Bobo Olson

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Bobo Olson
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Real nameCarl Olson
Nickname(s)The Hawaiian Swede
The Kalihi Kid
Weight(s) Middleweight
Height5 ft 10 12 in (1.79 m)
NationalityFlag of the United States.svg  American (since 1959)
Flag of Hawaii.svg  Hawaiian (until 1959)
Born(1928-07-11)July 11, 1928
Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
DiedJanuary 16, 2002(2002-01-16) (aged 73)
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Stanceorthodox
Boxing record
Total fights115
Wins97
Wins by KO47
Losses16
Draws2
No contests0

Carl Olson (July 11, 1928 – January 16, 2002) was an American boxer. He was the World Middleweight champion between October 1953 and December 1955, [1] the longest reign of any champion in that division during the 1950s. His nickname, Bobo, was based on his younger sister's mispronunciation of "brother". [2]

Boxing combat sport

Boxing is a combat sport in which two people, usually wearing protective gloves, throw punches at each other for a predetermined amount of time in a boxing ring.

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Early years

Olson was born in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii to a Portuguese mother and a Swedish father, hence his other nickname "The Hawaiian Swede". Like many boxers, Olson decided to take up the sport after getting into fights on the streets. Olson received training from boxers who were stationed in Hawaii during World War II, and it was during this period that he picked up his two trademark tattoos. [3] [2]

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Using a fake identity card Olson obtained a boxing license at the age of 16. His earliest fights were in his native Kalihi, Hawaii. He had won his first three contests, two by knockout, before his true age was discovered. During 1945, Olson ran off to San Francisco in order to continue his boxing career. By the time he was 18, he had amassed a record of 13 successive wins (10 by KO). Even at this stage his power and huge reserves of stamina were clear, as was his rather average skill. [3] [2] [4] [5]

Professional career

The first real test of Olson's career came on March 20, 1950, Olson's record at this point was 40 wins and 2 losses, against the Australian Dave Sands. Olson lost to a close points decision in Sydney. Seven months after this Olson had his first fight against Sugar Ray Robinson, for the lowly regarded Pennsylvania State World Middleweight Title. Olson, who was widely seen as a slow starter, failed to get into the fight, even though Robinson was not having one of his best fights. Olson managed to hold on for 11 rounds before being knocked out. Despite his great record it was clear that Olson was still too inexperienced to be fighting at that level. [3] [2]

Dave Sands Australian boxer

Dave Sands,, was an Indigenous Australian boxer.

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A year after his loss to Robinson, Olson managed to get a rematch against Dave Sands. This fight was the first to be televised coast-to-coast in America. However, Sands once again proved too much for Olson, he again won by unanimous decision. [3]

On March 13, 1952 Olson fought Robinson again, this time for the World middleweight title. Robinson, who had lost and regained the title against Randy Turpin in his previous two fights, was looking for an easy fight. However, Olson had improved significantly from their first encounter. Through ten rounds the fight was neck-and-neck, and only a dominant finish by Robinson over the last five rounds won him the decision. The Los Angeles Times wrote that Robinson won the first six rounds easily, slowly stacking up points, but that Olson reduced the points margin in the seventh through tenth. Robinson won the fifteenth convincingly with hard rights and lefts. [6] This would be the only time that Olson lasted the duration against Robinson. [3]

Robinson retired for the first time in December 1952, vacating his middleweight crown. The top four contenders fought a tournament for the title. Olson defeated Paddy Young for the American title to gain the right to fight for the vacant world title, Turpin won the other eliminator against Charley Humez. [3]

The title fight against Turpin took place on October 21, 1953 at Madison Square Garden. Turpin dominated the first four rounds, he almost scored a knockdown in the first round, before Olson got a grip on the fight. As the fight progressed Olson took the initiative, he scored knockdowns in the 10th and 11th rounds on the way to a unanimous decision. Following his success Olson was voted Ring magazine's fighter of the year for 1953. [3] [5]

Olson won all seven of his fights in 1954 including defences of his title against such big names as Kid Gavilan, Rocky Castellani, and Pierre Langlois. [3]

