Benny Leonard

Benny Leonard (born Benjamin Leiner; April 7, 1896 – April 18, 1947) was a Jewish American professional boxer who held the world lightweight championship for eight years, from 1917 to 1925. Widely considered one of the all-time greats, he was ranked 8th on The Ring magazine's list of the "80 Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years" and placed 7th in ESPN's "50 Greatest Boxers of All-Time".[1] In 2005, the International Boxing Research Organization ranked Leonard as the #1 lightweight, and #8 best pound-for-pound fighter of all time.[2] Statistical website BoxRec rates Leonard as the 2nd best lightweight ever, while The Ring magazine founder Nat Fleischer placed him at #2. Boxing historian Bert Sugar placed him 6th in his Top 100 Fighters catalogue.[3][4][5][2]

Benny Leonard
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Statistics
Real nameBenjamin Leiner
Nickname(s)Ghetto Wizard
The Great Bennah
Benny the Great
Weight(s)Lightweight champion
Welterweight contender
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Reach69 in (175 cm)
NationalityJewish American
Born(1896-04-07)April 7, 1896
Lower East Side, New York City, New York, United States
DiedApril 18, 1947(1947-04-18) (aged 51)
St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, New York
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights219
Wins185
Wins by KO70
Losses22
Draws9
No contests3

Early lifeEdit

Benjamin Leiner was born and raised as a youth in the Jewish ghetto, located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York City, near Eighth Street and Second Avenue, where he learned to fight the sons of other immigrants. His religious Jewish parents Minny and Gershon Leiner, who immigrated from Russia, disapproved of his fighting but understood his frequent need to defend himself in the poor neighborhoods in which he grew up.[6] His father struggled to support a wife and eight children by working twelve-hour days in a garment sweatshop at twenty dollars a week. His annual take-home pay rarely eclipsed $1400.[4][7]

Leonard began his professional career in 1911 at age 15. He took the Americanized name Benny Leonard to prevent his parents from discovering he had taken up professional boxing to earn extra money for them and himself.[4]

Professional careerEdit

Leonard was known for his speed, lightning reflexes, excellent boxing technique, and ability to think fast on his feet. Equally important, he taught himself to be a powerful hitter, who scored 70 Knock Outs from his 89 wins. He was defeated only six times in his career and was held to a draw on few occasions. As was common in the era in which he fought, he engaged in many no-decision matches and is believed to have fought in around 96 bouts. He most distinguished himself by decisively winning over 90% of his career matches in his prime between 1921-32, and all of his matches decided by judges and based on points.[5][8]

Lightweight contenderEdit

Leonard debuted his boxing career on a Saturday in November 1911, losing in three rounds at the Fondon Athletic Club in New York. The fight was stopped because he was bleeding through the nose. He won 12 of his next 18 bouts which included three no-decisions, establishing a reputation as a good local fighter before meeting Canadian Frankie Fleming in May 1912. Leonard was knocked out for only the second time in his career. He lost a rematch with Fleming 16 months later. Not surprisingly, Fleming got the first shot at Freddie Welsh, failing to unseat the world lightweight champion in a May 1915 fight, which the newspapers awarded to Welsh.

On August 14, 1914, Leonard knocked out Tommy Houck in the seventh of ten rounds at Elmsford, New York. Apparently Leonard had learned Houck's strategy after a previous loss to him one year earlier on September 27, 1913, in a ten round newspaper decision in Atlantic Garden, New York.[5]

Leonard's next big test came when he took on featherweight champion Johnny Kilbane in Atlantic City in April 1915. In a close bout, Kilbane won six of ten rounds to win the decision. "Leonard might have beaten the champion if he had a little more confidence," the Chicago Tribune wrote, "but even when he was having the best of the going he shut up like a clam and clinched for all he was worth."[5]

Leonard defeated Portuguese boxer Joe Azevedo on November 19, 1915 in Azevedo's hometown of Saratoga Springs, New York, outpointing him in all rounds but the first which was even. Azevedo needed to clinch frequently to avoid Leonard's attack. The New York Times clearly gave the decision to Leonard.[9][5]

On December 17, 1915, Leonard knocked out Joe Mandot in the seventh round of a ten round bout in Harlem. There was brilliant scientific boxing for the first six rounds, and a few sources reported that Mandot held a slight lead until the knockout.[5] In the end, Leonard scored a decisive victory against a leading contender for the lightweight title. On his second attempt to rise in the seventh, Leonard administered a stinging right to Mandot that put him down for the count. As was his habit, Benny was effective in combinations with both gloves, wearing down Mandot with fast jolts throughout the strategically fought bout, until he could deliver the crossing right in the seventh that put Mandot down for the first time. After his second fall to the canvas, Mandot attempted to drag himself up using the ropes but was unable, and the ten count was completed with him in a seated position. His manager later commented that Mandot was sick before the fight.[10][11][12]

In their first meeting on February 28, 1916, Leonard defeated Rocky Kansas in ten rounds in Buffalo, New York. In a complete victory, the Buffalo Courier claimed Kansas "landed only one clean blow" to Leonard's face, and that Leonard's trademark dark, center-parted hair remained smooth, and unmussed throughout the bout. Leonard was said to have "caught punches in the air", blocked Rocky's returns, dealt frequent stunning lefts, and shot his powerful right. He also dodged several of Kansas's punches with rapid and beautifully executed shifts of his torso demonstrating his superior speed and reflexes By the close of the tenth, Kansas was groggy.[13]

First lightweight championship attempt, March, 1916Edit

 
Welsh (left center) vs Leonard 1917

Leonard then reeled off a string of 15 straight victories, interrupted by two draws, which earned him the chance to meet Freddie Welsh for the lightweight championship on March 3, 1916. Although newspaper reporters at Madison Square Garden believed that Leonard had won, Welsh retained his title in a bout that was officially recorded as a no decision. The two fighters met again four months later in Brooklyn, and this time Welsh won decisively, staggering Leonard and nearly putting him down with a right to the jaw in the sixth.

Leonard met Jimmy Murphy On February 21, 1916, and won decisively in a sixth round knockout in Philadelphia. Leonard outpointed Murphy throughout the six round contest landing more and better blows. In the sixth, Leonard landed his powerful right to Murphy's jaw, and though he rose after a brief count, Leonard again attacked with a rapid series of rights and lefts to the jaw that put Murphy down for the count and rendered him unconscious for several minutes. After the bout, Leonard's fans rushed him and carried him on their shoulders to his dressing room.[14][15] The accomplished Murphy had recently outpointed reigning lightweight champion Freddie Welsh and had met Ad Wolgast, Johnny Dundee, and Pal Moore.[16][17]

On March 13, 1916 Leonard defeated Sam Robideau in a six round newspaper decision in Philadelphia. According to the Washington Post, Leonard had Robideau "almost out for the count". In the first three rounds, Robideau tried to take the lead, but Leonard waited him out and let him tire against his defense, still getting a few effective counter punches. In the fourth, he tried Robideau more, forcing him to defend against his rapid attack. In the fifth, several lefts to the jaw of Robideau weakened him, but Leonard allowed him to recover. In the sixth, Robideau tried to take the lead, and even hold at times, but Leonard broke from his holds and after a couple of shots to the jaw, and a powerful right, put Robideau on the canvas for a count of nine. When Robideau arose, he could only manage to clinch Leonard by the waist and wait for the bell. Robideau had an admirable record against many of the best lightweights of his era, including several opponents of Leonard.[18]

Harlem native Frankie Connifrey, the 'Fighting Fireman" lost decisively to Leonard in a sixth round technical knockout on September 14, 1916. Leonard had the edge in the first five rounds using his characteristic ringcraft to outmaneuver and outbox Conifrey who still returned a few punches of his own. In the sixth, a shower of rights and lefts by Leonard had Conifrey "out on his feet". The referee stopped the fight when one of Connifrey's seconds jumped into the ring, and a small riot ensued when around 300 of Conifrey's fans threw chairs and bottles into the ring.[19][20]

In a twelfth round technical knockout in Kansas City on October 18, 1916, Leonard convincingly defeated Ever Hammer. In the final round, Hammer's manager stopped the fight at the count of three after his boxer was knocked to the mat. Of the eleven full rounds fought by the two competitors, Leonard had eight, Hammer only two, and one was even. Hammer was considered the top contender for the lightweight title in the Midwest.[21][5]

With his string of victories, Leonard had earned enough by 1916 to move his formerly struggling family from their Lower East Side ghetto to a better neighborhood in Harlem, a goal he had had since beginning his boxing career.[22]

On January 22, 1917, Leonard beat Eddie Wallace in a six round newspaper decision before a substantial crowd of 6,000 in Philadelphia. The Washington Post gave Leonard all six rounds. Leonard worked in machine-like form, crashing stunning punches to the head of Wallace, who had little in the way of an effective defense. Wallace was close to being knocked out by the end of round six.[23]

On February 28, 1917, he fought onetime Bantamweight Champion Jimmy Reagan at the Manhattan Casino in Manhattan, New York, in a ten-round match, that the New York Times labeled a draw. The Des Moines Register considered Reagan having gone ten rounds without being knocked out by the extraordinary Leonard a remarkable accomplishment. According to the Ogden Standard, "Dozens of times Jimmy seemed on the point of going down, but always he kept afoot. The Standard also wrote of Leonard, that "there wasn't a punch that he didn't aim at Reagan, and there wasn't one that was forceful enough to keep the Californian at bay."[24][25][26]

Taking the world lightweight championship, May, 1917Edit

 
Freddie Welsh, 1920s

Winning 17 of 19 bouts after his second loss to Freddie Welsh, the 21-year-old Leonard fought lightweight champion Welsh for the third time in the Manhattan Casino on May 28, 1917. The challenger floored the champion three times in the ninth round before referee Billy McPartland stopped the fight with Welsh hanging unconscious on the ropes, making Leonard the World Lightweight Champion. Reflecting the sentiments of the perfect Jewish son, Leonard confided to the press, "My mother deserves all the credit. She always made me live right...tonight he (Welsh) showed more skill than I ever saw before...he is a game fellow. I didn't know it was the ninth round when I went after him at the finish, but I knew the time was getting short...He is a brainy fighter but I know then that his brain wasn't in control. I've always been afraid of hitting a man who was helpless like that so I didn't hit him on the chin again, I hit him on the head, hoping he would go down." Rather than a harsh blow, Leonard used a lighter one, hoping not to excessively injure his opponent. Leonard displayed sportsmanship, humility, consideration for others, and the ability to articulate the qualities that endeared him to the Jewish community of New York, and made him a great draw and a role model to many of his fans. After the bout, Leonard said he intended to enroll in the Army for WWI, where he served as a valued boxing instructor for the troops.[27][5]

On June 4, 1917, Leonard defeated Joe Welsh in a six round newspaper decision in Philadelphia. Using precision combination punching, Leonard jabbed and hooked with his left and crossed rights to the jaw of Welsh throughout the bout. He threw lightning jabs in the fifth, though their speed did not give him time to set for power. Though he tried hard in the sixth to make Welsh his sixth straight knockout victim, Benny lacked the steam and precision to send Welsh down for the count.[28]

Johnny Nelson lost at Leonard's hometown Harlem Sports Club in New York on June 18, 1917 in a third round technical knockout. The bout was considered Leonard's first defense of his title by some reporters, as he would have lost it if he had been knocked out by his opponent. Nelson was a strong boxer, but he was ineffective against the speed, timing and ringcraft of Leonard who was able to land more powerful punches throughout the bout.[5] With great and unusual gifts of athleticism, Benny defeated stronger opponents without retreating by employing a more complex ring strategy executed with superior speed and agility. His ability to rarely retreat, and his long streak of knockouts, pleased his audience who considered him a true champion.

