|Real name||Samuel Edgar Langford|
|Nickname(s)||Boston Tar Baby|
|Height||5 ft 6+1⁄2 in (1.69 m)|
|Reach||74 in (188 cm)|
|Born||March 4, 1886|
Weymouth Falls, Nova Scotia, Canada
|Died||January 12, 1956 (aged 69)|
Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Wins by KO||126|
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, many boxing historians consider Langford to be one of the greatest fighters of all time. 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+1⁄2 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.
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.
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.
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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."
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.
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.
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.
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. 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
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
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
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
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) 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."
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.
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." 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 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.
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.
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
|313 fights||178 wins||29 losses|
|313||Loss||178–29–38 (68)||Brad Simmons||TKO||1 (10)||Aug 02, 1925||39 years, 151 days||Drumright, Oklahoma, U.S.||Langford retired completely blind|
|312||Win||178–28–38 (68)||Young Jack Johnson||KO||2 (?)||Jul 01, 1925||39 years, 119 days||Shawnee, Oklahoma, U.S.|
|311||Loss||177–28–38 (68)||Battling Gahee||PTS||8||Sep 25, 1925||39 years, 205 days||U.S.||Exact date and location unknown|
|310||Win||177–27–38 (68)||Frolin Gonzales||PTS||10||Apr 05, 1925||39 years, 32 days||Mexico||Reported but not confirmed|
|309||Draw||176–27–38 (68)||Tim Sullivan||PTS||6||Mar 01, 1925||38 years, 362 days||U.S.||Exact date and location unknown|
|308||Draw||176–27–37 (68)||Tim Sullivan||PTS||6||Jan 01, 1925||38 years, 303 days||U.S.||Exact date and location unknown|
|307||Win||176–27–36 (68)||Smiling Kid Nolan||KO||2 (?)||Sep 10, 1924||38 years, 190 days||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico||Reported but not confirmed|
|306||Win||175–27–36 (68)||Sydney Grant||KO||4 (?)||Jul 07, 1924||38 years, 125 days||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico||Reported but not confirmed|
|305||Win||174–27–36 (68)||Eddie Tremblay||KO||3 (4)||May 04, 1924||38 years, 61 days||Venice, California, U.S.||Reported but not confirmed|
|304||Loss||173–27–36 (68)||Eddie Tremblay||PTS||4||Apr 23, 1924||38 years, 50 days||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)||Sammy Olson||PTS||4||Apr 18, 1924||38 years, 45 days||Bakersfield Stadium, Bakersfield, California, U.S.|
|302||NC||172–26–36 (68)||Jim Jam Barry||ND||4||Apr 16, 1924||38 years, 43 days||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)||Jim Jam Barry||PTS||4||Apr 04, 1924||38 years, 31 days||Huntington Beach, California, U.S.|
|300||Win||171–26–36 (67)||Smiling Kid Nolan||KO||5 (?)||Mar 06, 1924||38 years, 2 days||Venice, California, U.S.||Reported but not confirmed|
|299||Win||170–26–36 (67)||Tom Riley||KO||2 (?)||Jan 20, 1924||37 years, 322 days||Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico|
|298||Win||169–26–36 (67)||Fireman Jim Flynn||PTS||8||Jan 06, 1924||37 years, 308 days||Ford's Arena, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico|
|297||Loss||168–26–36 (67)||Sonny Goodrich||PTS||10||Dec 18, 1923||37 years, 289 days||Community House, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.||For Mexico heavyweight title|
|296||Win||168–25–36 (67)||Roscoe Hall||KO||1 (?)||Dec 11, 1923||37 years, 282 days||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico||Reported but not confirmed|
|295||Win||167–25–36 (67)||Andrés Balsa||TKO||8 (15)||Nov 10, 1923||37 years, 251 days||Teatro Independencia, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico|
|294||Win||166–25–36 (67)||Fireman Jim Flynn||KO||3 (15)||Oct 19, 1923||37 years, 229 days||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|293||Loss||165–25–36 (67)||Bearcat Wright||KO||9 (?)||Aug 15, 1923||37 years, 164 days||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|292||Win||165–24–36 (67)||Fireman Jim Flynn||PTS||10||Aug 02, 1923||37 years, 151 days||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|291||Loss||164–24–36 (67)||Clem Johnson||TKO||13 (15)||Jul 27, 1923||37 years, 145 days||Plaza de Toros, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico||Lost Mexico heavyweight title|
|290||Win||164–23–36 (67)||Jim Tracey||KO||4 (20)||Jul 15, 1923||37 years, 133 days||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico||Retained Mexico heavyweight title|
|289||Win||163–23–36 (67)||Jack Voight||KO||5 (15)||May 19, 1923||37 years, 76 days||El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico||Retained Mexico heavyweight title|
|288||Win||162–23–36 (67)||Art Surans||KO||3 (?)||May 16, 1923||37 years, 73 days||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico||Retained Mexico heavyweight title|
|287||Win||161–23–36 (67)||Andrés Balsa||KO||3 (?)||May 06, 1923||37 years, 63 days||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)||Andrés Balsa||PTS||10||Apr 28, 1923||37 years, 55 days||Arena Cine Imperio, Torreon, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico|
|285||Win||159–23–36 (67)||Chihuahua Kid Brown||PTS||15||Apr 15, 1923||37 years, 42 days||Plaza de Toros, Torreon, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico|
|284||Win||158–23–36 (67)||Andrés Balsa||TKO||6 (15)||Apr 08, 1923||37 years, 35 days||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico||Retained Mexico heavyweight title|
