Tiger Flowers

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Tiger Flowers
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Real nameTheodore Flowers
Nickname(s)Georgia Deacon
Weight(s)Middleweight
NationalityAmerican
Born(1895-08-05)August 5, 1895
Camilla, Georgia
DiedNovember 16, 1927(1927-11-16) (aged 32)
New York City, New York
StanceSouthpaw
Boxing record
Total fights160
Wins135
Wins by KO55
Losses17
Draws8

Theodore "Tiger" Flowers (August 5, 1895 – November 16, 1927) was an American professional boxer. Nicknamed "The Georgia Deacon", he rose to prominence in the early 20th century, becoming the first African-American World Middleweight Boxing Champion after defeating Harry Greb to claim the title in 1926. He was inducted into The Ring Hall of Fame in 1971, The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1976, The World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990, and The International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1993.[1] A left-handed fighter, Flowers was fast and elusive, usually avoiding heavy punishment while landing quick, sharp blows.

A celebrated African-American prizefighter, Flowers is considered a trailblazer of his era, competing during a time when the boxing profession was predominantly white. Flowers is often compared, in precedence, to fighters George Dixon, the first black boxing champion who won the Bantamweight World Title in 1892, Barbados Joe Walcott, first black to win the World Welterweight title on December 18, 1901, Joe Gans, the first black to win the World Lightweight Title in 1902, and also the more controversial Jack Johnson, the first black to win the World Heavyweight Title in 1908.

In addition to becoming the first black Middleweight champion, Tiger’s unprecedented accumulation of wins (136) and knockouts (56) in his career spanning less than ten years proved to many skeptics that African-Americans could compete at the highest level. Prominent Atlanta area rapper Killer Mike, of Run the Jewels, memorialized Tiger Flowers in the song “Kill Your Masters” on RTJ3

Personal life[edit]

His parents, Aaron Flowers (1878-1957) married Lula Dawson (1875-1949) on December 28, 1888, Married in Camillia, Georgia. Theodore Flowers (born February 11, 1895) was born in Mitchell County, Georgia.

Flowers’ had 5 siblings Carl Flowers (1896-1978), Gertrude (1898-?), Oc or Osee (1900-1992), Uly Smith (1908-?), Cecil Nathan(1910-1992).

Theodore Flowers married Willie Mae Spellers on November 22, 1915, and has a daughter named Verna Lee Flowers (Jackson) September 9, 1921, and Died April 18, 2021, at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital in Los Angeles, California.

Professional career[edit]

Flowers (left), posing with Mickey Walker before their 1926 title bout

After working as a stevedore on the Georgia coast, Flowers temporarily relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1918; this is where he ultimately began boxing professionally at the age of 23.

By early 1920 he started training with manager Walk Miller. Over the next six years the lightning-quick lefthander competed all over the country in a grueling ascent to the top of the boxing ranks.

Flowers combined showmanship inside the ropes with a public persona characterized by sobriety and religious devotion; eventually becoming donned “The Deacon”. He famously carried a Bible into the ring for each fight and also shared scripture. A devoutly religious man, Flowers would recite a passage from Psalm 144 before every bout throughout his career.[2]

Flowers’ first bout was a victory over fighter Billy Hooper; which he followed up with an impressive two-dozen straight victories before suffering his first loss to Panama Joe Gans.

Like many other African-American boxers of the time period, Flowers found it difficult to obtain fights with white fighters early in his career. He found himself primarily having to fight men of his own race, and many times over, in order to make a living. Despite this, during his era Flowers challenged many high-caliber fighters, including Maxie Rosenbloom, Sam Langford, Kid Norfolk, Johnny Wilson, Jamaica Kid, Mickey Walker and many other future Hall of Fame inductees.

By 1924, after being rated the number-one contender for Harry Greb's middleweight title by The Ring magazine, Flowers earned a shot at Greb; despite previously losing a questionable decision to light heavyweight champion Mike McTigue.

On February 26, 1926, before a crowd of 16,311 at Madison Square Garden, Flowers dethroned champion Harry Greb by split decision. He would also defeat Greb once more on August 19, 1926 to defend the title, although both match results were considered questionable.

Tiger's next and final championship bout came against Mickey Walker on December 3, 1926 in Chicago, where he was defeated for the title. A match decided by points in the end, it was considered a controversial decision in the eyes of many. The match later was investigated by the Illinois Athletic Commission, but the decision was not overturned.

Flowers immediately set his sights on a rematch to regain the title, but tragically his career would be cut short before ever gaining the opportunity.

Flowers’ final match, a victory over Leo Gates, was fought November 12, 1927. [3]

Death[edit]

Flowers was hospitalized in New York City in early November 1927, requiring surgery to remove scar tissue from around his eyes. Complications from the surgery ultimately resulted in his death on November 16, 1927 at age 32.

The tragic circumstances of Tiger’s death were similar to what caused the death of former champion Harry Greb about a year prior.

Posthumously, Theodore Flowers was honored as one of the greatest fighters of his era. The International Boxing Research Organization would rank him as number 12 on their list of Greatest Middleweights of All Time. Boxing historian Bert Sugar placed him 68th in his Top 100 Fighters catalog.[4][5] The Bleacher Report named him the number 6 greatest southpaw in boxing history.[6]

An important figure in Atlanta, Georgia's black community, Tiger was remembered as a deacon for the Butler Street CME Church and as a member of the lodges of Masons, Elks, and Knights of Pythias. His house on Simpson Road was one of the most luxurious in the city.