Victory over featherweight champ, Johnny Kilbane, 1917Edit

 
Johnny Kilbane

On July 25, 1917, Leonard defeated Johnny Kilbane, reigning world featherweight champion from 1912-23, at Shibe Park in Philadelphia in a third round technical knockout. Impressively, it was only the second knockout loss in 122 bouts for Kilbain.[4] Biding his time in the first two rounds, Leonard knew he clearly had the edge in the third, and his blows began to land with authority, speed and precision. Twenty seconds into the round, Leonard landed a crossing right to the chin that put Kilbane against the ropes, then two more rights put him on his knees. After his manager threw in the towel, Kilbane was staggering and unable to return to his corner unaided. It was one of Leonard's most decisive wins against one of his most skilled opponents.[29]

He officially defended the title against six different boxers over the next eight years.[30][31] Leonard defeated Leo Johnson on September 21, 1917 in one of his first defenses of the World Lightweight Title and won convincingly in a first round technical knockout.[5]

Leoonard defeated Frank Kirke on November 28, 1917 in a stunning first round knockout at Stockyards Stadium in Denver. Kirke was first down from a right to the body, and when he arose, Leonard hammered a right hook to the jaw that put Kirke down for the count, only 1:20 into the first round. Earlier in the first, Leonard shot rights and lefts to Kirke's jaw that caused him to cover and retreat. Leonard's speed and reflexes proved too great for Kirke who could find no adequate defense for Leonard's attack.[32][33]

On December 12, 1917, Leonard defeated Patsy Cline at the Olympia Athletic Club in Philadelphia in a six round newspaper decision. It was one of the hardest bouts of Leonard's early career, and he had to use his best defenses to guard against the attack of Cline. Leonard was forced to use speed when he had it in the early rounds to defend against Cline, though the pace of the match slowed somewhat in the fourth, fifth, and sixth. Leonard was ineffective with his left as a result of the precise right handed blocks of his opponent. In the final round, Leonard attempted to end the match with his powerful left, but was prevented again by the defense of Cline. Cline suffered most in the last two rounds when Leonard scored frequent blows against which he could not defend. Cline excelled most at short range attacks, a more difficult offense to defend, and scored with them occasionally even in the fifth, when Leonard had taken the lead. Cline prevented Leonard from attacking at long range in most instances in the early rounds by retreating or expert blocking, but in the fifth Leonard scored with a few stiff left jolts, and again dominated in the sixth, where he secured his points margin.[34][35]

Bout with Willie Jackson, and other WWI benefits, 1918Edit

In a four round newspaper decision at New York's shrine to boxing, Madison Square Garden, on July 16, 1918, he defeated Jewish boxer Willie Jackson. Jackson was born Oscar Tobin on the Lower East side of New York, as was Leonard. In the well publicized Army benefit that raised $20,000 to buy soldiers athletic equipment, Leonard took criticism and boos among the audience for not unleashing his best punching against his highly rated lightweight opponent. In other benefits Leonard had also been reluctant to risk injury to his hands, or bring excessive injury in a match that served the community. Regardless, as was his habit, his boxing showed careful strategy, speed, and exceptional reflexes and interested most among the record crowd in the Garden. Leonard appeared far superior to Jackson in frequency of punches, defenses, and speed. He moved easily against Jackson, but threw lefts and rights at will.[36][37][38][39] Leonard staged a total of four exhibition bouts in 1918 to raise war bonds for America's efforts in WWI.[7]

 
Champion Ted "Kid" Lewis

On September 23, 1918, Leonard fought a draw with future British World Welterweight Champion (BBOC) Ted Kid Lewis, another Jewish champion, before an exceptionally large crowd of 20,000 for the World Welterweight Title in Newark, New Jersey. Lewis fought cautiously for the first six rounds but opened up in the seventh and the eighth. The prestigious New York Times and New York Tribune considered the fight a draw, though a few newspapers believed Leonard had won.[40] One reporter considered the bout farcical and lacking traditional boxing technique.[41] The Lincoln Star, as did other papers, gave Leonard the edge five rounds to two, but noted that the bout had no knockdowns or much hard punching.[42][5]

In an early win on January 13, 1919, Leonard defeated Harlem Eddie Kelly in a sixth round newspaper decision in Philadelphia. Leonard was given four of the six rounds, with Kelly taking only the first. Harlem Eddie was given severe punishment by Leonard throughout the match. [43] Kelly fought top lightweight talent, but usually not with a winning record.[44]

Leonard soundly defeated Portland Jewish lightweight Joe Benjamin on the evening of January 31, 1919 in a four round newspaper decision in San Francisco. In the opinion of the San Francisco Chronicle, Leonard could have ended the bout at any time.[45] Showing fear, Benjamin backed away often, with Leonard inserting his left frequently in the first two rounds, but by the third, Leonard was fully in control but refrained from putting Benjamin down. By the fourth, there was so little interaction between the boxers, that many in the crowd disapproved. Benjamin would fight many highly rated lightweights, and in his later career would win against them with frequency.[46]

Leonard defeated Harvey Thorpe in Joplin, Missouri, on the evening of March 26, 1919, in a ten round newspaper decision of the Kansas City Star and Kansas City Times. One reporter gave all ten rounds to Leonard and considered his victory an "easy win".[47] Leonard had soundly defeated Thorpe earlier in November of 1916 in a twelve round knockout in St. Louis. Although Thorpe fought several top rated lightweights, including Charley White, Ritchie Mitchell, and Lew Tendler, his record was poor against them, and he never competed for a world championship, though he took the Southwest lightweight title in July of 1917.

Leonard defeated fellow Russian-born, New York Jewish lightweight Johnny Clinton, born Morris Elstein, on September 8, 1919, at the Arena in Syracuse in a ten round newspaper decision. Benny led throughout the fight, using his left jab and right uppercut effectively and often, demonstrating his ability to adjust his punching combinations to the style of any given opponent as an opening occurred. Clinton was in the greatest distress in the sixth, when he appeared to be hanging on the ropes on the verge of a knockout instants before the bell, and was nearly floored again in the tenth, when Leonard attempted to finish the bout.[48] The Pittsburgh Daily Post wrote that Leonard deserved every one of the ten rounds.[49]

In their final meeting on October 15, 1919, Leonard defeated fellow Jewish boxer Phil Bloom decisively in Detroit in a ten round newspaper decision of the Detroit News. Leonard came close to a knockout in three of the rounds. As a fellow Jewish New Yorker who could draw the Jewish crowd, Bloom fought Leonard in seven previous meetings extending back to January, 1914, but with little success. Leonard had previously defeated Bloom five times with one draw and only one loss according to newspaper decisions. Bloom competed against top talent, but would never obtain a title shot in his prolific twelve year career in the ring. After his boxing career ended, he appeared in a number of boxing movies usually shot near Los Angeles.[50][5]

On November 17, 1919, Leonard defeated Lockport Jimmy Duffy in a second round technical knockout of a fifteen round match at the Convention Hall in Tulsa. The bout was billed as a World Lightweight Title match. In a peculiar spectacle, and decisive one sided victory, Duffy was knocked down three times in each round, with the referee stopping the bout on his last fall to the canvas. Spectators suspected Duffy was intentionally not putting up a fight.[5]

Leonard defeated Mel Coogan On December 10, 1919, in a second round technical knockout at the fourth regiment armory in Jersey City. In a convincing victory, Coogan was knocked to the mat three times in the second round. The first two knockdowns were for counts of eight, with the third resulting in the fight being called. Coogan fought many of the top lightweights of the day, including Lew Tendler, and many of Leonard's opponents, and had an admirable record against them.[51]

Leonard defeated Red Herring on December 19, 1919 in an early sixth round technical knockout in Memphis, Tennessee. Leonard outmaneuvered Herring with speed and footwork, slipping the half dozen punches thrown by his opponent, with most going well wide of their mark. By the fifth, Herring was helpless against the ropes with the crowd roaring for Leonard to finish the match. Leonard fought with a deadly left, and sent terrific blows to the head and body. One minute into the sixth, Leonard backed Herring into a neutral corner and put him on the canvas with three short rights to the jaw, that led the referee to end the bout at 1:10, after Herring attempted to rise after his first count. The Arkansas Democrat gave Leonard five rounds, with the fourth even.[52] Herring remained on his feet through the first five rounds, but took considerable punishment from the lightweight champion.[53][54]

Matches with Johnny Dundee, 1920Edit

 
Champion Johnny Dundee

In their last match, on February 9, 1920, Leonard defeated one of his most frequent opponents, future World Jr. Lightweight and Featherweight champion Johnny Dundee, in an eight round newspaper decision many reporters considered a title match at the Armory in Jersey City. One reporter felt Leonard had simply outpunched his opponent in every round, though Dundee put up a stiff defense. In six previous matches, Leonard had two wins, two losses, and two draws, at least according to the decisions of the more trustworthy newspapers.[55] In their February bout, Leonard delivered several effective uppercuts to Dundee during the infighting, but Dundee make a valiant attack in the first three rounds. Afterwards, Leonard went on the defensive, and built a margin in blows delivered, winning on points.[56]

Win against Charley White, July, 1920Edit

 
A young Charley White

On July 5, 1920, Leonard defeated Jewish boxer and exceptional Chicago lightweight, Charley White, in a ninth round knockout before an audience of 12,000 at Benton Harbor, Michigan. The fight was a careful battle of boxing strategy, but White always held the potential for stronger punching with his left hook. Leonard may have won largely due to his faster reaction time, and reflexes, against an opponent who was nearly his equal at times. He showed better speed and agility, and used footwork to gain advantages in the angle of his attack. The hard punching White knocked Leonard out of the ring in the fifth round with his left hook, but by the ninth, White was down five times, finally landing on the canvas for the count from a right cross from Leonard. Benny had been looking for an opening since the eighth, and found it after he opened White up with his left jab, and dealt the final right cross in the ninth. Though he had continued to train, Leonard may have performed better if he had not just taken five months off from prizefighting while living in Hollywood. It was one of White's better showings, as he dominated the infighting, and appeared to have thrown more punches, but he fought against an opponent who simply refused to be beaten.[57][58]

Leonard defeated Joe Welling on November 27, 1920, before an estimated crowd of 12,000, at Madison Square Garden in a World Lightweight Title match. The bout resulted in a fourteenth round technical knockout for Leonard. Both boxers weighed in within a pound of 135. Welling shone only in the fifth round, and by the tenth seemed able to continue, but had no chance of success against Leonard. In the thirteenth Leonard sent Welling down three times. In the fourteenth, Leonard sent Welling to the canvas for a count of nine, and the referee, stepping between the two boxers, ruled a technical knockout, ending the fight, 1:07 into the round. The lack of compassion in the boxing crowd was noted by one reporter, who wrote that the audience was disappointed by referee Haukup's decision to end the bout in the thirteenth. He believed they would have enjoyed seeing two more rounds of punishment given to Welling by the reigning lightweight champion. By today's rules, the bout would have stopped in the thirteenth, before Welling had been sent to the canvas for the third time. On a lighter note, Charlie Chaplain performed before the opening bell and Leonard received a world lightweight championship belt from Tex Rickard, manager of the Garden and legendary heavyweight Jack Dempsey, at the end of the match.[59][60]

Matches with Pal Moran and Ritchie Mitchell, 1920-1Edit

On September 25, 1920, Leonard defeated Pal Moran in a ten round newspaper decision in East Chicago before a substantial crowd of 10,000. Only occasionally did Moran break through the champion's defenses, and Leonard always had a remedy. Benny could not get started in the early rounds, but in the last four he took the lead. Leonard scored frequently with swift left jabs and powerful right crosses. In the seventh through the tenth, Leonard seemed continuously on the verge of scoring a knockout, but Moran fought gamely on.[61]

On October 4, 1920, Leonard soundly defeated Frankie Britt in Hartford, Connecticut in a five round technical knockout. At the end of the contest, the referee stopped the bout to save Britt from a knockout, as Leonard had been striking him repeatedly.[62]

Before a capacity crowd, Leonard scored an easy victory over KO Willie Loughlin on the evening of November 12, 1920 at the Camden Sporting Club in Camden, New Jersey in a ten round newspaper decision. Leonard began cautiously wary of the skills and two inch longer reach of Loughlin, whom he had met previously. In the last three rounds, Leonard used his punching power, though it was met with frequent, but less effective blows from Loughlin. In the fourth, Leonard's jabs to Loughlin's face were frequent, but Loughlin continued his defense and never retreated. In the fifth, Leonard scored more punches, and began to take a point's margin, but not without receiving a few blows from his opponent. In the ninth, Leonard tried to end the fight with uppercuts, but could not deliver a knockdown blow to Loughlin who remained on his feet even through the exchange of blows in the tenth. Leonard knocked Loughlin across the ring and staggered him at times, but Loughlin's ability to take punishment repeatedly saved him from a knockout.[63][5][64][65]

Leonard defeated Ritchie Mitchell in six of fifteen rounds on January 14, 1921, in a tough world lightweight championship bout in Madison Square Garden. Atypically, Leonard was down in the first round for a count of nine, when his alarmed seconds applied salts. In an incredible first round, Mitchell was down as well for a count of nine from a right to the stomach by Leonard, and down twice more before the bell. With a hook to the stomach, and a right to the jaw, Mitchell went down for a count of nine in the sixth. Mitchell was up, before Leonard with a flurry of punches put him down again. On his third trip to the mat, the referee called the bout. By today's rules, the fight would have ended shortly after the second knockdown. A significant portion of the gate proceeds of $75,000 were given to aid war torn France.

