Sam Langford

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Sam Langford
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Portrait of Sam Langford, "The Boston Tar Baby", Canadian boxer and Australian heavyweight champion, photograph 1912
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Real nameSamuel Edgar Langford
Nickname(s)Boston Tar Baby
Boston Terror
Boston Bonecrusher
Weight(s)
Height5 ft 6+12 in (1.69 m)
Reach74 in (188 cm)
NationalityCanadian
Born(1886-03-04)March 4, 1886
Weymouth Falls, Nova Scotia, Canada
DiedJanuary 12, 1956(1956-01-12) (aged 69)
Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights313; [1] with the inclusion of newspaper decisions
Wins211
Wins by KO126
Losses43
Draws52
No contests7

Samuel Edgar Langford (March 4, 1886 – January 12, 1956), known as the Boston Tar Baby, Boston Terror, and Boston Bonecrusher, was a Black Canadian boxing standout of the early part of the 20th century. Called the "Greatest Fighter Nobody Knows", by ESPN, [2] many boxing historians consider Langford to be one of the greatest fighters of all time. [3] Originally from Weymouth Falls, a small community in Nova Scotia, Canada. He was known as "The Boston Bonecrusher", "The Boston Terror", and his most famous nickname, "The Boston Tar Baby". Langford stood 5 ft 6+12 in (1.69 m) and weighed 185 lb (84 kg) in his prime. He fought from lightweight to heavyweight and defeated many world champions and legends of the time in each weight class. Considered a devastating puncher even at heavyweight, Langford was rated No. 2 by The Ring on their list of "100 greatest punchers of all time". One boxing historian described Langford as "experienced as a heavyweight James Toney with the punching power of Mike Tyson". He has been ranked among BoxRec's 10 best heavyweights in the world fourteen times, and was ranked No.1 from 1910 to 1913. He was also ranked as the best middleweight in 1907 and fifth best welterweight in 1903. [4] [5] [6]

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He was denied a shot at many World Championships, due to the colour bar and by the refusal of Jack Johnson, the first African-American World Heavyweight Champion, to fight him in a rematch. Langford was the World Colored Heavyweight Champion, a title vacated, by Johnson, after he won the World Championship, a record five times. Alongside this, Langford also defeated the reigning Lightweight Champion Joe Gans, the first African-American World Champion in boxing history and widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time, in a non-title bout. Many boxing aficionados consider Langford to be the greatest boxer not to win a world title. On the 13th of August 2020, the WBC granted Langford to be an honorary world champion. BoxRec ranks him as the 22nd greatest Canadian boxer of all time. [7]

Early life

Born in Nova Scotia, Langford left home as a youth to escape an abusive father. He made his way to Boston where he eventually found work as a janitor in a boxing gymnasium at the Lenox Athletic Club. Not long after he started working he was sparring and improving his own boxing skills. He won the amateur featherweight championship of Boston at age 15.

Professional career

Sam Langford in 1910 Sam Langford LOC.jpg
Sam Langford in 1910

Langford was a boxer who fought greats from the lightweight division right up to the heavyweights, beating many champions in the process. However, he was never able to secure a world title for himself. Despite the fact, Langford never received a chance to fight for Jack Johnson's heavyweight title, Ring magazine founder Nat Fleischer rated Langford as one of the ten best heavyweights of all time. Renowned champion Jack Dempsey claimed that as a young boxer in 1916 he refused a fight with Langford. According to Dempsey: "I think Sam Langford was the greatest fighter we ever had." [8]

Significant fights

Jack Johnson, the first African American, world heavyweight champion, defeated Langford but refused to offer him a rematch, circa 1910-1915 Jack Johnson boxer.jpg
Jack Johnson, the first African American, world heavyweight champion, defeated Langford but refused to offer him a rematch, circa 1910–1915

Langford's most memorable fights were his numerous encounters against fellow black boxers Sam McVey, Battling Jim Johnson, Joe Jeanette and Harry Wills, who all experienced similar barriers in their fighting careers.

Langford defeated World Lightweight Champion Joe Gans on December 8, 1903, via a 15-round decision. Gans' title was not on the line, however. The two would later become good friends. Langford considered Gans the pound-for-pound greatest fighter of all time.

He fought Jack Blackburn, trainer of the legendary Joe Louis, six times. The first three fights were draws, the fourth a decision win for Langford, the fifth another draw and the sixth a no contest.

Although Langford is often credited as the greatest fighter to never challenge for a world title, he fought World Welterweight Champion Barbados Joe Walcott on September 5, 1904, for his title. The fight resulted in a draw via decision, thus Walcott retained his title. However, reports of the fight say Langford clearly outpointed the champion. Langford kept Walcott at a distance with his longer reach and used his footwork to evade all of Walcott's attacks. Langford landed lefts and rights to the jaw so effectively, Walcott was bleeding by round two and continued bleeding more after every round. Walcott was brought on one knee in the third round and the fight ended with hardly a scratch on Langford.

In 1912, Langford was one of the contenders for the World Colored Heavyweight Championship fought at various venues across Australia. Sam McVey his opponent, McVey ranked alongside Jack Johnson, Joe Jeanette, Sam Langford, and Harry Wills as the top black heavyweights of their generation. Prior to his win, Langford stayed at the Nedlands Park Hotel where he:

gave exhibitions of punching the ball, throwing the medicine bag sparring, etc. His work was a revelation. Langford allowed his sparring partners to hit him just when and where they pleased. After witnessing his exhibition of wonderful foot and head work one could easily understand how the big-little fellow came to lay low the best boxers in the world. Langford is as fast on his feet and as graceful as a ballet dancer. He carries a punch like unto that of a kick of a mule, and is practically impervious to punishment. Dick Cullen hit him some terrific punches on the chin last Wednesday – punches that would have put the ordinary boxer away for the full count, but the Tar Baby only grinned and shoved out his head for more. He is truly a remarkable fighter. [9]

Langford fought various contenders throughout his career. He fought welterweight Young Peter Jackson six times, winning the first two by decision, the third was a draw via points, losing the fourth by technical knockout and winning the fifth and sixth bouts again by decision. Their bout on November 12, 1907, at the Pacific Athletic Club in Los Angeles was billed as being for the World Colored Middleweight Championship (158  lbs.). Langford won the title by besting Jackson on points in the 20-round bout.

Sam Langford vs. Joe Jeanette, boxing match, at Luna Park, in Paris, France, in 1913 Sam Langford vs. Joe Jeanette.jpg
Sam Langford vs. Joe Jeanette, boxing match, at Luna Park, in Paris, France, in 1913

Langford fought heavyweight Joe Jeanette fourteen times, losing the first by eighth-round retirement, winning second by decision, third and fourth were a draw via points, winning the fifth through eighth by decision, ninth was a draw via points, winning the tenth on the decision, eleventh was a draw via points, lost the twelfth by decision and winning the thirteenth by seventh-round knock out and fourteenth by decision (Total: 8 wins (1 KO), 2 losses (1 RT and 1 PTS) and 4 draws).

He fought future World Heavyweight Champion Jack Johnson on April 26, 1906, losing by a fifteenth-round decision. Johnson was 29 pounds heavier than Langford. Langford took severe punishment and was knocked down 3 times; however, he lasted the 15 round distance. [10] After winning their first match, Johnson repeatedly refused rematches against Langford, who was considered by some to be the most dangerous challenger for Johnson's crown, although Johnson cited Langford's inability to meet his $30,000 appearance fee.

Langford fought heavyweight Fireman Jim Flynn six times, winning the first by first-round knockout, losing the second by decision, winning the third by eighth-round knockout, winning the fourth by decision, winning the fifth by third-round knockout, and winning the sixth by decision.

Winner of the World Colored Middleweight Championship in 1907 when he beat Young Peter Jackson, he fought former World Middleweight Champion Stanley Ketchel on April 27, 1910. Ketchel had vacated his championship only eight months earlier. It was a hard-pressed fight by both men, each displaying terrific hitting power for all six rounds of the short bout. No knockdowns were scored and both had plenty of energy in the end. Langford won by decision. A longer rematch bout was rumored but never happened due to Ketchell's murder six months later.

Langford fought heavyweight Battling Jim Johnson twelve times, winning the first three by decision, fourth and fifth were a draw via points, winning the sixth and seventh on points, eighth by twelfth-round knockout, ninth through eleventh by points, and drawing in the twelfth via points (Total: 9 wins (1 KO), 0 losses and 3 draws). Johnson was always heavier than Langford by 26–40 pounds.

Langford fought heavyweight Sam McVea fifteen times, drawing in the first via points, losing the second by decision, winning the third and fourth by decision, winning the fifth by technical knockout (McVea claimed a foul; this was not allowed and he refused to continue), winning the sixth by thirteenth-round knockout, seventh was a draw via points, losing the eighth by decision, ninth through eleventh were draws via points, winning the twelfth by decision, thirteenth and fourteenth were draws via decision and winning the fifteenth by decision (Total: 6 wins (2 KO), 2 losses (0 KO) and 7 draws). Langford was 37 years old in the final bout.

Langford defeated former World Light Heavyweight Champion Philadelphia Jack O'Brien on August 15, 1911, by fifth-round technical knockout. Langford outweighed O'Brien by ten pounds. The fight was stopped after a hard left hook put O'Brien on the canvas. O'Brien had to be helped to his corner. The poetic O'Brien later said of Langford, "When he appeared upon the scene of combat, you knew you were cooked."

Langford fought heavyweight Gunboat Smith twice, losing the first by decision (many ring siders were surprised) and winning the second by third-round knockout.

Langford fought heavyweight Harry Wills seventeen times. Langford was 31 in the first bout and continued to suffer from old age and failing eyesight more and more each fight. The first was a draw via points, the second a win via fourteenth-round knockout, the third and fourth losses via decision, the fifth a win via nineteenth-round knockout, the sixth through ninth losses via decision, the tenth a draw via points, the eleventh a loss via sixth-round knockout and the twelfth by seventh-round technical knockout, the thirteenth through seventeenth by decision (Total: 2 wins (2 KO), 14 losses (2 KO) and 2 draws).

Former World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns was a referee in the third fight. At the end, he caught Langford's hand and said to him, "Sam, this is the hardest I ever had to do in my life. I always admired you and never thought to see you beaten, but I have to give the decision against you."

World Welterweight title fight

Although Langford is often credited as the greatest fighter to never challenge for a world title, he fought World Welterweight Champion Barbados Joe Walcott, a black man, on September 5, 1904, at Lake Massabesic Coliseum in Manchester, New Hampshire for his title. Both fighters weighed in at 142 lbs.

