Sam Langford

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Sam Langford
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Portrait of Sam Langford, "The Boston Tar Baby", Canadian boxer and Australian heavyweight champion, photograph 1912
Statistics
Real nameSamuel Edgar Langford
Nickname(s)Boston Tar Baby
Boston Terror
Boston Bonecrusher
Weight(s)
Height5 ft 6+12 in (1.69 m)
Reach74 in (188 cm)
NationalityCanadian
Born(1886-03-04)March 4, 1886
Weymouth Falls, Nova Scotia, Canada
DiedJanuary 12, 1956(1956-01-12) (aged 69)
Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights313
Wins211
Wins by KO126
Losses43
Draws52
No contests7

Samuel Edgar Langford (March 4, 1886 – January 12, 1956), known as the Boston Tar Baby, Boston Terror, and Boston Bonecrusher, was a Black Canadian boxing standout of the early part of the 20th century. Called the "Greatest Fighter Nobody Knows", by ESPN,[1] many boxing historians consider Langford to be one of the greatest fighters of all time.[2] Originally from Weymouth Falls, a small community in Nova Scotia, Canada. He was known as "The Boston Bonecrusher", "The Boston Terror", and his most famous nickname, "The Boston Tar Baby". Langford stood 5 ft 6+12 in (1.69 m) and weighed 185 lb (84 kg) in his prime. He fought from lightweight to heavyweight and defeated many world champions and legends of the time in each weight class. Considered a devastating puncher even at heavyweight, Langford was rated No. 2 by The Ring on their list of "100 greatest punchers of all time". One boxing historian described Langford as "experienced as a heavyweight James Toney with the punching power of Mike Tyson". He has been ranked among BoxRec's 10 best heavyweights in the world fourteen times, and was ranked No.1 from 1910 to 1913. He was also ranked as the best middleweight in 1907 and fifth best welterweight in 1903.[3][4][5]

He was denied a shot at many World Championships, due to the colour bar and by the refusal of Jack Johnson, the first African-American World Heavyweight Champion, to fight him in a rematch. Langford was the World Colored Heavyweight Champion, a title vacated, by Johnson, after he won the World Championship, a record five times. Alongside this, Langford also defeated the reigning Lightweight Champion Joe Gans, the first African-American World Champion in boxing history and widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time, in a non-title bout. Many boxing aficionados consider Langford to be the greatest boxer not to win a world title. On the 13th of August 2020, the WBC granted Langford to an honorary world champion. BoxRec ranks him as the 22nd greatest Canadian boxer of all-time.[6]

Early life[edit]

Born in Nova Scotia, Langford left home as a youth to escape an abusive father. He made his way to Boston where he eventually found work as a janitor in a boxing gymnasium at the Lenox Athletic Club. Not long after he started working he was sparring and improving his own boxing skills. He won the amateur featherweight championship of Boston at age 15.

Professional career[edit]

Sam Langford in 1910

Langford was a boxer who fought greats from the lightweight division right up to the heavyweights, beating many champions in the process. However, he was never able to secure a world title for himself. Despite the fact, Langford never received a chance to fight for Jack Johnson's heavyweight title, Ring magazine founder Nat Fleischer rated Langford as one of the ten best heavyweights of all time. Renowned champion Jack Dempsey claimed that as a young boxer in 1916 he refused a fight with Langford. According to Dempsey: "I think Sam Langford was the greatest fighter we ever had."[7]

Memorable fights[edit]

Jack Johnson, the first African American, world heavyweight champion, refused to fight Langford, knowing he might possibly be defeated, circa 1910–1915

Langford's most memorable fights were his numerous encounters against fellow black boxers Sam McVey, Battling Jim Johnson, Joe Jeanette and Harry Wills, who all experienced similar barriers in their fighting careers.

Langford defeated World Lightweight Champion Joe Gans on December 8, 1903, via a 15-round decision. Gans' title was not on the line, however. The two would later become good friends. Langford considered Gans the pound for pound greatest fighter of all time.

He fought Jack Blackburn, trainer of the legendary Joe Louis, six times. The first three fights were draws, the fourth a decision win for Langford, the fifth another draw and the sixth a no contest.

Although Langford is often credited as the greatest fighter to never challenge for a world title, he fought World Welterweight Champion Barbados Joe Walcott on September 5, 1904, for his title. The fight resulted in a draw by decision, thus Walcott retained his title. However, reports of the fight say Langford clearly outpointed the champion. Langford kept Walcott at a distance with his longer reach and used his footwork to evade all of Walcott's attacks. Langford landed lefts and rights to the jaw so effectively, Walcott was bleeding by round two and continued bleeding more after every round. Walcott was brought on one knee in the third round and the fight ended with hardly a scratch on Langford.

In 1912, Langford was one of the contenders for the World Colored Heavyweight Championship fought at various venues across Australia. Sam McVey his opponent, McVey ranked alongside Jack Johnson, Joe Jeanette, Sam Langford, and Harry Wills as the top black heavyweights of their generation. Prior to his win, Langford stayed at the Nedlands Park Hotel where he:

gave exhibitions of punching the ball, throwing the medicine bag sparring, etc. His work was a revelation. Langford allowed his sparring partners to hit him just when and where they pleased. After witnessing his exhibition of wonderful foot and head work one could easily understand how the big-little fellow came to lay low the best boxers in the world. Langford is as fast on his feet and as graceful as a ballet-dancer. He carries a punch like unto that of a kick of a mule, and is practically impervious to punishment. Dick Cullen hit him some terrific punches on the chin last Wednesday – punches that would have put the ordinary boxer away for the full count; but the Tar Baby only grinned and shoved out his head for more. He is truly a remarkable fighter.[8]

Langford fought various contenders throughout his career. He fought welterweight Young Peter Jackson six times, winning the first two by decision, the third was a draw via points, losing the fourth by technical knockout and winning the fifth and sixth bouts again by decision. Their bout on November 12, 1907, at the Pacific Athletic Club in Los Angeles was billed as being for the World Colored Middleweight Championship (158  lbs.). Langford won the title by besting Jackson on points in the 20-round bout.

Sam Langford vs. Joe Jeanette, boxing match, at Luna Park, in Paris, France, in 1913

Langford fought heavyweight Joe Jeanette fourteen times, losing the first by eighth-round retirement, winning second by decision, third and fourth were a draw via points, winning the fifth through eighth by decision, ninth was a draw via points, winning the tenth on decision, eleventh was a draw via points, lost the twelfth by decision and winning the thirteenth by seventh round knock out and fourteenth by decision (Total: 8 wins (1 KO), 2 losses (1 RT and 1 PTS) and 4 draws).

He fought future World Heavyweight Champion Jack Johnson on April 26, 1906, losing by a fifteenth-round decision. Johnson was 29 pounds heavier than Langford. Langford took severe punishment and was knocked down 3 times; however, he lasted the 15 round distance.[9] After winning their first match, Johnson repeatedly refused rematches against Langford, who was considered by some to be the most dangerous challenger for Johnson's crown, although Johnson cited Langford's inability to meet his $30,000 appearance fee.

Langford fought heavyweight Fireman Jim Flynn six times, winning the first by first-round knockout, losing the second by decision, winning the third by eighth-round knockout, winning the fourth by decision, winning the fifth by third-round knockout and winning the sixth by decision.

Winner of the World Colored Middleweight Championship in 1907 when he beat Young Peter Jackson, he fought former World Middleweight Champion Stanley Ketchel on April 27, 1910. Ketchel had vacated his championship only eight months earlier. It was a hard-pressed fight by both men, each displaying terrific hitting power for all six rounds of the short bout. No knockdowns were scored and both had plenty of energy in the end. Langford won by decision. A longer rematch bout was rumoured but never happened due to Ketchell's murder six months later.

Langford fought heavyweight Battling Jim Johnson twelve times, winning the first three by decision, fourth and fifth were a draw via points, winning the sixth and seventh on points, eighth by twelfth-round knockout, ninth through eleventh by points and drawing in the twelfth via points (Total: 9 wins (1 KO), 0 losses and 3 draws). Johnson was always heavier than Langford by 26–40 pounds.

Langford fought heavyweight Sam McVea fifteen times, drawing in the first via points, losing the second by decision, winning the third and fourth by decision, winning the fifth by technical knockout (McVea claimed a foul; this was not allowed and he refused to continue), winning the sixth by thirteenth-round knockout, seventh was a draw via points, losing the eighth by decision, ninth through eleventh were draws via points, winning the twelfth by decision, thirteenth and fourteenth were draws via decision and winning the fifteenth by decision (Total: 6 wins (2 KO), 2 losses (0 KO) and 7 draws). Langford was 37 years old in the final bout.

Langford defeated former World Light Heavyweight Champion Philadelphia Jack O'Brien on August 15, 1911, by fifth-round technical knockout. Langford outweighed O'Brien by ten pounds. The fight was stopped after a hard left hook put O'Brien on the canvas. O'Brien had to be helped to his corner. The poetic O'Brien later said of Langford, "When he appeared upon the scene of combat, you knew you were cooked."

Langford fought heavyweight Gunboat Smith twice, losing the first by decision (many ring siders were surprised) and winning the second by third-round knockout.