Estimates put the number of mourners who turned up to show their respects at around 75,000, with an additional 7,000 crammed the City Auditorium to witness a lavish memorial service. He was laid to rest at Lincoln Cemetery in Atlanta.[3]

Tiger Flowers Cemetery in Lakeland, Florida was named for him.

Tiger Flowers Drive in Atlanta, Georgia is named for him.[7]

Professional boxing record[edit]

All information in this section is derived from BoxRec,[8] unless otherwise stated.

Official record[edit]

160 fights 119 wins 15 losses
By knockout 55 10
By decision 58 2
By disqualification 6 3
Draws 8
Newspaper decisions/draws 18

All newspaper decisions are officially regarded as “no decision” bouts and are not counted in the win/loss/draw column.

No. Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
160 Win 119–15–8 (18) Leo Gates TKO 4 (10) Nov 12, 1927 Olympia Boxing Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
159 Draw 118–15–8 (18) Maxie Rosenbloom PTS 10 Nov 9, 1927 Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
158 Win 118–15–7 (18) Joe Lohman NWS 10 Oct 17, 1927 Canton Auditorium, Canton, Ohio, U.S.
157 Win 118–15–7 (17) Pete Latzo UD 10 Sep 30, 1927 Artillery Park, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, U.S.
156 Win 117–15–7 (17) Joe Anderson PTS 10 Sep 1, 1927 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
155 Win 116–15–7 (17) Jock Malone PTS 6 Aug 16, 1927 Dugdale Park, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
154 Win 115–15–7 (17) Harry Dillon PTS 10 Aug 10, 1927 Ice Coliseum, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
153 Draw 114–15–7 (17) Chuck Wiggins PTS 10 Aug 3, 1927 Taylor Bowl, Newburgh Heights, Ohio, U.S.
152 Win 114–15–6 (17) Bing Conley PTS 10 Jul 28, 1927 Amusement Park, Norwalk, Connecticut, U.S.
151 Draw 113–15–6 (17) Maxie Rosenbloom PTS 10 Jul 4, 1927 Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
150 Win 113–15–5 (17) Bob Sage PTS 10 Jun 17, 1927 Mack Park, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
149 Win 112–15–5 (17) Eddie Huffman PTS 10 May 27, 1927 Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
148 Win 111–15–5 (17) Chuck Wiggins NWS 10 May 13, 1927 Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
147 Win 111–15–5 (16) Chuck Wiggins PTS 10 Apr 29, 1927 Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, U.S.
146 Win 110–15–5 (16) Soldier George Jones KO 1 (15) Mar 29, 1927 Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
145 Win 109–15–5 (16) Lou Bogash PTS 10 Feb 18, 1927 Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
144 Win 108–15–5 (16) Lee Anderson PTS 4 Jan 25, 1927 Denver, Colorado, U.S.
143 Loss 107–15–5 (16) Leo Lomski PTS 10 Jan 22, 1927 Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
142 Win 107–14–5 (16) Tut Jackson KO 3 (10) Jan 6, 1927 Armory, Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
141 Loss 106–14–5 (16) Mickey Walker PTS 10 Dec 3, 1926 Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Lost NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring middleweight titles
140 Win 106–13–5 (16) Eddie Huffman PTS 10 Nov 22, 1926 Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
139 Loss 105–13–5 (16) Maxie Rosenbloom DQ 9 (10) Oct 15, 1926 Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
138 Win 105–12–5 (16) Happy Hunter KO 3 (8) Sep 16, 1926 Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
137 Win 104–12–5 (16) Harry Greb SD 15 Aug 19, 1926 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring middleweight titles
136 Win 103–12–5 (16) Battling Jim McCreary DQ 3 (10) Aug 10, 1926 Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
135 Win 102–12–5 (16) Eddie Huffman PTS 10 Jul 24, 1926 Ascot Park, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
134 Win 101–12–5 (16) Lee Anderson KO 2 (?) Jul 11, 1926 Coliseum, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
133 Win 100–12–5 (16) Ray Neuman PTS 10 Jun 28, 1926 Braves Field, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
132 Win 99–12–5 (16) Young Bob Fitzsimmons NWS 10 Jun 18, 1926 Boyle's Thirty Acres, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
131 Win 99–12–5 (15) Allentown Joe Gans UD 10 Apr 16, 1926 South Main Street Armory, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, U.S.
130 Win 98–12–5 (15) Harry Greb SD 15 Feb 26, 1926 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Won NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring middleweight titles
129 Loss 97–12–5 (15) Mike McTigue SD 10 Dec 23, 1925 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
128 Win 97–11–5 (15) Frank Moody PTS 10 Dec 10, 1925 Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
127 Win 96–11–5 (15) Benny Ross PTS 6 Nov 30, 1925 Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, U.S.
126 Loss 95–11–5 (15) Chuck Wiggins NWS 10 Oct 27, 1925 East Chicago, Indiana, U.S.
125 Win 95–11–5 (14) Jock Malone NWS 10 Oct 23, 1925 Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
124 Win 95–11–5 (13) Ted Moore TKO 6 (10) Sep 7, 1925 Taylor Bowl, Newburgh Heights, Ohio, U.S.
123 Win 94–11–5 (13) Jock Malone PTS 10 Aug 28, 1925 Braves Field, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
122 Win 93–11–5 (13) Allentown Joe Gans NWS 10 Aug 21, 1925 Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
121 Win 93–11–5 (12) Lou Bogash NWS 10 Jul 24, 1925 Aurora Bowl, Aurora, Illinois, U.S.
120 Win 93–11–5 (11) Pat McCarthy PTS 10 Jul 20, 1925 Braves Field, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
119 Win 92–11–5 (11) Jack Stone TKO 4 (12) Jun 26, 1925 Elizabeth, New Jersey, U.S.
118 Win 91–11–5 (11) Lee Anderson DQ 3 (10) Jun 20, 1925 Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
117 Win 90–11–5 (11) Lee Anderson UD 10 Jun 8, 1925 Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
116 Win 89–11–5 (11) Jock Malone NWS 10 Jun 5, 1925 East Chicago, Indiana, U.S.
115 Win 89–11–5 (10) Lou Bogash PTS 12 May 26, 1925 State Street Arena, Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.
