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Harry Wills

W L D
68 9 3
54 KOs 5 KOs
last 6


bouts 86
rounds 523
KOs 50%
 
global ID 17615
aliasBlack Panther
born 1889-05-15
death date1958-12-21 / age 69
debut1911-01-01 / age 21
divisionheavyweight
stanceorthodox
height6′ 2″   /   188cm
reach
76″   /   193cm
residence
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
birth place
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

newspaper decisions
bouts rounds won lost drawn
109 216 19 1 3

Career Record

date lbs opponent lbs
record 
location
result 
rounds
1932-10-19
224Big John Gloverdebut
Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
W KO1/10
 W  
KO
1/10
  
time: 1:05   referee: Eddie Hanlon
Reported in EMD as 5th straight win for Wills; Atlanta Constitution stated he won a bout in Maine prior to this one
1932-08-04
219Vinko Jakasa1985 7 1
Fort Hamilton Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USA
W KO1/0
 W  
KO
1/0
  
time: 1:20
1931-02-11
217Jack Rose194½8 8 1
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
W KO6/10
 W  
KO
6/10
  
referee: Jimmy Lascola
1929-12-11
225Andres Castano19816 8 0
New York Coliseum, Bronx, New York, USA
W KO3/10
 W  
KO
3/10
  
time: 1:06
"Wills had an easy time winning his second battle since he lost to Paulino Uzcudun in 1927 at the end of his reign as the 'menace' of the heavyweights. It took him only a minute and six seconds of the third round to end the battle, slamming over a left hook to Castano's jaw for the deciding punch." (Nevada State Journal)
1929-09-14
Andres Castano14 8 0
El Toreo, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
LDQ1/12
 L 
DQ
1/12
  
Mexico heavyweight title
"Wills outclassed the Spaniard in the first round, but made the serious mistake of hitting Castano on the jaw after the bell rang. Wills apparently had not heard the gong. Castano, after momentary hesitation, dropped to the canvas and then refused to proceed the bout." (Nevada State Journal)
1927-07-13
214½Paulino Uzcudun19528 2 1
Ebbet's Field, Brooklyn, New York, USA
LKO4/15
 L 
KO
4/15
  
referee: Lou Magnolia
Wills was dropped to the canvas for a count of nine, and arose only to run into a volley of lefts and rights that put him under the lower rope, where he lay supported on his elbows while Referee Lou Magnolia counted him out. Uzcudun had cast aside his contract with Tex Rickard to fight Wills, after having been dropped from Rickard's heavyweight elimination tournament when Jack Dempsey refused to engage in more than one preliminary bout leading to a fight with Gene Tunney. Rickard's original plan was to match Uzcudun with Dempsey and have the winner meet the survivor of the Jack Sharkey-Jimmy Maloney bout. (AP)
1926-10-12
214½Jack Sharkey18822 5 0
Ebbet's Field, Brooklyn, New York, USA
LDQ13/15
 L 
DQ
13/15
  
time: 0:43   referee: Patsy Haley
Haley disqualified Wills for illegal use of a backhand blow. "Wills was battered about the ring from the start." (AP) Wills suspended 20 days for the foul.
1925-10-26
215Floyd Johnson20338 11 10
1st Regiment Armory, Newark, New Jersey, USA
W TKO1/12
 W  
TKO
1/12
  
time: 2:02   referee: Harry Lewis
The bout ended abruptly when one of Johnson's handlers tossed the towel of defeat into the ring. The New Jersey Boxing Commission took no action at first and the fighters were paid. But only a day or two later it barred Johnson from New Jersey rings for life, so he retired to his ranch in the Northwest never to fight again.
1925-07-02
213Charley Weinert184½35 7 1
Polo Grounds, New York, New York, USA
W KO2/10
 W  
KO
2/10
  