The fight resulted in a draw via decision, thus Walcott retained his title. However, reports of the fight say Langford clearly outpointed the champion. Langford kept Walcott at a distance with his longer reach and used his footwork to evade all of Walcott's attacks. Langford landed lefts and rights to the jaw so effectively, Walcott was bleeding by round two and continued bleeding more after every round. Walcott was brought on one knee in the third round and the fight ended with hardly a scratch on Langford.

The Lowell Sun newspaper reported:

"Joe Walcott met his match in a 15-round bout yesterday afternoon in the Massabasic coliseum before a crowd of 1200. His opponent was Sam Langford, who clearly outpointed the champion, and the latter's aggressiveness in carrying the fight to Langford was all that saved him from making a decision that would have given him the short end of the purse. Langford took advantage of his longer reach and repeatedly played a tattoo on Walcott's face, and his cleverness on his feet carried him away from (unreadable) a score or more times when Walcott endeavored by sheer brute force to deliver a knockout blow. While Walcott was the aggressor, Langford met his attacks by rights and lefts to the jaw and mouth so effectively as to draw blood in the second round and he kept Walcott bleeding in every round thereafter. In the third round, Langford brought the champion to one knee by a straight-away jolt to the jaw, and he went through the entire fifteen rounds without a perceptible scratch on himself. In the opening round honors were even, but thereafter until the seventh round Langford had all the better of the argument."

World Colored Heavyweight Championship

Sam Langford won the World Colored Heavyweight Championship a record five times between 1910 and 1918. Jack Johnson had reigned as the World Colored Heavyweight Champion from 1903 to 1908, when he relinquished the title after winning the World Heavyweight Championship. Joe Jeanette and Sam McVey fought in Paris in February 1909 to fill the vacant title, with McVey the victor. Jeanette took the title away from McVey two months later.

Subsequently, Langford claimed the title during Jeanette's reign after Johnson refused to defend the World Heavyweight Championship against him. For a year there were two dueling claimants to the world colored heavyweight crown, Jeanette, the "official" champ, and Langford, the pretender, the man whom Jack Johnson "ducked". On September 6, 1910, in Boston, Massachusetts, Langford became the undisputed colored champ by winning a 15-round bout with Jeanette on points. Still, Jack Johnson refused to give him a title shot.

Failure to secure title shot

Langford had lost to Jack Johnson the only time they had fought, on April 26, 1906, in a fifteen-round decision. Johnson was 29  lbs. heavier than Langford, and though he knocked down Langford in the sixth round, many spectators felt Langford had won the bout, even though Sam was on the verge of going down several times only for Johnson to hold him up and prevent a knockdown. In truth, Johnson actually toyed with him, carrying on conversations with ringsiders all through the fight. After winning their first match, Johnson repeatedly refused rematches against Langford, who was considered by some to be the most dangerous challenger for Johnson's crown. Another explanation for this Johnson's refusal is that he knew that a fight between two black fighters would not generate nearly as much revenue as a fight between him and a white man.

Battling Jim Johnson, the man Sam fought twelve times, beating Johnson nine times and never losing once, would be the one who got the title shot against Johnson that Langford had rightly believed his.

World Heavyweight Championship

Ironically, the color bar that had marred the world heavyweight title by blackballing boxers of color remained in force even under Jack Johnson. Once he was the World's Heavyweight Champion, Johnson did not fight a black opponent for the first five years of his reign. In addition to Langford, he denied matches to black heavyweights Joe Jeanette and to the young Harry Wills (who was Colored Heavyweight Champion during the last year of Johnson's reign as World Heavyweight Champion).

Blacks were not given a shot at the title allegedly because Johnson felt that he could make more money fighting white boxers. In August 1913, as Johnson neared the end of his troubled reign as World Heavyweight Champion, there were rumors that he had agreed to fight Langford in Paris for the title, but it came to naught. Johnson claimed that Langford was unable to raise $30,000 (equivalent to approximately $775,116 in today's funds [11] ) for his guarantee.

Because black boxers with the exception of Johnson had been barred from fighting for the heavyweight championship because of racism, Johnson's refusal to fight African-Americans offended the African-American community, since the opportunity to fight top white boxers was rare. Jeanette criticized Johnson, saying, "Jack forgot about his old friends after he became champion and drew the color line against his own people." [12]

When Johnson finally did agree to take on a black opponent in late 1913, it was not Sam Langford, the current Colored Heavyweight Champion, that he gave the title shot to. Instead, Johnson chose Battling Jim Johnson, a mediocrity who, in 1910, had lost to Langford and had a draw and loss via knockout to Sam McVey, another former Colored Champion. Battling Jim fought fellow former Colored Champion Joe Jeanette four times between July 19, 1912, and January 21, 1912, and lost all four fights. The only fighter of note he did beat in that period was future Colored Champion Big Bill Tate, whom he knocked out in the second round of a scheduled 10-round bout. It was Tate's third pro fight.

Sam Langford in 1922 Sam Langford 1922.jpeg
Sam Langford in 1922

The fight, scheduled for 10 rounds, was held on December 19, 1913, in Paris. It was the first time in history that two blacks had fought for the World Heavyweight Championship. While the Johnson v. Johnson fight had been billed as a World Heavyweight title match, in many ways, it resembled an exhibition. A sportswriter from the Indianapolis Star reported that the fight crowd became unruly when it was apparent that neither boxer was putting up a fight." [13] The champ barely engaged Battling Jim, and it turned out he had broken his arm during the third round, a distinct disadvantage that Battling Jim failed to capitalize on. The fight was a draw, and Jack Johnson kept his championship.

Battling Jim's next fight, four months later, also was a title match. On March 27, 1914, in New York City, Sam Langford won a newspaper decision in a ten-rounder with Johnson. According to the New York Times, the colored champ "won by a wide margin" because Johnson "failed to show anything remotely resembling championship ability."

Battling Jim fought Langford ten more times (including two more colored title matches). Two of the fights were draws, including their last fight on September 22, 1918, which was also Battling Jim's last pro bout. He faced Joe Jeanette five more times and did not win a single contest. Two of their fights were draws and their last fight on August 20, 1918, Battling Jim's penultimate pro fight, was a no-decision.

Of the other former and future Colored Heavyweight Champions that Battling Jim battled, he won only one fight, against Harry Wills, because he broke his wrist blocking a punch in a non-title match and Johnson won by a technical knockout. Battling Jim lost his other two fights with Wills and lost all of the five fights he had with ex-champ Sam McVey in the post-Jack Johnson title shot period.

Battling Jim, who died during Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918, ended with a career record of 30 wins against 31 losses and six draws [14] when his newspaper decisions are factored in. Looking at his dismal performance with the top black heavyweights of his era and his inability to best a one-armed Jack Johnson, Battling Jim Johnson cannot be considered a top contender of his era or a worthy opponent when Jack awarded him the sole title shot given to a black heavyweight from 1908 to 1937. Fittingly, he was scheduled to fight Langford before he died.

In 1915, Jack Johnson lost his title to Jess Willard, the last in a long line of Great White Hopes. Because of the animosity he had generated combined with the virulent racism of the period, it would be 22 years before another African American, Joe Louis, was given a shot at the Heavyweight title.

When it was in his power to give an African American a title shot, Jack Johnson refused to grant that privilege to Sam Langford, the fighter who after former champ Jim Jeffries (a man Langford said he would not face when Jeff was in the prime of his career), had to be considered the No. 1 contender in the heavyweight division. Johnson beat Jeffries but ducked Langford, likely as he feared losing his title. Many people consider the failure of Langford to secure a shot at the Heavyweight title one of the greatest injustices of American sports.

Later career

Langford fought heavyweight Fred Fulton twice, losing the first by seventh-round technical knockout and the second by a four-round decision. Langford was 34 and 35 in each respective fight. Langford was much heavier, yet much shorter than Fulton.

On June 5, 1922, Langford knocked out Tiger Flowers in only the second round. Langford was mostly blind and Flowers would soon afterwards win the World Middleweight Championship.

In 1923, Sam Langford fought and won Boxing's last "fight to the finish" for the Mexican Heavyweight title.

His last fight was in 1926, when his failing eyesight finally forced him to retire. Langford was 43 years old and completely blind.

Films exist of Langford fighting Fireman Jim Flynn and Bill Lang.

One story characterizing his career involved Langford in a bout where he had been ordered not to throw any knockout punches until after the 7th round. So walking out for the 8th round, after 21 minutes of patting away, Langford touched gloves with his opponent. "What's the matter, Sam, it ain't the last round!" said his mystified opponent. "Tis for you son," said Langford, who promptly knocked his opponent out. Another story involves Langford at a fight where just before it began he apologized to the audience and said he would have to make it a quick fight as he had a train to catch very soon. He then knocked out his opponent within the first round, apologized to the audience once again, and left, just in time to catch his train.

Life after boxing

Langford eventually went completely blind and ended up penniless, living in Harlem, New York City. In 1944, a newspaper column was published about his plight after which close to $10,000.00 was donated by fans to help Langford. The column was titled "A Dark Man Laughs" and it was written by Al Laney of the New York Herald Tribune. Eventually, funding was obtained to pay for successful eye surgery. Langford was enshrined in the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame and Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1955. He died a year later in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he had been living in a private nursing home.

In 1999, Langford was voted Nova Scotia's top male athlete of the 20th century. [15]

In 2013, the jazz trio Tarbaby released a CD entitled "Ballad of Sam Langford".

In 2018 Langford was ranked fifth in a selection of the greatest 15 athletes in Nova Scotia's history. [16]

Professional boxing record

All information in this section is derived from BoxRec, [17] unless otherwise stated.

Official record

Professional record summary
314 fights178 wins29 losses
By knockout1268
By decision4920
By disqualification31
Draws38
No contests8
Newspaper decisions/draws 61

All newspaper decisions are officially regarded as “no decision” bouts and are not counted in the win/loss/draw column.

