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Johnny Bratton

W L D
60 24 3
34 KOs 3 KOs
last 6


bouts 87 rating
rounds 650 ranking
KOs 39%
 
global ID 11090
aliasHoney Boy Bratton
born 1927-09-09
death date1993-08-15 / age 65
debut1944-06-12 / age 16
divisionwelterweight
stanceorthodox
height5′ 10″   /   178cm
residence
Chicago, Illinois, USA
birth place
Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

Career Record

87 total bouts, view in calendar
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unverified
unsanctioned
W
Win
L
Loss
D
Draw
N
No Contest
S/P
Scheduled/Pending
Date lbs opponent
op. record 
lbs
result 
rounds location
147½Del Flanagan
71
9
2
152½
 L 
TKO9/10
Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
Ring doctor stopped the bout because Bratton was cut over both eyes and because he appeared "dazed and didn't know where he was."
Gate: $19,396. Attendance: 6,871
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155¼Chico Varona
65
19
3
150¼
 L 
UD10/10
St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York, USA
referee: Ray Miller 2-7   judge: Harold Barnes 2-7, Americo Schiavone 4-6
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150Johnny Saxton
43
2
1
148½
 L 
UD10/10
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
referee: Joe Sweeney 1-9   judge: Zach Clayton 1-9, Pete Tomasco 1-9
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145½Kid Gavilan
95
13
4
146
 L 
UD15/15
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
World Welterweight Title
Bratton suffered a severe whipping and would have been justified in giving up the fight after twelve rounds.
referee: Frank Gilmer 65-85   judge: Ed Hintz 67-83, William O'Connell 68-82
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150½Al Wilson
23
11
2
148¾
 W  
SD10/10
Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
According to Joe Poodles, Sr., in The Ring. December 1953, page 60, Bratton "was lucky to get the decision..The Chicago kayo artist seemed to loaf his way through the fight while the ever-aggressive Wilson let Bratton get away with his clever boxing." The official round-by-round scorecards were 6-3-1 and 7-2-1 in favor of Bratton and 5-3-2 for Wilson.
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149½Danny Womber
42
17
11
150½
 W  
UD10/10
Forum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
judge: Johnny Gow 6-2, Rene Ouimet 7-2, Leon Germain 8-2
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150½Livio Minelli
57
14
8
152
 W  
UD10/10
Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
referee: Tony LaBranch 5-3   judge: Herb Williams 6-2, John Sayanek 7-2
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149Al Wilson
22
9
2
145¾
 W  
UD10/10
Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn, New York, USA
referee: Harry Kessler 7-1   judge: Bobby Dawson 6-3, Charley Shortell 6-3
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149Bobby Jones
34
18
8
152
 W  
KO5/10
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
time: 2:52   referee: Ray Miller 0-3   judge: Frank Forbes 0-4, Young Otto 2-2
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152½Tuzo Portuguez
35
12
5
161
 W  
KO5/10
Eastern Parkway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USA
time: 2:46   referee: Jim Freeman
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148¾Ralph Jones
23
5
2
154
 L 
UD10/10
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
referee: Harry Kessler 3-5   judge: Harold Barnes 2-8, Bill Healy 2-7
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148Joe Miceli
37
10
4
146
 W  
TKO8/10
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
Miceli down in the 1st and 7th rounds.
time: 0:18   referee: Harry Kessler 4-3   judge: Artie Aidala 4-3, Jack Gordon 3-3
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150Ralph Zannelli
94
48
7
150
 W  
UD10/10
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Zannelli was down in the 2nd. The scoring was 57-43, 57-43, and 62-38.
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152Irvin Steen
40
15
6
147½
 W  
TKO3/10
Eastern Parkway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USA
time: 1:11   referee: Eddie Joseph
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157½Laurent Dauthuille
45
11
4
151½
 W  
TKO3/10
Forum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Dauthuille was unable to continue after he suffered a badly fractured rib.
time: 2:15   referee: Tony Mancini
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149Rocky Castellani
42
6
4
156
 L 
SD10/10
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
referee: Norm McGarrity 46-54   judge: E. Allen Frankel 48-52, William O'Connell 51-49
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147½Del Flanagan
54
5
2
145½
 W  
SD10/10
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
Flanagan was down in the 6th for a nine count. Agnello's scorecard was 5-5 in rounds, but went to supplemental scoring, which favored Bratton.
referee: Al Berl 4-5   judge: Bert Grant 6-4, Joe Agnello 7-5
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148¾Pierre Langlois
53
8
2
150
 W  
TKO4/10
Forum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Langlois' manager asked the referee to stop the bout after his fighter had been floored for a nine count in the fourth round. He had also been down for a nine-count in the first round.
time: 2:30   referee: Leo Fisher
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152½Rocky Castellani
41
6
3
154¾
 L 
UD10/10
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
referee: Ruby Goldstein 3-6   judge: Joe Agnello 3-7, Frank Forbes 4-5
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149Vic Cardell
58
13
6
145
 W  
SD10/10
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
referee: Frank Sikora   judge: Franklin Spike McAdams 48-52, Jim McManus 51-49, Frank Sikora 53-47
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147Bobby Rosado
43
13
2
146
 W  
KO8/10
Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
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148Livio Minelli
55
10
8
150
 W  
SD10/10
Arena, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
referee: Dauber Jaeger 3-6   judge: Richard Lewis 5-3, Harry Zaidens 5-3
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149Kid Gavilan
77
12
3
149
 D 
PTS10/10
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Attendance: 7,397
referee: Bill Doty 52-48   judge: Franklin Spike McAdams 50-50, John Bray 48-52
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159½Wilbur Wilson
