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Sam Langford

W L D
179 30 39
128 KOs 9 KOs
last 6


bouts 255
rounds 1994
KOs 41%
 
global ID 11023
aliasBoston Tar Baby
born 1883-03-04
death date1956-01-12 / age 72
debut1902-04-11 / age 19
divisionheavyweight
stanceorthodox
height5′ 7½″   /   171cm
reach
74″   /   188cm
residence
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
birth place
Weymouth, Nova Scotia, Canada

newspaper decisions
bouts rounds won lost drawn
316 561 31 14 16

Career Record

date lbs opponent lbs
record 
location
result 
rounds
1926-08-02
Brad Simmons12 4 1
Drumright, Oklahoma, USA
LTKO1/0
 L 
TKO
1/0
  
Langford retired after this bout. He was 43-years-old and blind.
1926-07-01
Young Jack Johnson19 24 10
Shawnee, Oklahoma, USA
W KO2/0
 W  
KO
2/0
  
1925-12-07
Tim Sullivan0 0 2
Fort Bliss Arena, El Paso, Texas, USA
DPTS6/6
 D 
PTS
6/6
  
1925-09-25
Battling Gahee13 14 4
LPTS8/8
 L 
PTS
8/8
  
Exact date and location unknown.
1925-04-05
Frolin Gonzalesdebut
Mexico
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
Reported but not confirmed.
1925-03-01
Tim Sullivan0 0 1
DPTS6/6
 D 
PTS
6/6
  
Exact date and location unknown.
1925-01-01
Tim Sullivandebut
DPTS6/6
 D 
PTS
6/6
  
Exact date and location unknown.
1924-09-10
Smiling Kid Nolan4 14 1
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
W KO2/0
 W  
KO
2/0
  
Reported but not confirmed.
1924-07-07
Sydney Grant0 1 0
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
W KO4/0
 W  
KO
4/0
  
Reported but not confirmed.
1924-05-04
Eddie Tremblay15 6 1
Venice, California, USA
W KO3/4
 W  
KO
3/4
  
Reported but not confirmed.
1924-04-23
Eddie Tremblay13 6 1
Venice, California, USA
LPTS4/4
 L 
PTS
4/4
  
1924-04-18
Sammy Olson10 7 3
Bakersfield Stadium, Bakersfield, California, USA
W PTS4/4
 W  
PTS
4/4
  
1924-04-16
Jim Jam Barry21 23 21
San Fernando Stadium, San Fernando, California, USA
NND4/4
 N 
ND
4/4
  
Bout went four rounds. San Fernando Sun did not give result of decision though.
1924-04-04
Jim Jam Barry21 22 21
Huntington Beach, California, USA
W PTS4/4
 W  
PTS
4/4
  
1924-03-06
Smiling Kid Nolan3 12 1
Venice, California, USA
W KO5/0
 W  
KO
5/0
  
Reported but not confirmed.
1924-02-06
Tut Jackson54 9 3
Mexico
W KO9/0
 W  
KO
9/0
  
Reported but not confirmed.
1924-01-20
Tom Riley0 6 0
Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
W KO2/0
 W  
KO
2/0
  
1924-01-06
Fireman Jim Flynn64 42 18
Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
W PTS8/8
 W  
PTS
8/8
  
1923-12-18
Sonny Goodrich14 4 6
Community House, San Antonio, Texas, USA
LPTS10/10
 L 
PTS
10/10
  
Mexico heavyweight title
1923-12-11
Roscoe Hall0 4 0
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
W KO1/0
 W  
KO
1/0
  
Reported but not confirmed.
1923-11-10
Andres Balsa15 9 1
Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
W TKO8/15
 W  
TKO
8/15
  
Confirmned from Mexican newspapers (Bob Yalen).
1923-10-19
Fireman Jim Flynn64 41 18
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
W KO3/15
 W  
KO
3/15
  
"Jim Flynn, veteran Pueblo fireman was knocked out in the third round of a 15 round fight here last night by Sam Langford, the old Boston tar baby." (Sheboygan Press Telegram, contributed by Wouter Val Alst) This result was confirmed by Bob Yalen from Excelsior, Mexico City, and was reported in Boxing Blade, November 3, 1923, page 13.
1923-08-15
Bearcat Wright5 5 3
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
LKO9/0
 L 
KO
9/0
  
bout held during Aug
1923-08-02
Fireman Jim Flynn63 39 18
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
Bout held during Aug 1923
1923-07-27
180Clem Johnson20512 14 2
Plaza de Toros, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
LTKO13/15
 L 
TKO
13/15
  
time: 1:25   referee: Kid Payo
Mexico heavyweight title
Verifried from Mexican newspapers by Bob Yalen, and reported in The Ring, September 1923, page 25, and also in Boxing Blade, August 11, 1923, page 14..
1923-07-15
Jim Tracey10 17 2
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
W KO4/20
 W  
KO
4/20
  
Mexico heavyweight title
Verified from Excelsior, Mexico City (Bob Yalen) and reported in Boxing Blade, July 28, 1923, page 14.
1923-05-19
Jack Voight3 1 0
El Toreo, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
W KO5/15
 W  
KO
5/15
  
Mexico heavyweight title
Verified by Bob Yalen from Excelsior, Mexico City.
1923-05-16
Art Suransdebut
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
W KO3/0
 W  
KO
3/0
  
Mexico heavyweight title
1923-05-06
Andres Balsa14 7 1
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
W KO3/0
 W  
KO
3/0
  