114 Win 88–11–5 (10) Pal Reed PTS 10 May 18, 1925 Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
113 Win 87–11–5 (10) Battling Mims KO 5 (?) May 4, 1925 Macon, Georgia, U.S.
112 Win 86–11–5 (10) Lou Bogash KO 5 (12) Apr 29, 1925 Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
111 Win 85–11–5 (10) Lou Bogash PTS 10 Mar 20, 1925 Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
110 Win 84–11–5 (10) Sailor Darden NWS 12 Mar 16, 1925 Coliseum, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
109 Loss 84–11–5 (9) Jack Delaney KO 4 (12) Feb 26, 1925 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
108 Loss 84–10–5 (9) Lou Bogash DQ 3 (10) Feb 16, 1925 Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
107 Win 84–9–5 (9) Jackie Clark TKO 5 (12) Feb 14, 1925 Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
106 Win 83–9–5 (9) Jamaica Kid TKO 10 (12) Feb 5, 1925 Lakeside Park Pavillion, Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
105 Win 82–9–5 (9) Ted Moore NWS 12 Feb 2, 1925 Sussex Avenue Armory, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
104 Win 82–9–5 (8) Bill Savage KO 2 (10) Jan 29, 1925 Marieville Gardens, North Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
103 Win 81–9–5 (8) Tommy Robson TKO 8 (12) Jan 28, 1925 Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
102 Loss 80–9–5 (8) Jack Delaney KO 2 (12) Jan 16, 1925 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
101 Win 80–8–5 (8) Dan O'Dowd TKO 6 (10) Jan 7, 1925 Marieville Gardens, North Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
100 Win 79–8–5 (8) Billy Britton TKO 4 (10) Jan 5, 1925 Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
99 Win 78–8–5 (8) Joe Lohman TKO 3 (10) Jan 1, 1925 Rink S.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
98 Draw 77–8–5 (8) Frankie Schoell PTS 6 Dec 26, 1924 Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, U.S.
97 Win 77–8–4 (8) Jack Townsend TKO 5 (10) Dec 15, 1924 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
96 Win 76–8–4 (8) Johnny Wilson TKO 3 (10) Dec 9, 1924 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
95 Win 75–8–4 (8) Battling Gahee TKO 2 (12) Dec 1, 1924 Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
94 Win 74–8–4 (8) Clem Johnson NWS 12 Nov 27, 1924 Canton Auditorium, Canton, Ohio, U.S.
93 Win 74–8–4 (7) Jerry Hayes KO 2 (4) Nov 10, 1924 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
92 Win 73–8–4 (7) Hughie Clements TKO 2 (4) Nov 10, 1924 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
91 Win 72–8–4 (7) George Robinson PTS 12 Nov 1, 1924 Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
90 Win 71–8–4 (7) Joe Lohman DQ 4 (10) Oct 23, 1924 Moose Arena, Hamilton, Ohio, U.S.
89 Win 70–8–4 (7) Cleve Hawkins KO 3 (?) Oct 21, 1924 Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
88 Win 69–8–4 (7) Jamaica Kid TKO 8 (12) Oct 11, 1924 Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
87 Win 68–8–4 (7) Battling Gahee TKO 4 (12) Sep 30, 1924 Weller Theater, Zanesville, Ohio, U.S.
86 Win 67–8–4 (7) Tut Jackson KO 2 (12) Sep 29, 1924 Canton Auditorium, Canton, Ohio, U.S.
85 Win 66–8–4 (7) Lee Anderson UD 12 Sep 22, 1924 Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
84 Win 65–8–4 (7) Jamaica Kid UD 12 Sep 15, 1924 Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
83 Win 64–8–4 (7) Tut Jackson TKO 8 (10) Sep 1, 1924 League Park, Martins Ferry, Ohio, U.S.
82 Loss 63–8–4 (7) Harry Greb NWS 10 Aug 21, 1924 Legion Stadium, Fremont, Ohio, U.S.
81 Win 63–8–4 (6) Oscar Mortimer TKO 6 (12) Aug 12, 1924 Soledad Roof, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
80 Win 62–8–4 (6) Jack Townsend TKO 11 (12) Aug 2, 1924 Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
79 Win 61–8–4 (6) Jamaica Kid DQ 3 (12) Jul 22, 1924 Riverside Arena, Covington, Kentucky, U.S.
78 Win 60–8–4 (6) Lee Anderson DQ 11 (12) Jul 3, 1924 Municipal Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
77 Win 59–8–4 (6) Jamaica Kid NWS 10 Jun 27, 1924 Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
76 Win 59–8–4 (5) Battling Gahee NWS 10 Jun 20, 1924 Fremont Theatre, Fremont, Ohio, U.S.
75 Win 59–8–4 (4) Joe Lohman PTS 12 Jun 14, 1924 Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
74 Win 58–8–4 (4) Willie Walker TKO 7 (12) May 14, 1924 Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
73 Win 57–8–4 (4) Ted Jamieson PTS 12 May 3, 1924 Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
72 Win 56–8–4 (4) George Robinson PTS 12 Apr 29, 1924 Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
71 Win 55–8–4 (4) Jimmy Darcy PTS 12 Apr 19, 1924 Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
70 Win 54–8–4 (4) Dave Thornton KO 2 (?) Apr 9, 1924 Bijou Ring, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
69 Win 53–8–4 (4) Lee Anderson PTS 12 Mar 29, 1924 Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
68 Win 52–8–4 (4) Bob Lawson KO 6 (8) Mar 19, 1924 Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
67 Win 51–8–4 (4) Jamaica Kid NWS 10 Mar 3, 1924 Fremont Theatre, Fremont, Ohio, U.S.
66 Win 51–8–4 (3) Battling Gahee PTS 12 Feb 25, 1924 Barberton Stadium, Barberton, Ohio, U.S.
65 Win 50–8–4 (3) Bob Lawson TKO 10 (12) Feb 18, 1924 Coliseum, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
64 Win 49–8–4 (3) Sonny Goodrich PTS 12 Jan 31, 1924 Bellinger Theater, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
63 Win 48–8–4 (3) Herbert Moore KO 2 (?) Jan 23, 1924 Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
62 Win 47–8–4 (3) Sailor Darden PTS 12 Dec 28, 1923 Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
61 Win 46–8–4 (3) Rufe Cameron KO 4 (?) Dec 6, 1923 United States of America Exact date and location unknown
60 Draw 45–8–4 (3) George Robinson PTS 12 Nov 27, 1923 Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
59 Loss 45–8–3 (3) Fireman Jim Flynn RTD 5 (?) Sep 17, 1923 Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
58 Win 45–7–3 (3) Jamaica Kid PTS 10 Sep 4, 1923 Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