1924-09-11
217Luis Angel Firpo224½28 3 0
Boyle's Thirty Acres, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
W NWS12/12
 W  
NWS
12/12
  
referee: Danny Sullivan
1924-06-09
213Bartley Madden18518 4 2
Queensboro Stadium, Long Island City, Queens, New York, USA
W PTS15/15
 W  
PTS
15/15
  
referee: Eddie Purdy   judges: Charles F. MathisonBilly Joh
1923-11-05
209Jack Thompson20020 10 5
1st Regiment Armory, Newark, New Jersey, USA
W TKO4/12
 W  
TKO
4/12
  
referee: Hank Lewis
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1923-10-11
211Homer Smith19029 11 0
Queensboro Stadium, Long Island City, Queens, New York, USA
W KO2/10
 W  
KO
2/10
  
time: 2:06
Headline: WILLS KNOCKS OUT SMITH IN 2ND ROUND "Harry Wills, the 'Brown Panther' of New Orleans . . . made short work of Homer Smith last night in a scheduled 10 round bout before a capacity crowd of 9,000 etc." Smith was knocked down seven or eight times (four or five times in the first depending on the source) before taking the full count.
1922-09-29
213¾Clem Johnson20410 11 2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
W TKO12/0
 W  
TKO
12/0
  
time: 1:55
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1922-08-29
213¾Tut Jackson188¼37 1 2
Ebbet's Field, Brooklyn, New York, USA
W KO3/15
 W  
KO
3/15
  
time: 2:05   referee: Claude Tibbitts
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
Jackson proved a grave disappointment. Though booked as scaling 200 pounds and measuring 6 ft 1, he proved to be but 5 ft 10 and weighed 188 lbs and didn't put up much of a fight.Chairman William Muldoon of the New York State Athletic Commission announced there would be an investigation into Jackson's actual ring record.
1922-08-21
215Buddy Jackson1941 1 0
Broad A.C., Newark, New Jersey, USA
W KO2/12
 W  
KO
2/12
  
time: 2:14   referee: Harry McCoy
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1922-07-17
Jeff Clark91 30 15
Amphitheatre Rink, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
W KO3/10
 W  
KO
3/10
  
referee: Mike McNulty
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1922-06-29
211Jeff Clark19391 29 15
Trenton, New Jersey, USA
W TKO2/12
 W  
TKO
2/12
  
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1922-03-02
211¾Kid Norfolk17662 14 4
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
W KO2/15
 W  
KO
2/15
  
referee: Billy 'Kid' McPartland
1922-01-17
Sam Langford140 22 32
Arena, Milwaukie, Oregon, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1922-01-06
Bill Tate16 15 0
Arena, Milwaukie, Oregon, USA
DPTS10/10
 D 
PTS
10/10
  
Both fighters claimed the Black Heavyweight title in this bout. Wills bled from a cut over his right eye from the 5th round on. Wills was knocked down for no count in the 9th from a rabbit punch.
(Both fought without pay because of that Monday night fiasco four days previous.)
1922-01-02
Bill Tate15 15 0
Arena, Milwaukie, Oregon, USA
LDQ1/10
 L 
DQ
1/10
  
referee: Tom Louttit
Wills was disqualified for knocking Tate down after the referee's call to break; Both fighters agreed to a rematch four days later, at no cost to the fans.
Tate claims the Black Heavyweight Title.
1921-12-08
216Bill Tate23615 14 0
Stockyards Stadium, Denver, Colorado, USA
W PTS12/12
 W  
PTS
12/12
  
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1921-11-30
Jack Thompson18 8 5
Stockyards Stadium, Denver, Colorado, USA
NNC5/0
 N 
NC
5/0
  
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim.
The referee stopped the fight without rendering a decision after Thompson fell to the floor claiming a foul had been committed. Date: Thursday, December 1, 1921 Paper: Denver Post (Denver, CO) Page: 22
1921-11-18
Denver Ed Martin23 8 3
Arena, Milwaukie, Oregon, USA
W KO1/10
 W  
KO
1/10
  
time: 2:05
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim. Martin was down six times
1921-10-10
Gunboat Smith52 27 10
Stadium, Havana, Cuba
W KO1/20
 W  
KO
1/20
  
time: 1:07
Wills landed the only six blows of the fight, including a right to the back of Smith's head and a terrific left uppercut to the jaw that sent him to the floor where he was counted out.
1921-07-02
214Bill Tate24315 13 0
Queensboro Stadium, Long Island City, Queens, New York, USA
W TKO6/15
 W  
TKO
6/15
  
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1921-06-04
210Ray Bennett2081 1 0
Queensboro Stadium, Long Island City, Queens, New York, USA
W KO1/15
 W  
KO
1/15
  
time: 2:12
Bennett was floored five times before being counted out. New York Times
1921-06-03
210Battling Jim McCreary1908 5 1
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USA
W KO7/10
 W  
KO
7/10
  
referee: Tommy Connolly
1921-05-27
211Andy Johnson212½2 5 0
Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USA
W KO1/0
 W  
KO
1/0
  
