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Thomas Patrick Loughran (November 29, 1902 – July 7, 1982) was an American professional boxer and the former World Light Heavyweight Champion. Statistical boxing website BoxRec lists Loughran as the #7 ranked light heavyweight of all time, while The Ring Magazine founder Nat Fleischer placed him at #4.[1][2] The International Boxing Research Organization rates Loughran as the 6th best light heavyweight ever.[3] Loughran was named the Ring Magazine's Fighter of the Year twice, first in 1929 and again 1931.[4] He was inducted into the Ring Magazine Hall of Fame in 1956 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1991.[1]

Tommy Loughran
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Statistics
Real nameThomas Loughran
Nickname(s)Phantom of Philly
Weight(s)Light Heavyweight
Height5 ft 11 12 in (1.82 m)
Reach73 in (190 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1902-11-29)November 29, 1902
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DiedJuly 7, 1982(1982-07-07) (aged 79)
Altoona, Pennsylvania
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights169
Wins121
Wins by KO14
Losses32
Draws14
No contests2

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Boxing careerEdit

 
Loughran (left) ahead of his bout with Mickey Walker

Loughran was one of seven children of an Irish immigrant motorman.[5] His effective use of coordinated foot work, sound defense and swift, accurate counter punching is now regarded as a precursor to the techniques practiced in modern boxing.[6]

Loughran fought many middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight champions in his career, including Gene Tunney, Jack Sharkey, and Georges Carpentier. Loughran even achieved a Newspaper Decision over fistic phenom Harry Greb, whom he first met at age 19. As a light heavyweight, he defeated two future world heavyweight champions: Max Baer and James J. Braddock. Loughran finally fought Primo Carnera for the heavyweight title but lost a decision.[7]

In an interview late in life, Loughran said his loss to Carnera was a pre-arranged fait accompli: "I had to knock him out to win, I had to agree to that". Footage of the fight is limited and scarce, but Loughran contended he had Carnera in trouble in Rounds 4 and 10, "but then, when I couldn't finish him, I knew the thing was over". The decision a foregone conclusion, Tommy Loughran told Peter Heller in April, 1972, "I beat (Carnera), no question about it".[8]

Later lifeEdit

On August 22, 1957, he refereed Floyd Patterson's defense of his heavyweight title vs. 1956 Olympic gold medalist Pete Rademacher, at Sick's Stadium, Seattle. The fight was notable in that Rademacher was the first and only fighter to challenged for the heavyweight crown in his professional debut. There were several knockdowns in the fight; Tommy counted out the challenger at 2:57 of the 6th round.

In the 1960s Loughran retired from having been a long-time, successful broker on Wall Street, where he'd dealt in commodities (sugar). He became a keynote speaker, appearing at dinners and banquets, his message an attempt to promote and strengthen the image of boxers and boxing at what for the sport was a troubled time.[8] In addition, Tommy lent color commentary to at least one championship bout, Carlos Ortiz vs. Johnny Bizarro in Pittsburgh, June 20, 1966.[citation needed]

