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)
NationalityAmericanUnited States
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]

Professional record summary
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) United States Jimmy Casino TKO 5 (10) May 23, 1938 United States Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, U.S.
139 Loss 123–4–11 (1) United States Al Hostak KO 1 (15) Jul 26, 1938 United States Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S. Lost NBA middleweight title
138 Win 123–3–11 (1) United States Solly Krieger UD 10 Jun 14, 1938 United States Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
137 Win 122–3–11 (1) United States Carmen Barth TKO 7 (15) Feb 19, 1938 United States Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring middleweight titles
136 Win 121–3–11 (1) United States Bob Turner KO 1 (10) Feb 08, 1938 United States Convention Hall, Rochester, New York, U.S.
135 Loss 120–3–11 (1) United States Fred Apostoli TKO 9 (12) Jan 07, 1938 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
134 Win 120–2–11 (1) United States Ken Overlin KO 4 (15) Sep 11, 1937 United States Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, U.S. Retained NBA and NYSAC middleweight titles
133 Win 119–2–11 (1) United States Charley Williams TKO 8 (10) Jul 21, 1937 United States Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C., U.S.
132 Win 118–2–11 (1) Canada Frank Battaglia KO 3 (15) May 11, 1937 United States Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, U.S. Retained NBA and NYSAC middleweight titles
131 Win 117–2–11 (1) United States Paul Pirrone TKO 1 (10) Mar 02, 1937 United States Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvaia, U.S.
130 Win 116–2–11 (1) United States Eddie Babe Risko UD 15 Feb 19, 1937 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained NBA and NYSAC middleweight titles
129 Win 115–2–11 (1) United States Gorilla Jones UD 10 Jan 01, 1937 United States Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. Retained NBA and NYSAC middleweight titles
128 Win 114–2–11 (1) United States Young Stuhley PTS 10 Dec 08, 1936 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
127 Win 113–2–11 (1) United States Al Rossi KO 1 (10) Nov 27, 1936 United States Coliseum, San Diego, California, U.S.
126 Win 112–2–11 (1) United States Gus Lesnevich TKO 2 (10) Nov 17, 1936 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
125 Win 111–2–11 (1) United States Allen Matthews UD 10 Oct 21, 1936 United States Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
124 Win 110–2–11 (1) United States Young Stuhley PTS 10 Sep 03, 1936 United States Armory, Spokane, Washington, U.S.
123 Win 109–2–11 (1) United States Jackie Aldare KO 2 (10) Aug 20, 1936 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
122 Win 108–2–11 (1) United States Eddie Babe Risko UD 15 Jul 11, 1936 United States Civic Stadium, Seattle, Washington, U.S. Won NBA and NYSAC middleweight titles
121 Win 107–2–11 (1) United States Tony Fisher UD 10 Apr 28, 1936 United States Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
120 Win 106–2–11 (1) United States Eddie Babe Risko UD 10 Mar 24, 1936 United States Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
119 Win 105–2–11 (1) United States Young Stuhley PTS 10 Feb 25, 1936 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
118 Win 104–2–11 (1) United States Henry Firpo KO 2 (10) Feb 04, 1936 United States Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
117 Win 103–2–11 (1) United States Meyer Grace KO 1 (10) Jan 23, 1936 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
116 Win 102–2–11 (1) United States Young Stuhley PTS 10 Nov 19, 1935 United States Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
115 Win 101–2–11 (1) Mexico Mike Payan TKO 5 (10) Oct 25, 1935 United States Coliseum, San Diego, California, U.S.
114 Win 100–2–11 (1) United States Swede Berglund TKO 6 (10) Oct 18, 1935 United States Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, U.S.