Langford fought heavyweight Harry Wills seventeen times. Langford was 31 in the first bout and continued to suffer from old age and failing eyesight more and more each fight. The first was a draw via points, the second a win via fourteenth-round knockout, the third and fourth losses via decision, the fifth a win via nineteenth-round knockout, the sixth through ninth losses via decision, the tenth a draw via points, the eleventh a loss via sixth-round knockout and the twelfth by seventh-round technical knockout, the thirteenth through seventeenth by decision (Total: 2 wins (2 KO), 14 losses (2 KO) and 2 draws).

Former World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns was a referee in the third fight. At the end, he caught Langford's hand and said to him, "Sam, this is the hardest I ever had to do in my life. I always admired you and never thought to see you beaten, but I have to give the decision against you."

World Welterweight title fight[edit]

Although Langford is often credited as the greatest fighter to never challenge for a world title, he fought World Welterweight Champion Barbados Joe Walcott, a black man, on September 5, 1904, at Lake Massabesic Coliseum in Manchester, New Hampshire for his title. Both fighters weighed in at 142 lbs.

The fight resulted in a draw by decision, thus Walcott retained his title. However, reports of the fight say Langford clearly outpointed the champion. Langford kept Walcott at a distance with his longer reach and used his footwork to evade all of Walcott's attacks. Langford landed lefts and rights to the jaw so effectively, Walcott was bleeding by round two and continued bleeding more after every round. Walcott was brought on one knee in the third round and the fight ended with hardly a scratch on Langford.

The Lowell Sun newspaper reported:

"Joe Walcott met his match in a 15-round bout yesterday afternoon in the Massabasic coliseum before a crowd of 1200. His opponent was Sam Langford, who clearly outpointed the champion, and the latter's aggressiveness in carrying the fight to Langford was all that saved him from making a decision that would have given him the short end of the purse. Langford took advantage of his longer reach and repeatedly played a tattoo on Walcott's face, and his cleverness on his feet carried him away from (unreadable) a score or more times when Walcott endeavoured by sheer brute force to deliver a knockout blow. While Walcott was the aggressor, Langford met his attacks by rights and lefts to the jaw and mouth so effectively as to draw blood in the second round and he kept Walcott bleeding in every round thereafter. In the third round, Langford brought the champion to one knee by a straight away jolt to the jaw, and he went through the entire fifteen rounds without a perceptible scratch on himself. In the opening round honours were even, but thereafter until the seventh round Langford had all the better of the argument."

World Colored Heavyweight Championship[edit]

Sam Langford won the World Colored Heavyweight Championship a record five times between 1910 and 1918. Jack Johnson had reigned as the World Colored Heavyweight Champion from 1903 to 1908, when he relinquished the title after winning the World Heavyweight Championship. Joe Jeanette and Sam McVey fought in Paris in February 1909 to fill the vacant title, with McVey the victor. Jeanette took the title away from McVey two months later.

Subsequently, Langford claimed the title during Jeanette's reign after Johnson refused to defend the World Heavyweight Championship against him. For a year there were two duelling claimants to the world coloured heavyweight crown, Jeanette, the "official" champ, and Langford, the pretender, the man whom Jack Johnson "ducked". On September 6, 1910, in Boston, Massachusetts, Langford became the undisputed coloured champ by winning a 15-round bout with Jeanette on points. Still, Jack Johnson refused to give him a title shot.

Failure to secure title shot[edit]

Langford had lost to Jack Johnson the only time they had fought, on April 26, 1906, in a fifteen-round decision. Johnson was 29  lbs. heavier than Langford, and though he knocked down Langford in the sixth round, many spectators felt Langford had won the bout, even though Sam was on the verge of going down several times only for Johnson to hold him up and prevent a knockdown. In truth, Johnson actually toyed with him, carrying on conversations with ringsiders all through the fight. After winning their first match, Johnson repeatedly refused rematches against Langford, who was considered by some to be the most dangerous challenger for Johnson's crown. Another explanation for this Johnson's refusal is that he knew that a fight between two black fighters would not generate nearly as much revenue as a fight between him and a white man.

Battling Jim Johnson, the man Sam fought twelve times, beating Johnson nine times and never losing once, would be the one who got the title shot against Johnson that Langford had rightly believed his.

World Heavyweight Championship[edit]

Ironically, the color bar that had marred the world heavyweight title by blackballing boxers of colour remained in force even under Jack Johnson. Once he was the World's Heavyweight Champion, Johnson did not fight a black opponent for the first five years of his reign. In addition to Langford, he denied matches to black heavyweights Joe Jeanette and to the young Harry Wills (who was Colored Heavyweight Champion during the last year of Johnson's reign as World Heavyweight Champion).

Blacks were not given a shot at the title allegedly because Johnson felt that he could make more money fighting white boxers. In August 1913, as Johnson neared the end of his troubled reign as World Heavyweight Champion, there were rumors that he had agreed to fight Langford in Paris for the title, but it came to nought. Johnson claimed that Langford was unable to raise $30,000 (equivalent to approximately $765,748 in today's funds[10]) for his guarantee.

Because black boxers with the exception of Johnson had been barred from fighting for the heavyweight championship because of racism, Johnson's refusal to fight African-Americans offended the African-American community, since the opportunity to fight top white boxers was rare. Jeanette criticized Johnson, saying, "Jack forgot about his old friends after he became champion and drew the colour line against his own people."[11]

When Johnson finally did agree to take on a black opponent in late 1913, it was not Sam Langford, the current Colored Heavyweight Champion, that he gave the title shot to. Instead, Johnson chose Battling Jim Johnson, a mediocrity who, in 1910, had lost to Langford and had a draw and loss via knockout to Sam McVey, another former Colored Champion. Battling Jim fought fellow former Colored Champion Joe Jeanette four times between July 19, 1912, and January 21, 1912, and lost all four fights. The only fighter of note he did beat in that period was future Colored Champion Big Bill Tate, whom he knocked out in the second round of a scheduled 10-round bout. It was Tate's third pro fight.

Sam Langford in 1922

The fight, scheduled for 10 rounds, was held on December 19, 1913 in Paris. It was the first time in history that two blacks had fought for the World Heavyweight Championship. While the Johnson v. Johnson fight had been billed as a World Heavyweight title match, in many ways, it resembled an exhibition. A sportswriter from the Indianapolis Star reported that the fight crowd became unruly when it was apparent that neither boxer was putting up a fight."[12] The champ barely engaged Battling Jim, and it turned out he had broken his arm during the third round, a distinct disadvantage that Battling Jim failed to capitalize on. The fight was a draw, and Jack Johnson kept his championship.

Battling Jim's next fight, four months later, also was a title match. On March 27, 1914 in New York City, Sam Langford won a newspaper decision in a ten-rounder with Johnson. According to the New York Times, the colored champ "won by a wide margin" because Johnson "failed to show anything remotely resembling championship ability."

Battling Jim fought Langford ten more times (including two more coloured title matches). Two of the fights were draws, including their last fight on September 22, 1918, which was also Battling Jim's last pro bout. He faced Joe Jeanette five more times and did not win a single contest. Two of their fights were draws and their last fight on August 20, 1918, Battling Jim's penultimate pro fight, was a no-decision.

Of the other former and future Colored Heavyweight Champions that Battling Jim battled, he won only one fight, against Harry Wills, because he broke his wrist blocking a punch in a non-title match and Johnson won by a technical knockout. Battling Jim lost his other two fights with Wills and lost all of the five fights he had with ex-champ Sam McVey in the post-Jack Johnson title shot period.

Battling Jim, who died during Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918, ended with a career record of 30 wins against 31 losses and six draws[13] when his newspaper decisions are factored in. Looking at his dismal performance with the top black heavyweights of his era and his inability to best a one-armed Jack Johnson, Battling Jim Johnson cannot be considered a top contender of his era or a worthy opponent when Jack awarded him the sole title shot given to a black heavyweight from 1908 to 1937. Fittingly, he was scheduled to fight Langford before he died.

In 1915, Jack Johnson lost his title to Jess Willard, the last in a long line of Great White Hopes. Because of the animosity he had generated combined with the virulent racism of the period, it would be 22 years before another African American, Joe Louis, was given a shot at the Heavyweight title.

When it was in his power to give an African American a title shot, Jack Johnson refused to grant that privilege to Sam Langford, the fighter who after former champ Jim Jeffries (a man Langford said he would not face when Jeff was in the prime of his career), had to be considered the No. 1 contender in the heavyweight division. Johnson beat Jeffries but ducked Langford, likely as he feared losing his title. Many people consider the failure of Langford to secure a shot at the Heavyweight title one of the greatest injustices of American sports.

Later career[edit]

Langford fought heavyweight Fred Fulton twice, losing the first by seventh-round technical knockout and the second by a four-round decision. Langford was 34 and 35 in each respective fight. Langford was much heavier, yet much shorter than Fulton.

On June 5, 1922, Langford knocked out Tiger Flowers in only the second round. Langford was mostly blind and Flowers would soon afterwards win the World Middleweight Championship.

