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Tony Zale

W L D
67 18 2
45 KOs 5 KOs
last 6


bouts 87
rounds 501
KOs 52%
 
global ID 9045
birth nameAnthony Florian Zaleski
aliasMan of Steel
born 1914-05-29
death date1997-03-20 / age 82
debut1934-06-11 / age 20
divisionmiddleweight
stanceorthodox
height5′ 7½″   /   171cm
reach
69″   /   175cm
residence
Chicago, Illinois, USA
birth place
Gary, Indiana, USA

Career Record

date lbs opponent lbs
record 
location
result 
rounds
1948-09-21
159Marcel Cerdan158108 3 0
Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
LRTD11/15
 L 
RTD
11/15
  
referee: Paul Cavalier
National Boxing Association World middleweight title
1948 Fight of the Year - Ring Magazine
Zale not out for 12th
1948-06-10
158¾Rocky Graziano158½47 7 5
Ruppert Stadium, Newark, New Jersey, USA
W KO3/15
 W  
KO
3/15
  
referee: Paul Cavalier
National Boxing Association World middleweight title
World Middleweight title
Graziano was decked for a 3-count in the first round and took a seven-count in the third before the knockout.
1948-03-19
160Lou Woods16236 8 0
Arena, Toledo, Ohio, USA
W KO3/10
 W  
KO
3/10
  
1948-03-08
160Bobby Claus15712 13 1
Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
W TKO4/10
 W  
TKO
4/10
  
1948-01-23
161Al Turner159debut
Armory, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
W KO5/10
 W  
KO
5/10
  
After being floored twice in the fourth, Turner was knocked out of the ring, and was unable to climb back in before the count.
1947-07-16
159Rocky Graziano15545 7 5
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
LTKO6/15
 L 
TKO
6/15
  
referee: Johnny Behr
National Boxing Association World middleweight title
World Middleweight title
On February 7, 1947, the NYSAC revoked Graziano's boxing license and threatened to bar him for life for his failure to report two $100,000 bribe offers.
The NBA, which controlled boxing virtually everywhere in the U.S. outside of New York, did not recognize NYSAC's decision.
1947 Fight of the Year - Ring Magazine
Graziano was floored for no-count in the third round. In the sixth round, Zale took a barrage of over thirty punches while on the ropes, and the referee stopped the fight.
1947-05-08
161Cliff Beckett16416 11 2
Arena, Youngstown, Ohio, USA
W TKO6/10
 W  
TKO
6/10
  
Beckett "was refused permission to return to the ring in the 6th round" after being floored 6 times. (Coshocton Tribune)
1947-04-01
162½Al Timmons1718 12 2
Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas, USA
W TKO5/10
 W  
TKO
5/10
  
referee: Walter Bates
1947-03-20
162Tommy Charles16718 14 5
Auditorium, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
W KO4/10
 W  
KO
4/10
  
time: 1:44
1947-02-12
162Len Wadsworth163½28 13 3
Forum, Wichita, Kansas, USA
W KO3/10
 W  
KO
3/10
  
time: 2:13
1947-02-03
162½Deacon Logan16430 15 3
Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska, USA
W TKO6/10
 W  
TKO
6/10
  
The crafty Logan "spoiled most of Zale's efforts with his ringwise tactics..It was a pier sixer all the way..In the sixth heat, Logan was on the receiving end of a sizzling body punch that spun him entirely around. In trying to regain his balance, he fell..and dislocated his right shoulder." The Ring, April 1947, page 51.
1946-09-27
160Rocky Graziano15443 6 5
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USA
W KO6/15
 W  
KO
6/15
  
time: 1:43   referee: Ruby Goldstein
NYSAC World middleweight title
National Boxing Association World middleweight title
World Middleweight title
1946-05-02
160Eddie Rossi15526 18 3
Auditorium, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
W KO4/10
 W  
KO
4/10
  
time: 1:27
1946-04-12
158Ira Hughes16718 45 7
City Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska, USA
W KO2/10
 W  
KO
2/10
  
UPI weights
1946-02-26
162Bobby Claus161½7 10 1
Houston, Texas, USA
W KO4/10
 W  
KO
4/10
  
