Freddie Steele

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Freddie Steele
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Statistics
Real nameFrederick Earl Burgett
Nickname(s)Tacoma Assassin
Weight(s)Middleweight
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Reach72 in (183 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1912-12-18)December 18, 1912
Seattle, Washington
DiedAugust 22, 1984(1984-08-22) (aged 71)
Aberdeen, Washington
Stanceorthodox
Boxing record
Total fights142
Wins125
Wins by KO60
Losses5
Draws1
No contests1

Freddie Steele (December 18, 1912 – August 22, 1984) was a boxer and film actor born Frederick Earle Burgett in Seattle, Washington. He was recognized as the National Boxing Association (NBA) Middleweight Champion of the World between 1936 and 1938. Steele was nicknamed "The Tacoma Assassin" and was trained by Jack Connor, Johnny Babnick; and Ray Arcel while in New York. His managers included George McAllister, Dave Miller, Eddie Miller, and Pete Reilly. He appeared as an actor in a number of Hollywood films in the 1940s, including Preston Sturges's Hail the Conquering Hero.[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

Steele was born on December 18, 1912 in Seattle, Washington to Virgie and Charles E. Steele. As a youth, he played baseball, but in high school in Tacoma participated in basketball, soccer, football, golf, and swimming.[2]

Professional career[edit]

A good boxer and a hard hitter, Steele lost only two fights during his first ten years in the ring. Among those he defeated were Ceferino Garcia, Ralph Chong, Leonard Bennett, Joe Glick, Bucky Lawless, Andy Divodi, "Baby" Joe Gans, Vince Dundee, Gorilla Jones, Swede Berglund, Young Stuhley, Meyer Grace, Henry Firpo, Eddie "Babe" Risko, Jackie Aldare, Gus Lesnevich, Paul Pirrone, Frank Battaglia, Ken Overlin, Carmen Barth, and Solly Krieger.[2]

Taking the World Middleweight Boxing Championship[edit]

On July 11, 1936, he defeated Babe Risko to take the Middleweight Boxing Championship of the World in a unanimous fifteen round decision at the Civic Stadium in Seattle. [1] Steele floored Risko for seven seconds in the first round. Steele took seven of the fifteen rounds with good margins, with only four going to Risko.[4] Steele damaged both of Risko's eyes during the bout which hampered the reigning champion's ability to defend himself. The Associated Press gave Risko only three rounds of the well attended bout of around 27,000.[5]

Defenses of the NBA World Middleweight Boxing Championship[edit]

On January 1, 1937, Steele defended his NBA World Middleweight Championship against William "Gorilla" Jones, a former champion, in a unanimous ten round decision in Wisconsin. Steele had Jones down for a count of three in the seventh, and won all but one round in his decisive victory before a disappointing crowd of only 3,700.[6]

On February 19, 1937 Risko attempted another shot at the title against Steele at Madison Square Garden but lost in a fifteen around unanimous decision. The Associated Press gave Steele nine rounds, with five to Risko, and one even. The bout, fought before a crowd of 11,600, was described as tedious by many reporters.[7]

On May 11, 1937, Steele made his third defense of the NBA World Middleweight Title against Frank Battaglia in Seattle, Washington, winning in a third-round knockout. Steele scored knockdowns in both the first and second rounds, before flooring Battaglia with a crushing left 34 seconds into the third round.[8]

He fought two memorable bouts with Fred Apostoli, winning the first, but suffering a TKO in a subsequent non-title match.