In 1955 Olson, who was finding it increasingly difficult to make weight, stepped up to light heavyweight. His first major fight in this category was against former champion Joey Maxim, Olson won the fight easily on points after scoring knockdowns in both the 2nd and 9th rounds. On June 22 Olson challenged 41-year-old Archie Moore for the light heavyweight title, a fight that many believed Olson would easily win. However, the "Old Mongoose" was too strong for Olson and won by knockout after only a minute had elapsed of the third round. After this fight Olson began his decline. [3] [2]

Following two walkover wins, Olson put his middleweight title on the line against Robinson, who was once again number 1 contender following his brief retirement, on December 9, 1955. It was Olson's fourth and final defense of his title, but ended as a stunning comeback for Robinson. Olson, who entered the fight as a 3-1 favorite, was knocked out in the second round. The rematch, fought five months later at Wrigley Field, on May 18, 1956, ended similarly with Olson going down in the fourth. Robinson ended the bout with a hard left hook to the body and a right to the jaw. Olson had made the mistake of dropping his right hand after Robinson's hard left, dropping his only defense in an instant. [7] After this second defeat Olson announced his retirement. [3] [8]

Late career

After a year out of the game Olson returned as a heavyweight to fight Maxim again, a fight he won on points. Olson took another year out following a knockout defeat against Pat McMurtry. Whilst initially coming back as a journeyman, despite being only 30, Olson managed to reestablish himself as a contender. On November 27, 1964 he fought José Torres with the winner going on to fight the champion, Willie Pastrano. Olson was knocked out after 2 minutes of the first round. This defeat effectively ended his career, he would only fight again four more times, with his final fight being a defeat to Gene Fullmer's younger brother, Don. [3]

Life after boxing

Olson retired with a record of 97 wins (47 by KO), 16 losses, and 2 draws from his 115 professional fights. He went on to work with disaffected youngsters before working as a PR officer for the Elevator Operating Engineers Local Union in San Francisco. In 1987 he was a Union Elevator Operator in Lancaster, California, working on new construction at the Antelope Valley Medical Center. [9]

He would travel home on the weekends. At this point of his life he was slow, but kept the workers entertained with his boxing stories. In the 1990s he lived in Northern California for a time. In his later years Olson suffered from Alzheimer's disease to add quality of life to his later years he and much of his close family returned to Honolulu. He died on January 16, 2002, in Honolulu at Queens Medical Center at the age of 73. He was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1958, and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2000. [3] [2] [10]