Victories over champion Rocky Kansas, 1921-2Edit

 
Rocky Kansas

On June 6, 1921, Leonard defeated future lightweight champion Rocky Kansas in a twelve round world lightweight title match, before a roaring crowd of 28,000 at a baseball park in Harrison, New Jersey, winning by newspaper decision. The title would have gone to Kansas if he had scored a knockout before the end of the match. The Sheboygan Press gave Leonard the win, and nine rounds with only two to Kansas. Perhaps feeling fatigued, Leonard was said to have fought conservatively and uncharacteristically punched on the defensive throughout the match. Only in the eighth, ninth, and twelfth, did Leonard go on the aggressive. Showing his versatility, Leonard was judged to have won by a clear margin, scoring points through the attacks of Kansas in as many as nine of the rounds, despite never taking the offensive. Kansas's blows appeared wild against the precise technique of his champion opponent.[66]

On November 22, 1921, Leonard defeated Sailor Friedman in Philadelphia in a ten round newspaper decision of the top three newspapers in the area. In the early rounds, Leonard piled up a sizable margin on points due to the understandable reluctance of Friedman to attack the lightweight champion. The fight was action packed throughout, but Leonard took the lead in most rounds, and gained a sizable advantage by the end of the bout. As both fighters were above the lightweight limit, the contest could not be deemed a title match.[67]

Leonard defeated Tim Droney on December 20, 1921 at the Ice Palace in Philadelphia in an eight round decision of three leading Philadelphia newspapers. In a complete victory, the Philadelphia Inquirer gave Leonard every round but the fourth when Leonard retreated to rest and allow Droney to take the offense. Nonetheless, Droney landed only one solid right to the jaw of Leonard in the round. Oddly, Leonard leapt in the air in a few instances to avoid the blows of Droney, and though the move was effective, it was done primarily to amuse the crowd. Leonard was said to display "wonderful ring work, and amazing speed". Droney fought gamely and remained on his feet throughout the bout, though most reporters believed Leonard could have knocked him out in the final rounds, as he was defenseless by the seventh and eighth. Droney fought some outstanding lightweights, but his record against the better contenders was poor in his later career.[68][69] Both boxers fought in the lightweight range near 140.[70]

Leonard defeated Rocky Kansas again on February 10, 1922 in a fifteen round unanimous decision at Madison Square Garden. Leonard had a more difficult time with the fight than in their previous meeting, as Kansas was the aggressor throughout the match, and Leonard had trouble when fighting at close quarters. The tide turned in the ninth round, when Kansas, fighting against the ropes, let his guard down and Leonard, with characteristic lightning speed shot a smashing left that sent his opponent down for the count of nine. Somehow, Kansas recovered, and after arising managed to defend Leonard's considerable efforts to end the match. Feeling more confident against a weakened opponent, Leonard bored in for the rest of the bout, taking the lead. Winning the eleventh through the fifteenth, Leonard built up a significant enough point's margin to win the match. By the fifteenth, Leonard was trying for a knockout, but to his credit, after the ninth, Kansas remained on his feet though badly battered in the remaining rounds.[71]

On May 19, 1922, Leonard defeated Hungarian born Jewish boxer Soldier Bartfield, originally Jacob Bartfedlt, in a four round points decision at Madison Square Garden. Bartfield had an incredible career, fighting 55 world title claimants in his 220 recorded fights. As was Leonard's strength, he defeated Bartfield with a variety of moves, including blows to the head and body using both lefts and rights, and built a solid points margin. Leonard seriously affected Bartfield with an uppercut to the chin in the fourth round, one of his most telling and lighting fast blows. The match was a charity event for the Sports Alliance, and Jack Dempsey was introduced. In three previous meetings in 1919, Leonard had gained significant margins against Bartfield in matches in the Northeast.[72][5]

Welter championship attempt, June, 1922Edit

 
Welterweight Jack Britton

Moving up a weight class from the world lightweight championship which he already held, Leonard challenged welterweight Champion Jack Britton for his title on June 26, 1922. He lost the fight when he was disqualified for hitting Britton when he was down in the thirteenth round. A few in the audience, including news reporter Ernest Hemingway, likely suspected the possibility of a fix, as there were rumors that a Jewish underworld figure, Arnold Rothstein, had influence over Leonard, and that Leonard had been pressured to lose the fight. In a somewhat anti-semitic twist, Hemingway later penned a short story, Fifty Grand, in 1927, about a corrupt boxing manager who fixes a fight to profit from the outcome with the aid of gangsters and gamblers. The original version of the story mentioned Leonard by name, before being edited out by F. Scott Fitzgerald before publication.[73][5]

Bouts with lightweight Lew Tendler, 1922-3Edit

On July 27, 1922, Leonard defeated fellow Jewish boxer Lew Tendler in a twelve round newspaper decision in Jersey City in a lightweight world title match, that may have been the most remarkable bout of his career. Before a record audience of 70,000 enthralled fans, Leonard won five rounds, Tendler four, with three even. Tendler may have led in the first five rounds, as Leonard could not adjust to or penetrate his unique Southpaw stance, style, and defense. In the eighth, Tendler crashed a terrific left to his opponent, but Leonard distracted him by mumbling a few words, and then going to a clinch to slow Tendler down. Tendler never delivered the follow up knockout blow, and Leonard, getting time to recover, dominated the next seven rounds.[74] In their last meeting on July 24, 1923, Leonard won a unanimous fifteen round decision at Yankee Stadium before an extraordinary crowd of 58,000. The bout took place in the Bronx in another lightweight world title match. Leonard excelled in the speed and precision of his attack, while still managing to ward off most of his opponents blows, particularly Tendler's strong left. Leonard demonstrated his mastery of ring tactics against an opponent who became sluggish, and was unable to mount the offensive he had shown in their bout the previous July. By one account, Leonard managed to land three blows for every one of Tendler's, demonstrating his speed and mastery of tactics. With the huge crowd, Leonard's take home pay exceeded $130,000, an extraordinary sum for the era.[75][76][77]

Bout with light welter champ, Pinky Mitchell, 1923Edit

Leonard defeated Pinky Mitchell on May 29, 1923, in a ten round technical knockout in Chicago. Mitchell was the reigning world light welterweight champion from 1922-26, and Leonard's win signaled another victory against a world champion, though the fight was not a title fight. As Leonard refused to weigh in, neither world lightweight or world junior welterweight titles were at stake. After a slow first five rounds with few blows, Leonard took the lead in the remaining rounds with the exception of the eighth and ninth. In the eight, Mitchell scored with four rights to the chin of Leonard. Though both boxers scored points, Leonard seemed to have the edge from the fifth. In the tenth, Leonard dropped Pinky to the mat, and upon arising, he knocked him to the mat a second time. The referee called an end to the match, resulting in a technical knockout. Immediately afterwards, Pinkie's brother Ritchie believed a foul had been committed, claiming Leonard had hit Pinky when he was down on one knee on the mat, but the referee disagreed. The Buffalo Courier wrote that Leonard was in the motions of hitting Pinky when he was on one knee, but that the referee waved him away before the blow occurred.[78] Regardless, a fight between Richie and Davey Mitchell, the referee, ensued that ended in a near riot among the spectators. The police put down the protests with their billy clubs, though no arrests were made. Despite the protests, the charity event ended with a win by Leonard and no foul called by the referee against Mitchell in the tenth.[79][5][80][81]

Leonard soundly defeated Andy Hart on July 9, 1923 before a record crowd near 30,000, in a resounding newspaper win at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. In the third, Leonard delivered many straight jabs which were unreturned, and his hard rights to Hart's ribs in the fourth, forced his opponent to hold. In the sixth, Leonard stung Hart with blows to the jaw and chest, which appeared to sap Hart's strength, but he persevered. Though Leonard showed speed and aggression throughout the bout, several reporters felt he took it easy on Hart, lacking the characteristic snap to his punches, until the seventh and eighth when he gained a more comfortable points margin and came closest to putting Hart on the canvas. His nine months off making theater performances, may have reduced his strength or speed, but it certainly failed to decrease his boxing technique enough to lose the match.[82][83][5]

Leonard defeated Johnny Mendelsohn On September 7, 1923, in an eight round newspaper decision in Philadelphia. In the seventh and eighth, Leonard showed complete dominance of his opponent. Nonetheless, at points in the bout, Mendelsohn delivered a few left hooks and right swings, that landed well on Leonard and showed he was not facing a novice. The Associated Press gave Leonard an impressive seven of the eight rounds, as Mendelsohn connected with strong blows infrequently and failed to hurt his opponent in the vast majority of the bout. The match demonstrated Leonard's versatility in his ability to dominate an opponent without taking the offensive, and proved again the effectiveness of his defense.[84][85][86] Though Mendelsohn faced some top lightweight talent throughout his career, his record by 1923 was well on the wane, and he was not one of Leonard's best opponents.

Retirement as lightweight champion in 1925 and comebackEdit

Leonard announced his retirement from boxing on January 15, 1925, as the reigning World Lightweight Champion partly because his mother wanted him to leave boxing due to her failing health. He lost most of his considerable fortune from real estate investments, boxing, and his work as an actor, in the stock market crash of 1929. As a result, between 1931-2, he made an ill-advised comeback, defeating a total of 19 handpicked opponents who were unlikely to end his comeback hopes. In a second round technical knockout in Queens, New York on October 6, 1931 he won against Pal Silvers, an opponent who would have been vastly inferior to Leonard in his prime. The "dive" taken by Silvers in the second made many in the audience question the authenticity of the bout, while many horrified fans witnessed Leonard, the formerly flawless tactician, taking continuous blows to his face before the end of the bout. Although described as pudgy and slow, the balding Leonard won 23 total fights in his comeback, albeit against nondescript opposition. Leonard hoped eventually he would have a big payday with a top rated opponent.[4]

Marty Goldman, May 1932Edit

Boxing as a welterweight on May 16, 1932, Leonard won a knockout only 45 seconds into the second round from Jewish boxer Marty Goldman, another product of New York's lower East Side. The bout was fought at Laurel Gardens in Newark, New Jersey. Leonard's final blow was a short but powerful right to the jaw, which was preceded by a brief flurry of jabs. To many fans, Leonard's footwork and use of rapid combination punching brought back images of the Leonard of old, but in reality Goldman, though a solid club fighter, was far from a world ranked welterweight contender.[87]

Andy Saviola, June 1932Edit

Leonard, boxing as a welterweight, defeated Andy Saviola on June 8, 1932 in an easy ten round points decision at Brooklyn's Coney Island. Leonard sustained cuts to both his eyes, but fought with great technique throughout the bout and had Saviola on the verge of a knockout by the final round. In the sixth, Saviola had no defense nor counter punches for Leonard's punishing lefts and rights to the body. Both boxers remained on their feet throughout the bout.[88][89]

On June 16, 1932, Leonard defeated Billy Angelo, before a crowd of around 10,000 at the Baker Bowl in Philadelphia. His best round was the tenth, in which he landed repeated rights and totally dominated his opponent. Leonard was down in his weight, and had likely trained hard for the bout.[90]

Eddie Shapiro in the rain, July 1932Edit

On the comeback trail as a 153 pound welterweight, on July 22, 1932, Leonard defeated Eddie Shapiro at Coney Island in an eight round points decision of which the United Press wrote "Benny Leonard completely outboxed Sharpiro, pounding him at will". In reality, the first four rounds were slow and Shapiro was warned three times in the first two rounds by the referee to speed up the pace and land more blows. Before a modest crowd of around 6,000, in a strong rain, Leonard won decisively in the later rounds, disposing of Shapiro handily. In the fourth, Leonard nearly flattened Shapiro, asserting his dominance. Shapiro, however, was far from a lightweight contender and his record after the Leonard fight was quite poor.[91][5][92]

