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Jack Sharkey

W L D
37 13 3
13 KOs 4 KOs
last 6


bouts 53
rounds 442
KOs 24%
 
global ID 10616
birth nameJoseph Paul Zukauskas
aliasBoston Gob
born 1902-10-06
death date1994-08-17 / age 91
debut1924-01-29 / age 21
divisionheavyweight
stanceorthodox
height6′ 0″   /   183cm
reach
76″   /   193cm
residence
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
birth place
Binghamton, New York, USA

newspaper decisions
bouts rounds won lost drawn
55 18 1 1 0

Career Record

date lbs opponent lbs
record 
location
result 
rounds
1936-08-18
197¼Joe Louis199¾24 1 0
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USA
LKO3/10
 L 
KO
3/10
  
time: 1:02   referee: Arthur Donovan
1936-06-25
199Phil Brubaker19217 1 3
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
referee: Joe O'Connor
"Knocked down in the 1st round by Brubaker's whirling punching blast, jarred on several subsequent occasions and gashed over his left eye in the 6th, Sharkey nevertheless out-punched, out-boxed, out-smarted and out-pointed" his rival. (New York Times).
1936-04-14
198Tony Shucco18268 9 6
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
DPTS10/10
 D 
PTS
10/10
  
referee: Johnny Brassil
1936-02-07
198½Tony Shucco18267 9 6
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
LUD10/10
 L 
UD
10/10
  
1935-11-22
196Unknown Winston19550 32 5
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W KO2/10
 W  
KO
2/10
  
referee: Johnny Martin
Sharkey's first bout in two years. He kayoed Winston in the first round after two blows but, as there had been "ugly talk" before of a "fix," the fans surrounded the ring shouting insults. Referee Martin tried to assure them that Winston had tried, which was greeted with louder insults. Sharkey suggested they start the bout all over. Martin consulted with the judges, and a few minutes later permitted the bout to start all over again. The fans returned to their seats. In the second round Sharkey caught Winston with a left to the jaw to floor him for an eight-count. He then slammed him with a right to the jaw and Winston was down for good. The fans booed and went home. (Often incorrectly recorded as occurring Nov. 25.) The State Boxing Commission then suspended Winston for one year for not giving his "best efforts."
1933-09-27
202Tommy Loughran18376 16 5
Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
LSD15/15
 L 
SD
15/15
  
referee: Spud Murphy 6-6   judges: Herman Weingrad 4-7, Al Voice 7-6
Sharkey down in tenth. After a "drab fight" one judge had it 7-4-4 for Loughran, the other 7-6-2 for Sharkey while the referee had it a draw (6-6-3) but, as the rules then allowed, gave his decision for Loughran. (New York Times)
1933-09-18
201King Levinsky205½46 21 4
Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA
LUD10/10
 L 
UD
10/10
  
referee: Phil Collins
Sharkey down in first. The referee scored it 55-45 for Levinsky, and the referees had it 53-47 and 56-44. Sharkey appeared to win rounds 4, 6, and 7, and Levinsky took all the others.
1933-06-29
201Primo Carnera260½74 6 0
Madison Square Garden Bowl, Long Island City, Queens, New York, USA
LKO6/15
 L 
KO
6/15
  
time: 2:27   referee: Arthur Donovan   judges: James BuckleyCharley Lynch
NYSAC World heavyweight title
National Boxing Association World heavyweight title
World heavyweight title
Attendance 40,000.
1932-06-21
205Max Schmeling18844 4 3
Madison Square Garden Bowl, Long Island City, Queens, New York, USA
W SD15/15
 W  
SD
15/15
  
referee: Ed Smith 7-3   judges: George Kelly 8-7, Charles F. Mathison 5-10
NYSAC World heavyweight title
National Boxing Association World heavyweight title
World heavyweight title
As a result of the controversial decision of this bout, the NYSAC barred any but "boxing experts" (sports writers, referees, judges) from broadcasting descriptions of future matches.
1931-10-12
202Primo Carnera26148 3 0
Ebbet's Field, Brooklyn, New York, USA
W UD15/15
 W  
UD
15/15
  
referee: Ed Smith   judges: George KellyCharles F. Mathison
Carnera down in 4th. Billed as being for the American heavyweight title.Attendance 30,000.
1931-07-22
198½Mickey Walker169½75 10 0
Ebbet's Field, Brooklyn, New York, USA
DPTS15/15
 D 
PTS
15/15
  
referee: Arthur Donovan   judges: George KellyCharles F. Mathison
1930-06-12
197Max Schmeling18842 4 3
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USA
LDQ4/15
 L 
DQ
4/15
  