Professional boxing record

97 Wins (47 knockouts, 50 decisions), 16 Losses (7 knockouts, 9 decisions), 2 Draws [11]
ResultRecordOpponentTypeRoundDateLocationNotes
Loss97–16–2 Flag of the United States.svg Don Fullmer MD1028/11/1966 Flag of the United States.svg Oakland Arena, Oakland, California
Win97–15–2 Flag of Italy.svg Piero Del PapaSD1011/07/1966 Flag of the United States.svg San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California
Win96–15–2 Flag of the United States.svg Fred RootsTKO323/09/1965 Flag of the United States.svg Centennial Coliseum, Reno, Nevada
Win95–15–2 Flag of the United States.svg Andy KendallUD1024/06/1965 Flag of the United States.svg Centennial Coliseum, Reno, Nevada
Loss94–15–2 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg José Torres KO127/11/1964 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City
Win94–14–2 Flag of the United States.svg Wayne ThorntonUD1028/08/1964 Flag of the United States.svg Kezar Pavilion, San Francisco, California
Loss93–14–2 Flag of the United States.svg Johnny PersolMD1019/06/1964 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City
Win93–13–2 Flag of the United States.svg Wayne ThorntonMD1027/03/1964 Flag of the United States.svg Kezar Pavilion, San Francisco, California
Draw92–13–2 Flag of the United States.svg Hank CaseyPTS1009/12/1963 Flag of the United States.svg Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland, California
Win92–13–1 Flag of Argentina.svg Jose MennoUD1021/10/1963 Flag of the United States.svg Kezar Pavilion, San Francisco, California
Win91–13–1 Flag of the United States.svg Jesse BowdryUD1014/05/1963 Flag of the United States.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Hawaii a
Win90–13–1 Flag of the United States.svg Sonny RayTKO830/04/1963 Flag of the United States.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Hawaii
Win89–13–1 Flag of the United States.svg Tiger Al WilliamsTKO525/01/1963 Flag of the United States.svg Lane County Fair, Eugene, Oregon
Draw88–13–1 Flag of Italy.svg Giulio Rinaldi PTS1014/12/1962 Flag of Italy.svg Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome
Win88–13 Flag of Sweden.svg Lennart Risberg KO603/06/1962 Flag of Sweden.svg Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Stockholm
Loss87–13 Flag of the United States.svg Pete Rademacher UD1003/04/1962 Flag of the United States.svg Honolulu Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii
Win87–12 Flag of the United States.svg Artie DixonPTS1019/01/1962 Flag of the United States.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Hawaii
Win86–12 Flag of the United States.svg Tiger Al WilliamsPTS1012/01/1962 Flag of the United States.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Hawaii
Win85–12 Flag of the United States.svg Yancy D. SmithTKO814/11/1961 Flag of the United States.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Hawaii
Win84–12 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Sixto RodriguezUD1023/10/1961 Flag of the United States.svg San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California
Loss83–12 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Sixto RodriguezUD1011/09/1961 Flag of the United States.svg San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California
Win83–11 Flag of the United States.svg Roque MaravillaUD1014/08/1961 Flag of the United States.svg Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland, California
Win82–11 Flag of the United States.svg Floyd BuchananTKO316/02/1961 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Victoria Memorial Arena, Victoria, British Columbia
Win81–11 Flag of the United States.svg Bobby DanielsUD1019/01/1961 Flag of the United States.svg Spokane Coliseum, Spokane, Washington
Loss80–11 Flag of the United States.svg Doug Jones KO631/08/1960 Flag of the United States.svg Chicago Stadium, Chicago
Win80–10 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Mike Holt PTS1006/06/1960 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Rand Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Win79–10 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Al SparksTKO505/05/1960 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver, British Columbia
Win78–10 Flag of the United States.svg Roque MaravillaTKO707/04/1960 Flag of the United States.svg Auditorium, Portland, Oregon
Win77–10 Flag of the United States.svg George KartalianTKO525/08/1959 Flag of the United States.svg Memorial Auditorium, Fresno, California
Win76–10 Flag of the United States.svg Herman CalhounUD1030/03/1959 Flag of the United States.svg Cow Palace, Daly City, California
Win75–10 Flag of the United States.svg Tommy VillaTKO516/12/1958 Flag of the United States.svg Memorial Auditorium, Fresno, California
Win74–10 Flag of the United States.svg Paddy YoungTKO625/11/1958 Flag of the United States.svg Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland, California
Win73–10 Flag of the United States.svg Don GrantTKO728/10/1958 Flag of the United States.svg Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland, California
Loss72–10 Flag of the United States.svg Pat McMurtryKO217/08/1957 Flag of the United States.svg Meadows Race Track, Portland, Oregon
Win72–9 Flag of the United States.svg Joey Maxim SD1018/06/1957 Flag of the United States.svg Auditorium, Portland, Oregon
Loss71–9 Flag of the United States.svg Sugar Ray Robinson KO418/05/1956 Flag of the United States.svg Wrigley Field, Los Angeles For The Ring and lineal middleweight titles
