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Sam Langford

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


bouts 255 rating
rounds 1994 ranking
KOs 41%
 
global ID 011023
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

316 total bouts, view in calendar
verified
unverified
unsanctioned
W
Win
L
Loss
D
Draw
N
No Contest
S/P
Scheduled/Pending
Date lbs opponent
op. record 
lbs
result 
rounds location
Brad Simmons
12
4
1
 L 
TKO1/0
Drumright, Oklahoma, USA
Langford retired after this bout. He was 43-years-old and blind.
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Young Jack Johnson
19
24
10
 W  
KO2/0
Shawnee, Oklahoma, USA
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Tim Sullivan
0
0
2
 D 
PTS6/6
Fort Bliss Arena, El Paso, Texas, USA
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Battling Gahee
13
14
4
 L 
PTS8/8
 L 
PTS
8/8

Exact date and location unknown.
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Frolin Gonzalesdebut
 W  
PTS10/10
Mexico
 W  
PTS
10/10

Mexico
Reported but not confirmed.
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Tim Sullivan
0
0
1
 D 
PTS6/6
 D 
PTS
6/6

Exact date and location unknown.
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Tim Sullivandebut
 D 
PTS6/6
 D 
PTS
6/6

Exact date and location unknown.
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Smiling Kid Nolan
4
14
1
 W  
KO2/0
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Reported but not confirmed.
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Sydney Grant
0
1
0
 W  
KO4/0
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Reported but not confirmed.
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Eddie Tremblay
15
6
1
 W  
KO3/4
Venice, California, USA
Reported but not confirmed.
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Eddie Tremblay
13
6
1
 L 
PTS4/4
Venice, California, USA
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Sammy Olson
10
7
3
 W  
PTS4/4
Bakersfield Stadium, Bakersfield, California, USA
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Jim Jam Barry
21
23
21
 N 
ND4/4
San Fernando Stadium, San Fernando, California, USA
Bout went four rounds. San Fernando Sun did not give result of decision though.
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Jim Jam Barry
21
22
21
 W  
PTS4/4
Huntington Beach, California, USA
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Smiling Kid Nolan
3
12
1
 W  
KO5/0
Venice, California, USA
Reported but not confirmed.
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Tut Jackson
54
9
3
 W  
KO9/0
Mexico
 W  
KO
9/0

Mexico
Reported but not confirmed.
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Tom Riley
0
6
0
 W  
KO2/0
Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
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Fireman Jim Flynn
64
42
18
 W  
PTS8/8
Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
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Sonny Goodrich
14
4
6
 L 
PTS10/10
Community House, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Mexico heavyweight title
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Roscoe Hall
0
4
0
 W  
KO1/0
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Reported but not confirmed.
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Andres Balsa
15
9
1
 W  
TKO8/15
Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
Confirmned from Mexican newspapers (Bob Yalen).
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Fireman Jim Flynn
64
41
18
 W  
KO3/15
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
"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.
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Bearcat Wright
5
5
3
 L 
KO9/0
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
bout held during Aug
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Fireman Jim Flynn
63
39
18
 W  
PTS10/10
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Bout held during Aug 1923
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180Clem Johnson
12
14
2
205
 L 
TKO13/15
Plaza de Toros, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
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..
time: 1:25   referee: Kid Payo
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Jim Tracey
10
17
2
 W  
KO4/20
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Mexico heavyweight title
Verified from Excelsior, Mexico City (Bob Yalen) and reported in Boxing Blade, July 28, 1923, page 14.
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Jack Voight
3
1
0
 W  
KO5/15
El Toreo, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Mexico heavyweight title
Verified by Bob Yalen from Excelsior, Mexico City.
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Art Suransdebut
 W  
KO3/0
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Mexico heavyweight title
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Andres Balsa
14
7
1
 W  
KO3/0
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
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.
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185Andres Balsa
14
6
1
190
 W  
PTS10/10
Arena Cine Imperio, Torreon, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico
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185Chihuahua Kid Brown
0
8
2
175
 W  
PTS15/15
Plaza de Toros, Torreon, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico
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Andres Balsa
13
5
1
 W  
TKO6/15
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
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).
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Jack Savage
17
26
16
 W  
KO1/15
Chapultepec Bull Ring, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
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.
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Chihuahua Kid Brown
0
7
2
 W  
KO1/10
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
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.
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Jim Tracey
10
14
2
 W  
KO6/0
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
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Tom McCarty
7
7
4
 W  
KO2/0
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
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Sonny Goodrich
9
1
4
 W  
TKO7/12
Market House Arena, San Antonio, Texas, USA
referee: Del Coffen
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Roscoe Hall
0
2
0
 W  
KO3/0
Mexico
 W  
KO
3/0

Mexico
Reported but not confirmed.
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Jack Taylor
17
10
9
 W  
KO8/0
Mexico
 W  
KO
8/0

Mexico
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Tut Jackson
40
2
2
 W  
KO1/0
Mexico
 W  
KO
1/0

Mexico
Reported but not confirmed.
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Jim Jam Barry
20
22
19
 D 
PTS10/10
Douglas, Arizona, USA
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Jack Taylor
16
10
8
 D 
PTS15/15
Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
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Jack Taylor
16
9
8
 W  
PTS15/15
Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
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Cyclone Smith
0
3
0
 W  
KO2/0
El Paso, Texas, USA
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Battling Owens
1
4
0
 W  
KO7/15
Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
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Jack Taylor
15
9
8
 D 
NWS10/10
Mizzou Park, Sioux City, Iowa, USA
Newspaper draw from Chicago Tribune (report) and local Sioux City newspaper.
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Brad Simmons
4
2
0
 D 
NWS10/10
Wichita, Kansas, USA
(Eau Claire Leader)
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Bill Tate
19
16
1
 W  
PTS12/12
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
 W  
PTS
12/12

Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Langford "was given a referee's decision (..) after twelve slow rounds of fighting." (Nebraska State Journal)
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Bearcat Wright
4
4
3
 W  
RTD5/12
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Wright failed to come out for round 6, claiming a broken hand.
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185Bearcat Wright
4
4
2
190
 D 
PTS12/12
City Auditorium, Galveston, Texas, USA
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Tiger Flowers
30
4
1
 W  
KO2/10
Ponce de Leon Ballpark, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
referee: Johnny Glenn
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Ted Jamieson
6
9
0
 D 
PTS10/10
Private club, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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.
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Roscoe Hall
0
1
0
 W  
TKO4/0
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
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Roscoe Halldebut
 W  
KO2/8
Venice A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, USA
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Jack Leslie
3
1
0
 W  
NWS10/10
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Newspaper decision from the Kokomo Tribune
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Tut Jackson
28
1
2
 L 
TKO5/12
Dayton, Ohio, USA
 L 
TKO
5/12

Dayton, Ohio, USA
"The referee stopped the fight after Langford had been floored twice." (Newark Advocate)
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Bill Tate
18
15
1
 L 
NWS8/8
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
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.
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Cyclone Smith
0
2
0
 W  
KO2/10
Clyffeside Park, Ashland, Kentucky, USA
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Harry Wills
52
6
3
 L 
PTS10/10
Arena, Milwaukie, Oregon, USA
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
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Young Peter Jackson
1
1
1
 W  
NWS10/10
Illinois Theatre, Urbana, Illinois, USA
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.
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Lee Anderson
23
9
9
 W  
PTS10/10
Tucson, Arizona, USA
 W  
PTS
10/10

Tucson, Arizona, USA
Ref's decision. 2nd recent Arizona bout.
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Lee Anderson
22
9
9
 L 
PTS10/10
Capital City Arena, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
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.
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187Young Peter Jackson
1
0
1
171
 W  
KO2/10
The Armouries, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Jackson down 3 times.
referee: Lou Marsh
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Bill Tate
15
14
0
 L 
NWS12/12
Covington, Kentucky, USA
(The News Sentinel)
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Lee Anderson
21
9
9
 L 
NWS12/12
Coliseum, Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Newspaper decision from the Muskogee Times-Democrat (wire report)
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Topeka Jack Johnson
0
2
1
 D 
PTS6/6
State Fairgrounds, Topeka, Kansas, USA
6-round exhibition bout per Fort Worth Star-Telegram
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George Godfrey
4
3
1
220
 W  
KO1/12
Riverside Club, Covington, Kentucky, USA
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Lee Anderson
21
8
9
 W  
PTS10/10
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
 W  
PTS
10/10

Omaha, Nebraska, USA
This bout was the first to be staged under the new Nebraska boxing law.
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Bearcat Wright
1
2
1
 W  
KO9/10
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
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Bill Watkins
4
6
0
 W  
KO0/0
 W  
KO
0/0

Exact date, location and # of rounds unknown.
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Alfred Johnsondebut
 W  
KO0/0
 W  
KO
0/0

Exact date, location and # of rounds unknown.
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Jack Thompson
17
7
4
 D 
PTS10/10
 D 
PTS
10/10

Exact date and location unknown.
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Bob Devere
23
8
2
 W  
TKO7/10
Armory, Portland, Oregon, USA
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Lee Anderson
15
7
8
 D 
PTS12/12
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
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Jim Jam Barry
18
17
16
 W  
PTS10/10
Armory, Portland, Oregon, USA
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Clem Johnson
8
8
2
 W  
PTS6/6
Marshfield, Oregon, USA
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Terry Kellar
19
32
11
 W  
PTS6/6
Aberdeen, Washington, USA
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Tiny Jim Herman
11
2
6
 W  
TKO7/10
Heilig Theater, Portland, Oregon, USA
referee: Grover Francis
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George Godfrey
3
1
1
 W  
KO2/10
Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA
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Jack Thompson
16
7
4
 L 
PTS8/8
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
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Lee Anderson
12
7
7
 L 
PTS10/10
Heilig Theater, Portland, Oregon, USA
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Frank Farmer
38
11
19
 W  
PTS4/4
Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA
"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.)
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Tiny Jim Herman
11
1
5
 W  
KO7/10
Heilig Theater, Portland, Oregon, USA
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191Bill Tate
15
11
0
230
 L 
NWS6/6
Floyd Fitzsimmons Arena, Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA
Tate won from Langford "by a shade." (Bismarck Tribune) The Chicago Tribune concurs.
referee: E.W. Dickerson
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Bearcat Wright
1
1
1
 W  
PTS10/10
Walthill, Nebraska, USA
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Sam McVea
66
13
9
 W  
NWS10/10
East Chicago, Indiana, USA
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)
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Pinky Lewis
3
11
6
 W  
KO9/0
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
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Jack Mitchell
1
1
0
 W  
KO3/10
Springfield, Missouri, USA
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Rough House Ware
10
11
3
 W  
KO9/15
Tulane Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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.
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Jeff Clark
88
22
15
 W  
PTS15/15
Columbus, Ohio, USA
 W  
PTS
15/15

Columbus, Ohio, USA
"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)
referee: Walter Hughes
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Marty Cutler
0
8
0
 W  
TKO3/10
Armouries, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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
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George Godfrey
1
0
0
 D 
PTS10/10
 D 
PTS
10/10