Scheduled as a "finish fight". Balsa was stated to be the Spanish heavyweight champion. This fight was confirmed by Bob Yalen from Excelsior, Mexico City, and was reported in The Ring, June 1923, page 26. Also, it was reported in the Boxing Blade, May 26, 1923, page 7.
1923-04-28
185Andres Balsa19014 6 1
Arena Cine Imperio, Torreon, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
1923-04-15
185Chihuahua Kid Brown1750 8 2
Plaza de Toros, Torreon, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico
W PTS15/15
 W  
PTS
15/15
  
1923-04-08
Andres Balsa13 5 1
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
W TKO6/15
 W  
TKO
6/15
  
Mexico heavyweight title
"Sam Langford succesfully defended his title as Mexican heavyweight champion when Balzacs, Spanish champion, broke his hand in the sixth round and could not continue. Langford was floored in the fifth." (Daily Northwestern, contributed by Wouter Van Alst) Thia fight was confirmed by Bob Yalen from Excelsior, Mexico City. Also reported in The Ring, May 1923, page 25, but the date was given as April 7. Boxing Blade reported this fight as occurring on April 8 (issue of April 21, 1923, page 12).
1923-03-31
Jack Savage17 26 16
Chapultepec Bull Ring, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
W KO1/15
 W  
KO
1/15
  
Mexico heavyweight title
"Sam Langford, the famous old negro boxer, knocked out 'Kid' Savage in the first round of their fight here saturday afternoon. The fight was scheduled to be to a finish. Only one minute and a quarter of the first round had been completed, when the veteran 'Boston Tar Baby' crashed over a right uppercut to the jaw of the young Californian and he went down for the count." (Lima News) (Contributed by Wouter Van Alst) This fight was confirmed by Bob Yalen from Excelsior, Mexico City, and was reported in The Ring, May 1923, page 25, and by Boxing Blade, April 14, 1923, page 7.
1923-03-17
Chihuahua Kid Brown0 7 2
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
W KO1/10
 W  
KO
1/10
  
According to Bob Yalen (Excelsior, Mexico City) this was Langford's Mexican debut. This fight was also reported in Boxing Blade, April 7, 1923, page 12.
1923-03-02
Jim Tracey10 14 2
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
W KO6/0
 W  
KO
6/0
  
1923-02-15
Tom McCarty7 7 4
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
W KO2/0
 W  
KO
2/0
  
1922-12-25
Sonny Goodrich9 1 4
Market House Arena, San Antonio, Texas, USA
W TKO7/12
 W  
TKO
7/12
  
referee: Del Coffen
1922-12-24
Roscoe Hall0 2 0
Mexico
W KO3/0
 W  
KO
3/0
  
Reported but not confirmed.
1922-12-12
Jack Taylor17 10 9
Mexico
W KO8/0
 W  
KO
8/0
  
1922-11-21
Tut Jackson40 2 2
Mexico
W KO1/0
 W  
KO
1/0
  
Reported but not confirmed.
1922-11-10
Jim Jam Barry20 22 19
Douglas, Arizona, USA
DPTS10/10
 D 
PTS
10/10
  
1922-11-05
Jack Taylor16 10 8
Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
DPTS15/15
 D 
PTS
15/15
  
1922-10-20
Jack Taylor16 9 8
Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
W PTS15/15
 W  
PTS
15/15
  
1922-10-06
Cyclone Smith0 3 0
El Paso, Texas, USA
W KO2/0
 W  
KO
2/0
  
1922-09-22
Battling Owens1 4 0
Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
W KO7/15
 W  
KO
7/15
  
1922-08-21
Jack Taylor15 9 8
Mizzou Park, Sioux City, Iowa, USA
DNWS10/10
 D 
NWS
10/10
  
Newspaper draw from Chicago Tribune (report) and local Sioux City newspaper.
1922-08-11
Brad Simmons4 2 0
Wichita, Kansas, USA
DNWS10/10
 D 
NWS
10/10
  
(Eau Claire Leader)
1922-08-04
Bill Tate19 16 1
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
W PTS12/12
 W  
PTS
12/12
  
Langford "was given a referee's decision (..) after twelve slow rounds of fighting." (Nebraska State Journal)
1922-07-17
Bearcat Wright4 4 3
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
W RTD5/12
 W  
RTD
5/12
  
Wright failed to come out for round 6, claiming a broken hand.
1922-06-19
185Bearcat Wright1904 4 2
City Auditorium, Galveston, Texas, USA
DPTS12/12
 D 
PTS
12/12
  
1922-06-05
Tiger Flowers30 4 1
Ponce de Leon Ballpark, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
W KO2/10
 W  
KO
2/10
  
referee: Johnny Glenn
1922-05-22
Ted Jamieson6 9 0
Private club, Chicago, Illinois, USA
DPTS10/10
 D 
PTS
10/10
  
Was not held in October as previously indicated. It was reported in the Milwaukee Journal of May 23, 1922. This fight was held in private and the referee gave a decision. Langford led for the first half of the fight, but Jamieson came back to even it up.
1922-05-16
Roscoe Hall0 1 0
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
W TKO4/0
 W  
TKO
4/0
  
1922-04-20
Roscoe Halldebut
Venice A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, USA
W KO2/8
 W  
KO
2/8
  
1922-04-15
Jack Leslie3 1 0
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
Newspaper decision from the Kokomo Tribune
1922-04-06
Tut Jackson28 1 2
Dayton, Ohio, USA
LTKO5/12
 L 
TKO
5/12
  
"The referee stopped the fight after Langford had been floored twice." (Newark Advocate)
1922-03-27
Bill Tate18 15 1
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
LNWS8/8
 L 
NWS
8/8
  
Popular verdict - a win for Tate (World Almanac). The Philadelphia Record also has it as a win for Tate. The supposed 8-round fight between Tate and Langford, previously listed here as occurring in Mexico City, probably refers to this fight. Certainly Langford and Tate would never have been scheduled for just 8 rounds in Mexico City.
1922-03-17
Cyclone Smith0 2 0
Clyffeside Park, Ashland, Kentucky, USA
W KO2/10
 W  
KO
2/10
  