57 Win 44–7–3 (3) Whitey Black NWS 10 Jul 30, 1923 Danceland Arena, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
56 Win 44–7–3 (2) Tut Jackson PTS 12 Jul 18, 1923 Springfield, Ohio, U.S.
55 Draw 43–7–3 (2) Tut Jackson PTS 12 Jul 3, 1923 Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
54 Win 43–7–2 (2) Rufe Cameron PTS 10 Jun 20, 1923 Bijou Ring, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
53 Win 42–7–2 (2) Panama Joe Gans NWS 12 May 25, 1923 Coliseum, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
52 Win 42–7–2 (1) Sailor Tom King PTS 15 May 15, 1923 Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
51 Loss 41–7–2 (1) Kid Norfolk KO 1 (12) May 8, 1923 Springfield, Ohio, U.S. For world colored light-heavyweight title
50 Win 41–6–2 (1) Jamaica Kid NWS 12 Apr 20, 1923 Coliseum, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
49 Win 41–6–2 Jack Ray KO 3 (?) Mar 19, 1923 Central Garage Arena, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
48 Win 40–6–2 Battling Mims PTS 8 Feb 28, 1923 Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
47 Win 39–6–2 Bob Lawson PTS 8 Feb 21, 1923 Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
46 Win 38–6–2 Frank Carbone DQ 10 (15) Dec 22, 1922 Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
45 Win 37–6–2 Eddie Palmer TKO 10 (15) Dec 13, 1922 Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
44 Win 36–6–2 Kid Davis KO 3 (10) Dec 1, 1922 L Street Park, Brunswick, Georgia, U.S.
43 Win 35–6–2 Eddie Palmer PTS 8 Nov 11, 1922 Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. Exact date unknown
42 Win 34–6–2 Battling Gahee PTS 8 Oct 10, 1922 Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
41 Win 33–6–2 Kid Davis KO 1 (?) Sep 9, 1922 United States of America Exact date and location unknown
40 Win 32–6–2 Kid Paddy KO 1 (?) Aug 30, 1922 United States of America Exact date and location unknown
39 Win 31–6–2 Andy Kid Palmer PTS 15 Aug 22, 1922 Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
38 Loss 30–6–2 Jamaica Kid RTD 2 (12) Jul 26, 1922 Riverside Arena, Covington, Kentucky, U.S.
37 Draw 30–5–2 Kid Norfolk PTS 8 Jul 4, 1922 Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
36 Loss 30–5–1 Sam Langford KO 2 (10) Jun 5, 1922 Ponce de Leon Ballpark, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
35 Win 30–4–1 Frankie Murphy PTS 15 May 16, 1922 Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
34 Loss 29–4–1 Lee Anderson KO 7 (15) May 9, 1922 Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico For world colored light-heavyweight title
33 Win 29–3–1 Billy Britton PTS 15 Apr 11, 1922 Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
32 Win 28–3–1 Jim Jam Barry KO 5 (15) Mar 28, 1922 Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
31 Win 27–3–1 Chihuahua Kid Brown KO 1 (15) Mar 21, 1922 Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
30 Draw 26–3–1 Jim Jam Barry PTS 15 Mar 7, 1922 Garden Play Arena, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
29 Win 26–3 Gorilla Jones KO 9 (15) Feb 21, 1922 Gonzalez Garden Arena, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico Won vacant Southwest middleweight title
Not to be confused with Gorilla Jones
28 Loss 25–3 Kid Norfolk KO 3 (10) Jan 30, 1922 Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
27 Win 25–2 Battling Burke KO 4 (8) Jan 11, 1922 Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
26 Win 24–2 Jack Ray KO 2 (?) Jan 1, 1922 United States of America Exact date and location unknown
25 Loss 23–2 Panama Joe Gans KO 5 (15) Dec 15, 1921 Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
24 Win 23–1 Battling Gahee PTS 8 Nov 8, 1921 Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
23 Win 22–1 Whitey Black PTS 8 Oct 24, 1921 Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
22 Win 21–1 Battling Gahee PTS 10 Oct 18, 1921 Business Men's A.C., Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
21 Win 20–1 Chihuahua Kid Brown KO 3 (10) Sep 26, 1921 Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
20 Loss 19–1 Panama Joe Gans KO 6 (15) Aug 8, 1921 Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
19 Win 19–0 Kid Williams KO 3 (?) Aug 1, 1921 United States of America Exact date and location unknown
18 Win 18–0 Jack Moore KO 2 (12) Jul 12, 1921 Pekin Theatre, Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
17 Win 17–0 Battling Mims PTS 10 Jul 7, 1921 United States of America Exact date and location unknown
16 Win 16–0 Battling Troupe KO 4 (10) Jun 14, 1921 Business Men's A.C., Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 Whitey Black KO 1 (?) Jun 6, 1921 United States of America Exact date and location unknown
14 Win 14–0 Jim Fain KO 4 (10) May 23, 1921 Business Men's A.C., Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 Chihuahua Kid Brown KO 2 (?) May 5, 1921 United States of America Exact date and location unknown
12 Win 12–0 Chihuahua Kid Brown TKO 8 (10) May 2, 1921 Business Men's A.C., Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 Battling Mims PTS 10 Nov 9, 1920 Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 Billy Hooper PTS 10 Sep 27, 1920 Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 Battling Mims PTS 10 Apr 4, 1920 United States of America Exact date and location unknown
8 Win 8–0 Billy Hooper PTS 20 Mar 17, 1920 Brunswick, Georgia, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 Sailor Darden PTS 15 Mar 3, 1920 United States of America Exact date and location unknown
6 Win 6–0 Roughhouse Baker KO 3 (?) Feb 2, 1919 United States of America Exact date and location unknown
5 Win 5–0 Battling Mims PTS 10 Jan 1, 1919 United States of America Exact date and location unknown
4 Win 4–0 Battling Mims PTS 15 Jun 6, 1918 United States of America Exact date and location unknown
3 Win 3–0 Battling Hazel KO 8 (?) Apr 4, 1918 United States of America Exact date and location unknown
2 Win 2–0 Battling Henry Williams PTS 20 Mar 3, 1918 United States of America Exact date and location unknown
1 Win 1–0 Billy Hooper KO 11 (?) Jan 1, 1918 Brunswick, Georgia, U.S. Exact date unknown