Exact date and location unknown.
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Harry Wills
39
5
2
 L 
PTS15/15
Stockyards Stadium, Denver, Colorado, USA
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.
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Silas Green
6
5
0
 W  
KO3/10
Detroit, Michigan, USA
This bout took place in Detroit, MI not Denver, CO as previously displayed. Trenton Evening Times and Fort Wayne News Sentinel
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Jack Thompson
16
5
3
 W  
PTS15/15
Convention Hall, Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA
Tulsa (OK) Daily World reported Langford receiving the decision. Milwaukee Journal reported the same result. Previously listed as Thompson W-PTS15 Langford.
referee: Patsy Corrigan
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192Jamaica Kid
6
4
1
171
 W  
TKO7/12
Columbus, Ohio, USA
 W  
TKO
7/12

Columbus, Ohio, USA
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Battling Gahee
5
1
1
 W  
KO2/8
Phoenix A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Tucson Daily Citizen 24 February 1920
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Jeff Clark
88
22
15
 D 
NWS10/10
K of C Hall, Terre Haute, Indiana, USA
(Chicago Tribune)
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Jeff Clark
88
22
15
 W  
NWS10/10
Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
Newspaper decision from the Deactur Daily Review
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Dave McBridedebut
 W  
KO1/0
Liberty Theater, Camp Grant, Illinois, USA
time: 1:00
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Jack Thompson
16
4
3
 N 
NC6/10
Shrine Auditorium, Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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
referee: Harry McCollum
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185Mexican Jim Johnsondebut
190
 W  
KO9/10
Auditorium, Sioux City, Iowa, USA
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."
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Harry Wills
34
5
2
 L 
PTS15/15
Convention Hall, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
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)
referee: Edward W. Cochrane 1-8
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Jack Thompson
16
4
2
 D 
PTS15/15
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
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
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Harry Wills
34
5
2
 L 
NWS10/10
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USA
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
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Rough House Wilsondebut
 W  
KO4/10
Battle Creek, Michigan, USA
Wilson down for two counts of nine in the fourth round before the KO.
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Bill Tate
13
10
0
 W  
NWS10/10
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
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.
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Jack Thompson
15
4
1
 D 
PTS15/15
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
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Harry Wills
33
5
2
 L 
NWS8/8
Sportsman's Park, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
Wills won the newspaper decision. (Decatur Review)
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Bill Tate
13
9
0
 W  
DQ5/10
Nicollet Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Tate was disqualified for holding. (Evening State Journal)
referee: George Barton
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197Billy Hooper
7
2
0
163
 W  
KO4/10
Springer Opera House, Columbus, Georgia, USA
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Willie Meehan
77
15
35
 L 
PTS4/4
Coliseum, San Francisco, California, USA
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Fred Fulton
42
7
0
 L 
PTS4/4
Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA
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.
referee: Jim Griffin
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Jeff Clark
86
13
13
 W  
PTS8/8
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
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Jack Butler
3
10
2
 W  
KO5/10
Rock Island, Illinois, USA
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Jeff Clark
86
13
13
 L 
NWS6/6
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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.
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Jeff Clark
86
13
12
 D 
PTS10/10
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
referee: Harry Quinn
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Jeff Clark
86
13
11
 D 
PTS12/12
Crescent Rink, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
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.
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Battling Jim Johnson
24
16
7
 D 
NWS8/8
Lafayette A.C., Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
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Rough House Ware
8
10
3
 W  
KO9/15
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
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Jack Thompson
10
3
1
 W  
NWS6/6
Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Newspaper decision in favor of Langford from the Philadelphia Public Ledger (Paul Zabala) and the Philadelphia Record.
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Battling Jim Johnson
24
16
7
 W  
NWS8/8
Atlantic City S.C., Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Battling Jim Johnson
24
15
7
 W  
PTS10/10
Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
referee: Danny O'Donnell
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Harry Wills
30
5
2
 L 
TKO8/20
Vista Allegre Bull Ring, Panama City, Panama
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.
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Harry Wills
29
5
2
 L 
KO6/20
Vista Allegre Bull Ring, Panama City, Panama
Wills scored a clean knockout after giving Langford a bad beating.
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Kid Norfolk
30
10
4
 W  
KO2/20
Stockyards Stadium, Denver, Colorado, USA
Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
Norfolk down 3 times in 2d
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196Harry Wills
27
5
2
203
 D 
NWS12/12
Coliseum, Toledo, Ohio, USA
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.
referee: Ollie Pecord
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198Harry Wills
27
5
2
203
 L 
NWS10/10
Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
Wills won the newspaper decision. (Warren Evening Mirror)
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Andy Johnson
2
1
0
 W  
KO2/15
Maryland A.C., Ardmore, Maryland, USA
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198Joe Jeannette
82
10
8
196
 W  
NWS12/12
Coliseum, Toledo, Ohio, USA
Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
Newspaper decision from the Toledo News-Bee
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206Andre Anderson
7
7
1
211
 W  
TKO2/0
Urban Liberty Park, Buffalo, New York, USA
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referee: Marve Smith
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Fred Fulton
26
5
0
 L 
TKO7/12
Armory A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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.
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Harry Wills
27
5
2
 L 
NWS6/6
Cambria A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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>"
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Bill Tate
11
7
0
 W  
KO5/12
Future City A.C., Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