Leonard defeated Billy Townsend on July 28, 1932 at Queensboro Stadium in Long Island in a ten round points decision before a sizable crowd of 6000. Leonard attacked Townsend with left hand jabs and strong right hand smashes that staggered Townsend in several rounds and pushed the judges to a unanimous decision. Townsend, however, staggered Leonard in the fourth. Benny's knees dropped, but he clutched Townsend around the waist, whispered into his ear, and clutched long enough to recover. Leonard completed the bout well ahead on points, despite a closer tenth round. One reporter gave Leonard all but the fourth and tenth rounds, but Leonard took more punishment than he would have in his earlier days from his competent, but not championship quality opponent.[93]

On August 11, 1932, Leonard defeated Paulie Walker in a well publicized ten round bout at Ebbetts Field in Brooklyn. Walker was nearly knocked out two minutes into the tenth round.[94]

Final bout and loss to Jimmy McLarnin, October, 1932Edit

Leonard found his payday on October 7, 1932, but it ended his career when he was knocked out after 6 rounds by future champion, Irish-Canadian boxer Jimmy McLarnin. Madison Garden was packed near capacity with 19,000 excited fans to see the fight. Only two minutes into the first round, Leonard connected with a right to McLarnin's chin, and his knees brushed the canvas for an instant. The huge crowd was in a frenzy. Clinching, and retreating, the younger and fitter McLarnin managed to recover from the blow, and by the end of the round had taken charge. McLarnin dropped Leonard in the second, and only his great defensive skills allowed him to stay in the contest through the next four rounds while he received continual punishment. In the sixth, Leonard was dazed by a series of punches from the exceptionally skilled McLarnin, and the referee mercifully halted the fight to save Leonard from further punishment. It was a humiliating defeat for many of Leonard's supporters, particularly his Jewish fans, but a loss to one of the greatest boxers of the century, a future triple weight class champion.[4] After the loss, the New York World Telegram wrote, "The real Leonard already is immortal, the artist of the ring canvas who glided up and back, the genius of punch slipping, the counter-puncher of lightning reflex snap, the lion-hearted campaigner, and the devoted believer of all that's good in boxing".[95]

The $15,000 Leonard received from the bout helped to ease his financial burden, and he married his secretary, Jacqueline Stern the following year. He was later married to Emogene Carlson.[4]


Life outside boxingEdit

 
Leonard holding back Harry Houdini, mock punched by heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey

Leonard worked as a front man for National Hockey League owner Bill Dwyer of the New York Americans, who had secretly purchased the Pittsburgh Pirates of that league. Leonard was supposed to appear as if he owned the team. The team suffered both at the gate and on the ice, moved to Philadelphia for 1930–31 and then folded.

Prior to the stock market crash of 1929, he invested in a car accessory business in Harlem, bought a block of flats in Jersey City and had a share in a dress-making business.[7]

Film and acting careerEdit

Leonard worked as an after dinner speaker and lecturer after leaving boxing in 1925. With his good looks and the crowd his fame could bring, he performed in vaudeville, making several appearances as a dancer and performer shortly after his first boxing retirement.[4] He appeared in the vaudeville musical Battling Butler in 1927.[7]

During his boxing career Leonard starred in the film serial The Evil Eye (1920) and a series of boxing related film shorts titled Flying Fists (1924–1925). He also appeared in The Come-Back (1925), and Hitting Hard (1925).[96]

Leonard lost the vast majority of his fortune in the stock market crash of 1929.

After his failed boxing comeback attempt, from 1933-4 he worked as a boxing instructor for the physical education department at City College of New York, a school with a large Jewish enrollment.[4][7]

When the United States entered World War II, he enlisted in the Maritime Service and took charge of the physical training of 100,000 men, eventually rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander by the time he had completed his three years of service.

Work as a refereeEdit

In 1943, Leonard worked as a boxing referee and continued in that endeavor after the war, with the majority of his bouts in New York and Philadelphia. After refereeing the first six bouts of the April 18, 1947, card at the St. Nicholas Arena in New York, Leonard was stricken with a massive heart attack during the first round of the next bout, between Mario Ramon and Bobby Williams. He toppled to the canvas, and died in the ring. The ringside physician, Dr. Vicent Nardiello, attempted to revive him unsuccessfully. He was only 51 years old. Leonard was interred at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Glendale, New York. A majority of Jewish boxing historians still consider him the greatest Jewish boxer of the twentieth century for his astounding record of wins during his long reign as lightweight champion.[97] [4]

Leonard was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (1979), the World Boxing Hall of Fame (1980), the International Boxing Hall of Fame (1990), the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (1996), and the Ring Magazine Hall of Fame.[98][99][100]

Unofficial Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
219 fights 185 wins 22 losses
By knockout 70 5
By decision 113 16
By disqualification 2 1
Draws 9
No contests 3

