Barbados Joe Walcott

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This article is about the Barbados Welterweight boxer. For the American Heavyweight boxer, see Jersey Joe Walcott.
Joe Walcott
Barbados Joe Walcott portrait.jpg
Statistics
Real name Joe Walcott
Nickname(s) Barbados Demon
Rated at Welterweight
Height 1.56 m (5 ft 1 in)
Reach 65 in (165 cm)
Nationality Barbados Barbadian
Born (1873-03-13)March 13, 1873
Demerara, British Guiana
Died October 1, 1935(1935-10-01) (aged 62)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 166
Wins 104
Wins by KO 61
Losses 32
Draws 27
No contests 3

Joe Walcott, (March 13, 1873 – October 1, 1935) also known as Barbados Joe Walcott to distinguish him from the American known by the same name, was a Barbadian boxer who held the World Welterweight Title. Nicknamed "The Barbados Demon" Walcott, who stood 5'1½ tall, was a formidable fighter who fought from 1890 to 1911. 'Barbados' Joe Walcott was the idol of the later 'Jersey' Joe Walcott, who chose to use his idol's real name as his own ring name in his honour.

Biography[edit]

Walcott spent part of his youth in Barbados. As a youngster, he set out to see the world and got a job as a cabin boy on a ship sailing to Boston. He soon settled in Boston as a piano mover, porter and other odd jobs. Later, he landed a job in a gym, and became popular with other boxers as a human punching bag before turning professional.

Professional career[edit]

Walcott (left) before his fight with Joe Gans in 1904

World welterweight champion[edit]

Walcott first challenged for the Lightweight Championship on October 29, 1897, but was TKO'ed by the champion George "Kid" Lavigne in the 12th round. He was also unsuccessful in his first attempt to win the world Welterweight Championship when he was outpointed by Mysterious Billy Smith on December 6, 1898. Walcott won the title on December 15, 1901 from James "Rube" Ferns via a 5 round TKO.

Controversy vs. Dixie Kid[edit]

On April 4, 1904 Walcott defended his title against Dixie Kid. He was winning the fight handily when the referee disqualified Walcott for no apparent reason in the 20th round. The match was disregarded as a title bout when it was discovered that the referee had bet on Dixie Kid to win the match.

Later career[edit]

Walcott also fought the well known Sam Langford to a draw and met Joe Gans in a non-title fight. The Gans fight occurred on September 30, 1904, and was scored a draw after 20 rounds. After the Gans fight, Walcott accidentally shot himself in the hand during a New Year's celebration, effectively ending his days as a top prizefighter. While he would return to the ring in 1906 (losing his welterweight crown to William "Honey" Mellody in the process), Walcott never regained his old form, losing most of his subsequent fights.

Walcott squandered a fortune earned in the ring and eventually found employment as a custodian at the old Madison Square Garden.

Nat Fleischer rated him as the greatest welterweight of all time and in 2003 he was included in the Ring Magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time.

Notable Bouts[edit]

Result Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes[1]
Draw United States Joe Gans PTS 20 1904-09-30 United States Woodward's Pavilion, San Francisco, California
Draw Canada Sam Langford PTS 15 1904-09-05 United States Lake Massabesic Coliseum, Manchester, New Hampshire Retained World Welterweight Title
Loss United States Young Peter Jackson KO 4 (10) 1904-06-10 United States Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland
Loss United States Dixie Kid DQ 20 1904-04-29 United States Woodward's Pavilion, San Francisco, California Lost World Welterweight Title
Title later reinstated
Draw United States Young Peter Jackson PTS (20) 1903-06-18 United States Balanee Box, Portland, Oregon Retained World Welterweight Title
Win Canada Mysterious Billy Smith TKO 4 (20) 1903-05-28 United States Columbia A.C., Portland, Oregon
Draw United States Philadelphia Jack O'Brien PTS 10 1903-04-20 United States Health & Physical Culture A.C., Boston, Massachusetts
Loss Republic of Ireland George Gardner PTS 20 1902-04-25 United States Woodward's Pavilion, San Francisco, California
Loss United States Philadelphia Jack O'Brien NWS 6 1902-04-11 United States Industrial A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Draw United States Young Peter Jackson PTS 10 1902-03-13 United States Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland
Win United States Young Peter Jackson NWS 6 1902-01-13 United States Penn Art Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Win United States Rube Ferns TKO 5 (20), 2:50 1901-12-18 Canada International A.C., Fort Erie, Ontario Won World Welterweight Title
Win United States Young Peter Jackson PTS 20 1901-11-28 United States Music Hall, Baltimore, Maryland
Win Republic of Ireland George Gardner PTS 20 1901-09-27 United States Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California
Win Canada Mysterious Billy Smith DQ 10 (20) 1900-09-24 United States Hartford Coliseum, Hartford, Connecticut
Win Canada Mysterious Billy Smith PTS 25 1900-05-04 United States Broadway A.C., New York, New York
Win United States Joe Choynski TKO 7 (25) 1900-02-23 United States Broadway A.C., New York, New York
Loss Canada Mysterious Billy Smith PTS 20 1898-12-06 United States Lenox A.C., New York, New York For World Welterweight Title
Draw Canada Mysterious Billy Smith PTS 25 1898-04-14 United States Park City Theater, Bridgeport, Connecticut
Loss United States Kid Lavigne TKO 12 (20) 1897-10-29 United States Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California For World Lightweight Title
Loss United States Kid Lavigne PTS 15 1895-12-02 United States Empire A.C., Queens, New York
Draw Canada Mysterious Billy Smith PTS 15 1895-03-01 United States Music Hall, Boston, Massachusetts

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joe Walcott's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-18.

External links[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
Rube Ferns
World Welterweight Champion
December 18, 1901 – October 16, 1906
Succeeded by
William Mellody