Joe Gans

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Joe Gans
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Real nameJoseph Gant
Nickname(s)Old Master
Weight(s) Lightweight
Height5 ft 6+12 in (1.69 m)
Reach71 in (180 cm)
Nationality American
BornNovember 25, 1874
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
DiedAugust 10, 1910(1910-08-10) (aged 35)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights197
Wins157
Wins by KO100
Losses12
Draws22
No contests6

Joe Gans (born Joseph Gant; November 25, 1874 – August 10, 1910) was an American professional boxer. Gans was rated the greatest Lightweight boxer of all-time by boxing historian and Ring Magazine founder, Nat Fleischer. Known as the "Old Master", he became the first African-American World Boxing Champion of the 20th century, reigning continuously as World Lightweight Champion from 1902–1908, having defended the title against 13 boxers. [1] He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.

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Career

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Portrait of Gans

Gans started boxing professionally in early 1891. Starting in Baltimore, he gained many fans within the boxing world, both white and black alike, with his "scientific" approach to fighting. [2]

Unlike the more brutish and adrenaline-fueled fighting styles more prevalent in the time, Gans’ fighting method involved learning an opponent's strengths and weaknesses to compete with a game plan. He fought through much adversity and unfair stipulations for certain fights. On three separate occasions in 1895, he had to fight an extra round after going the distance. In a fight versus Johnny Van Heest, "Gans had Van Heese whipped to a standstill in the eighth round, but Mr. Daniel Carr, the referee, ordered an extra round. Though Van Heese had none the best of the last round, he was given the decision. [3] Against Bobby Dobbs, "Gans had to stop Dobbs in 10 rounds or get the loser's end of the purse (25 percent) and also had to pay Dobbs $50 for every round after 10th that the latter was able to stay. Dobbs asked his seconds to throw up the sponge in the middle of the 14th round, claiming a sore hand. Dobbs was down repeatedly, either from knock-downs or going down on his own. In the fight with Buddy King in 1903, they fought in the drizzling rain [4]

A slender man, never weighing over 137 pounds, Gans frequently fought heavier boxers, thus adding to the legend of his scientific fighting technique. [5] He became known as a true student of the sport, earning him the nickname “Old Master.”

Two Fights in One Day

On January 7, 1895, after knocking out Samuel Allen in three rounds, Allen's second, Bud Brown, immediately challenged to fight Gans. Not backing down from a fight, Gans accepted and outpointed Brown in a 10 round points decision.

Title Bouts

On March 3, 1900, at the Broadway Athletic Club in New York, Gans quit with an eye injury in the twelfth round and lost via TKO while challenging lightweight champion Frank Erne in Gans' first title fight.

However, in their rematch two years later at International A.C., Fort Erie, Canada, Gans knocked Erne out in one round to convincingly take the world lightweight title. ""In the exchange, Gans got both hands to head, and Erne seemed a trifle dazed. Gans felt him out with a left shove to the face, drawing blood to nose. Erne seemed dazed, and Gans rushed and exchanged, putting right plump on Erne's jaw. Erne fell slowly to the floor with his mouth and nose bleeding, rolled over on his stomach, and was counted out before he could attempt to regain his feet." (wire report)" [6] Gans had thus become the first-ever African-American boxing champion; he had also become the first black title holder since the Canadian born, George Dixon won the bantamweight world title in 1892 [7] and the island-born Barbados Joe Walcott won the World Welterweight title on December 18, 1901. [8] Gans reigned as champion from 1902 to 1908.


On January 6, 1902, Gans defeated the former World Welterweight Champion Canadian born Eddie Connolly. Connolly lost in a five-round bout at the Washington Sports Club in Philadelphia.

One reporter noted that Connolly "did nothing but hug and wrestle, adding variety to his performance in the third by deliberately trying to butt the Baltimorean (Gans)." The reporter also noted that Connolly clinched frequently and "wrestled" rather than boxed, probably to protect himself from the fierce assaults of Gans. By the time the referee ended the bout in the fifth, Connolly had been "rendered practically helpless" by the powerful punching of Gans. [9]

Gans also defended his Lightweight World Title against other talented boxers such as Steve Crosby and Gus Gardiner. There was also Charley Sieger, Kid McPartland, Rufe Turner, Charles "Elbows" McFadden, and Frank Erne.

In an important title defense, he defeated the "Durable Dane" Oscar "Battling" Nelson in 42 rounds on September 3, 1906, in Goldfield, Nevada. This blockbuster fight, arranged by legendary promoter Tex Rickard, would eventually be honored with a historic memorial.

On September 15, 1905, Gans fought to a 15 round pre-arranged draw with future Welterweight World Championship claimant Mike "Twin" Sullivan. Most people reporting on the fights believed that Sullivan deserved the decision. In an immediate rematch, he defeated Sullivan by knockout on January 19 and March 17, 1906, in San Francisco and Los Angeles and again in March of the same year.

Although recorded as a Welterweight Title match and the bout supposedly had a weight limit set at around 142 pounds (which was estimated to be Sullivan's weigh-in), Gans' weigh-in was estimated to have been seven or eight pounds lighter. Gans' defeat of the heavier Sullivan, a strong puncher by reputation, showed his mastery in the ring. In this well-attended bout, Gans share of the gate was a considerable $2,425.20, and Sullivan's was $1,616.80. Gans reportedly had bet another $1,700 on himself, which, if accurate, made his earnings on the fight quite considerable. [10]

Gans and Battling Nelson fought for the World Lightweight title twice in Colma, California: first on July 4 and September 9 of 1908. Gans lost the first fight by KO in the 17th round of 45, ending his multi-year reign, and subsequently lost the immediate rematch via KO in the 21st round of 45. [10]

Draw with Barbados Joe Walcott

On September 30, 1904, Gans fought to a 20 round draw against Barbados Joe Walcott. "The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Walcott damaged ligaments in his left arm and that it was "useless from the 4th round on". It was announced before the fight that no title was at stake. Referee Jack Welch gave 7 rounds to Gans, 5 to Walcott, with 8 even, but thought that Walcott's aggressiveness compensated Gans' advantage in cleverness. Shortly after this fight Walcott accidentally shot himself in the hand and was out of action until January 1906." [11]

Death

Joe Gans died on August 10, 1910 of tuberculosis; he was only 35 and had died not long after his final fight. He is buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery (Baltimore, Maryland) in Baltimore. His monument is maintained by the International Boxing Commission and sits just to the left of the main entrance of the cemetery.