time: 2:55   referee: Jim Crowley   judges: Harold BarnesCharles F. Mathison
vacant NYSAC World heavyweight title
vacant National Boxing Association World heavyweight title
1930-02-27
197Phil Scott20565 10 4
Madison Square Garden Stadium, Miami, Florida, USA
W TKO3/15
 W  
TKO
3/15
  
referee: Lou Magnolia
The Miami Boxing Commission upheld Magnolia's action refusing to allow Scott's claim of a foul.
1929-09-26
196Tommy Loughran186½59 7 5
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USA
W TKO3/15
 W  
TKO
3/15
  
time: 0:27   referee: Lou Magnolia   judges: Billy JohCharles F. Mathison
American Heavyweight Title
Attendance: 45,000
1929-02-27
192Young Stribling182188 7 14
Flamingo Park, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
referee: Lou Magnolia
A heavyweight title elimination bout, arranged by Tex Rickard before his death the month before. Held under the auspices of the American Legion, as required by Florida law.
A battle royale of 12 black fighters opened the card
1929-01-25
193KO Christner193½16 0 0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
W MD10/10
 W  
MD
10/10
  
referee: Jack Dempsey   judges: George KellyTommy Shortell
Gross receipts: $73,609.19
Dempsey & Kelly voted for Sharkey, while Shortell declared the bout a draw.
1928-12-10
194Arthur De Kuh20423 4 1
Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
referee: Johnny Brassil
1928-06-21
191½Leo Gates208½28 27 3
Battery A Arena, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
W KO3/10
 W  
KO
3/10
  
referee: Walter Heisner
1928-04-30
192Jack Delaney17869 10 2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
W KO1/15
 W  
KO
1/15
  
time: 1:13   referee: Lou Magnolia
1928-03-12
191Johnny Risko193½32 15 5
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
LSD15/15
 L 
SD
15/15
  
referee: Billy 'Kid' McPartland   judges: Stuart DouglasGeorge Kelly
McPartland gave Risko 9 rounds, Sharkey 4 rounds, and 2 even. Douglas gave Risko 6 rounds, Sharkey 4 rounds, and 5 even. Kelly gave Sharkey 8 rounds and Risko 7.
1928-01-13
194Tom Heeney19331 8 4
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
DSD12/12
 D 
SD
12/12
  
referee: Jack Denning   judges: George KellyGeorge Patrick
Judge George Kelley voted for Sharkey, Judge George Patrick called it a draw, and Referee Denning gave Heeney the verdict. (Crowd: 17,000)
1927-07-21
196Jack Dempsey194½53 5 9
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USA
LKO7/15
 L 
KO
7/15
  
time: 0:45   referee: Jack O'Sullivan   judges: Tom FlynnCharles F. Mathison
"Sharkey took the count of ten after going down from a vicious left hook to the jaw. The Boston sailor had claimed a foul blow to the mid-section just before the climax, but the referee, Jack O’Sullivan, refused to allow it and counted him out. Dempsey’s knockout victory, which sent the crowd into a delirious outburst, followed a slashing, slugging battle from start to finish. The former champion, staggered in the first round and groggy, came back to force the fighting and finally dropped his young rival." (Associated Press)
This was a heavyweight tournament elimination bout, with the winner to meet current World Champion Gene Tunney for a shot at his title.
1927-05-20
192Jim Maloney202½26 3 0
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USA
W TKO5/15
 W  
TKO
5/15
  
time: 0:52   referee: Lou Magnolia   judges: Tom FlynnCharles F. Mathison
1927-03-03
189½Mike McTigue170½68 11 4
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
W TKO12/15
 W  
TKO
12/15
  
time: 1:29   referee: Billy 'Kid' McPartland
McTigue would have probably gone the distance but the referee stopped it because he had suffered a dangerous gash.
1926-12-15
188½Homer Smith18940 24 1
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USA
W TKO7/10
 W  
TKO
7/10
  
referee: Jack Michaels   judges: Howard L. BancroftEarl Shafer
1926-10-12
188Harry Wills214½64 6 3
Ebbet's Field, Brooklyn, New York, USA
W DQ13/15
 W  
DQ
13/15
  
time: 0:43   referee: Patsy Haley
Haley disqualified Wills for illegal use of a backhand blow. "Wills was battered about the ring from the start." (AP) Wills suspended 20 days for the foul.
1926-09-21
187George Godfrey22028 10 1
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
referee: Johnny Brassil
1926-09-13
191Orlando Reverberi1857 4 0
Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, USA
W TKO3/10
 W  
TKO
3/10
  
