Roy Harris (boxer)

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Roy Harris
Statistics
Real name Roy Harris
Nickname(s) Cut N' Shoot
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Reach 73 in (185 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1933-06-29) June 29, 1933 (age 83)
Cut and Shoot, Texas
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 36
Wins 30
Wins by KO 9
Losses 5
Draws 0
No contests 1

Roy Harris (born 29 June 1933) is a retired American heavyweight boxer, whose nickname derived from his place of birth, Cut and Shoot, Texas.[1] Roy is a co-trainer of undefeated title contender Alfonso López III.[2]

Amateur career[edit]

Roy and his brother Tobe took up the boxing together after receiving their first set of gloves in a trade for wild ducks. Roy was a four-time Texas Golden Gloves champ, won his state Olympic Trials in 1952, and was the winner of the Joe Louis Sportsmanship Award at the 1954 National Golden Gloves.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Roy was a heavyweight contender during the 1950s. He won his first 23 fights, including consecutive wins against Willi Besmanoff, Bob Baker and Willie Pastrano, and was named Ring Magazine's progress of the year for 1957.

World Heavyweight Championship[edit]

Before the bout, Roy was on the cover of Sports Illustrated.[4] In August 1958, he was given a title shot by world champion Floyd Patterson. Patterson had trouble obtaining title defenses, as boxing at the time was controlled by an organization that Patterson and his manager, Cus D'Amato, refused to cooperate with.

The promotion was colorful, due to the backstory of Roy's kinsmen, one of the celebrated East Texas clans still existing as their forebears had for generations. Much was made of the "backwoods" quality of Roy's life, and every venue was utilized in using this as ballyhoo; this extended as far as having Roy record a 45 RPM record for airplay only (DECCA Records, No. 9-30717). Roy was predictably photographed in cowboy hat and boots, and in one wire photo, he holds a revolver at the ready (AP Wirephoto rw41500sh). The aforementioned Sports Illustrated cover portrayed him barechested and barefoot, standing upon a cabin porch with 19th Century rifle at rest beside him; he further sports a canine companion.[5] The fight took place at Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, CA. Roy knocked down the champion in the second round, but was himself knocked down four times; his corner stopped the fight before the 13th round. Mushy Callahan was the referee.[6] Back in Texas, Roy's extended family had gathered at the drive-in theater in nearby Conroe, which had been equipped for the occasion with its own closed circuit movie hook-up. The evening was a colorful one of guitar playing and dancing, but of course ended sadly, although most did not give up hope until near the end.[5] It has been conjectured that Roy's heroic stand—versus a champion acknowledged later by Muhammad Ali as "the most skilled as a boxer" whom Ali had faced—is all the more miraculous, due to the location of his training facilities. Roy trained for the Patterson fight in the mountains, hundreds of feet higher in altitude than the city of Los Angeles, and yet, he completed 12 full rounds and scored a (debated) knockdown. Roy offered no excuses, however; a former winner of the Joe Louis award for sportsmanship, he replied when questioned, "I did my best."[7]

Harris then won six consecutive fights, before losing to a (28-1) Sonny Liston. He then dropped a decision to Henry Cooper and was stopped twice by Bob Cleroux.

Retirement[edit]

He retired with a final record of 30 wins and five losses. He is believed to be the only boxer to become a lawyer after fighting for the world heavyweight title. Roy Harris was a county clerk in Montgomery County for 28 years. He began practicing law in 1972 and drew up the papers for Cut And Shoot to become incorporated. Roy's office is based in his home and he has been married 47 years and has six children.

Professional boxing record[edit]