113 Win 99–2–11 (1) United States Gorilla Jones UD 10 Sep 17, 1935 United States Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
112 Win 98–2–11 (1) United States Vince Dundee TKO 3 (10) Jul 30, 1935 United States Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
111 Win 97–2–11 (1) United States Al Rossi TKO 2 (10) Jun 11, 1935 United States Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
110 Win 96–2–11 (1) Mexico Mike Payan PTS 10 May 16, 1935 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
109 Win 95–2–11 (1) United States Sammy O'Dell KO 1 (10) Apr 23, 1935 United States Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
108 Win 94–2–11 (1) United States Fred Apostoli TKO 10 (10) Apr 01, 1935 United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
107 Win 93–2–11 (1) United States Indian Jimmy Rivers KO 9 (10) Feb 21, 1935 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
106 Win 92–2–11 (1) United States Indian Jimmy Rivers TKO 5 (10) Feb 12, 1935 United States Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
105 Win 91–2–11 (1) United States Baby Joe Gans KO 3 (10) Jan 24, 1935 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
104 Win 90–2–11 (1) Mexico Tommy Rios PTS 10 Jan 10, 1935 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
103 Win 89–2–11 (1) United States Andy DiVodi KO 6 (10) Dec 20, 1934 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
102 Win 88–2–11 (1) United States Jack Hibbard TKO 4 (10) Dec 05, 1934 United States Walla Walla, Washington, U.S.
101 Win 87–2–11 (1) United States Jimmy Evans TKO 4 (10) Nov 13, 1934 United States Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
100 Win 86–2–11 (1) United States Andy DiVodi PTS 10 Nov 01, 1934 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
99 Win 85–2–11 (1) United States Joe Glick KO 1 (10) Oct 26, 1934 United States Armory, Yakima, Washington, U.S.
98 Win 84–2–11 (1) United States Bucky Lawless TKO 2 (10) Jun 29, 1934 United States Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
97 NC 83–2–11 (1) United States Sammy Slaughter NC 1 (10) Jun 22, 1934 United States 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 United States Babe Marino PTS 10 Jun 08, 1934 United States Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
95 Draw 82–2–11 United States Gorilla Jones PTS 10 May 22, 1934 United States Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
94 Win 82–2–10 United States Joe Cardoza KO 2 (10) Apr 26, 1934 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
93 Win 81–2–10 United States Eddie Murdock KO 4 (10) Apr 10, 1934 United States Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
92 Win 80–2–10 Philippines Vivencio Alicante KO 2 (10) Mar 08, 1934 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
91 Win 79–2–10 United States Johnny Romero KO 2 (8) Feb 27, 1934 United States Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
90 Win 78–2–10 United States Leonard Bennett PTS 8 Feb 15, 1934 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
89 Win 77–2–10 United States Petey Mike PTS 10 Oct 12, 1933 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
88 Win 76–2–10 United States Frankie Petrolle KO 3 (10) Aug 08, 1933 United States Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
87 Win 75–2–10 Poland Eddie Ran PTS 6 Jun 27, 1933 United States Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
86 Win 74–2–10 United States Joe Glick PTS 8 Jun 22, 1933 United States Natatorium Park, Spokane, Washington, U.S.
85 Win 73–2–10 United States Alvin Lewis KO 3 (6) Jun 06, 1933 United States Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
84 Win 72–2–10 United States Tiger Lee Paige PTS 6 Jun 01, 1933 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
83 Win 71–2–10 United States Gilbert Attell KO 3 (6) May 18, 1933 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
82 Win 70–2–10 United States Leonard Bennett PTS 6 Jan 17, 1933 United States Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, U.S. Retained Pacific Northwest welterweight title
81 Win 69–2–10 United States Battling Dozier PTS 6 Nov 17, 1932 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
80 Win 68–2–10 United States Millio Millitti PTS 6 Nov 03, 1932 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
79 Win 67–2–10 United States Tommy Herman PTS 6 Oct 26, 1932 United States Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
78 Loss 66–2–10 United States Tommy Herman PTS 4 Sep 27, 1932 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
77 Win 66–1–10 Philippines Ceferino Garcia KO 2 (4) Sep 20, 1932 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
76 Win 65–1–10 Mexico David Velasco PTS 6 Sep 07, 1932 United States Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
75 Win 64–1–10 Canada Billy Townsend PTS 6 Aug 26, 1932 United States Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
74 Win 63–1–10 United States Alfonso Gonzales PTS 6 Aug 11, 1932 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
73 Win 62–1–10 United States Tiger Lee Paige PTS 6 Aug 03, 1932 United States Gonzaga Stadium, Spokane, Washington, U.S.
72 Win 61–1–10 United States Ralph Chong TKO 6 (6) Jul 20, 1932 United States Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