1922-01-17
Harry Wills52 6 3
Arena, Milwaukie, Oregon, USA
LPTS10/10
 L 
PTS
10/10
  
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1921-12-09
Young Peter Jackson1 1 1
Illinois Theatre, Urbana, Illinois, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
Newspaper decision from the Urbana Daily Courier
Jackson was reportedly from San Francisco and had been knocked out by Langford in 9 rounds at Pronto, Kansas, the year before. In this bout he was was knocked down twice, and Langford, although reported as old and out of shape, could have stopped him at various times during the bout but appeared to be holding back.
1921-12-07
Lee Anderson23 9 9
Tucson, Arizona, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
Ref's decision. 2nd recent Arizona bout.
1921-11-24
Lee Anderson22 9 9
Capital City Arena, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
LPTS10/10
 L 
PTS
10/10
  
The decision of Referee Billy Murray of San Francisco was unpopular with the crowd, which became so threatening that deputy sheriffs escorted him from the arena.
1921-10-18
187Young Peter Jackson1711 0 1
The Armouries, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
W KO2/10
 W  
KO
2/10
  
referee: Lou Marsh
Jackson down 3 times.
1921-09-21
Bill Tate15 14 0
Covington, Kentucky, USA
LNWS12/12
 L 
NWS
12/12
  
(The News Sentinel)
1921-09-05
Lee Anderson21 9 9
Coliseum, Fort Worth, Texas, USA
LNWS12/12
 L 
NWS
12/12
  
Newspaper decision from the Muskogee Times-Democrat (wire report)
1921-08-19
Topeka Jack Johnson0 2 1
State Fairgrounds, Topeka, Kansas, USA
DPTS6/6
 D 
PTS
6/6
  
6-round exhibition bout per Fort Worth Star-Telegram
1921-08-17
George Godfrey2204 3 1
Riverside Club, Covington, Kentucky, USA
W KO1/12
 W  
KO
1/12
  
1921-08-12
Lee Anderson21 8 9
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
This bout was the first to be staged under the new Nebraska boxing law.
1921-07-20
Bearcat Wright1 2 1
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
W KO9/10
 W  
KO
9/10
  
1921-02-07
Bill Watkins4 6 0
W KO0/0
 W  
KO
0/0
  
Exact date, location and # of rounds unknown.
1921-02-06
Alfred Johnsondebut
W KO0/0
 W  
KO
0/0
  
Exact date, location and # of rounds unknown.
1921-02-03
Jack Thompson17 7 4
DPTS10/10
 D 
PTS
10/10
  
Exact date and location unknown.
1921-01-14
Bob Devere23 8 2
Armory, Portland, Oregon, USA
W TKO7/10
 W  
TKO
7/10
  
1921-01-07
Lee Anderson15 7 8
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
DPTS12/12
 D 
PTS
12/12
  
1920-12-29
Jim Jam Barry18 17 16
Armory, Portland, Oregon, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
1920-12-23
Clem Johnson8 8 2
Marshfield, Oregon, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
1920-12-09
Terry Kellar19 32 11
Aberdeen, Washington, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
1920-12-02
Tiny Jim Herman11 2 6
Heilig Theater, Portland, Oregon, USA
W TKO7/10
 W  
TKO
7/10
  
referee: Grover Francis
1920-11-17
George Godfrey3 1 1
Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA
W KO2/10
 W  
KO
2/10
  
1920-11-15
Jack Thompson16 7 4
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
LPTS8/8
 L 
PTS
8/8
  
1920-10-20
Lee Anderson12 7 7
Heilig Theater, Portland, Oregon, USA
LPTS10/10
 L 
PTS
10/10
  
1920-10-13
Frank Farmer38 11 19
Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA
W PTS4/4
 W  
PTS
4/4
  
"Farmer was nervous and awed by old Sam and failed to put up his usual bout, making the poorest showing he has ever made in the Northwest. Farmer clinched so much that the fans booed, but he was in there to stick the four rounds and he did. He refused to use his right hand, which he injured some months back, on the head of Langford, about the only spot, it seems, that Langford could be hit the way he was fighting Wednesday night." Tacoma News Tribune (Later, according to the Seattle Daily Times of May 18, 1922: Farmer was "set down for a year for his miserable showing against Sam Langford two winters ago." He would not fight again in Seattle until May 23, 1922.)
1920-10-06
Tiny Jim Herman11 1 5
Heilig Theater, Portland, Oregon, USA
W KO7/10
 W  
KO
7/10
  
1920-09-06
191Bill Tate23015 11 0
Floyd Fitzsimmons Arena, Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA
LNWS6/6
 L 
NWS
6/6
  
referee: E.W. Dickerson
Tate won from Langford "by a shade." (Bismarck Tribune) The Chicago Tribune concurs.
1920-08-30
Bearcat Wright1 1 1
Walthill, Nebraska, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
1920-08-14
Sam McVea66 13 9
East Chicago, Indiana, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
The crowd "booed McVey repeatedly because of his stalling tactics. Langford forced the fighting throughout and was credited with winning seven of the ten rounds." (Decatur Review)
1920-07-26
Pinky Lewis3 11 6
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
W KO9/0
 W  
KO
9/0
  
1920-07-02
Jack Mitchell1 1 0
Springfield, Missouri, USA
W KO3/10
 W  
KO
3/10
  
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
1920-06-07
Rough House Ware10 11 3
Tulane Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
W KO9/15
 W  
KO
9/15
  