Unofficial record[edit]

160 fights 135 wins 17 losses
By knockout 55 10
By decision 74 4
By disqualification 6 3
Draws 8

Record with the inclusion of newspaper decisions to the win/loss/draw column.

No. Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
160 Win 135–17–8 Leo Gates TKO 4 (10) Nov 12, 1927 Olympia Boxing Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
159 Draw 134–17–8 Maxie Rosenbloom PTS 10 Nov 9, 1927 Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
158 Win 134–17–7 Joe Lohman NWS 10 Oct 17, 1927 Canton Auditorium, Canton, Ohio, U.S.
157 Win 133–17–7 Pete Latzo UD 10 Sep 30, 1927 Artillery Park, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, U.S.
156 Win 132–17–7 Joe Anderson PTS 10 Sep 1, 1927 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
155 Win 131–17–7 Jock Malone PTS 6 Aug 16, 1927 Dugdale Park, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
154 Win 130–17–7 Harry Dillon PTS 10 Aug 10, 1927 Ice Coliseum, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
153 Draw 129–17–7 Chuck Wiggins PTS 10 Aug 3, 1927 Taylor Bowl, Newburgh Heights, Ohio, U.S.
152 Win 129–17–6 Bing Conley PTS 10 Jul 28, 1927 Amusement Park, Norwalk, Connecticut, U.S.
151 Draw 128–17–6 Maxie Rosenbloom PTS 10 Jul 4, 1927 Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
150 Win 128–17–5 Bob Sage PTS 10 Jun 17, 1927 Mack Park, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
149 Win 127–17–5 Eddie Huffman PTS 10 May 27, 1927 Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
148 Win 126–17–5 Chuck Wiggins NWS 10 May 13, 1927 Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
147 Win 125–17–5 Chuck Wiggins PTS 10 Apr 29, 1927 Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, U.S.
146 Win 124–17–5 Soldier George Jones KO 1 (15) Mar 29, 1927 Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
145 Win 123–17–5 Lou Bogash PTS 10 Feb 18, 1927 Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
144 Win 122–17–5 Lee Anderson PTS 4 Jan 25, 1927 Denver, Colorado, U.S.
143 Loss 121–17–5 Leo Lomski PTS 10 Jan 22, 1927 Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
142 Win 121–16–5 Tut Jackson KO 3 (10) Jan 6, 1927 Armory, Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
141 Loss 120–16–5 Mickey Walker PTS 10 Dec 3, 1926 Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Lost NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring middleweight titles
140 Win 120–15–5 Eddie Huffman PTS 10 Nov 22, 1926 Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
139 Loss 119–15–5 Maxie Rosenbloom DQ 9 (10) Oct 15, 1926 Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
138 Win 119–14–5 Happy Hunter KO 3 (8) Sep 16, 1926 Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
137 Win 118–14–5 Harry Greb SD 15 Aug 19, 1926 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring middleweight titles
136 Win 117–14–5 Battling Jim McCreary DQ 3 (10) Aug 10, 1926 Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
135 Win 116–14–5 Eddie Huffman PTS 10 Jul 24, 1926 Ascot Park, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
134 Win 115–14–5 Lee Anderson KO 2 (?) Jul 11, 1926 Coliseum, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
133 Win 114–14–5 Ray Neuman PTS 10 Jun 28, 1926 Braves Field, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
132 Win 113–14–5 Young Bob Fitzsimmons NWS 10 Jun 18, 1926 Boyle's Thirty Acres, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
131 Win 112–14–5 Allentown Joe Gans UD 10 Apr 16, 1926 South Main Street Armory, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, U.S.
130 Win 111–14–5 Harry Greb SD 15 Feb 26, 1926 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Won NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring middleweight titles
129 Loss 110–14–5 Mike McTigue SD 10 Dec 23, 1925 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
128 Win 110–13–5 Frank Moody PTS 10 Dec 10, 1925 Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
127 Win 109–13–5 Benny Ross PTS 6 Nov 30, 1925 Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, U.S.
126 Loss 108–13–5 Chuck Wiggins NWS 10 Oct 27, 1925 East Chicago, Indiana, U.S.
125 Win 108–12–5 Jock Malone NWS 10 Oct 23, 1925 Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
124 Win 107–12–5 Ted Moore TKO 6 (10) Sep 7, 1925 Taylor Bowl, Newburgh Heights, Ohio, U.S.
123 Win 106–12–5 Jock Malone PTS 10 Aug 28, 1925 Braves Field, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
122 Win 105–12–5 Allentown Joe Gans NWS 10 Aug 21, 1925 Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
121 Win 104–12–5 Lou Bogash NWS 10 Jul 24, 1925 Aurora Bowl, Aurora, Illinois, U.S.
120 Win 103–12–5 Pat McCarthy PTS 10 Jul 20, 1925 Braves Field, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
119 Win 102–12–5 Jack Stone TKO 4 (12) Jun 26, 1925 Elizabeth, New Jersey, U.S.
118 Win 101–12–5 Lee Anderson DQ 3 (10) Jun 20, 1925 Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
117 Win 100–12–5 Lee Anderson UD 10 Jun 8, 1925 Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
116 Win 99–12–5 Jock Malone NWS 10 Jun 5, 1925 East Chicago, Indiana, U.S.
115 Win 98–12–5 Lou Bogash PTS 12 May 26, 1925 State Street Arena, Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.
114 Win 97–12–5 Pal Reed PTS 10 May 18, 1925 Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
113 Win 96–12–5 Battling Mims KO 5 (?) May 4, 1925 Macon, Georgia, U.S.
112 Win 95–12–5 Lou Bogash KO 5 (12) Apr 29, 1925 Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
111 Win 94–12–5 Lou Bogash PTS 10 Mar 20, 1925 Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
110 Win 93–12–5 Sailor Darden NWS 12 Mar 16, 1925 Coliseum, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