Notable boutsEdit

Result Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes[7]
Draw   Al McCoy PTS 12 1936-07-30   Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec
Loss   Al McCoy PTS 10 1936-07-06   Baseball Stadium, Montreal, Quebec
Win   Jack London PTS 10 1936-03-16   Colston Hall, Bristol, Avon
Loss   Ben Foord PTS 10 1936-02-10   Granby Halls, Leicester, Leicestershire
Loss   Tommy Farr PTS 10 1936-01-15   Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London
Loss   Arturo Godoy PTS 10 1935-03-17   Nunoa Sports Ground, Santiago de Chile, London
Win   Arturo Godoy UD 12 1935-01-05   Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal
Draw   Arturo Godoy PTS 12 1934-10-20   Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal
Loss   Walter Neusel SD 10 1934-05-04   Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Loss   Primo Carnera UD 15 1934-03-01   Madison Square Garden, New York, New York For World Heavyweight Title.
Win   Jack Sharkey UD 15 1933-09-27   Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win   King Levinsky UD 10 1933-01-10   Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Loss   King Levinsky UD 10 1931-12-18   Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win   Paulino Uzcudun SD 10 1931-11-13   Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win   Tuffy Griffiths MD 10 1931-03-27   Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Win   Ernie Schaaf UD 10 1931-03-13   Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win   Max Baer UD 10 1931-02-06   Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win   King Levinsky UD 10 1930-11-21   Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Loss   Ernie Schaaf UD 10 1930-06-11   Sesquicentennial Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Loss   Ernie Schaaf SD 10 1930-04-28   Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Loss   Jack Sharkey TKO 3 (15), 0:27 1929-09-26   Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
Win   James J. Braddock UD 15 1929-07-18   Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York Retained World Light Heavyweight Title.
Win   Ernie Schaaf PTS 10 1929-05-24   Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Win   Mickey Walker SD 10 1929-03-28   Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Win   Pete Latzo UD 10 1928-07-16   Artillery Park, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Retained World Light Heavyweight Title.
Win   Pete Latzo UD 15 1928-06-01   Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York Retained World Light Heavyweight Title.
Win   Jimmy Slattery MD 15 1927-12-12   Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Retained World Light Heavyweight Title.
Win   Mike McTigue UD 15 1927-10-07   Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Won World Light Heavyweight Title.
Win   Young Stribling UD 10 1927-05-03   Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York
Win   Georges Carpentier UD 10 1926-06-17   Sesquicentennial Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Draw   Jack Delaney PTS 10 1925-07-16   Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Loss   Young Stribling PTS 10 1925-03-28   Recreation Park, San Francisco, California
Draw   Harry Greb SD 10 1924-10-13   Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Loss   Young Stribling PTS 6 1924-06-26   Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
Loss   Jack Delaney PTS 10 1924-02-19   Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts
Win   Johnny Wilson PTS 10 1924-02-12   Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts
Loss   Harry Greb PTS 10 1923-12-25   Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Win   Roland Todd PTS 10 1923-12-10   Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win   Harry Greb PTS 10 1923-10-11   Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts
Loss   Mike McTigue NWS 12 1923-08-02   Playgrounds Stadium, West New York, New Jersey For World Light Heavyweight Title.
Newspaper Decision
Win   Mike McTigue NWS 8 1923-06-25   Shetzline Ballpark, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania For World Light Heavyweight Title.
Newspaper Decision
Loss   Jeff Smith NWS 8 1923-06-18   Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Win   Jeff Smith NWS 10 1923-03-08   109th Infantry Armory, Philadelphia, Scranton Newspaper Decision
Loss   Harry Greb UD 15 1923-01-30   Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Loss   Harry Greb NWS 10 1923-01-15   Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Draw   Gene Tunney NWS 8 1922-08-24   Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Loss   Harry Greb NWS 8 1922-07-10   Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Cyber Boxing Encyclopedia - Tommy Loughran CyberBoxingZone.com Retrieved on 2014-04-30
  2. ^ All-Time Light Heavyweight Rankings. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-04-11.
  3. ^ All-Time Light Heavyweight Rankings IBROresearch.com Retrieved on 2014-04-29
  4. ^ Tommy Loughran (1902-1982) Historical Marker. ExplorePAHistory.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-07.
  5. ^ Fitzpatrick, Frank. "Philly plaque recalls boxer Tommy Loughran". Philly.com. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  6. ^ Casey, Mike (September 9, 2008). "Tommy Loughran: Poetry in Motion". East Side Boxing. Archived from the original on May 12, 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-12.
  7. ^ a b Tommy Loughran's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-18.
  8. ^ a b Heller, Peter (1974) [1973]. In This Corner...!. New York, NY: Dell. OCLC 803908275.
Achievements
Preceded by
Mike McTigue
NYSAC World Light Heavyweight Champion
October 7, 1927 – July 18, 1929
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Jimmy Slattery
Vacant
Title last held by
Jack Delaney
World Light Heavyweight Champion
October 7, 1927 – July 18, 1929
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Maxie Rosenbloom

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