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1921-04-08
Jack Thompson18 7 5
Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
W NWS8/8
 W  
NWS
8/8
  
Spokane Spokesman-Review
1921-02-11
Jeff Clark89 27 15
Bob Wright's Coliseum, Highlandtown, Maryland, USA
W TKO2/12
 W  
TKO
2/12
  
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim:Saturday, February 12, 1921 Paper: Sun (Baltimore, MD)
1921-01-17
210Bill Tate23015 12 0
Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USA
W KO2/15
 W  
KO
2/15
  
time: 1:18   referee: Dick Nugent
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1920-09-15
Jeff Clark89 24 15
Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
W TKO4/10
 W  
TKO
4/10
  
1920-09-08
205Sam McVea21167 13 9
Ice Palace, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
NNC6/8
 N 
NC
6/8
  
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
The referee stopped the bout, claiming the two were stalling. Both boxers then were barred from boxing again in Philadelphia.
1920-07-26
204Fred Fulton21056 7 0
1st Regiment Armory, Newark, New Jersey, USA
W KO3/12
 W  
KO
3/12
  
time: 2:35
Wills broke 3 of Fulton's left ribs
1920-06-01
Ray Bennett1 0 0
Armory A.A. Hall, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
W TKO1/4
 W  
TKO
1/4
  
According to the Bridgeport Telegram 'Bennett's showing was so poor that no word adequate to describe it can be found in any language or dialect.' After the bout it was announced that Bennett would be forever banned from fighting in New England and that he would not be payed, while boxing commissioners expressed their doubts whether the man in the ring, who had gone down at the slightest provocation, had been Bennett at all. As the Telegram did not explicitly report that Wills was declared the winner, there is a chance that the result was a No Contest.
1920-04-23
Sam Langford119 18 28
Stockyards Stadium, Denver, Colorado, USA
W PTS15/15
 W  
PTS
15/15
  
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
"The once mighty Sam Langford was led to an awful slaughter by Harry Wills of New Orleans at Denver Friday night. Altho the Tarbaby was not disgraced, gamely surviving four knockdowns in the first round, and by superb ring generalship lasting the fifteen-round limit. The two blacks were fighting on even terms on the finish, but the referee's decision easily went to Wills." (Evening State Journal)
Also incorrectly reported as occurring April 19.
1920-03-17
Andy Johnson2 4 0
Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
W KO1/10
 W  
KO
1/10
  
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
This bout lasted 42 seconds. Wills hit Johnson once and Johnson hit the floor twice. Johnson went down, got up, went down--and then stayed down. (Vancouver Daily World)
1920-01-12
Jack Thompson16 4 3
Convention Hall, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
W PTS15/15
 W  
PTS
15/15
  
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1920-01-01
Jack Thompson16 4 3
Coliseum, San Francisco, California, USA
NNC3/4
 N 
NC
3/4
  
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
After their loudly booed perfrormance, both fighters purses were withheld by the promoters
1919-12-04
Ole Anderson7 2 4
Dreamland Rink, San Francisco, California, USA
W KO3/4
 W  
KO
3/4
  
1919-11-20
K O Kruvosky32 12 16
Coliseum, San Francisco, California, USA
W RTD1/4
 W  
RTD
1/4
  
IBRO 53
1919-11-05
Sam Langford113 17 28
Convention Hall, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
W PTS15/15
 W  
PTS
15/15
  
referee: Edward W. Cochrane 8-1
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim.
Wills was given rounds 1-3, 7-10 and 14; Langford - 5th round; the rest were even. (Tulsa Daily World)
1919-10-20
209Joe Jeannette20482 10 8
4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
W NWS8/8
 W  
NWS
8/8
  
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
Wills won the newspaper decision. (Newark Advocate) The Jersey Journal also had Wills winning and provided the weights.
1919-09-30
Sam Langford113 17 27
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
The Syracuse Herald reported that it was a very disappointing fight and that it wasn't important 'whether Wills won or Langford won or it was a draw.' It did report that Langford's eye was closed and his mouth cut at the end, while Wills only suffered a damaged reputation.
Newspaper decision according to Boston Globe
1919-08-18
Jeff Clark88 21 15
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USA
W TKO4/10
 W  
TKO
4/10
  
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1919-07-04
Sam Langford112 17 26
Sportsman's Park, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
W NWS8/8
 W  
NWS
8/8
  