In 1923, Sam Langford fought and won Boxing's last "fight to the finish" for the Mexican Heavyweight title.

His last fight was in 1926, when his failing eyesight finally forced him to retire. Langford was 43 years old and completely blind.

Films exist of Langford fighting Fireman Jim Flynn and Bill Lang.

One story characterizing his career involved Langford in a bout where he had been ordered not to throw any knockout punches until after the 7th round. So walking out for the 8th round, after 21 minutes of patting away, Langford touched gloves with his opponent. "What's the matter, Sam, it ain't the last round!" said his mystified opponent. "Tis for you son," said Langford, who promptly knocked his opponent out. Another story involves Langford at a fight where just before it began he apologized to the audience and said he would have to make it a quick fight as he had a train to catch very soon. He then knocked out his opponent within the first round, apologized to the audience once again and left, just in time to catch his train.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
313 fights 178 wins 29 losses
By knockout 126 8
By decision 49 20
By disqualification 3 1
Draws 38
No contests 7
Newspaper decisions/draws 61
All Newspaper decisions are regarded as “no decision” bouts as they have “resulted in neither boxer winning or losing, and would therefore not count as part of their official fight record."
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Age Location Notes
313 Loss 178–29–38 (68) United States Brad Simmons TKO 1 (10) Aug 02, 1925 39 years, 151 days United States Drumright, Oklahoma, U.S. Langford retired completely blind
312 Win 178–28–38 (68) United States Young Jack Johnson KO 2 (?) Jul 01, 1925 39 years, 119 days United States Shawnee, Oklahoma, U.S.
311 Loss 177–28–38 (68) United States Battling Gahee PTS 8 Sep 25, 1925 39 years, 205 days United States U.S. Exact date and location unknown
310 Win 177–27–38 (68) Mexico Frolin Gonzales PTS 10 Apr 05, 1925 39 years, 32 days Mexico Mexico Reported but not confirmed
309 Draw 176–27–38 (68) United States Tim Sullivan PTS 6 Mar 01, 1925 38 years, 362 days United States U.S. Exact date and location unknown
308 Draw 176–27–37 (68) United States Tim Sullivan PTS 6 Jan 01, 1925 38 years, 303 days United States U.S. Exact date and location unknown
307 Win 176–27–36 (68) United States Smiling Kid Nolan KO 2 (?) Sep 10, 1924 38 years, 190 days Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Reported but not confirmed
306 Win 175–27–36 (68) United States Sydney Grant KO 4 (?) Jul 07, 1924 38 years, 125 days Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Reported but not confirmed
305 Win 174–27–36 (68) Canada Eddie Tremblay KO 3 (4) May 04, 1924 38 years, 61 days United States Venice, California, U.S. Reported but not confirmed
304 Loss 173–27–36 (68) Canada Eddie Tremblay PTS 4 Apr 23, 1924 38 years, 50 days United States Venice, California, U.S. From late May until October 3, Langford was in NY for medical treatments and operation on his blind eye
303 Win 173–26–36 (68) United States Sammy Olson PTS 4 Apr 18, 1924 38 years, 45 days United States Bakersfield Stadium, Bakersfield, California, U.S.
302 NC 172–26–36 (68) United States Jim Jam Barry ND 4 Apr 16, 1924 38 years, 43 days United States San Fernando Stadium, San Fernando, California, U.S. Bout went four rounds. San Fernando Sun did not give result of decision though
301 Win 172–26–36 (67) United States Jim Jam Barry PTS 4 Apr 04, 1924 38 years, 31 days United States Huntington Beach, California, U.S.
300 Win 171–26–36 (67) United States Smiling Kid Nolan KO 5 (?) Mar 06, 1924 38 years, 2 days United States Venice, California, U.S. Reported but not confirmed
299 Win 170–26–36 (67) United States Tom Riley KO 2 (?) Jan 20, 1924 37 years, 322 days Mexico Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
298 Win 169–26–36 (67) United States Fireman Jim Flynn PTS 8 Jan 06, 1924 37 years, 308 days Mexico Ford's Arena, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
297 Loss 168–26–36 (67) United States Sonny Goodrich PTS 10 Dec 18, 1923 37 years, 289 days United States Community House, San Antonio, Texas, U.S. For Mexico heavyweight title
296 Win 168–25–36 (67) United States Roscoe Hall KO 1 (?) Dec 11, 1923 37 years, 282 days Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Reported but not confirmed
295 Win 167–25–36 (67) Spain Andrés Balsa TKO 8 (15) Nov 10, 1923 37 years, 251 days Mexico Teatro Independencia, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
294 Win 166–25–36 (67) United States Fireman Jim Flynn KO 3 (15) Oct 19, 1923 37 years, 229 days Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
293 Loss 165–25–36 (67) United States Bearcat Wright KO 9 (?) Aug 15, 1923 37 years, 164 days Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
292 Win 165–24–36 (67) United States Fireman Jim Flynn PTS 10 Aug 02, 1923 37 years, 151 days Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
291 Loss 164–24–36 (67) Guyana Clem Johnson TKO 13 (15) Jul 27, 1923 37 years, 145 days Mexico Plaza de Toros, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico Lost Mexico heavyweight title
290 Win 164–23–36 (67) Australia Jim Tracey KO 4 (20) Jul 15, 1923 37 years, 133 days Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Retained Mexico heavyweight title
289 Win 163–23–36 (67) United States Jack Voight KO 5 (15) May 19, 1923 37 years, 76 days Mexico El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Retained Mexico heavyweight title
288 Win 162–23–36 (67) Mexico Art Surans KO 3 (?) May 16, 1923 37 years, 73 days Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Retained Mexico heavyweight title
287 Win 161–23–36 (67) Spain Andrés Balsa KO 3 (?) May 06, 1923 37 years, 63 days Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Scheduled as a "finish fight". Balsa was stated to be the Spanish heavyweight champion
286 Win 160–23–36 (67) Spain Andrés Balsa PTS 10 Apr 28, 1923 37 years, 55 days Mexico Arena Cine Imperio, Torreon, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico
285 Win 159–23–36 (67) United States Chihuahua Kid Brown PTS 15 Apr 15, 1923 37 years, 42 days Mexico Plaza de Toros, Torreon, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico
284 Win 158–23–36 (67) Spain Andrés Balsa TKO 6 (15) Apr 08, 1923 37 years, 35 days Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Retained Mexico heavyweight title
283 Win 157–23–36 (67) United States Jack Savage KO 1 (?) Mar 31, 1923 37 years, 27 days Mexico Chapultepec Bull Ring, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Won Mexico heavyweight title
282 Win 156–23–36 (67) United States Chihuahua Kid Brown KO 1 (10) Mar 17, 1923 37 years, 13 days Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
281 Win 155–23–36 (67) Australia Jim Tracey KO 6 (?) Mar 02, 1923 36 years, 363 days Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
280 Win 154–23–36 (67) United States Tom McCarty KO 2 (?) Feb 15, 1923 36 years, 348 days United States Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
279 Win 153–23–36 (67) United States Sonny Goodrich TKO 7 (12) Dec 25, 1922 36 years, 296 days United States Market House Arena, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
278 Win 152–23–36 (67) United States Roscoe Hall KO 3 (?) Dec 24, 1922 36 years, 295 days Mexico Mexico Reported but not confirmed
277 Win 151–23–36 (67) United States Jack Taylor KO 8 (?) Dec 12, 1922 36 years, 283 days Mexico Mexico
276 Draw 150–23–36 (67) United States Jim Jam Barry PTS 10 Nov 10, 1922 36 years, 251 days United States Douglas, Arizona, U.S.
275 Draw 150–23–35 (67) United States Jack Taylor PTS 15 Nov 05, 1922 36 years, 246 days Mexico Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
274 Win 150–23–34 (67) United States Jack Taylor PTS 15 Oct 20, 1922 36 years, 230 days Mexico Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
273 Win 149–23–34 (67) United States Cyclone Smith KO 2 (?) Oct 06, 1922 36 years, 216 days United States El Paso, Texas, U.S.
272 Win 148–23–34 (67) United States Battling Owens KO 7 (15) Sep 22, 1922 36 years, 202 days Mexico Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
271 Draw 147–23–34 (67) United States Jack Taylor NWS 10 Aug 21, 1922 36 years, 170 days United States Mizzou Park, Sioux City, Iowa, U.S.
270 Draw 147–23–34 (66) United States Brad Simmons NWS 10 Aug 11, 1922 36 years, 160 days United States Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
269 Win 147–23–34 (65) United States Bill Tate PTS 12 Aug 04, 1922 36 years, 153 days United States Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
268 Win 146–23–34 (65) United States Bearcat Wright RTD 5 (12) Jul 17, 1922 36 years, 135 days United States Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
267 Draw 145–23–34 (65) United States Bearcat Wright PTS 12 Jun 19, 1922 36 years, 107 days United States City Auditorium, Galveston, Texas, U.S.
266 Win 145–23–33 (65) United States Tiger Flowers KO 2 (10) Jun 05, 1922 36 years, 93 days United States Ponce de Leon Ballpark, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
265 Draw 144–23–33 (65) United States Ted Jamieson PTS 10 May 22, 1922 36 years, 79 days United States Private club, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
264 Win 144–23–32 (65) United States Roscoe Hall KO 4 (8) May 16, 1922 36 years, 73 days United States Bijou Ring, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
263 Win 143–23–32 (65) United States Roscoe Hall KO 2 (8) Apr 20, 1922 36 years, 47 days United States Venice A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
262 Win 142–23–32 (65) United States Jack Leslie NWS 10 Apr 15, 1922 36 years, 42 days United States Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
261 Loss 142–23–32 (64) United States Tut Jackson DQ 5 (12) Apr 06, 1922 36 years, 33 days United States Triangle Park, Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
260 Loss 142–22–32 (64) United States Bill Tate NWS 8 Mar 27, 1922 36 years, 23 days United States Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
259 Win 142–22–32 (63) United States Cyclone Smith KO 2 (10) Mar 17, 1922 36 years, 13 days United States Clyffeside Park, Ashland, Kentucky, U.S.
258 Loss 141–22–32 (63) United States Harry Wills PTS 10 Jan 17, 1922 35 years, 319 days United States Arena, Milwaukie, Oregon, U.S. For world colored heavyweight title claim
257 Win 141–21–32 (63) Canada Young Peter Jackson NWS 10 Dec 09, 1921 35 years, 280 days United States Illinois Theatre, Urbana, Illinois, U.S.