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

No. Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Age Location Notes
219 Loss 185–22–9 (3)   Jimmy McLarnin TKO 6 (10) Oct 07, 1932 36 years, 183 days   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
218 Win 185–21–9 (3)   Mike Sarko PTS 6 Sep 12, 1932 36 years, 158 days   Starlight Park, Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
217 Win 184–21–9 (3)   Jimmy Abbott TKO 3 (10) Sep 08, 1932 36 years, 154 days   Fort Hamilton Arena, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
216 Win 183–21–9 (3)   Phil Rafferty PTS 6 Sep 02, 1932 36 years, 148 days   Long Beach Stadium, Long Beach, New York, U.S.
215 Win 182–21–9 (3)   Mike Sarko PTS 6 Aug 19, 1932 36 years, 134 days   Long Beach Stadium, Long Beach, New York, U.S.
214 Win 181–21–9 (3)   Paulie Walker UD 10 Aug 11, 1932 36 years, 126 days   Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
213 Win 180–21–9 (3)   Billy Townsend PTS 10 Jul 28, 1932 36 years, 112 days   Queensboro Stadium, Long Island City, Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
212 Win 179–21–9 (3)   Eddie Shapiro PTS 8 Jul 22, 1932 36 years, 106 days   Coney Island Stadium, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
211 Win 178–21–9 (3)   Joe Trippe KO 2 (10) Jun 20, 1932 36 years, 74 days   Bonacker's Stadium, Rensselaer, New York, U.S.
210 Win 177–21–9 (3)   Billy Angelo PTS 10 Jun 16, 1932 36 years, 70 days   Baker Bowl, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
209 Win 176–21–9 (3)   Andy Saviola PTS 10 Jun 08, 1932 36 years, 62 days   Coney Island Stadium, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
208 Win 175–21–9 (3)   Jimmy Abbott TKO 6 (10) May 23, 1932 36 years, 46 days   Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.
207 Win 174–21–9 (3)   Marty Goldman KO 2 (10) May 16, 1932 36 years, 39 days   Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
206 Win 173–21–9 (3)   Willie Garafola TKO 4 (10) May 02, 1932 36 years, 25 days   St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, New York, U.S.
205 Win 172–21–9 (3)   Mike Sarko PTS 6 Apr 19, 1932 36 years, 12 days   Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
204 Win 171–21–9 (3)   Buster Brown PTS 10 Apr 11, 1932 36 years, 4 days   St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, New York, U.S.
203 Win 170–21–9 (3)   Billy McMahon PTS 10 Feb 29, 1932 35 years, 328 days   St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, New York, U.S.
202 Win 169–21–9 (3)   Buster Brown PTS 10 Nov 23, 1931 35 years, 230 days   Carlin's Park, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
201 Draw 168–21–9 (3)   Johnny Kasper PTS 10 Nov 06, 1931 35 years, 213 days   Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, Vermont, U.S.
200 Win 168–21–8 (3)   Vittorio Livan KO 3 (10) Oct 27, 1931 35 years, 203 days   Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
199 Win 167–21–8 (3)   Pal Moran TKO 2 (10) Oct 06, 1931 35 years, 182 days   Queensboro Stadium, Long Island City, Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
198 Win 166–21–8 (3)   Pal Moran NWS 10 Aug 11, 1924 28 years, 126 days   Olympic Arena, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
197 Win 165–21–8 (3)   Johnny Mendelsohn NWS 8 Sep 07, 1923 27 years, 153 days   Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
196 Win 164–21–8 (3)   Lew Tendler UD 15 Jul 24, 1923 27 years, 108 days   Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained NBA and NYSAC lightweight titles
195 Win 163–21–8 (3)   Alex Hart NWS 8 Jul 09, 1923 27 years, 93 days   Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
194 Win 162–21–8 (3)   Pinky Mitchell TKO 10 (10) May 29, 1923 27 years, 52 days   Dexter Park Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
193 Win 161–21–8 (3)   Ever Hammer NWS 10 Aug 05, 1922 26 years, 120 days   Floyd Fitzsimmons' Arena, Michigan City, Michigan, U.S.
192 Win 160–21–8 (3)   Lew Tendler NWS 12 Jul 27, 1922 26 years, 111 days   Boyle's Thirty Acres, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S. NBA and NYSAC lightweight titles
191 Win 159–21–8 (3)   Rocky Kansas TKO 8 (10) Jul 04, 1922 26 years, 88 days   Floyd Fitzsimmons' Arena, Michigan City, Michigan, U.S.
190 Loss 158–21–8 (3)   Jack Britton DQ 13 (15) Jun 26, 1922 26 years, 80 days   Velodrome, Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S. For NBA and NYSAC welterweight titles
189 Win 158–20–8 (3)   Soldier Bartfield PTS 4 Apr 19, 1922 26 years, 12 days   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
188 Win 157–20–8 (3)   Johnny Clinton NWS 10 Mar 20, 1922 25 years, 347 days   Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
187 Win 156–20–8 (3)   Pal Moran NWS 10 Feb 25, 1922 25 years, 324 days   Louisiana Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
186 Win 155–20–8 (3)   Rocky Kansas UD 15 Feb 10, 1922 25 years, 309 days   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained NBA and NYSAC lightweight titles
185 Win 154–20–8 (3)   Tim Droney NWS 8 Dec 20, 1921 25 years, 257 days   Ice Palace, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
184 Win 153–20–8 (3)   Sailor Friedman NWS 8 Nov 22, 1921 25 years, 229 days   Ice Palace, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
183 Win 152–20–8 (3)   Rocky Kansas NWS 12 Jun 06, 1921 25 years, 60 days   Federal League Baseball Park, Harrison, New Jersey, U.S.
182 Win 151–20–8 (3)   Joe Welling NWS 8 Feb 24, 1921 24 years, 323 days   Coliseum, Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.
181 Win 150–20–8 (3)   Eddie Moy TKO 3 (10) Feb 21, 1921 24 years, 320 days   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
180 Win 149–20–8 (3)   Richie Mitchell TKO 6 (15) Jan 14, 1921 24 years, 282 days   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained NBA and NYSAC lightweight titles
179 Win 148–20–8 (3)   Joe Welling TKO 14 (15) Nov 26, 1920 24 years, 233 days   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained NYSAC lightweight title
178 Win 147–20–8 (3)   Harlem Eddie Kelly DQ 5 (12) Nov 17, 1920 24 years, 224 days   Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
177 Win 146–20–8 (3)   KO Willie Loughlin NWS 10 Nov 12, 1920 24 years, 219 days   Third Regiment Armory, Camden, New Jersey, U.S.
176 Win 145–20–8 (3)   Johnny Tillman PTS 10 Oct 18, 1920 24 years, 194 days   Armory, Akron, Ohio, U.S.
175 Win 144–20–8 (3)   Johnny Sheppard TKO 3 (10) Oct 08, 1920 24 years, 184 days   6th Regiment Armory, Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.
174 Win 143–20–8 (3)   Frankie Britt TKO 5 (10) Oct 04, 1920 24 years, 180 days   Wethersfield Baseball Grounds, Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
173 Win 142–20–8 (3)   Pal Moran NWS 10 Sep 25, 1920 24 years, 171 days   East Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
172 Win 141–20–8 (3)   KO Willie Loughlin KO 9 (10) Sep 10, 1920 24 years, 156 days   Armory, Camden, New Jersey, U.S.
171 Win 140–20–8 (3)   Charley White KO 9 (10) Jul 05, 1920 24 years, 89 days   Floyd Fitzsimmons Arena, Benton Harbor, Michigan, U.S.
170 Win 139–20–8 (3)   Johnny Dundee NWS 8 Feb 09, 1920 23 years, 308 days   4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
169 Win 138–20–8 (3)   Jake Abel NWS 10 Dec 22, 1919 23 years, 259 days   Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
168 Win 137–20–8 (3)   James Red Herring TKO 6 (8) Dec 19, 1919 23 years, 256 days   Southern A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
167 Win 136–20–8 (3)   Mel Coogan TKO 2 (8) Dec 10, 1919 23 years, 247 days   4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
166 Win 135–20–8 (3)   Soldier Bartfield NWS 6 Nov 27, 1919 23 years, 234 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
165 Win 134–20–8 (3)   Lockport Jimmy Duffy TKO 2 (15) Nov 17, 1919 23 years, 224 days   Convention Hall, Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S. Retained world lightweight title
164 Win 133–20–8 (3)   Soldier Bartfield NWS 8 Nov 10, 1919 23 years, 217 days   4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
163 Win 132–20–8 (3)   Phil Bloom NWS 10 Oct 15, 1919 23 years, 191 days   Arena Gardens, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
162 Win 131–20–8 (3)   Charley Metrie TKO 7 (10) Oct 01, 1919 23 years, 177 days   Arena Gardens, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
161 Win 130–20–8 (3)   Johnny Dundee NWS 8 Sep 17, 1919 23 years, 163 days   1st Regiment Armory, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
160 Win 129–20–8 (3)   Johnny Clinton NWS 10 Sep 08, 1919 23 years, 154 days   Arena, Syracuse, New York, U.S.
159 Win 128–20–8 (3)   Soldier Bartfield NWS 6 Sep 04, 1919 23 years, 150 days   Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
158 Win 127–20–8 (3)   Patsy Cline NWS 6 Aug 11, 1919 23 years, 126 days   Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
157 Win 126–20–8 (3)   Joe Malone TKO 3 (6) Jul 23, 1919 23 years, 107 days   Newport, Rhode Island, U.S.
156 Win 125–20–8 (3)   Johnny Dundee NWS 6 Jun 16, 1919 23 years, 70 days   Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
155 Win 124–20–8 (3)   Charley Pitts NWS 10 Jun 09, 1919 23 years, 63 days   Theatre francais, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
154 Win 123–20–8 (3)   Young George Erne KO 6 (8) May 21, 1919 23 years, 44 days   Grand Theater, Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.
153 Win 122–20–8 (3)   Willie Ritchie TKO 8 (8) Apr 28, 1919 23 years, 21 days   1st Regiment Armory, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
152 Win 121–20–8 (3)   Harvey Thorpe NWS 10 Mar 26, 1919 22 years, 353 days   Joplin, Missouri, U.S.
151 Loss 120–20–8 (3)   Willie Ritchie NWS 4 Feb 21, 1919 22 years, 320 days   Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
150 Win 120–19–8 (3)   Wildcat Leonard KO 4 (4) Feb 07, 1919 22 years, 306 days   Hoffman A.C., Sacramento, California, U.S.
149 Win 119–19–8 (3)   Spider Roach NWS 4 Feb 05, 1919 22 years, 304 days   Auditorium, Oakland, California, U.S.
148 Win 118–19–8 (3)   Joe Benjamin NWS 4 Jan 31, 1919 22 years, 299 days   Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
147 Win 117–19–8 (3)   Johnny Dundee NWS 8 Jan 20, 1919 22 years, 288 days   1st Regiment Armory, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
146 Win 116–19–8 (3)   Harlem Eddie Kelly NWS 6 Jan 13, 1919 22 years, 281 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
145 Win 115–19–8 (3)   Paul Doyle NWS 6 Jan 01, 1919 22 years, 269 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
144 Draw 114–19–8 (3)   Ted Kid Lewis NWS 8 Sep 23, 1918 22 years, 169 days   Weidenmeyer's Park, Newark, New Jersey, U.S. World welterweight title
143 Win 114–19–7 (3)   Harry Pierce NWS 6 Sep 16, 1918 22 years, 162 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
142 Win 113–19–7 (3)   Willie Gradwell TKO 5 (8) Jul 22, 1918 22 years, 106 days   4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
141 Win 112–19–7 (3)   Willie Jackson NWS 6 Jul 16, 1918 22 years, 100 days   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
140 Win 111–19–7 (3)   Jack Brazzo TKO 8 (8) Jul 04, 1918 22 years, 88 days   Wildwood Beach Baseball Park, Wildwood, New Jersey, U.S.
139 Win 110–19–7 (3)   Jack Britton NWS 6 Jun 25, 1918 22 years, 79 days   Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
138 Win 109–19–7 (3)   Barney Adair NWS 4 Jun 06, 1918 22 years, 60 days   Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, U.S.
137 Win 108–19–7 (3)   Mike Golindo PTS 4 May 25, 1918 22 years, 48 days   City Stadium, San Diego, California, U.S.
136 Win 107–19–7 (3)   Louis ReesMcCarthy NWS 4 May 20, 1918 22 years, 43 days   Shrine Temple, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
135 Win 106–19–7 (3)   Johnny McCarthy NWS 4 May 10, 1918 22 years, 33 days   Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
134 Win 105–19–7 (3)   Jack Brazzo TKO 4 (6) Apr 13, 1918 22 years, 6 days   National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
133 Win 104–19–7 (3)   Young Joe Borrell NWS 6 Apr 08, 1918 22 years, 1 day   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
132 Win 103–19–7 (3)   Freddie Kelly NWS 6 Dec 19, 1917 21 years, 256 days   National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
131 Win 102–19–7 (3)   Chick Brown TKO 5 (10) Dec 17, 1917 21 years, 254 days   Arena, New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
130 Win 101–19–7 (3)   Patsy Cline NWS 6 Dec 12, 1917 21 years, 249 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
129 Win 100–19–7 (3)   Gene Delmont KO 8 (10) Dec 05, 1917 21 years, 242 days   Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
128 Win 99–19–7 (3)   Battling Sailor Frank Kirk KO 1 (10) Nov 28, 1917 21 years, 235 days   Stockyards Stadium, Denver, Colorado, U.S.
127 Win 98–19–7 (3)   Toughy Ramser KO 7 (10) Oct 24, 1917 21 years, 199 days   Cleveland A.C., Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
126 Win 97–19–7 (3)   Young George Erne NWS 6 Oct 23, 1917 21 years, 199 days   Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, U.S.
125 Win 96–19–7 (3)   Young Eddie Wagond NWS 6 Oct 22, 1917 21 years, 198 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
124 Win 95–19–7 (3)   Jack Britton NWS 10 Oct 19, 1917 21 years, 195 days   Harlem S.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
123 Win 94–19–7 (3)   Vic Moran KO 2 (10) Oct 05, 1917 21 years, 181 days   Harlem S.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
122 Win 93–19–7 (3)   Eddie Dorsey KO 2 (10) Sep 27, 1917 21 years, 173 days   Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, U.S.
121 Win 92–19–7 (3)   Leo Johnson TKO 1 (10) Sep 21, 1917 21 years, 167 days   Harlem S.C., New York City, New York, U.S. Retained world lightweight title
120 Win 91–19–7 (3)   Phil Bloom KO 2 (10) Sep 14, 1917 21 years, 160 days   Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
119 Win 90–19–7 (3)   Jimmy Paul NWS 6 Sep 12, 1917 21 years, 158 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
118 Win 89–19–7 (3)   Young Rector TKO 5 (10) Sep 03, 1917 21 years, 149 days   Island Stadium, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
117 Win 88–19–7 (3)   Johnny Kilbane TKO 3 (6) Jul 25, 1917 21 years, 109 days   Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
116 Win 87–19–7 (3)   Johnny Nelson TKO 3 (10) Jun 18, 1917 21 years, 72 days   Harlem S.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
115 Win 86–19–7 (3)   Joe Welsh NWS 6 Jun 04, 1917 21 years, 58 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
114 Win 85–19–7 (3)   Freddie Welsh TKO 9 (10) May 28, 1917 21 years, 51 days   Manhattan Casino, New York City, New York, U.S. Won world lightweight title
