182 daysOutdoor Sports Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.Moore was disqualified for low blows
129Win104–17–7 (1) Harold Johnson UD10Apr 26, 194935 years, 134 daysConvention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
128Win103–17–7 (1) Jimmy Bivins KO8 (10)Apr 11, 194935 years, 119 daysSports Arena, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
127Win102–17–7 (1)Dusty WilkersonTKO6 (10)Mar 23, 194935 years, 100 daysConvention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
126Win101–17–7 (1)Alabama KidKO3 (10)Mar 4, 194935 years, 81 daysMemorial Hall, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
125Win100–17–7 (1) Bob Satterfield KO3 (10)Jan 31, 194935 years, 49 daysSports Arena, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
124Win99–17–7 (1)Alabama KidKO4 (10)Jan 10, 194935 years, 28 daysSports Arena, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
123Win98–17–7 (1) Charley Williams KO7 (10)Dec 27, 194835 years, 14 daysColiseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
122Win97–17–7 (1)Bob AmosUD10Dec 6, 194834 years, 359 daysTurner's Arena, Washington, D.C., U.S.
121Win96–17–7 (1) Henry Hall UD10Nov 15, 194834 years, 338 daysColiseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
120Loss95–17–7 (1)Lloyd GibsonDQ4 (10)Nov 1, 194834 years, 324 daysTurner's Arena, Washington, D.C., U.S.Moore was disqualified for low blows
119Loss95–16–7 (1) Henry Hall PTS10Oct 15, 194834 years, 307 daysColiseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
118Win95–15–7 (1)Billy SmithKO4 (10)Sep 20, 194834 years, 282 daysColiseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
117Win94–15–7 (1) Ted Lowry UD10Aug 2, 194834 years, 233 daysColiseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
116Win93–15–7 (1) Jimmy Bivins MD10Jun 28, 194834 years, 198 daysColiseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
115Loss92–15–7 (1)Leonard MorrowKO1 (12)Jun 2, 194834 years, 172 daysAuditorium, Oakland, California, U.S.Lost USA California state light heavyweight title
114Win92–14–7 (1)Billy SmithUD10May 5, 194834 years, 144 daysMusic Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
113Win91–14–7 (1) Charley Williams KO7 (10)Apr 19, 194834 years, 128 daysLaurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
112Win90–14–7 (1)Dusty WilkersonTKO7 (10)Apr 12, 194834 years, 121 daysColiseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
111Loss89–14–7 (1) Ezzard Charles KO8 (15)Jan 13, 194834 years, 31 daysArena, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
110Win89–13–7 (1)George FitchTKO6 (10)Nov 10, 194733 years, 332 daysColiseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
109Win88–13–7 (1) Jimmy Bivins TKO8 (10)Sep 8, 194733 years, 269 days5th Regiment Armory, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
108Win87–13–7 (1)Bobby ZanderPTS12Jul 30, 194733 years, 229 daysAuditorium, Oakland, California, U.S.Won vacant USA California state light heavyweight title
107Win86–13–7 (1) Bert Lytell UD10Jul 14, 194733 years, 213 daysColiseum, Baltimore,Maryland, U.S.
106Win85–13–7 (1) Curtis Sheppard UD10Jun 16, 194733 years, 185 daysGriffith Stadium, Washington, D.C., U.S.
105Loss84–13–7 (1) Ezzard Charles MD10May 5, 194733 years, 143 daysMusic Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
104Win84–12–7 (1)Rusty PaynePTS10Apr 11, 194733 years, 119 daysColiseum, San Diego, California, U.S.
103Win83–12–7 (1) Jack Chase KO9 (10)Mar 18, 194733 years, 95 daysOlympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
102Draw82–12–7 (1) Jack Chase PTS10Nov 6, 194632 years, 328 daysAuditorium, Oakland, California, U.S.
101Draw82–12–6 (1)Billy SmithPTS12Oct 23, 194632 years, 314 daysAuditorium, Oakland, California, U.S.For USA California state light heavyweight title
100Win82–12–5 (1)Jimmy O'BrienTKO2 (10)Sep 9, 194632 years, 270 daysColiseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
99Win81–12–5 (1)Buddy WalkerKO4 (10)Aug 19, 194632 years, 249 daysColiseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
98Loss80–12–5 (1) Ezzard Charles UD10May 20, 194632 years, 158 daysForbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
97Win80–11–5 (1)Vern EscoeTKO7 (10)May 2, 194632 years, 140 daysArmory, Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
96Win79–11–5 (1)George ParksKO1 (10)Feb 5, 194632 years, 54 daysTurner's Arena, Washington, D.C., U.S.