Langford down in first for count of 3 (Chicago Defender). Ware kept away from Langford until the sixth round, when he was hurt badly. A terrific left hook sent Ware down for the full count in round nine. Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune.
1920-05-31
Jeff Clark88 22 15
Columbus, Ohio, USA
W PTS15/15
 W  
PTS
15/15
  
referee: Walter Hughes
"Sam Langford, Boston Tar Baby, won a referee's decision over Jeff Clark, Missouri ghost, in fifteen rounds of fast milling here last night. Referee Walter Hughes, who gave the decision, was apparently off, for (Clark) scored the only knockdown of the bout in the sixth and led on points in eight of the fifteen rounds. Three were even and four went to Langford." (Sandusky Star Journal)
1920-05-18
Marty Cutler0 8 0
Armouries, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
W TKO3/10
 W  
TKO
3/10
  
Cutler plunged through the ropes after a wild swing, struck his head on the ring floor, and became unconscious. He was unable to continue after a 10 minute wait and bout was awarded to Langford. Source:Boston Globe
1920-05-01
George Godfrey1 0 0
DPTS10/10
 D 
PTS
10/10
  
Exact date and location unknown.
1920-04-23
Harry Wills39 5 2
Stockyards Stadium, Denver, Colorado, USA
LPTS15/15
 L 
PTS
15/15
  
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
"The once mighty Sam Langford was led to an awful slaughter by Harry Wills of New Orleans at Denver Friday night. Altho the Tarbaby was not disgraced, gamely surviving four knockdowns in the first round, and by superb ring generalship lasting the fifteen-round limit. The two blacks were fighting on even terms on the finish, but the referee's decision easily went to Wills." (Evening State Journal)
Also incorrectly reported as occurring April 19.
1920-04-09
Silas Green6 5 0
Detroit, Michigan, USA
W KO3/10
 W  
KO
3/10
  
This bout took place in Detroit, MI not Denver, CO as previously displayed. Trenton Evening Times and Fort Wayne News Sentinel
1920-04-05
Jack Thompson16 5 3
Convention Hall, Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA
W PTS15/15
 W  
PTS
15/15
  
referee: Patsy Corrigan
Tulsa (OK) Daily World reported Langford receiving the decision. Milwaukee Journal reported the same result. Previously listed as Thompson W-PTS15 Langford.
1920-03-29
192Jamaica Kid1716 4 1
Columbus, Ohio, USA
W TKO7/12
 W  
TKO
7/12
  
1920-02-23
Battling Gahee5 1 1
Phoenix A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, USA
W KO2/8
 W  
KO
2/8
  
Tucson Daily Citizen 24 February 1920
1920-02-16
Jeff Clark88 22 15
K of C Hall, Terre Haute, Indiana, USA
DNWS10/10
 D 
NWS
10/10
  
(Chicago Tribune)
1920-01-16
Jeff Clark88 22 15
Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
Newspaper decision from the Deactur Daily Review
1919-12-03
Dave McBridedebut
Liberty Theater, Camp Grant, Illinois, USA
W KO1/0
 W  
KO
1/0
  
time: 1:00
1919-11-24
Jack Thompson16 4 3
Shrine Auditorium, Duluth, Minnesota, USA
NNC6/10
 N 
NC
6/10
  
referee: Harry McCollum
Both fighters were fined $500 for stalling by the Minnesota state boxing commission, the money going to St. James orphanage and the Duluth Children's home. Source: Duluth News Tribune &Duluth Herald
1919-11-17
185Mexican Jim Johnson190debut
Auditorium, Sioux City, Iowa, USA
W KO9/10
 W  
KO
9/10
  
From the Sioux City Journal (Herb Goldman). Langford's opponent was identified there as Battling Jim Johnson of Chicago, not "Mexican Jim Johnson," as shown here. The well known Battling Jim died of influrenza in 1918, so Langford couldn't have fought him, and it is believed that Langford's opponent on this occasion was the man who sometimes fought as "Mexican Jim Johnson." Johnson was punished so badly in the first six rounds that he held constantly in the seventh and eighth, in an attempt to keep from being knocked out. The ninth round started out the same way, but Langford finally succeeded in "sending Johnson spinning across the ring, and following him, he rained a shower of blows to Johnson's head and body which put him in a daze. (Then) a right punch to the kidney..sent him sprawling. As the referee counted, Johnson attempted to rise and had partially regained his feet when he fell flat upon his face and took the count."
1919-11-05
Harry Wills34 5 2
Convention Hall, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
LPTS15/15
 L 
PTS
15/15
  
referee: Edward W. Cochrane 1-8
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim.
Wills was given rounds 1-3, 7-10 and 14; Langford - 5th round; the rest were even. (Tulsa Daily World)
1919-10-21
Jack Thompson16 4 2
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
DPTS15/15
 D 
PTS
15/15
  
Bout fought Tuesday evening, 10/21/1919. "Langford annexed the title under peculiar circumstances. He fought a fellow named Jack Thompson on Tuesday evening, and whaled Mr. Thompson merrily for fifteen rounds. The bout was advertised for the colored heavyweight championship. It looked a cinch that Sam had finally copped a belt for himself until the referee announced his decision, calling the scrap a draw. Sam yelled "Robbery" and the club officials also must have thought the Chicago nego had been slipped a 'hot one,' for they refused to allow the referee's decision to stand, and awarded the belt and the championship to Langford." Chicago Tribune 10/24/1919
1919-09-30
Harry Wills34 5 2
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USA
LNWS10/10
 L 
NWS
10/10
  
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
The Syracuse Herald reported that it was a very disappointing fight and that it wasn't important 'whether Wills won or Langford won or it was a draw.' It did report that Langford's eye was closed and his mouth cut at the end, while Wills only suffered a damaged reputation.
Newspaper decision according to Boston Globe
1919-09-18
Rough House Wilsondebut
Battle Creek, Michigan, USA
W KO4/10
 W  
KO
4/10
  