113 Win 84–19–7 (3)   Eddie Shannon TKO 6 (10) May 10, 1917 21 years, 33 days   Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
112 Win 83–19–7 (3)   Charley Thomas TKO 6 (6) May 07, 1917 21 years, 30 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
111 Win 82–19–7 (3)   Richie Mitchell TKO 7 (10) Apr 19, 1917 21 years, 12 days   Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
110 Win 81–19–7 (3)   Packy Hommey KO 9 (10) Mar 22, 1917 20 years, 349 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
109 Win 80–19–7 (3)   Johnny Tillman NWS 6 Mar 12, 1917 20 years, 339 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
108 Win 79–19–7 (3)   Jimmy Reagan NWS 10 Feb 28, 1917 20 years, 327 days   Manhattan Casino, New York City, New York, U.S.
107 Win 78–19–7 (3)   Frankie Callahan NWS 10 Feb 01, 1917 20 years, 300 days   Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
106 Win 77–19–7 (3)   Phil Bloom NWS 10 Jan 30, 1917 20 years, 298 days   Broadway S.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
105 Win 76–19–7 (3)   Eddie Wallace NWS 6 Jan 22, 1917 20 years, 290 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
104 Win 75–19–7 (3)   Chick Simler NWS 10 Nov 28, 1916 20 years, 235 days   Empire A.C., Harlem, New York City, New York, U.S.
103 Win 74–19–7 (3)   Harvey Thorpe KO 12 (12) Nov 21, 1916 20 years, 228 days   Coliseum, Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.
102 Loss 73–19–7 (3)   Johnny Dundee NWS 6 Nov 15, 1916 20 years, 222 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
101 Win 73–18–7 (3)   Stanley Yoakum NWS 10 Nov 10, 1916 20 years, 217 days   Harlem S.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
100 Win 72–18–7 (3)   Ever Hammer TKO 12 (15) Oct 18, 1916 20 years, 194 days   Convention Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
99 Win 71–18–7 (3)   Johnny Nelson NWS 6 Oct 09, 1916 20 years, 185 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
98 Win 70–18–7 (3)   Johnny Tillman NWS 6 Sep 25, 1916 20 years, 171 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
97 Win 69–18–7 (3)   Frankie Conifrey TKO 7 (10) Sep 14, 1916 20 years, 160 days   Empire A.C., Harlem, New York City, New York, U.S.
96 Win 68–18–7 (3)   Eddie McAndrews KO 5 (6) Sep 09, 1916 20 years, 155 days   National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
95 Win 67–18–7 (3)   Joe Azevedo NWS 10 Aug 18, 1916 20 years, 133 days   Convention Hall, Saratoga Springs, New York, U.S.
94 Loss 66–18–7 (3)   Freddie Welsh NWS 10 Jul 28, 1916 20 years, 112 days   Washington Park A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
93 Win 66–17–7 (3)   Vic Moran NWS 10 Jun 23, 1916 20 years, 77 days   Harlem S.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
92 Draw 65–17–7 (3)   Johnny Dundee NWS 10 Jun 12, 1916 20 years, 66 days   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
91 Win 65–17–6 (3)   Charley Thomas NWS 6 May 01, 1916 20 years, 24 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
90 Win 64–17–6 (3)   Phil Bloom NWS 10 Apr 20, 1916 20 years, 13 days   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
89 Win 63–17–6 (3)   Freddie Welsh NWS 10 Mar 31, 1916 19 years, 359 days   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. World lightweight title
88 Win 62–17–6 (3)   Shamus O'Brien TKO 7 (10) Mar 17, 1916 19 years, 345 days   Harlem S.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
87 Win 61–17–6 (3)   Sam Robideau NWS 6 Mar 13, 1916 19 years, 341 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
86 Draw 60–17–6 (3)   Johnny Dundee NWS 10 Mar 08, 1916 19 years, 336 days   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
85 Win 60–17–5 (3)   Rocky Kansas NWS 10 Feb 28, 1916 19 years, 327 days   Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, U.S.
84 Win 59–17–5 (3)   Jimmy Murphy KO 6 (6) Feb 21, 1916 19 years, 320 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
83 Win 58–17–5 (3)   Shamus O'Brien NWS 10 Feb 11, 1916 19 years, 310 days   Arena, Syracuse, New York, U.S.
82 Win 57–17–5 (3)   Phil Bloom TKO 8 (12) Feb 08, 1916 19 years, 307 days   Hippodrome, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
81 Win 56–17–5 (3)   Joe Welsh KO 5 (6) Jan 01, 1916 19 years, 269 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
80 Win 55–17–5 (3)   Joe Mandot KO 7 (10) Dec 17, 1915 19 years, 254 days   Harlem S.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
79 Win 54–17–5 (3)   Joe Azevedo NWS 10 Nov 19, 1915 19 years, 226 days   Harlem S.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
78 Win 53–17–5 (3)   Banty Sharpe NWS 10 Nov 13, 1915 19 years, 220 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
77 Win 52–17–5 (3)   Gene Moriarty KO 3 (10) Nov 08, 1915 19 years, 215 days   Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
76 Win 51–17–5 (3)   Johnny Drummie NWS 10 Oct 19, 1915 19 years, 195 days   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
75 Win 50–17–5 (3)   Al Thomas NWS 10 Oct 01, 1915 19 years, 177 days   American A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
74 Win 49–17–5 (3)   Johnny Drummie NWS 10 Aug 13, 1915 19 years, 128 days   Brown's Gym A.A., Far Rockaway, Queens City, New York City, New York, U.S.
73 Win 48–17–5 (3)   Al Schumacher TKO 7 (10) Jun 19, 1915 19 years, 73 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
72 Win 47–17–5 (3)   Frankie Callahan NWS 10 May 18, 1915 19 years, 41 days   135th Street A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
71 Loss 46–17–5 (3)   Johnny Kilbane NWS 10 Apr 29, 1915 19 years, 22 days   Federal A.C., Atlantic Gardens, New York City, New York, U.S.
70 Win 46–16–5 (3)   Joe Goldberg NWS 10 Mar 24, 1915 18 years, 351 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
69 Win 45–16–5 (3)   Westside Jimmy Duffy NWS 10 Mar 20, 1915 18 years, 347 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
68 Loss 44–16–5 (3)   Johnny Dundee NWS 10 Mar 02, 1915 18 years, 329 days   135th Street A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
67 Win 44–15–5 (3)   Patsy Cline NWS 10 Feb 18, 1915 18 years, 317 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
66 Win 43–15–5 (3)   Tommy Langdon NWS 6 Feb 15, 1915 18 years, 314 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
65 Win 42–15–5 (3)   Johnny Drummie NWS 10 Jan 16, 1915 18 years, 284 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
64 Win 41–15–5 (3)   Jack Sheppard DQ 5 (10) Jan 11, 1915 18 years, 279 days   Long Acre A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
63 Win 40–15–5 (3)   Frankie Conifrey NWS 10 Dec 12, 1914 18 years, 249 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
62 Win 39–15–5 (3)   Phil Bloom NWS 10 Nov 26, 1914 18 years, 233 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
61 Win 38–15–5 (3)   Harry Condon NWS 10 Nov 07, 1914 18 years, 214 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
60 Win 37–15–5 (3)   Young Driscoll NWS 10 Oct 31, 1914 18 years, 207 days   Irving A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
59 Draw 36–15–5 (3)   Phil Bloom NWS 10 Oct 03, 1914 18 years, 179 days   Irving A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
58 Win 36–15–4 (3)   Joe Thomas NWS 10 Sep 16, 1914 18 years, 162 days   St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, New York, U.S.
57 Win 35–15–4 (3)   Philadelphia Pal Moore NWS 10 Sep 07, 1914 18 years, 153 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
56 Win 34–15–4 (3)   Eddie Wallace NWS 10 Aug 25, 1914 18 years, 140 days   Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
55 Draw 33–15–4 (3)   Bobby Reynolds NWS 10 Aug 22, 1914 18 years, 137 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
54 Win 33–15–3 (3)   Tommy Houck KO 7 (10) Aug 14, 1914 18 years, 129 days   Alexandria A.C., Elmsford, New York, U.S.
53 Win 32–15–3 (3)   Billy Kramer NWS 10 Jul 18, 1914 18 years, 102 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
52 Win 31–15–3 (3)   Teddy Hubbs NWS 10 Jun 20, 1914 18 years, 74 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
51 Win 30–15–3 (3)   Willie Schaefer NWS 10 May 30, 1914 18 years, 53 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
50 Loss 29–15–3 (3)   Young Abe Brown NWS 10 Apr 03, 1914 17 years, 361 days   Empire A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
49 Win 29–14–3 (3)   Patsy Kline NWS 10 Mar 03, 1914 17 years, 330 days   Atlantic Garden A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
48 Win 28–14–3 (3)   Joe Stacey NWS 10 Jan 24, 1914 17 years, 292 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
47 Loss 27–14–3 (3)   Phil Bloom NWS 10 Jan 20, 1914 17 years, 288 days   Atlantic Garden A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
46 Loss 27–13–3 (3)   Kid Black NWS 10 Jan 06, 1914 17 years, 274 days   Brown's Gym, New York City, New York, U.S.
45 Win 27–12–3 (3)   Charley Barry NWS 10 Jan 03, 1914 17 years, 271 days   Irving A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
44 Win 26–12–3 (3)   Special Delivery Hirsch NWS 10 Dec 30, 1913 17 years, 267 days   Atlantic Garden A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
43 Win 25–12–3 (3)   Danny Ridge NWS 10 Dec 20, 1913 17 years, 257 days   Brown's Gym, New York City, New York, U.S.
42 Loss 24–12–3 (3)   Harry Tracey NWS 10 Dec 08, 1913 17 years, 245 days   Olympic A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
41 Win 24–11–3 (3)   Jack Sheppard NWS 10 Nov 15, 1913 17 years, 222 days   Atlantic Garden A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
40 Draw 23–11–3 (3)   Willie Jones NWS 10 Oct 23, 1913 17 years, 199 days   Postman A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
39 Win 23–11–2 (3)   Young Fitzsimmons NWS 10 Oct 04, 1913 17 years, 180 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
38 Loss 22–11–2 (3)   Tommy Houck NWS 10 Sep 27, 1913 17 years, 173 days   Atlantic Garden A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
37 Win 22–10–2 (3)   Harry Ah Chung TKO 6 (10) Sep 02, 1913 17 years, 148 days   Atlantic Garden A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
36 Loss 21–10–2 (3)   Frankie Fleming NWS 10 Aug 16, 1913 17 years, 131 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
35 Win 21–9–2 (3)   Walter Hennessey TKO 3 (10) Aug 02, 1913 17 years, 117 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
34 Win 20–9–2 (3)   Walter Brooks NWS 10 Jul 12, 1913 17 years, 96 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
33 Win 19–9–2 (3)   Johnny Carroll KO 1 (10) Jun 20, 1913 17 years, 74 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
32 Win 18–9–2 (3)   Dave Cronin NWS 10 May 29, 1913 17 years, 52 days   New Polo A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
31 Loss 17–9–2 (3)   Eddie Powers NWS 6 May 22, 1913 17 years, 45 days   Elks' Hall, Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.
30 Loss 17–8–2 (3)   Eddie Powers NWS 10 May 03, 1913 17 years, 26 days   Atlantic Garden A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
29 Draw 17–7–2 (3)   Johnny Lustig NWS 10 Jan 14, 1913 16 years, 282 days   Brown's Gym, New York City, New York, U.S.
28 Loss 17–7–1 (3)   Jimmy McVeigh NWS 6 Dec 12, 1912 16 years, 249 days   Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.
27 Win 17–6–1 (3)   Special Delivery Hirsch NWS 10 Nov 02, 1912 16 years, 209 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
26 Loss 16–6–1 (3)   Kid Herman NWS 10 Sep 28, 1912 16 years, 174 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
25 Win 16–5–1 (3)   Kid Ghetto KO 6 (6) Sep 13, 1912 16 years, 159 days   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. The date is uncertain
24 Win 15–5–1 (3)   Hank McGowan NWS 6 Aug 30, 1912 16 years, 145 days   Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.
23 Loss 14–5–1 (3)   Kid Ghetto NWS 6 Jul 31, 1912 16 years, 115 days   St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, New York, U.S.
22 Win 14–4–1 (3)   Young Price KO 5 (6) Jul 19, 1912 16 years, 103 days   New York City, New York, U.S. The date is uncertain
21 Loss 13–4–1 (3)   Frankie Fleming KO 4 (6) May 03, 1912 16 years, 26 days   New Polo A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
20 Draw 13–3–1 (3)   Kid Goodman NWS 6 Apr 26, 1912 16 years, 19 days   Elks' Hall, Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.
19 Win 13–3 (3)   Packey Brennan TKO 3 (6) Apr 13, 1912 16 years, 6 days   Brown's Gym, New York City, New York, U.S.
18 Win 12–3 (3)   Young Gross NWS 4 Apr 08, 1912 16 years, 1 day   Newark, New Jersery, U.S.
17 ND 11–3 (3)   Battling Travis ND 6 Mar 26, 1912 15 years, 354 days   New York City, New York, U.S. The date is uncertain
16 Loss 11–3 (2)   Joe Shugrue TKO 4 (10) Mar 05, 1912 15 years, 333 days   Brown's Gym, New York City, New York, U.S.
15 Win 11–2 (2)   Young Goldie TKO 2 (6) Feb 24, 1912 15 years, 323 days   Brown's Gym, New York City, New York, U.S.
14 Win 10–2 (2)   Billy Meyers TKO 1 (6) Feb 12, 1912 15 years, 312 days   Carlyle A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
13 Win 9–2 (2)   Joe Kane KO 5 (6) Feb 03, 1912 15 years, 302 days   Brown's Gym, New York City, New York, U.S.
12 Loss 8–2 (2)   Bobby Dunn KO ? (6) Jan 22, 1912 15 years, 290 days   Malvern A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
11 Win 8–1 (2)   Willie Singer KO 1 (6) Jan 09, 1912 15 years, 277 days   Brown's Gym, New York City, New York, U.S.
10 Win 7–1 (2)   Lewis Gibbs KO 2 (6) Jan 08, 1912 15 years, 276 days   Fordon A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
9 Win 6–1 (2)   Paddy Parker KO 4 (6) Dec 30, 1911 15 years, 267 days   Brown's Gym, New York City, New York, U.S.
8 Win 5–1 (2)   Smiling Kemp KO 1 (6) Dec 25, 1911 15 years, 262 days   Fordon A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
7 Win 4–1 (2)   Sammy Marino NWS 6 Dec 25, 1911 15 years, 262 days   Fordon A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
6 Win 3–1 (2)   Young Goldie NWS 4 Dec 09, 1911 15 years, 246 days   Brown's Gym, New York City, New York, U.S.
5 Win 2–1 (2)   Young Frankie Pass KO 3 (6) Nov 25, 1911 15 years, 232 days   Brown's Gym, New York City, New York, U.S.
4 ND 1–1 (2)   Battling Travis ND 6 Nov 11, 1911 15 years, 218 days   New York City, New York, U.S. The date is approximate
3 ND 1–1 (1)   Johnny Falters ND 4 Nov 04, 1911 15 years, 211 days   Olympic A.C., New York City, New York, U.S. The date is approximate
2 Win 1–1   Young Joe Stanley KO 2 (4) Oct 28, 1911 15 years, 204 days   New York City, New York, U.S. The date is approximate
1 Loss 0–1   Mickey Finnegan TKO 3 (4) Oct 14, 1911 15 years, 190 days   Fordon A.C., New York, New York City, New York, U.S.