256 Win 141–21–32 (62) United States Lee Anderson PTS 10 Dec 07, 1921 35 years, 278 days United States Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
255 Loss 140–21–32 (62) United States Lee Anderson PTS 10 Nov 24, 1921 35 years, 265 days United States Capital City Arena, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
254 Win 140–20–32 (62) Canada Young Peter Jackson KO 2 (10) Oct 18, 1921 35 years, 228 days Canada The Armouries, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Not to be confused with Young Peter Jackson
253 Loss 139–20–32 (62) United States Bill Tate NWS 12 Sep 21, 1921 35 years, 201 days United States Riverside Arena, Covington, Kentucky, U.S.
252 Loss 139–20–32 (61) United States Lee Anderson NWS 12 Sep 05, 1921 35 years, 185 days United States Coliseum, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
251 Draw 139–20–32 (60) United States Topeka Jack Johnson PTS 6 Aug 19, 1921 35 years, 168 days United States State Fairgrounds, Topeka, Kansas, U.S.
250 Win 139–20–31 (60) United States George Godfrey KO 1 (12) Aug 17, 1921 35 years, 166 days United States Riverside Arena, Covington, Kentucky, U.S.
249 Win 138–20–31 (60) United States Lee Anderson PTS 10 Aug 12, 1921 35 years, 161 days United States Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
248 Win 137–20–31 (60) United States Bearcat Wright KO 9 (10) Jul 20, 1921 35 years, 138 days United States Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
247 Win 136–20–31 (60) United States Bill Watkins KO ? (?) Feb 07, 1921 34 years, 340 days Canada Canada Exact date, location and # of rounds unknown
246 Win 135–20–31 (60) United States Alfred Johnson KO ? (?) Feb 06, 1921 34 years, 339 days Canada Canada Exact date, location and # of rounds unknown
245 Draw 134–20–31 (60) United States Jack Thompson PTS 10 Feb 03, 1921 34 years, 336 days Canada Canada Exact date and location unknown
244 Win 134–20–30 (60) United States Bob Devere TKO 7 (10) Jan 14, 1921 34 years, 316 days United States Armory, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
243 Draw 133–20–30 (60) United States Lee Anderson PTS 12 Jan 07, 1921 34 years, 309 days United States Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
242 Win 133–20–29 (60) United States Jim Jam Barry PTS 10 Dec 29, 1920 34 years, 300 days United States Armory, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
241 Win 132–20–29 (60) Guyana Clem Johnson PTS 10 Dec 23, 1920 34 years, 294 days United States Aberdeen, Washington, U.S.
240 Win 131–20–29 (60) United States Terry Kellar PTS 6 Dec 09, 1920 34 years, 280 days United States Aberdeen, Washington, U.S.
239 Win 130–20–29 (60) Weimar Republic Tiny Jim Herman TKO 7 (10) Dec 02, 1920 34 years, 273 days United States Heilig Theater, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
238 Win 129–20–29 (60) United States George Godfrey KO 2 (10) Nov 17, 1920 34 years, 258 days United States Hot Springs, Arkansas, U.S.
237 Win 128–20–29 (60) United States Jack Thompson PTS 8 Nov 15, 1920 34 years, 256 days United States Southern A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
236 Loss 127–20–29 (60) United States Lee Anderson PTS 10 Oct 20, 1920 34 years, 230 days United States Heilig Theater, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
235 Win 127–19–29 (60) United States Frank Farmer PTS 4 Oct 13, 1920 34 years, 223 days United States Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
234 Win 126–19–29 (60) Weimar Republic Tiny Jim Herman KO 7 (10) Oct 06, 1920 34 years, 216 days United States Heilig Theater, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
233 Loss 125–19–29 (60) United States Bill Tate NWS 6 Sep 06, 1920 34 years, 186 days United States Floyd Fitzsimmons Arena, Benton Harbor, Michigan, U.S.
232 Win 125–19–29 (59) United States Bearcat Wright PTS 10 Aug 30, 1920 34 years, 179 days United States Walthill, Nebraska, U.S.
231 Win 124–19–29 (59) United States Sam McVea NWS 10 Aug 14, 1920 34 years, 163 days United States East Chicago, Indiana, U.S.
230 Win 124–19–29 (58) United States Pinky Lewis KO 7 (8) Jul 26, 1920 34 years, 144 days United States Southern A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
229 Win 123–19–29 (58) United States Jack Mitchell KO 3 (10) Jul 02, 1920 34 years, 120 days United States Springfield, Missouri, U.S.
228 Win 122–19–29 (58) United States Rough House Ware KO 9 (15) Jun 07, 1920 34 years, 95 days United States Tulane Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
227 Win 121–19–29 (58) United States Jeff Clark PTS 15 May 31, 1920 34 years, 88 days United States Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
226 Win 120–19–29 (58) United States Marty Cutler TKO 3 (10) May 18, 1920 34 years, 75 days Canada Armouries, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
225 Draw 119–19–29 (58) United States George Godfrey PTS 10 May 01, 1920 34 years, 58 days Canada Canada Exact date and location unknown
224 Loss 119–19–28 (58) United States Harry Wills PTS 15 Apr 23, 1920 34 years, 50 days United States Detroit, Michigan, U.S. For world colored heavyweight title
223 Win 119–18–28 (58) Canada Silas Green KO 3 (10) Apr 09, 1920 34 years, 36 days United States Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
222 Win 118–18–28 (58) United States Jack Thompson PTS 15 Apr 05, 1920 34 years, 32 days United States Convention Hall, Muskogee, Oklahoma, U.S.
221 Win 117–18–28 (58) Belize Jamaica Kid TKO 7 (12) Mar 29, 1920 34 years, 25 days United States Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
220 Win 116–18–28 (58) United States Battling Gahee KO 2 (8) Feb 23, 1920 33 years, 356 days United States Southern A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
219 Draw 115–18–28 (58) United States Jeff Clark NWS 10 Feb 16, 1920 33 years, 349 days United States K of C Hall, Terre Haute, Indiana, U.S.
218 Win 115–18–28 (57) United States Jeff Clark NWS 10 Jan 16, 1920 33 years, 318 days United States Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.
217 Win 115–18–28 (56) United States Dave McBride KO 1 (?) Dec 03, 1919 33 years, 274 days United States Liberty Theater, Camp Grant, Illinois, U.S.
216 NC 114–18–28 (56) United States Jack Thompson NC 6 (10) Nov 24, 1919 33 years, 265 days United States Shrine Auditorium, Duluth, Minnesota, U.S. Both fighters were fined $500 for stalling
215 Win 114–18–28 (55) United States Mexican Jim Johnson KO 9 (15) Nov 17, 1919 33 years, 258 days United States Auditorium, Sioux City, Iowa, U.S.
214 Loss 113–18–28 (55) United States Harry Wills PTS 15 Nov 05, 1919 33 years, 246 days United States Convention Hall, Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S. For world colored heavyweight title
213 Draw 113–17–28 (55) United States Jack Thompson PTS 15 Oct 21, 1919 33 years, 231 days United States Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S. bout was advertised for the colored heavyweight championship
212 Loss 113–17–27 (55) United States Harry Wills NWS 10 Sep 30, 1919 33 years, 210 days United States Arena, Syracuse, New York, U.S.
211 Win 113–17–27 (54) United States Rough House Wilson KO 4 (10) Sep 18, 1919 33 years, 198 days United States Battle Creek, Michigan, U.S.
210 Win 112–17–27 (54) United States Bill Tate NWS 10 Aug 23, 1919 33 years, 172 days United States Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
209 Draw 112–17–27 (53) United States Jack Thompson PTS 15 Aug 04, 1919 33 years, 153 days United States Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
208 Loss 112–17–26 (53) United States Harry Wills NWS 8 Jul 04, 1919 33 years, 122 days United States Sportsman's Park, Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S. For world colored heavyweight title
207 Win 112–17–26 (52) United States Bill Tate DQ 5 (10) Jun 19, 1919 33 years, 107 days United States Nicollet Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. Tate was disqualified for holding
206 Win 111–17–26 (52) United States Billy Hooper KO 4 (10) Apr 30, 1919 33 years, 57 days United States Springer Opera House, Columbus, Georgia, U.S.
205 Loss 110–17–26 (52) United States Willie Meehan PTS 4 Mar 04, 1919 33 years, 0 days United States Coliseum, San Francisco, California, U.S.
204 Loss 110–16–26 (52) United States Fred Fulton PTS 4 Dec 27, 1918 32 years, 298 days United States Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.
203 Win 110–15–26 (52) United States Jeff Clark PTS 8 Dec 16, 1918 32 years, 287 days United States Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
202 Win 109–15–26 (52) United States Big Boy Butler KO 5 (10) Dec 12, 1918 32 years, 283 days United States Empire Theatre, Rock Island, Illinois, U.S.
201 Loss 108–15–26 (52) United States Jeff Clark NWS 6 Nov 28, 1918 32 years, 269 days United States Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
200 Draw 108–15–26 (51) United States Jeff Clark PTS 10 Nov 15, 1918 32 years, 256 days United States Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
199 Draw 108–15–25 (51) United States Jeff Clark PTS 12 Oct 31, 1918 32 years, 241 days United States Crescent Rink, Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.
198 Win 108–15–24 (51) United States Battling Jim Johnson NWS 8 Aug 22, 1918 32 years, 171 days United States Lafayette A.C., Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.
197 Win 108–15–24 (50) United States Rough House Ware KO 9 (15) Aug 19, 1918 32 years, 168 days United States Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
196 Win 107–15–24 (50) United States Jack Thompson NWS 6 Aug 08, 1918 32 years, 157 days United States Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
195 Win 107–15–24 (49) United States Battling Jim Johnson NWS 8 Aug 05, 1918 32 years, 154 days United States Atlantic City S.C., Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
194 Win 107–15–24 (48) United States Battling Jim Johnson PTS 10 Jun 19, 1918 32 years, 107 days United States Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
193 Loss 106–15–24 (48) United States Harry Wills TKO 8 (20) May 19, 1918 32 years, 76 days Panama Plaza de Toros Vista Alegre, Panama City, Panama For world colored heavyweight title
192 Loss 106–14–24 (48) United States Harry Wills KO 6 (20) Apr 14, 1918 32 years, 41 days Panama Plaza de Toros Vista Alegre, Panama City, Panama Lost world colored heavyweight title
191 Win 106–13–24 (48) United States Kid Norfolk KO 2 (20) Dec 17, 1917 31 years, 288 days United States Stockyards Stadium, Denver, Colorado, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title
190 Draw 105–13–24 (48) United States Harry Wills NWS 12 Nov 12, 1917 31 years, 253 days United States Coliseum, Toledo, Ohio, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title