Langford regains his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
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Bob Devere
22
5
2
 W  
NWS10/10
Harlem S.C., New York, New York, USA
Langford won the newspaper decision according to the New York Times
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205Jack Thompson
4
3
1
198
 W  
NWS10/10
Broadway S.C., Brooklyn, New York, USA
Langford won the newspaper decision, taking 9 out of 10 rounds per the New York Times.
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Bill Tate
10
7
0
 L 
PTS12/12
Grand Opera House, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Langford loses his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
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Battling Jim Johnson
22
11
7
 W  
PTS12/12
Academy A.C., Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim. Johnson knocked down twice.
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Bob Devere
21
5
2
 W  
NWS10/10
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
"...Bobby Devere had a slight edge over Sam Langford in a ten round bout here tonight." Langford earned the verdict, per Montreal Daily Mail
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191Battling Jim Johnson
22
10
7
224
 W  
KO12/12
Future City A.C., Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
time: 2:30
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198Bill Tate
9
7
0
226
 D 
NWS10/10
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USA
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.
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Sam McVea
56
10
6
 D 
PTS20/20
Teatro Roma, Avellaneda, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
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198Joe Jeannette
77
9
8
198
 W  
KO7/10
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USA
Langford wins undisputed world 'colored' heavyweight title
referee: Tom Cawley
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Sam McVea
56
10
6
 D 
NWS12/12
East Market St. Rink, Akron, Ohio, USA
Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim. Source: Evening Independent (Massilon, OH)
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204Harry Wills
23
4
2
215
 L 
NWS8/8
Coliseum, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
Wills won the newspaper decision. (Nevada State Journal)
Langford down in the second round.
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202Sam McVea
56
10
6
220
 W  
NWS10/10
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USA
Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
Newspaper draw. (Syracuse Herald).
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190Jeff Clark
81
4
11
176
 W  
TKO5/10
Future City A.C., Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
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)
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Dave Mills
5
5
5
 W  
TKO2/10
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USA
Langford defends his World \'colored\' heavyweight title claim
referee: Tom Cawley
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195Harry Wills
23
4
2
204
 L 
NWS10/10
Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Wills easily won the newspaper decision, per the New York Times. Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
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Cleve Hawkins
6
5
2
 W  
NWS10/10
Long Acre A.C., New York, New York, USA
Langford easily won the newspaper decision, per the New York Times. Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
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193Sam McVea
56
10
6
212
 W  
NWS10/10
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
Results from the NY Tribune. Langford had a shade. The NY Times called it a draw.
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Harry Wills
23
3
2
 W  
KO19/20
Tommy Burns Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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)
referee: Sammy Goldman
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190Harry Wills
22
3
2
210
 L 
PTS20/20
Tulane A.C., New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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
referee: Tommy Burns
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195Harry Wills
22
3
2
205
 L 
NWS10/10
Harlem S.C., New York, New York, USA
Wills easily won the newspaper decision, per the New York Times and Brooklyn Eagle
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
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206Sam McVea
56
10
6
212
 D 
NWS10/10
American A.C., New York, New York, USA
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.
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Battling Jim Johnson
21
8
5
 W  
PTS15/15
National A.C., Denver, Colorado, USA
Johnson outweighed Langford by forty pounds.
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Sam McVea
55
10
5
 D 
PTS20/20
Denver, Colorado, USA
referee: Eddie Pitts
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184Jack Thompson
1
0
0
201
 W  
TKO1/15
National A.C., Denver, Colorado, USA
Thompson was knocked down.
time: 0:32   referee: T.J. McDonnell
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Sam McVea
53
9
5
 L 
PTS12/12
Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
McVey wins a version of World 'colored' Heavyweight title
referee: Phil Donahue
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192Battling Jim Johnson
21
8
5
220
 D 
NWS10/10
Broadway S.C., Brooklyn, New York, USA
Newspaper decision from New York Times (Langford) and Brooklyn Eagle (Johnson)
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Porky Dan Flynn
30
7
8
 N 
NC8/10
Montreal Sporting Club, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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.
referee: Pat Rooney
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Joe Jeannette
72
9
7
 L 
PTS12/12
Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Langford loses world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
referee: Jack McGuigan
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195Battling Jim Johnson
20
8
5
224
 W  
NWS10/10
135th Street A.C., New York, New York, USA
Results from the NY Tribune. The NY Times called it a draw. Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
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190Harry Wills
20
1
2
210
 W  
KO14/20
Arena, Vernon, California, USA
"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.
referee: George Blake
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Jim Cameron
10
11
1
 W  
TKO6/8
Arctic Street Arena, San Diego, California, USA
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.
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Tom McMahon
14
5
3
 W  
TKO6/20
Arena, Vernon, California, USA
County constable stopped the fight.
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Jeff Clark
67
3
10
 L 
NWS10/10
Joplin, Missouri, USA
"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.
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200Gunboat Smith
42
7
4
 W  
KO3/12
Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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.
referee: Jack McGuigan
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Colin Bell
33
10
2
 W  
TKO4/12
Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Bell down five times in the bout before the referee stopped it with him dangling on the ropes.
referee: Jack Sheehan
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199½Joe Jeannette
69
9
6
196
 D 
NWS10/10
Stadium A.C., New York, New York, USA
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.
