Bob Moha

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circa 1910-1915

Bob Moha (1890–1959) (birth name Robert Mucha) was a Milwaukee-based middleweight boxer, nicknamed the "Milwaukee Caveman".[1]


His decisive defeat of Billy Papke (then considered the lead contender for the middleweight title vacant in the wake of Stanley Ketchel's murder) at a bout in Boston on October 31, 1910, caused Papke to retire briefly from the ring.[2][3]

On December 4, 1914, in a fight against Mike Gibbons of St. Paul, Minnesota held in Hudson, Wisconsin, Moha was disqualified in the second round for a blow below the belt. The sponsoring club denied him a share of the purse, since the fight did not go to a decision, and Moha sued them. The case eventually went to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which, in a 1916 ruling, agreed with the original jury that he had failed to fulfill his contractual obligation. Moha was not permitted to introduce testimony that it was customary in such cases for the fouling fighter to receive his contractual share.[4]


  1. ^ The Evening Gazette, Friday, January 28, 1921: "Bob Moha the Milwaukee Cave man"
  2. ^ Johnston, Alexander. Ten--and Out!: The Complete Story of the Prize Ring in America. I. Washburn, 1943; p. 291.
  3. ^ Roberts, James B. and Skutt, Alexander G. The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall of Fame Record Book; McBooks Press, 2006; pp. 202-203
  4. ^ Northwestern Reporter "Moha v. Hudson Boxing Club". West Pub. Co., 1917; pp. 266-267.

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