It reads: "I was born in the city of Baltimore in the year 1874, and it might be well to state at this time that my right name is Joseph Gant, not Gans. However, when I became an object of newspaper publicity, some reporter made a mistake and my name appeared as Joe Gans, and as Joe Gans it remained ever since."

Professional honors and legacy

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Joe Walcott vs. Joe Gans

Gans had a final professional record of 145 wins with 100 knockouts, 10 losses, 16 draws, 6 no contests and 19 no decisions (Newspaper Decisions: 13-2-4). He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990. [12]

A bronze statue of Joe Gans stands in the suite floor at Madison Square Garden but was previously outside of the locker rooms. Modern day boxers would traditionally bump the statue's outstretched left fist for good-luck before matches. [13]

Gans’ legendary fight on September 3, 1906 with Battling Nelson was commemorated with a memorial located in Goldfield, Nevada at the site of the fight. [14]

Gans was the first African-American to win a World Boxing Championship and the first to win a Lightweight Boxing title. Gans' achievements not only set new records, but gave African Americans hope in the early twentieth century. In a time of racial segregation, champion Joe Gans somehow emerged victorious. [15]

Gans was rated the greatest Lightweight boxer of all-time by boxing historian and Ring Magazine founder, Nat Fleischer.

One boxing historian writes about Gans saying: "through his ring accomplishments, Gans put into action what others could only theorize. The articulation of the black quest for social equality reached large audiences through the pulpits, and the most authoritative sermons were published in newspapers and religious quarterlies". [16]

Motion picture

A four-reel motion picture of the second Gans-Nelson fight in Colma, California, was shown in theaters across the country. Above, reporter-artist Marguerite Martyn sketched her impression of women watching the film in St. Louis, Missouri, in October 1908. Sketch by Marguerite Martyn of women watching motion picture of Gans-Nelson prizefight, 1908.jpg
A four-reel motion picture of the second Gans-Nelson fight in Colma, California, was shown in theaters across the country. Above, reporter-artist Marguerite Martyn sketched her impression of women watching the film in St. Louis, Missouri, in October 1908.

The Gans-Nelson battle in Colma, California was the subject of a four-reel motion picture that played in major cities around the country.

Hemingway connection

Ernest Hemingway utilized Joe Gans as a character in his 1916 short story 'A Matter of Colour'. [17] This early story set the stage for Hemingway's famous 1927 parable 'The Killers'. [18]

Professional boxing record

All information in this section is derived from BoxRec, [19] unless otherwise stated.

Official record

Professional record summary
197 fights145 wins10 losses
By knockout1005
By decision385
By disqualification70
Draws16
No contests6
Newspaper decisions/draws 20

All newspaper decisions are regarded as “no decision” bouts as they have “resulted in neither boxer winning or losing, and would therefore not count as part of their official fight record."