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Battling Jim Johnson
19
7
3
 D 
PTS12/12
Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim.
referee: George V. Tuohey
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George Kid Cotton
6
6
1
 W  
KO4/12
Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim.
referee: Jack Sheehan
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Battling Jim Johnson
19
7
3
 W  
NWS10/10
Stadium A.C., New York, New York, USA
Newspaper decision for Langford from Robert Edgren (NY Evening World), NY Times, NY Tribune.
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim.
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186Bill Watkins
2
5
0
180
 W  
KO4/10
Olympic A.C., Rochester, New York, USA
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim.
referee: Harry Bollock
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187Harry Wills
12
1
2
210
 D 
NWS10/10
National Baseball Park, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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.
referee: Buddy Griffin
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Rough House Ware
1
3
3
 W  
TKO5/8
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
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
referee: Billy Haack
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George Kid Cotton
6
5
1
 W  
PTS8/8
Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim. Langford down in the first round.
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200Battling Jim Johnson
19
6
3
226
 W  
NWS10/10
Empire A.C., New York, New York, USA
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)
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200Bill Watkins
2
4
0
186
 W  
TKO1/10
National S.C., New York, New York, USA
"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.
referee: Patsy Haley
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'P/O' Matthew 'Nutty' Curran
35
20
2
 W  
KO1/20
Luna Park Arena, Paris, Paris, France
time: 0:30
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185¾Joe Jeannette
60
8
6
188¼
 W  
PTS20/20
Luna Park Arena, Paris, Paris, France
World Heavyweight Title,
as recognized by the French Boxing Federation which had stripped Jack Johnson (and which shortly after stripped Langford)
referee: Franz Reichel
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Gunboat Smith
40
6
4
 L 
PTS12/12
Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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.)
referee: Dick Fleming
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Jack Lester
24
10
4
 W  
RTD5/20
Taft, California, USA
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
referee: George Blake
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199½Joe Jeannette
60
8
6
195
 D 
NWS10/10
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
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
referee: Billy Joh
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185John Lester Johnson
1
0
0
170
 W  
KO1/10
Atlantic Garden A.C., New York, New York, USA
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.
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Porky Dan Flynn
26
6
7
 W  
KO4/12
Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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.
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Colin Bell
30
6
1
 D 
PTS15/15
Rockhampton Stadium, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
Australian heavyweight title
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Sam McVea
48
9
3
 D 
PTS20/20
Olympic Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
referee: Major Fred Craig
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Jim Barry
23
20
5
 W  
KO1/20
Olympic Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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Sam McVea
48
8
3
 W  
KO13/20
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Australian heavyweight title
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
referee: Arthur Scott
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Sam McVea
48
7
3
 W  
TKO11/20
Exhibition Stadium, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Australian heavyweight title
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
McVey claimed a foul. This was not allowed and he refused to continue.
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Sam McVea
48
6
3
 W  
PTS20/20
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Australian heavyweight title
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
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Porky Dan Flynn
24
5
5
 W  
KO14/20
Athletic Pavilion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Jim Barry
23
15
4
 W  
TKO11/20
Athletic Pavilion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Sam McVea
48
5
3
 W  
PTS20/20
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Australian heavyweight title
Langford regains world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
referee: Arthur Scott
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Jim Barry
22
11
4
 W  
PTS20/20
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Barry down in the first round.
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170Sam McVea
46
5
3
198
 L 
PTS20/20
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Australian heavyweight title
Langford loses world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
referee: Snowy Baker
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Tony Caponi
21
10
18
 W  
TKO3/10
Twentieth Century A.C., New York, New York, USA
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)
referee: Charlie White
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178Joe Jeannette
29
7
5
 W  
NWS10/10
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
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
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Tony Ross
17
6
5
 W  
KO6/10
National Sporting Club, New York, New York, USA
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180Philadelphia Jack O'Brien
92
7
14
170
 W  
TKO5/10
Twentieth Century A.C., New York, New York, USA
"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)
referee: Charlie White
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Jim Smith
6
6
0
 W  
TKO5/10
Atlantic Garden A.C., New York, New York, USA
referee: Billy Joh
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Jack Fitzgerald
15
4
2
 W  
TKO5/10
National S.C., New York, New York, USA
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Tony Caponi
21
10
18
 W  
NWS10/10
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Caponi was "soft" for Langford, who in the seventh round "had Caponi in such bad shape, that the police stopped the fight for a time. The bout finally was allowed to the full ten rounds. Both the fighters were on their feet at the finish. After the seventh round, the negro only sparred and made a joke of it by making fancy dodges and swings." (Washington Post)
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Ralph Calloway
5
6
4
 W  
TKO4/10
Alhambra, Syracuse, New York, USA
Sandy Ferguson failed to show and Calloway filled in for him
referee: Jack Lewis
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161Sam McVea
40
5
2
201¾
 D 
PTS20/20
Cirque de Paris, Paris, Paris, France
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim. Weights from Le Figaro (Paris)
referee: Eugene Corri
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165Bill Lang
22
7
1
196
 W  
DQ6/20
Olympia, Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Newcastle Journal - Wednesday 22 February 1911
referee: Eugene Corri
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Fred Atwaterdebut
 W  
TKO3/0
State Armory, Utica, New York, USA