189 Loss 105–13–24 (47) United States Harry Wills NWS 10 Sep 20, 1917 31 years, 200 days United States Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title
188 Win 105–13–24 (46) United States Andy Johnson KO 2 (15) Sep 17, 1917 31 years, 197 days United States Maryland A.C., Ardmore, Maryland, U.S.
187 Win 104–13–24 (46) United States Joe Jeannette NWS 12 Sep 14, 1917 31 years, 194 days United States Coliseum, Toledo, Ohio, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title
186 Win 104–13–24 (45) United States Andre Anderson TKO 2 (?) Aug 17, 1917 31 years, 166 days United States Urban Liberty Park, Buffalo, New York, U.S.
185 Loss 103–13–24 (45) United States Fred Fulton TKO 7 (12) Jun 19, 1917 31 years, 100 days United States Armory A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
184 Loss 103–12–24 (45) United States Harry Wills NWS 6 May 11, 1917 31 years, 68 days United States Cambria A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
183 Win 103–12–24 (44) United States Bill Tate KO 5 (12) May 01, 1917 31 years, 58 days United States Future City A.C., Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S. Won world colored heavyweight title
182 Win 102–12–24 (44) United States Bob Devere NWS 10 Apr 20, 1917 31 years, 47 days United States Harlem S.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
181 Win 102–12–24 (43) United States Jack Thompson NWS 10 Apr 10, 1917 31 years, 37 days United States Broadway S.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
180 Loss 102–12–24 (42) United States Bill Tate PTS 12 Jan 25, 1917 30 years, 327 days United States Grand Opera House, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. Lost world colored heavyweight title
179 Win 102–11–24 (42) United States Battling Jim Johnson PTS 12 Jan 01, 1917 30 years, 303 days United States Academy A.C., Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title
178 Win 101–11–24 (42) United States Bob Devere NWS 10 Dec 29, 1916 30 years, 300 days Canada Montreal, Quebec, Canada
177 Win 101–11–24 (41) United States Battling Jim Johnson KO 12 (12) Dec 12, 1916 30 years, 283 days United States Future City A.C., Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title
176 Draw 100–11–24 (41) United States Bill Tate NWS 10 Nov 30, 1916 30 years, 271 days United States Arena, Syracuse, New York, U.S.
175 Draw 100–11–24 (40) United States Sam McVea PTS 20 Aug 12, 1916 30 years, 161 days Argentina Teatro Roma, Avellaneda, Buenos Aires, Argentina Retained world colored heavyweight title
174 Win 100–11–23 (40) United States Joe Jeannette KO 7 (10) May 12, 1916 30 years, 69 days United States Arena, Syracuse, New York, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title claim
Won undisputed world colored heavyweight title
173 Draw 99–11–23 (40) United States Sam McVea NWS 12 May 02, 1916 30 years, 59 days United States East Market St. Rink, Akron, Ohio, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title claim
172 Loss 99–11–23 (39) United States Harry Wills NWS 8 Apr 25, 1916 30 years, 52 days United States Coliseum, Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title claim
171 Win 99–11–23 (38) United States Sam McVea NWS 10 Apr 07, 1916 30 years, 34 days United States Arena, Syracuse, New York, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title claim
170 Win 99–11–23 (37) United States Jeff Clark TKO 5 (10) Mar 31, 1916 30 years, 27 days United States Future City A.C., Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title claim
169 Win 98–11–23 (37) United States Dave Mills TKO 2 (10) Mar 23, 1916 30 years, 19 days United States Arena, Syracuse, New York, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title claim
168 Loss 97–11–23 (37) United States Harry Wills NWS 10 Mar 07, 1916 30 years, 3 days United States Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title claim
167 Win 97–11–23 (36) United States Cleve Hawkins NWS 10 Feb 28, 1916 29 years, 361 days United States Long Acre A.C., New York City, New York, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title claim
166 Win 97–11–23 (35) United States Sam McVea NWS 10 Feb 17, 1916 29 years, 350 days United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
165 Win 97–11–23 (34) United States Harry Wills KO 19 (20) Feb 11, 1916 29 years, 344 days United States Tommy Burns Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. Won world colored heavyweight title claim
164 Loss 96–11–23 (34) United States Harry Wills PTS 20 Jan 03, 1916 29 years, 305 days United States Tulane A.C., New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. For world colored heavyweight title claim
163 Loss 96–10–23 (34) United States Harry Wills NWS 10 Dec 03, 1915 29 years, 274 days United States Harlem S.C., New York City, New York, U.S. For world colored heavyweight title claim
162 Win 96–10–23 (33) United States Sam McVea NWS 10 Nov 23, 1915 29 years, 264 days United States American A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
161 Win 96–10–23 (32) United States Battling Jim Johnson PTS 15 Oct 18, 1915 29 years, 228 days United States National A.C., Denver, Colorado, U.S.
160 Draw 95–10–23 (32) United States Sam McVea PTS 20 Sep 30, 1915 29 years, 210 days United States Stockyards Stadium, Denver, Colorado, U.S.
159 Win 95–10–22 (32) United States Jack Thompson TKO 1 (15) Jul 16, 1915 29 years, 134 days United States National A.C., Denver, Colorado, U.S.
158 Loss 94–10–22 (32) United States Sam McVea PTS 12 Jun 29, 1915 29 years, 117 days United States Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. For a claim of the world colored heavyweight title
157 Win 94–9–22 (32) United States Battling Jim Johnson NWS 10 Jun 08, 1915 29 years, 96 days United States Broadway S.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
156 NC 94–9–22 (31) United States Porky Dan Flynn NC 8 (10) Apr 19, 1915 29 years, 46 days Canada Montreal Sporting Club, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Neither man appeared willing to really mix it as they boxed with open gloves despite repeated warnings from referee Rooney
155 Loss 94–9–22 (30) United States Joe Jeannette PTS 12 Apr 13, 1915 29 years, 40 days United States Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. Lost world colored heavyweight title
154 Win 94–8–22 (30) United States Battling Jim Johnson NWS 10 Apr 06, 1915 29 years, 33 days United States 135th Street A.C., New York City, New York, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title
153 Win 94–8–22 (29) United States Harry Wills KO 14 (20) Nov 26, 1914 28 years, 267 days United States Arena, Vernon, California, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title
152 Win 93–8–22 (29) United States Jim Cameron TKO 6 (8) Nov 16, 1914 28 years, 257 days United States Arctic Street Arena, San Diego, California, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title
151 Win 92–8–22 (29) United States Tom McMahon TKO 6 (20) Nov 10, 1914 28 years, 251 days United States Arena, Vernon, California, U.S.
150 Loss 91–8–22 (29) United States Jeff Clark NWS 10 Oct 26, 1914 28 years, 236 days United States Joplin, Missouri, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title
149 Win 91–8–22 (28) United States Gunboat Smith KO 3 (12) Oct 20, 1914 28 years, 230 days United States Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
148 Win 90–8–22 (28) Australia Colin Bell TKO 4 (12) Oct 06, 1914 28 years, 216 days United States Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
147 Draw 89–8–22 (28) United States Battling Jim Johnson NWS 10 Oct 01, 1914 28 years, 211 days United States Stadium A.C., New York City, New York, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title
146 Draw 89–8–22 (27) United States Battling Jim Johnson PTS 12 Sep 15, 1914 28 years, 195 days United States Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title
145 Win 89–8–21 (27) United States George Kid Cotton KO 4 (12) Aug 25, 1914 28 years, 174 days United States Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title
144 Win 88–8–21 (27) United States Battling Jim Johnson NWS 10 Aug 12, 1914 28 years, 161 days United States Stadium A.C., New York City, New York, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title
143 Win 88–8–21 (26) United States Bill Watkins KO 4 (10) May 25, 1914 28 years, 82 days United States Olympic A.C., Rochester, New York, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title
142 Draw 87–8–21 (26) United States Harry Wills NWS 10 May 01, 1914 28 years, 58 days United States National Baseball Park, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title
141 Win 87–8–21 (25) United States Rough House Ware TKO 5 (8) Apr 20, 1914 28 years, 47 days United States Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
140 Win 86–8–21 (25) United States George Kid Cotton PTS 8 Apr 15, 1914 28 years, 42 days United States Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title
139 Win 85–8–21 (25) United States Battling Jim Johnson NWS 10 Mar 27, 1914 28 years, 23 days United States Empire A.C., New York City, New York, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title
138 Win 85–8–21 (24) United States Bill Watkins TKO 1 (10) Mar 23, 1914 28 years, 19 days United States National S.C., New York City, New York, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title
137 Win 84–8–21 (24) Republic of Ireland Matthew Curran KO 1 (20) Jan 24, 1914 27 years, 326 days France Luna Park Arena, Paris, France
136 Win 83–8–21 (24) United States Joe Jeannette PTS 20 Dec 20, 1913 27 years, 291 days France Luna Park Arena, Paris, France Won vacant world heavyweight title as recognized by the French Boxing Federation
135 Loss 82–8–21 (24) United States Gunboat Smith PTS 12 Nov 17, 1913 27 years, 258 days United States Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
134 Win 82–7–21 (24) United States Jack Lester RTD 5 (10) Oct 27, 1913 27 years, 237 days United States Taft, California, U.S.
133 Draw 81–7–21 (24) United States Joe Jeannette NWS 10 Oct 03, 1913 27 years, 213 days United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title
132 Win 81–7–21 (23) United States John Lester Johnson KO 1 (10) Sep 09, 1913 27 years, 189 days United States Atlantic Garden A.C., New York City, New York, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title
131 Win 80–7–21 (23) United States Porky Dan Flynn KO 4 (12) Aug 26, 1913 27 years, 175 days United States Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
130 Draw 79–7–21 (23) Australia Colin Bell PTS 15 Jun 19, 1913 27 years, 107 days Australia Gymnasium Ground, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