1946-02-07
159Oscar Boyd166½15 12 2
Des Moines, Iowa, USA
W KO3/10
 W  
KO
3/10
  
time: 0:34
1946-01-17
162½Tony Gillo16525 42 10
Municipal Auditorium, Norfolk, Virginia, USA
W KO5/10
 W  
KO
5/10
  
1946-01-07
162½Bobby Giles162½18 16 3
Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
W KO4/10
 W  
KO
4/10
  
time: 1:33
1942-02-13
164¼Billy Conn175¾61 10 1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
LUD12/12
 L 
UD
12/12
  
1941-11-28
158¼Georgie Abrams15943 4 2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
W UD15/15
 W  
UD
15/15
  
referee: Billy Cavanaugh   judges: George LeCronCharles Draycott
NYSAC World middleweight title
National Boxing Association World middleweight title
World Middleweight title
Unified title. It was a sensational fight. Abrams was the outstanding challenger courtesy of three wins over former NY champ Billy Soose. Zale was knocked down in the 1st round for a "9" count. Judge George LeCron scored it 8-7 on rounds for Zale, and so far the other two votes have not been located. According to Jack Kincaid, all the newspaper reporters whose opinions he read thought that Zale won decisively, despite the knockdown, giving Abrams a bad beating to the body. Also, Abrams's eyesight was in danger after the fight.
1941-08-16
163Billy Pryor161¾23 9 6
Juneau Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
W KO9/10
 W  
KO
9/10
  
referee: Jack Dempsey
This was a free boxing show sponsored by the Pabst Brewing Company. 135,000 persons attended, the most to ever attend a boxing program anywhere. Pryor put up considerable opposition but Zale floored him several times before knocking him out.
1941-07-23
161Ossie Harris161¼12 6 2
Chicago Stadium Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W KO1/10
 W  
KO
1/10
  
time: 1:40
1941-05-28
158¾Al Hostak158¼54 4 8
Chicago Stadium Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W KO2/15
 W  
KO
2/15
  
time: 2:32   referee: Johnny Behr
National Boxing Association World middleweight title
Zale was down in the 1st for no count. Hostak was down eight times in the 2nd. Zale put on an exhibition of devastating body punching.
1941-02-21
159Steve Mamakos157½25 8 1
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W KO14/15
 W  
KO
14/15
  
time: 0:26   referee: Tommy Gilmore
National Boxing Association World middleweight title
Zale was floored in the fifth round and Mamakos was actually ahead going into the 13th round. Then Zale made a terrific rally and floored Mamakos twice. Steve was still groggy when the 14th started and was soon sent down for the count.
1941-01-10
163½Steve Mamakos16125 7 1
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
Mamakos was knocked down in the 4th and 9th rounds.
1941-01-01
162Tony Martin16237 6 6
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
W TKO7/10
 W  
TKO
7/10
  
referee: Ted Jamieson 3-3
Bout was stopped between the 7th and 8th rounds, when one of Martin's eyes swelled shut. No official weights were recorded, in order to preserve Zale's title.
1940-11-19
161½Fred Apostoli163¾42 7 0
Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
referee: Tommy Clark
Apostoli was knocked down twice in the 6th, and again in the 10th as the bell rang with the count at seven.
1940-08-21
161Billy Soose16225 4 0
Mills Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
LUD10/10
 L 
UD
10/10
  
referee: Joe McNamara 47-53   judges: Rube Metz 47-53, James Lynch 48-52
1940-07-19
158Al Hostak158½51 3 8
Civic Stadium, Seattle, Washington, USA
W TKO13/15
 W  
TKO
13/15
  
referee: Benny Leonard
National Boxing Association World middleweight title
Zale opened a ct over Hostak's left eye early in the eighth round, and one of Al's eyes were closed and the other badly puffed as the fight went along. Hostak was floored for a count of nine in the 12th round and again in the 13th, shortly before the fight was stopped.
1940-06-12
157Baby Kid Chocolate15523 33 8
Idora Park, Youngstown, Ohio, USA
W KO4/10
 W  
KO
4/10
  