Losing the World Middleweight Boxing Championship[edit]

He lost the middleweight crown to Al Hostak in his next to last fight, in a first round knockout of a scheduled fifteen round contest at the Seattle Civic Arena on July 26, 1938. After two light taps from Steele in the first round, Hostak floored his opponent briefly for the first time, and again shortly after for a count of five. Celebrity referee Jack Dempsey, the former heavyweight champion, stopped the fight after Steele arose after his third fall to the mat before a record Seattle crowd of 35,000. After his third fall, Dempsey sent Steele to a neutral corner, and reached a count of seven before stopping the fight after Hostak tried to resume the fight.[9]

After having been knocked down four times, being counted out at by Referee Dempsey, some ringside observers had accused Steele of coming out against Hostak with his hands down, thus getting KO'd in the first round. But Steele had been hampered by a cracked breastbone, which prevented him from lifting his gloves high to where they belonged--according to his chief sparring partner, Davey Ward.[10]

Steele's career had declined after the death of his manager, Dave Miller in 1938 after surgery. Steele lost his next and last fight to Jimmy Casino in 1941. His final record included 125 wins (60 KOs), 5 losses, 11 draws and 1 No Contest. [1][2]

Life after boxing[edit]

Freddie Steele was also known for his footwork, and waist-down shots of his footwork can be seen in the 1942 film Gentleman Jim in which he performed as boxing double for star Errol Flynn.

Steele went on to appear in a number of Hollywood films as an actor throughout the 1940s, notably as "Bugsy", one of the six Marines central to the plot of the Oscar-nominated Hail the Conquering Hero (1944), directed by Preston Sturges. He also appeared as Sergeant Steve Warnicki in The Story of G.I. Joe, 1945, and in Whiplash and I Walk Alone, both in 1948. He appeared in nearly 30 films, though went uncredited in most.[11]

He left Hollywood in the 1950s, and returned to the Pacific Northwest. He owned and operated Freddie Steele's restaurant in Westport, Washington with his wife, Helen, for over 20 years until illness forced his retirement.[2]

Death[edit]

Steele died at a nursing home in Aberdeen, Washington on August 22, 1984; he had suffered a stroke in 1980. He is interred in the Fern Hill Cemetery, Aberdeen, WA.[2]

Professional boxing record[edit]