Loss71–8 Flag of the United States.svg Sugar Ray Robinson KO209/12/1955 Flag of the United States.svg Chicago Stadium, Chicago Lost The Ring and lineal middleweight titles
Win71–7 Flag of the United States.svg Joey Giambra UD1026/08/1955 Flag of the United States.svg Cow Palace, Daly City, California
Win70–7 Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy MartinezUD1013/08/1955 Flag of the United States.svg Multnomah Stadium, Portland, Oregon
Loss69–7 Flag of the United States.svg Archie Moore KO322/06/1955 Flag of the United States.svg Polo Grounds, New York CityFor The Ring and lineal light heavyweight titles
Win69–6 Flag of the United States.svg Joey Maxim UD1013/04/1955 Flag of the United States.svg Cow Palace, Daly City, California
Win68–6 Flag of the United States.svg Willie VaughnUD1012/03/1955 Flag of the United States.svg Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California
Win67–6 Flag of the United States.svg Ralph Tiger JonesUD1016/02/1955 Flag of the United States.svg Chicago Stadium, Chicago
Win66–6 Flag of France.svg Pierre LangloisTKO1115/12/1954 Flag of the United States.svg Cow Palace, Daly City, California Retained The Ring and lineal middleweight titles
Win65–6 Flag of the United States.svg Garth PanterTKO803/11/1954 Flag of the United States.svg Auditorium, Richmond, California Joe Louis refereed the bout.
Win64–6 Flag of the United States.svg Rocky Castellani UD1520/08/1954 Flag of the United States.svg Cow Palace, Daly City, California Retained The Ring and lineal middleweight titles
Win63–6 Flag of the United States.svg Pedro GonzalesKO407/07/1954 Flag of the United States.svg Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland, California Max Baer refereed the bout.
Win62–6 Flag of the United States.svg Jesse TurnerTKO815/06/1954 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win61–6 Flag of Cuba.svg Kid Gavilan MD1502/04/1954 Flag of the United States.svg Chicago Stadium, Chicago Retained The Ring and lineal middleweight titles
Win60–6 Flag of the United States.svg Joe RindoneKO523/01/1954 Flag of the United States.svg Winterland Arena, San Francisco, California
Win59–6 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Randy Turpin UD1521/10/1953 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York CityWon The Ring and lineal middleweight titles
Win58–6 Flag of the United States.svg Paddy YoungUD1519/06/1953 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York CityWon American Middleweight Title
Win57–6 Flag of the United States.svg Garth PanterUD1016/03/1953 Flag of the United States.svg Butte, Montana
Win56–6 Flag of the United States.svg Norman HayesUD1007/02/1953 Flag of the United States.svg Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Win55–6 Flag of the United States.svg Norman HayesUD1018/12/1952 Flag of the United States.svg San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California
Win54–6 Flag of the United States.svg Lee Sala KO220/11/1952 Flag of the United States.svg Winterland Arena, San Francisco, California
Win53–6 Flag of the United States.svg Gene HairstonTKO627/08/1952 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City
Win52–6 Flag of France.svg Robert Villemain SD1012/07/1952 Flag of the United States.svg Cow Palace, Daly City, California
Win51–6 Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy BeauUD1006/06/1952 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City
Win50–6 Flag of the United States.svg Walter Cartier TKO519/05/1952 Flag of the United States.svg Boxing From Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York
Win49–6 Flag of the United States.svg Woody HarperTKO706/05/1952 Flag of the United States.svg Auditorium, Richmond, California
Loss48–6 Flag of the United States.svg Sugar Ray Robinson UD1513/03/1952 Flag of the United States.svg San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California For The Ring and lineal middleweight titles
Win48–5 Flag of the United States.svg Tommy HarrisonUD1015/02/1952 Flag of the United States.svg Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California
Win47–5 Flag of the United States.svg Woody HarperUD1012/02/1952 Flag of the United States.svg Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California
Loss46–5 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Dave Sands UD1003/10/1951 Flag of the United States.svg Chicago Stadium, Chicago
Win46–4 Flag of the United States.svg Bobby JonesMD1027/08/1951 Flag of the United States.svg Coliseum Bowl, San Francisco, California
Win45–4 Flag of the United States.svg Charley CatoTKO327/07/1951 Flag of the United States.svg Auditorium, Richmond, California
Win44–4 Flag of the United States.svg Chuck HunterUD1009/07/1951 Flag of the United States.svg San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California
Win43–4 Flag of the United States.svg Lloyd Marshall KO507/05/1951 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win42–4 Flag of the United States.svg Art SotoPTS1020/03/1951 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Loss41–4 Flag of the United States.svg Sugar Ray Robinson KO1226/10/1950 Flag of the United States.svg Philadelphia Convention Center, Philadelphia Pennsylvania Middleweight Title
Win41–3 Flag of the United States.svg Henry Brimm UD1005/09/1950 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win40–3 Flag of the United States.svg Otis GrahamPTS1022/05/1950 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu Stadium, Holulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win39–3 Flag of the United States.svg Roy MillerRTD525/04/1950 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii Miller retired due to a broken jaw.