95Win78–11–5 (1) Curtis Sheppard UD12Jan 28, 194632 years, 46 daysColiseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
94Win77–11–5 (1)Colion ChaneyKO5 (10)Dec 13, 194532 years, 0 daysKiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.
93Win76–11–5 (1) Holman Williams TKO11 (12)Nov 26, 194531 years, 348 daysColiseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
92Win75–11–5 (1)O'Dell RileyKO6 (10)Nov 12, 194531 years, 334 daysArena Gardens, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
91Loss74–11–5 (1) Holman Williams MD10Oct 22, 194531 years, 313 daysColiseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
90Win74–10–5 (1) Cocoa Kid KO8 (10)Sep 17, 194531 years, 278 daysColiseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
89Loss73–10–5 (1) Jimmy Bivins KO6 (10)Aug 22, 194531 years, 252 daysLakefront Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
88Win73–9–5 (1) Lloyd Marshall TKO10 (10)Jun 26, 194531 years, 195 daysLakefront Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
87Win72–9–5 (1)George KochanTKO6 (10)Jun 18, 194531 years, 187 daysColiseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
86Win71–9–5 (1) Lloyd Marshall UD10May 21, 194531 years, 159 daysColiseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
85Win70–9–5 (1)Teddy RandolphTKO9 (10)Apr 23, 194531 years, 131 daysColiseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
84Win69–9–5 (1)Nate BoldenUD10Apr 2, 194531 years, 110 daysColiseum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
83Win68–9–5 (1)Napoleon MitchellKO6 (8)Feb 12, 194531 years, 61 daysArena, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
82Win67–9–5 (1)Bob JacobsTKO9 (10)Jan 29, 194531 years, 47 daysSt. Nicholas Arena, New York City, New York, U.S.
81Win66–9–5 (1)Joey JonesTKO2 (8)Jan 11, 194531 years, 29 daysMechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
80Win65–9–5 (1)Nate BoldenUD10Dec 18, 194431 years, 5 daysSt. Nicholas Arena, New York City, New York, U.S.
79Win64–9–5 (1)Battling MonroeKO6 (10)Sep 1, 194430 years, 263 daysColiseum, San Diego, California, U.S.
78Win63–9–5 (1)Jimmy HaydenKO5 (10)Aug 18, 194430 years, 249 daysColiseum, San Diego, California, U.S.
77Win62–9–5 (1)Lloyd Kip MaysKO3 (10)Aug 11, 194430 years, 242 daysColiseum, San Diego, California, U.S.
76Win61–9–5 (1)Kenny LaSallePTS10May 19, 194430 years, 158 daysColiseum, San Diego, California, U.S.
75Loss60–9–5 (1) Charley Burley PTS10Apr 21, 194430 years, 130 daysLegion Stadium, Hollywood, California, U.S.
74Win60–8–5 (1)Roman StarrTKO2 (10)Mar 24, 194430 years, 102 daysLegion Stadium, Hollywood, California, U.S.
73Loss59–8–5 (1) Eddie Booker TKO8 (10)Jan 21, 194430 years, 39 daysLegion Stadium, Hollywood, California, U.S.
72Win59–7–5 (1)Amado RodriguezKO1 (10)Jan 7, 194430 years, 25 daysColiseum, San Diego, California, U.S.
71Win58–7–5 (1) Jack Chase MD10Nov 26, 194329 years, 348 daysLegion Stadium, Hollywood, California, U.S.
70Win57–7–5 (1)Kid HermosilloTKO5 (10)Nov 4, 194329 years, 326 daysGlacier Gardens, San Diego, California, U.S.
69Loss56–7–5 (1) Aaron Wade PTS10Aug 16, 194329 years, 246 daysColiseum Bowl, San Francisco, California, U.S.
68Loss56–6–5 (1) Jack Chase UD15Aug 2, 194329 years, 232 daysCivic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.Lost California state middleweight title
67Win56–5–5 (1)Eddie CerdaKO3 (10)Jul 28, 194329 years, 227 daysLane Field, San Diego, California, U.S.
66Win55–5–5 (1)Big Boy HogueTKO5 (10)Jul 22, 194329 years, 221 daysLane Field, San Diego, California, U.S.