30 Wins (9 knockouts, 20 decisions, 1 DQ), 5 Losses (4 knockouts, 1 decision), 1 No Contest [8]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 25-2-1 Canada Bob Cleroux TKO 4 23/05/1961 United States Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas Referee stopped the bout at 3:00 of the fourth round.
Win 13-5 United Kingdom Dave Rent DQ 5 28/02/1961 United States Houston, Texas Rent disqualified at 2:03 of the fifth round for headbutting.
Loss 20-7-1 United Kingdom Henry Cooper PTS 10 13/09/1960 United Kingdom Empire Pool, Wembley, London
Loss 20-1-1 Canada Bob Cleroux KO 5 27/07/1960 Canada Delorimier Stadium, Montreal, Quebec Harris knocked out at 1:12 of the fifth round.
Loss 28-1 United States Sonny Liston TKO 1 25/04/1960 United States Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas Referee stopped the bout at 2:35 of the first round.
Win 58-25-7 United States Henry Hall UD 7 21/03/1960 United States Dallas Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, Texas
Win 4-0 Argentina Alejandro Lavorante UD 10 24/11/1959 United States San Antonio Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, Texas 99-95, 100-92, 99-90.
Win 38-14-1 Jamaica Joe Bygraves UD 10 25/08/1959 United States Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas
Win 20-3-2 United States Chuck Powell UD 10 09/06/1959 United States Houston, Texas 100-90, 100-90, 100-87.
Win 26-3 United States Donnie Fleeman UD 12 01/04/1959 United States Dallas Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, Texas Texas Heavyweight Title. 120-108, 120-105, 119-109.
No Contest 12-5-1 United States John Hunt NC 5 03/02/1959 United States El Paso County Coliseum, El Paso, Texas
Win 25-2 United States Donnie Fleeman UD 12 01/12/1958 United States Dallas Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, Texas Texas Heavyweight Title. 119-109, 120-107, 120-107.
Loss 33-1 United States Floyd Patterson RTD 12 18/08/1958 United States Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California World Heavyweight Title. 97-117, 102-116, 98-117.
Win 37-9-7 Germany Willi Besmanoff UD 10 29/10/1957 United States Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas 97-91, 100-91, 100-91.
Win 40-4-5 United States Willie Pastrano UD 10 11/06/1957 United States Houston, Texas 97-96, 98-95, 98-95.
Win 47-9-1 United States Bob "The Grinder" Baker MD 10 30/04/1957 United States Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas 96-93, 97-92, 96-96.
Win 28-12-1 United States Joey Rowan PTS 10 26/02/1957 United States Houston City Auditorium, Houston, Texas
Win 25-4 United States Claude Chapman TKO 8 29/01/1957 United States Houston, Texas
Win 5-1 United States JD Marshall TKO 2 19/11/1956 United States Tyler, Texas
Win 26-13 United States Charley Norkus UD 10 02/10/1956 United States Houston City Auditorium, Houston, Texas
Win 27-4 United States Oscar Pharo PTS 10 27/08/1956 United States Tyler, Texas
Win 7-4 United States Calvin Butler PTS 10 30/05/1956 United States Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas
Win 49-13-6 United States "Chief" Alvin Williams UD 10 21/05/1956 United States Tyler, Texas
Win 1-5-1 United States Johnny Bullard KO 4 16/04/1956 United States Tyler, Texas
Win 9-3 United States Don Howard Tucker KO 3 20/02/1956 United States Tyler, Texas
Win 12-24-4 United States Ponce DeLeon Taylor PTS 10 13/12/1955 United States Houston City Auditorium, Houston, Texas
Win 11-1 United States Buddy Turman SD 12 28/11/1955 United States Tyler, Texas Texas Heavyweight Title.
Win 2-7-2 United States Fred Taylor PTS 10 01/11/1955 United States Houston, Texas
Win 2-5 United States Duke Smith KO 3 01/10/1955 United States Tyler, Texas
Win 0-2 United States LeJune Burks KO 6 30/09/1955 United States Conroe, Texas
Win 1-5 United States Dick Brown TKO 3 30/08/1955 United States Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas
Win -- Chuck Connor KO 2 28/06/1955 United States Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas
Win -- United States Bobby Watson PTS 6 14/06/1955 United States LaGrave Field, Fort Worth, Texas
Win 4-1 United States Ted Donald PTS 8 03/06/1955 United States Conroe, Texas
Win 9-16 United States JD Harvey PTS 6 03/05/1955 United States Galveston City Auditorium, Galveston, Texas
Win -- United States Tommie Smith TKO 3 26/04/1955 United States Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas

Bibliography[edit]

  • Harris, Roy; Montgomery, Robin Navarro (2012). Roy Harris of Cut and Shoot: Texas Backwoods Battler. Bloomington, IN: iUniverse, Inc. ISBN 9781475960679. OCLC 819070994. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Roy Harris - Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia". Boxrec.com. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  2. ^ "Lopez and Pavlik – One Nice Guy Will Finish First - Boxing News". Doghouseboxing.com. 2011-05-05. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  3. ^ ""Cut and Shoot" Roy Harris: Small town Fighter to Heavyweight Championship Bout! - Boxing News". Doghouseboxing.com. 2011-03-09. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  4. ^ "Roy Harris, Boxing, - 08.18.58 - SI Vault". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  5. ^ a b Montgomery, Robin (1984). Cut 'n Shoot Texas. Austin, TX: Eakin Press. p. 180. ISBN 0-89015-429-5. 
  6. ^ "A Brief Look at Floyd Patterson, Roy Harris". East Side Boxing. Archived from the original on 2003-10-07. Retrieved 2015-10-22. 
  7. ^ Montgomery, Robin (1984). Cut 'n Shoot, Texas. Austin, TX: Eakin Press. ISBN 0-89015-429-5. 
  8. ^ "Roy Harris - Boxer". Boxrec.com. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 

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