15
10
0
146½
 W  
KO8/10
Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA
time: 1:25   referee: Jack Dekkers
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147Kid Gavilan
72
12
3
145¼
 L 
UD15/15
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
National Boxing Association World welterweight title
Bratton's jaw was broken within the first five rounds
referee: Ruby Goldstein 5-8   judge: Arthur Schwartz 4-11, Joe Agnello 4-11
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149Don Williams
53
7
1
151
 W  
TKO4/10
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USA
A badly cut eye forced the stoppage
referee: Bobby Watson
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146¼Charley Fusari
64
8
1
146¼
 W  
SD15/15
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
vacant National Boxing Association World welterweight title
Attendance: 6,954. Gate: $42,022.
Fusari was down for a four-count in the 4th round and a nine-count in the 10th.
referee: Tommy Gilmore 78-72   judge: Ed Hintz 77-73, John Bray 74-76
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147Bobby Dykes
73
9
6
150
 W  
TKO1/10
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Dykes was down three times; Attendance: 3,777
time: 2:20   referee: Johnny Behr
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145½Sammy Mastrean
33
24
1
147
 W  
KO3/10
Rainbo Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA
time: 2:27
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147Lester Felton
42
4
2
146½
 W  
TKO3/10
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Felton was down in the first round. According to The Ring, Felton never had a chance.
time: 1:36
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152Holly Mims
18
7
4
155½
 L 
UD10/10
Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
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151¾Johnny Cesario
72
7
3
148
 W  
TKO3/10
St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York, USA
Cesario was down once in the 1st and three times in the 3rd. The third knockdown triggered an automatic stoppage just after the end of the 3rd round.
referee: Petey Scalzo
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155½Holly Mims
17
7
4
155¼
 L 
UD10/10
Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
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146Ike Williams
106
12
3
143
 L 
TKO8/10
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Bratton quit with a broken jaw.
referee: Norm McGarrity
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152¼Gene Hairston
28
5
1
152
 W  
TKO2/10
St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York, USA
Bout stopped because of a badly cut lip suffered by Hairston.
time: 1:26   referee: Ray Miller
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150Gaby Ferland
71
12
6
146½
 W  
TKO2/10
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Bout was stopped with Ferland staggering on his feet following two knockdowns. In all, he was floored nine times in the fight.
time: 2:18
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150Chuck Taylor
32
15
3
147
 W  
TKO2/10
Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Taylor was knocked down six times in the 1st round, and three times in the 2nd round.
time: 2:59   referee: Johnny Behr
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142Roman Alvarez
50
18
4
143
 W  
TKO5/10
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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145Frankie Vigeant
28
8
4
147
 W  
TKO4/10
Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, USA
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145Chester Rico
66
19
8
142½
 W  
TKO5/10
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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138Ike Williams
96
10
3
138
 L 
UD10/10
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
This was a rousing battle. The decision was round-by-round, the referee favoring Williams 5-4-1, Judge Costella having it 6-2-2, and Judge Lasky scoring it 7-3. Williams won the first round, but Bratton took the next three decisively. Williams came out punching in round five and turned the tide. In the sixth, Bratton suffered a cut left eyebrow, and a cut on the right eyebrow in the ninth. Williams dominated the fight from rounds four through nine. The tenth round was sensational and about even. Attendance was 8015 and the gross gate was $31,017.
referee: Charley Daggert 4-5   judge: Leo Costella 2-6, Harry Lasky 3-7
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140Melvin Bartholomew
25
24
9
142
 W  
PTS10/10
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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139½Joe Brown
26
10
5
136¼
 W  
KO4/10
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
time: 2:58
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141½Bobby Lee
22
9
4
145
 D 
PTS10/10
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
referee: Charley Daggert 5-5   judge: Dave Howard 5-5, Leo Costella 4-5
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141Bernard Docusen
51
3
5
143
 L 
UD10/10
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
referee: Tom Kenneally   judge: John BrayJim McManus
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141Luigi Valentini
15
8
3
145
 W  
TKO7/10
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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140Frankie Abrams
39
16
6
145
 W  
UD8/8
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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144½Jackie Solomon
7
2
1
139
 W  
KO1/10
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Solomons was knocked down twice
time: 1:05
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139Beau Jack
70
11
4
139¼
 L 
TKO8/10
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Bratton suffered a broken jaw in this fight and was forced to quit, although he appeared to be winning the bout when it was stopped.
time: 2:47   referee: Johnny Behr
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139Livio Minelli
34
3
5
143
 L 
SD10/10
Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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141Phil Palmer
51
12
7
142¾
 W  
TKO7/10
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
time: 1:15
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134½Gene Burton
33
6
7
139¾
 L 
UD10/10
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
referee: Tommy Thomas 48-52   judge: Jim McManus 42-58, James Lynch 47-53