Official Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
219 fights 89 wins 6 losses
By knockout 70 5
By decision 17 0
By disqualification 2 1
Draws 1
No contests 3
Newspaper decisions/draws 120
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 Age Location Notes
219 Loss 89–6–1 (123)   Jimmy McLarnin TKO 6 (10) Oct 07, 1932 36 years, 183 days   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
218 Win 89–5–1 (123)   Mike Sarko PTS 6 Sep 12, 1932 36 years, 158 days   Starlight Park, Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
217 Win 88–5–1 (123)   Jimmy Abbott TKO 3 (10) Sep 08, 1932 36 years, 154 days   Fort Hamilton Arena, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
216 Win 87–5–1 (123)   Phil Rafferty PTS 6 Sep 02, 1932 36 years, 148 days   Long Beach Stadium, Long Beach, New York, U.S.
215 Win 86–5–1 (123)   Mike Sarko PTS 6 Aug 19, 1932 36 years, 134 days   Long Beach Stadium, Long Beach, New York, U.S.
214 Win 85–5–1 (123)   Paulie Walker UD 10 Aug 11, 1932 36 years, 126 days   Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
213 Win 84–5–1 (123)   Billy Townsend PTS 10 Jul 28, 1932 36 years, 112 days   Queensboro Stadium, Long Island City, Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
212 Win 83–5–1 (123)   Eddie Shapiro PTS 8 Jul 22, 1932 36 years, 106 days   Coney Island Stadium, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
211 Win 82–5–1 (123)   Joe Trippe KO 2 (10) Jun 20, 1932 36 years, 74 days   Bonacker's Stadium, Rensselaer, New York, U.S.
210 Win 81–5–1 (123)   Billy Angelo PTS 10 Jun 16, 1932 36 years, 70 days   Baker Bowl, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
209 Win 80–5–1 (123)   Andy Saviola PTS 10 Jun 08, 1932 36 years, 62 days   Coney Island Stadium, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
208 Win 79–5–1 (123)   Jimmy Abbott TKO 6 (10) May 23, 1932 36 years, 46 days   Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.
207 Win 78–5–1 (123)   Marty Goldman KO 2 (10) May 16, 1932 36 years, 39 days   Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
206 Win 77–5–1 (123)   Willie Garafola TKO 4 (10) May 02, 1932 36 years, 25 days   St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, New York, U.S.
205 Win 76–5–1 (123)   Mike Sarko PTS 6 Apr 19, 1932 36 years, 12 days   Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
204 Win 75–5–1 (123)   Buster Brown PTS 10 Apr 11, 1932 36 years, 4 days   St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, New York, U.S.
203 Win 74–5–1 (123)   Billy McMahon PTS 10 Feb 29, 1932 35 years, 328 days   St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, New York, U.S.
202 Win 73–5–1 (123)   Buster Brown PTS 10 Nov 23, 1931 35 years, 230 days   Carlin's Park, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
201 Draw 72–5–1 (123)   Johnny Kasper PTS 10 Nov 06, 1931 35 years, 213 days   Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, Vermont, U.S.
200 Win 72–5 (123)   Vittorio Livan KO 3 (10) Oct 27, 1931 35 years, 203 days   Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
199 Win 71–5 (123)   Pal Moran TKO 2 (10) Oct 06, 1931 35 years, 182 days   Queensboro Stadium, Long Island City, Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
198 Win 70–5 (123)   Pal Moran NWS 10 Aug 11, 1924 28 years, 126 days   Olympic Arena, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
197 Win 70–5 (122)   Johnny Mendelsohn NWS 8 Sep 07, 1923 27 years, 153 days   Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
196 Win 70–5 (121)   Lew Tendler UD 15 Jul 24, 1923 27 years, 108 days   Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained NBA and NYSAC lightweight titles
195 Win 69–5 (121)   Alex Hart NWS 8 Jul 09, 1923 27 years, 93 days   Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
194 Win 69–5 (120)   Pinky Mitchell TKO 10 (10) May 29, 1923 27 years, 52 days   Dexter Park Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
193 Win 68–5 (120)   Ever Hammer NWS 10 Aug 05, 1922 26 years, 120 days   Floyd Fitzsimmons' Arena, Michigan City, Michigan, U.S.
192 Win 68–5 (119)   Lew Tendler NWS 12 Jul 27, 1922 26 years, 111 days   Boyle's Thirty Acres, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S. NBA and NYSAC lightweight titles
191 Win 68–5 (118)   Rocky Kansas TKO 8 (10) Jul 04, 1922 26 years, 88 days   Floyd Fitzsimmons' Arena, Michigan City, Michigan, U.S.
190 Loss 67–5 (118)   Jack Britton DQ 13 (15) Jun 26, 1922 26 years, 80 days   Velodrome, Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S. For NBA and NYSAC welterweight titles
189 Win 67–4 (118)   Soldier Bartfield PTS 4 Apr 19, 1922 26 years, 12 days   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
188 Win 66–4 (118)   Johnny Clinton NWS 10 Mar 20, 1922 25 years, 347 days   Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
187 Win 66–4 (117)   Pal Moran NWS 10 Feb 25, 1922 25 years, 324 days   Louisiana Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
186 Win 66–4 (116)   Rocky Kansas UD 15 Feb 10, 1922 25 years, 309 days   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained NBA and NYSAC lightweight titles
185 Win 65–4 (116)   Tim Droney NWS 8 Dec 20, 1921 25 years, 257 days   Ice Palace, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
184 Win 65–4 (115)   Sailor Friedman NWS 8 Nov 22, 1921 25 years, 229 days   Ice Palace, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
183 Win 65–4 (114)   Rocky Kansas NWS 12 Jun 06, 1921 25 years, 60 days   Federal League Baseball Park, Harrison, New Jersey, U.S.
182 Win 65–4 (113)   Joe Welling NWS 8 Feb 24, 1921 24 years, 323 days   Coliseum, Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.
181 Win 65–4 (112)   Eddie Moy TKO 3 (10) Feb 21, 1921 24 years, 320 days   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
180 Win 64–4 (112)   Richie Mitchell TKO 6 (15) Jan 14, 1921 24 years, 282 days   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained NBA and NYSAC lightweight titles
179 Win 63–4 (112)   Joe Welling TKO 14 (15) Nov 26, 1920 24 years, 233 days   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained NYSAC lightweight title
178 Win 62–4 (112)   Harlem Eddie Kelly DQ 5 (12) Nov 17, 1920 24 years, 224 days   Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
177 Win 61–4 (112)   KO Willie Loughlin NWS 10 Nov 12, 1920 24 years, 219 days   Third Regiment Armory, Camden, New Jersey, U.S.
176 Win 61–4 (111)   Johnny Tillman PTS 10 Oct 18, 1920 24 years, 194 days   Armory, Akron, Ohio, U.S.
175 Win 60–4 (111)   Johnny Sheppard TKO 3 (10) Oct 08, 1920 24 years, 184 days   6th Regiment Armory, Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.
174 Win 59–4 (111)   Frankie Britt TKO 5 (10) Oct 04, 1920 24 years, 180 days   Wethersfield Baseball Grounds, Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
173 Win 58–4 (111)   Pal Moran NWS 10 Sep 25, 1920 24 years, 171 days   East Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
172 Win 58–4 (110)   KO Willie Loughlin KO 9 (10) Sep 10, 1920 24 years, 156 days   Armory, Camden, New Jersey, U.S.
171 Win 57–4 (110)   Charley White KO 9 (10) Jul 05, 1920 24 years, 89 days   Floyd Fitzsimmons Arena, Benton Harbor, Michigan, U.S.
170 Win 56–4 (110)   Johnny Dundee NWS 8 Feb 09, 1920 23 years, 308 days   4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
169 Win 56–4 (109)   Jake Abel NWS 10 Dec 22, 1919 23 years, 259 days   Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
168 Win 56–4 (108)   James Red Herring TKO 6 (8) Dec 19, 1919 23 years, 256 days   Southern A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
167 Win 55–4 (108)   Mel Coogan TKO 2 (8) Dec 10, 1919 23 years, 247 days   4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
166 Win 54–4 (108)   Soldier Bartfield NWS 6 Nov 27, 1919 23 years, 234 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
165 Win 54–4 (107)   Lockport Jimmy Duffy TKO 2 (15) Nov 17, 1919 23 years, 224 days   Convention Hall, Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S. Retained world lightweight title
164 Win 53–4 (107)   Soldier Bartfield NWS 8 Nov 10, 1919 23 years, 217 days   4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
163 Win 53–4 (106)   Phil Bloom NWS 10 Oct 15, 1919 23 years, 191 days   Arena Gardens, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
162 Win 53–4 (105)   Charley Metrie TKO 7 (10) Oct 01, 1919 23 years, 177 days   Arena Gardens, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
161 Win 52–4 (105)   Johnny Dundee NWS 8 Sep 17, 1919 23 years, 163 days   1st Regiment Armory, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
160 Win 52–4 (104)   Johnny Clinton NWS 10 Sep 08, 1919 23 years, 154 days   Arena, Syracuse, New York, U.S.
159 Win 52–4 (103)   Soldier Bartfield NWS 6 Sep 04, 1919 23 years, 150 days   Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
158 Win 52–4 (102)   Patsy Cline NWS 6 Aug 11, 1919 23 years, 126 days   Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
157 Win 52–4 (101)   Joe Malone TKO 3 (6) Jul 23, 1919 23 years, 107 days   Newport, Rhode Island, U.S.
156 Win 51–4 (101)   Johnny Dundee NWS 6 Jun 16, 1919 23 years, 70 days   Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
155 Win 51–4 (100)   Charley Pitts NWS 10 Jun 09, 1919 23 years, 63 days   Theatre francais, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
154 Win 51–4 (99)   Young George Erne KO 6 (8) May 21, 1919 23 years, 44 days   Grand Theater, Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.
153 Win 50–4 (99)   Willie Ritchie TKO 8 (8) Apr 28, 1919 23 years, 21 days   1st Regiment Armory, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
152 Win 49–4 (99)   Harvey Thorpe NWS 10 Mar 26, 1919 22 years, 353 days   Joplin, Missouri, U.S.
151 Loss 49–4 (98)   Willie Ritchie NWS 4 Feb 21, 1919 22 years, 320 days   Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
150 Win 49–4 (97)   Wildcat Leonard KO 4 (4) Feb 07, 1919 22 years, 306 days   Hoffman A.C., Sacramento, California, U.S.
149 Win 48–4 (97)   Spider Roach NWS 4 Feb 05, 1919 22 years, 304 days   Auditorium, Oakland, California, U.S.
148 Win 48–4 (96)   Joe Benjamin NWS 4 Jan 31, 1919 22 years, 299 days   Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
147 Win 48–4 (95)   Johnny Dundee NWS 8 Jan 20, 1919 22 years, 288 days   1st Regiment Armory, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
146 Win 48–4 (94)   Harlem Eddie Kelly NWS 6 Jan 13, 1919 22 years, 281 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
145 Win 48–4 (93)   Paul Doyle NWS 6 Jan 01, 1919 22 years, 269 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
144 Draw 48–4 (92)   Ted Kid Lewis NWS 8 Sep 23, 1918 22 years, 169 days   Weidenmeyer's Park, Newark, New Jersey, U.S. World welterweight title
143 Win 48–4 (91)   Harry Pierce NWS 6 Sep 16, 1918 22 years, 162 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
142 Win 48–4 (90)   Willie Gradwell TKO 5 (8) Jul 22, 1918 22 years, 106 days   4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
141 Win 47–4 (90)   Willie Jackson NWS 6 Jul 16, 1918 22 years, 100 days   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
140 Win 47–4 (89)   Jack Brazzo TKO 8 (8) Jul 04, 1918 22 years, 88 days   Wildwood Beach Baseball Park, Wildwood, New Jersey, U.S.
139 Win 46–4 (89)   Jack Britton NWS 6 Jun 25, 1918 22 years, 79 days   Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
138 Win 46–4 (88)   Barney Adair NWS 4 Jun 06, 1918 22 years, 60 days   Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, U.S.
137 Win 46–4 (87)   Mike Golindo PTS 4 May 25, 1918 22 years, 48 days   City Stadium, San Diego, California, U.S.
136 Win 45–4 (87)   Louis ReesMcCarthy NWS 4 May 20, 1918 22 years, 43 days   Shrine Temple, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
135 Win 45–4 (86)   Johnny McCarthy NWS 4 May 10, 1918 22 years, 33 days   Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
134 Win 45–4 (85)   Jack Brazzo TKO 4 (6) Apr 13, 1918 22 years, 6 days   National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
133 Win 44–4 (85)   Young Joe Borrell NWS 6 Apr 08, 1918 22 years, 1 day   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
132 Win 44–4 (84)   Freddie Kelly NWS 6 Dec 19, 1917 21 years, 256 days   National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
131 Win 44–4 (83)   Chick Brown TKO 5 (10) Dec 17, 1917 21 years, 254 days   Arena, New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