Loss38–3 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Dave Sands PTS1220/03/1950 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales
Win38–2 Flag of the United States.svg Don LeePTS1022/02/1950 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win37–2 Flag of the United States.svg Earl TurnerPTS1013/12/1949 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win36–2 Flag of the United States.svg Johnny DukeUD1022/11/1949 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win35–2 Flag of the United States.svg Art HardyKO323/08/1949 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win34–2 Flag of the United States.svg Milo SavageUD1026/07/1949 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win33–2 Flag of the United States.svg Tommy YaroszPTS1003/06/1949 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win32–2 Flag of Estonia.svg Anton Raadik TKO715/03/1949 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win31–2 Flag of the United States.svg Paul PerkinsTKO211/01/1949 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win30–2 Flag of Hawaii.svg Johnny BoskiKO114/12/1948 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win29–2 Flag of the United States.svg Kenny WatkinsUD1026/10/1948 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win28–2 Flag of the Philippines.svg Boy BrooksTKO312/10/1948 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win27–2 Flag of the United States.svg Charley CatoPTS820/07/1948 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win26–2 Flag of Mexico.svg Bobby CastroPTS1011/05/1948 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win25–2 Flag of the Philippines.svg Flashy SebastianKO707/04/1948 Flag of the Philippines.svg Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila
Win24–2 Flag of the Philippines.svg Boy BrooksPTS1217/01/1948 Flag of the Philippines.svg Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila Hawaii Middleweight Title.
Win23–2 Flag of Thailand.svg Nai Som PongKO317/12/1947 Flag of the Philippines.svg Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila
Loss22–2 Flag of the Philippines.svg Boy BrooksPTS1022/11/1947 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu Stadium, Holulu, Territory of Hawaii Hawaii Middleweight Title.
Win22–1 Flag of the United States.svg Georgie DukePTS1019/08/1947 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu Stadium, Holulu, Territory of Hawaii Hawaii Middleweight Title.
Loss21–1 Flag of the United States.svg Georgie DukePTS1004/07/1947 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii Hawaii Middleweight Title.
Win21–0 Flag of the United States.svg Paulie LewisPTS1020/06/1947 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win20–0 Flag of the United States.svg Leroy WadeTKO402/05/1947 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win19–0 Flag of the United States.svg Candy McDanielsPTS1021/03/1947 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win18–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Gil MojicaPTS1028/01/1947 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win17–0 Flag of Hawaii.svg Wayne PowellTKO402/12/1946 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win16–0 Flag of Hawaii.svg Wayne PowellTKO407/10/1946 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win15–0 Flag of the United States.svg Jackie RyanTKO609/09/1946 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win14–0 Flag of Hawaii.svg Johnny BoskiKO319/08/1946 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win13–0 Flag of Hawaii.svg Johnny BoskiKO426/07/1946 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win12–0 Flag of the United States.svg Ernie HorneTKO218/07/1946 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win11–0 Flag of the United States.svg Delaware BradbyKO325/02/1946 Flag of the United States.svg San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California
Win10–0 Flag of the United States.svg Chuck RossPTS604/02/1946 Flag of the United States.svg Coliseum Bowl, San Francisco, California
Win9–0 Flag of the United States.svg Pedro JimenezKO428/01/1946 Flag of the United States.svg Coliseum Bowl, San Francisco, California
Win8–0 Flag of the United States.svg Vepe WatsonTKO114/01/1946 Flag of the United States.svg Coliseum Bowl, San Francisco, California
Win7–0 Flag of the United States.svg Obie WootenTKO107/01/1946 Flag of the United States.svg San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California
Win6–0 Flag of the United States.svg LaVelle PerkinsTKO221/12/1945 Flag of the United States.svg Sacramento, California
Win5–0 Flag of the United States.svg Bobby JonesKO210/12/1945 Flag of the United States.svg San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California
Win4–0 Flag of the United States.svg Art RobinsonTKO423/11/1945 Flag of the United States.svg San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California
Win3–0 Flag of Hawaii.svg Young PanchoPTS410/09/1944 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win2–0 Flag of Hawaii.svg Ben RamosTKO427/08/1944 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Win1–0 Flag of Hawaii.svg Bob CorreaKO219/08/1944 Flag of Hawaii.svg Honolulu Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii

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References

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Achievements
Preceded by
Sugar Ray Robinson
Retired
World Middleweight Champion
21 October 1953 – 9 December 1955
Succeeded by
Sugar Ray Robinson