109 Loss 92–12–5 Jack Delaney KO 4 (12) Feb 26, 1925 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
108 Loss 92–11–5 Lou Bogash DQ 3 (10) Feb 16, 1925 Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
107 Win 92–10–5 Jackie Clark TKO 5 (12) Feb 14, 1925 Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
106 Win 91–10–5 Jamaica Kid TKO 10 (12) Feb 5, 1925 Lakeside Park Pavillion, Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
105 Win 90–10–5 Ted Moore NWS 12 Feb 2, 1925 Sussex Avenue Armory, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
104 Win 89–10–5 Bill Savage KO 2 (10) Jan 29, 1925 Marieville Gardens, North Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
103 Win 88–10–5 Tommy Robson TKO 8 (12) Jan 28, 1925 Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
102 Loss 87–10–5 Jack Delaney KO 2 (12) Jan 16, 1925 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
101 Win 87–9–5 Dan O'Dowd TKO 6 (10) Jan 7, 1925 Marieville Gardens, North Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
100 Win 86–9–5 Billy Britton TKO 4 (10) Jan 5, 1925 Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
99 Win 85–9–5 Joe Lohman TKO 3 (10) Jan 1, 1925 Rink S.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
98 Draw 84–9–5 Frankie Schoell PTS 6 Dec 26, 1924 Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, U.S.
97 Win 84–9–4 Jack Townsend TKO 5 (10) Dec 15, 1924 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
96 Win 83–9–4 Johnny Wilson TKO 3 (10) Dec 9, 1924 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
95 Win 82–9–4 Battling Gahee TKO 2 (12) Dec 1, 1924 Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
94 Win 81–9–4 Clem Johnson NWS 12 Nov 27, 1924 Canton Auditorium, Canton, Ohio, U.S.
93 Win 80–9–4 Jerry Hayes KO 2 (4) Nov 10, 1924 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
92 Win 79–9–4 Hughie Clements TKO 2 (4) Nov 10, 1924 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
91 Win 78–9–4 George Robinson PTS 12 Nov 1, 1924 Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
90 Win 77–9–4 Joe Lohman DQ 4 (10) Oct 23, 1924 Moose Arena, Hamilton, Ohio, U.S.
89 Win 76–9–4 Cleve Hawkins KO 3 (?) Oct 21, 1924 Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
88 Win 75–9–4 Jamaica Kid TKO 8 (12) Oct 11, 1924 Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
87 Win 74–9–4 Battling Gahee TKO 4 (12) Sep 30, 1924 Weller Theater, Zanesville, Ohio, U.S.
86 Win 73–9–4 Tut Jackson KO 2 (12) Sep 29, 1924 Canton Auditorium, Canton, Ohio, U.S.
85 Win 72–9–4 Lee Anderson UD 12 Sep 22, 1924 Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
84 Win 71–9–4 Jamaica Kid UD 12 Sep 15, 1924 Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
83 Win 70–9–4 Tut Jackson TKO 8 (10) Sep 1, 1924 League Park, Martins Ferry, Ohio, U.S.
82 Loss 69–9–4 Harry Greb NWS 10 Aug 21, 1924 Legion Stadium, Fremont, Ohio, U.S.
81 Win 69–8–4 Oscar Mortimer TKO 6 (12) Aug 12, 1924 Soledad Roof, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
80 Win 68–8–4 Jack Townsend TKO 11 (12) Aug 2, 1924 Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
79 Win 67–8–4 Jamaica Kid DQ 3 (12) Jul 22, 1924 Riverside Arena, Covington, Kentucky, U.S.
78 Win 66–8–4 Lee Anderson DQ 11 (12) Jul 3, 1924 Municipal Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
77 Win 65–8–4 Jamaica Kid NWS 10 Jun 27, 1924 Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
76 Win 64–8–4 Battling Gahee NWS 10 Jun 20, 1924 Fremont Theatre, Fremont, Ohio, U.S.
75 Win 63–8–4 Joe Lohman PTS 12 Jun 14, 1924 Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
74 Win 62–8–4 Willie Walker TKO 7 (12) May 14, 1924 Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
73 Win 61–8–4 Ted Jamieson PTS 12 May 3, 1924 Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
72 Win 60–8–4 George Robinson PTS 12 Apr 29, 1924 Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
71 Win 59–8–4 Jimmy Darcy PTS 12 Apr 19, 1924 Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
70 Win 58–8–4 Dave Thornton KO 2 (?) Apr 9, 1924 Bijou Ring, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
69 Win 57–8–4 Lee Anderson PTS 12 Mar 29, 1924 Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
68 Win 56–8–4 Bob Lawson KO 6 (8) Mar 19, 1924 Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
67 Win 55–8–4 Jamaica Kid NWS 10 Mar 3, 1924 Fremont Theatre, Fremont, Ohio, U.S.
66 Win 54–8–4 Battling Gahee PTS 12 Feb 25, 1924 Barberton Stadium, Barberton, Ohio, U.S.
65 Win 53–8–4 Bob Lawson TKO 10 (12) Feb 18, 1924 Coliseum, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
64 Win 52–8–4 Sonny Goodrich PTS 12 Jan 31, 1924 Bellinger Theater, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
63 Win 51–8–4 Herbert Moore KO 2 (?) Jan 23, 1924 Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
62 Win 50–8–4 Sailor Darden PTS 12 Dec 28, 1923 Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
61 Win 49–8–4 Rufe Cameron KO 4 (?) Dec 6, 1923 United States of America Exact date and location unknown
60 Draw 48–8–4 George Robinson PTS 12 Nov 27, 1923 Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
59 Loss 48–8–3 Fireman Jim Flynn RTD 5 (?) Sep 17, 1923 Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
58 Win 48–7–3 Jamaica Kid PTS 10 Sep 4, 1923 Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
57 Win 47–7–3 Whitey Black NWS 10 Jul 30, 1923 Danceland Arena, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
56 Win 46–7–3 Tut Jackson PTS 12 Jul 18, 1923 Springfield, Ohio, U.S.
55 Draw 45–7–3 Tut Jackson PTS 12 Jul 3, 1923 Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