1926-06-25
190Bud Gorman20021 2 2
Braves Field, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W DQ1/10
 W  
DQ
1/10
  
referee: Johnny Martin
Gorman was disqualified for a low blow.
1926-04-19
189Pat McCarthy175½38 15 4
Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
referee: Johnny Martin   judges: William T. McDermottJim Harmon
1926-04-01
190Emilio Solomon19618 9 0
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
1926-02-12
190¾Eddie Huffman17417 4 3
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
1926-01-18
Mexican Joe Lawson5 10 1
Foot Guard Hall, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
W KO2/10
 W  
KO
2/10
  
See The Ring, March 1926, page 35.
1925-12-11
193Jim Maloney19418 2 0
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
referee: Johnny Martin
1925-09-17
192Johnny Risko19213 4 0
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
1925-08-17
184Bud Gorman19514 0 1
Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
LPTS10/10
 L 
PTS
10/10
  
1925-07-31
190Emilio Solomon18615 3 0
Braves Field, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
referee: Johnny Brassil
1925-06-05
183Jim Maloney19415 1 0
Braves Field, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W DQ9/10
 W  
DQ
9/10
  
referee: Johnny Brassil
Sharkey led on points for six rounds and gave Maloney a terrific beating, but Jim came back strong in the seventh and in the eighth he knocked Sharkey to the canvas five times, once for the count of nine. Sharkey's corner claimed a foul when Maloney put him down again in the 9th.
1925-05-25
188George Cook186½16 17 4
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W SD10/10
 W  
SD
10/10
  
referee: Joe O'Connor   judges: Dave NelliganPat Moran
1925-04-06
186¾Jack Renault19844 5 1
Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
referee: Johnny Brassil   judges: Jim HarmonJohn T. Glackin
Some controversy, as two Massachusetts papers, the Lowell Sun and Boston Globe, had Renault winning majority of rounds. This was a major blow to Renault's career.
1925-02-10
188½Charley Weinert18434 7 1
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
LPTS10/10
 L 
PTS
10/10
  
1925-01-20
188Sully Montgomery20018 6 1
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
1925-01-08
193½Jack DeMave18010 3 1
Manhattan Casino, New York, New York, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
1924-12-15
193Charley Weinert18532 7 1
113th Regiment Armory, Newark, New Jersey, USA
LNWS12/12
 L 
NWS
12/12
  
Weinert won the newspaper decison according to THE RING and various newspaper souces. Most sources had Weinert winning 10 or l1 of the 12 rounds.
1924-11-05
190Jim Maloney1956 1 0
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
LPTS10/10
 L 
PTS
10/10
  
referee: Joe O'Connor   judges: Pat MoranJohn T. Glackin
1924-08-29
188Quintin Romero Rojas19511 4 2
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
LKO9/10
 L 
KO
9/10
  
referee: Johnny Brassil
This was reported in the Boston Globe to have been a terrific battle.
1924-08-20
184Young Jack Johnson18019 20 9
Fair Grounds Auditorium, Bangor, Maine, USA
W NWS6/6
 W  
NWS
6/6
  
Sharkey won the newspaper decision according to the Boston Globe.
1924-07-23
Al Roberts26 9 1
Kinsley Park, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
The Evening Tribune 24 July 1924 p10
1924-07-15
183Homer Smith193½30 14 0
Braves Field, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
1924-06-23
181Floyd Johnson19836 4 8
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
Date: Tuesday, June 24, 1924 Paper: Boston Herald (Boston, MA) Page: 16
1924-04-25
Eddie Record18 10 1
Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W KO7/10
 W  
KO
7/10
  
referee: Joe O'Connor   judges: Pat MoranDave Nelligan
1924-03-18
188Eddie Record17 10 1
Grand Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
LPTS10/10
 L 
PTS
10/10
  
Date: Wednesday, March 19, 1924 Paper: Boston Herald (Boston, MA) Page: 19
1924-02-26
Dan Lucas0 1 0
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W KO2/8
 W  
KO
2/8
  
1924-02-08
Pat Hance1 3 0
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W DQ2/10
 W  
DQ
2/10
  
referee: G. Edward Dixon   judges: William T. McDermottDick Henshaw
Hance was floored four times, then went down twice without being hit and was disqualified.
1924-01-29
197Billy Muldoon3 7 0
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W TKO1/8
 W  
TKO
1/8
  
referee: Jerry Moore   judges: Pat MoranJohn T. Glackin
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