1940-03-29
159½Ben Brown159¼63 8 4
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W KO3/10
 W  
KO
3/10
  
time: 2:20   referee: Franklin Spike McAdams
1940-02-29
162Enzo Iannozzi1620 12 1
Rayen-Wood Auditorium, Youngstown, Ohio, USA
W KO4/10
 W  
KO
4/10
  
1940-01-29
162Al Hostak16251 2 8
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
referee: Davy Miller   judges: Rube Metz 53-47, Livingston Osborne 54-46, Davy Miller 53-47
Attendance- 10,412; gross gate $21,493.
1939-12-08
161½Babe Orgovan1607 15 0
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W KO3/8
 W  
KO
3/8
  
1939-11-13
159½Eddie Meleski159½12 6 0
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W TKO1/10
 W  
TKO
1/10
  
According to the Chicago Tribune, this fight occurred on November 13 instead of November 11, as usually listed. (Bob Soderman) Zale floored Meleski six times in the 1:45 that the fight lasted, Referee Tommy Gilmore finally calling a halt.
1939-10-31
158¾Al Wardlow162¼5 1 1
Rayen-Wood Auditorium, Youngstown, Ohio, USA
W KO3/10
 W  
KO
3/10
  
1939-10-06
Sherman Edwards1 12 1
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W TKO3/6
 W  
TKO
3/6
  
1939-08-14
163Milton Shivers15914 4 0
Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W KO3/10
 W  
KO
3/10
  
1939-05-23
161Babe Orgovan1607 10 0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
1939-05-01
160Johnny Shaw158½4 8 0
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W KO5/8
 W  
KO
5/8
  
1939-01-02
160Nate Bolden15410 5 1
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USA
LPTS10/10
 L 
PTS
10/10
  
1938-11-18
158¾Enzo Iannozzi1590 2 1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
1938-10-31
159Jimmy Clark15819 14 0
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W KO2/8
 W  
KO
2/8
  
Clark was decked eleven times.
1938-10-10
157Tony Cisco15922 12 4
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
referee: Tommy Gilmore 56-44   judges: Ed Klein 56-44, Livingston Osborne 54-46
1938-08-22
158Billy Celebron15848 7 1
Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA
LPTS10/10
 L 
PTS
10/10
  
1938-07-18
156Billy Celebron157½48 7 0
Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA
DPTS10/10
 D 
PTS
10/10
  
referee: Davy Miller   judges: Harry HallE. Allen Frankel
The official scorecards were 50-50, 51-49 for Zale, and 51-49 for Celebron. Zale floored in the 2nd round. From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1938-06-13
160Jimmy Clark16019 10 0
Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W TKO8/8
 W  
TKO
8/8
  
1938-05-16
161½Bobby LaMonte153½19 26 9
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W TKO5/8
 W  
TKO
5/8
  
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1938-03-28
159King Wyatt1565 1 0
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W PTS8/8
 W  
PTS
8/8
  
1938-02-21
160Jimmy Clark16015 8 0
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USA
LKO1/8
 L 
KO
1/8
  
time: 2:03
1938-01-24
159Henry Schaft15429 8 2
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W PTS8/8
 W  
PTS
8/8
  
Zale "scored knockdowns in the sixth, seventh and eighth rounds." (Oshkosh Northwestern) Zale himself was "shaky from a left hook to the head and a terrific right to the head" in the sixth round.
1938-01-03
162Nate Bolden157¾5 1 1
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W SD8/8
 W  
SD
8/8
  
referee: Franklin Spike McAdams 41-39   judges: Ed Klein 39-41, William O'Connell 41-39
Chicago Tribune.
1937-11-22
160Nate Bolden1574 0 1
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W PTS5/5
 W  
PTS
5/5
  
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman), according to which this was a 5-rounder, not six rounds as shown previously.
1937-11-10
Leon Jackson1 3 0
Memorial Auditorium, Gary, Indiana, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1937-11-01
160Nate Bolden156½3 0 1
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USA
LPTS5/5
 L 
PTS
5/5
  
1937-10-18
158Bobby Gerry1591 2 1
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W KO2/4
 W  
KO
2/4
  
1937-10-11
159½Billy Brown1722 3 0
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W KO1/4
 W  
KO
1/4
  