Wilson down for two counts of nine in the fourth round before the KO.
1919-08-23
Bill Tate13 10 0
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
Contrary to previous listing here, the fight went the full 10 rounds according to the Chicago Tribune and Pittsburgh Post. Langford was floored in the third round. The largest fight crowd in Grand Rapids history was on hand.
1919-08-04
Jack Thompson15 4 1
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
DPTS15/15
 D 
PTS
15/15
  
1919-07-04
Harry Wills33 5 2
Sportsman's Park, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
LNWS8/8
 L 
NWS
8/8
  
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
Wills won the newspaper decision. (Decatur Review)
1919-06-19
Bill Tate13 9 0
Nicollet Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
W DQ5/10
 W  
DQ
5/10
  
referee: George Barton
Tate was disqualified for holding. (Evening State Journal)
1919-04-30
197Billy Hooper1637 2 0
Springer Opera House, Columbus, Georgia, USA
W KO4/10
 W  
KO
4/10
  
1919-03-04
Willie Meehan77 15 35
Coliseum, San Francisco, California, USA
LPTS4/4
 L 
PTS
4/4
  
1918-12-27
Fred Fulton42 7 0
Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA
LPTS4/4
 L 
PTS
4/4
  
referee: Jim Griffin
When the fighters appeared in the ring they were greeted with shouts and laughter, the towering figure of Fulton apparently dwarfing the heavier and shorter body of Langford. The bout was part of a card to benefit a children's Christmas fund.
1918-12-16
Jeff Clark86 13 13
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
W PTS8/8
 W  
PTS
8/8
  
1918-12-12
Jack Butler3 10 2
Rock Island, Illinois, USA
W KO5/10
 W  
KO
5/10
  
1918-11-28
Jeff Clark86 13 13
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
LNWS6/6
 L 
NWS
6/6
  
Newspaper decision for Clark from Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Public Ledger (searched by Paul Zabala), Indianapolis Star.
"In the semi-final (to the Dempsey v. Miske fight) Jeff Clark of Atlantic City had the better of Sam Langford, Boston. Clark sent Langford to the mat in the first round and was the aggressor throughout." (Indianapolis Star)
Clark and Langford fought a 10-round exhibition match the following day In Milwaukee, in which Langford had a slight shade the better of Clark according to Kansas City Star.
1918-11-15
Jeff Clark86 13 12
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
DPTS10/10
 D 
PTS
10/10
  
referee: Harry Quinn
1918-10-31
Jeff Clark86 13 11
Crescent Rink, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
DPTS12/12
 D 
PTS
12/12
  
According to the Lowell Sun Langford did not deserve a draw, reporting that 'Clark worked like a machine well oiled and adjusted for speed, while Sam performed like e ship without a rudder.' Clark was a substitute for Battling Jim Johnson, who was in a Boston Hospital suffering from Spanish influenza. Because of the influenza, which would prove fatal to Johnson, no boxing programs had been staged in Lowell during the previous month.
1918-08-22
Battling Jim Johnson24 16 7
Lafayette A.C., Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
DNWS8/8
 D 
NWS
8/8
  
1918-08-19
Rough House Ware8 10 3
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
W KO9/15
 W  
KO
9/15
  
1918-08-06
Jack Thompson10 3 1
Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
W NWS6/6
 W  
NWS
6/6
  
Newspaper decision in favor of Langford from the Philadelphia Public Ledger (Paul Zabala) and the Philadelphia Record.
1918-08-05
Battling Jim Johnson24 16 7
Atlantic City S.C., Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
W NWS8/8
 W  
NWS
8/8
  
Philadelphia Inquirer
1918-06-19
Battling Jim Johnson24 15 7
Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
referee: Danny O'Donnell
1918-05-19
Harry Wills30 5 2
Vista Allegre Bull Ring, Panama City, Panama
LTKO8/20
 L 
TKO
8/20
  
Wills gave Langford an awful beating. Langford failed to answer the bell for round 8, and returned to the United States after this fight. Leaves for servicemen were cancelled after this fight, because of the war. Until 19 July 1919, fighters who appeared on boxing programs were either native Panamanians, or black boxers from the British West Indies, plus a few non-servicemen from the states, such a Sam McVea and Harry Wills.
1918-04-14
Harry Wills29 5 2
Vista Allegre Bull Ring, Panama City, Panama
LKO6/20
 L 
KO
6/20
  
Wills scored a clean knockout after giving Langford a bad beating.
1917-12-17
Kid Norfolk30 10 4
Stockyards Stadium, Denver, Colorado, USA
W KO2/20
 W  
KO
2/20
  
Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
Norfolk down 3 times in 2d
1917-11-12
196Harry Wills20327 5 2
Coliseum, Toledo, Ohio, USA
DNWS12/12
 D 
NWS
12/12
  
referee: Ollie Pecord
Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
Newspaper decision from the Toledo News-Bee, which reported that the two boxers did their best not to hurt each other and that the referee should have thrown both of them out of the ring.
1917-09-20
198Harry Wills20327 5 2
Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York, USA
LNWS10/10
 L 
NWS
10/10
  
Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
Wills won the newspaper decision. (Warren Evening Mirror)
1917-09-17
Andy Johnson2 2 0
Maryland A.C., Ardmore, Maryland, USA
W KO2/15
 W  
KO
2/15
  
1917-09-14
198Joe Jeannette19682 10 8
Coliseum, Toledo, Ohio, USA
W NWS12/12
 W  
NWS
12/12
  
Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
Newspaper decision from the Toledo News-Bee
1917-08-17
206Andre Anderson2117 7 1
Urban Liberty Park, Buffalo, New York, USA
W TKO2/0
 W  
TKO
2/0
  
referee: Marve Smith
.
1917-06-19
Fred Fulton26 5 0
Armory A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
LTKO7/12
 L 
TKO
7/12
  