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135½Herbie (Biff) Jones
29
5
1
132¼
 W  
KO8/10
Griffith Stadium, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
(Washington Post)
referee: Eddie La Fond
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134½Gene Burton
29
6
7
136¾
 L 
UD10/10
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
referee: Davy Miller   judge: Arthur ObergGeorge Kenny
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138Sammy Angott
84
24
7
143
 L 
UD10/10
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
referee: Johnny Behr 49-51   judge: Ed Hintz 46-54, Frank Clark 49-51
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138½Danny Kapilow
46
7
6
143½
 W  
SD10/10
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
referee: Tommy Thomas 52-48   judge: Jack Ripple 52-48, R.A. Goudic 48-52
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138Morris Reif
49
9
1
144
 W  
UD10/10
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
referee: Norm McGarrity 60-40   judge: Harold Marovitz 58-42, James Lynch 59-41
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138Willie Joyce
72
19
9
136
 W  
UD10/10
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
referee: Walter Brightmore 56-44   judge: Franklin Spike McAdams 54-46, Jack Ripple 54-46
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136½Willie Joyce
71
18
9
138½
 W  
SD10/10
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Bratton possessed a "spit-fire left hand." "The action, without a clinch throughout the ten rounds, was so furious that the fans, who paid a gross gate of $39,067, were in an uproar all the way." (AP)
referee: Johnny Behr 48-52   judge: Harold Marovitz 52-48, Arthur Oberg 53-47
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137Richard Polite
35
12
1
138
 W  
TKO3/10
Pelican Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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135Eddie Lander
35
13
7
134½
 W  
UD10/10
Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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135Roy Cadle
1
2
0
137¼
 W  
TKO5/12
Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA
time: 2:26   referee: Norm McGarrity
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136¼Bill Eddy
23
8
2
138
 W  
MD10/10
Rainbo Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA
referee: Davy Miller 50-50   judge: Howard Walsh 52-48, GW Christoph 53-47
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134Pedro Firpo
28
35
6
131
 W  
KO1/10
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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135Freddie Dawson
39
3
2
136½
 W  
UD10/10
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
referee: Tommy Thomas   judge: James LynchHarold Marovitz
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136Ike Williams
68
9
2
139
 L 
PTS10/10
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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134½Chalky Wright
159
37
18
134
 L 
UD10/10
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
referee: Eddie Brown
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133¾Cleo Shans
65
37
20
135
 W  
PTS10/10
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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133¾Cleo Shans
65
37
19
136½
 D 
PTS10/10
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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133½Candy McDaniels
3
0
0
133½
 W  
TKO6/10
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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132½Dave Castilloux
87
14
3
134½
 L 
PTS10/10
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
According to The Ring, November 1945, page 62, Castilloux suffered the first knockdowns of his career, going down for a nine-count and a four-count (at the bell) in the first round. After that he outboxed Bratton.
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134¾Joey Barnum
20
11
5
139
 L 
PTS8/8
Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Melvin Johnson
6
4
1
 W  
PTS8/8
White City Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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138Melvin Bartholomew
11
9
6
142½
 W  
KO4/10
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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135Patsy Spataro
24
14
7
137¼
 W  
PTS8/8
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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133½Jimmy Anest
23
11
1
138
 W  
PTS6/6
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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134Robert Earl
11
3
2
139
 W  
TKO3/8
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Earl floored Bratton in the second round, but Johnny came back to knock Robert down three times before the round was over. Earl was down three more times in round three before the referee stopped the fight.
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134½Ted Christie
61
35
5
129
 W  
TKO2/8
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Christie was down six times before the referee halted the fight.
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136Ace Miller
9
7
1
139
 L 
PTS8/8
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Gene Spencer
42
28
17
135
 W  
PTS8/8
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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136Gene Spencer
42
26
17
135
 W  
PTS8/8
Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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139½Gene Spencer
41
26
17
133½
 L 
PTS8/8
Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA
According to Gene Engel in The Ring, December 1944, page 54, Bratton should have received the decision.
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135Ted Christie
55
33
5
128
 W  
PTS8/8
Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Walter Holba
2
2
0
 W  
TKO2/5
Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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134Alvin Jordan
3
1
0
136¼
 W  
KO4/4
Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Larry Wrightdebut
 W  
TKO3/4
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Doyle Hirtdebut
138
 W  
PTS4/4
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USA
This was Bratton's professional debut according to Gene Engel (The Ring, September 1944, page 35.
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verified
unverified
unsanctioned
W
Win
L
Loss
D
Draw
N
No Contest
S/P
Scheduled/Pending