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Joe Jeannette
26
6
5
 W  
PTS12/12
Armory A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
"Langford had a decisive lead in every round but one and in the first round dropped Jeannette for a count of eight." (Elbert County Banner)
referee: Charlie White
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Morris Harris
15
6
0
 W  
KO2/12
Armory, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
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Jeff Clark
33
2
4
 W  
TKO2/10
Joplin, Missouri, USA
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
"Sam Langford won over Jeff Clark of Joplin in the second round of what was to have been a ten-round bout here tonight. The fight was stopped when Clark was all but out. Before he would fight Langford insisted that the ring be reduced to sixteen feet square. From the tap of the gong Langford rushed, showering short jabs to the body. The force of his onslaught rendered Clark powerless and he was knocked to the floor for the count of eight three times in the first round. He came back gamely, but after two minutes of the second round, after he had gone down twice, the referee stopped the fight, giving Langford the decision." (Indianapolis Star)
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170Joe Jeannette
25
5
4
190
 W  
PTS15/15
Armory A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
referee: Charlie White
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Al Kubiak
14
4
2
 W  
TKO2/10
Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York, USA
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Battling Jim Johnson
3
0
1
 W  
NWS6/6
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
Langford "had things practically all his own way." (Washington Post) Both the Philadelphia Record and the Philadelphia Item said that Langford won.
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Stanley Ketchel
48
4
4
 W  
NWS6/6
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
"Ketchel and Langford will have to fight again to settle the question of supremacy. They went a hard six-round bout at the National athletic club here and were both on their feet, able to continue, with plenty of strength and aggressiveness when the battle ended, with no decision by the referee. No knockdowns were scored in spite of the terrific hitting power of both men, and while there seems to be no doubt that they tried to do their best , they will probably come together in a longer fight in California next July for a large purse."(Marion Daily Star) Using a poll of 13 NY and Philadelphia newspapers, 7 had Langford ahead, 4 Ketchel, and 2 had it a draw. Thus, the mark of a Langford newspaper win.
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166Jim Barry
15
7
2
196
 W  
KO16/25
Arena, Vernon, California, USA
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Fireman Jim Flynn
35
11
14
 W  
KO8/45
Jeffries' Arena, Vernon, California, USA
After the KO, Flynn was placed slumped and dazed on a stool in his corner, while his seconds spent some time attempting to revive him. He eventually got to his feet.
referee: Charles Eyton
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Nat Dewey
16
4
7
 W  
TKO1/20
Turner Hall, Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA
The fight was stopped after Dewey had been floored three times. The Cheyenne State Leader reported that, when someone complained that the bout did not last long enough, Langord retaliated by saying: 'I am sorry, but you know that I must catch that eleven-forty-five train.'
time: 1:50
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Fireman Jim Flynn
35
11
14
 L 
NWS10/10
Naud Junction Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, USA
Davidson of The LA Herald gave Flynn the newspaper decision, saying Langford's face at the end was a bloody mess, while the LA Times gave the newspaper decision to Langford. However, Referee Eyton said after leaving the arena he would have given a verdict for Flynn, hence the newspaper win given to him. Langford supporters claimed he had taken Flynn too lightly.
referee: Charles Eyton
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Dixie Kid
38
7
6
 W  
KO3/8
Phoenix A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
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Mike Schreck
62
10
24
 W  
TKO1/6
Old City Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Police stopped fight after an out of shape Schreck was down twice. According to the Pittsburgh Press it was referee Henniger who stopped the bout.
referee: Yock Henniger
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Klondike Haynes
24
10
3
 W  
KO2/12
Armory, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
time: 1:35
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Dixie Kid
32
6
6
 W  
RTD5/12
Armory, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
Langford about 15 pounds heavier than the Kid. Dixie Kid's handlers threw in the sponge after the fifth round.
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Klondike Haynes
24
10
3
 W  
NWS6/6
Bijou Theater, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Langford claims World 'colored' Heavyweight title after Jack Johnson refuses to meet him. Langford reported to have had the better of fight by the Pittsburgh Post.
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Iron Hague
13
1
1
 W  
KO4/20
National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom
Billed English Heavyweight Title
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 25 May 1909
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Sandy Ferguson
30
11
11
 D 
PTS12/12
Armory A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
(Boston Daily Globe)
referee: Eugene Buckley
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Al Kubiak
13
1
1
 W  
NWS6/6
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Langford easily won the newspaper decisions of both the Philadelphia Record and the Philadelphia Item, toying with the big youngster in the last round.
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Jim Barry
12
6
2
 D 
NWS10/10
Chadwick Park, Albany, New York, USA
(Chicago Tribune)
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John Wille
7
8
6
 W  
KO2/6
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Result from both the Philadelphia Record and the Philadelphia Item in favor of Langford.
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Morris Harris
11
3
0
 W  
TKO7/10
Marathon A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USA
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Jim Barry
12
5
2
 W  
NWS6/6
Washington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
The Philadelphia Item had Langford winning and said that he thrashed Barry.
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160Fireman Jim Flynn
34
10
14
175
 W  
KO1/20
Coliseum, San Francisco, California, USA
Langford weighed either 158 or 160 and Flynn 172 or 175. Flynn had to be carried to his corner and was out for 5 minutes.
time: 2:14   referee: Eddie Smith
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165Joe Jeannette
13
3
3
 W  
NWS6/6
National A.C., New York, New York, USA
Newspaper decision was a draw according to the New York Times. Jeanette was knocked down twice in the 1st round and once in the fifth, but it was felt that his rally afterword against Langford had earned him a draw. Both the NY Sun and the NY Evening World gave bout to Langford.
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Tony Ross
11
4
2
 W  
TKO5/6
Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York, USA
"...Ross who outweighed Langford by as much as 15 or 20 pounds was so totally outclassed that his manager Jimmy Dime threw in the sponge in the 5th..."