129 Draw 79–7–20 (23) United States Sam McVea PTS 20 Mar 24, 1913 27 years, 20 days Australia Olympic Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Retained world colored heavyweight title
128 Win 79–7–19 (23) United States Jim Barry KO 1 (20) Mar 15, 1913 27 years, 11 days Australia Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
127 Win 78–7–19 (23) United States Sam McVea KO 13 (20) Dec 26, 1912 26 years, 297 days Australia Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Retained Australian and world colored heavyweight titles
126 Win 77–7–19 (23) United States Sam McVea TKO 11 (20) Oct 09, 1912 26 years, 219 days Australia Exhibition Stadium, Perth, Western Australia, Australia Retained Australian and world colored heavyweight titles
125 Win 76–7–19 (23) United States Sam McVea PTS 20 Aug 03, 1912 26 years, 152 days Australia Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Retained Australian and world colored heavyweight titles
124 Win 75–7–19 (23) United States Porky Dan Flynn TKO 14 (20) May 27, 1912 26 years, 84 days Australia Athletic Pavilion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
123 Win 74–7–19 (23) United States Jim Barry TKO 11 (20) May 13, 1912 26 years, 70 days Australia Athletic Pavilion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
122 Win 73–7–19 (23) United States Sam McVea PTS 20 Apr 08, 1912 26 years, 35 days Australia Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Won Australian and world colored heavyweight titles
121 Win 72–7–19 (23) United States Jim Barry PTS 20 Feb 12, 1912 25 years, 345 days Australia Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
120 Loss 71–7–19 (23) United States Sam McVea PTS 20 Dec 26, 1911 25 years, 297 days Australia Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Lost world colored heavyweight title
119 Win 71–6–19 (23) United States Tony Caponi TKO 3 (10) Nov 06, 1911 25 years, 247 days United States Twentieth Century A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
118 Win 70–6–19 (23) United States Joe Jeannette NWS 10 Sep 05, 1911 25 years, 185 days United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title
117 Win 70–6–19 (22) Kingdom of Italy Tony Ross KO 6 (10) Aug 24, 1911 25 years, 173 days United States National Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
116 Win 69–6–19 (22) United States Philadelphia Jack O'Brien TKO 5 (10) Aug 15, 1911 25 years, 164 days United States Twentieth Century A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
115 Win 68–6–19 (22) United States Jim Smith TKO 5 (10) Aug 09, 1911 25 years, 158 days United States Atlantic Garden A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
114 Win 67–6–19 (22) United States Jack Fitzgerald TKO 5 (10) Jun 29, 1911 25 years, 117 days United States National S.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
113 Win 66–6–19 (22) United States Tony Caponi NWS 10 Jun 16, 1911 25 years, 104 days Canada Auditorium Rink, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
112 Win 66–6–19 (21) United States Ralph Calloway TKO 4 (10) May 30, 1911 25 years, 87 days United States Alhambra, Syracuse, New York, U.S.
111 Draw 65–6–19 (21) United States Sam McVea PTS 20 Apr 01, 1911 25 years, 28 days France Cirque de Paris, Paris, France Retained world colored heavyweight title
110 Win 65–6–18 (21) Australia Bill Lang DQ 6 (20) Feb 21, 1911 24 years, 354 days United Kingdom Olympia Annexe, Kensington, London, England
109 Win 64–6–18 (21) United States Fred Atwater TKO 3 (?) Jan 16, 1911 24 years, 318 days United States State Armory, Utica, New York, U.S.
108 Win 63–6–18 (21) United States Joe Jeannette PTS 12 Jan 10, 1911 24 years, 312 days United States Armory A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title
107 Win 62–6–18 (21) United States Morris Harris KO 2 (12) Dec 06, 1910 24 years, 277 days United States Armory, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title
106 Win 61–6–18 (21) United States Jeff Clark TKO 2 (10) Nov 10, 1910 24 years, 251 days United States Business Men's A.C., Joplin, Missouri, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title
105 Win 60–6–18 (21) United States Joe Jeannette PTS 15 Sep 06, 1910 24 years, 186 days United States Armory A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title claim
Won world colored heavyweight ttile
104 Win 59–6–18 (21) German Empire Al Kubiak TKO 2 (10) May 17, 1910 24 years, 74 days United States Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
103 Win 58–6–18 (21) United States Battling Jim Johnson NWS 6 May 14, 1910 24 years, 71 days United States National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title claim
102 Win 58–6–18 (20) United States Stanley Ketchel NWS 6 Apr 27, 1910 24 years, 54 days United States National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
101 Win 58–6–18 (19) United States Jim Barry KO 16 (25) Apr 14, 1910 24 years, 41 days United States Arena, Vernon, California, U.S.
100 Win 57–6–18 (19) United States Fireman Jim Flynn KO 8 (45) Mar 17, 1910 24 years, 13 days United States Jeffries' Arena, Vernon, California, U.S.
99 Win 56–6–18 (19) United States Nat Dewey TKO 1 (20) Feb 22, 1910 23 years, 355 days United States Turner Hall, Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.
98 Loss 55–6–18 (19) United States Fireman Jim Flynn NWS 10 Feb 08, 1910 23 years, 341 days United States Naud Junction Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
97 Win 55–6–18 (18) United States Dixie Kid KO 3 (8) Jan 10, 1910 23 years, 312 days United States Phoenix A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title claim
96 Win 54–6–18 (18) United States Mike Schreck TKO 1 (6) Nov 23, 1909 23 years, 264 days United States Old City Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
95 Win 53–6–18 (18) United States Klondike Haynes KO 2 (12) Nov 02, 1909 23 years, 243 days United States Armory, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title claim
94 Win 52–6–18 (18) United States Dixie Kid RTD 5 (12) Sep 28, 1909 23 years, 208 days United States Armory, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. Retained world colored heavyweight title claim
93 Win 51–6–18 (18) United States Klondike Haynes NWS 6 Jul 13, 1909 23 years, 131 days United States Bijou Theater, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. Claimed world colored heavyweight title
92 Win 51–6–18 (17) United Kingdom William Hague KO 4 (20) May 24, 1909 23 years, 81 days United Kingdom National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London, England Won NSC British heavyweight title
91 Draw 50–6–18 (17) Canada Sandy Ferguson PTS 12 Apr 27, 1909 23 years, 54 days United States Armory A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
90 Win 50–6–17 (17) German Empire Al Kubiak NWS 6 Apr 17, 1909 23 years, 44 days United States National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
89 Draw 50–6–17 (16) United States Jim Barry NWS 10 Apr 14, 1909 23 years, 41 days United States Chadwick Park, Albany, U.S.
88 Win 50–6–17 (15) United States John Willie KO 2 (6) Apr 03, 1909 23 years, 30 days United States National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
87 Win 49–6–17 (15) United States Morris Harris TKO 7 (10) Mar 29, 1909 23 years, 25 days United States Marathon A.C., Brooklyn, New Yor City, New York, U.S.
86 Win 48–6–17 (15) United States Fireman Jim Flynn NWS 6 Mar 17, 1909 23 years, 13 days United States Washington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
85 Win 48–6–17 (14) United States Fireman Jim Flynn KO 1 (20) Dec 21, 1908 22 years, 292 days United States Coliseum, San Francisco, California, U.S.
84 Win 47–6–17 (14) United States Joe Jeannette NWS 6 Sep 01, 1908 22 years, 181 days United States National A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
83 Win 47–6–17 (13) Kingdom of Italy Tony Ross TKO 5 (6) Aug 07, 1908 22 years, 156 days United States Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
82 Win 46–6–17 (13) United States John Willie KO 2 (10) Jul 21, 1908 22 years, 139 days United States Navarre A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
81 Win 45–6–17 (13) United States Jim Barry KO 3 (6) Jun 19, 1908 22 years, 107 days United States Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
80 Win 44–6–17 (13) Canada Sandy Ferguson PTS 12 May 19, 1908 22 years, 76 days United States Roanoke A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
79 Win 43–6–17 (13) United States Jim Barry KO 2 (12) Apr 07, 1908 22 years, 34 days United States Roanoke A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
78 Win 42–6–17 (13) United States Larry Temple PTS 8 Mar 11, 1908 22 years, 7 days United States Roanoke A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
77 Draw 41–6–17 (13) United States Joe Jeannette PTS 12 Mar 03, 1908 21 years, 365 days United States Armory, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
76 Win 41–6–16 (13) United States Black Fitzsimmons TKO 4 (6) Feb 10, 1908 21 years, 343 days United States Roanoke A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
75 Draw 40–6–16 (13) United States Jim Barry NWS 10 Jan 14, 1908 21 years, 316 days United States Pacific A.C., Los Angeles, California, U.S.
74 Win 40–6–16 (12) United States Jim Barry PTS 10 Dec 17, 1907 21 years, 288 days United States Naud Junction Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
73 Win 39–6–16 (12) United States Young Peter Jackson PTS 20 Nov 12, 1907 21 years, 253 days United States Pacific A.C., Los Angeles, California, U.S. Won vacant world colored middleweight title
72 Win 38–6–16 (12) United States Jim Barry NWS 10 Oct 15, 1907 21 years, 225 days United States Winnisimmet A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S.
71 Win 38–6–16 (11) United States Jim Barry NWS 6 Sep 25, 1907 21 years, 205 days United States Sharkey A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
70 Win 38–6–16 (10) United States Larry Temple NWS 10 Aug 27, 1907 21 years, 176 days United States Winnisimmet A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S. For vacant world colored middleweight title
69 Win 38–6–16 (9) United Kingdom Geoff Thorne KO 1 (10) Jun 03, 1907 21 years, 91 days United Kingdom National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London, England
68 Win 37–6–16 (9) United Kingdom Tiger Smith KO 4 (20) Apr 22, 1907 21 years, 49 days United Kingdom National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London, England Won vacant NSC British and Commonwealth middleweight titles