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
Wills won the newspaper decision. (Decatur Review)
1919-06-10
John Lester Johnson15 3 0
Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
W NWS8/8
 W  
NWS
8/8
  
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
Wills won the newspaper decision. (Bridgeport Standard Telegram)
1918-11-15
Jack Thompson10 3 1
Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
NND8/8
 N 
ND
8/8
  
1918-09-14
Jack Thompson10 3 1
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
W NWS6/6
 W  
NWS
6/6
  
Newspaper decision by Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger (Paul Zabala).
1918-08-19
Jeff Clark85 12 11
Atlantic City S.C., Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
W TKO5/8
 W  
TKO
5/8
  
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1918-06-16
Sam McVea65 11 8
Vista Allegre Bull Ring, Panama City, Panama
W PTS20/20
 W  
PTS
20/20
  
From the Panama Star & Herald. The decision given here was the referee's decision. Wills was down in round 11 and the boxing commissioner changed the decision to "draw." According to the Star & Herald, the original decision in favor of Wills was fair.
1918-05-19
Sam Langford106 14 24
Vista Allegre Bull Ring, Panama City, Panama
W TKO8/20
 W  
TKO
8/20
  
Wills gave Langford an awful beating. Langford failed to answer the bell for round 8, and returned to the United States after this fight. Leaves for servicemen were cancelled after this fight, because of the war. Until 19 July 1919, fighters who appeared on boxing programs were either native Panamanians, or black boxers from the British West Indies, plus a few non-servicemen from the states, such a Sam McVea and Harry Wills.
1918-04-14
Sam Langford106 13 24
Vista Allegre Bull Ring, Panama City, Panama
W KO6/20
 W  
KO
6/20
  
Wills scored a clean knockout after giving Langford a bad beating.
1918-02-17
Sam McVea65 10 8
Vista Allegre Bull Ring, Panama City, Panama
W KO6/20
 W  
KO
6/20
  
McVey claimed a foul blow "but the referee declined to allow the claim." (Washington Post)
1917-12-16
Jeff Clark85 11 11
Vista Allegre Bull Ring, Panama City, Panama
W TKO5/15
 W  
TKO
5/15
  
Wills won easily before a small crowd. From the Panama Star & Herald.
1917-11-12
203Sam Langford196105 13 24
Coliseum, Toledo, Ohio, USA
DNWS12/12
 D 
NWS
12/12
  
referee: Ollie Pecord
Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
Newspaper decision from the Toledo News-Bee, which reported that the two boxers did their best not to hurt each other and that the referee should have thrown both of them out of the ring.
1917-09-20
203Sam Langford198105 13 24
Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
Wills won the newspaper decision. (Warren Evening Mirror)
1917-06-01
Battling Jim Johnson23 12 7
Harlem S.C., New York, New York, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle 6/3/1917
1917-05-11
Sam Langford103 12 24
Cambria A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
W NWS6/6
 W  
NWS
6/6
  
Wills won the newspaper decision according to both the Philadelphia Record and the Philadelphia Public Ledger (Paul Zabala). A press service report (Pittsburgh Post) said that Langford and Wills hit each other with "cream-puff blows>"
1917-04-30
Jack Thompson4 3 1
Vanderbilt A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
(Chicago Tribune)
1917-02-07
Battling Jim Johnson22 12 7
Future City A.C., Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
LTKO2/12
 L 
TKO
2/12
  
"Stopping an intended right uppercut with his elbow won for Battling Jim Johnson, of New York, over Harry Wills, of New Orleans, in their clash at the Future City A.C., as the incident, which occurred in the second round, resulted in a broken wrist for the Southern negro, thereby causing his retirement at the finish of the round." (Lima Daily News)
1916-12-28
208½Jack Thompson1953 3 1
Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
According to the New York Sun, Wills easily won on points, but had two narrow escapes, once in the 5th round and twice in the 6th, when Thompson landed hard enough to almost put Harry on the canvas.
1916-11-18
Jack Thompson3 2 1
Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York, USA
W KO9/10
 W  
KO
9/10
  
The two had already been scheduled to fight a 20-rounder at the Juarez Race Track January 12 1915.
1916-11-11
Bill Tate9 7 0
Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
Newspaper decision from the New York Evening Telegram (Paul Zabala)
1916-10-13
205George Kid Cotton2078 11 1
Harlem S.C., New York, New York, USA
W TKO4/10
 W  
TKO
4/10
  