140 fights 123 wins 5 losses
By knockout 58 3
By decision 65 2
Draws 11
No contests 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
140 Loss 123–5–11 (1) Jimmy Casino TKO 5 (10) May 23, 1938 Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, U.S.
139 Loss 123–4–11 (1) Al Hostak KO 1 (15) Jul 26, 1938 Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S. Lost NBA middleweight title
138 Win 123–3–11 (1) Solly Krieger UD 10 Jun 14, 1938 Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
137 Win 122–3–11 (1) Carmen Barth TKO 7 (15) Feb 19, 1938 Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. Retained NBA, NYSAC middleweight titles;
Won the vacant The Ring middleweight title
136 Win 121–3–11 (1) Bob Turner KO 1 (10) Feb 8, 1938 Convention Hall, Rochester, New York, U.S.
135 Loss 120–3–11 (1) Fred Apostoli TKO 9 (12) Jan 7, 1938 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
134 Win 120–2–11 (1) Ken Overlin KO 4 (15) Sep 11, 1937 Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, U.S. Retained NBA and NYSAC middleweight titles
133 Win 119–2–11 (1) Charley Williams TKO 8 (10) Jul 21, 1937 Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C., U.S.
132 Win 118–2–11 (1) Frank Battaglia KO 3 (15) May 11, 1937 Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, U.S. Retained NBA and NYSAC middleweight titles
131 Win 117–2–11 (1) Paul Pirrone TKO 1 (10) Mar 2, 1937 Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvaia, U.S.
130 Win 116–2–11 (1) Eddie Babe Risko UD 15 Feb 19, 1937 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained NBA and NYSAC middleweight titles
129 Win 115–2–11 (1) Gorilla Jones UD 10 Jan 1, 1937 Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. Retained NBA and NYSAC middleweight titles
128 Win 114–2–11 (1) Young Stuhley PTS 10 Dec 8, 1936 Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
127 Win 113–2–11 (1) Al Rossi KO 1 (10) Nov 27, 1936 Coliseum, San Diego, California, U.S.
126 Win 112–2–11 (1) Gus Lesnevich TKO 2 (10) Nov 17, 1936 Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
125 Win 111–2–11 (1) Allen Matthews UD 10 Oct 21, 1936 Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
124 Win 110–2–11 (1) Young Stuhley PTS 10 Sep 3, 1936 Armory, Spokane, Washington, U.S.
123 Win 109–2–11 (1) Jackie Aldare KO 2 (10) Aug 20, 1936 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
122 Win 108–2–11 (1) Eddie Babe Risko UD 15 Jul 11, 1936 Civic Stadium, Seattle, Washington, U.S. Won NBA and NYSAC middleweight titles
121 Win 107–2–11 (1) Tony Fisher UD 10 Apr 28, 1936 Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
120 Win 106–2–11 (1) Eddie Babe Risko UD 10 Mar 24, 1936 Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
119 Win 105–2–11 (1) Young Stuhley PTS 10 Feb 25, 1936 Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
118 Win 104–2–11 (1) Henry Firpo KO 2 (10) Feb 4, 1936 Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
117 Win 103–2–11 (1) Meyer Grace KO 1 (10) Jan 23, 1936 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
116 Win 102–2–11 (1) Young Stuhley PTS 10 Nov 19, 1935 Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
115 Win 101–2–11 (1) Mike Payan TKO 5 (10) Oct 25, 1935 Coliseum, San Diego, California, U.S.
114 Win 100–2–11 (1) Swede Berglund TKO 6 (10) Oct 18, 1935 Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, U.S.
113 Win 99–2–11 (1) Gorilla Jones UD 10 Sep 17, 1935 Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
112 Win 98–2–11 (1) Vince Dundee TKO 3 (10) Jul 30, 1935 Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
111 Win 97–2–11 (1) Al Rossi TKO 2 (10) Jun 11, 1935 Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
110 Win 96–2–11 (1) Mike Payan PTS 10 May 16, 1935 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
109 Win 95–2–11 (1) Sammy O'Dell KO 1 (10) Apr 23, 1935 Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
108 Win 94–2–11 (1) Fred Apostoli TKO 10 (10) Apr 1, 1935 Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
107 Win 93–2–11 (1) Indian Jimmy Rivers KO 9 (10) Feb 21, 1935 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
106 Win 92–2–11 (1) Indian Jimmy Rivers TKO 5 (10) Feb 12, 1935 Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
105 Win 91–2–11 (1) Baby Joe Gans KO 3 (10) Jan 24, 1935 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
104 Win 90–2–11 (1) Tommy Rios PTS 10 Jan 10, 1935 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
103 Win 89–2–11 (1) Andy DiVodi KO 6 (10) Dec 20, 1934 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
102 Win 88–2–11 (1) Jack Hibbard TKO 4 (10) Dec 5, 1934 Walla Walla, Washington, U.S.
101 Win 87–2–11 (1) Jimmy Evans TKO 4 (10) Nov 13, 1934 Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
100 Win 86–2–11 (1) Andy DiVodi PTS 10 Nov 1, 1934 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
99 Win 85–2–11 (1) Joe Glick KO 1 (10) Oct 26, 1934 Armory, Yakima, Washington, U.S.