67 Win 36–6–16 (9) United States Kid Williams KO 6 (?) Jan 31, 1907 20 years, 333 days United States Rochester, New York, U.S.
66 Draw 35–6–16 (9) United States Joe Jeannette PTS 12 Jan 11, 1907 20 years, 313 days United States Unity Cycle Club, Lawrence, Massachusetts, U.S.
65 Win 35–6–15 (9) United States George Gunther TKO 3 (?) Nov 29, 1906 20 years, 270 days United States Haverhill, Massachusetts, U.S.
64 Win 34–6–15 (9) United States Young Peter Jackson PTS 15 Nov 21, 1906 20 years, 262 days United States Rochester, New York, U.S.
63 Win 33–6–15 (9) United States George Gunther PTS 12 Nov 12, 1906 20 years, 253 days United States Valley Falls A.C., Valley Falls, Rhode Island, U.S.
62 Loss 32–6–15 (9) United States Young Peter Jackson TKO 5 (?) Jun 13, 1906 20 years, 101 days United States Southbridge, Massachusetts, Massachusetts, U.S.
61 Loss 32–5–15 (9) United States Jack Johnson PTS 15 Apr 26, 1906 20 years, 53 days United States Lincoln A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S.
60 Win 32–4–15 (9) United States Joe Jeannette PTS 15 Apr 05, 1906 20 years, 32 days United States Lincoln A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S.
59 Win 31–4–15 (9) United States Black Fitzsimmons TKO 11 (?) Mar 19, 1906 19 years, 321 days United States Lakeside A.C., Webster, Massachusetts, U.S.
58 Win 30–4–15 (9) United States Larry Temple KO 15 (15) Mar 01, 1906 19 years, 305 days United States Lincoln A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S.
57 Loss 29–4–15 (9) United States Joe Jeannette TKO 8 (12) Dec 25, 1905 19 years, 296 days United States Unity Cycle Club, Lawrence, Massachusetts, U.S. Langford retired after round 8
56 NC 29–3–15 (9) United States Jack Blackburn NC 1 (6) Oct 07, 1905 19 years, 217 days United States National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. It was quickly evident that Langford and Blackburn had agreed to participate only if the fight was faked, so it was stopped
55 Draw 29–3–15 (8) United States Young Peter Jackson PTS 15 Sep 29, 1905 19 years, 209 days United States Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
54 Draw 29–3–14 (8) United States Jack Blackburn PTS 10 Sep 20, 1905 19 years, 200 days United States Lyric A.C., Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
53 Draw 29–3–13 (8) United States Larry Temple PTS 15 Sep 07, 1905 19 years, 187 days United States Highland A.C., Marlborough, Massachusetts, U.S.
52 Win 29–3–12 (8) United States Jack Blackburn PTS 15 Aug 18, 1905 19 years, 167 days United States Leiperville, Pennsylvania, U.S.
51 Loss 28–3–12 (8) United States Larry Temple PTS 15 Jul 04, 1905 19 years, 122 days United States Marlborough, Massachusetts, U.S.
50 Win 28–2–12 (8) United States Young Peter Jackson PTS 15 Jun 16, 1905 19 years, 104 days United States Douglas A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S.
49 Win 27–2–12 (8) United States Young Peter Jackson PTS 15 May 26, 1905 19 years, 83 days United States Highland A.C., Marlborough, Massachusetts, U.S.
48 Win 26–2–12 (8) United States Bogardus Hyde TKO 3 (15) May 16, 1905 19 years, 73 days United States Music Hall, Webster, Massachusetts, U.S.
47 Win 25–2–12 (8) United States George Gunther PTS 12 Mar 13, 1905 19 years, 9 days United States Auditorium, Portland, Maine, U.S.
46 NC 24–2–12 (8) United States George Cole NC 9 (15) Mar 03, 1905 18 years, 364 days United States Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S. The fight was called "no contest" because of a lack of action
45 Win 24–2–12 (7) United States Dave Holly NWS 15 Feb 13, 1905 18 years, 346 days United States Apollo A.C., Salem, Massachusetts, U.S.
44 Win 24–2–12 (6) United States George Gunther TKO 11 (?) Jan 20, 1905 18 years, 322 days United States Douglas A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S.
43 Win 23–2–12 (6) United States Joe Reed KO 5 (12) Jan 16, 1905 18 years, 318 days United States Music Hall, Webster, Massachusetts, U.S.
42 Win 22–2–12 (6) United States Joe Reed TKO 9 (?) Dec 22, 1904 18 years, 293 days United States Paper City A.C., Berlin, New Hampshire, U.S.
41 Draw 21–2–12 (6) United States Jack Blackburn PTS 15 Dec 09, 1904 18 years, 280 days United States Marlborough Theater, Marlborough, Massachusetts, U.S.
40 Win 21–2–11 (6) United States Tommy Sullivan TKO 3 (12) Nov 25, 1904 18 years, 266 days United States Highland A.C., Marlborough, Massachusetts, U.S.
39 Win 20–2–11 (6) United States Andy Watson NWS 12 Nov 24, 1904 18 years, 265 days United States Music Hall, Webster, Massachusetts, U.S.
38 Draw 20–2–11 (5) United States Dave Holly NWS 6 Nov 04, 1904 18 years, 245 days United States Manhattan A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
37 Draw 20–2–11 (4) United States Dave Holly PTS 15 Sep 30, 1904 18 years, 210 days United States Eureka A.C., Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
36 Draw 20–2–10 (4) Barbados Barbados Joe Walcott PTS 15 Sep 05, 1904 18 years, 185 days United States Lake Massabesic Coliseum, Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S. For world welterweight title
35 Win 20–2–9 (4) United States George "Elbows" McFadden TKO 2 (15) Jul 29, 1904 18 years, 147 days United States Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S.
34 Loss 19–2–9 (4) United States Dave Holly PTS 10 Apr 11, 1904 18 years, 38 days United States Cambridge A.A., Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
33 Win 19–1–9 (4) United States Willie Lewis KO 2 (12) Feb 22, 1904 17 years, 355 days United States Warren A.C., New Bedford, Massachusetts, U.S.
32 Win 18–1–9 (4) United States Charles Johnson TKO 5 (?) Feb 13, 1904 17 years, 346 days United States Central A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
31 Win 17–1–9 (4) United States Belfield Walcott NWS 6 Jan 27, 1904 17 years, 329 days United States Central A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
30 Draw 17–1–9 (3) United States Jack Blackburn NWS 6 Jan 11, 1904 17 years, 313 days United States Washington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
29 Draw 17–1–9 (2) United States Andy Watson PTS 12 Jan 06, 1904 17 years, 308 days United States North Street Rink, Salem, Massachusetts, U.S.
28 Draw 17–1–8 (2) United States Jack Blackburn PTS 12 Dec 23, 1903 17 years, 294 days United States Central A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
27 Win 17–1–7 (2) United States Joe Gans PTS 15 Dec 08, 1903 17 years, 279 days United States Criterion A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
26 Win 16–1–7 (2) United States Joe Reed DQ 4 (?) Nov 28, 1903 17 years, 269 days United States Central A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. Reed threw Langford and was disqualified
25 Win 15–1–7 (2) Republic of Ireland Patsy Sweeney KO 12 (12) Nov 20, 1903 17 years, 261 days United States Lenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
24 Win 14–1–7 (2) Canada Arthur Cote TKO 5 (12) Oct 05, 1903 17 years, 215 days United States American A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
23 Win 13–1–7 (2) United States Shadow Morris PTS 12 Sep 15, 1903 17 years, 195 days United States Central A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
22 Win 12–1–7 (2) United States Kid Griffo PTS 12 Aug 28, 1903 17 years, 177 days United States Lenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
21 Win 11–1–7 (2) United States Belfield Walcott PTS 20 Jul 16, 1903 17 years, 134 days United States Saundersville Athletic Club, Scituate, Rhode Island, U.S.
20 Loss 10–1–7 (2) United States Danny Duane PTS 12 Jun 26, 1903 17 years, 114 days United States Lenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
19 Win 10–0–7 (2) United States Walter Burgo TKO 8 (?) Jun 19, 1903 17 years, 107 days United States Lenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
18 Draw 9–0–7 (2) United States Andy Watson PTS 12 Jun 15, 1903 17 years, 103 days United States Gloucester A.C., Gloucester, Massachusetts, U.S.
17 Win 9–0–6 (2) United States Tim Kearns TKO 2 (12) Jun 05, 1903 17 years, 93 days United States Lenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. Kearns quit with an arm injury
16 Draw 8–0–6 (2) United States Andy Watson PTS 12 May 29, 1903 17 years, 86 days United States Lenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
15 Win 8–0–5 (2) United States Chick Monahan KO 1 (10) May 26, 1903 17 years, 83 days United States Criterion A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
14 Win 7–0–5 (2) United States Billy Jordan PTS 6 May 25, 1903 17 years, 82 days United States Cambridge Athletic Club, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
13 Draw 6–0–5 (2) United States Andy Watson PTS 10 May 08, 1903 17 years, 65 days United States Lenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. Pre-arranged draw if lasting the distance
12 NC 6–0–4 (2) United States Andy Watson ND 12 Apr 20, 1903 17 years, 47 days United States West End A.C., Lawrence, Massachusetts, U.S.
11 Win 6–0–4 (1) United States Stonewall Allen PTS 6 Apr 16, 1903 17 years, 43 days United States Essex A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
10 Draw 5–0–4 (1) United States Stonewall Allen PTS 6 Apr 03, 1903 17 years, 30 days United States Lenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
9 Win 5–0–3 (1) United States John E Butler PTS 6 Mar 26, 1903 17 years, 22 days United States Essex A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
8 Draw 4–0–3 (1) United States Johnny Johnson PTS 6 Mar 05, 1903 17 years, 1 day United States Essex A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
7 Win 4–0–2 (1) United States Sadler Jennings KO 2 (6) Mar 04, 1903 17 years, 0 days United States Highland Athletic Club, Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S.
6 Win 3–0–2 (1) United States Luther Manual PTS 10 Feb 27, 1903 16 years, 360 days United States Lenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
5 Draw 2–0–2 (1) United States Luther Manual PTS 6 Feb 06, 1903 16 years, 339 days United States Lenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
4 Draw 2–0–1 (1) United States Luther Manual PTS 4 Jan 23, 1903 16 years, 325 days United States Essex A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
3 NC 2–0 (1) United States Billy Chisholm ND 6 Jan 22, 1903 16 years, 324 days United States Lawrence, Massachusetts, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 United States Arthur Pratt KO 1 (6) Jan 15, 1903 16 years, 317 days United States Essex A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Jack McVicker KO 5 (6) Apr 11, 1902 16 years, 38 days United States Lenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