No.Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
197 Win 145–10–16 (26) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jabez White NWS 10 Mar 12, 1909 Flag of the United States.svg National S.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
196 Loss 145–10–16 (25) Flag of Denmark.svg Battling Nelson KO 21 (45) Sep 9, 1908 Flag of the United States.svg Mission Street Arena, Colma, California, U.S.For world lightweight title
195 Loss 145–9–16 (25) Flag of Denmark.svg Battling Nelson KO 17 (45) Jul 4, 1908 Flag of the United States.svg Mission Street Arena, Colma, California, U.S.Lost world lightweight title
194 Win 145–8–16 (25) Flag of the German Empire.svg Rudy Unholz TKO 11 (20) May 14, 1908 Flag of the United States.svg Coliseum, San Francisco, California, U.S. Retained world lightweight title
193 Win 144–8–16 (25) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Frank Robson TKO 3 (6) Apr 1, 1908 Flag of the United States.svg National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
192 Win 143–8–16 (25) Flag of the United States.svg Bob Blackburn KO 3 (5) Jan 1, 1908 Flag of the United States.svg Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
191 Win 142–8–16 (25) Flag of the United States.svg George Memsic PTS 20 Sep 27, 1907 Flag of the United States.svg Naud Junction Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, U.S.Retained world lightweight title
190 Win 141–8–16 (25) Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Britt TKO 6 (20) Sep 9, 1907 Flag of the United States.svg Recreation Park, San Francisco, California, U.S.Retained world lightweight title
189 Win 140–8–16 (25) Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg Kid Herman TKO 8 (?) Jan 1, 1907 Flag of the United States.svg Casino A.C. Arena, Tonopah, California, U.S.Retained world lightweight title
188 Win 139–8–16 (25) Flag of Denmark.svg Battling Nelson DQ 42 (?) Sep 3, 1906 Flag of the United States.svg Casino Amphitheatre, Goldfield, Nevada, U.S.Retained world lightweight title
187 Win 138–8–16 (25) Flag of the United States.svg Dave Holly PTS 20 Jul 23, 1906 Flag of the United States.svg Pleasant Beach, Bainbridge Island, Washington, U.S.Retained world lightweight title
186 Draw 137–8–16 (25) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Blackburn NWS 6 Jun 29, 1906 Flag of the United States.svg National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
185 Draw 137–8–16 (24) Flag of the United States.svg Harry Lewis NWS 6 Jun 15, 1906 Flag of the United States.svg National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
184 Loss 137–8–16 (23) Flag of the United States.svg Willie Lewis NWS 6 May 18, 1906 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
183 Win 137–8–16 (22) Flag of the United States.svg Mike "Twin" Sullivan TKO 10 (20) Mar 17, 1906 Flag of the United States.svg Chutes Park, Los Angeles, California, U.S.Retained world welterweight title claim at 142 lbs;
Police ordered the ref to stop the fight in the 10th
182 Win 136–8–16 (22) Flag of the United States.svg Mike "Twin" Sullivan KO 15 (20) Jan 19, 1906 Flag of the United States.svg Woodward's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, U.S.Makes world welterweight title claim at 142lbs
181 Draw 135–8–16 (22) Flag of the United States.svg Mike "Twin" Sullivan PTS 15 Sep 15, 1905 Flag of the United States.svg Lyric Theater, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.Retained world lightweight title
180 Win 135–8–15 (22) Flag of the United States.svg Rufe Turner NWS 6 Mar 27, 1905 Flag of the United States.svg Washington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
179 Win 135–8–15 (21) Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Britt DQ 5 (20) Oct 1, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, U.S.Retained world lightweight title
178 Draw 134–8–15 (21) Flag of the United States.svg Barbados Joe Walcott PTS 20 Sep 30, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg Woodward's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, U.S.
177 Draw 134–8–14 (21) Flag of the United States.svg Dave Holly NWS 6 Jun 27, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
176 Win 134–8–14 (20) Flag of the United States.svg Sammy Smith TKO 4 (6) Jun 13, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
175 Win 133–8–14 (20) Flag of the United States.svg Kid Griffo TKO 7 (15) Jun 3, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
174 Win 132–8–14 (20) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jewey Cook RTD 7 (10) May 27, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
173 Win 131–8–14 (20) Flag of the United States.svg Sam Bolen PTS 15 Apr 21, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
172 Win 130–8–14 (20) Flag of the United States.svg Gus Gardner PTS 10 Mar 28, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg Arbelten Hall, Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.
171 Win 129–8–14 (20) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Blackburn PTS 15 Mar 25, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
170 Win 128–8–14 (20) Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg Mike Ward TKO 10 (10) Feb 2, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg Light Guard Armory, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
169 Win 127–8–14 (20) Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned.svg Joe Grim PTS 10 Jan 22, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg Shlegel's Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
168 Win 126–8–14 (20) Flag of the United States.svg Clarence Connors TKO 2 (6) Jan 19, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg Mount Clemens, Michigan, U.S.
167 Win 125–8–14 20) Flag of Ireland.svg Willie Fitzgerald PTS 10 Jan 12, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg Light Guard Armory, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.Retained world lightweight title
166 Loss 124–8–14 (20) Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg Sam Langford PTS 15 Dec 8, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg Criterion A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
165 Win 124–7–14 (20) Flag of the United States.svg Dave Holly NWS 6 Dec 7, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg Washington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
164 Loss 124–7–14 (19) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Blackburn NWS 6 Nov 2, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg Washington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
163 Draw 124–7–14 (18) Flag of the United States.svg Dave Holly NWS 6 Oct 23, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg State A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
162 Win 124–7–14 (17) Flag of the United States.svg Eddie Kennedy NWS 6 Oct 20, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg Southern A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
161 Win 124–7–14 (16) Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned.svg Joe Grim NWS 6 Oct 19, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg Washington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
160 Win 124–7–14 (15) Flag of the United States.svg Buddy King KO 5 (20) Jul 4, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg Old Baseball Park, Butte, Montana, U.S.
159 Win 123–7–14 (15) Flag of Ireland.svg Willie Fitzgerald KO 10 (20) May 29, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, U.S.
158 Win 122–7–14 (15) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tom Tracey TKO 9 (20) May 13, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg Pastime A.C., Portland, Oregon, U.S.
157 Win 121–7–14 (15) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jack Bennett KO 5 (10) Mar 23, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg Masonic Hall, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, U.S.
156 Win 120–7–14 (15) Flag of the United States.svg Steve Crosby TKO 11 (20) Mar 11, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg Whittington Park, Hot Springs, Arkansas, U.S. Retained world lightweight title
155 Win 119–7–14 (15) Flag of the United States.svg Gus Gardner DQ 11 (20) Jan 1, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg Casino, New Britain, Connecticut, U.S.Retained world lightweight title
154 Draw 118–7–14 (15) Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned.svg Charley Sieger PTS 10 Dec 31, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Criterion A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.Pre-arranged draw if lasting the distance.
153 Win 118–7–13 (15) Flag of the United States.svg Howard Wilson TKO 3 (20) Dec 19, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Scituate Athletic Club, Scituate, Rhode Island, U.S.
152 Win 117–7–13 (15) Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned.svg Charley Sieger TKO 14 (20) Nov 14, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.Retained world lightweight title
151 Win 116–7–13 (15) Flag of the United States.svg Dave Holly NWS 10 Oct 14, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Maennerchor Hall, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S.
150 Win 116–7–13 (14) Flag of the United States.svg Kid McPartland KO 5 (20) Oct 13, 1902 Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg International A.C., Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada Retained world lightweight title