|283||Win||157–23–36 (67)||Jack Savage||KO||1 (?)||Mar 31, 1923||37 years, 27 days||Chapultepec Bull Ring, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico||Won Mexico heavyweight title|
|282||Win||156–23–36 (67)||Chihuahua Kid Brown||KO||1 (10)||Mar 17, 1923||37 years, 13 days||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|281||Win||155–23–36 (67)||Jim Tracey||KO||6 (?)||Mar 02, 1923||36 years, 363 days||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|280||Win||154–23–36 (67)||Tom McCarty||KO||2 (?)||Feb 15, 1923||36 years, 348 days||Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.|
|279||Win||153–23–36 (67)||Sonny Goodrich||TKO||7 (12)||Dec 25, 1922||36 years, 296 days||Market House Arena, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.|
|278||Win||152–23–36 (67)||Roscoe Hall||KO||3 (?)||Dec 24, 1922||36 years, 295 days||Mexico||Reported but not confirmed|
|277||Win||151–23–36 (67)||Jack Taylor||KO||8 (?)||Dec 12, 1922||36 years, 283 days||Mexico|
|276||Draw||150–23–36 (67)||Jim Jam Barry||PTS||10||Nov 10, 1922||36 years, 251 days||Douglas, Arizona, U.S.|
|275||Draw||150–23–35 (67)||Jack Taylor||PTS||15||Nov 05, 1922||36 years, 246 days||Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico|
|274||Win||150–23–34 (67)||Jack Taylor||PTS||15||Oct 20, 1922||36 years, 230 days||Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico|
|273||Win||149–23–34 (67)||Cyclone Smith||KO||2 (?)||Oct 06, 1922||36 years, 216 days||El Paso, Texas, U.S.|
|272||Win||148–23–34 (67)||Battling Owens||KO||7 (15)||Sep 22, 1922||36 years, 202 days||Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico|
|271||Draw||147–23–34 (67)||Jack Taylor||NWS||10||Aug 21, 1922||36 years, 170 days||Mizzou Park, Sioux City, Iowa, U.S.|
|270||Draw||147–23–34 (66)||Brad Simmons||NWS||10||Aug 11, 1922||36 years, 160 days||Wichita, Kansas, U.S.|
|269||Win||147–23–34 (65)||Bill Tate||PTS||12||Aug 04, 1922||36 years, 153 days||Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.|
|268||Win||146–23–34 (65)||Bearcat Wright||RTD||5 (12)||Jul 17, 1922||36 years, 135 days||Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.|
|267||Draw||145–23–34 (65)||Bearcat Wright||PTS||12||Jun 19, 1922||36 years, 107 days||City Auditorium, Galveston, Texas, U.S.|
|266||Win||145–23–33 (65)||Tiger Flowers||KO||2 (10)||Jun 05, 1922||36 years, 93 days||Ponce de Leon Ballpark, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.|
|265||Draw||144–23–33 (65)||Ted Jamieson||PTS||10||May 22, 1922||36 years, 79 days||Private club, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|264||Win||144–23–32 (65)||Roscoe Hall||KO||4 (8)||May 16, 1922||36 years, 73 days||Bijou Ring, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.|
|263||Win||143–23–32 (65)||Roscoe Hall||KO||2 (8)||Apr 20, 1922||36 years, 47 days||Venice A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.|
|262||Win||142–23–32 (65)||Jack Leslie||NWS||10||Apr 15, 1922||36 years, 42 days||Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.|
|261||Loss||142–23–32 (64)||Tut Jackson||DQ||5 (12)||Apr 06, 1922||36 years, 33 days||Triangle Park, Dayton, Ohio, U.S.|
|260||Loss||142–22–32 (64)||Bill Tate||NWS||8||Mar 27, 1922||36 years, 23 days||Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.|
|259||Win||142–22–32 (63)||Cyclone Smith||KO||2 (10)||Mar 17, 1922||36 years, 13 days||Clyffeside Park, Ashland, Kentucky, U.S.|
|258||Loss||141–22–32 (63)||Harry Wills||PTS||10||Jan 17, 1922||35 years, 319 days||Arena, Milwaukie, Oregon, U.S.||For world colored heavyweight title claim|
|257||Win||141–21–32 (63)||Young Peter Jackson||NWS||10||Dec 09, 1921||35 years, 280 days||Illinois Theatre, Urbana, Illinois, U.S.|
|256||Win||141–21–32 (62)||Lee Anderson||PTS||10||Dec 07, 1921||35 years, 278 days||Tucson, Arizona, U.S.|
|255||Loss||140–21–32 (62)||Lee Anderson||PTS||10||Nov 24, 1921||35 years, 265 days||Capital City Arena, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.|
|254||Win||140–20–32 (62)||Young Peter Jackson||KO||2 (10)||Oct 18, 1921||35 years, 228 days||The Armouries, Toronto, Ontario, Canada||Not to be confused with Young Peter Jackson|
|253||Loss||139–20–32 (62)||Bill Tate||NWS||12||Sep 21, 1921||35 years, 201 days||Riverside Arena, Covington, Kentucky, U.S.|
|252||Loss||139–20–32 (61)||Lee Anderson||NWS||12||Sep 05, 1921||35 years, 185 days||Coliseum, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.|
|251||Draw||139–20–32 (60)||Topeka Jack Johnson||PTS||6||Aug 19, 1921||35 years, 168 days||State Fairgrounds, Topeka, Kansas, U.S.|
|250||Win||139–20–31 (60)||George Godfrey||KO||1 (12)||Aug 17, 1921||35 years, 166 days||Riverside Arena, Covington, Kentucky, U.S.|
|249||Win||138–20–31 (60)||Lee Anderson||PTS||10||Aug 12, 1921||35 years, 161 days||Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.|
|248||Win||137–20–31 (60)||Bearcat Wright||KO||9 (10)||Jul 20, 1921||35 years, 138 days||Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.|
|247||Win||136–20–31 (60)||Bill Watkins||KO||? (?)||Feb 07, 1921||34 years, 340 days||Canada||Exact date, location and # of rounds unknown|
|246||Win||135–20–31 (60)||Alfred Johnson||KO||? (?)||Feb 06, 1921||34 years, 339 days||Canada||Exact date, location and # of rounds unknown|
|245||Draw||134–20–31 (60)||Jack Thompson||PTS||10||Feb 03, 1921||34 years, 336 days||Canada||Exact date and location unknown|
|244||Win||134–20–30 (60)||Bob Devere||TKO||7 (10)||Jan 14, 1921||34 years, 316 days||Armory, Portland, Oregon, U.S.|
|243||Draw||133–20–30 (60)||Lee Anderson||PTS||12||Jan 07, 1921||34 years, 309 days||Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.|
|242||Win||133–20–29 (60)||Jim Jam Barry||PTS||10||Dec 29, 1920||34 years, 300 days||Armory, Portland, Oregon, U.S.|
|241||Win||132–20–29 (60)||Clem Johnson||PTS||10||Dec 23, 1920||34 years, 294 days||Aberdeen, Washington, U.S.|
|240||Win||131–20–29 (60)||Terry Kellar||PTS||6||Dec 09, 1920||34 years, 280 days||Aberdeen, Washington, U.S.|