65Win54–5–5 (1) Jack Chase UD15May 8, 194329 years, 146 daysLane Field, San Diego, California, U.S.Won California state middleweight title
64Draw53–5–5 (1) Eddie Booker PTS12Dec 11, 194228 years, 363 daysColiseum, San Diego, California, U.S.For California state middleweight title
63Win53–5–4 (1) Jack Chase UD10Nov 27, 194228 years, 349 daysColiseum, San Diego, California, U.S.
62Win52–5–4 (1)Tabby RomeroKO2 (10)Nov 6, 194228 years, 328 daysColiseum, San Diego, California, U.S.
61Win51–5–4 (1) Shorty Hogue TKO2 (10)Oct 30, 194228 years, 321 daysColiseum, San Diego, California, U.S.
60Win50–5–4 (1)Jimmy CasinoTKO5 (10)Mar 18, 194228 years, 95 daysAuditorium, Oakland, California, U.S.
59Win49–5–4 (1)Al GlobeTKO2 (10)Feb 27, 194228 years, 76 daysColiseum, San Diego, California, U.S.
58Win48–5–4 (1)Bobby BrittKO3 (10)Jan 28, 194228 years, 46 daysLegion Arena, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
57Draw47–5–4 (1) Eddie Booker PTS10Feb 20, 194127 years, 69 daysColiseum, San Diego, California, U.S.
56Loss47–5–3 (1) Shorty Hogue PTS10Jan 31, 194127 years, 49 daysColiseum, San Diego, California, U.S.
55Win47–4–3 (1)Clay RowanKO1 (10)Jan 17, 194127 years, 35 daysColiseum, San Diego, California, U.S.
54Win46–4–3 (1)Pancho RamirezTKO5 (10)Oct 18, 194026 years, 310 daysColiseum, San Diego, California, U.S.
53Win45–4–3 (1) Ron Richards PTS12Jul 11, 194026 years, 211 daysSydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
52Win44–4–3 (1)Fred HenneberryTKO7 (12)Jun 27, 194026 years, 197 daysSydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
51Win43–4–3 (1)Frank LindsayKO4 (12)May 27, 194026 years, 166 daysCity Hall, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
50Win42–4–3 (1)Joe DelaneyKO2 (12)May 18, 194026 years, 157 daysGrenfell Street Stadium, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
49Win41–4–3 (1)Atilio SabatinoTKO5 (12)May 9, 194026 years, 148 daysSydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
48Win40–4–3 (1) Ron Richards TKO10 (12)Apr 18, 194026 years, 127 daysSydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
47Win39–4–3 (1)Jack McNameeTKO4 (12)Mar 30, 194026 years, 108 daysWest Melbourne Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia [19]
46Loss38–4–3 (1) Shorty Hogue PTS6Dec 29, 193926 years, 16 daysColiseum, San Diego, California, U.S.
45Win38–3–3 (1)Honeyboy JonesPTS10Dec 7, 193925 years, 359 daysMunicipal Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
44Win37–3–3 (1)Billy DayKO1 (10)Nov 27, 193925 years, 349 daysLegion Arena, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
43Draw36–3–3 (1)Freddie DixonTD8 (10)Nov 13, 193925 years, 335 daysLegion 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.
42Win36–3–2 (1)Bobby SeamanTKO7 (10)Sep 22, 193925 years, 283 daysColiseum, San Diego, California, U.S.
41Win35–3–2 (1)Jack CogginsPTS10Sep 1, 193925 years, 262 daysColiseum, San Diego, California, U.S.
40NC34–3–2 (1)Jack CogginsNC8 (10)Jul 21, 193925 years, 220 daysColiseum, 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
39Loss34–3–2 Teddy Yarosz UD10Apr 20, 193925 years, 128 daysMunicipal Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
38Win34–2–2Marty SimmonsUD10Mar 16, 193925 years, 93 daysMunicipal Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
37Win33–2–2 Domenico Ceccarelli KO1 (10)Mar 2, 193925 years, 79 daysColiseum, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
36Win32–2–2 Jack Moran KO1 (10)Jan 20, 193925 years, 38 daysColiseum, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
35Win31–2–2Bob TurnerKO2 (8)Dec 7, 193824 years, 359 daysArena, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
34Win30–2–2Ray LyleKO2 (10)Nov 22, 193824 years, 344 daysColiseum, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
33Win29–2–2Bobby YannesTKO2 (10)Oct 19, 193824 years, 310 daysColiseum, San Diego, California, U.S.
32Win28–2–2Tom HenryTKO4 (6)Sep 27, 193824 years, 288 daysLos Angeles, California, U.S.