149 Win 115–7–13 (14) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jack Bennett KO 2 (6) Sep 22, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Golden Gate A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
148 Win 114–7–13 (14) Flag of the United States.svg Gus Gardner KO 5 (20) Sep 17, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Music Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
147 Win 113–7–13 (14) Flag of the United States.svg Rufe Turner TKO 15 (15) Jul 24, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Acme A.C., Oakland, California, U.S.Retained world lightweight title
146 Win 112–7–13 (14) Flag of the United States.svg George "Elbows" McFadden TKO 3 (20) Jun 27, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Woodward's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, U.S.Retained world lightweight title
145 Win 111–7–13 (14) Flag of the United States.svg St Mary's County Bully DQ 3 (4) May 29, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Theater, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
144 Win 110–7–13 (14) Flag of the United States.svg Charles Boyer TKO 2 (4) May 28, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Theater, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
143 Win 109–7–13 (14) Flag of the United States.svg Edward Snowden KO 2 (4) May 28, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Theater, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
142 Win 108–7–13 (14) Flag of the United States.svg Joe Burke RTD 2 (4) May 27, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Theater, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
141 Win 107–7–13 (14) Flag of Switzerland.svg Frank Erne KO 1 (20) May 12, 1902 Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg International A.C., Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada Won world lightweight title
140 Win 106–7–13 (14) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jack Bennett KO 5 (20) Mar 27, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Ford Opera House, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
139 Win 105–7–13 (14) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Ryan TKO 4 (15) Mar 7, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Keystone A.C., Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
138 Win 104–7–13 (14) Flag of the United States.svg George "Elbows" McFadden NWS 6 Feb 17, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Penn Art Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
137 Win 104–7–13 (13) Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg Eddie Connolly DQ 5 (6) Jan 6, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Washington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
136 Win 103–7–13 (13) Flag of the United States.svg Tom Broderick KO 6 (20) Jan 1, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
135 Win 102–7–13 (13) Flag of the United States.svg Joe Youngs TKO 4 (6) Dec 30, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Washington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
134 Win 101–7–13 (13) Flag of the United States.svg Bobby Dobbs TKO 14 (20) Dec 13, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
133 Win 100–7–13 (13) Flag of the United States.svg Billy Moore KO 3 (20) Nov 22, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Eureka Athletic Club, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
132 Win 99–7–13 (13) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Hanlon KO 2 (20) Nov 15, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
131 Win 98–7–13 (13) Flag of the United States.svg Dan McConnell KO 3 (8) Oct 4, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
130 Win 97–7–13 (13) Flag of Russia.svg Joe Handler TKO 1 (20) Sep 30, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Trenton A.C., Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.
129 Win 96–7–13 (13) Flag of the United States.svg Steve Crosby TKO 12 (20) Sep 20, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
128 Draw 95–7–13 (13) Flag of the United States.svg Steve Crosby PTS 20 Aug 23, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Music Hall, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.For world colored lightweight title
127 Win 95–7–12 (13) Flag of the United States.svg Harry Berger NWS 6 Jul 15, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Ford Opera House, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
126 Win 95–7–12 (12) Flag of the United States.svg Kid Thomas NWS 6 Jul 15, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Ford Opera House, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
125 Win 95–7–12 (11) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Donahue TKO 2 (6) Jul 15, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Ford Opera House, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
124 Win 94–7–12 (11) Flag of the United States.svg Bobby Dobbs KO 7 (20) May 1, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Eureka Athletic Club, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
123 Win 93–7–12 (11) Flag of the United States.svg Martin Flaherty TKO 4 (20) Apr 1, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Ford's Theater, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
122 Win 92–7–12 (11) Flag of the United States.svg Wilmington Jack Daly DQ 5 (20) Feb 13, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Music Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
121 Loss 91–7–12 (11) Flag of the United States.svg Terry McGovern KO 2 (6) Dec 13, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
120 Win 91–6–12 (11) Flag of the United States.svg Kid Parker KO 4 (10) Nov 16, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Colorado A.C., Denver, Colorado, U.S.
119 Win 90–6–12 (11) Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Kelly TKO 8 (10) Oct 19, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Colorado A.C., Denver, Colorado, U.S.
118 Win 89–6–12 (11) Flag of the United States.svg Otto Sieloff KO 9 (10) Oct 16, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Olympic A.C., Denver, Colorado, U.S.
117 Win 88–6–12 (11) Flag of the United States.svg Alec Johnson KO 1 (5) Oct 11, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Leadville Athletic Club, Leadville, Colorado, U.S.
116 Win 87–6–12 (11) Flag of the United States.svg Bird Leg Collins TKO 4 (5) Oct 11, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Leadville Athletic Club, Leadville, Colorado, U.S.
115 Win 86–6–12 (11) Flag of the United States.svg Joe Youngs PTS 10 Oct 5, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Colorado A.A., Denver, Colorado, U.S.
114 Draw 85–6–12 (11) Flag of the United States.svg George "Elbows" McFadden PTS 10 Oct 2, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Olympic A.C., Denver, Colorado, U.S.
113 Win 85–6–11 (11) Flag of the United States.svg George "Elbows" McFadden NWS 6 Sep 7, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Penn Art Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
112 Win 85–6–11 (10) Flag of the United States.svg Dal Hawkins KO 3 (25) Aug 31, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
111 Win 84–6–11 (10) Flag of the United States.svg Whitey Lester KO 4 (20) Jul 12, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Ford Opera House, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
110 Win 83–6–11 (10) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Young Griffo TKO 8 (25) Jul 10, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Seaside A.C., Coney Island, New York, U.S.
109 Win 82–6–11 (10) Flag of the United States.svg Barney Furey KO 9 (15) Jun 26, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg People's Theater, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
108 Win 81–6–11 (10) Flag of the United States.svg Dal Hawkins KO 2 (25) May 25, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
107 Win 80–6–11 (10) Flag of the United States.svg Chicago Jack Daly TKO 5 (6) Apr 1, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
106 Loss 79–6–11 (10) Flag of Switzerland.svg Frank Erne TKO 12 (25) Mar 23, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.For world lightweight title;
Gans asked to have the bout stopped after being cut by an accidental head-butt.
105 Win 79–5–11 (10) Flag of Ireland.svg Spike Sullivan TKO 14 (25) Feb 9, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
104 Draw 78–5–11 (10) Flag of the United States.svg Kid McPartland PTS 6 Dec 22, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Star Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
103 Win 78–5–10 (10) Flag of the United States.svg Kid Ash PTS 15 Dec 11, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Robinson Opera House, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
102 Win 77–5–10 (10) Flag of the United States.svg Steve Crosby PTS 6 Nov 11, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Star Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
101 Win 76–5–10 (10) Flag of the United States.svg George "Elbows" McFadden PTS 25 Oct 31, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