|239||Win||130–20–29 (60)||Tiny Jim Herman||TKO||7 (10)||Dec 02, 1920||34 years, 273 days||Heilig Theater, Portland, Oregon, U.S.|
|238||Win||129–20–29 (60)||George Godfrey||KO||2 (10)||Nov 17, 1920||34 years, 258 days||Hot Springs, Arkansas, U.S.|
|237||Win||128–20–29 (60)||Jack Thompson||PTS||8||Nov 15, 1920||34 years, 256 days||Southern A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.|
|236||Loss||127–20–29 (60)||Lee Anderson||PTS||10||Oct 20, 1920||34 years, 230 days||Heilig Theater, Portland, Oregon, U.S.|
|235||Win||127–19–29 (60)||Frank Farmer||PTS||4||Oct 13, 1920||34 years, 223 days||Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.|
|234||Win||126–19–29 (60)||Tiny Jim Herman||KO||7 (10)||Oct 06, 1920||34 years, 216 days||Heilig Theater, Portland, Oregon, U.S.|
|233||Loss||125–19–29 (60)||Bill Tate||NWS||6||Sep 06, 1920||34 years, 186 days||Floyd Fitzsimmons Arena, Benton Harbor, Michigan, U.S.|
|232||Win||125–19–29 (59)||Bearcat Wright||PTS||10||Aug 30, 1920||34 years, 179 days||Walthill, Nebraska, U.S.|
|231||Win||124–19–29 (59)||Sam McVea||NWS||10||Aug 14, 1920||34 years, 163 days||East Chicago, Indiana, U.S.|
|230||Win||124–19–29 (58)||Pinky Lewis||KO||7 (8)||Jul 26, 1920||34 years, 144 days||Southern A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.|
|229||Win||123–19–29 (58)||Jack Mitchell||KO||3 (10)||Jul 02, 1920||34 years, 120 days||Springfield, Missouri, U.S.|
|228||Win||122–19–29 (58)||Rough House Ware||KO||9 (15)||Jun 07, 1920||34 years, 95 days||Tulane Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.|
|227||Win||121–19–29 (58)||Jeff Clark||PTS||15||May 31, 1920||34 years, 88 days||Columbus, Ohio, U.S.|
|226||Win||120–19–29 (58)||Marty Cutler||TKO||3 (10)||May 18, 1920||34 years, 75 days||Armouries, Windsor, Ontario, Canada|
|225||Draw||119–19–29 (58)||George Godfrey||PTS||10||May 01, 1920||34 years, 58 days||Canada||Exact date and location unknown|
|224||Loss||119–19–28 (58)||Harry Wills||PTS||15||Apr 23, 1920||34 years, 50 days||Detroit, Michigan, U.S.||For world colored heavyweight title|
|223||Win||119–18–28 (58)||Silas Green||KO||3 (10)||Apr 09, 1920||34 years, 36 days||Detroit, Michigan, U.S.|
|222||Win||118–18–28 (58)||Jack Thompson||PTS||15||Apr 05, 1920||34 years, 32 days||Convention Hall, Muskogee, Oklahoma, U.S.|
|221||Win||117–18–28 (58)||Jamaica Kid||TKO||7 (12)||Mar 29, 1920||34 years, 25 days||Columbus, Ohio, U.S.|
|220||Win||116–18–28 (58)||Battling Gahee||KO||2 (8)||Feb 23, 1920||33 years, 356 days||Southern A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.|
|219||Draw||115–18–28 (58)||Jeff Clark||NWS||10||Feb 16, 1920||33 years, 349 days||K of C Hall, Terre Haute, Indiana, U.S.|
|218||Win||115–18–28 (57)||Jeff Clark||NWS||10||Jan 16, 1920||33 years, 318 days||Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.|
|217||Win||115–18–28 (56)||Dave McBride||KO||1 (?)||Dec 03, 1919||33 years, 274 days||Liberty Theater, Camp Grant, Illinois, U.S.|
|216||NC||114–18–28 (56)||Jack Thompson||NC||6 (10)||Nov 24, 1919||33 years, 265 days||Shrine Auditorium, Duluth, Minnesota, U.S.||Both fighters were fined $500 for stalling|
|215||Win||114–18–28 (55)||Mexican Jim Johnson||KO||9 (15)||Nov 17, 1919||33 years, 258 days||Auditorium, Sioux City, Iowa, U.S.|
|214||Loss||113–18–28 (55)||Harry Wills||PTS||15||Nov 05, 1919||33 years, 246 days||Convention Hall, Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.||For world colored heavyweight title|
|213||Draw||113–17–28 (55)||Jack Thompson||PTS||15||Oct 21, 1919||33 years, 231 days||Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.||bout was advertised for the colored heavyweight championship|
|212||Loss||113–17–27 (55)||Harry Wills||NWS||10||Sep 30, 1919||33 years, 210 days||Arena, Syracuse, New York, U.S.|
|211||Win||113–17–27 (54)||Rough House Wilson||KO||4 (10)||Sep 18, 1919||33 years, 198 days||Battle Creek, Michigan, U.S.|
|210||Win||112–17–27 (54)||Bill Tate||NWS||10||Aug 23, 1919||33 years, 172 days||Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.|
|209||Draw||112–17–27 (53)||Jack Thompson||PTS||15||Aug 04, 1919||33 years, 153 days||Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.|
|208||Loss||112–17–26 (53)||Harry Wills||NWS||8||Jul 04, 1919||33 years, 122 days||Sportsman's Park, Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.||For world colored heavyweight title|
|207||Win||112–17–26 (52)||Bill Tate||DQ||5 (10)||Jun 19, 1919||33 years, 107 days||Nicollet Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.||Tate was disqualified for holding|
|206||Win||111–17–26 (52)||Billy Hooper||KO||4 (10)||Apr 30, 1919||33 years, 57 days||Springer Opera House, Columbus, Georgia, U.S.|
|205||Loss||110–17–26 (52)||Willie Meehan||PTS||4||Mar 04, 1919||33 years, 0 days||Coliseum, San Francisco, California, U.S.|
|204||Loss||110–16–26 (52)||Fred Fulton||PTS||4||Dec 27, 1918||32 years, 298 days||Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.|
|203||Win||110–15–26 (52)||Jeff Clark||PTS||8||Dec 16, 1918||32 years, 287 days||Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.|
|202||Win||109–15–26 (52)||Big Boy Butler||KO||5 (10)||Dec 12, 1918||32 years, 283 days||Empire Theatre, Rock Island, Illinois, U.S.|
|201||Loss||108–15–26 (52)||Jeff Clark||NWS||6||Nov 28, 1918||32 years, 269 days||Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|200||Draw||108–15–26 (51)||Jeff Clark||PTS||10||Nov 15, 1918||32 years, 256 days||Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.|
|199||Draw||108–15–25 (51)||Jeff Clark||PTS||12||Oct 31, 1918||32 years, 241 days||Crescent Rink, Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|198||Win||108–15–24 (51)||Battling Jim Johnson||NWS||8||Aug 22, 1918||32 years, 171 days||Lafayette A.C., Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.|
|197||Win||108–15–24 (50)||Rough House Ware||KO||9 (15)||Aug 19, 1918||32 years, 168 days||Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.|