No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRoundDateAgeLocationNotes
314Loss178–29–38 (69)Brad SimmonsTKO1 (10)Aug 2, 192539 years, 151 daysDrumright, Oklahoma, U.S.Langford retired completely blind
313Win178–28–38 (69)Young Jack JohnsonKO2 (?)Jul 1, 192539 years, 119 daysShawnee, Oklahoma, U.S.
312Loss177–28–38 (69)Battling GaheePTS8Sep 25, 192539 years, 205 daysUnited States of AmericaExact date and location unknown
311Win177–27–38 (69)Frolin GonzalesPTS10Apr 5, 192539 years, 32 daysMexicoReported but not confirmed
310Draw176–27–38 (69)Tim SullivanPTS6Mar 1, 192538 years, 362 daysUnited States of AmericaExact date and location unknown
309Draw176–27–37 (69)Tim SullivanPTS6Jan 1, 192538 years, 303 daysUnited States of AmericaExact date and location unknown
308Win176–27–36 (69)Smiling Kid NolanKO2 (?)Sep 10, 192438 years, 190 daysMexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Reported but not confirmed
307Win175–27–36 (69)Sydney GrantKO4 (?)Jul 7, 192438 years, 125 daysMexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Reported but not confirmed
306Win174–27–36 (69)Eddie TremblayKO3 (4)May 4, 192438 years, 61 daysVenice, California, U.S.Reported but not confirmed
305Loss173–27–36 (69)Eddie TremblayPTS4Apr 23, 192438 years, 50 daysVenice, California, U.S.
304Win173–26–36 (69)Sammy OlsonPTS4Apr 18, 192438 years, 45 daysBakersfield Stadium, Bakersfield, California, U.S.
303ND172–26–36 (69)Jim Jam BarryND4Apr 16, 192438 years, 43 daysSan Fernando Stadium, San Fernando, California, U.S.Bout went four rounds. San Fernando Sun did not give result of decision though
302Win172–26–36 (68)Jim Jam BarryPTS4Apr 4, 192438 years, 31 daysHuntington Beach, California, U.S.
301Win171–26–36 (68)Smiling Kid NolanKO5 (?)Mar 6, 192438 years, 2 daysVenice, California, U.S.Reported but not confirmed
300Win170–26–36 (68)Tom RileyKO2 (?)Jan 20, 192437 years, 322 daysCiudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
299Win169–26–36 (68) Fireman Jim Flynn PTS8Jan 6, 192437 years, 308 days Ford's Arena, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
298Loss168–26–36 (68)Sonny GoodrichPTS10Dec 18, 192337 years, 289 daysCommunity House, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.For Mexico heavyweight title
297Win168–25–36 (68)Roscoe HallKO1 (?)Dec 11, 192337 years, 282 daysMexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Reported but not confirmed
296Win167–25–36 (68)Andrés BalsaTKO8 (15)Nov 10, 192337 years, 251 daysTeatro Independencia, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
295Win166–25–36 (68) Fireman Jim Flynn KO3 (15)Oct 19, 192337 years, 229 daysMexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
294Loss165–25–36 (68) Bearcat Wright KO9 (?)Aug 15, 192337 years, 164 daysMexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
293Win165–24–36 (68) Fireman Jim Flynn PTS10Aug 2, 192337 years, 151 daysMexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
292Loss164–24–36 (68)Clem JohnsonTKO13 (15)Jul 27, 192337 years, 145 days Plaza de Toros, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico Lost Mexico heavyweight title
291Win164–23–36 (68)Jim TraceyKO4 (20)Jul 15, 192337 years, 133 daysMexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Retained Mexico heavyweight title
290Win163–23–36 (68)Jack VoightKO5 (15)May 19, 192337 years, 76 days El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Retained Mexico heavyweight title
289Win162–23–36 (68)Art SuransKO3 (?)May 16, 192337 years, 73 days Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Retained Mexico heavyweight title
288Win161–23–36 (68)Andrés BalsaKO3May 6, 192337 years, 63 days Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Scheduled as a "finish fight"
287Win160–23–36 (68)Andrés BalsaPTS10Apr 28, 192337 years, 55 daysArena Cine Imperio, Torreon, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico
286Win159–23–36 (68)Chihuahua Kid BrownPTS15Apr 15, 192337 years, 42 days Plaza de Toros, Torreon, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico
285Win158–23–36 (68)Andrés BalsaTKO6 (15)Apr 8, 192337 years, 35 daysMexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Retained Mexico heavyweight title
284Win157–23–36 (68)Jack SavageKO1 (?)Mar 31, 192337 years, 27 daysChapultepec Bull Ring, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Won Mexico heavyweight title
283Win156–23–36 (68)Chihuahua Kid BrownKO1 (10)Mar 17, 192337 years, 13 days Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
282Win155–23–36 (68)Jim TraceyKO6 (?)Mar 2, 192336 years, 363 days Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
281Win154–23–36 (68)Tom McCartyKO2 (?)Feb 15, 192336 years, 348 daysAlbuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
280Win153–23–36 (68)Sonny GoodrichTKO7 (12)Dec 25, 192236 years, 296 daysMarket House Arena, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
279Win152–23–36 (68)Roscoe HallKO3 (?)Dec 24, 192236 years, 295 daysMexicoReported but not confirmed
278Win151–23–36 (68)Jack TaylorKO8 (?)Dec 12, 192236 years, 283 daysMexico
277Draw150–23–36 (68)Jim Jam BarryPTS10Nov 10, 192236 years, 251 daysDouglas, Arizona, U.S.
276Draw150–23–35 (68)Jack TaylorPTS15Nov 5, 192236 years, 246 days Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
275Win150–23–34 (68)Jack TaylorPTS15Oct 20, 192236 years, 230 days Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
274Win149–23–34 (68)Cyclone SmithKO2 (?)Oct 6, 192236 years, 216 daysEl Paso, Texas, U.S.
273Win148–23–34 (68)Battling OwensKO7 (15)Sep 22, 192236 years, 202 days Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
272Draw147–23–34 (68)Jack TaylorNWS10Aug 21, 192236 years, 170 daysMizzou Park, Sioux City, Iowa, U.S.
271Draw147–23–34 (67)Brad SimmonsNWS10Aug 11, 192236 years, 160 daysWichita, Kansas, U.S.
270Win147–23–34 (66) Bill Tate PTS12Aug 4, 192236 years, 153 daysTulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
269Win146–23–34 (66) Bearcat Wright RTD5 (12)Jul 17, 192236 years, 135 daysTulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
268Draw145–23–34 (66) Bearcat Wright PTS12Jun 19, 192236 years, 107 daysCity Auditorium, Galveston, Texas, U.S.
267Win145–23–33 (66) Tiger Flowers KO2 (10)Jun 5, 192236 years, 93 daysPonce de Leon Ballpark, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
266Draw144–23–33 (66)Ted JamiesonPTS10May 22, 192236 years, 79 daysPrivate club, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
265Win144–23–32 (66)Roscoe HallKO4 (8)May 16, 192236 years, 73 daysBijou Ring, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
264Win143–23–32 (66)Roscoe HallKO2 (8)Apr 20, 192236 years, 47 daysVenice A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
263Win142–23–32 (66)Jack LeslieNWS10Apr 15, 192236 years, 42 daysIndianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
262Loss142–23–32 (65)Tut JacksonDQ5 (12)Apr 6, 192236 years, 33 daysTriangle Park, Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
261Loss142–22–32 (65) Bill Tate NWS8Mar 27, 192236 years, 23 daysMemphis, Tennessee, U.S.
260Win142–22–32 (64)Cyclone SmithKO2 (10)Mar 17, 192236 years, 13 daysClyffeside Park, Ashland, Kentucky, U.S.
259Loss141–22–32 (64) Harry Wills PTS10Jan 17, 192235 years, 319 daysArena, Milwaukie, Oregon, U.S.For world colored heavyweight title claim
258Win141–21–32 (64)Young Peter JacksonNWS10Dec 9, 192135 years, 280 daysIllinois Theatre, Urbana, Illinois, U.S.
257Win141–21–32 (63) Lee Anderson PTS10Dec 7, 192135 years, 278 daysTucson, Arizona, U.S.
256Loss140–21–32 (63) Lee Anderson PTS10Nov 24, 192135 years, 265 days Capital City Arena, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
255Win140–20–32 (63)Young Peter JacksonKO2 (10)Oct 18, 192135 years, 228 days The Armouries, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Not to be confused with Young Peter Jackson
254Loss139–20–32 (63) Bill Tate NWS12Sep 21, 192135 years, 201 daysRiverside Arena, Covington, Kentucky, U.S.
253Loss139–20–32 (62) Lee Anderson NWS12Sep 5, 192135 years, 185 daysColiseum, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
252Draw139–20–32 (61)Topeka Jack JohnsonPTS6Aug 19, 192135 years, 168 daysState Fairgrounds, Topeka, Kansas, U.S.
251Win139–20–31 (61) George Godfrey KO1 (12)Aug 17, 192135 years, 166 daysRiverside Arena, Covington, Kentucky, U.S.
250Win138–20–31 (61) Lee Anderson PTS10Aug 12, 192135 years, 161 daysOmaha, Nebraska, U.S.
249Win137–20–31 (61) Bearcat Wright KO9 (10)Jul 20, 192135 years, 138 daysOmaha, Nebraska, U.S.
248Win136–20–31 (61)Bill WatkinsKO?Feb 7, 192134 years, 340 daysCanadaExact date, location and # of rounds unknown
247Win135–20–31 (61)Alfred JohnsonKO?Feb 6, 192134 years, 339 daysCanadaExact date, location and # of rounds unknown
246Draw134–20–31 (61)Jack ThompsonPTS10Feb 3, 192134 years, 336 daysCanadaExact date and location unknown
245Win134–20–30 (61)Bob DevereTKO7 (10)Jan 14, 192134 years, 316 daysArmory, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
244Draw133–20–30 (61) Lee Anderson PTS12Jan 7, 192134 years, 309 daysOmaha, Nebraska, U.S.
243Win133–20–29 (61)Jim Jam BarryPTS10Dec 29, 192034 years, 300 daysArmory, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
242Win132–20–29 (61)Clem JohnsonPTS10Dec 23, 192034 years, 294 daysAberdeen, Washington, U.S.
241Win131–20–29 (61) Terry Kellar PTS6Dec 9, 192034 years, 280 daysAberdeen, Washington, U.S.
240Win130–20–29 (61)Tiny Jim HermanTKO7 (10)Dec 2, 192034 years, 273 daysHeilig Theater, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
239Win129–20–29 (61) George Godfrey KO2 (10)Nov 17, 192034 years, 258 daysHot Springs, Arkansas, U.S.
238Win128–20–29 (61)Jack ThompsonPTS8Nov 15, 192034 years, 256 daysSouthern A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
237Loss127–20–29 (61) Lee Anderson PTS10Oct 20, 192034 years, 230 daysHeilig Theater, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
236Win127–19–29 (61)Frank FarmerPTS4Oct 13, 192034 years, 223 daysArena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
235Win126–19–29 (61)Tiny Jim HermanKO7 (10)Oct 6, 192034 years, 216 daysHeilig Theater, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
234Loss125–19–29 (61) Bill Tate NWS6Sep 6, 192034 years, 186 daysFloyd Fitzsimmons Arena, Benton Harbor, Michigan, U.S.
233Win125–19–29 (60) Bearcat Wright PTS10Aug 30, 192034 years, 179 daysWalthill, Nebraska, U.S.
232Win124–19–29 (60) Sam McVea NWS10Aug 14, 192034 years, 163 daysEast Chicago, Indiana, U.S.
231Win124–19–29 (59)Pinky LewisKO7 (8)Jul 26, 192034 years, 144 daysSouthern A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
