Tiger Flowers

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Tiger Flowers
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Real nameTheodore Flowers
Nickname(s)Georgia Deacon
Weight(s)Middleweight
NationalityUnited States United States
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 fights161
Wins136
Wins by KO56
Losses15
Draws8
No contests2

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 RTJ2

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.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
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 regarded as “no decision” bouts as they have “resulted in neither boxer winning or losing, and would therefore not count as part of their official fight record."
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
160 Win 119–15–8 (18) United States Leo Gates TKO 4 (10) Nov 12, 1927 United States Olympia Boxing Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
159 Draw 118–15–8 (18) United States Maxie Rosenbloom PTS 10 Nov 09, 1927 United States Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
158 Win 118–15–7 (18) United States Joe Lohman NWS 10 Oct 17, 1927 United States Canton Auditorium, Canton, Ohio, U.S.
157 Win 118–15–7 (17) United States Pete Latzo UD 10 Sep 30, 1927 United States Artillery Park, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, U.S.
156 Win 117–15–7 (17) United States Joe Anderson PTS 10 Sep 01, 1927 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
155 Win 116–15–7 (17) United States Jock Malone PTS 6 Aug 16, 1927 United States Dugdale Park, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
154 Win 115–15–7 (17) Canada Harry Dillon PTS 10 Aug 10, 1927 United States Ice Coliseum, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
153 Draw 114–15–7 (17) United States Chuck Wiggins PTS 10 Aug 03, 1927 United States Taylor Bowl, Newburgh Heights, Ohio, U.S.
152 Win 114–15–6 (17) United States Bing Conley PTS 10 Jul 28, 1927 United States Amusement Park, Norwalk, Connecticut, U.S.
151 Draw 113–15–6 (17) United States Maxie Rosenbloom PTS 10 Jul 04, 1927 United States Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
150 Win 113–15–5 (17) United States Bob Sage PTS 10 Jun 17, 1927 United States Mack Park, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
149 Win 112–15–5 (17) United States Eddie Huffman PTS 10 May 27, 1927 United States Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
148 Win 111–15–5 (17) United States Chuck Wiggins NWS 10 May 13, 1927 United States Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
147 Win 111–15–5 (16) United States Chuck Wiggins PTS 10 Apr 29, 1927 United States Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, U.S.
146 Win 110–15–5 (16) United States Soldier George Jones KO 1 (15) Mar 29, 1927 United States Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
145 Win 109–15–5 (16) Kingdom of Italy Lou Bogash PTS 10 Feb 18, 1927 United States Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
144 Win 108–15–5 (16) United States Lee Anderson PTS 4 Jan 25, 1927 United States Denver, Colorado, U.S.
143 Loss 107–15–5 (16) United States Leo Lomski PTS 10 Jan 22, 1927 United States Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
142 Win 107–14–5 (16) United States Tut Jackson KO 3 (10) Jan 06, 1927 United States Armory, Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
141 Loss 106–14–5 (16) United States Mickey Walker PTS 10 Dec 03, 1926 United States Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Lost NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring middleweight titles
140 Win 106–13–5 (16) United States Eddie Huffman PTS 10 Nov 22, 1926 United States Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
139 Loss 105–13–5 (16) United States Maxie Rosenbloom DQ 9 (10) Oct 15, 1926 United States Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
138 Win 105–12–5 (16) United States Happy Hunter KO 3 (8) Sep 16, 1926 United States Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
137 Win 104–12–5 (16) United States Harry Greb SD 15 Aug 19, 1926 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring middleweight titles
136 Win 103–12–5 (16) United States Battling Jim McCreary DQ 3 (10) Aug 10, 1926 United States Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
135 Win 102–12–5 (16) United States Eddie Huffman PTS 10 Jul 24, 1926 United States Ascot Park, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
134 Win 101–12–5 (16) United States Lee Anderson KO 2 (?) Jul 11, 1926 Mexico Coliseum, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
133 Win 100–12–5 (16) United States Ray Neuman PTS 10 Jun 28, 1926 United States Braves Field, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
132 Win 99–12–5 (16) United States Young Bob Fitzsimmons NWS 10 Jun 18, 1926 United States Boyle's Thirty Acres, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
131 Win 99–12–5 (15) United States Allentown Joe Gans UD 10 Apr 16, 1926 United States South Main Street Armory, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, U.S.