|196||Win||107–15–24 (50)||Jack Thompson||NWS||6||Aug 08, 1918||32 years, 157 days||Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|195||Win||107–15–24 (49)||Battling Jim Johnson||NWS||8||Aug 05, 1918||32 years, 154 days||Atlantic City S.C., Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|194||Win||107–15–24 (48)||Battling Jim Johnson||PTS||10||Jun 19, 1918||32 years, 107 days||Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.|
|193||Loss||106–15–24 (48)||Harry Wills||TKO||8 (20)||May 19, 1918||32 years, 76 days||Plaza de Toros Vista Alegre, Panama City, Panama||For world colored heavyweight title|
|192||Loss||106–14–24 (48)||Harry Wills||KO||6 (20)||Apr 14, 1918||32 years, 41 days||Plaza de Toros Vista Alegre, Panama City, Panama||Lost world colored heavyweight title|
|191||Win||106–13–24 (48)||Kid Norfolk||KO||2 (20)||Dec 17, 1917||31 years, 288 days||Stockyards Stadium, Denver, Colorado, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title|
|190||Draw||105–13–24 (48)||Harry Wills||NWS||12||Nov 12, 1917||31 years, 253 days||Coliseum, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title|
|189||Loss||105–13–24 (47)||Harry Wills||NWS||10||Sep 20, 1917||31 years, 200 days||Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title|
|188||Win||105–13–24 (46)||Andy Johnson||KO||2 (15)||Sep 17, 1917||31 years, 197 days||Maryland A.C., Ardmore, Maryland, U.S.|
|187||Win||104–13–24 (46)||Joe Jeannette||NWS||12||Sep 14, 1917||31 years, 194 days||Coliseum, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title|
|186||Win||104–13–24 (45)||Andre Anderson||TKO||2 (?)||Aug 17, 1917||31 years, 166 days||Urban Liberty Park, Buffalo, New York, U.S.|
|185||Loss||103–13–24 (45)||Fred Fulton||TKO||7 (12)||Jun 19, 1917||31 years, 100 days||Armory A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|184||Loss||103–12–24 (45)||Harry Wills||NWS||6||May 11, 1917||31 years, 68 days||Cambria A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|183||Win||103–12–24 (44)||Bill Tate||KO||5 (12)||May 01, 1917||31 years, 58 days||Future City A.C., Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.||Won world colored heavyweight title|
|182||Win||102–12–24 (44)||Bob Devere||NWS||10||Apr 20, 1917||31 years, 47 days||Harlem S.C., New York City, New York, U.S.|
|181||Win||102–12–24 (43)||Jack Thompson||NWS||10||Apr 10, 1917||31 years, 37 days||Broadway S.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|180||Loss||102–12–24 (42)||Bill Tate||PTS||12||Jan 25, 1917||30 years, 327 days||Grand Opera House, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.||Lost world colored heavyweight title|
|179||Win||102–11–24 (42)||Battling Jim Johnson||PTS||12||Jan 01, 1917||30 years, 303 days||Academy A.C., Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title|
|178||Win||101–11–24 (42)||Bob Devere||NWS||10||Dec 29, 1916||30 years, 300 days||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|177||Win||101–11–24 (41)||Battling Jim Johnson||KO||12 (12)||Dec 12, 1916||30 years, 283 days||Future City A.C., Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title|
|176||Draw||100–11–24 (41)||Bill Tate||NWS||10||Nov 30, 1916||30 years, 271 days||Arena, Syracuse, New York, U.S.|
|175||Draw||100–11–24 (40)||Sam McVea||PTS||20||Aug 12, 1916||30 years, 161 days||Teatro Roma, Avellaneda, Buenos Aires, Argentina||Retained world colored heavyweight title|
|174||Win||100–11–23 (40)||Joe Jeannette||KO||7 (10)||May 12, 1916||30 years, 69 days||Arena, Syracuse, New York, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title claim|
Won undisputed world colored heavyweight title
|173||Draw||99–11–23 (40)||Sam McVea||NWS||12||May 02, 1916||30 years, 59 days||East Market St. Rink, Akron, Ohio, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title claim|
|172||Loss||99–11–23 (39)||Harry Wills||NWS||8||Apr 25, 1916||30 years, 52 days||Coliseum, Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title claim|
|171||Win||99–11–23 (38)||Sam McVea||NWS||10||Apr 07, 1916||30 years, 34 days||Arena, Syracuse, New York, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title claim|
|170||Win||99–11–23 (37)||Jeff Clark||TKO||5 (10)||Mar 31, 1916||30 years, 27 days||Future City A.C., Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title claim|
|169||Win||98–11–23 (37)||Dave Mills||TKO||2 (10)||Mar 23, 1916||30 years, 19 days||Arena, Syracuse, New York, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title claim|
|168||Loss||97–11–23 (37)||Harry Wills||NWS||10||Mar 07, 1916||30 years, 3 days||Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title claim|
|167||Win||97–11–23 (36)||Cleve Hawkins||NWS||10||Feb 28, 1916||29 years, 361 days||Long Acre A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title claim|
|166||Win||97–11–23 (35)||Sam McVea||NWS||10||Feb 17, 1916||29 years, 350 days||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|165||Win||97–11–23 (34)||Harry Wills||KO||19 (20)||Feb 11, 1916||29 years, 344 days||Tommy Burns Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.||Won world colored heavyweight title claim|
|164||Loss||96–11–23 (34)||Harry Wills||PTS||20||Jan 03, 1916||29 years, 305 days||Tulane A.C., New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.||For world colored heavyweight title claim|
|163||Loss||96–10–23 (34)||Harry Wills||NWS||10||Dec 03, 1915||29 years, 274 days||Harlem S.C., New York City, New York, U.S.||For world colored heavyweight title claim|
|162||Win||96–10–23 (33)||Sam McVea||NWS||10||Nov 23, 1915||29 years, 264 days||American A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.|
|161||Win||96–10–23 (32)||Battling Jim Johnson||PTS||15||Oct 18, 1915||29 years, 228 days||National A.C., Denver, Colorado, U.S.|
|160||Draw||95–10–23 (32)||Sam McVea||PTS||20||Sep 30, 1915||29 years, 210 days||Stockyards Stadium, Denver, Colorado, U.S.|
|159||Win||95–10–22 (32)||Jack Thompson||TKO||1 (15)||Jul 16, 1915||29 years, 134 days||National A.C., Denver, Colorado, U.S.|
|158||Loss||94–10–22 (32)||Sam McVea||PTS||12||Jun 29, 1915||29 years, 117 days||Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.||For a claim of the world colored heavyweight title|