71 Win 60–1–10 United States Larry Murphy PTS 6 Jun 30, 1932 United States Arena, Dishman, Washington, U.S.
70 Win 59–1–10 Mexico Alfonso Gonzales PTS 6 Jun 01, 1932 United States Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
69 Win 58–1–10 United States Frankie Stetson PTS 6 May 24, 1932 United States Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
68 Win 57–1–10 Philippines Ceferino Garcia KO 2 (6) May 18, 1932 United States Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
67 Win 56–1–10 United States Tony Portillo PTS 6 Apr 27, 1932 United States Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S. Won vacant Pacific Northwest welterweight title
66 Win 55–1–10 United States Bobby Vincent PTS 6 Apr 07, 1932 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
65 Win 54–1–10 United States Matt Calo PTS 6 Mar 24, 1932 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
64 Win 53–1–10 United States Tiger Lee Paige PTS 6 Mar 16, 1932 United States Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
63 Win 52–1–10 United States Freddie Goldstein PTS 6 Mar 03, 1932 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
62 Win 51–1–10 United States Matt Calo PTS 6 Nov 30, 1931 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
61 Win 50–1–10 United States Cowboy Sammy Evans PTS 6 Sep 23, 1931 United States Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
60 Win 49–1–10 United States Johnny Woods TKO 3 (6) Aug 20, 1931 United States Arena, Dishman, Washington, U.S.
59 Win 48–1–10 United States Don Fraser PTS 6 Jul 30, 1931 United States Arena, Dishman, Washington, U.S.
58 Win 47–1–10 United States Al Gracio TKO 3 (6) Jul 16, 1931 United States Arena, Dishman, Washington, U.S.
57 Win 46–1–10 United States Jimmy Owens UD 6 Jun 10, 1931 United States Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
56 Win 45–1–10 United States Jimmy Owens UD 6 May 27, 1931 United States Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
55 Win 44–1–10 Canada Joe Townsend KO 2 (6) May 13, 1931 United States Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
54 Win 43–1–10 United States Esten Hunter PTS 6 May 07, 1931 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
53 Win 42–1–10 Mexico Teddy Palacios KO 1 (6) Apr 22, 1931 United States Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
52 Win 41–1–10 United States Ritchie King KO 1 (6) Apr 16, 1931 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
51 Win 40–1–10 Canada Nels Ferguson TKO 2 (6) Apr 08, 1931 United States Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
50 Win 39–1–10 Canada Nels Ferguson PTS 6 Mar 26, 1931 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
49 Win 38–1–10 United States Mickey Cochrane KO 2 (6) Mar 06, 1931 United States Knights of Columbus Gym, Yakima, Washington, U.S.
48 Draw 37–1–10 Canada Joe Townsend PTS 6 Feb 18, 1931 United States Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
47 Win 37–1–9 United States Mickey Trad PTS 6 Feb 12, 1931 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
46 Win 36–1–9 United States Tony Portillo PTS 6 Jan 01, 1931 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
45 Loss 35–1–9 United States Tony Portillo PTS 6 Dec 17, 1930 United States Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
44 Draw 35–0–9 United States Tony Portillo PTS 6 Dec 11, 1930 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
43 Win 35–0–8 United States Joey Coffman PTS 6 Oct 30, 1930 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
42 Win 34–0–8 United States Al Gracio TKO 1 (6) Oct 16, 1930 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
41 Win 33–0–8 United States Leslie Carter TKO 5 (6) Oct 02, 1930 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
40 Win 32–0–8 United States Jimmy Farrar TKO 3 (6) Sep 11, 1930 United States Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
39 Win 31–0–8 Canada Tommy Fielding PTS 6 Jul 10, 1930 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
38 Win 30–0–8 Canada Tommy Fielding PTS 6 Jun 26, 1930 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
37 Win 29–0–8 Canada Joe Townsend PTS 6 May 22, 1930 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
36 Win 28–0–8 Canada Joe Townsend PTS 6 May 08, 1930 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
35 Draw 27–0–8 Canada Joe Townsend PTS 6 Apr 25, 1930 United States Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