100 Win 75–5–10 (10) Flag of the United States.svg Martin Judge PTS 25 Oct 11, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
99 Draw 74–5–10 (10) Flag of the United States.svg Wilmington Jack Daly NWS 6 Oct 7, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Nonpareil A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
98 Win 74–5–10 (9) Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Kelly PTS 25 Oct 3, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Lenox A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
97 Win 73–5–10 (9) Flag of the United States.svg Martin Judge PTS 12 (20) Sep 15, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Music Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.Police stopped the fight at the end of the 12th round on account of foul work in the clinches.
96 Win 72–5–10 (9) Flag of the United States.svg Eugene Bezenah KO 10 (25) Sep 1, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
95 Draw 71–5–10 (9) Flag of the United States.svg George "Elbows" McFadden PTS 25 Jul 28, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
94 Win 71–5–9 (9) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Dobbs TKO 4 (25) Jul 24, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Seabright Casino, Ocean City, Maryland, U.S.
93 Loss 70–5–9 (9) Flag of the United States.svg George "Elbows" McFadden KO 23 (25) Apr 14, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
92 Win 70–4–9 (9) Flag of the United States.svg Billy Ernst DQ 10 (20) Feb 6, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Olympic A.C., Buffalo, New York, U.S.
91 Win 69–4–9 (9) Flag of the United States.svg Martin Judge PTS 20 Jan 28, 1899 Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg Crescent A.C., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
90 Win 68–4–9 (9) Flag of the United States.svg Young Smyrna KO 2 (25) Jan 13, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
89 Win 67–4–9 (9) Flag of the United States.svg Wilmington Jack Daly PTS 25 Dec 27, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Lenox A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
88 Win 66–4–9 (9) Flag of the United States.svg Kid McPartland PTS 25 Nov 4, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Lenox A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
87 Win 65–4–9 (9) Flag of the United States.svg William Duke PTS 4 Sep 30, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Amphitheatre, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
86 Win 64–4–9 (9) Flag of the United States.svg Fred Sweigert PTS 4 Sep 29, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Amphitheatre, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
85 Win 63–4–9 (9) Flag of the United States.svg James Martin TKO 4 (4) Sep 28, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Amphitheatre, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
84 Win 62–4–9 (9) Flag of the United States.svg Buck Baynor TKO 3 (4) Sep 27, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Amphitheatre, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
83 Win 61–4–9 (9) Flag of the United States.svg William Hinton TKO 1 (4) Sep 27, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Amphitheatre, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
82 Win 60–4–9 (9) Flag of the United States.svg Joseph Smith TKO 1 (4) Sep 27, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Amphitheatre, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
81 Win 59–4–9 (9) Flag of the United States.svg Herman Miller PTS 4 Sep 26, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Amphitheatre, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
80 Win 58–4–9 (9) Flag of the United States.svg Thomas Jackson KO 3 (25) Sep 1, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Talbot county fair, Easton, Maryland, U.S.
79 Win 57–4–9 (9) Flag of the United States.svg Young Smyrna TKO 15 (25) Aug 26, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Ford Opera House, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
78 Win 56–4–9 (9) Flag of the United States.svg Billy Ernst KO 11 (25) Aug 8, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Greater New York A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
77 Win 55–4–9 (9) Flag of the United States.svg George Brown TKO 6 (10) Jul 1, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Ford Opera House, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
76 Win 54–4–9 (9) Flag of the United States.svg Joe Kid Robinson PTS 6 Jun 3, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
75 NC53–4–9 (9) Flag of the United States.svg Joe Kid Robinson NC 3 (6) Jun 2, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.The lights went out in the building, and the show had to be called off until next day.
74 Win 53–4–9 (8) Flag of the United States.svg Steve Crosby RTD 6 (20) May 11, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Music Hall, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
73 Win 52–4–9 (8) Flag of the United States.svg Young Starlight TKO 3 (3) Apr 11, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Music Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
72 Win 51–4–9 (8) Flag of the United States.svg Young Smyrna TKO 3 (3) Apr 11, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Music Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.Police stopped the fight.
71 Win 50–4–9 (8) Flag of the United States.svg Tommy Shortell TKO 6 (8) Mar 11, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Academy Music Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
70 Win 49–4–9 (8) Flag of the United States.svg Frank Garrard TKO 15 (20) Jan 17, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Central Armory, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
69 Win 48–4–9 (9) Flag of the United States.svg Billy Young TKO 2 (8) Jan 3, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Eureka Athletic Club, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
68 Win 47–4–9 (8) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Stanton Abbott TKO 5 (8) Nov 29, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Academy of Music, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
67 Draw 46–4–9 (8) Flag of the United States.svg Wilmington Jack Daly NWS 6 Nov 6, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
66 Loss 46–4–9 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Bobby Dobbs PTS 20 Sep 27, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Greenpoint S.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.For world colored lightweight title
65 Draw 46–3–9 (7) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Young Griffo PTS 15 Sep 21, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Olympic A.C., Athens, Pennsylvania, U.S.
64 Win 46–3–8 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Izzy Strauss KO 5 (15) Aug 30, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Eureka Athletic Club, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
63 Win 45–3–8 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Jack McCue TKO 6 (?) Aug 24, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Shell road, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
62 Win 44–3–8 (7) Flag of the United States.svg John Coates TKO 5 (?) Aug 24, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Shell road, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
61 Win 43–3–8 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Jerry Marshall TKO 8 (?) Aug 24, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Shell road, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
60 Win 42–3–8 (7) Flag of the United States.svg George Thomas TKO 3 (?) Aug 24, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Shell road, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
59 Win 41–3–8 (7) Flag of the United States.svg August Stenzie TKO 3 (?) Aug 24, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Shell road, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
58 Win 40–3–8 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Mike Leonard PTS 20 May 18, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Olympic A.C., San Francisco, California, U.S.
57 Win 39–3–8 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Howard Wilson KO 9 (20) Apr 3, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Polo A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
56 Win 38–3–8 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Charles Rochette RTD 4 (10) Dec 14, 1896 Flag of the United States.svg Woodward's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, U.S.
55 Win 37–3–8 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Jerry Marshall PTS 20 Nov 12, 1896 Flag of the United States.svg Eureka Athletic Club, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
54 Win 36–3–8 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Williams TKO 3 (8) Oct 19, 1896 Flag of the United States.svg Eureka Athletic Club, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.Police stopped the fight.
53 Loss 35–3–8 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Dal Hawkins PTS 15 Oct 6, 1896 Flag of the United States.svg Bohemian Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