|157||Win||94–9–22 (32)||Battling Jim Johnson||NWS||10||Jun 08, 1915||29 years, 96 days||Broadway S.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|156||NC||94–9–22 (31)||Porky Dan Flynn||NC||8 (10)||Apr 19, 1915||29 years, 46 days||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)||Joe Jeannette||PTS||12||Apr 13, 1915||29 years, 40 days||Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.||Lost world colored heavyweight title|
|154||Win||94–8–22 (30)||Battling Jim Johnson||NWS||10||Apr 06, 1915||29 years, 33 days||135th Street A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title|
|153||Win||94–8–22 (29)||Harry Wills||KO||14 (20)||Nov 26, 1914||28 years, 267 days||Arena, Vernon, California, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title|
|152||Win||93–8–22 (29)||Jim Cameron||TKO||6 (8)||Nov 16, 1914||28 years, 257 days||Arctic Street Arena, San Diego, California, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title|
|151||Win||92–8–22 (29)||Tom McMahon||TKO||6 (20)||Nov 10, 1914||28 years, 251 days||Arena, Vernon, California, U.S.|
|150||Loss||91–8–22 (29)||Jeff Clark||NWS||10||Oct 26, 1914||28 years, 236 days||Joplin, Missouri, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title|
|149||Win||91–8–22 (28)||Gunboat Smith||KO||3 (12)||Oct 20, 1914||28 years, 230 days||Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|148||Win||90–8–22 (28)||Colin Bell||TKO||4 (12)||Oct 06, 1914||28 years, 216 days||Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|147||Draw||89–8–22 (28)||Battling Jim Johnson||NWS||10||Oct 01, 1914||28 years, 211 days||Stadium A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title|
|146||Draw||89–8–22 (27)||Battling Jim Johnson||PTS||12||Sep 15, 1914||28 years, 195 days||Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title|
|145||Win||89–8–21 (27)||George Kid Cotton||KO||4 (12)||Aug 25, 1914||28 years, 174 days||Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title|
|144||Win||88–8–21 (27)||Battling Jim Johnson||NWS||10||Aug 12, 1914||28 years, 161 days||Stadium A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title|
|143||Win||88–8–21 (26)||Bill Watkins||KO||4 (10)||May 25, 1914||28 years, 82 days||Olympic A.C., Rochester, New York, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title|
|142||Draw||87–8–21 (26)||Harry Wills||NWS||10||May 01, 1914||28 years, 58 days||National Baseball Park, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title|
|141||Win||87–8–21 (25)||Rough House Ware||TKO||5 (8)||Apr 20, 1914||28 years, 47 days||Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.|
|140||Win||86–8–21 (25)||George Kid Cotton||PTS||8||Apr 15, 1914||28 years, 42 days||Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title|
|139||Win||85–8–21 (25)||Battling Jim Johnson||NWS||10||Mar 27, 1914||28 years, 23 days||Empire A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title|
|138||Win||85–8–21 (24)||Bill Watkins||TKO||1 (10)||Mar 23, 1914||28 years, 19 days||National S.C., New York City, New York, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title|
|137||Win||84–8–21 (24)||Matthew Curran||KO||1 (20)||Jan 24, 1914||27 years, 326 days||Luna Park Arena, Paris, France|
|136||Win||83–8–21 (24)||Joe Jeannette||PTS||20||Dec 20, 1913||27 years, 291 days||Luna Park Arena, Paris, France||Won vacant world heavyweight title as recognized by the French Boxing Federation|
|135||Loss||82–8–21 (24)||Gunboat Smith||PTS||12||Nov 17, 1913||27 years, 258 days||Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|134||Win||82–7–21 (24)||Jack Lester||RTD||5 (10)||Oct 27, 1913||27 years, 237 days||Taft, California, U.S.|
|133||Draw||81–7–21 (24)||Joe Jeannette||NWS||10||Oct 03, 1913||27 years, 213 days||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title|
|132||Win||81–7–21 (23)||John Lester Johnson||KO||1 (10)||Sep 09, 1913||27 years, 189 days||Atlantic Garden A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title|
|131||Win||80–7–21 (23)||Porky Dan Flynn||KO||4 (12)||Aug 26, 1913||27 years, 175 days||Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|130||Draw||79–7–21 (23)||Colin Bell||PTS||15||Jun 19, 1913||27 years, 107 days||Gymnasium Ground, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia|
|129||Draw||79–7–20 (23)||Sam McVea||PTS||20||Mar 24, 1913||27 years, 20 days||Olympic Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia||Retained world colored heavyweight title|
|128||Win||79–7–19 (23)||Jim Barry||KO||1 (20)||Mar 15, 1913||27 years, 11 days||Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|127||Win||78–7–19 (23)||Sam McVea||KO||13 (20)||Dec 26, 1912||26 years, 297 days||Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia||Retained Australian and world colored heavyweight titles|
|126||Win||77–7–19 (23)||Sam McVea||TKO||11 (20)||Oct 09, 1912||26 years, 219 days||Exhibition Stadium, Perth, Western Australia, Australia||Retained Australian and world colored heavyweight titles|
|125||Win||76–7–19 (23)||Sam McVea||PTS||20||Aug 03, 1912||26 years, 152 days||Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia||Retained Australian and world colored heavyweight titles|
|124||Win||75–7–19 (23)||Porky Dan Flynn||TKO||14 (20)||May 27, 1912||26 years, 84 days||Athletic Pavilion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|123||Win||74–7–19 (23)||Jim Barry||TKO||11 (20)||May 13, 1912||26 years, 70 days||Athletic Pavilion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|122||Win||73–7–19 (23)||Sam McVea||PTS||20||Apr 08, 1912||26 years, 35 days||Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia||Won Australian and world colored heavyweight titles|
|121||Win||72–7–19 (23)||Jim Barry||PTS||20||Feb 12, 1912||25 years, 345 days||Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|120||Loss||71–7–19 (23)||Sam McVea||PTS||20||Dec 26, 1911||25 years, 297 days||Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia||Lost world colored heavyweight title|
|119||Win||71–6–19 (23)||Tony Caponi||TKO||3 (10)||Nov 06, 1911||25 years, 247 days||Twentieth Century A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.|