230Win123–19–29 (59)Jack MitchellKO3 (10)Jul 2, 192034 years, 120 daysSpringfield, Missouri, U.S.
229Win122–19–29 (59)Rough House WareKO9 (15)Jun 7, 192034 years, 95 daysTulane Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
228Win121–19–29 (59)Jeff ClarkPTS15May 31, 192034 years, 88 daysColumbus, Ohio, U.S.
227Win120–19–29 (59)Marty CutlerTKO3 (10)May 18, 192034 years, 75 days Armouries, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
226Draw119–19–29 (59) George Godfrey PTS10May 1, 192034 years, 58 daysCanadaExact date and location unknown
225Loss119–19–28 (59) Harry Wills PTS15Apr 23, 192034 years, 50 daysDetroit, Michigan, U.S.For world colored heavyweight title
224Win119–18–28 (59)Silas GreenKO3 (10)Apr 9, 192034 years, 36 daysDetroit, Michigan, U.S.
223Win118–18–28 (59)Jack ThompsonPTS15Apr 5, 192034 years, 32 daysConvention Hall, Muskogee, Oklahoma, U.S.
222Win117–18–28 (59) Jamaica Kid TKO7 (12)Mar 29, 192034 years, 25 daysColumbus, Ohio, U.S.
221Win116–18–28 (59)Battling GaheeKO2 (8)Feb 23, 192033 years, 356 daysSouthern A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
220Draw115–18–28 (59)Jeff ClarkNWS10Feb 16, 192033 years, 349 daysK of C Hall, Terre Haute, Indiana, U.S.
219Win115–18–28 (58)Jeff ClarkNWS10Jan 16, 192033 years, 318 daysKalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.
218Win115–18–28 (57)Dave McBrideKO1 (?)Dec 3, 191933 years, 274 daysLiberty Theater, Camp Grant, Illinois, U.S.
217NC114–18–28 (57)Jack ThompsonNC6 (10)Nov 24, 191933 years, 265 daysShrine Auditorium, Duluth, Minnesota, U.S.Both fighters were fined $500 for stalling
216Win114–18–28 (56)Mexican Jim JohnsonKO9 (15)Nov 17, 191933 years, 258 daysAuditorium, Sioux City, Iowa, U.S.
215Loss113–18–28 (56) Harry Wills PTS15Nov 5, 191933 years, 246 daysConvention Hall, Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.For world colored heavyweight title
214Draw113–17–28 (56)Jack ThompsonPTS15Oct 21, 191933 years, 231 daysTulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.bout was advertised for the colored heavyweight championship
213Loss113–17–27 (56) Harry Wills NWS10Sep 30, 191933 years, 210 daysArena, Syracuse, New York, U.S.
212Win113–17–27 (55)Rough House WilsonKO4 (10)Sep 18, 191933 years, 198 daysBattle Creek, Michigan, U.S.
211Win112–17–27 (55) Bill Tate NWS10Aug 23, 191933 years, 172 daysGrand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
210Draw112–17–27 (54)Jack ThompsonPTS15Aug 4, 191933 years, 153 daysTulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
209Loss112–17–26 (54) Harry Wills NWS8Jul 4, 191933 years, 122 daysSportsman's Park, Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.For world colored heavyweight title
208Win112–17–26 (53) Bill Tate DQ5 (10)Jun 19, 191933 years, 107 daysNicollet Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.Tate was disqualified for holding
207Win111–17–26 (53)Billy HooperKO4 (10)Apr 30, 191933 years, 57 daysSpringer Opera House, Columbus, Georgia, U.S.
206Loss110–17–26 (53)Willie MeehanPTS4Mar 4, 191933 years, 0 daysColiseum, San Francisco, California, U.S.
205Loss110–16–26 (53) Fred Fulton PTS4Dec 27, 191832 years, 298 daysCivic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
204Win110–15–26 (53)Jeff ClarkPTS8Dec 16, 191832 years, 287 daysNashville, Tennessee, U.S.
203Win109–15–26 (53)Big Boy ButlerKO5 (10)Dec 12, 191832 years, 283 daysEmpire Theatre, Rock Island, Illinois, U.S.
202Loss108–15–26 (53)Jeff ClarkNWS6Nov 28, 191832 years, 269 daysOlympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
201Draw108–15–26 (52)Jeff ClarkPTS10Nov 15, 191832 years, 256 daysAtlanta, Georgia, U.S.
200Draw108–15–25 (52)Jeff ClarkPTS12Oct 31, 191832 years, 241 daysCrescent Rink, Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.
199Win108–15–24 (52) Battling Jim Johnson NWS8Aug 22, 191832 years, 171 daysLafayette A.C., Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.
198Win108–15–24 (51)Rough House WareKO9 (15)Aug 19, 191832 years, 168 daysTulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
197Win107–15–24 (51)Jack ThompsonNWS6Aug 8, 191832 years, 157 daysShibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
196Win107–15–24 (50) Battling Jim Johnson NWS8Aug 5, 191832 years, 154 daysAtlantic City S.C., Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
195Win107–15–24 (49) Battling Jim Johnson PTS10Jun 19, 191832 years, 107 daysAuditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
194Loss106–15–24 (49) Harry Wills TKO8 (20)May 19, 191832 years, 76 days Plaza de Toros Vista Alegre, Panama City, Panama For world colored heavyweight title
193Loss106–14–24 (49) Harry Wills KO6 (20)Apr 14, 191832 years, 41 days Plaza de Toros Vista Alegre, Panama City, Panama Lost world colored heavyweight title
192Win106–13–24 (49) Kid Norfolk KO2 (20)Dec 17, 191731 years, 288 daysStockyards Stadium, Denver, Colorado, U.S.Retained world colored heavyweight title
191Draw105–13–24 (49) Harry Wills NWS12Nov 12, 191731 years, 253 daysColiseum, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.World colored heavyweight title at stake;
(via KO only)
190Loss105–13–24 (48) Harry Wills NWS10Sep 20, 191731 years, 200 daysClermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.World colored heavyweight title at stake;
(via KO only)
189Win105–13–24 (47)Andy JohnsonKO2 (15)Sep 17, 191731 years, 197 daysMaryland A.C., Ardmore, Maryland, U.S.
188Win104–13–24 (47) Joe Jennette NWS12Sep 14, 191731 years, 194 daysColiseum, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.World colored heavyweight title at stake;
(via KO only)
187Win104–13–24 (46) Andre Anderson TKO2 (?)Aug 17, 191731 years, 166 daysUrban Liberty Park, Buffalo, New York, U.S.
186Loss103–13–24 (46) Fred Fulton TKO7 (12)Jun 19, 191731 years, 100 daysArmory A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
185Loss103–12–24 (46) Harry Wills NWS6May 11, 191731 years, 68 daysCambria A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
184Win103–12–24 (45) Bill Tate KO5 (12)May 1, 191731 years, 58 daysFuture City A.C., Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.Won world colored heavyweight title
183Win102–12–24 (45)Bob DevereNWS10Apr 20, 191731 years, 47 daysHarlem S.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
182Win102–12–24 (44)Jack ThompsonNWS10Apr 10, 191731 years, 37 daysBroadway S.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
181Loss102–12–24 (43) Bill Tate PTS12Jan 25, 191730 years, 327 daysGrand Opera House, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.Lost world colored heavyweight title
180Win102–11–24 (43) Battling Jim Johnson PTS12Jan 1, 191730 years, 303 daysAcademy A.C., Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.Retained world colored heavyweight title
179Win101–11–24 (43)Bob DevereNWS10Dec 29, 191630 years, 300 days Montreal, Quebec, Canada
178Win101–11–24 (42) Battling Jim Johnson KO12 (12)Dec 12, 191630 years, 283 daysFuture City A.C., Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.Retained world colored heavyweight title
177Draw100–11–24 (42) Bill Tate NWS10Nov 30, 191630 years, 271 days Arena, Syracuse, New York, U.S.
176Draw100–11–24 (41) Sam McVea PTS20Aug 12, 191630 years, 161 days Teatro Roma, Avellaneda, Buenos Aires, Argentina Retained world colored heavyweight title
175Win100–11–23 (41) Joe Jennette KO7 (10)May 12, 191630 years, 69 daysArena, Syracuse, New York, U.S.Retained world colored heavyweight title claim;
Won undisputed world colored heavyweight title
174Draw99–11–23 (41) Sam McVea NWS12May 2, 191630 years, 59 daysEast Market St. Rink, Akron, Ohio, U.S.World colored heavyweight title claim at stake;
(via KO only)
173Loss99–11–23 (40) Harry Wills NWS8Apr 25, 191630 years, 52 daysColiseum, Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.World colored heavyweight title claim at stake;
(via KO only)
172Win99–11–23 (39) Sam McVea NWS10Apr 7, 191630 years, 34 daysArena, Syracuse, New York, U.S.World colored heavyweight title claim at stake;
(via KO only)
171Win99–11–23 (38)Jeff ClarkTKO5 (10)Mar 31, 191630 years, 27 daysFuture City A.C., Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.Retained world colored heavyweight title claim
170Win98–11–23 (38)Dave MillsTKO2 (10)Mar 23, 191630 years, 19 daysArena, Syracuse, New York, U.S.Retained world colored heavyweight title claim
169Loss97–11–23 (38) Harry Wills NWS10Mar 7, 191630 years, 3 daysBroadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.World colored heavyweight title claim at stake;
(via KO only)
168Win97–11–23 (37)Cleve HawkinsNWS10Feb 28, 191629 years, 361 daysLong Acre A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.World colored heavyweight title claim at stake;
(via KO only)
167Win97–11–23 (36) Sam McVea NWS10Feb 17, 191629 years, 350 daysMadison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
166Win97–11–23 (35) Harry Wills KO19 (20)Feb 11, 191629 years, 344 daysTommy Burns Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.Won world colored heavyweight title claim
165Loss96–11–23 (35) Harry Wills PTS20Jan 3, 191629 years, 305 daysTulane A.C., New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.For world colored heavyweight title claim
164Loss96–10–23 (35) Harry Wills NWS10Dec 3, 191529 years, 274 daysHarlem S.C., New York City, New York, U.S.For world colored heavyweight title claim
163Draw96–10–23 (34) Sam McVea NWS10Nov 23, 191529 years, 264 daysAmerican A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
162Win96–10–23 (33) Battling Jim Johnson PTS15Oct 18, 191529 years, 228 daysNational A.C., Denver, Colorado, U.S.
161Draw95–10–23 (33) Sam McVea PTS20Sep 30, 191529 years, 210 daysStockyards Stadium, Denver, Colorado, U.S.
160Win95–10–22 (33)Jack ThompsonTKO1 (15)Jul 16, 191529 years, 134 daysNational A.C., Denver, Colorado, U.S.
159Loss94–10–22 (33) Sam McVea PTS12Jun 29, 191529 years, 117 daysAtlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.For a claim of the world colored heavyweight title
158Win94–9–22 (33) Battling Jim Johnson NWS10Jun 8, 191529 years, 96 daysBroadway S.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
157NC94–9–22 (32) Porky Dan Flynn NC8 (10)Apr 19, 191529 years, 46 days Montreal Sporting Club, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Neither man appeared willing to really mix it
as they boxed with open gloves despite repeated warnings from referee Rooney
156Loss94–9–22 (31) Joe Jennette PTS12Apr 13, 191529 years, 40 daysAtlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.Lost world colored heavyweight title