Langford down in 2nd round from a Fulton left. Langford's eyes were closed tight at end of round 6 and was not able to answer for 7th round. Langford was cut badly and was hospitalized. Later saying that he thought Fulton would be the next Heavyweight Champion.
1917-05-11
Harry Wills27 5 2
Cambria A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
LNWS6/6
 L 
NWS
6/6
  
Wills won the newspaper decision according to both the Philadelphia Record and the Philadelphia Public Ledger (Paul Zabala). A press service report (Pittsburgh Post) said that Langford and Wills hit each other with "cream-puff blows>"
1917-05-01
Bill Tate11 7 0
Future City A.C., Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
W KO5/12
 W  
KO
5/12
  
Langford regains his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1917-04-20
Bob Devere22 5 2
Harlem S.C., New York, New York, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
Langford won the newspaper decision according to the New York Times
1917-04-10
205Jack Thompson1984 3 1
Broadway S.C., Brooklyn, New York, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
Langford won the newspaper decision, taking 9 out of 10 rounds per the New York Times.
1917-01-25
Bill Tate10 7 0
Grand Opera House, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
LPTS12/12
 L 
PTS
12/12
  
Langford loses his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1917-01-01
Battling Jim Johnson22 11 7
Academy A.C., Kansas City, Missouri, USA
W PTS12/12
 W  
PTS
12/12
  
Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim. Johnson knocked down twice.
1916-12-29
Bob Devere21 5 2
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
"...Bobby Devere had a slight edge over Sam Langford in a ten round bout here tonight." Langford earned the verdict, per Montreal Daily Mail
1916-12-12
191Battling Jim Johnson22422 10 7
Future City A.C., Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
W KO12/12
 W  
KO
12/12
  
time: 2:30
Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1916-11-30
198Bill Tate2269 7 0
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USA
DNWS10/10
 D 
NWS
10/10
  
Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim. The Syracuse Herald gave it to Langford, but the Syracuse Post-Standard gave it to Tate. Either way it was a very close fight.
1916-08-12
Sam McVea56 10 6
Teatro Roma, Avellaneda, Buenos Aires, Argentina
DPTS20/20
 D 
PTS
20/20
  
Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1916-05-12
198Joe Jeannette19877 9 8
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USA
W KO7/10
 W  
KO
7/10
  
referee: Tom Cawley
Langford wins undisputed world 'colored' heavyweight title
1916-05-02
Sam McVea56 10 6
East Market St. Rink, Akron, Ohio, USA
DNWS12/12
 D 
NWS
12/12
  
Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim. Source: Evening Independent (Massilon, OH)
1916-04-25
204Harry Wills21523 4 2
Coliseum, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
LNWS8/8
 L 
NWS
8/8
  
Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
Wills won the newspaper decision. (Nevada State Journal)
Langford down in the second round.
1916-04-07
202Sam McVea22056 10 6
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
Newspaper draw. (Syracuse Herald).
1916-03-31
190Jeff Clark17681 4 11
Future City A.C., Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
W TKO5/10
 W  
TKO
5/10
  
Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
"Sam Langford drove his right hand against Jeff Clark's jaw in the fifth round of their scheduled 10 round bout here last night. Clarke's second carried him away." (Sandusky Star Journal)
1916-03-23
Dave Mills5 5 5
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USA
W TKO2/10
 W  
TKO
2/10
  
referee: Tom Cawley
Langford defends his World \'colored\' heavyweight title claim
1916-03-07
195Harry Wills20423 4 2
Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USA
LNWS10/10
 L 
NWS
10/10
  
Wills easily won the newspaper decision, per the New York Times. Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1916-02-28
Cleve Hawkins6 5 2
Long Acre A.C., New York, New York, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
Langford easily won the newspaper decision, per the New York Times. Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1916-02-17
193Sam McVea21256 10 6
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
Results from the NY Tribune. Langford had a shade. The NY Times called it a draw.
1916-02-11
Harry Wills23 3 2
Tommy Burns Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
W KO19/20
 W  
KO
19/20
  
referee: Sammy Goldman
Wills loses his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
"Sam Langford knocked out Harry Wills in the 19th round of a scheduled twenty-round go at a local arena last night. Until the knockout blow neither fighter seemed to have the advantage." (Reno Evening Gazette)
"Sam finally stopped his rival in the 19th round with a left hook to the jaw. It was the fourth knockdown Wills received." (The Gleaner)
1916-01-03
190Harry Wills21022 3 2
Tulane A.C., New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
LPTS20/20
 L 
PTS
20/20
  
referee: Tommy Burns
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim. "...At the end referee Tommy Burns caught Langford's hand and said to him,"Sam, this is the hardest thing I ever had to do in my life. I always admired you and never thought to see you beaten, but I have to give the decision against you." Calgary Herald
1915-12-03
195Harry Wills20522 3 2
Harlem S.C., New York, New York, USA
LNWS10/10
 L 
NWS
10/10
  
Wills easily won the newspaper decision, per the New York Times and Brooklyn Eagle
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1915-11-23
206Sam McVea21256 10 6
American A.C., New York, New York, USA
DNWS10/10
 D 
NWS
10/10
  
New York Times, New York Tribune, Brooklyn Eagle, and Boston Globe account scored it a draw; AP scored for McVea, giving Langford just 2 rounds. Weights from NY Times.
1915-10-18
Battling Jim Johnson21 8 5
National A.C., Denver, Colorado, USA
W PTS15/15
 W  
PTS
15/15
  