98 Win 84–2–11 (1) Bucky Lawless TKO 2 (10) Jun 29, 1934 Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
97 NC 83–2–11 (1) Sammy Slaughter NC 1 (10) Jun 22, 1934 Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S. Referee Toby Irwin chased the boxers from the ring after
Slaughter had fallen ten times in less than two minutes, eight times without being hit.
96 Win 83–2–11 Babe Marino PTS 10 Jun 8, 1934 Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
95 Draw 82–2–11 Gorilla Jones PTS 10 May 22, 1934 Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
94 Win 82–2–10 Joe Cardoza KO 2 (10) Apr 26, 1934 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
93 Win 81–2–10 Eddie Murdock KO 4 (10) Apr 10, 1934 Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
92 Win 80–2–10 Vivencio Alicante KO 2 (10) Mar 8, 1934 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
91 Win 79–2–10 Johnny Romero KO 2 (8) Feb 27, 1934 Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
90 Win 78–2–10 Leonard Bennett PTS 8 Feb 15, 1934 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
89 Win 77–2–10 Petey Mike PTS 10 Oct 12, 1933 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
88 Win 76–2–10 Frankie Petrolle KO 3 (10) Aug 8, 1933 Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
87 Win 75–2–10 Eddie Ran PTS 6 Jun 27, 1933 Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
86 Win 74–2–10 Joe Glick PTS 8 Jun 22, 1933 Natatorium Park, Spokane, Washington, U.S.
85 Win 73–2–10 Alvin Lewis KO 3 (6) Jun 6, 1933 Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
84 Win 72–2–10 Tiger Lee Paige PTS 6 Jun 1, 1933 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
83 Win 71–2–10 Gilbert Attell KO 3 (6) May 18, 1933 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
82 Win 70–2–10 Leonard Bennett PTS 6 Jan 17, 1933 Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, U.S. Retained Pacific Northwest welterweight title
81 Win 69–2–10 Battling Dozier PTS 6 Nov 17, 1932 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
80 Win 68–2–10 Millio Millitti PTS 6 Nov 3, 1932 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
79 Win 67–2–10 Tommy Herman PTS 6 Oct 26, 1932 Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
78 Loss 66–2–10 Tommy Herman PTS 4 Sep 27, 1932 Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
77 Win 66–1–10 Ceferino Garcia KO 2 (4) Sep 20, 1932 Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
76 Win 65–1–10 David Velasco PTS 6 Sep 7, 1932 Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
75 Win 64–1–10 Billy Townsend PTS 6 Aug 26, 1932 Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
74 Win 63–1–10 Alfonso Gonzales PTS 6 Aug 11, 1932 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
73 Win 62–1–10 Tiger Lee Paige PTS 6 Aug 3, 1932 Gonzaga Stadium, Spokane, Washington, U.S.
72 Win 61–1–10 Ralph Chong TKO 6 (6) Jul 20, 1932 Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
71 Win 60–1–10 Larry Murphy PTS 6 Jun 30, 1932 Arena, Dishman, Washington, U.S.
70 Win 59–1–10 Alfonso Gonzales PTS 6 Jun 1, 1932 Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
69 Win 58–1–10 Frankie Stetson PTS 6 May 24, 1932 Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
68 Win 57–1–10 Ceferino Garcia KO 2 (6) May 18, 1932 Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
67 Win 56–1–10 Tony Portillo PTS 6 Apr 27, 1932 Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S. Won vacant Pacific Northwest welterweight title
66 Win 55–1–10 Bobby Vincent PTS 6 Apr 7, 1932 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
65 Win 54–1–10 Matt Calo PTS 6 Mar 24, 1932 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
64 Win 53–1–10 Tiger Lee Paige PTS 6 Mar 16, 1932 Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
63 Win 52–1–10 Freddie Goldstein PTS 6 Mar 3, 1932 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
62 Win 51–1–10 Matt Calo PTS 6 Nov 30, 1931 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
61 Win 50–1–10 Cowboy Sammy Evans PTS 6 Sep 23, 1931 Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
60 Win 49–1–10 Johnny Woods TKO 3 (6) Aug 20, 1931 Arena, Dishman, Washington, U.S.
59 Win 48–1–10 Don Fraser PTS 6 Jul 30, 1931 Arena, Dishman, Washington, U.S.
58 Win 47–1–10 Al Gracio TKO 3 (6) Jul 16, 1931 Arena, Dishman, Washington, U.S.
57 Win 46–1–10 Jimmy Owens UD 6 Jun 10, 1931 Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
56 Win 45–1–10 Jimmy Owens UD 6 May 27, 1931 Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
55 Win 44–1–10 Joe Townsend KO 2 (6) May 13, 1931 Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
54 Win 43–1–10 Esten Hunter PTS 6 May 7, 1931 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
53 Win 42–1–10 Teddy Palacios KO 1 (6) Apr 22, 1931 Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
52 Win 41–1–10 Ritchie King KO 1 (6) Apr 16, 1931 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