155Win94–8–22 (31) Battling Jim Johnson NWS10Apr 6, 191529 years, 33 days135th Street A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.World colored heavyweight title at stake;
(via KO only)
154Win94–8–22 (30) Harry Wills KO14 (20)Nov 26, 191428 years, 267 daysArena, Vernon, California, U.S.Retained world colored heavyweight title
153Win93–8–22 (30)Jim CameronTKO6 (8)Nov 16, 191428 years, 257 daysArctic Street Arena, San Diego, California, U.S.Retained world colored heavyweight title
152Win92–8–22 (30)Tom McMahonTKO6 (20)Nov 10, 191428 years, 251 daysArena, Vernon, California, U.S.
151Loss91–8–22 (30)Jeff ClarkNWS10Oct 26, 191428 years, 236 daysJoplin, Missouri, U.S.World colored heavyweight title at stake;
(via KO only)
150Win91–8–22 (29) Gunboat Smith KO3 (12)Oct 20, 191428 years, 230 daysAtlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
149Win90–8–22 (29)Colin BellTKO4 (12)Oct 6, 191428 years, 216 daysAtlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
148Draw89–8–22 (29) Joe Jennette NWS10Oct 1, 191428 years, 211 daysStadium A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.World colored heavyweight title at stake;
(via KO only)
147Draw89–8–22 (28) Battling Jim Johnson PTS12Sep 15, 191428 years, 195 daysAtlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.Retained world colored heavyweight title
146Win89–8–21 (28)George Kid CottonKO4 (12)Aug 25, 191428 years, 174 daysAtlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.Retained world colored heavyweight title
145Win88–8–21 (28) Battling Jim Johnson NWS10Aug 12, 191428 years, 161 daysStadium A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.World colored heavyweight title claim at stake;
(via KO only)
144Win88–8–21 (27)Bill WatkinsKO4 (10)May 25, 191428 years, 82 daysOlympic A.C., Rochester, New York, U.S.Retained world colored heavyweight title
143Draw87–8–21 (27) Harry Wills NWS10May 1, 191428 years, 58 daysNational Baseball Park, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.World colored heavyweight title claim at stake;
(via KO only)
142Win87–8–21 (26)Rough House WareTKO5 (8)Apr 20, 191428 years, 47 daysMemphis, Tennessee, U.S.
141Win86–8–21 (26)George Kid CottonPTS8Apr 15, 191428 years, 42 daysChattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.Retained world colored heavyweight title
140Win85–8–21 (26) Battling Jim Johnson NWS10Mar 27, 191428 years, 23 daysEmpire A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.World colored heavyweight title at stake;
(via KO only)
139Win85–8–21 (25)Bill WatkinsTKO1 (10)Mar 23, 191428 years, 19 daysNational S.C., New York City, New York, U.S.Retained world colored heavyweight title
138Win84–8–21 (25) Matthew Curran KO1 (20)Jan 24, 191427 years, 326 daysLuna Park Arena, Paris, France
137Win83–8–21 (25) Joe Jennette PTS20Dec 20, 191327 years, 291 daysLuna Park Arena, Paris, FranceWon vacant world heavyweight title as recognized by the French Boxing Federation
136Loss82–8–21 (25) Gunboat Smith PTS12Nov 17, 191327 years, 258 daysAtlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
135Win82–7–21 (25) Jack Lester RTD5 (10)Oct 27, 191327 years, 237 daysTaft, California, U.S.
134Draw81–7–21 (25) Joe Jennette NWS10Oct 3, 191327 years, 213 daysMadison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.World colored heavyweight title at stake;
(via KO only)
133Win81–7–21 (24) John Lester Johnson KO1 (10)Sep 9, 191327 years, 189 daysAtlantic Garden A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.Retained world colored heavyweight title
132Win80–7–21 (24) Porky Dan Flynn KO4 (12)Aug 26, 191327 years, 175 daysAtlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
131Draw79–7–21 (24)Colin BellPTS15Jun 19, 191327 years, 107 days Gymnasium Ground, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
130Draw79–7–20 (24) Sam McVea PTS20Mar 24, 191327 years, 20 daysOlympic Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Retained world colored heavyweight title
129Win79–7–19 (24)Jim BarryKO1 (20)Mar 15, 191327 years, 11 days Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
128Win78–7–19 (24) Sam McVea KO13 (20)Dec 26, 191226 years, 297 days Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Retained Australian and world colored heavyweight titles
127Win77–7–19 (24) Sam McVea TKO11 (20)Oct 9, 191226 years, 219 daysExhibition Stadium, Perth, Western Australia, Australia Retained Australian and world colored heavyweight titles
126Win76–7–19 (24) Sam McVea PTS20Aug 3, 191226 years, 152 days Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Retained Australian and world colored heavyweight titles
125Win75–7–19 (24) Porky Dan Flynn TKO14 (20)May 27, 191226 years, 84 days Athletic Pavilion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
124Win74–7–19 (24)Jim BarryTKO11 (20)May 13, 191226 years, 70 days Athletic Pavilion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
123Win73–7–19 (24) Sam McVea PTS20Apr 8, 191226 years, 35 days Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Won Australian and world colored heavyweight titles
122Win72–7–19 (24)Jim BarryPTS20Feb 12, 191225 years, 345 days Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
121Loss71–7–19 (24) Sam McVea PTS20Dec 26, 191125 years, 297 days Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Lost world colored heavyweight title
120Win71–6–19 (24)Tony CaponiTKO3 (10)Nov 6, 191125 years, 247 daysTwentieth Century A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
119Win70–6–19 (24) Joe Jennette NWS10Sep 5, 191125 years, 185 daysMadison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.World colored heavyweight title at stake;
(via KO only)
118Win70–6–19 (23)Tony RossKO6 (10)Aug 24, 191125 years, 173 daysNational Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
1167Win69–6–19 (23) Philadelphia Jack O'Brien TKO5 (10)Aug 15, 191125 years, 164 daysTwentieth Century A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
116Win68–6–19 (23)Jim SmithTKO5 (10)Aug 9, 191125 years, 158 daysAtlantic Garden A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
115ND67–6–19 (23)Jack DriscollND10Jul 29, 191125 years, 147 daysWinnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
114Win67–6–19 (22)Jack FitzgeraldTKO5 (10)Jun 29, 191125 years, 117 daysNational S.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
113Win66–6–19 (22)Tony CaponiNWS10Jun 16, 191125 years, 104 days Auditorium Rink, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
112Win66–6–19 (21)Ralph CallowayTKO4 (10)May 30, 191125 years, 87 daysAlhambra, Syracuse, New York, U.S.
111Draw65–6–19 (21) Sam McVea PTS20Apr 1, 191125 years, 28 days Cirque de Paris, Paris, FranceRetained world colored heavyweight title
110Win65–6–18 (21) Bill Lang DQ6 (20)Feb 21, 191124 years, 354 daysOlympia Annexe, Kensington, London, England
109Win64–6–18 (21)Fred AtwaterTKO3 (?)Jan 16, 191124 years, 318 daysState Armory, Utica, New York, U.S.
108Win63–6–18 (21) Joe Jennette PTS12Jan 10, 191124 years, 312 daysArmory A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.Retained world colored heavyweight title
107Win62–6–18 (21)Morris HarrisKO2 (12)Dec 6, 191024 years, 277 daysArmory, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.Retained world colored heavyweight title
106Win61–6–18 (21)Jeff ClarkTKO2 (10)Nov 10, 191024 years, 251 daysBusiness Men's A.C., Joplin, Missouri, U.S.Retained world colored heavyweight title
105Win60–6–18 (21) Joe Jennette PTS15Sep 6, 191024 years, 186 daysArmory A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.Retained world colored heavyweight title claim
Won world colored heavyweight title
104Win59–6–18 (21)Al KubiakTKO2 (10)May 17, 191024 years, 74 daysFairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
103Win58–6–18 (21) Battling Jim Johnson NWS6May 14, 191024 years, 71 daysNational A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.World colored heavyweight title claim at stake;
(via KO only)
102Win58–6–18 (20) Stanley Ketchel NWS6Apr 27, 191024 years, 54 daysNational A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
101Win58–6–18 (19)Jim BarryKO16 (25)Apr 14, 191024 years, 41 daysArena, Vernon, California, U.S.
100Win57–6–18 (19) Fireman Jim Flynn KO8 (45)Mar 17, 191024 years, 13 daysJeffries' Arena, Vernon, California, U.S.
99Win56–6–18 (19)Nat DeweyTKO1 (20)Feb 22, 191023 years, 355 daysTurner Hall, Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.
98Loss55–6–18 (19) Fireman Jim Flynn NWS10Feb 8, 191023 years, 341 daysNaud Junction Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
97Win55–6–18 (18) Dixie Kid KO3 (8)Jan 10, 191023 years, 312 daysPhoenix A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.Retained world colored heavyweight title claim
96Win54–6–18 (18)Mike SchreckTKO1 (6)Nov 23, 190923 years, 264 daysOld City Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
95Win53–6–18 (18) Klondike Haynes KO2 (12)Nov 2, 190923 years, 243 daysArmory, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.Retained world colored heavyweight title claim
94Win52–6–18 (18) Dixie Kid RTD5 (12)Sep 28, 190923 years, 208 daysArmory, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.Retained world colored heavyweight title claim
93Win51–6–18 (18) Klondike Haynes NWS6Jul 13, 190923 years, 131 daysBijou Theater, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.Claimed world colored heavyweight title
92Win51–6–18 (17) William Hague KO4 (20)May 24, 190923 years, 81 daysNational Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London, EnglandWon NSC British heavyweight title
91Draw50–6–18 (17) Sandy Ferguson PTS12Apr 27, 190923 years, 54 daysArmory A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
90Win50–6–17 (17)Al KubiakNWS6Apr 17, 190923 years, 44 daysNational A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
89Draw50–6–17 (16)Jim BarryNWS10Apr 14, 190923 years, 41 daysChadwick Park, Albany, U.S.
88Win50–6–17 (15)John WillieKO2 (6)Apr 3, 190923 years, 30 daysNational A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
87Win49–6–17 (15)Morris HarrisTKO7 (10)Mar 29, 190923 years, 25 daysMarathon A.C., Brooklyn, New Yor City, New York, U.S.
86Win48–6–17 (15)Jim BarryNWS6Mar 17, 190923 years, 13 daysWashington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
85Win48–6–17 (14) Fireman Jim Flynn KO1 (20)Dec 21, 190822 years, 292 daysColiseum, San Francisco, California, U.S.