52 Win 35–2–8 (7) Flag of the United States.svg John Ball PTS 4 Sep 28, 1896 Flag of the United States.svg East Side A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
51 Draw 34–2–8 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Danny McBride PTS 20 Aug 31, 1896 Flag of the United States.svg Eureka Athletic Club, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
50 Win 34–2–7 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Williams TKO 2 (?) Aug 20, 1896 Flag of the United States.svg Eureka Athletic Club, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
49 Win 33–2–7 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Tommy Butler PTS 12 Jun 29, 1896 Flag of the United States.svg South Brooklyn A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
48 Win 32–2–7 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Watson PTS 10 Jun 8, 1896 Flag of the United States.svg Bijou Theater, Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.
47 Win 31–2–7 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Kennard TKO 6 (12) Feb 22, 1896 Flag of the United States.svg West Newton Street Armory, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
46 Win 30–2–7 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Joe Elliott KO 7 (8) Jan 17, 1896 Flag of the United States.svg Eureka Athletic Club, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
45 Win 29–2–7 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Benny Peterson PTS 4 Jan 11, 1896 Flag of the United States.svg Ariel A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
44 Win 28–2–7 (7) Flag of the United States.svg George Siddons KO 7 (25) Nov 28, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Eureka Athletic Club, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
43 Draw 27–2–7 (7) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Young Griffo PTS 10 Nov 18, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Front Street Theater, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.Pre-arranged draw if lasting full distance.
42 Win 27–2–6 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Joe Elliott KO 9 (25) Oct 21, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Eureka Athletic Club, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
41 Draw 26–2–6 (7) Flag of the United States.svg George Siddons PTS 20 Jul 15, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Eureka Athletic Club, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
40 Win 26–2–5 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Howard Wilson PTS 10 May 28, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Kernan's Theatre, Washington, D.C., U.S.
39 Win 25–2–5 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Benny Peterson KO 17 (20) May 20, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Riverside Athletic Club, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
38 Win 24–2–5 (7) Flag of the United States.svg George Willis KO 4 (10) May 14, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Amphitheatre, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
37 Draw 23–2–5 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Howard Wilson PTS 6 May 9, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Amphitheatre, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
36 Win 23–2–4 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Frank Peabody TKO 3 (8) May 4, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Amphitheatre, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
35 Win 22–2–4 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Kentucky Rosebud TKO 8 (8) Apr 25, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Front Street Theater, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
34 Win 21–2–4 (7) Flag of the United States.svg David Armstrong TKO 3 (6) Apr 18, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Amphitheatre, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
33 Loss 20–2–4 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Johnny Van Heest PTS 9 (8) Apr 13, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Amphitheatre, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
32 Win 20–1–4 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Kentucky Rosebud NWS 6 Apr 1, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Amphitheater, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
31 Win 20–1–4 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Paul Johnson PTS 6 Mar 22, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
30 Win 19–1–4 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Harry Hunt TKO 4 (?) Mar 20, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
29 Draw 18–1–4 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Howard Wilson PTS 10 Mar 18, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
28 Draw 18–1–3 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Fred Sweigert PTS 10 Mar 7, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
27 Win 18–1–2 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Solomon English TKO 10 (10) Mar 6, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. Police interfered.
26 Win 17–1–2 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Max Wirsing TKO 3 (?) Mar 4, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
25 Draw 16–1–2 (6) Flag of the United States.svg James Daly PTS 11 (10) Feb 16, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. An extra-round was fought.
24 Win 16–1–1 (6) Flag of the United States.svg John Coates PTS 11 (10) Feb 11, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. An additional round was fought to decide the winner.
23 Win 15–1–1 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Samuel Young KO 3 (?) Feb 7, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
22 Win 14–1–1 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Fred Sweigert PTS 10 Feb 6, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
21 Draw 13–1–1 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Dave Horn PTS 10 Jan 23, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
20 Win 13–1 (6) Flag of the United States.svg George Brummell TKO 5 (?) Jan 19, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
19 Win 12–1 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Paul Johnson PTS 10 Jan 11, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
18 Win 11–1 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Bud Brown PTS 10 Jan 7, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
17 Win 10–1 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Samuel Allen KO 3 (?) Jan 7, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
16 Win 9–1 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Fred Sweigert PTS ? Jan 1, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
15 Win 8–1 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Jack McDonald TKO 8 (?) Dec 28, 1894 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
14 Win 7–1 (6) Flag of the United States.svg John Coates PTS 10 Dec 27, 1894 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental A.C., Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
13 Win 6–1 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Fred Sweigert NWS 10 Dec 21, 1894 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental A.C., Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
12 Win 6–1 (5) Flag of the United States.svg Travis Brown PTS 6 Dec 17, 1894 Flag of the United States.svg Avon Club, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
11 ND 5–1 (5) Flag of the United States.svg Bud Young ND 4 Nov 27, 1894 Flag of the United States.svg Canton Academy, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
10 ND 5–1 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Paul Johnson ND 3 (?) Nov 12, 1894 Flag of the United States.svg Grand Army Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
9 Win 5–1 (3) Flag of the United States.svg Jackson TKO 3 (4) Jul 10, 1894 Flag of the United States.svg Kernan's Theatre, Washington, D.C., U.S.
8 Loss 4–1 (3) Flag of the United States.svg Paul Johnson PTS 5 Jun 27, 1894 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
7 Win 4–0 (3) Flag of the United States.svg Gustav Wilkie PTS 4 Jun 26, 1894 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
6 ND 3–0 (3) Flag of the United States.svg Robert Cook ND ? May 21, 1894 Flag of the United States.svg M F Conklin`s Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
5 Win 3–0 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Harry Brian PTS ? Apr 25, 1894 Flag of the United States.svg Allerino Gannic Casino, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
4 ND 2–0 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Dave Horn ND 3 (?) Apr 19, 1894 Flag of the United States.svg Beach's Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
3 Win 2–0 (1) Flag of the United States.svg William Jones KO 4 (?) Feb 12, 1894 Flag of the United States.svg Avon Club, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
2 Win 1–0 (1) Flag of the United States.svg William Jones RTD 6 (?) Nov 27, 1893 Flag of the United States.svg Avon Club, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
1 ND0–0 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Buck Myers ND ? Oct 23, 1893 Flag of the United States.svg Avon Club, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