130 Win 98–12–5 (15) United States Harry Greb SD 15 Feb 26, 1926 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Won NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring middleweight titles
129 Loss 97–12–5 (15) Republic of Ireland Mike McTigue SD 10 Dec 23, 1925 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
128 Win 97–11–5 (15) United Kingdom Frank Moody PTS 10 Dec 10, 1925 United States Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
127 Win 96–11–5 (15) United States Benny Ross PTS 6 Nov 30, 1925 United States Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, U.S.
126 Loss 95–11–5 (15) United States Chuck Wiggins NWS 10 Oct 27, 1925 United States East Chicago, Indiana, U.S.
125 Win 95–11–5 (14) United States Jock Malone NWS 10 Oct 23, 1925 United States Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
124 Win 95–11–5 (13) United Kingdom Ted Moore TKO 6 (10) Sep 07, 1925 United States Taylor Bowl, Newburgh Heights, Ohio, U.S.
123 Win 94–11–5 (13) United States Jock Malone PTS 10 Aug 28, 1925 United States Braves Field, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
122 Win 93–11–5 (13) United States Allentown Joe Gans NWS 10 Aug 21, 1925 United States Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
121 Win 93–11–5 (12) Kingdom of Italy Lou Bogash NWS 10 Jul 24, 1925 United States Aurora Bowl, Aurora, Illinois, U.S.
120 Win 93–11–5 (11) United States Pat McCarthy PTS 10 Jul 20, 1925 United States Braves Field, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
119 Win 92–11–5 (11) United States Jack Stone TKO 4 (12) Jun 26, 1925 United States Elizabeth, New Jersey, U.S.
118 Win 91–11–5 (11) United States Lee Anderson DQ 3 (10) Jun 08, 1925 United States Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
117 Win 90–11–5 (11) United States Lee Anderson UD 10 Jun 08, 1925 United States Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
116 Win 89–11–5 (11) United States Jock Malone NWS 10 Jun 05, 1925 United States East Chicago, Indiana, U.S.
115 Win 89–11–5 (10) Kingdom of Italy Lou Bogash PTS 12 May 26, 1925 United States State Street Arena, Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.
114 Win 88–11–5 (10) United States Pal Reed PTS 10 May 18, 1925 United States Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
113 Win 87–11–5 (10) United States Battling Mims KO 5 (?) May 04, 1925 United States Macon, Georgia, U.S.
112 Win 86–11–5 (10) Kingdom of Italy Lou Bogash KO 5 (12) Apr 29, 1925 United States Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
111 Win 85–11–5 (10) Kingdom of Italy Lou Bogash PTS 10 Mar 20, 1925 United States Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
110 Win 84–11–5 (10) United States Sailor Darden NWS 12 Mar 16, 1925 United States Coliseum, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
109 Loss 84–11–5 (9) Canada Jack Delaney KO 4 (12) Feb 26, 1925 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
108 Loss 84–10–5 (9) Kingdom of Italy Lou Bogash DQ 3 (10) Feb 16, 1925 United States Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
107 Win 84–9–5 (9) United States Jackie Clark TKO 5 (12) Feb 14, 1925 United States Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
106 Win 83–9–5 (9) Belize Jamaica Kid TKO 10 (12) Feb 05, 1925 United States Lakeside Park Pavillion, Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
105 Win 82–9–5 (9) United Kingdom Ted Moore NWS 12 Feb 02, 1925 United States Sussex Avenue Armory, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
104 Win 82–9–5 (8) United States Bill Savage KO 2 (10) Jan 29, 1925 United States Marieville Gardens, North Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
103 Win 81–9–5 (8) United States Tommy Robson TKO 8 (12) Jan 28, 1925 United States Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
102 Loss 80–9–5 (8) Canada Jack Delaney KO 2 (12) Jan 16, 1925 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
101 Win 80–8–5 (8) Poland Dan O'Dowd TKO 6 (10) Jan 07, 1925 United States Marieville Gardens, North Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
100 Win 79–8–5 (8) United States Billy Britton TKO 4 (10) Jan 05, 1925 United States Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
99 Win 78–8–5 (8) United States Joe Lohman TKO 3 (10) Jan 01, 1925 United States Rink S.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
98 Draw 77–8–5 (8) United States Frankie Schoell PTS 6 Dec 26, 1924 United States Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, U.S.