referee: Johnny White
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John Wille
7
7
5
 W  
KO2/10
Navarre A.C., New York, New York, USA
Bout previously listed as occurring on 07/31/1908.
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Jim Barry
11
3
1
 W  
KO3/6
Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York, USA
Barry outweighed Langford by 15 pounds.
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Sandy Ferguson
28
9
11
 W  
PTS12/12
Armory, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Boston Herald. Ferguson had an estimated 35 pounds on Langford. Ferguson floored twice in the tenth, once in the twelfth.
referee: Maffitt Flaherty
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Jim Barry
10
2
0
 W  
KO2/12
Armory, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
According to the NY Evening World Barry had been scheduled to fight Jack Johnson at the Hippodrome in Milwaukee in 10 days but Langford was likely to take his place.
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Larry Temple
15
6
6
 W  
PTS8/8
Roanoke A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
It was an easy win for Langford.
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175Joe Jeannette
12
3
2
200
 D 
PTS12/12
Armory, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Black Fitzsimmons
17
13
2
 W  
TKO4/6
Roanoke A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Jim Barry
8
2
0
 D 
NWS10/10
Pacific A.C., Los Angeles, California, USA
Both LA Herald and LA Times declare the bout a draw.
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Jim Barry
8
1
0
 W  
PTS10/10
Naud Junction Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, USA
Langford down in the first round.
referee: Charles Eyton
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Young Peter Jackson
70
18
22
 W  
PTS20/20
Pacific A.C., Los Angeles, California, USA
Billed World Coloured 158lbs Middleweight Title
BBBC Boxing Yearbook 2005
referee: Charles Eyton
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Jim Barry
7
1
0
 W  
NWS10/10
Winnisimmet A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA
No Decision bout, but Langford would have received verdict if one was given. Boston Globe
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Jim Barry
7
1
0
 W  
NWS6/6
Sharkey A.C., New York, New York, USA
Listed previously as a win for Barry by the NY Times, which gave a perfunctory one paragraph write-up with little detail. The NY Herald and NY Evening World gave it extensive coverage, the former stating that Langford floored Barry twice in the second round and "won every round but the first". The Evening World concurred in regards to Langford's dominance, saying "no egg ever received a worse beating" than Barry, who "took enough punishment to knock Joe Grim into a cocked hat". Both report that Langford twisted his ankle after being floored in the first round, which slowed him considerably throughout. Barry was game, but essentially a punching bag.
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Larry Temple
15
5
6
 W  
NWS10/10
Winnisimmet A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA
Billed Coloured 158lbs Middleweight Title
Temple suffered a bad beating and was about 10lbs lighter. No Decision bout, but Langford would have received verdict if one was given. Boston Globe
BBBC Boxing Yearbook 2005
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Geoff Thorne
5
5
0
 W  
KO1/20
National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom
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154James Tiger Smith
1
1
0
151
 W  
KO4/20
National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom
Billed World 158lbs Middleweight Title
Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Tuesday 23 April 1907
time: 0:57   referee: Eugene Corri
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Kid Williams
19
15
5
 W  
KO6/0
Rochester, New York, USA
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Joe Jeannette
6
3
1
 D 
PTS12/12
Unity Cycle Club, Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA
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George Gunther
4
5
2
 W  
TKO3/0
Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA
The corner threw in the sponge and halted the bout.
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Young Peter Jackson
68
17
21
 W  
PTS15/15
Rochester, New York, USA
"The Boston man (Langford) started blood from Jackson's nose and closed his opponent's left eye in the first round." Jackson did a lot of clinching, which did not appease the crowd. The decision was met with cheers. Boston Globe
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George Gunther
4
4
2
 W  
PTS12/12
Valley Falls A.C., Valley Falls, Rhode Island, USA
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Young Peter Jackson
67
16
21
 L 
TKO5/0
Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA
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156Jack Johnson
27
5
7
185
 L 
PTS15/15
Lincoln A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA
Johnson defends world 'colored' heavyweight title
Langford was knocked down in round 6
referee: Martin Flaherty
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Joe Jeannette
5
2
1
 W  
PTS15/15
Lincoln A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA
referee: Jack Sheehan
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Black Fitzsimmons
8
8
1
 W  
TKO11/0
Lakeside A.C., Webster, Massachusetts, USA
referee: Jere Regan
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Larry Temple
15
3
5
 W  
KO15/15
Lincoln A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA
time: 2:20   referee: Maffitt Flaherty
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Joe Jeannette
4
1
1
 L 
TKO8/12
Unity Cycle Club, Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA
Langford retired after round 8.
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Jack Blackburn
28
2
10
 N 
NC1/6
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
According to the Philadelphia Item, it was quickly evident that Langford and Blackburn had agreed to participate only if the fight was faked, so it was stopped.
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Young Peter Jackson
67
16
20
 D 
PTS15/15
Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
referee: James O'Hara
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Jack Blackburn
27
2
9
 D 
PTS10/10
Lyric A.C., Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
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Larry Temple
11
3
3
 D 
PTS15/15
Highland A.C., Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA
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Jack Blackburn
27
1
8
 W  
PTS15/15
Leiperville, Pennsylvania, USA
It has been said this bout was fought under a revival tent in Leiperville, being a great fight.
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Larry Temple
10
3
2
 L 
PTS15/15
Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA
Temple handed Langford a good licking, according to the Boston Globe.
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Young Peter Jackson
67
15
20
 W  
PTS15/15
Douglas A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA
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155Young Peter Jackson
67
14
20
160
 W  
PTS15/15
Highland A.C., Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA
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Bogardus Hyde
6
2
0
 W  
TKO3/15
Music Hall, Webster, Massachusetts, USA
referee: Eugene Buckley
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George Gunther
1
2
0
 W  
PTS12/12
Auditorium, Portland, Maine, USA
referee: Marty Sullivan
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George Cole
38
10