|118||Win||70–6–19 (23)||Joe Jeannette||NWS||10||Sep 05, 1911||25 years, 185 days||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title|
|117||Win||70–6–19 (22)||Tony Ross||KO||6 (10)||Aug 24, 1911||25 years, 173 days||National Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|116||Win||69–6–19 (22)||Philadelphia Jack O'Brien||TKO||5 (10)||Aug 15, 1911||25 years, 164 days||Twentieth Century A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.|
|115||Win||68–6–19 (22)||Jim Smith||TKO||5 (10)||Aug 09, 1911||25 years, 158 days||Atlantic Garden A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.|
|114||Win||67–6–19 (22)||Jack Fitzgerald||TKO||5 (10)||Jun 29, 1911||25 years, 117 days||National S.C., New York City, New York, U.S.|
|113||Win||66–6–19 (22)||Tony Caponi||NWS||10||Jun 16, 1911||25 years, 104 days||Auditorium Rink, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|112||Win||66–6–19 (21)||Ralph Calloway||TKO||4 (10)||May 30, 1911||25 years, 87 days||Alhambra, Syracuse, New York, U.S.|
|111||Draw||65–6–19 (21)||Sam McVea||PTS||20||Apr 01, 1911||25 years, 28 days||Cirque de Paris, Paris, France||Retained world colored heavyweight title|
|110||Win||65–6–18 (21)||Bill Lang||DQ||6 (20)||Feb 21, 1911||24 years, 354 days||Olympia Annexe, Kensington, London, England|
|109||Win||64–6–18 (21)||Fred Atwater||TKO||3 (?)||Jan 16, 1911||24 years, 318 days||State Armory, Utica, New York, U.S.|
|108||Win||63–6–18 (21)||Joe Jeannette||PTS||12||Jan 10, 1911||24 years, 312 days||Armory A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title|
|107||Win||62–6–18 (21)||Morris Harris||KO||2 (12)||Dec 06, 1910||24 years, 277 days||Armory, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title|
|106||Win||61–6–18 (21)||Jeff Clark||TKO||2 (10)||Nov 10, 1910||24 years, 251 days||Business Men's A.C., Joplin, Missouri, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title|
|105||Win||60–6–18 (21)||Joe Jeannette||PTS||15||Sep 06, 1910||24 years, 186 days||Armory A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title claim|
Won world colored heavyweight ttile
|104||Win||59–6–18 (21)||Al Kubiak||TKO||2 (10)||May 17, 1910||24 years, 74 days||Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|103||Win||58–6–18 (21)||Battling Jim Johnson||NWS||6||May 14, 1910||24 years, 71 days||National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title claim|
|102||Win||58–6–18 (20)||Stanley Ketchel||NWS||6||Apr 27, 1910||24 years, 54 days||National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|101||Win||58–6–18 (19)||Jim Barry||KO||16 (25)||Apr 14, 1910||24 years, 41 days||Arena, Vernon, California, U.S.|
|100||Win||57–6–18 (19)||Fireman Jim Flynn||KO||8 (45)||Mar 17, 1910||24 years, 13 days||Jeffries' Arena, Vernon, California, U.S.|
|99||Win||56–6–18 (19)||Nat Dewey||TKO||1 (20)||Feb 22, 1910||23 years, 355 days||Turner Hall, Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.|
|98||Loss||55–6–18 (19)||Fireman Jim Flynn||NWS||10||Feb 08, 1910||23 years, 341 days||Naud Junction Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|97||Win||55–6–18 (18)||Dixie Kid||KO||3 (8)||Jan 10, 1910||23 years, 312 days||Phoenix A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title claim|
|96||Win||54–6–18 (18)||Mike Schreck||TKO||1 (6)||Nov 23, 1909||23 years, 264 days||Old City Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|95||Win||53–6–18 (18)||Klondike Haynes||KO||2 (12)||Nov 02, 1909||23 years, 243 days||Armory, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title claim|
|94||Win||52–6–18 (18)||Dixie Kid||RTD||5 (12)||Sep 28, 1909||23 years, 208 days||Armory, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.||Retained world colored heavyweight title claim|
|93||Win||51–6–18 (18)||Klondike Haynes||NWS||6||Jul 13, 1909||23 years, 131 days||Bijou Theater, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.||Claimed world colored heavyweight title|
|92||Win||51–6–18 (17)||William Hague||KO||4 (20)||May 24, 1909||23 years, 81 days||National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London, England||Won NSC British heavyweight title|
|91||Draw||50–6–18 (17)||Sandy Ferguson||PTS||12||Apr 27, 1909||23 years, 54 days||Armory A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|90||Win||50–6–17 (17)||Al Kubiak||NWS||6||Apr 17, 1909||23 years, 44 days||National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|89||Draw||50–6–17 (16)||Jim Barry||NWS||10||Apr 14, 1909||23 years, 41 days||Chadwick Park, Albany, U.S.|
|88||Win||50–6–17 (15)||John Willie||KO||2 (6)||Apr 03, 1909||23 years, 30 days||National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|87||Win||49–6–17 (15)||Morris Harris||TKO||7 (10)||Mar 29, 1909||23 years, 25 days||Marathon A.C., Brooklyn, New Yor City, New York, U.S.|
|86||Win||48–6–17 (15)||Fireman Jim Flynn||NWS||6||Mar 17, 1909||23 years, 13 days||Washington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|85||Win||48–6–17 (14)||Fireman Jim Flynn||KO||1 (20)||Dec 21, 1908||22 years, 292 days||Coliseum, San Francisco, California, U.S.|
|84||Win||47–6–17 (14)||Joe Jeannette||NWS||6||Sep 01, 1908||22 years, 181 days||National A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.|
|83||Win||47–6–17 (13)||Tony Ross||TKO||5 (6)||Aug 07, 1908||22 years, 156 days||Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|82||Win||46–6–17 (13)||John Willie||KO||2 (10)||Jul 21, 1908||22 years, 139 days||Navarre A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.|