The referee stopped the fight to save Cotton from further punishment.
1916-06-03
207George Kid Cotton2058 10 1
Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York, USA
W TKO4/10
 W  
TKO
4/10
  
Cotton quit after taking a severe beating for four rounds. NY Age 6/8/1916
1916-05-19
Jeff Clark81 6 11
Louisiana Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
W PTS20/20
 W  
PTS
20/20
  
1916-04-25
215Sam Langford20499 11 23
Coliseum, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
W NWS8/8
 W  
NWS
8/8
  
Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
Wills won the newspaper decision. (Nevada State Journal)
Langford down in the second round.
1916-04-07
John Lester Johnson12 3 0
Harlem S.C., New York, New York, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
referee: Billy 'Kid' McPartland
Wills won the newspaper decision per the New York Times, and Brooklyn Eagle. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that after taking many hard blows from Wills in the first two rounds, Johnson only wanted to stay the limit.
1916-03-07
204Sam Langford19597 11 23
Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
Wills easily won the newspaper decision, per the New York Times. Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1916-02-11
Sam Langford96 11 23
Tommy Burns Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
LKO19/20
 L 
KO
19/20
  
referee: Sammy Goldman
Wills loses his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
"Sam Langford knocked out Harry Wills in the 19th round of a scheduled twenty-round go at a local arena last night. Until the knockout blow neither fighter seemed to have the advantage." (Reno Evening Gazette)
"Sam finally stopped his rival in the 19th round with a left hook to the jaw. It was the fourth knockdown Wills received." (The Gleaner)
1916-01-03
210Sam Langford19096 10 23
Tulane A.C., New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
W PTS20/20
 W  
PTS
20/20
  
referee: Tommy Burns
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim. "...At the end referee Tommy Burns caught Langford's hand and said to him,"Sam, this is the hardest thing I ever had to do in my life. I always admired you and never thought to see you beaten, but I have to give the decision against you." Calgary Herald
1915-12-03
205Sam Langford19596 10 23
Harlem S.C., New York, New York, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
Wills easily won the newspaper decision, per the New York Times and Brooklyn Eagle
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1915-09-07
Sam McVea55 9 5
Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W PTS12/12
 W  
PTS
12/12
  
McVey loses his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1915-07-05
Battling Jim Johnson21 8 5
Sacandaga Park, Gloversville, New York, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
"The big fellows did not show anything interesting and failed to arouse much enthusiasm among the spectators. Wills had the better of the go." Amsterdam Evening Recorder
1915-05-19
208Sam McVea21953 9 5
St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York, USA
LNWS10/10
 L 
NWS
10/10
  
"For heavyweights the men fought hard and fast throughout, McVey taking every round but the second. In the fourth a left jab cut Wills' right eye, which troubled him in the remaining rounds. Wills took a count of nine in the ninth round after receiving a left to the body and a left hook to the jaw." (Lincoln Daily Star)
1915-03-12
John Lester Johnson6 1 0
Tommy Burns Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
W PTS20/20
 W  
PTS
20/20
  
Wills did not fight Battling Jim Johnson on this date, as previously shown here. This fight is from the New Orleans Times-Picayune (Jack Kincaid).
1914-12-20
206Sam McVea21751 9 4
McDonoghville Park, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
LPTS20/20
 L 
PTS
20/20
  
1914-11-26
210Sam Langford19093 8 22
Arena, Vernon, California, USA
LKO14/20
 L 
KO
14/20
  
referee: George Blake
"With a left swing to the jaw, Sam Langford of Boston knocked out Harry Wills, the giant New Orleans negro, in the fourteenth round of a scheduled twenty-round fight this afternoon at Vernon. Both men were knocked down repeatedly, Langford himself taking the count four times in the first two rounds. Langford early in the fight hurt his left ankle as he fell to the mat in a vicious breakaway. Wills' effective straight-arm drives gave him an apparent even break in most of the rounds, but Langford fought with a superior knowledge of the game that gradually wore out Wills. As the soreness left Langford's injured ankle, his footwork improved and the twelfth, thirteenth and fourteenth rounds showed Langford winning. His speed, judgment and force then enabled him to play with Wills. The final swing was delivered after a torrent of blows had left Wills staggering." (Indianapolis Star)
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim.
1914-10-30
Jim Cameron10 10 1
Dreamland Rink, San Francisco, California, USA
W PTS4/4
 W  
PTS
4/4
  