Unofficial record

Professional record summary
197 fights157 wins12 losses
By knockout1005
By decision507
By disqualification70
Draws22
No contests6

Record with the inclusion of newspaper decisions to the win/loss/draw column.

No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRoundDateLocationNotes
197Win157–12–22 (6) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jabez WhiteNWS10Mar 12, 1909 Flag of the United States.svg National S.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
196Loss156–12–22 (6) Flag of Denmark.svg Battling Nelson KO21 (45)Sep 9, 1908 Flag of the United States.svg Mission Street Arena, Colma, California, U.S.For world lightweight title
195Loss156–11–22 (6) Flag of Denmark.svg Battling Nelson KO17 (45)Jul 4, 1908 Flag of the United States.svg Mission Street Arena, Colma, California, U.S.Lost world lightweight title
194Win156–10–22 (6) Flag of the German Empire.svg Rudy UnholzTKO11 (20)May 14, 1908 Flag of the United States.svg Coliseum, San Francisco, California, U.S. Retained world lightweight title
193Win155–10–22 (6) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Frank RobsonTKO3 (6)Apr 1, 1908 Flag of the United States.svg National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
192Win154–10–22 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Bob BlackburnKO3 (5)Jan 1, 1908 Flag of the United States.svg Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
191Win153–10–22 (6) Flag of the United States.svg George MemsicPTS20Sep 27, 1907 Flag of the United States.svg Naud Junction Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, U.S.Retained world lightweight title
190Win152–10–22 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Britt TKO6 (20)Sep 9, 1907 Flag of the United States.svg Recreation Park, San Francisco, California, U.S.Retained world lightweight title
189Win151–10–22 (6) Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg Kid HermanTKO8 (?)Jan 1, 1907 Flag of the United States.svg Casino A.C. Arena, Tonopah, California, U.S.Retained world lightweight title
188Win150–10–22 (6) Flag of Denmark.svg Battling Nelson DQ42 (?)Sep 3, 1906 Flag of the United States.svg Casino Amphitheatre, Goldfield, Nevada, U.S.Retained world lightweight title
187Win149–10–22 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Dave HollyPTS20Jul 23, 1906 Flag of the United States.svg Pleasant Beach, Bainbridge Island, Washington, U.S.Retained world lightweight title
186Draw148–10–22 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Blackburn NWS6Jun 29, 1906 Flag of the United States.svg National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
185Draw148–10–21 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Harry Lewis NWS6Jun 15, 1906 Flag of the United States.svg National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
184Loss148–10–20 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Willie Lewis NWS6May 18, 1906 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
183Win148–9–20 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Mike "Twin" Sullivan TKO10 (20)Mar 17, 1906 Flag of the United States.svg Chutes Park, Los Angeles, California, U.S.Retained world welterweight title claim at 142 lbs;
Police ordered the ref to stop the fight in the 10th
182Win147–9–20 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Mike "Twin" Sullivan KO15 (20)Jan 19, 1906 Flag of the United States.svg Woodward's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, U.S.Makes world welterweight title claim at 142lbs
181Draw146–9–20 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Mike "Twin" Sullivan PTS15Sep 15, 1905 Flag of the United States.svg Lyric Theater, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.Retained world lightweight title
180Win146–9–19 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Rufe TurnerNWS6Mar 27, 1905 Flag of the United States.svg Washington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
179Win145–9–19 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Britt DQ5 (20)Oct 1, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, U.S.Retained world lightweight title
178Draw144–9–19 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Barbados Joe Walcott PTS20Sep 30, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg Woodward's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, U.S.
177Draw144–9–18 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Dave HollyNWS6Jun 27, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
176Win144–9–17 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Sammy SmithTKO4 (6)Jun 13, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
175Win143–9–17 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Kid GriffoTKO7 (15)Jun 3, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
174Win142–9–17 (6) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jewey CookRTD7 (10)May 27, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
173Win141–9–17 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Sam BolenPTS15Apr 21, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
172Win140–9–17 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Gus GardnerPTS10Mar 28, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg Arbelten Hall, Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.
171Win139–9–17 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Blackburn PTS15Mar 25, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
170Win138–9–17 (6) Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg Mike WardTKO10 (10)Feb 2, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg Light Guard Armory, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
169Win137–9–17 (6) Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned.svg Joe Grim PTS10Jan 22, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg Shlegel's Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
168Win136–9–17 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Clarence ConnorsTKO2 (6)Jan 19, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg Mount Clemens, Michigan, U.S.
167Win135–9–17 (6) Flag of Ireland.svg Willie FitzgeraldPTS10Jan 12, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg Light Guard Armory, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.Retained world lightweight title
166Loss134–9–17 (6) Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg Sam Langford PTS15Dec 8, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg Criterion A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
165Win134–8–17 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Dave HollyNWS6Dec 7, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg Washington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
164Loss133–8–17 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Blackburn NWS6Nov 2, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg Washington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
163Draw133–7–17 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Dave HollyNWS6Oct 23, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg State A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
162Win133–7–16 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Eddie KennedyNWS6Oct 20, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg Southern A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
161Win132–7–16 (6) Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned.svg Joe GrimNWS6Oct 19, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg Washington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
160Win131–7–16 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Buddy KingKO5 (20)Jul 4, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg Old Baseball Park, Butte, Montana, U.S.
159Win130–7–16 (6) Flag of Ireland.svg Willie FitzgeraldKO10 (20)May 29, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, U.S.
158Win129–7–16 (6) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tom TraceyTKO9 (20)May 13, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg Pastime A.C., Portland, Oregon, U.S.
157Win128–7–16 (6) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jack BennettKO5 (10)Mar 23, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg Masonic Hall, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, U.S.
156Win127–7–16 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Steve CrosbyTKO11 (20)Mar 11, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg Whittington Park, Hot Springs, Arkansas, U.S. Retained world lightweight title