|81||Win||45–6–17 (13)||Jim Barry||KO||3 (6)||Jun 19, 1908||22 years, 107 days||Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|80||Win||44–6–17 (13)||Sandy Ferguson||PTS||12||May 19, 1908||22 years, 76 days||Roanoke A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|79||Win||43–6–17 (13)||Jim Barry||KO||2 (12)||Apr 07, 1908||22 years, 34 days||Roanoke A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|78||Win||42–6–17 (13)||Larry Temple||PTS||8||Mar 11, 1908||22 years, 7 days||Roanoke A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|77||Draw||41–6–17 (13)||Joe Jeannette||PTS||12||Mar 03, 1908||21 years, 365 days||Armory, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|76||Win||41–6–16 (13)||Black Fitzsimmons||TKO||4 (6)||Feb 10, 1908||21 years, 343 days||Roanoke A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|75||Draw||40–6–16 (13)||Jim Barry||NWS||10||Jan 14, 1908||21 years, 316 days||Pacific A.C., Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|74||Win||40–6–16 (12)||Jim Barry||PTS||10||Dec 17, 1907||21 years, 288 days||Naud Junction Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|73||Win||39–6–16 (12)||Young Peter Jackson||PTS||20||Nov 12, 1907||21 years, 253 days||Pacific A.C., Los Angeles, California, U.S.||Won vacant world colored middleweight title|
|72||Win||38–6–16 (12)||Jim Barry||NWS||10||Oct 15, 1907||21 years, 225 days||Winnisimmet A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|71||Win||38–6–16 (11)||Jim Barry||NWS||6||Sep 25, 1907||21 years, 205 days||Sharkey A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.|
|70||Win||38–6–16 (10)||Larry Temple||NWS||10||Aug 27, 1907||21 years, 176 days||Winnisimmet A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S.||For vacant world colored middleweight title|
|69||Win||38–6–16 (9)||Geoff Thorne||KO||1 (10)||Jun 03, 1907||21 years, 91 days||National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London, England|
|68||Win||37–6–16 (9)||Tiger Smith||KO||4 (20)||Apr 22, 1907||21 years, 49 days||National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London, England||Won vacant NSC British and Commonwealth middleweight titles|
|67||Win||36–6–16 (9)||Kid Williams||KO||6 (?)||Jan 31, 1907||20 years, 333 days||Rochester, New York, U.S.|
|66||Draw||35–6–16 (9)||Joe Jeannette||PTS||12||Jan 11, 1907||20 years, 313 days||Unity Cycle Club, Lawrence, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|65||Win||35–6–15 (9)||George Gunther||TKO||3 (?)||Nov 29, 1906||20 years, 270 days||Haverhill, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|64||Win||34–6–15 (9)||Young Peter Jackson||PTS||15||Nov 21, 1906||20 years, 262 days||Rochester, New York, U.S.|
|63||Win||33–6–15 (9)||George Gunther||PTS||12||Nov 12, 1906||20 years, 253 days||Valley Falls A.C., Valley Falls, Rhode Island, U.S.|
|62||Loss||32–6–15 (9)||Young Peter Jackson||TKO||5 (?)||Jun 13, 1906||20 years, 101 days||Southbridge, Massachusetts, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|61||Loss||32–5–15 (9)||Jack Johnson||PTS||15||Apr 26, 1906||20 years, 53 days||Lincoln A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|60||Win||32–4–15 (9)||Joe Jeannette||PTS||15||Apr 05, 1906||20 years, 32 days||Lincoln A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|59||Win||31–4–15 (9)||Black Fitzsimmons||TKO||11 (?)||Mar 19, 1906||19 years, 321 days||Lakeside A.C., Webster, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|58||Win||30–4–15 (9)||Larry Temple||KO||15 (15)||Mar 01, 1906||19 years, 305 days||Lincoln A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|57||Loss||29–4–15 (9)||Joe Jeannette||TKO||8 (12)||Dec 25, 1905||19 years, 296 days||Unity Cycle Club, Lawrence, Massachusetts, U.S.||Langford retired after round 8|
|56||NC||29–3–15 (9)||Jack Blackburn||NC||1 (6)||Oct 07, 1905||19 years, 217 days||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)||Young Peter Jackson||PTS||15||Sep 29, 1905||19 years, 209 days||Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|54||Draw||29–3–14 (8)||Jack Blackburn||PTS||10||Sep 20, 1905||19 years, 200 days||Lyric A.C., Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|53||Draw||29–3–13 (8)||Larry Temple||PTS||15||Sep 07, 1905||19 years, 187 days||Highland A.C., Marlborough, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|52||Win||29–3–12 (8)||Jack Blackburn||PTS||15||Aug 18, 1905||19 years, 167 days||Leiperville, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|51||Loss||28–3–12 (8)||Larry Temple||PTS||15||Jul 04, 1905||19 years, 122 days||Marlborough, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|50||Win||28–2–12 (8)||Young Peter Jackson||PTS||15||Jun 16, 1905||19 years, 104 days||Douglas A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|49||Win||27–2–12 (8)||Young Peter Jackson||PTS||15||May 26, 1905||19 years, 83 days||Highland A.C., Marlborough, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|48||Win||26–2–12 (8)||Bogardus Hyde||TKO||3 (15)||May 16, 1905||19 years, 73 days||Music Hall, Webster, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|47||Win||25–2–12 (8)||George Gunther||PTS||12||Mar 13, 1905||19 years, 9 days||Auditorium, Portland, Maine, U.S.|
|46||NC||24–2–12 (8)||George Cole||NC||9 (15)||Mar 03, 1905||18 years, 364 days||Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S.||The fight was called "no contest" because of a lack of action|
|45||Win||24–2–12 (7)||Dave Holly||NWS||15||Feb 13, 1905||18 years, 346 days||Apollo A.C., Salem, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|44||Win||24–2–12 (6)||George Gunther||TKO||11 (?)||Jan 20, 1905||18 years, 322 days||Douglas A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|43||Win||23–2–12 (6)||Joe Reed||KO||5 (12)||Jan 16, 1905||18 years, 318 days||Music Hall, Webster, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|42||Win||22–2–12 (6)||Joe Reed||TKO||9 (?)||Dec 22, 1904||18 years, 293 days||Paper City A.C., Berlin, New Hampshire, U.S.|
|41||Draw||21–2–12 (6)||Jack Blackburn||PTS||15||Dec 09, 1904||18 years, 280 days||Marlborough Theater, Marlborough, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|40||Win||21–2–11 (6)||Tommy Sullivan||TKO||3 (12)||Nov 25, 1904||18 years, 266 days||Highland A.C., Marlborough, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|39||Win||20–2–11 (6)||Andy Watson||NWS||12||Nov 24, 1904||18 years, 265 days||Music Hall, Webster, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|38||Draw||20–2–11 (5)||Dave Holly||NWS||6||Nov 04, 1904||18 years, 245 days||Manhattan A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|37||Draw||20–2–11 (4)||Dave Holly||PTS||15||Sep 30, 1904||18 years, 210 days||Eureka A.C., Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|36||Draw||20–2–10 (4)||Barbados Joe Walcott||PTS||15||Sep 05, 1904||18 years, 185 days||Lake Massabesic Coliseum, Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S.||For world welterweight title|