Johnson outweighed Langford by forty pounds.
1915-09-30
Sam McVea55 10 5
Denver, Colorado, USA
DPTS20/20
 D 
PTS
20/20
  
referee: Eddie Pitts
1915-07-16
184Jack Thompson2011 0 0
National A.C., Denver, Colorado, USA
W TKO1/15
 W  
TKO
1/15
  
time: 0:32   referee: T.J. McDonnell
Thompson was knocked down.
1915-06-29
Sam McVea53 9 5
Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
LPTS12/12
 L 
PTS
12/12
  
referee: Phil Donahue
McVey wins a version of World 'colored' Heavyweight title
1915-06-08
192Battling Jim Johnson22021 8 5
Broadway S.C., Brooklyn, New York, USA
DNWS10/10
 D 
NWS
10/10
  
Newspaper decision from New York Times (Langford) and Brooklyn Eagle (Johnson)
1915-04-19
Porky Dan Flynn30 7 8
Montreal Sporting Club, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
NNC8/10
 N 
NC
8/10
  
referee: Pat Rooney
Neither man appeared willing to really mix it as they boxed with open gloves despite repeated warnings from referee Rooney. Unusual for the time, both men had been paid in full beforehand.
1915-04-13
Joe Jeannette72 9 7
Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
LPTS12/12
 L 
PTS
12/12
  
referee: Jack McGuigan
Langford loses world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1915-04-06
195Battling Jim Johnson22420 8 5
135th Street A.C., New York, New York, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
Results from the NY Tribune. The NY Times called it a draw. Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1914-11-26
190Harry Wills21020 1 2
Arena, Vernon, California, USA
W KO14/20
 W  
KO
14/20
  
referee: George Blake
"With a left swing to the jaw, Sam Langford of Boston knocked out Harry Wills, the giant New Orleans negro, in the fourteenth round of a scheduled twenty-round fight this afternoon at Vernon. Both men were knocked down repeatedly, Langford himself taking the count four times in the first two rounds. Langford early in the fight hurt his left ankle as he fell to the mat in a vicious breakaway. Wills' effective straight-arm drives gave him an apparent even break in most of the rounds, but Langford fought with a superior knowledge of the game that gradually wore out Wills. As the soreness left Langford's injured ankle, his footwork improved and the twelfth, thirteenth and fourteenth rounds showed Langford winning. His speed, judgment and force then enabled him to play with Wills. The final swing was delivered after a torrent of blows had left Wills staggering." (Indianapolis Star)
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim.
1914-11-16
Jim Cameron10 11 1
Arctic Street Arena, San Diego, California, USA
W TKO6/8
 W  
TKO
6/8
  
Cameron quit claiming a broken hand in the sixth. Langford and the promoters argued over money and number of rounds in the fight. Langford finally agreed to box eight rounds. Cameron looked scared to death of Langford and crowd hissed and booed throughout the fight. (Los Angeles Times)
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim.
1914-11-10
Tom McMahon14 5 3
Arena, Vernon, California, USA
W TKO6/20
 W  
TKO
6/20
  
County constable stopped the fight.
1914-10-26
Jeff Clark67 3 10
Joplin, Missouri, USA
LNWS10/10
 L 
NWS
10/10
  
"Sam Langford of Boston was outpointed here last night by Jeff Clarke, negro heavyweight of Joplin, who was given the popular decision at the end of ten fast rounds." (AP wire)
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim.
1914-10-20
200Gunboat Smith42 7 4
Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W KO3/12
 W  
KO
3/12
  
referee: Jack McGuigan
A sweeping right put Smith down in round 1. A left hook put Smith down for seven in the second round, before the knockout at just over 2 minutes in the third. Days later Smith claimed he'd been sick.
1914-10-06
Colin Bell33 10 2
Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W TKO4/12
 W  
TKO
4/12
  
referee: Jack Sheehan
Bell down five times in the bout before the referee stopped it with him dangling on the ropes.
1914-10-01
199½Joe Jeannette19669 9 6
Stadium A.C., New York, New York, USA
DNWS10/10
 D 
NWS
10/10
  
Newspaper decision for Langford from NY Tribune. Newspaper decision for Jeannette from NY Times. A draw from Robert Edgren (NY Evening World).
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim.
1914-09-15
Battling Jim Johnson19 7 3
Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
DPTS12/12
 D 
PTS
12/12
  
referee: George V. Tuohey
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim.
1914-08-25
George Kid Cotton6 6 1
Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W KO4/12
 W  
KO
4/12
  
referee: Jack Sheehan
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim.
1914-08-12
Battling Jim Johnson19 7 3
Stadium A.C., New York, New York, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
Newspaper decision for Langford from Robert Edgren (NY Evening World), NY Times, NY Tribune.
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim.
1914-05-25
186Bill Watkins1802 5 0
Olympic A.C., Rochester, New York, USA
W KO4/10
 W  
KO
4/10
  
referee: Harry Bollock
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim.
1914-05-01
187Harry Wills21012 1 2
National Baseball Park, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
DNWS10/10
 D 
NWS
10/10
  
referee: Buddy Griffin
Newspaper decision for Langford from Will Hamilton (New Orleans Item). Newspaper decision for Wills from New Orleans Times-Democrat and The Daily Picayune, INS (Wills won 7 rounds). A draw from Pawtucket (RI) Evening Times ("fought 10 rounds to a draw last night before the largest crowd seen here in years").
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim.
1914-04-20
Rough House Ware1 3 3
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
W TKO5/8
 W  
TKO
5/8
  
referee: Billy Haack
Previously listed as a points win for Langford. Ware went down three times in the first round and two more times in the fifth before the referee stopped the bout. Boston Globe
1914-04-15
George Kid Cotton6 5 1
Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
W PTS8/8
 W  
PTS
8/8
  