51 Win 40–1–10 Nels Ferguson TKO 2 (6) Apr 8, 1931 Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
50 Win 39–1–10 Nels Ferguson PTS 6 Mar 26, 1931 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
49 Win 38–1–10 Mickey Cochrane KO 2 (6) Mar 6, 1931 Knights of Columbus Gym, Yakima, Washington, U.S.
48 Draw 37–1–10 Joe Townsend PTS 6 Feb 18, 1931 Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
47 Win 37–1–9 Mickey Trad PTS 6 Feb 12, 1931 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
46 Win 36–1–9 Tony Portillo PTS 6 Jan 1, 1931 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
45 Loss 35–1–9 Tony Portillo PTS 6 Dec 17, 1930 Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
44 Draw 35–0–9 Tony Portillo PTS 6 Dec 11, 1930 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
43 Win 35–0–8 Joey Coffman PTS 6 Oct 30, 1930 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
42 Win 34–0–8 Al Gracio TKO 1 (6) Oct 16, 1930 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
41 Win 33–0–8 Leslie Carter TKO 5 (6) Oct 2, 1930 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
40 Win 32–0–8 Jimmy Farrar TKO 3 (6) Sep 11, 1930 Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
39 Win 31–0–8 Tommy Fielding PTS 6 Jul 10, 1930 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
38 Win 30–0–8 Tommy Fielding PTS 6 Jun 26, 1930 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
37 Win 29–0–8 Joe Townsend PTS 6 May 22, 1930 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
36 Win 28–0–8 Joe Townsend PTS 6 May 8, 1930 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
35 Draw 27–0–8 Joe Townsend PTS 6 Apr 25, 1930 Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
34 Draw 27–0–7 Jimmy Britt PTS 6 Mar 6, 1930 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
33 Win 27–0–6 Jack Red Rondeaux KO 4 (6) Feb 27, 1930 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
32 Win 26–0–6 Jack Nash KO 2 (6) Jan 23, 1930 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
31 Win 25–0–6 Frankie Monroe PTS 6 Jan 9, 1930 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
30 Win 24–0–6 Jimmy Pavolic PTS 6 Dec 19, 1929 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
29 Win 23–0–6 Paddy Ryan KO 1 (4) Nov 21, 1929 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
28 Win 22–0–6 Harry Davis TKO 2 (4) Nov 14, 1929 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
27 Win 21–0–6 Johnny Lussier PTS 4 Oct 8, 1929 Northwest A.C., Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
26 Win 20–0–6 Honey Melody KO 3 (?) Oct 1, 1929 Northwest A.C., Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
25 Win 19–0–6 Arnold Smith KO 1 (4) Aug 5, 1929 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
24 Win 18–0–6 Ralph Smith PTS 4 Jun 27, 1929 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
23 Win 17–0–6 Eddie Foster KO 2 (4) May 9, 1929 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
22 Win 16–0–6 Floyd Soldier Brown PTS 4 Apr 1, 1929 Tacoma, Washington, U.S. Uncertain of date
21 Win 15–0–6 Len Lockren PTS 4 Mar 15, 1929 Tacoma, Washington, U.S. Uncertain of date
20 Draw 14–0–6 Len Lockren PTS 4 Mar 1, 1929 Tacoma, Washington, U.S. Uncertain of date
19 Draw 14–0–5 Jimmy Pavolic PTS 4 Jan 1, 1929 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
18 Win 14–0–4 Johnny Leonard PTS 4 Nov 22, 1928 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
17 Win 13–0–4 Eddie Harmon KO 2 (?) Oct 1, 1928 Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
16 Win 12–0–4 Ralph Smith PTS 4 Sep 20, 1928 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
15 Win 11–0–4 Jimmy Warfield KO 1 (?) Sep 1, 1928 Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
14 Draw 10–0–4 Larry Hannon PTS 4 Aug 10, 1928 Skating Rink, Centralia, Washington, U.S.
13 Win 10–0–3 Harry Ketchel KO 2 (?) Jul 4, 1928 Chehalis, Washington, U.S.
12 Draw 9–0–3 Eddie Harmon PTS 4 Jun 12, 1928 Chehalis, Washington, U.S.
11 Win 9–0–2 Young Tex Vernon PTS 6 May 18, 1928 Legion Hall, Olympia, Washington, U.S.
10 Win 8–0–2 Billy Quilter KO 2 (4) May 3, 1928 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
9 Win 7–0–2 Bud Weaver TKO 4 (4) Mar 15, 1928 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
8 Win 6–0–2 Billy Edwards KO 4 (4) Mar 1, 1928 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
7 Win 5–0–2 Hermosa Villa PTS 4 Jan 12, 1928 Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
6 Win 4–0–2 Nick Vonda PTS 4 Apr 27, 1927 Liberty Hall, Bellingham, Washington, U.S.
5 Draw 3–0–2 Jimmy Britt PTS 4 Mar 16, 1927 Liberty Hall, Bellingham, Washington, U.S.
4 Win 3–0–1 George Wilson PTS 4 Jan 5, 1927 Liberty Hall, Bellingham, Washington, U.S.
3 Win 2–0–1 Mocus Canning PTS 4 Dec 8, 1926 Liberty Hall, Bellingham, Washington, U.S.
2 Draw 1–0–1 Jimmy Britt PTS 4 Nov 24, 1926 Liberty Hall, Bellingham, Washington, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 Jimmy Britt PTS 4 Nov 10, 1926 Liberty Hall, Bellingham, Washington, U.S.