84Win47–6–17 (14) Joe Jennette NWS6Sep 1, 190822 years, 181 daysNational A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
83Win47–6–17 (13)Tony RossTKO5 (6)Aug 7, 190822 years, 156 daysFairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
82Win46–6–17 (13)John WillieKO2 (10)Jul 21, 190822 years, 139 daysNavarre A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
81Win45–6–17 (13)Jim BarryKO3 (6)Jun 19, 190822 years, 107 daysFairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
80Win44–6–17 (13) Sandy Ferguson PTS12May 19, 190822 years, 76 daysRoanoke A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
79Win43–6–17 (13)Jim BarryKO2 (12)Apr 7, 190822 years, 34 daysRoanoke A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
78Win42–6–17 (13)Larry TemplePTS8Mar 11, 190822 years, 7 daysRoanoke A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
77Draw41–6–17 (13) Joe Jennette PTS12Mar 3, 190821 years, 365 daysArmory, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
76Win41–6–16 (13)Black FitzsimmonsTKO4 (6)Feb 10, 190821 years, 343 daysRoanoke A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
75Draw40–6–16 (13)Jim BarryNWS10Jan 14, 190821 years, 316 daysPacific A.C., Los Angeles, California, U.S.
74Win40–6–16 (12)Jim BarryPTS10Dec 17, 190721 years, 288 daysNaud Junction Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
73Win39–6–16 (12) Young Peter Jackson PTS20Nov 12, 190721 years, 253 daysPacific A.C., Los Angeles, California, U.S.Won vacant world colored middleweight title
72Win38–6–16 (12)Jim BarryNWS10Oct 15, 190721 years, 225 daysWinnisimmet A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S.
71Win38–6–16 (11)Jim BarryNWS6Sep 25, 190721 years, 205 daysSharkey A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
70Win38–6–16 (10)Larry TempleNWS10Aug 27, 190721 years, 176 daysWinnisimmet A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S.Vacant world colored middleweight title
69Win38–6–16 (9)Geoff ThorneKO1 (10)Jun 3, 190721 years, 91 days National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London, England
68Win37–6–16 (9)Tiger SmithKO4 (20)Apr 22, 190721 years, 49 days National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London, EnglandWon vacant NSC British and Commonwealth middleweight titles
67Win36–6–16 (9)Kid WilliamsKO6 (?)Jan 31, 190720 years, 333 daysRochester, New York, U.S.
66Draw35–6–16 (9) Joe Jennette PTS12Jan 11, 190720 years, 313 daysUnity Cycle Club, Lawrence, Massachusetts, U.S.
65Win35–6–15 (9)George GuntherTKO3 (?)Nov 29, 190620 years, 270 daysHaverhill, Massachusetts, U.S.
64Win34–6–15 (9) Young Peter Jackson PTS15Nov 21, 190620 years, 262 daysRochester, New York, U.S.
63Win33–6–15 (9)George GuntherPTS12Nov 12, 190620 years, 253 daysValley Falls A.C., Valley Falls, Rhode Island, U.S.
62Loss32–6–15 (9) Young Peter Jackson TKO5 (?)Jun 13, 190620 years, 101 daysSouthbridge, Massachusetts, Massachusetts, U.S.
61Loss32–5–15 (9) Jack Johnson PTS15Apr 26, 190620 years, 53 daysLincoln A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S.For world colored heavyweight title
60Win32–4–15 (9) Joe Jennette PTS15Apr 5, 190620 years, 32 daysLincoln A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S.
59Win31–4–15 (9)Black FitzsimmonsTKO11 (?)Mar 19, 190619 years, 321 daysLakeside A.C., Webster, Massachusetts, U.S.
58Win30–4–15 (9)Larry TempleKO15 (15)Mar 1, 190619 years, 305 daysLincoln A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S.
57Loss29–4–15 (9) Joe Jennette TKO8 (12)Dec 25, 190519 years, 296 daysUnity Cycle Club, Lawrence, Massachusetts, U.S.Langford retired after round 8
56NC29–3–15 (9) Jack Blackburn NC1 (6)Oct 7, 190519 years, 217 daysNational A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.It was quickly evident that Langford and Blackburn
agreed to participate only if the fight was faked, so it was stopped
55Draw29–3–15 (8) Young Peter Jackson PTS15Sep 29, 190519 years, 209 daysGermania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
54Draw29–3–14 (8) Jack Blackburn PTS10Sep 20, 190519 years, 200 daysLyric A.C., Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
53Draw29–3–13 (8)Larry TemplePTS15Sep 7, 190519 years, 187 daysHighland A.C., Marlborough, Massachusetts, U.S.
52Win29–3–12 (8) Jack Blackburn PTS15Aug 18, 190519 years, 167 daysLeiperville, Pennsylvania, U.S.
51Loss28–3–12 (8)Larry TemplePTS15Jul 4, 190519 years, 122 daysMarlborough, Massachusetts, U.S.
50Win28–2–12 (8) Young Peter Jackson PTS15Jun 16, 190519 years, 104 daysDouglas A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S.
49Win27–2–12 (8) Young Peter Jackson PTS15May 26, 190519 years, 83 daysHighland A.C., Marlborough, Massachusetts, U.S.
48Win26–2–12 (8)Bogardus HydeTKO3 (15)May 16, 190519 years, 73 daysMusic Hall, Webster, Massachusetts, U.S.
47Win25–2–12 (8)George GuntherPTS12Mar 13, 190519 years, 9 daysAuditorium, Portland, Maine, U.S.
46NC24–2–12 (8)George ColeNC9 (15)Mar 3, 190518 years, 364 daysChelsea, Massachusetts, U.S.The fight was called "no contest" because of a lack of action
45Win24–2–12 (7)Dave HollyNWS15Feb 13, 190518 years, 346 daysApollo A.C., Salem, Massachusetts, U.S.
44Win24–2–12 (6)George GuntherTKO11 (?)Jan 20, 190518 years, 322 daysDouglas A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S.
43Win23–2–12 (6)Joe ReedKO5 (12)Jan 16, 190518 years, 318 daysMusic Hall, Webster, Massachusetts, U.S.
42Win22–2–12 (6)Joe ReedTKO9 (?)Dec 22, 190418 years, 293 daysPaper City A.C., Berlin, New Hampshire, U.S.
41Draw21–2–12 (6) Jack Blackburn PTS15Dec 9, 190418 years, 280 daysMarlborough Theater, Marlborough, Massachusetts, U.S.
40Win21–2–11 (6)Tommy SullivanTKO3 (12)Nov 25, 190418 years, 266 daysHighland A.C., Marlborough, Massachusetts, U.S.
39Win20–2–11 (6)Andy WatsonNWS12Nov 24, 190418 years, 265 daysMusic Hall, Webster, Massachusetts, U.S.
38Draw20–2–11 (5)Dave HollyNWS6Nov 4, 190418 years, 245 daysManhattan A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
37Draw20–2–11 (4)Dave HollyPTS15Sep 30, 190418 years, 210 daysEureka A.C., Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
36Draw20–2–10 (4) Barbados Joe Walcott PTS15Sep 5, 190418 years, 185 daysLake Massabesic Coliseum, Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S.For world welterweight title
35Win20–2–9 (4) George "Elbows" McFadden TKO2 (15)Jul 29, 190418 years, 147 daysManchester, New Hampshire, U.S.
34Loss19–2–9 (4)Dave HollyPTS10Apr 11, 190418 years, 38 daysCambridge A.A., Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
33Win19–1–9 (4) Willie Lewis KO2 (12)Feb 22, 190417 years, 355 daysWarren A.C., New Bedford, Massachusetts, U.S.
32Win18–1–9 (4)Charles JohnsonTKO5 (?)Feb 13, 190417 years, 346 daysCentral A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
31Win17–1–9 (4)Belfield WalcottNWS6Jan 27, 190417 years, 329 daysCentral A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
30Draw17–1–9 (3) Jack Blackburn NWS6Jan 11, 190417 years, 313 daysWashington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
29Draw17–1–9 (2)Andy WatsonPTS12Jan 6, 190417 years, 308 daysNorth Street Rink, Salem, Massachusetts, U.S.
28Draw17–1–8 (2) Jack Blackburn PTS12Dec 23, 190317 years, 294 daysCentral A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
27Win17–1–7 (2) Joe Gans PTS15Dec 8, 190317 years, 279 daysCriterion A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
26Win16–1–7 (2)Joe ReedDQ4 (?)Nov 28, 190317 years, 269 daysCentral A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.Reed threw Langford and was disqualified
25Win15–1–7 (2)Patsy SweeneyKO12 (12)Nov 20, 190317 years, 261 daysLenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
24Win14–1–7 (2)Arthur CoteTKO5 (12)Oct 5, 190317 years, 215 daysAmerican A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
23Win13–1–7 (2)Shadow MorrisPTS12Sep 15, 190317 years, 195 daysCentral A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
22Win12–1–7 (2)Kid GriffoPTS12Aug 28, 190317 years, 177 daysLenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
21Win11–1–7 (2)Belfield WalcottPTS20Jul 16, 190317 years, 134 daysSaundersville Athletic Club, Scituate, Rhode Island, U.S.
20Loss10–1–7 (2)Danny DuanePTS12Jun 26, 190317 years, 114 daysLenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
19Win10–0–7 (2)Walter BurgoTKO8 (?)Jun 19, 190317 years, 107 daysLenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
18Draw9–0–7 (2)Andy WatsonPTS12Jun 15, 190317 years, 103 daysGloucester A.C., Gloucester, Massachusetts, U.S.
17Win9–0–6 (2)Tim KearnsTKO2 (12)Jun 5, 190317 years, 93 daysLenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.Kearns quit with an arm injury
16Draw8–0–6 (2)Andy WatsonPTS12May 29, 190317 years, 86 daysLenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
15Win8–0–5 (2)Chick MonahanKO1 (10)May 26, 190317 years, 83 daysCriterion A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
14Win7–0–5 (2)Billy JordanPTS6May 25, 190317 years, 82 daysCambridge Athletic Club, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
13Draw6–0–5 (2)Andy WatsonPTS10May 8, 190317 years, 65 daysLenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.Pre-arranged draw if lasting the distance
12ND6–0–4 (2)Andy WatsonND12Apr 20, 190317 years, 47 daysWest End A.C., Lawrence, Massachusetts, U.S.
11Win6–0–4 (1)Stonewall AllenPTS6Apr 16, 190317 years, 43 daysEssex A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
10Draw5–0–4 (1)Stonewall AllenPTS6Apr 3, 190317 years, 30 daysLenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
9Win5–0–3 (1)John E. ButlerPTS6Mar 26, 190317 years, 22 daysEssex A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
8Draw4–0–3 (1)Johnny JohnsonPTS6Mar 5, 190317 years, 1 dayEssex A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
7Win4–0–2 (1)Sadler JenningsKO2 (6)Mar 4, 190317 years, 0 daysHighland Athletic Club, Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S.
6Win3–0–2 (1)Luther ManualPTS10Feb 27, 190316 years, 360 daysLenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
5Draw2–0–2 (1)Luther ManualPTS6Feb 6, 190316 years, 339 daysLenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
4Draw2–0–1 (1)Luther ManualPTS4Jan 23, 190316 years, 325 daysEssex A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
3ND2–0 (1)Billy ChisholmND6Jan 22, 190316 years, 324 daysLawrence, Massachusetts, U.S.
2Win2–0Arthur PrattKO1 (6)Jan 15, 190316 years, 317 daysEssex A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
1Win1–0Jack McVickerKO5 (6)Apr 11, 190216 years, 38 daysLenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