97 Win 77–8–4 (8) United States Jack Townsend TKO 5 (10) Dec 15, 1924 United States Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
96 Win 76–8–4 (8) United States Johnny Wilson TKO 3 (10) Dec 09, 1924 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
95 Win 75–8–4 (8) United States Battling Gahee TKO 2 (12) Dec 01, 1924 United States Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
94 Win 74–8–4 (8) Guyana Clem Johnson NWS 12 Nov 27, 1924 United States Canton Auditorium, Canton, Ohio, U.S.
93 Win 74–8–4 (7) United States Jerry Hayes KO 2 (4) Nov 10, 1924 United States Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
92 Win 73–8–4 (7) United States Hughie Clements TKO 2 (4) Nov 10, 1924 United States Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
91 Win 72–8–4 (7) United States George Robinson PTS 12 Nov 01, 1924 United States Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
90 Win 71–8–4 (7) United States Joe Lohman DQ 4 (10) Oct 23, 1924 United States Moose Arena, Hamilton, Ohio, U.S.
89 Win 70–8–4 (7) United States Cleve Hawkins KO 3 (?) Oct 21, 1924 United States Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
88 Win 69–8–4 (7) Belize Jamaica Kid TKO 8 (12) Oct 11, 1924 United States Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
87 Win 68–8–4 (7) United States Battling Gahee TKO 4 (12) Sep 30, 1924 United States Weller Theater, Zanesville, Ohio, U.S.
86 Win 67–8–4 (7) United States Tut Jackson KO 2 (12) Sep 29, 1924 United States Canton Auditorium, Canton, Ohio, U.S.
85 Win 66–8–4 (7) United States Lee Anderson UD 12 Sep 22, 1924 United States Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
84 Win 65–8–4 (7) Belize Jamaica Kid UD 12 Sep 15, 1924 United States Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
83 Win 64–8–4 (7) United States Tut Jackson TKO 8 (10) Sep 01, 1924 United States League Park, Martins Ferry, Ohio, U.S.
82 Loss 63–8–4 (7) United States Harry Greb NWS 10 Aug 21, 1924 United States Legion Stadium, Fremont, Ohio, U.S.
81 Win 63–8–4 (6) Canada Oscar Mortimer TKO 6 (12) Aug 12, 1924 United States Soledad Roof, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
80 Win 62–8–4 (6) United States Jack Townsend TKO 11 (12) Aug 02, 1924 United States Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
79 Win 61–8–4 (6) Belize Jamaica Kid DQ 3 (12) Jul 22, 1924 United States Riverside Arena, Covington, Kentucky, U.S.
78 Win 60–8–4 (6) United States Lee Anderson DQ 11 (12) Jul 03, 1924 United States Municipal Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
77 Win 59–8–4 (6) Belize Jamaica Kid NWS 10 Jun 27, 1924 United States Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
76 Win 59–8–4 (5) United States Battling Gahee NWS 10 Jun 20, 1924 United States Fremont Theatre, Fremont, Ohio, U.S.
75 Win 59–8–4 (4) United States Joe Lohman PTS 12 Jun 14, 1924 United States Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
74 Win 58–8–4 (4) United States Willie Walker TKO 7 (12) May 14, 1924 United States Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
73 Win 57–8–4 (4) United States Ted Jamieson PTS 12 May 03, 1924 United States Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
72 Win 56–8–4 (4) United States George Robinson PTS 12 Apr 29, 1924 United States Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
71 Win 55–8–4 (4) Romania Jimmy Darcy PTS 12 Apr 19, 1924 United States Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
70 Win 54–8–4 (4) United States Dave Thornton KO 2 (?) Apr 09, 1924 United States Bijou Ring, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
69 Win 53–8–4 (4) United States Lee Anderson PTS 12 Mar 29, 1924 United States Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York City, New York, U.S.