9
 N 
NC9/15
Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA
The fight was called "no contest" because of a lack of action.
referee: Bill Crowley
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150Dave Holly
30
1
1
137½
 W  
NWS15/15
Apollo A.C., Salem, Massachusetts, USA
It was agreed beforehand that a draw would be given, the equivalent of no-decision. The Boston Globe reported that Langford trounced Holly, who was 13 pounds lighter. From the Boston Herald: The fifth round was torrid. Holly closed Langford's eye and floored Sam with a vicious right to the chest. Langford knocked out one of Holly's teeth.
referee: Jack Sheehan
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George Gunther
1
1
0
 W  
TKO11/0
Douglas A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA
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Joe Reed
3
2
2
 W  
KO5/12
Music Hall, Webster, Massachusetts, USA
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Joe Reed
7
1
4
 W  
TKO9/0
Paper City A.C., Berlin, New Hampshire, USA
referee: Prof. Fred Wright
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141Jack Blackburn
21
1
7
 D 
PTS15/15
Marlborough Theater, Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA
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Tommy Sullivan
4
0
1
 W  
TKO3/12
Highland A.C., Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA
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Andy Watson
5
21
43
 W  
NWS12/12
Music Hall, Webster, Massachusetts, USA
Fought at 142lbs. Boston Globe
referee: Eugene Buckley
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Dave Holly
30
1
1
 D 
NWS6/6
Manhattan A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Item. Langford was floored in the third round.
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Dave Holly
30
1
0
 D 
PTS15/15
Eureka A.C., Baltimore, Maryland, USA
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Joe Walcott
88
14
15
 D 
PTS15/15
Lake Massabesic Coliseum, Manchester, New Hampshire, USA
World Welterweight Title
Both fighters weighed in at 142lbs according to local paper. Another account of the fight (newspaper): "Joe Walcott met his match in a 15-round bout yesterday afternoon in the Massabasic coliseum before a crowd of 1200. His opponent was Sam Langford, who clearly outpointed the champion, and the latter's aggressiveness in carrying the fight to Langford was all that saved him from taking a decision that would have given him the short end of the purse. Langford took advantage of his longer reach and repeatedly played a tattoo on Walcott's face, and his cleverness on his feet carried him away from (unreadable) a score or more times when Walcott endeavored by sheer brute force to deliver a knockout blow. While Walcott was the aggressor, Langford met his attacks by rights and lefts to the jaw and mouth so effectively as to draw blood in the second round and he kept Walcott bleeding in every round thereafter. In the third round, Langford brought the champion to one knee by a straight away jolt to the jaw, and he went through the entire fifteen rounds without a perceptible scratch on himself. In the opening round honors were even, but thereafter until the seventh round Langford had all the better of the argument. Source: Next day Lowell Sun
referee: Owen Kenney
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George 'Elbows' McFadden
44
11
21
 W  
TKO2/15
Manchester, New Hampshire, USA
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Dave Holly
29
0
0
 L 
PTS10/10
Cambridge A.A., Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Holly finished strongly to pull off an upset.
referee: Harry Hodgkins
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Willie Lewis
6
1
0
 W  
KO2/12
Warren A.C., New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
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Charles Johnson
2
2
2
 W  
TKO5/0
Central A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
The Boston Globe reported this as a 5 round exhibition. UPDATE: The main event was supposed to be Sam Langford vs. Kid Thomas of New York but it did not take place.
referee: Eddie Keenan
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Belfield Walcott
17
15
21
 W  
NWS6/6
Central A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Langford won newspaper decision.
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Jack Blackburn
18
0
7
 D 
NWS6/6
Washington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
A draw from Philadelphia Item (which noted that it was a "light-hitting" affair), Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Record.
referee: Lew Derlacker
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Andy Watson
5
20
40
 D 
PTS12/12
North Street Rink, Salem, Massachusetts, USA
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Jack Blackburn
17
0
4
 D 
PTS12/12
Central A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Pre-arranged draw if lasting the distance; Boston Globe, Boston Herald and Boston Journal all reported Blackburn had the better of the fight.
referee: Jack Sheehan
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140Joe Gans
124
7
14
135¼
 W  
PTS15/15
Criterion A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
referee: Eugene Buckley
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Joe Reed
1
1
1
 W  
DQ4/0
Central A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Reed threw Langford and was disqualified.
referee: Jack Sheehan
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Patsy Sweeney
47
10
19
 W  
KO12/12
Lenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Sweeney was down in the 2nd, 6th and 10th rounds.
time: 2:38   referee: Dan Donnelly
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Arthur Cote
6
7
7
 W  
TKO5/12
American A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
referee: Dan Donnelly
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Shadow Morris
3
2
2
 W  
PTS12/12
Central A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Morris was a substitute for George McFadden, who backed out of the fight at the last moment. Morris scored a quick knockout in the preliminary.
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Kid Griffo
2
2
2
 W  
PTS12/12
Lenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Belfield Walcott
14
12
17
 W  
PTS20/20
Saundersville Athletic Club, Scituate, Rhode Island, USA
referee: Jack Sheehan
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Danny Duane
26
10
8
 L 
PTS12/12
Lenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
(Boston Globe)
referee: Dan Donnelly
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Walter Burgo
9
16
7
 W  
TKO8/0
Lenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
referee: Dan Donnelly
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Andy Watson
5
16
37
 D 
PTS12/12
Gloucester A.C., Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA
referee: Harry Hodgkins
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Tim Kearns
35
17
14
 W  
TKO2/12
Lenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Kearns quit with an arm injury.
referee: Dan Donnelly
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Andy Watson
5
16
36
 D 
PTS12/12
Lenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Chick Monahan
3
1
0
 W  
KO1/10
Criterion A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
NY Sun reported 2nd round knockout.
referee: Jack Sheehan
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Billy Jordan
1
7
3
 W  
PTS6/6
Cambridge Athletic Club, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Andy Watson
5
15
35
 D 
PTS10/10
Lenox A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Pre-arranged draw if lasting the distance.
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