Bob Satterfield

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Bob "Bombardier" Satterfield (November 9, 1923 in St. Louis, MO – June 1, 1977), was a heavyweight boxer who fought from 1945-1957. Satterfield, who never fought for the title, retired with a record of 50 wins (35 KOs), 25 losses and 4 draws. He is in Ring magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time at number 58. Satterfield later died from cancer at the age of 53.

Amateur career[edit]

Satterfield was the Chicago City Golden Gloves 147-pound champion in 1941.

Professional career[edit]

Satterfield, known for his punching power and aggressive style, was a fan favorite. His poor stamina and weak chin often cost him fights, however. In his bout against heavyweight contender Rex Layne on March 9, 1951, Satterfield hurt Layne, and knocked him down for an eight count in the first round. Layne slowly retook control of the fight, and ultimately knocked out Satterfield in the eighth round.

Satterfield was knocked out in 7 rounds by future middleweight champion Jake LaMotta on September 12, 1946. He was also knocked out in 2 rounds by former heavyweight champion Ezzard Charles on January 13, 1954. Satterfield did score a knockout over heavyweight contender Cleveland Williams and also beat the dangerous giant Cuban Nino Valdes, but lost by KO to light heavyweight champion Archie Moore, and dropped 2 out of 3 to future light heavyweight champion Harold Johnson.

In the media[edit]

The 2007 motion picture Resurrecting the Champ is based on an L.A. Times Magazine article[1] about a reporter named Erik Kernan Jr. who finds a homeless man claiming to be Bob Satterfield and writes an article about him in the Denver Times Magazine. The film stars Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Hartnett and Alan Alda and was directed by Rod Lurie.

Trivia[edit]

  • Satterfield served in the United States Army from 1942-45.
  • It has been reported that he was friends with musician Miles Davis and introduced Muhammad Ali to his first wife.

Professional boxing record[edit]