Unofficial record

Professional record summary
314 fights211 wins43 losses
By knockout1268
By decision8235
By disqualification30
Draws52
No contests8

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

No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRoundDateAgeLocationNotes
314Loss211–43–52 (8)Brad SimmonsTKO1 (10)Aug 2, 192539 years, 151 daysDrumright, Oklahoma, U.S.Langford retired completely blind
313Win211–42–52 (8)Young Jack JohnsonKO2 (?)Jul 1, 192539 years, 119 daysShawnee, Oklahoma, U.S.
312Loss210–42–52 (8)Battling GaheePTS8Sep 25, 192539 years, 205 daysUnited States of AmericaExact date and location unknown
311Win210–41–52 (8)Frolin GonzalesPTS10Apr 5, 192539 years, 32 daysMexicoReported but not confirmed
310Draw209–41–52 (8)Tim SullivanPTS6Mar 1, 192538 years, 362 daysUnited States of AmericaExact date and location unknown
309Draw209–41–51 (8)Tim SullivanPTS6Jan 1, 192538 years, 303 daysUnited States of AmericaExact date and location unknown
308Win209–41–50 (8)Smiling Kid NolanKO2 (?)Sep 10, 192438 years, 190 daysMexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Reported but not confirmed
307Win208–41–50 (8)Sydney GrantKO4 (?)Jul 7, 192438 years, 125 daysMexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Reported but not confirmed
306Win207–41–50 (8)Eddie TremblayKO3 (4)May 4, 192438 years, 61 daysVenice, California, U.S.Reported but not confirmed
305Loss206–41–50 (8)Eddie TremblayPTS4Apr 23, 192438 years, 50 daysVenice, California, U.S.
304Win206–40–50 (8)Sammy OlsonPTS4Apr 18, 192438 years, 45 daysBakersfield Stadium, Bakersfield, California, U.S.
303ND205–40–50 (8)Jim Jam BarryND4Apr 16, 192438 years, 43 daysSan Fernando Stadium, San Fernando, California, U.S.Bout went four rounds. San Fernando Sun did not give result of decision though
302Win205–40–50 (7)Jim Jam BarryPTS4Apr 4, 192438 years, 31 daysHuntington Beach, California, U.S.
301Win204–40–50 (7)Smiling Kid NolanKO5 (?)Mar 6, 192438 years, 2 daysVenice, California, U.S.Reported but not confirmed
300Win203–40–50 (7)Tom RileyKO2 (?)Jan 20, 192437 years, 322 daysCiudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
299Win202–40–50 (7) Fireman Jim Flynn PTS8Jan 6, 192437 years, 308 days Ford's Arena, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
298Loss201–40–50 (7)Sonny GoodrichPTS10Dec 18, 192337 years, 289 daysCommunity House, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.For Mexico heavyweight title
297Win201–39–50 (7)Roscoe HallKO1 (?)Dec 11, 192337 years, 282 daysMexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Reported but not confirmed
296Win200–39–50 (7)Andrés BalsaTKO8 (15)Nov 10, 192337 years, 251 daysTeatro Independencia, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
295Win199–39–50 (7) Fireman Jim Flynn KO3 (15)Oct 19, 192337 years, 229 daysMexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
294Loss198–39–50 (7) Bearcat Wright KO9 (?)Aug 15, 192337 years, 164 daysMexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
293Win198–38–50 (7) Fireman Jim Flynn PTS10Aug 2, 192337 years, 151 daysMexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
292Loss197–38–50 (7)Clem JohnsonTKO13 (15)Jul 27, 192337 years, 145 days Plaza de Toros, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico Lost Mexico heavyweight title
291Win197–37–50 (7)Jim TraceyKO4 (20)Jul 15, 192337 years, 133 daysMexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Retained Mexico heavyweight title
290Win196–37–50 (7)Jack VoightKO5 (15)May 19, 192337 years, 76 days El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Retained Mexico heavyweight title
289Win195–37–50 (7)Art SuransKO3 (?)May 16, 192337 years, 73 days Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Retained Mexico heavyweight title
288Win194–37–50 (7)Andrés BalsaKO3May 6, 192337 years, 63 days Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Scheduled as a "finish fight"
287Win193–37–50 (7)Andrés BalsaPTS10Apr 28, 192337 years, 55 daysArena Cine Imperio, Torreon, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico
286Win192–37–50 (7)Chihuahua Kid BrownPTS15Apr 15, 192337 years, 42 days Plaza de Toros, Torreon, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico
285Win191–37–50 (7)Andrés BalsaTKO6 (15)Apr 8, 192337 years, 35 daysMexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Retained Mexico heavyweight title
284Win190–37–50 (7)Jack SavageKO1 (?)Mar 31, 192337 years, 27 daysChapultepec Bull Ring, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Won Mexico heavyweight title
283Win189–37–50 (7)Chihuahua Kid BrownKO1 (10)Mar 17, 192337 years, 13 days Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
282Win188–37–50 (7)Jim TraceyKO6 (?)Mar 2, 192336 years, 363 days Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
281Win187–37–50 (7)Tom McCartyKO2 (?)Feb 15, 192336 years, 348 daysAlbuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
280Win186–37–50 (7)Sonny GoodrichTKO7 (12)Dec 25, 192236 years, 296 daysMarket House Arena, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
279Win185–37–50 (7)Roscoe HallKO3 (?)Dec 24, 192236 years, 295 daysMexicoReported but not confirmed
278Win184–37–50 (7)Jack TaylorKO8 (?)Dec 12, 192236 years, 283 daysMexico
277Draw183–37–50 (7)Jim Jam BarryPTS10Nov 10, 192236 years, 251 daysDouglas, Arizona, U.S.
276Draw183–37–49 (7)Jack TaylorPTS15Nov 5, 192236 years, 246 days Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
275Win183–37–48 (7)Jack TaylorPTS15Oct 20, 192236 years, 230 days Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
274Win182–37–48 (7)Cyclone SmithKO2 (?)Oct 6, 192236 years, 216 daysEl Paso, Texas, U.S.
273Win181–37–48 (7)Battling OwensKO7 (15)Sep 22, 192236 years, 202 days Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
272Draw180–37–48 (7)Jack TaylorNWS10Aug 21, 192236 years, 170 daysMizzou Park, Sioux City, Iowa, U.S.
271Draw180–37–47 (7)Brad SimmonsNWS10Aug 11, 192236 years, 160 daysWichita, Kansas, U.S.
270Win180–37–46 (7) Bill Tate PTS12Aug 4, 192236 years, 153 daysTulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
269Win179–37–46 (7) Bearcat Wright RTD5 (12)Jul 17, 192236 years, 135 daysTulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
268Draw178–37–46 (7) Bearcat Wright PTS12Jun 19, 192236 years, 107 daysCity Auditorium, Galveston, Texas, U.S.
267Win178–37–45 (7) Tiger Flowers KO2 (10)Jun 5, 192236 years, 93 daysPonce de Leon Ballpark, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
266Draw177–37–45 (7)Ted JamiesonPTS10May 22, 192236 years, 79 daysPrivate club, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
265Win177–37–44 (7)Roscoe HallKO4 (8)May 16, 192236 years, 73 daysBijou Ring, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
264Win176–37–44 (7)Roscoe HallKO2 (8)Apr 20, 192236 years, 47 daysVenice A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
263Win175–37–44 (7)Jack LeslieNWS10Apr 15, 192236 years, 42 daysIndianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
262Loss174–37–44 (7)Tut JacksonDQ5 (12)Apr 6, 192236 years, 33 daysTriangle Park, Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
261Loss174–36–44 (7) Bill Tate NWS8Mar 27, 192236 years, 23 daysMemphis, Tennessee, U.S.
260Win174–35–44 (7)Cyclone SmithKO2 (10)Mar 17, 192236 years, 13 daysClyffeside Park, Ashland, Kentucky, U.S.
259Loss173–35–44 (7) Harry Wills PTS10Jan 17, 192235 years, 319 daysArena, Milwaukie, Oregon, U.S.For world colored heavyweight title claim
258Win173–34–44 (7)Young Peter JacksonNWS10Dec 9, 192135 years, 280 daysIllinois Theatre, Urbana, Illinois, U.S.
257Win172–34–44 (7) Lee Anderson PTS10Dec 7, 192135 years, 278 daysTucson, Arizona, U.S.
256Loss171–34–44 (7) Lee Anderson PTS10Nov 24, 192135 years, 265 days Capital City Arena, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
255Win171–33–44 (7)Young Peter JacksonKO2 (10)Oct 18, 192135 years, 228 days The Armouries, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Not to be confused with Young Peter Jackson
254Loss170–33–44 (7) Bill Tate NWS12Sep 21, 192135 years, 201 daysRiverside Arena, Covington, Kentucky, U.S.
253Loss170–32–44 (7) Lee Anderson NWS12Sep 5, 192135 years, 185 daysColiseum, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
252Draw170–31–44 (7)Topeka Jack JohnsonPTS6Aug 19, 192135 years, 168 daysState Fairgrounds, Topeka, Kansas, U.S.