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim. Langford down in the first round.
1914-03-27
200Battling Jim Johnson22619 6 3
Empire A.C., New York, New York, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
Langford "won by a wide margin" when Johnson "failed to show anything remotely resembling championship ability" (New York Times)
1914-03-23
200Bill Watkins1862 4 0
National S.C., New York, New York, USA
W TKO1/10
 W  
TKO
1/10
  
referee: Patsy Haley
"During the 2 minutes that it lasted it was featured principally by the hugging tactics of Watkins who evidently left his courage outside the ring". (NY Times)
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim.
1914-01-24
'P/O' Matthew 'Nutty' Curran35 20 2
Luna Park Arena, Paris, Paris, France
W KO1/20
 W  
KO
1/20
  
time: 0:30
1913-12-20
185¾Joe Jeannette188¼60 8 6
Luna Park Arena, Paris, Paris, France
W PTS20/20
 W  
PTS
20/20
  
referee: Franz Reichel
World Heavyweight Title,
as recognized by the French Boxing Federation which had stripped Jack Johnson (and which shortly after stripped Langford)
1913-11-17
Gunboat Smith40 6 4
Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
LPTS12/12
 L 
PTS
12/12
  
referee: Dick Fleming
Smith relied almost totally on a stiff left jab, but Langford seemed unfazed by it and bided his time, working to the body. Late in the fight he began a serious assault and had Smith bleeding freely. When referee Fleming raised Smith's arm in victory, many ringsiders were surprised. (This "mixed bout" had previously been banned by the state of New York.)
1913-10-27
Jack Lester24 10 4
Taft, California, USA
W RTD5/20
 W  
RTD
5/20
  
referee: George Blake
Lester was down for 7 in the 2nd round, and knocked down three times in the 4th. He was so groggy that he did not arise from his chair in the 5th. New York Times
1913-10-03
199½Joe Jeannette19560 8 6
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
DNWS10/10
 D 
NWS
10/10
  
referee: Billy Joh
Newspaper decision was a draw according to the New York Times. It was felt that Langford was badly out of shape.
Atlanta Constitution reported Jeannette winning
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1913-09-09
185John Lester Johnson1701 0 0
Atlantic Garden A.C., New York, New York, USA
W KO1/10
 W  
KO
1/10
  
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim.
At the gong, Johnson began prancing and stamping around the ring like a horse with the blind staggers. Langford was compelled to take long-distance swings and the only place he could reach was his opponents left kidney, which he did until Johnson went down.
1913-08-26
Porky Dan Flynn26 6 7
Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W KO4/12
 W  
KO
4/12
  
Langford was floored for a four-count in the first round. Langford was down for nine in the second, before flooring Flynn for the full count in the fourth.
1913-06-19
Colin Bell30 6 1
Rockhampton Stadium, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
DPTS15/15
 D 
PTS
15/15
  
Australian heavyweight title
1913-03-24
Sam McVea48 9 3
Olympic Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
DPTS20/20
 D 
PTS
20/20
  
referee: Major Fred Craig
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1913-03-15
Jim Barry23 20 5
Olympic Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
W KO1/20
 W  
KO
1/20
  
1912-12-26
Sam McVea48 8 3
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
W KO13/20
 W  
KO
13/20
  
referee: Arthur Scott
Australian heavyweight title
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1912-10-09
Sam McVea48 7 3
Exhibition Stadium, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
W TKO11/20
 W  
TKO
11/20
  
Australian heavyweight title
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
McVey claimed a foul. This was not allowed and he refused to continue.
1912-08-03
Sam McVea48 6 3
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
W PTS20/20
 W  
PTS
20/20
  
Australian heavyweight title
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1912-05-27
Porky Dan Flynn24 5 5
Athletic Pavilion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
W KO14/20
 W  
KO
14/20
  
1912-05-13
Jim Barry23 15 4
Athletic Pavilion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
W TKO11/20
 W  
TKO
11/20
  
1912-04-08
Sam McVea48 5 3
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
W PTS20/20
 W  
PTS
20/20
  
referee: Arthur Scott
Australian heavyweight title
Langford regains world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1912-02-12
Jim Barry22 11 4
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
W PTS20/20
 W  
PTS
20/20
  
Barry down in the first round.
1911-12-26
170Sam McVea19846 5 3
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
LPTS20/20
 L 
PTS
20/20
  
referee: Snowy Baker
Australian heavyweight title
Langford loses world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1911-10-06
Tony Caponi21 10 18
Twentieth Century A.C., New York, New York, USA
W TKO3/10
 W  
TKO
3/10
  
referee: Charlie White
The fight was stopped by the referee "in the middle of the third round, as Caponi was helpless from the beating the big negro fighter had given him." (Nevada State Journal)
1911-09-05
178Joe Jeannette29 7 5
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
Langford won the newspaper decision according to the New York Times. Jeanette was knocked down in the 1st, 4th, and 10th rounds.
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1911-08-24
Tony Ross17 6 5
National Sporting Club, New York, New York, USA
W KO6/10
 W  
KO
6/10
  
1911-08-15
180Philadelphia Jack O'Brien17091 7 14
Twentieth Century A.C., New York, New York, USA
W TKO5/10
 W  
TKO
5/10
  
referee: Charlie White
"Sam Langford, of Boston, with an advantage of about ten pounds in weight, fought 'Philadelphia' Jack O'Brien to a standstill in four and one-half rounds at the Twentieth Century Club in New York. Referee White prevented a knockout when he stopped the bout in the middle of the fifth round. O'Brien was practically out from the effects of a hard left hook to the jaw and had to be helped to his corner." (San Juan Prospector)
1911-08-09
Jim Smith6 6 0
Atlantic Garden A.C., New York, New York, USA
W TKO5/10
 W  
TKO
5/10
  
referee: Billy Joh
1911-06-29