Life after boxing[edit]

Langford eventually went completely blind and ended up penniless, living in Harlem, New York City. In 1944, a newspaper column was published about his plight after which close to $10,000.00 was donated by fans to help Langford. The column was titled "A Dark Man Laughs" and it was written by Al Laney of the New York Herald Tribune. Eventually funding was obtained to pay for successful eye surgery. Langford was enshrined in the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame and Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1955. He died a year later in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he had been living in a private nursing home.

In 1999, Langford was voted Nova Scotia's top male athlete of the 20th century.[14]

In 2013, the jazz trio Tarbaby released a CD entitled "Ballad of Sam Langford".

In 2018 Langford was ranked fifth in a selection of the greatest 15 athletes in Nova Scotia's history.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mulvaney, Kieran (February 7, 2007). "The greatest fighter almost nobody knows". ESPN.
  2. ^ http://coxscorner.tripod.com/langford.html
  3. ^ "BoxRec's Annual Ratings: Heavyweight Annuals". BoxRec. Retrieved December 25, 2020.
  4. ^ "BoxRec's Annual Ratings: Middleweight Annuals". BoxRec. Retrieved December 26, 2020.
  5. ^ "BoxRec's Annual Ratings: Welterweight Annuals". BoxRec. Retrieved December 26, 2020.
  6. ^ "BoxRec ratings: Canada, pound-for-pound, active and inactive". BoxRec. Retrieved December 26, 2020.
  7. ^ Heller, Peter (1973). "In This Corner...!": Forty World Champions Tell Their Stories. New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 58. ISBN 0671-21568-X.
  8. ^ The West Australian (Perth, WA: 1879–1954), Thursday 3 October 1912 pg 4
  9. ^ "LANGFORD LOSES IN GAME FIGHT" The Boston Journal, April 27, 1906, page 9
  10. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  11. ^ Rosero, Jessica. "Native sons and daughters North Hudson native and 20th century boxing sensation Joe Jeanette". Hudson Reporter. Retrieved May 20, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ World Colored Heavyweight Championship
  13. ^ "Battling Jim Johnson". BoxingRec. Retrieved May 22, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "Ontario Black History Society". January 3, 2012.
  15. ^ Tattrie, Jon (April 30, 2018). "Sidney Crosby to headline 'greatest sports dinner' in Nova Scotia". CBC Sports. Retrieved July 27, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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Titles in pretence
Vacant
Title last held by
Tom Sharkey
World Heavyweight Champion
NSC recognition

May 24, 1909
Vacant
Title next held by
George Godfrey
Preceded by
Joe Jeanette
World Colored Heavyweight Champion
September 6, 1909 – December 26, 1911
Succeeded by
Sam McVea
Preceded by
Sam McVea
World Colored Heavyweight Champion
April 8, 1912 – May 1, 1914
Succeeded by
Harry Wills
Preceded by
Harry Wills
World Colored Heavyweight Champion
November 26, 1914 – January 3, 1916
Succeeded by
Harry Wills
Preceded by
Harry Wills
World Colored Heavyweight Champion
February 11, 1916 – January 25, 1917
Succeeded by
Bill Tate
Preceded by
Bill Tate
World Colored Heavyweight Champion
May 2, 1917 – April 14, 1918
Succeeded by
Harry Wills