Mike O'Dowd

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Mike O'Dowd
Mike O'Dowd portrait.jpg
Statistics
Real nameMichael Joseph O'Dowd
Nickname(s)The St. Paul Cyclone
Weight(s)Middleweight
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Reach70 in (178 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1895-04-05)April 5, 1895
St. Paul, Minnesota
DiedJuly 28, 1957(1957-07-28) (aged 62)
Boxing record
Total fights117
Wins93
Wins by KO39
Losses17
Draws6
No contests1

Michael Joseph O'Dowd (April 5, 1895 in St. Paul, Minnesota – July 28, 1957) was an American boxer who held the World Middleweight Championship from 1917 to 1920. He won the title on November 14, 1917 by knocking out Al McCoy in the sixth round after dropping him six times.[1] O'Dowd was the only active boxing champion to fight at the front during World War I (1918, while serving in the U.S. Army).[2] During his career he claimed victories over Hall of Famers Jack Britton, Mike Gibbons, Kid Lewis and Jeff Smith. On February 25, 1918, he held the legendary Harry Greb to a draw.[1] O'Dowd was knocked out just once in his career, his last fight on March 16, 1923.[3] He was inducted into the Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame in 2011 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2014.[4]

Notable Bouts[edit]

Result Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes[1]
Win United States Mike Gibbons PTS 12 1922-05-06 United States Queensboro Stadium, Queens, New York
Loss United States Mike Gibbons NWS 10 1921-12-16 United States Saint Paul Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota Newspaper Decision
Loss United States Johnny Wilson SD 15 1921-03-17 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York For World Middleweight Title.
Win United States Jeff Smith SD 15 1920-11-09 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win United Kingdom Kid Lewis NWS 12 1920-09-23 United States Westside Ballpark, Jersey City, New Jersey Newspaper Decision
Win United States Jack Britton NWS 12 1920-05-17 United States Canton Auditorium, Canton, Ohio Newspaper Decision
Loss United States Johnny Wilson PTS 12 1920-05-06 United States Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts Lost World Middleweight Title.
Win United States Mike Gibbons NWS 10 1919-11-21 United States Saint Paul Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota Retained World Middleweight Title.
Newspaper Decision
Win United Kingdom Kid Lewis NWS 10 1919-09-01 United States Syracuse Arena, Syracuse, New York Retained World Middleweight Title.
Newspaper Decision
Loss United States Jack Britton NWS 8 1919-08-22 United States 1st Regiment Armory, Newark, New Jersey Newspaper Decision
Win United States Al McCoy KO 3 (10) 1919-07-17 United States Lexington Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Draw United States Harry Greb NWS 10 1918-02-25 United States Saint Paul Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota Newspaper Decision
Win United States Al McCoy KO 6 (10) 1917-11-14 United States Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York Won World Middleweight Title.
Win United Kingdom Kid Lewis PTS 12 1917-08-28 United States Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Loss United Kingdom Kid Lewis NWS 10 1917-08-17 United States St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York Newspaper Decision
Loss United Kingdom Kid Lewis NWS 10 1917-05-24 United States St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York Newspaper Decision
Win United States Jack Britton NWS 10 1917-05-08 United States Broadway S.C., Brooklyn, New York Newspaper Decision
Loss United States Jack Britton NWS 10 1917-01-25 United States Saint Paul Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota Newspaper Decision
Loss United States Jack Britton PTS 12 1916-06-06 United States Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Loss United States Billy Miske NWS 10 1915-04-06 United States Hudson Arena, Hudson, Wisconsin Newspaper Decision
NC United States Billy Miske ND 10 1913-07-06 United States Saint Paul, Minnesota

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Mike O'Dowds's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-18.
  2. ^ Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame - Mike O'Dowd Archived 2014-05-03 at the Wayback Machine MNBHOF.org Retrieved on 2014-04-30
  3. ^ Cyber Boxing Encyclopedia - Mike O'Dowd CyberBoxingZone.com Retrieved on 2014-04-30
  4. ^ International Boxing Hall of Fame - Mike O'Dowd IBHOF.com Retrieved on 2014-04-05

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Achievements
Preceded by
Al McCoy
World Middleweight Champion
November 14, 1917 – May 6, 1920
Succeeded by
Johnny Wilson