34 Draw 27–0–7 United States Jimmy Britt PTS 6 Mar 06, 1930 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
33 Win 27–0–6 United States Jack Red Rondeaux KO 4 (6) Feb 27, 1930 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
32 Win 26–0–6 United States Jack Nash KO 2 (6) Jan 23, 1930 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
31 Win 25–0–6 United States Frankie Monroe PTS 6 Jan 09, 1930 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
30 Win 24–0–6 United States Jimmy Pavolic PTS 6 Dec 19, 1929 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
29 Win 23–0–6 United States Paddy Ryan KO 1 (4) Nov 21, 1929 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
28 Win 22–0–6 United States Harry Davis TKO 2 (4) Nov 14, 1929 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
27 Win 21–0–6 United States Johnny Lussier PTS 4 Oct 08, 1929 United States Northwest A.C., Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
26 Win 20–0–6 United States Honey Melody KO 3 (?) Oct 01, 1929 United States Northwest A.C., Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
25 Win 19–0–6 United States Arnold Smith KO 1 (4) Aug 05, 1929 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
24 Win 18–0–6 United States Ralph Smith PTS 4 Jun 27, 1929 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
23 Win 17–0–6 Canada Eddie Foster KO 2 (4) May 09, 1929 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
22 Win 16–0–6 United States Floyd Soldier Brown PTS 4 Apr 01, 1929 United States Tacoma, Washington, U.S. Uncertain of date
21 Win 15–0–6 United States Len Lockren PTS 4 Mar 15, 1929 United States Tacoma, Washington, U.S. Uncertain of date
20 Draw 14–0–6 United States Len Lockren PTS 4 Mar 01, 1929 United States Tacoma, Washington, U.S. Uncertain of date
19 Draw 14–0–5 United States Jimmy Pavolic PTS 4 Jan 01, 1929 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
18 Win 14–0–4 United States Johnny Leonard PTS 4 Nov 22, 1928 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
17 Win 13–0–4 United States Eddie Harmon KO 2 (?) Oct 01, 1928 United States Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
16 Win 12–0–4 United States Ralph Smith PTS 4 Sep 20, 1928 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
15 Win 11–0–4 United States Jimmy Warfield KO 1 (?) Sep 01, 1928 United States Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
14 Draw 10–0–4 United States Larry Hannon PTS 4 Aug 10, 1928 United States Skating Rink, Centralia, Washington, U.S.
13 Win 10–0–3 United States Harry Ketchel KO 2 (?) Jul 04, 1928 United States Chehalis, Washington, U.S.
12 Draw 9–0–3 United States Eddie Harmon PTS 4 Jun 12, 1928 United States Chehalis, Washington, U.S.
11 Win 9–0–2 United States Young Tex Vernon PTS 6 May 18, 1928 United States Legion Hall, Olympia, Washington, U.S.
10 Win 8–0–2 United States Billy Quilter KO 2 (4) May 03, 1928 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
9 Win 7–0–2 United States Bud Weaver TKO 4 (4) Mar 15, 1928 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
8 Win 6–0–2 United States Billy Edwards KO 4 (4) Mar 01, 1928 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
7 Win 5–0–2 United States Hermosa Villa PTS 4 Jan 12, 1928 United States Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
6 Win 4–0–2 United States Nick Vonda PTS 4 Apr 27, 1927 United States Liberty Hall, Bellingham, Washington, U.S.
5 Draw 3–0–2 United States Jimmy Britt PTS 4 Mar 16, 1927 United States Liberty Hall, Bellingham, Washington, U.S.
4 Win 3–0–1 United States George Wilson PTS 4 Jan 05, 1927 United States Liberty Hall, Bellingham, Washington, U.S.
3 Win 2–0–1 Canada Mocus Canning PTS 4 Dec 08, 1926 United States Liberty Hall, Bellingham, Washington, U.S.
2 Draw 1–0–1 United States Jimmy Britt PTS 4 Nov 24, 1926 United States Liberty Hall, Bellingham, Washington, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Jimmy Britt PTS 4 Nov 10, 1926 United States Liberty Hall, Bellingham, Washington, U.S.

Primary boxing achievements[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
Eddie (Babe) Risko
NBA World Middleweight Champion
11 July 1936 – 26 July 1938
Succeeded by
Al Hostak
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. ^ https://boxrec.com/en/proboxer/021553
  11. ^ "Freddie Steele - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 8 May 2017.

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