Primary boxing achievements[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by NBA World Middleweight Champion
11 July 1936 – 26 July 1938
Succeeded by
NYSAC World Middleweight Champion
11 July 1936 – February 1938
Recognition withdrawn
Vacant
Title next held by
Fred Apostoli
Vacant
Title last held by
Marcel Thil
The Ring Middleweight Champion
September 23, 1937 – 1938
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
Tony Zale

Honors[edit]

Freddie Steele is an honored member of both the International Boxing Hall of Fame (1999) and the World Boxing Hall of Fame. He was one of the three original inductees into the Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Hall of Fame when it opened in 1957.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Freddie Steele". BoxRec. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Freddie Steele Boxrec Bio". BoxRec. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Freddie Steele Cyber Boxing Zone". Cyber Boxing Zone. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Risko Floored for Seven Count in First", Oakland Tribune, Oakland, California, pg. 9, 12 July 1936
  5. ^ "Risko Loses Decision to Fred Steele", The Ogden Standard Examiner, Ogden, Utah, pg. 9, 12 July 1936
  6. ^ Weekes, William, "Freddie Steele Outpoints Jones to Retain His Title", The Sheboygan Press, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, pg. 14, 2 January 1937
  7. ^ "Steele Whips Babe Risko", The Jackson Sun, Jackson, Tennessee, pg. 32, 21 February 1937
  8. ^ "Champion Freddie Steele Easily Beats Battaglia", Wausau Daily Herald, Wausau, Wisconsin, pg. 18, 12 May 1937
  9. ^ "Hostak Stops Steele in First", Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, California, pg. 25, 27 July 1938
  10. ^ "BoxRec: Login".
  11. ^ "Freddie Steele - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 8 May 2017.

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