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1937-09-17
162Elby Johnson1553 5 0
White City Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W TKO3/4
 W  
TKO
3/4
  
1937-08-16
160Manuel Davila15727 11 8
Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA
LPTS4/4
 L 
PTS
4/4
  
The name of Zale's opponent was reported in the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman) as Emmanuel Davila. It appears that this was actually Manuel Davila, an experienced Mexican middleweight. This fight has often been shown incorrectly in Zale's record as occurring on August 17.
1937-07-26
160Elby Johnson1603 4 0
Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W PTS4/4
 W  
PTS
4/4
  
1936-04-13
164¼Jack Moran165½12 22 1
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USA
DPTS5/5
 D 
PTS
5/5
  
1935-07-02
159Dave Clark1621 0 0
Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA
LPTS5/5
 L 
PTS
5/5
  
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1935-05-06
157Johnny Phagan15423 10 6
Midway Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USA
LKO6/8
 L 
KO
6/8
  
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1935-03-27
159Roughhouse Glover16116 6 1
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
LTKO9/10
 L 
TKO
9/10
  
In round nine, Zale was losing badly when he was knocked down for "9," and when he arose the referee stopped it. This result is from the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman). The other results from this program should be available in a Cincinnati newspaper.
1935-03-11
154¾Max Elling158¾21 12 4
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W PTS8/8
 W  
PTS
8/8
  
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1935-02-25
161½Young Jack Blackburn15912 12 2
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
1934-12-28
160Joey Bazzone15526 15 3
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
LPTS6/6
 L 
PTS
6/6
  
1934-12-17
160Jack Gibbons15918 0 0
Midway Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USA
LPTS10/10
 L 
PTS
10/10
  
1934-11-26
157Kid Leonard16230 8 1
Peoria, Illinois, USA
LPTS10/10
 L 
PTS
10/10
  
1934-11-05
160Jack Charvez16038 18 3
Midway Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W PTS8/8
 W  
PTS
8/8
  
Charvez was floored twice.
1934-10-29
159½Jack Schwartz1565 1 0
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
W TKO4/6
 W  
TKO
4/6
  
referee: Julius Fidler
1934-10-22
159Frankie Misko15733 10 2
Midway Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W KO6/8
 W  
KO
6/8
  
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1934-10-08
165Young Jack Blackburn16211 11 2
Midway Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W PTS8/8
 W  
PTS
8/8
  
1934-09-17
Mickey Misko23 5 1
White City Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W KO4/8
 W  
KO
4/8
  
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman)
1934-09-03
161Mickey Misko15722 5 1
White City Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA
LPTS8/8
 L 
PTS
8/8
  
1934-08-27
160Wilbur Stokes56 14 2
White City Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W PTS8/8
 W  
PTS
8/8
  
1934-08-15
George Black9 0 1
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
LPTS6/6
 L 
PTS
6/6
  
1934-08-13
Billy Hood16 17 1
White City Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA
LPTS6/6
 L 
PTS
6/6
  
This was the first professional defeat suffered by Zale. His record was now 9-1. From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1934-08-07
165Bruce Wade165debut
Peoria, Illinois, USA
W KO3/8
 W  
KO
3/8
  
1934-07-30
Bobby Millsap14 7 1
White City Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W PTS4/4
 W  
PTS
4/4
  
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1934-07-16
Einar Hedquist8 25 3
White City Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W TKO4/4
 W  
TKO
4/4
  
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1934-07-09
159Lou Bartell1612 0 0
White City Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W PTS4/4
 W  
PTS
4/4
  
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1934-07-02
Ossie Jefferson1 3 0
White City Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W KO3/4
 W  
KO
3/4
  
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman)
1934-06-25
Johnny Liston18 5 1
White City Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W KO3/4
 W  
KO
3/4
  
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1934-06-21
Bobby Millsap13 6 1
Bacon's Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W KO1/4
 W  
KO
1/4
  
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1934-06-15
Johnny Simpson6 5 0
Northwest Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W PTS4/4
 W  
PTS
4/4
  
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1934-06-11
Eddie Allen9 5 0
Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W PTS4/4
 W  
PTS
4/4
  
This was Zale's professional debut.
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Win
L
Loss
D
Draw
N
No Contest
S
Scheduled/Pending
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