50 Wins (35 knockouts, 15 decisions), 25 Losses (13 knockouts, 12 decisions), 4 Draws [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 34-11-6 United States Howard "Honeyboy" King SD 10 21/11/1957 United States Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland, California 94-97, 97-95, 98-95.
Win 13-3 United States Garvin Sawyer SD 10 21/10/1957 United States Enright Theatre, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 46-44, 46-44, 44-45.
Loss 23-11-2 United States Bert Whitehurst UD 10 01/10/1957 United States Toledo Sports Arena, Toledo, Ohio
Loss 20-16-3 Cuba Julio Mederos PTS 10 03/06/1957 United States New Frontier Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 28-12-2 United States Frankie Daniels MD 10 16/05/1957 United States Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California 97-97, 97-94, 98-95.
Win 8-6-1 United States Ben Wise KO 1 15/04/1957 United States Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland, California Wise knocked out at 1:22 of the first round.
Loss 51-8 United States Harold "Hercules" Johnson UD 10 12/03/1957 United States Miami Beach Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida 93-96, 91-97, 93-98.
Win 19-15-3 Cuba Julio Mederos UD 10 04/02/1957 United States Milwaukee Arena, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 99-92, 99-94, 98-93.
Win 29-11-5 United States Chicago Dale Hall KO 5 08/01/1957 United States Keller Auditorium, Portland, Oregon Hall knocked out at 2:57 of the fifth round.
Win 12-1-1 United States Warnell Lester KO 10 27/11/1956 United States Miami Beach Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida
Win 25-3 United States Claude Chapman KO 7 12/11/1956 United States Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island
Loss 18-2-2 United States Hal Carter TKO 5 01/08/1956 United States Syracuse War Memorial Arena, Syracuse, New York
Win 30-4-2 United States Johnny Summerlin UD 10 20/06/1956 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Win 10-0 United States Jim Persey PTS 10 10/04/1956 United States Miami Beach Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida
Loss 17-1-2 United States Hal Carter UD 10 20/03/1956 United States Miami Beach Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida 94-97, 93-98, 92-99.
Draw 17-1-1 United States Hal Carter PTS 10 28/02/1956 United States Miami Beach Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida 96-97, 96-96, 97-95.
Loss 24-11-1 United States John Holman TKO 8 11/01/1956 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Win 30-6 United States Paul Andrews KO 9 06/12/1955 United States Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York
Win 32-9-3 Cuba Nino Valdes UD 10 17/08/1955 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois 98-92, 97-93, 97-88.
Draw 24-6 United States Joey Rowan PTS 10 19/07/1955 United States Miami Beach Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida
Loss 25-9 United States Archie McBride SD 10 11/05/1955 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois 94-95, 94-96, 95-90.
Loss 26-7-2 United States Joe Lindsay UD 10 19/04/1955 United States Miami Beach Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida
Win 20-6-2 United States Marty Marshall PTS 10 22/03/1955 United States Miami Beach Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida
Loss 19-5-2 United States Marty Marshall KO 2 30/11/1954 United States Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois Satterfield knocked out at 2:09 of the second round.
Win 19-9-1 United States John Holman KO 1 10/11/1954 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois Holman knocked out at 1:16 of the first round.
Win 23-8-1 United States Frankie Daniels TKO 7 30/08/1954 United States St. Nicholas Arena, New York City Referee stopped the bout at 2:44 of the seventh round.
Win 18-8-1 United States John Holman KO 10 20/07/1954 United States Miami Beach Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida
Win 31-1 United States Cleveland Williams KO 3 22/06/1954 United States Miami Beach Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida
Loss 50-18-2 United States Charley Doc Williams SD 10 01/06/1954 United States Miami Beach Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida
Win 10-1-2 Cuba Julio Mederos KO 2 11/05/1954 United States Miami Beach Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida
Loss 82-10-1 United States Ezzard Charles KO 2 13/01/1954 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Win 61-12-4 United States Ray Augustus KO 8 15/12/1953 United States Rainbo Arena, Chicago, Illinois
Win 30-2-1 United States Bob "The Grinder" Baker KO 1 01/07/1953 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois Baker knocked out at 2:32 of the first round.
Win 9-4 United States Gene Brown KO 2 03/06/1953 United States St. Louis Arena, Saint Louis, Missouri
Win 4-14-1 United States Murray Barnett KO 3 15/05/1953 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Loss 36-5 United States Harold "Hercules" Johnson KO 2 06/10/1952 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Satterfield knocked out at 1:58 of the second round.
Win 35-4 United States Harold "Hercules" Johnson SD 10 06/08/1952 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois 51-49, 48-52, 54-46.
Loss 30-2-1 United States Clarence Henry TKO 1 30/01/1952 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois Referee stopped the bout at 1:41 of the first round.
Loss 11-0 United States Wes Bascom SD 10 15/11/1951 United States St. Louis Arena, Saint Louis, Missouri
Loss 29-1-2 United States Rex Layne TKO 8 09/03/1951 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City Referee stopped the bout at 2:56 of the eighth round.
Win 27-4-1 United States Elkins Brothers TKO 2 19/01/1951 United States St. Nicholas Arena, New York City
Win 57-9-2 United States Vern Mitchell UD 10 13/12/1950 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Loss 63-27-3 United States Lee Oma UD 10 25/09/1950 United States Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York 4-5, 2-7, 4-6.
Win 62-26-3 United States Lee Oma KO 6 17/05/1950 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Win 75-8-2 United States Tommy Gomez UD 10 22/03/1950 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Win 38-5-1 United States Nick Barone UD 10 22/02/1950 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Win 29-7-1 United States Sylvester Perkins TKO 2 18/11/1949 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Loss 46-11-4 United States Henry Hall KO 4 25/04/1949 United States Milwaukee Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Satterfield knocked out at 1:40 of the fourth round.
Loss 98-17-7 United States Archie Moore KO 3 31/01/1949 United States Toledo Sports Arena, Toledo, Ohio Satterfield knocked out at 0:25 of the third round.
Win 32-3-4 United States Bob Amos PTS 10 10/12/1948 United States International Amphitheatre, Chicago, Illinois
Loss 61-15-4 United States Joey Maxim UD 10 12/11/1948 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Draw 32-2-1 United States Bob Amos PTS 10 15/09/1948 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Win 13-1-2 United States Richard Hagan TKO 9 07/09/1948 United States Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois
Win 41-17-4 United States Oakland Billy Smith KO 1 29/06/1948 United States Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois
Win 18-4 United States Art Swiden KO 1 07/05/1948 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Loss 40-10-2 United States Sam Baroudi TKO 2 23/01/1948 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Win 23-5-3 United States Al Johnson PTS 10 12/11/1947 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Win 33-9-1 United States Chuck Hunter KO 10 06/10/1947 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois Hunter knocked out at 2:05 of the tenth round.
Loss 21-3-2 United States Al Johnson UD 8 18/08/1947 United States Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois
Win 11-3-2 United States Willie Moore KO 2 30/06/1947 United States Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois
Loss 9-1 United States Bob Foxworth KO 1 14/03/1947 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois Satterfield knocked out at 2:07 of the first round.
Win 10-2-1 United States Willie Moore UD 8 10/02/1947 United States Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois
Loss 59-10-3 United States Jake LaMotta KO 7 12/09/1946 United States Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois Satterfield knocked out at 1:50 of the seventh round.
Win 38-54-10 United States Vince Pimpinella KO 2 14/08/1946 United States Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois Pimpinella knocked out at 0:19 of the second round.
Loss 140-21-10 United States Holman Williams PTS 10 25/04/1946 United States Chicago Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois
Win 27-6-1 United States Johnny Clark KO 5 28/03/1946 United States Chicago Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois
Win 12-4 United States Benny McCombs KO 2 26/12/1945 United States Ashland Auditorium, Chicago, Illinois McCombs knocked out at 1:18 of the second round.
Win 16-3-1 United States Collins Brown KO 1 07/12/1945 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois Brown knocked out at 1:14 of the first round.
Win 31-10-4 United States Bob Garner KO 2 14/11/1945 United States Ashland Auditorium, Chicago, Illinois McCombs knocked out at 1:18 of the second round.
Win 8-6 United States Charley Polk KO 2 24/10/1945 United States Ashland Auditorium, Chicago, Illinois
Win 13-9-2 United States Oscar Boyd KO 4 27/09/1945 United States Milwaukee Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Boyd knocked out at 0:55 of the fourth round.
Win 21-22-7 United States Curley Denton KO 1 06/09/1945 United States Milwaukee Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Denton knocked out at 1:30 of the first round.
Win 13-5-2 United States Vecie Van KO 1 10/08/1945 United States Milwaukee Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Win 5-5 United States Herman Hayes KO 1 23/07/1945 United States Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois
Draw 27-14-1 United States Johnny Vorce PTS 8 28/05/1945 United States Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois
Win 9-17-6 United States Charley Roth KO 1 07/05/1945 United States Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois
Loss 3-3 United States Mack Parshay KO 1 02/05/1945 United States Chicago Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois Satterfield knocked out at 2:10 of the first round.
Win 11-5-3 United States Arthur McWhorter KO 1 23/04/1945 United States Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois McWhorter knocked out at 1:51 of the first round.
Win -- United States Tom Mitchell KO 1 19/03/1945 United States Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois

References[edit]

  1. ^ J.R. Moehringer (1997-05-04). "RESURRECTING THE CHAMP". Los Angeles Times.com. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 

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