54 Win 45–7–2 Rufe Cameron PTS 10 Jun 20, 1923 Bijou Ring, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
53 Win 44–7–2 Panama Joe Gans NWS 12 May 25, 1923 Coliseum, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
52 Win 43–7–2 Sailor Tom King PTS 15 May 15, 1923 Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
51 Loss 42–7–2 Kid Norfolk KO 1 (12) May 8, 1923 Springfield, Ohio, U.S. For world colored light-heavyweight title
50 Win 42–6–2 Jamaica Kid NWS 12 Apr 20, 1923 Coliseum, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
49 Win 41–6–2 Jack Ray KO 3 (?) Mar 19, 1923 Central Garage Arena, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
48 Win 40–6–2 Battling Mims PTS 8 Feb 28, 1923 Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
47 Win 39–6–2 Bob Lawson PTS 8 Feb 21, 1923 Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
46 Win 38–6–2 Frank Carbone DQ 10 (15) Dec 22, 1922 Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
45 Win 37–6–2 Eddie Palmer TKO 10 (15) Dec 13, 1922 Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
44 Win 36–6–2 Kid Davis KO 3 (10) Dec 1, 1922 L Street Park, Brunswick, Georgia, U.S.
43 Win 35–6–2 Eddie Palmer PTS 8 Nov 11, 1922 Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. Exact date unknown
42 Win 34–6–2 Battling Gahee PTS 8 Oct 10, 1922 Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
41 Win 33–6–2 Kid Davis KO 1 (?) Sep 9, 1922 United States of America Exact date and location unknown
40 Win 32–6–2 Kid Paddy KO 1 (?) Aug 30, 1922 United States of America Exact date and location unknown
39 Win 31–6–2 Andy Kid Palmer PTS 15 Aug 22, 1922 Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
38 Loss 30–6–2 Jamaica Kid RTD 2 (12) Jul 26, 1922 Riverside Arena, Covington, Kentucky, U.S.
37 Draw 30–5–2 Kid Norfolk PTS 8 Jul 4, 1922 Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
36 Loss 30–5–1 Sam Langford KO 2 (10) Jun 5, 1922 Ponce de Leon Ballpark, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
35 Win 30–4–1 Frankie Murphy PTS 15 May 16, 1922 Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
34 Loss 29–4–1 Lee Anderson KO 7 (15) May 9, 1922 Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico For world colored light-heavyweight title
33 Win 29–3–1 Billy Britton PTS 15 Apr 11, 1922 Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
32 Win 28–3–1 Jim Jam Barry KO 5 (15) Mar 28, 1922 Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
31 Win 27–3–1 Chihuahua Kid Brown KO 1 (15) Mar 21, 1922 Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
30 Draw 26–3–1 Jim Jam Barry PTS 15 Mar 7, 1922 Garden Play Arena, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
29 Win 26–3 Gorilla Jones KO 9 (15) Feb 21, 1922 Gonzalez Garden Arena, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico Won vacant Southwest middleweight title
Not to be confused with Gorilla Jones
28 Loss 25–3 Kid Norfolk KO 3 (10) Jan 30, 1922 Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
27 Win 25–2 Battling Burke KO 4 (8) Jan 11, 1922 Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
26 Win 24–2 Jack Ray KO 2 (?) Jan 1, 1922 United States of America Exact date and location unknown
25 Loss 23–2 Panama Joe Gans KO 5 (15) Dec 15, 1921 Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
24 Win 23–1 Battling Gahee PTS 8 Nov 8, 1921 Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
23 Win 22–1 Whitey Black PTS 8 Oct 24, 1921 Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
22 Win 21–1 Battling Gahee PTS 10 Oct 18, 1921 Business Men's A.C., Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
21 Win 20–1 Chihuahua Kid Brown KO 3 (10) Sep 26, 1921 Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
20 Loss 19–1 Panama Joe Gans KO 6 (15) Aug 8, 1921 Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
19 Win 19–0 Kid Williams KO 3 (?) Aug 1, 1921 United States of America Exact date and location unknown
18 Win 18–0 Jack Moore KO 2 (12) Jul 12, 1921 Pekin Theatre, Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
17 Win 17–0 Battling Mims PTS 10 Jul 7, 1921 United States of America Exact date and location unknown
16 Win 16–0 Battling Troupe KO 4 (10) Jun 14, 1921 Business Men's A.C., Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 Whitey Black KO 1 (?) Jun 6, 1921 United States of America Exact date and location unknown
14 Win 14–0 Jim Fain KO 4 (10) May 23, 1921 Business Men's A.C., Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 Chihuahua Kid Brown KO 2 (?) May 5, 1921 United States of America Exact date and location unknown
12 Win 12–0 Chihuahua Kid Brown TKO 8 (10) May 2, 1921 Business Men's A.C., Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 Battling Mims PTS 10 Nov 9, 1920 Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 Billy Hooper PTS 10 Sep 27, 1920 Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 Battling Mims PTS 10 Apr 4, 1920 United States of America Exact date and location unknown
8 Win 8–0 Billy Hooper PTS 20 Mar 17, 1920 Brunswick, Georgia, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 Sailor Darden PTS 15 Mar 3, 1920 United States of America Exact date and location unknown
6 Win 6–0 Roughhouse Baker KO 3 (?) Feb 2, 1919 United States of America Exact date and location unknown
5 Win 5–0 Battling Mims PTS 10 Jan 1, 1919 United States of America Exact date and location unknown
4 Win 4–0 Battling Mims PTS 15 Jun 6, 1918 United States of America Exact date and location unknown
3 Win 3–0 Battling Hazel KO 8 (?) Apr 4, 1918 United States of America Exact date and location unknown
2 Win 2–0 Battling Henry Williams PTS 20 Mar 3, 1918 United States of America Exact date and location unknown
1 Win 1–0 Billy Hooper KO 11 (?) Jan 1, 1918 Brunswick, Georgia, U.S. Exact date unknown