155Win126–7–16 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Gus GardnerDQ11 (20)Jan 1, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg Casino, New Britain, Connecticut, U.S.Retained world lightweight title
154Draw125–7–16 (6) Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned.svg Charley SiegerPTS10Dec 31, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Criterion A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.Pre-arranged draw if lasting the distance.
153Win125–7–15 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Howard WilsonTKO3 (20)Dec 19, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Scituate Athletic Club, Scituate, Rhode Island, U.S.
152Win124–7–15 (6) Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned.svg Charley SiegerTKO14 (20)Nov 14, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.Retained world lightweight title
151Win123–7–15 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Dave HollyNWS10Oct 14, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Maennerchor Hall, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S.
150Win122–7–15 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Kid McPartlandKO5 (20)Oct 13, 1902 Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg International A.C., Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada Retained world lightweight title
149Win121–7–15 (6) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jack BennettKO2 (6)Sep 22, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Golden Gate A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
148Win120–7–15 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Gus GardnerKO5 (20)Sep 17, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Music Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
147Win119–7–15 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Rufe TurnerTKO15 (15)Jul 24, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Acme A.C., Oakland, California, U.S.Retained world lightweight title
146Win118–7–15 (6) Flag of the United States.svg George "Elbows" McFadden TKO3 (20)Jun 27, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Woodward's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, U.S.Retained world lightweight title
145Win117–7–15 (6) Flag of the United States.svg St Mary's County BullyDQ3 (4)May 29, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Theater, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
144Win116–7–15 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Charles BoyerTKO2 (4)May 28, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Theater, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
143Win115–7–15 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Edward SnowdenKO2 (4)May 28, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Theater, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
142Win114–7–15 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Joe BurkeRTD2 (4)May 27, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Monumental Theater, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
141Win113–7–15 (6) Flag of Switzerland.svg Frank Erne KO1 (20)May 12, 1902 Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg International A.C., Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada Won world lightweight title
140Win112–7–15 (6) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jack BennettKO5 (20)Mar 27, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Ford Opera House, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
139Win111–7–15 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Jack RyanTKO4 (15)Mar 7, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Keystone A.C., Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
138Win110–7–15 (6) Flag of the United States.svg George "Elbows" McFadden NWS6Feb 17, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Penn Art Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
137Win109–7–15 (6) Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg Eddie Connolly DQ5 (6)Jan 6, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Washington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
136Win108–7–15 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Tom BroderickKO6 (20)Jan 1, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
135Win107–7–15 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Joe YoungsTKO4 (6)Dec 30, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Washington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
134Win106–7–15 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Bobby DobbsTKO14 (20)Dec 13, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
133Win105–7–15 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Billy MooreKO3 (20)Nov 22, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Eureka Athletic Club, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
132Win104–7–15 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Jack HanlonKO2 (20)Nov 15, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
131Win103–7–15 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Dan McConnellKO3 (8)Oct 4, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
130Win102–7–15 (6) Flag of Russia.svg Joe HandlerTKO1 (20)Sep 30, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Trenton A.C., Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.
129Win101–7–15 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Steve CrosbyTKO12 (20)Sep 20, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
128Draw100–7–15 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Steve CrosbyPTS20Aug 23, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Music Hall, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.For world colored lightweight title
127Win100–7–14 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Harry BergerNWS6Jul 15, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Ford Opera House, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
126Win99–7–14 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Kid ThomasNWS6Jul 15, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Ford Opera House, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
125Win98–7–14 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Jack DonahueTKO2 (6)Jul 15, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Ford Opera House, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
124Win97–7–14 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Bobby DobbsKO7 (20)May 1, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Eureka Athletic Club, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
123Win96–7–14 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Martin FlahertyTKO4 (20)Apr 1, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Ford's Theater, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
122Win95–7–14 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Wilmington Jack DalyDQ5 (20)Feb 13, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Music Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
121Loss94–7–14 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Terry McGovern KO2 (6)Dec 13, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
120Win94–6–14 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Kid Parker KO4 (10)Nov 16, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Colorado A.C., Denver, Colorado, U.S.
119Win93–6–14 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy KellyTKO8 (10)Oct 19, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Colorado A.C., Denver, Colorado, U.S.
118Win92–6–14 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Otto SieloffKO9 (10)Oct 16, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Olympic A.C., Denver, Colorado, U.S.
117Win91–6–14 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Alec JohnsonKO1 (5)Oct 11, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Leadville Athletic Club, Leadville, Colorado, U.S.
116Win90–6–14 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Bird Leg CollinsTKO4 (5)Oct 11, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Leadville Athletic Club, Leadville, Colorado, U.S.
115Win89–6–14 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Joe YoungsPTS10Oct 5, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Colorado A.A., Denver, Colorado, U.S.
114Draw88–6–14 (6) Flag of the United States.svg George "Elbows" McFadden PTS10Oct 2, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Olympic A.C., Denver, Colorado, U.S.
113Win88–6–13 (6) Flag of the United States.svg George "Elbows" McFadden NWS6Sep 7, 1900