68 Win 52–8–4 (4) United States Bob Lawson KO 6 (8) Mar 19, 1924 United States Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
67 Win 51–8–4 (4) Belize Jamaica Kid NWS 10 Mar 03, 1924 United States Fremont Theatre, Fremont, Ohio, U.S.
66 Win 51–8–4 (3) United States Battling Gahee PTS 12 Feb 25, 1924 United States Barberton Stadium, Barberton, Ohio, U.S.
65 Win 50–8–4 (3) United States Bob Lawson TKO 10 (12) Feb 18, 1924 United States Coliseum, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
64 Win 49–8–4 (3) United States Sonny Goodrich PTS 12 Jan 31, 1924 United States Bellinger Theater, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
63 Win 48–8–4 (3) United States Herbert Moore KO 2 (?) Jan 23, 1924 United States Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
62 Win 47–8–4 (3) United States Sailor Darden PTS 12 Dec 28, 1923 United States Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
61 Win 46–8–4 (3) United States Rufe Cameron KO 4 (?) Dec 06, 1923 United States United States of America Exact date and location unknown
60 Draw 45–8–4 (3) United States George Robinson PTS 12 Nov 27, 1923 United States Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
59 Loss 45–8–3 (3) United States Fireman Jim Flynn RTD 5 (?) Sep 17, 1923 Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
58 Win 45–7–3 (3) Belize Jamaica Kid PTS 10 Sep 04, 1923 United States Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
57 Win 44–7–3 (3) United States Whitey Black NWS 10 Jul 30, 1923 United States Danceland Arena, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
56 Win 44–7–3 (2) United States Tut Jackson PTS 12 Jul 18, 1923 United States Springfield, Ohio, U.S.
55 Draw 43–7–3 (2) United States Tut Jackson PTS 12 Jul 03, 1923 United States Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
54 Win 43–7–2 (2) United States Rufe Cameron PTS 10 Jun 20, 1923 United States Bijou Ring, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
53 Win 42–7–2 (2) Barbados Panama Joe Gans NWS 12 May 25, 1923 United States Coliseum, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
52 Win 42–7–2 (1) Australia Sailor Tom King PTS 15 May 15, 1923 Mexico Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
51 Loss 41–7–2 (1) United States Kid Norfolk KO 1 (12) May 08, 1923 United States Springfield, Ohio, U.S. For world colored light heavyweight title
50 Win 41–6–2 (1) Belize Jamaica Kid NWS 12 Apr 20, 1923 United States Coliseum, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
49 Win 41–6–2 United States Jack Ray KO 3 (?) Mar 19, 1923 United States Central Garage Arena, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
48 Win 40–6–2 United States Battling Mims PTS 8 Feb 28, 1923 United States Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
47 Win 39–6–2 United States Bob Lawson PTS 8 Feb 21, 1923 United States Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
46 Win 38–6–2 United States Frank Carbone DQ 10 (15) Dec 22, 1922 Mexico Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
45 Win 37–6–2 United States Eddie Palmer TKO 10 (15) Dec 13, 1922 United States Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
44 Win 36–6–2 United States Kid Davis KO 3 (10) Dec 01, 1922 United States L Street Park, Brunswick, Georgia, U.S.
43 Win 35–6–2 United States Eddie Palmer PTS 8 Nov 11, 1922 United States Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. Exact date unknown
42 Win 34–6–2 United States Battling Gahee PTS 8 Oct 10, 1922 United States Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
41 Win 33–6–2 United States Kid Davis KO 1 (?) Sep 09, 1922 United States United States of America Exact date and location unknown
40 Win 32–6–2 United States Kid Paddy KO 1 (?) Aug 30, 1922 United States United States of America Exact date and location unknown
39 Win 31–6–2 United States Andy Kid Palmer PTS 15 Aug 22, 1922 Mexico Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