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cyber Boxing Encyclopedia - Tiger Flowers CyberBoxingZone.com Retrieved on 2014-04-30
  2. ^ "Tiger Flowers Bio". International Boxing Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2014-05-18.
  3. ^ a b Kaye, Andrew (May 8, 2003). "Tiger Flowers (1895-1927)". New Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2014-04-11.
  4. ^ All-Time Middleweight Rankings IBROresearch.com Retrieved on 2014-04-29
  5. ^ Bert Randolph Sugar (2005). Boxing's Greatest Fighters. Lyons Press. ISBN 978-1-59228-632-4.
  6. ^ Seekins, Briggs. "Manny Pacquiao and the 25 Greatest Southpaws in Boxing History". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  7. ^ Duncan, Dallas Anne (7 November 2019). "ZAMI NOBLA, Atlanta Fire Rescue Partner to Provide Home for Black Lesbian Elders". The Georgia Voice. Retrieved 19 July 2022. [The home is] located on Tiger Flowers Drive, a road named for the first African-American World Middleweight Boxing Champion.
  8. ^ "BoxRec: Tiger Flowers".

Further reading[edit]

  • Andrew M. Kaye, "The Canonisation of Tiger Flowers: A Black Hero for the 1920s," Borderlines: Studies in American Culture 5, no. 2 (1998): 142-59.
  • Andrew M. Kaye, The Pussycat of Prizefighting: Tiger Flowers and the Politics of Black Celebrity (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2004).
  • Herman "Skip" Mason Jr., Black Atlanta in the Roaring Twenties (Dover, N.H.: Arcadia, 1997).
  • A Tiger Rose out of Georgia: Tiger Flowers Champion of the World by Bob mee.

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Achievements
Preceded by World Middleweight Champion
February 26, 1926 – December 3, 1926
Succeeded by
Middleweight status
Preceded by
Harry Greb
Latest born world champion to die
November 16, 1927 – October 29, 1949
Succeeded by