251Win170–31–43 (7) George Godfrey KO1 (12)Aug 17, 192135 years, 166 daysRiverside Arena, Covington, Kentucky, U.S.
250Win169–31–43 (7) Lee Anderson PTS10Aug 12, 192135 years, 161 daysOmaha, Nebraska, U.S.
249Win168–31–43 (7) Bearcat Wright KO9 (10)Jul 20, 192135 years, 138 daysOmaha, Nebraska, U.S.
248Win167–31–43 (7)Bill WatkinsKO?Feb 7, 192134 years, 340 daysCanadaExact date, location and # of rounds unknown
247Win166–31–43 (7)Alfred JohnsonKO?Feb 6, 192134 years, 339 daysCanadaExact date, location and # of rounds unknown
246Draw165–31–43 (7)Jack ThompsonPTS10Feb 3, 192134 years, 336 daysCanadaExact date and location unknown
245Win165–31–42 (7)Bob DevereTKO7 (10)Jan 14, 192134 years, 316 daysArmory, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
244Draw164–31–42 (7) Lee Anderson PTS12Jan 7, 192134 years, 309 daysOmaha, Nebraska, U.S.
243Win164–31–41 (7)Jim Jam BarryPTS10Dec 29, 192034 years, 300 daysArmory, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
242Win163–31–41 (7)Clem JohnsonPTS10Dec 23, 192034 years, 294 daysAberdeen, Washington, U.S.
241Win162–31–41 (7) Terry Kellar PTS6Dec 9, 192034 years, 280 daysAberdeen, Washington, U.S.
240Win161–31–41 (7)Tiny Jim HermanTKO7 (10)Dec 2, 192034 years, 273 daysHeilig Theater, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
239Win160–31–41 (7) George Godfrey KO2 (10)Nov 17, 192034 years, 258 daysHot Springs, Arkansas, U.S.
238Win159–31–41 (7)Jack ThompsonPTS8Nov 15, 192034 years, 256 daysSouthern A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
237Loss158–31–41 (7) Lee Anderson PTS10Oct 20, 192034 years, 230 daysHeilig Theater, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
236Win158–30–41 (7)Frank FarmerPTS4Oct 13, 192034 years, 223 daysArena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
235Win157–30–41 (7)Tiny Jim HermanKO7 (10)Oct 6, 192034 years, 216 daysHeilig Theater, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
234Loss156–30–41 (7) Bill Tate NWS6Sep 6, 192034 years, 186 daysFloyd Fitzsimmons Arena, Benton Harbor, Michigan, U.S.
233Win156–29–41 (7) Bearcat Wright PTS10Aug 30, 192034 years, 179 daysWalthill, Nebraska, U.S.
232Win155–29–41 (7) Sam McVea NWS10Aug 14, 192034 years, 163 daysEast Chicago, Indiana, U.S.
231Win154–29–41 (7)Pinky LewisKO7 (8)Jul 26, 192034 years, 144 daysSouthern A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
230Win153–29–41 (7)Jack MitchellKO3 (10)Jul 2, 192034 years, 120 daysSpringfield, Missouri, U.S.
229Win152–29–41 (7)Rough House WareKO9 (15)Jun 7, 192034 years, 95 daysTulane Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
228Win151–29–41 (7)Jeff ClarkPTS15May 31, 192034 years, 88 daysColumbus, Ohio, U.S.
227Win150–29–41 (7)Marty CutlerTKO3 (10)May 18, 192034 years, 75 days Armouries, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
226Draw149–29–41 (7) George Godfrey PTS10May 1, 192034 years, 58 daysCanadaExact date and location unknown
225Loss149–29–40 (7) Harry Wills PTS15Apr 23, 192034 years, 50 daysDetroit, Michigan, U.S.For world colored heavyweight title
224Win149–28–40 (7)Silas GreenKO3 (10)Apr 9, 192034 years, 36 daysDetroit, Michigan, U.S.
223Win148–28–40 (7)Jack ThompsonPTS15Apr 5, 192034 years, 32 daysConvention Hall, Muskogee, Oklahoma, U.S.
222Win147–28–40 (7) Jamaica Kid TKO7 (12)Mar 29, 192034 years, 25 daysColumbus, Ohio, U.S.
221Win146–28–40 (7)Battling GaheeKO2 (8)Feb 23, 192033 years, 356 daysSouthern A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
220Draw145–28–40 (7)Jeff ClarkNWS10Feb 16, 192033 years, 349 daysK of C Hall, Terre Haute, Indiana, U.S.
219Win145–28–39 (7)Jeff ClarkNWS10Jan 16, 192033 years, 318 daysKalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.
218Win144–28–39 (7)Dave McBrideKO1 (?)Dec 3, 191933 years, 274 daysLiberty Theater, Camp Grant, Illinois, U.S.
217NC143–28–39 (7)Jack ThompsonNC6 (10)Nov 24, 191933 years, 265 daysShrine Auditorium, Duluth, Minnesota, U.S.Both fighters were fined $500 for stalling
216Win143–28–39 (6)Mexican Jim JohnsonKO9 (15)Nov 17, 191933 years, 258 daysAuditorium, Sioux City, Iowa, U.S.
215Loss142–28–39 (6) Harry Wills PTS15Nov 5, 191933 years, 246 daysConvention Hall, Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.For world colored heavyweight title
214Draw142–27–39 (6)Jack ThompsonPTS15Oct 21, 191933 years, 231 daysTulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.bout was advertised for the colored heavyweight championship
213Loss142–27–38 (6) Harry Wills NWS10Sep 30, 191933 years, 210 daysArena, Syracuse, New York, U.S.
212Win142–26–38 (6)Rough House WilsonKO4 (10)Sep 18, 191933 years, 198 daysBattle Creek, Michigan, U.S.
211Win141–26–38 (6) Bill Tate NWS10Aug 23, 191933 years, 172 daysGrand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
210Draw140–26–38 (6)Jack ThompsonPTS15Aug 4, 191933 years, 153 daysTulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
209Loss140–26–37 (6) Harry Wills NWS8Jul 4, 191933 years, 122 daysSportsman's Park, Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.For world colored heavyweight title
208Win140–25–37 (6) Bill Tate DQ5 (10)Jun 19, 191933 years, 107 daysNicollet Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.Tate was disqualified for holding
207Win139–25–37 (6)Billy HooperKO4 (10)Apr 30, 191933 years, 57 daysSpringer Opera House, Columbus, Georgia, U.S.
206Loss138–25–37 (6)Willie MeehanPTS4Mar 4, 191933 years, 0 daysColiseum, San Francisco, California, U.S.
205Loss138–24–37 (6) Fred Fulton PTS4Dec 27, 191832 years, 298 daysCivic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
204Win138–23–37 (6)Jeff ClarkPTS8Dec 16, 191832 years, 287 daysNashville, Tennessee, U.S.
203Win137–23–37 (6)Big Boy ButlerKO5 (10)Dec 12, 191832 years, 283 daysEmpire Theatre, Rock Island, Illinois, U.S.
202Loss136–23–37 (6)Jeff ClarkNWS6Nov 28, 191832 years, 269 daysOlympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
201Draw136–22–37 (6)Jeff ClarkPTS10Nov 15, 191832 years, 256 daysAtlanta, Georgia, U.S.
200Draw136–22–36 (6)Jeff ClarkPTS12Oct 31, 191832 years, 241 daysCrescent Rink, Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.
199Win136–22–35 (6) Battling Jim Johnson NWS8Aug 22, 191832 years, 171 daysLafayette A.C., Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.
198Win135–22–35 (6)Rough House WareKO9 (15)Aug 19, 191832 years, 168 daysTulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
197Win134–22–35 (6)Jack ThompsonNWS6Aug 8, 191832 years, 157 daysShibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
196Win133–22–35 (6) Battling Jim Johnson NWS8Aug 5, 191832 years, 154 daysAtlantic City S.C., Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
195Win132–22–35 (6) Battling Jim Johnson PTS10Jun 19, 191832 years, 107 daysAuditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
194Loss131–22–35 (6) Harry Wills TKO8 (20)May 19, 191832 years, 76 days Plaza de Toros Vista Alegre, Panama City, Panama For world colored heavyweight title
193Loss131–21–35 (6) Harry Wills KO6 (20)Apr 14, 191832 years, 41 days Plaza de Toros Vista Alegre, Panama City, Panama Lost world colored heavyweight title
192Win131–20–35 (6) Kid Norfolk KO2 (20)Dec 17, 191731 years, 288 daysStockyards Stadium, Denver, Colorado, U.S.Retained world colored heavyweight title
191Draw130–20–35 (6) Harry Wills NWS12Nov 12, 191731 years, 253 daysColiseum, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.World colored heavyweight title at stake;
(via KO only)
190Loss130–20–34 (6) Harry Wills NWS10Sep 20, 191731 years, 200 daysClermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.World colored heavyweight title at stake;
(via KO only)
189Win130–19–34 (6)Andy JohnsonKO2 (15)Sep 17, 191731 years, 197 daysMaryland A.C., Ardmore, Maryland, U.S.
188Win129–19–34 (6) Joe Jennette NWS12Sep 14, 191731 years, 194 daysColiseum, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.World colored heavyweight title at stake;
(via KO only)
187Win128–19–34 (6) Andre Anderson TKO2 (?)Aug 17, 191731 years, 166 daysUrban Liberty Park, Buffalo, New York, U.S.
186Loss127–19–34 (6) Fred Fulton TKO7 (12)Jun 19, 191731 years, 100 daysArmory A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
185Loss127–18–34 (6) Harry Wills NWS6May 11, 191731 years, 68 daysCambria A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
184Win127–17–34 (6) Bill Tate KO5 (12)May 1, 1917