38 Loss 30–6–2 Belize Jamaica Kid RTD 2 (12) Jul 26, 1922 United States Riverside Arena, Covington, Kentucky, U.S.
37 Draw 30–5–2 United States Kid Norfolk PTS 8 Jul 04, 1922 United States Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
36 Loss 30–5–1 Canada Sam Langford KO 2 (10) Jun 05, 1922 United States Ponce de Leon Ballpark, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
35 Win 30–4–1 United States Frankie Murphy PTS 15 May 16, 1922 Mexico Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
34 Loss 29–4–1 United States Lee Anderson KO 7 (15) May 09, 1922 Mexico Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico For world colored light heavyweight title
33 Win 29–3–1 United States Billy Britton PTS 15 Apr 11, 1922 Mexico Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
32 Win 28–3–1 United States Jim Jam Barry KO 5 (15) Mar 28, 1922 Mexico Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
31 Win 27–3–1 United States Chihuahua Kid Brown KO 1 (15) Mar 21, 1922 Mexico Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
30 Draw 26–3–1 United States Jim Jam Barry PTS 15 Mar 07, 1922 Mexico Garden Play Arena, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
29 Win 26–3 United States Gorilla Jones KO 9 (15) Feb 21, 1922 Mexico Gonzalez Garden Arena, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico Won vacant Southwest middleweight title
Not to be confused with Gorilla Jones
28 Loss 25–3 United States Kid Norfolk KO 3 (10) Jan 30, 1922 United States Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
27 Win 25–2 United States Battling Burke KO 4 (8) Jan 11, 1922 United States Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
26 Win 24–2 United States Jack Ray KO 2 (?) Jan 01, 1922 United States United States of America Exact date and location unknown
25 Loss 23–2 Barbados Panama Joe Gans KO 5 (15) Dec 15, 1921 United States Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
24 Win 23–1 United States Battling Gahee PTS 8 Nov 08, 1921 United States Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
23 Win 22–1 United States Whitey Black PTS 8 Oct 24, 1921 United States Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
22 Win 21–1 United States Battling Gahee PTS 10 Oct 18, 1921 United States Business Men's A.C., Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
21 Win 20–1 United States Chihuahua Kid Brown KO 3 (10) Sep 26, 1921 United States Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
20 Loss 19–1 Barbados Panama Joe Gans KO 6 (15) Aug 08, 1921 United States Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
19 Win 19–0 United States Kid Williams KO 3 (?) Aug 01, 1921 United States United States of America Exact date and location unknown
18 Win 18–0 United States Jack Moore KO 2 (12) Jul 12, 1921 United States Pekin Theatre, Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
17 Win 17–0 United States Battling Mims PTS 10 Jul 07, 1921 United States United States of America Exact date and location unknown
16 Win 16–0 United States Battling Troupe KO 4 (10) Jun 14, 1921 United States Business Men's A.C., Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 United States Whitey Black KO 1 (?) Jun 06, 1921 United States United States of America Exact date and location unknown
14 Win 14–0 Canada Jim Fain KO 4 (10) May 23, 1921 United States Business Men's A.C., Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 United States Chihuahua Kid Brown KO 2 (?) May 05, 1921 United States United States of America Exact date and location unknown
12 Win 12–0 United States Chihuahua Kid Brown TKO 8 (10) May 02, 1921 United States Business Men's A.C., Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 United States Battling Mims PTS 10 Nov 09, 1920 United States Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 United States Billy Hooper PTS 10 Sep 27, 1920 United States Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 United States Battling Mims PTS 10 Apr 04, 1920 United States United States of America Exact date and location unknown
8 Win 8–0 United States Billy Hooper PTS 20 Mar 17, 1920 United States Brunswick, Georgia, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 United States Sailor Darden PTS 15 Mar 03, 1920 United States United States of America Exact date and location unknown
6 Win 6–0 United States Roughhouse Baker KO 3 (?) Feb 02, 1919 United States United States of America Exact date and location unknown
5 Win 5–0 United States Battling Mims PTS 10 Jan 01, 1919 United States United States of America Exact date and location unknown
4 Win 4–0 United States Battling Mims PTS 15 Jun 06, 1918 United States United States of America Exact date and location unknown
3 Win 3–0 United States Battling Hazel KO 8 (?) Apr 04, 1918 United States United States of America Exact date and location unknown
2 Win 2–0 United States Battling Henry Williams PTS 20 Mar 03, 1918 United States United States of America Exact date and location unknown
1 Win 1–0 United States Billy Hooper KO 11 (?) Jan 01, 1918 United States 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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b Kaye, Andrew (May 8, 2003). "Tiger Flowers (1895-1927)". New Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2014-04-11. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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