1914-10-16
Charlie Horn17 4 3
Dreamland Rink, San Francisco, California, USA
W KO1/4
 W  
KO
1/4
  
1914-10-09
Sailor Grande16 6 7
Dreamland Rink, San Francisco, California, USA
W PTS4/4
 W  
PTS
4/4
  
1914-09-18
Charley Miller18 10 11
Dreamland Rink, San Francisco, California, USA
W KO1/4
 W  
KO
1/4
  
1914-09-04
Willie Meehan44 9 26
Dreamland Rink, San Francisco, California, USA
W PTS4/4
 W  
PTS
4/4
  
referee: Bert McCullough
1914-08-21
Battling Brandt0 3 0
Pavilion Rink, San Francisco, California, USA
W TKO4/4
 W  
TKO
4/4
  
referee: Eddie Burns
1914-08-02
Mexican Pete Everett28 16 1
Sonora, Sonora, Mexico
W KO2/0
 W  
KO
2/0
  
1914-07-04
Soldier Elder10 4 4
El Paso, Texas, USA
W KO1/0
 W  
KO
1/0
  
1914-06-09
Joe Jeannette65 9 6
National Baseball Park, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
DNWS10/10
 D 
NWS
10/10
  
referee: Buddy Griffin
A draw from New Orleans Times-Picayune, New York Evening World. Newspaper decision for Wills from New Orleans Item, AP.
1914-05-01
210Sam Langford18787 8 21
National Baseball Park, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
DNWS10/10
 D 
NWS
10/10
  
referee: Buddy Griffin
Newspaper decision for Langford from Will Hamilton (New Orleans Item). Newspaper decision for Wills from New Orleans Times-Democrat and The Daily Picayune, INS (Wills won 7 rounds). A draw from Pawtucket (RI) Evening Times ("fought 10 rounds to a draw last night before the largest crowd seen here in years").
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim.
1914-02-07
Rough House Ware1 2 3
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
W KO10/20
 W  
KO
10/20
  
Date uncertain
1914-01-08
George Kid Cotton6 4 1
Northside A.C., New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
W KO4/10
 W  
KO
4/10
  
From the New Orleans Times-Picayune (Herb Goldman).
1913-12-09
Jimmy Sullivandebut
Northside A.C., New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
W KO1/10
 W  
KO
1/10
  
1913-10-03
George Kid Cotton5 3 0
Pelican Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
W KO3/10
 W  
KO
3/10
  
Reported in the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
1913-07-01
Joe Jeannette59 8 5
Northside A.C., New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
DPTS10/10
 D 
PTS
10/10
  
referee: Zeno Green
1913-06-18
Jeff Clark58 3 7
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
DPTS10/10
 D 
PTS
10/10
  
1913-02-02
Kid Brown0 2 0
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
W KO2/0
 W  
KO
2/0
  
Exact date unknown.
1913-01-01
Jack Gravesdebut
USA
NND10/10
 N 
ND
10/10
  
Date and location of this fight unknown.
1912-11-20
Jack Tholmer8 2 1
Northside A.C., New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
W KO5/10
 W  
KO
5/10
  
1912-08-13
Dave Mills4 3 2
Elks Club, El Paso, Texas, USA
NND10/10
 N 
ND
10/10
  
1912-05-05
Kid Brown0 1 0
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
W KO6/0
 W  
KO
6/0
  
Exact date unknown.
1912-04-04
Ben Pedendebut
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
W KO3/0
 W  
KO
3/0
  
Exact date unknown.
1912-02-14
George Kid Cotton4 2 0
Louisiana A.C., New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
LKO2/10
 L 
KO
2/10
  
1912-02-02
Sam Collierdebut
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
W KO7/0
 W  
KO
7/0
  
1912-01-01
Harry Browndebut
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
W KO2/0
 W  
KO
2/0
  
Exact date unknown.
1911-10-25
Nat Dewey17 6 9
Louisiana A.C., New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
New Orleans Daily-Picayune (Luckett Davis)
1911-02-02
Battling Taylordebut
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
W KO7/0
 W  
KO
7/0
  
Exact date unknown.
1911-01-01
Kid Navarrodebut
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
W KO1/0
 W  
KO
1/0
  
Exact date unknown.
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Win
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Loss
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Draw
N
No Contest
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Scheduled/Pending
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