130 Win 43–4 (83)   Patsy Cline NWS 6 Dec 12, 1917 21 years, 249 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
129 Win 43–4 (82)   Gene Delmont KO 8 (10) Dec 05, 1917 21 years, 242 days   Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
128 Win 42–4 (82)   Battling Sailor Frank Kirk KO 1 (10) Nov 28, 1917 21 years, 235 days   Stockyards Stadium, Denver, Colorado, U.S.
127 Win 41–4 (82)   Toughy Ramser KO 7 (10) Oct 24, 1917 21 years, 199 days   Cleveland A.C., Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
126 Win 40–4 (82)   Young George Erne NWS 6 Oct 23, 1917 21 years, 199 days   Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, U.S.
125 Win 40–4 (81)   Young Eddie Wagond NWS 6 Oct 22, 1917 21 years, 198 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
124 Win 40–4 (80)   Jack Britton NWS 10 Oct 19, 1917 21 years, 195 days   Harlem S.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
123 Win 40–4 (79)   Vic Moran KO 2 (10) Oct 05, 1917 21 years, 181 days   Harlem S.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
122 Win 39–4 (79)   Eddie Dorsey KO 2 (10) Sep 27, 1917 21 years, 173 days   Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, U.S.
121 Win 38–4 (79)   Leo Johnson TKO 1 (10) Sep 21, 1917 21 years, 167 days   Harlem S.C., New York City, New York, U.S. Retained world lightweight title
120 Win 37–4 (79)   Phil Bloom KO 2 (10) Sep 14, 1917 21 years, 160 days   Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
119 Win 36–4 (79)   Jimmy Paul NWS 6 Sep 12, 1917 21 years, 158 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
118 Win 36–4 (78)   Young Rector TKO 5 (10) Sep 03, 1917 21 years, 149 days   Island Stadium, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
117 Win 35–4 (78)   Johnny Kilbane TKO 3 (6) Jul 25, 1917 21 years, 109 days   Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
116 Win 34–4 (78)   Johnny Nelson TKO 3 (10) Jun 18, 1917 21 years, 72 days   Harlem S.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
115 Win 33–4 (78)   Joe Welsh NWS 6 Jun 04, 1917 21 years, 58 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
114 Win 33–4 (77)   Freddie Welsh TKO 9 (10) May 28, 1917 21 years, 51 days   Manhattan Casino, New York City, New York, U.S. Won world lightweight title
113 Win 32–4 (77)   Eddie Shannon TKO 6 (10) May 10, 1917 21 years, 33 days   Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
112 Win 31–4 (77)   Charley Thomas TKO 6 (6) May 07, 1917 21 years, 30 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
111 Win 30–4 (77)   Richie Mitchell TKO 7 (10) Apr 19, 1917 21 years, 12 days   Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
110 Win 29–4 (77)   Packy Hommey KO 9 (10) Mar 22, 1917 20 years, 349 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
109 Win 28–4 (77)   Johnny Tillman NWS 6 Mar 12, 1917 20 years, 339 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
108 Win 28–4 (76)   Jimmy Reagan NWS 10 Feb 28, 1917 20 years, 327 days   Manhattan Casino, New York City, New York, U.S.
107 Win 28–4 (75)   Frankie Callahan NWS 10 Feb 01, 1917 20 years, 300 days   Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
106 Win 28–4 (74)   Phil Bloom NWS 10 Jan 30, 1917 20 years, 298 days   Broadway S.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
105 Win 28–4 (73)   Eddie Wallace NWS 6 Jan 22, 1917 20 years, 290 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
104 Win 28–4 (72)   Chick Simler NWS 10 Nov 28, 1916 20 years, 235 days   Empire A.C., Harlem, New York City, New York, U.S.
103 Win 28–4 (71)   Harvey Thorpe KO 12 (12) Nov 21, 1916 20 years, 228 days   Coliseum, Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.
102 Loss 27–4 (71)   Johnny Dundee NWS 6 Nov 15, 1916 20 years, 222 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
101 Win 27–4 (70)   Stanley Yoakum NWS 10 Nov 10, 1916 20 years, 217 days   Harlem S.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
100 Win 27–4 (69)   Ever Hammer TKO 12 (15) Oct 18, 1916 20 years, 194 days   Convention Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
99 Win 26–4 (69)   Johnny Nelson NWS 6 Oct 09, 1916 20 years, 185 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
98 Win 26–4 (68)   Johnny Tillman NWS 6 Sep 25, 1916 20 years, 171 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
97 Win 26–4 (67)   Frankie Conifrey TKO 7 (10) Sep 14, 1916 20 years, 160 days   Empire A.C., Harlem, New York City, New York, U.S.
96 Win 25–4 (67)   Eddie McAndrews KO 5 (6) Sep 09, 1916 20 years, 155 days   National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
95 Win 24–4 (67)   Joe Azevedo NWS 10 Aug 18, 1916 20 years, 133 days   Convention Hall, Saratoga Springs, New York, U.S.
94 Loss 24–4 (66)   Freddie Welsh NWS 10 Jul 28, 1916 20 years, 112 days   Washington Park A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
93 Win 24–4 (65)   Vic Moran NWS 10 Jun 23, 1916 20 years, 77 days   Harlem S.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
92 Draw 24–4 (64)   Johnny Dundee NWS 10 Jun 12, 1916 20 years, 66 days   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
91 Win 24–4 (63)   Charley Thomas NWS 6 May 01, 1916 20 years, 24 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
90 Win 24–4 (62)   Phil Bloom NWS 10 Apr 20, 1916 20 years, 13 days   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
89 Win 24–4 (61)   Freddie Welsh NWS 10 Mar 31, 1916 19 years, 359 days   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. World lightweight title
88 Win 24–4 (60)   Shamus O'Brien TKO 7 (10) Mar 17, 1916 19 years, 345 days   Harlem S.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
87 Win 23–4 (60)   Sam Robideau NWS 6 Mar 13, 1916 19 years, 341 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
86 Draw 23–4 (59)   Johnny Dundee NWS 10 Mar 08, 1916 19 years, 336 days   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
85 Win 23–4 (58)   Rocky Kansas NWS 10 Feb 28, 1916 19 years, 327 days   Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, U.S.
84 Win 23–4 (57)   Jimmy Murphy KO 6 (6) Feb 21, 1916 19 years, 320 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
83 Win 22–4 (57)   Shamus O'Brien NWS 10 Feb 11, 1916 19 years, 310 days   Arena, Syracuse, New York, U.S.
82 Win 22–4 (56)   Phil Bloom TKO 8 (12) Feb 08, 1916 19 years, 307 days   Hippodrome, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
81 Win 21–4 (56)   Joe Welsh KO 5 (6) Jan 01, 1916 19 years, 269 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
80 Win 20–4 (56)   Joe Mandot KO 7 (10) Dec 17, 1915 19 years, 254 days   Harlem S.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
79 Win 19–4 (56)   Joe Azevedo NWS 10 Nov 19, 1915 19 years, 226 days   Harlem S.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
78 Win 19–4 (55)   Banty Sharpe NWS 10 Nov 13, 1915 19 years, 220 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
77 Win 19–4 (54)   Gene Moriarty KO 3 (10) Nov 08, 1915 19 years, 215 days   Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
76 Win 18–4 (54)   Johnny Drummie NWS 10 Oct 19, 1915 19 years, 195 days   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
75 Win 18–4 (53)   Al Thomas NWS 10 Oct 01, 1915 19 years, 177 days   American A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
74 Win 18–4 (52)   Johnny Drummie NWS 10 Aug 13, 1915 19 years, 128 days   Brown's Gym A.A., Far Rockaway, Queens City, New York City, New York, U.S.
73 Win 18–4 (51)   Al Schumacher TKO 7 (10) Jun 19, 1915 19 years, 73 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
72 Win 17–4 (51)   Frankie Callahan NWS 10 May 18, 1915 19 years, 41 days   135th Street A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
71 Loss 17–4 (50)   Johnny Kilbane NWS 10 Apr 29, 1915 19 years, 22 days   Federal A.C., Atlantic Gardens, New York City, New York, U.S.
70 Win 17–4 (49)   Joe Goldberg NWS 10 Mar 24, 1915 18 years, 351 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
69 Win 17–4 (48)   Westside Jimmy Duffy NWS 10 Mar 20, 1915 18 years, 347 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
68 Loss 17–4 (47)   Johnny Dundee NWS 10 Mar 02, 1915 18 years, 329 days   135th Street A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
67 Win 17–4 (46)   Patsy Cline NWS 10 Feb 18, 1915 18 years, 317 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
66 Win 17–4 (45)   Tommy Langdon NWS 6 Feb 15, 1915 18 years, 314 days   Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
65 Win 17–4 (44)   Johnny Drummie NWS 10 Jan 16, 1915 18 years, 284 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
64 Win 17–4 (43)   Jack Sheppard DQ 5 (10) Jan 11, 1915 18 years, 279 days   Long Acre A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
63 Win 16–4 (43)   Frankie Conifrey NWS 10 Dec 12, 1914 18 years, 249 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
62 Win 16–4 (42)   Phil Bloom NWS 10 Nov 26, 1914 18 years, 233 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
61 Win 16–4 (41)   Harry Condon NWS 10 Nov 07, 1914 18 years, 214 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
60 Win 16–4 (40)   Young Driscoll NWS 10 Oct 31, 1914 18 years, 207 days   Irving A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
59 Draw 16–4 (39)   Phil Bloom NWS 10 Oct 03, 1914 18 years, 179 days   Irving A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
58 Win 16–4 (38)   Joe Thomas NWS 10 Sep 16, 1914 18 years, 162 days   St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, New York, U.S.
57 Win 16–4 (37)   Philadelphia Pal Moore NWS 10 Sep 07, 1914 18 years, 153 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
56 Win 16–4 (36)   Eddie Wallace NWS 10 Aug 25, 1914 18 years, 140 days   Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
55 Draw 16–4 (35)   Bobby Reynolds NWS 10 Aug 22, 1914 18 years, 137 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
54 Win 16–4 (34)   Tommy Houck KO 7 (10) Aug 14, 1914 18 years, 129 days   Alexandria A.C., Elmsford, New York, U.S.
53 Win 15–4 (34)   Billy Kramer NWS 10 Jul 18, 1914 18 years, 102 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
52 Win 15–4 (33)   Teddy Hubbs NWS 10 Jun 20, 1914 18 years, 74 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
51 Win 15–4 (32)   Willie Schaefer NWS 10 May 30, 1914 18 years, 53 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
50 Loss 15–4 (31)   Young Abe Brown NWS 10 Apr 03, 1914 17 years, 361 days   Empire A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
49 Win 15–4 (30)   Patsy Kline NWS 10 Mar 03, 1914 17 years, 330 days   Atlantic Garden A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
48 Win 15–4 (29)   Joe Stacey NWS 10 Jan 24, 1914 17 years, 292 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
47 Loss 15–4 (28)   Phil Bloom NWS 10 Jan 20, 1914 17 years, 288 days   Atlantic Garden A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
46 Loss 15–4 (27)   Kid Black NWS 10 Jan 06, 1914 17 years, 274 days   Brown's Gym, New York City, New York, U.S.
45 Win 15–4 (26)   Charley Barry NWS 10 Jan 03, 1914 17 years, 271 days   Irving A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
44 Win 15–4 (25)   Special Delivery Hirsch NWS 10 Dec 30, 1913 17 years, 267 days   Atlantic Garden A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
43 Win 15–4 (24)   Danny Ridge NWS 10 Dec 20, 1913 17 years, 257 days   Brown's Gym, New York City, New York, U.S.
42 Loss 15–4 (23)   Harry Tracey NWS 10 Dec 08, 1913 17 years, 245 days   Olympic A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
41 Win 15–4 (22)   Jack Sheppard NWS 10 Nov 15, 1913 17 years, 222 days   Atlantic Garden A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
40 Draw 15–4 (21)   Willie Jones NWS 10 Oct 23, 1913 17 years, 199 days   Postman A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
39 Win 15–4 (20)   Young Fitzsimmons NWS 10 Oct 04, 1913 17 years, 180 days   Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
38 Loss 15–4 (19)   Tommy Houck NWS 10 Sep 27, 1913 17 years, 173 days   Atlantic Garden A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
37 Win 15–4 (18)   Harry Ah Chung TKO 6 (10) Sep 02, 1913 17 years, 148 days   Atlantic Garden A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
36 Loss 14–4 (18)   Frankie Fleming NWS 10 Aug 16, 1913 17 years, 131 days