|35||Win||20–2–9 (4)||George "Elbows" McFadden||TKO||2 (15)||Jul 29, 1904||18 years, 147 days||Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S.|
|34||Loss||19–2–9 (4)||Dave Holly||PTS||10||Apr 11, 1904||18 years, 38 days||Cambridge A.A., Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|33||Win||19–1–9 (4)||Willie Lewis||KO||2 (12)||Feb 22, 1904||17 years, 355 days||Warren A.C., New Bedford, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|32||Win||18–1–9 (4)||Charles Johnson||TKO||5 (?)||Feb 13, 1904||17 years, 346 days||Central A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|31||Win||17–1–9 (4)||Belfield Walcott||NWS||6||Jan 27, 1904||17 years, 329 days||Central A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|30||Draw||17–1–9 (3)||Jack Blackburn||NWS||6||Jan 11, 1904||17 years, 313 days||Washington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|29||Draw||17–1–9 (2)||Andy Watson||PTS||12||Jan 06, 1904||17 years, 308 days||North Street Rink, Salem, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|28||Draw||17–1–8 (2)||Jack Blackburn||PTS||12||Dec 23, 1903||17 years, 294 days||Central A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|27||Win||17–1–7 (2)||Joe Gans||PTS||15||Dec 08, 1903||17 years, 279 days||Criterion A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|26||Win||16–1–7 (2)||Joe Reed||DQ||4 (?)||Nov 28, 1903||17 years, 269 days||Central A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.||Reed threw Langford and was disqualified|
|25||Win||15–1–7 (2)||Patsy Sweeney||KO||12 (12)||Nov 20, 1903||17 years, 261 days||Lenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|24||Win||14–1–7 (2)||Arthur Cote||TKO||5 (12)||Oct 05, 1903||17 years, 215 days||American A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|23||Win||13–1–7 (2)||Shadow Morris||PTS||12||Sep 15, 1903||17 years, 195 days||Central A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|22||Win||12–1–7 (2)||Kid Griffo||PTS||12||Aug 28, 1903||17 years, 177 days||Lenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|21||Win||11–1–7 (2)||Belfield Walcott||PTS||20||Jul 16, 1903||17 years, 134 days||Saundersville Athletic Club, Scituate, Rhode Island, U.S.|
|20||Loss||10–1–7 (2)||Danny Duane||PTS||12||Jun 26, 1903||17 years, 114 days||Lenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|19||Win||10–0–7 (2)||Walter Burgo||TKO||8 (?)||Jun 19, 1903||17 years, 107 days||Lenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|18||Draw||9–0–7 (2)||Andy Watson||PTS||12||Jun 15, 1903||17 years, 103 days||Gloucester A.C., Gloucester, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|17||Win||9–0–6 (2)||Tim Kearns||TKO||2 (12)||Jun 05, 1903||17 years, 93 days||Lenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.||Kearns quit with an arm injury|
|16||Draw||8–0–6 (2)||Andy Watson||PTS||12||May 29, 1903||17 years, 86 days||Lenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|15||Win||8–0–5 (2)||Chick Monahan||KO||1 (10)||May 26, 1903||17 years, 83 days||Criterion A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|14||Win||7–0–5 (2)||Billy Jordan||PTS||6||May 25, 1903||17 years, 82 days||Cambridge Athletic Club, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|13||Draw||6–0–5 (2)||Andy Watson||PTS||10||May 08, 1903||17 years, 65 days||Lenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.||Pre-arranged draw if lasting the distance|
|12||NC||6–0–4 (2)||Andy Watson||ND||12||Apr 20, 1903||17 years, 47 days||West End A.C., Lawrence, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|11||Win||6–0–4 (1)||Stonewall Allen||PTS||6||Apr 16, 1903||17 years, 43 days||Essex A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|10||Draw||5–0–4 (1)||Stonewall Allen||PTS||6||Apr 03, 1903||17 years, 30 days||Lenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|9||Win||5–0–3 (1)||John E Butler||PTS||6||Mar 26, 1903||17 years, 22 days||Essex A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|8||Draw||4–0–3 (1)||Johnny Johnson||PTS||6||Mar 05, 1903||17 years, 1 day||Essex A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|7||Win||4–0–2 (1)||Sadler Jennings||KO||2 (6)||Mar 04, 1903||17 years, 0 days||Highland Athletic Club, Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|6||Win||3–0–2 (1)||Luther Manual||PTS||10||Feb 27, 1903||16 years, 360 days||Lenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|5||Draw||2–0–2 (1)||Luther Manual||PTS||6||Feb 06, 1903||16 years, 339 days||Lenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|4||Draw||2–0–1 (1)||Luther Manual||PTS||4||Jan 23, 1903||16 years, 325 days||Essex A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|3||NC||2–0 (1)||Billy Chisholm||ND||6||Jan 22, 1903||16 years, 324 days||Lawrence, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||Arthur Pratt||KO||1 (6)||Jan 15, 1903||16 years, 317 days||Essex A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||Jack McVicker||KO||5 (6)||Apr 11, 1902||16 years, 38 days||Lenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
Life after boxing
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.
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.
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- Profile on Langford by Monte Cox
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|Titles in pretence|
Title last held byTom Sharkey
| World Heavyweight Champion
May 24, 1909
Title next held byGeorge Godfrey
| World Colored Heavyweight Champion
September 6, 1909 – December 26, 1911
| World Colored Heavyweight Champion
April 8, 1912 – May 1, 1914
| World Colored Heavyweight Champion
November 26, 1914 – January 3, 1916
| World Colored Heavyweight Champion
February 11, 1916 – January 25, 1917
| World Colored Heavyweight Champion
May 2, 1917 – April 14, 1918