31Win27–2–2Frank RowseyTKO3 (10)Sep 16, 193824 years, 277 daysColiseum, San Diego, California, U.S.
30Win26–2–2Johnny RomeroKO8 (10)Sep 2, 193824 years, 263 daysColiseum, San Diego, California, U.S.
29Win25–2–2Lorenzo PedroPTS10Aug 5, 193824 years, 235 daysLane Field, San Diego, California, U.S.
28Win24–2–2Johnny SikesKO1 (10)Jul 22, 193824 years, 221 daysLane Field, San Diego, California, U.S.
27Loss23–2–2Johnny RomeroPTS10Jun 24, 193824 years, 193 daysLane Field, San Diego, California, U.S.
26Win23–1–2Ray VargasKO3 (10)May 27, 193824 years, 165 daysLane Field, San Diego, California, U.S.
25Win22–1–2Jimmy BrentKO1 (6)May 20, 193824 years, 158 daysLane Field, San Diego, California, U.S.
24Win21–1–2Karl LautenschlagerTKO2 (5)Jan 7, 193824 years, 25 daysColiseum, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
23Win20–1–2Sammy JacksonKO8 (10)Dec 1, 193724 years, 4 daysJackson, Missouri, U.S.Month & date need verification
22Win19–1–2Sammy ChristianPTS5Nov 16, 193723 years, 338 daysMunicipal Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.
21Win18–1–2Chuck VickersKO2 (10)Nov 9, 193723 years, 331 daysShrine Auditorium, Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.
20Win17–1–2Charley DawsonTKO5 (5)Sep 17, 193723 years, 278 daysMunicipal Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.
19Win16–1–2Sammy SlaughterPTS10Sep 9, 193723 years, 270 daysOutdoor Sports Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
18Loss15–1–2Billy AdamsPTS8Sep 1, 193723 years, 262 daysParkway Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
17Win15–0–2Deacon LoganKO3 (5)Aug 19, 193723 years, 249 daysMunicipal Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.
16Win14–0–2Frank HatfieldKO1 (8)Jul 21, 193723 years, 220 daysParkway Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
15Win13–0–2Al DublinskyKO3 (?)Jun 1, 193723 years, 170 daysUnited States of AmericaMonth & date unknown
14Win12–0–2Doty TurnerKO1 (8)May 28, 193723 years, 166 daysArmory, Benton Harbor, Michigan, U.S.
13Win11–0–2Carl MartinRTD1 (8)Apr 23, 193723 years, 131 daysArmory, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
12Win10–0–2Charley DawsonPTS8Apr 9, 193723 years, 117 daysArmory, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
11Win9–0–2Ham PounderKO2 (8)Mar 23, 193723 years, 100 daysPonca City, Oklahoma, U.S.
10Win8–0–2Joe HuffKO3 (5)Feb 2, 193723 years, 51 daysColiseum, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
9Draw7–0–2Sammy JacksonPTS8Jan 29, 193723 years, 47 daysQuincy, Illinois, U.S.
8Win7–0–1Johnny DavisKO4 (8)Jan 18, 193723 years, 36 daysEagles Hall, Quincy, Illinois, U.S.
7Win6–0–1Mack PayneKO1 (8)Jan 5, 193723 years, 23 daysColiseum, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
6Win5–0–1Sammy JacksonPTS5Oct 9, 193622 years, 301 daysColiseum, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
5Win4–0–1Murray AllenKO2 (6)Sep 30, 193622 years, 292 daysHi-Life Garden, Keokuk, Iowa, U.S.
4Draw3–0–1Sammy ChristianPTS6Aug 4, 193622 years, 235 daysQuincy, Illinois, U.S.
3Win3–0Murray AllenPTS6Jul 14, 193622 years, 214 daysEagles Hall, Quincy, Illinois, U.S.
2Win2–0Kid PocahuntasKO3 (8)Jan 1, 193622 years, 19 daysHot Springs, Arkansas, U.S.
1Win1–0Billy SimmsKO2 (4)Sep 3, 193521 years, 264 daysPoplar Bluff, Missouri, U.S.

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Further reading

Preceded by
Joey Maxim
World Light Heavyweight Champion
17 December 1952 – 12 May 1962
Abandons title
Succeeded by
Harold Johnson
Preceded by
Bob Fitzsimmons
Oldest Light Heavyweight World Champion
December 17, 1952 – April 18, 2013
Succeeded by
Bernard Hopkins