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Freddie Steele

W L D
123 5 11
58 KOs 3 KOs
last 6


bouts 140
rounds 709
KOs 41%
 
global ID 21553
birth nameFrederick Earl Burgett
aliasTacoma Assassin
born 1912-12-18
death date1984-08-22 / age 71
debut1926-11-10 / age 13
divisionmiddleweight
stanceorthodox
height5′ 10″   /   178cm
reach
72″   /   183cm
residence
Tacoma, Washington, USA
birth place
Seattle, Washington, USA

Career Record

date lbs opponent lbs
record 
location
result 
rounds
1941-05-23
160Jimmy Casino16120 15 11
Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, USA
LTKO5/10
 L 
TKO
5/10
  
time: 2:20   referee: Charley Randolph
This is former World Middleweight Champion Freddie Steele's final career bout.
1938-07-26
159Al Hostak158¾45 1 8
Civic Stadium, Seattle, Washington, USA
LKO1/15
 L 
KO
1/15
  
time: 1:43   referee: Jack Dempsey
National Boxing Association World middleweight title
The crowd of 35,000 saw Steele knocked down four times. He was counted out at by Referee Dempsey, former World Champion. Some ringside observers accused Steele of coming out against Hostak with his hands down, thus getting KO'd in the first round. But Steele had been hampered by a cracked breastbone, which prevented him from lifting his gloves high to where they belonged--according to his chief sparring partner, Davey Ward.
1938-06-14
161½Solly Krieger16467 15 5
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
1938-02-19
159Carmen Barth159¼38 10 3
Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
W TKO7/15
 W  
TKO
7/15
  
time: 2:19   referee: James J. Braddock
National Boxing Association World middleweight title
NYSAC World middleweight title
The New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) afterward withdrew its recognition of Steele as its world champion, when Steele reportedly refused to defend against Fred Apostoli.
1938-02-08
158Bob Turner16265 41 15
Convention Hall, Rochester, New York, USA
W KO1/10
 W  
KO
1/10
  
time: 2:17
1938-01-07
158¾Fred Apostoli161½27 2 0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
LTKO9/12
 L 
TKO
9/12
  
time: 0:54   referee: Arthur Donovan
1937-09-11
157¼Ken Overlin16078 11 1
Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, USA
W KO4/15
 W  
KO
4/15
  
referee: Tommy Clark
National Boxing Association World middleweight title
NYSAC World middleweight title
After 10 seconds of the fourth round Steele "took advantage of his first real opening. He hit Overlin with a left to the chin that staggered him, followed up with another left that sent the challenger falling and then finished him with two bullet-like rights as he was dropping." (Associated Press). This was Steele's first bout without his longtime manager and mentor Dave Miller, who had died suddenly two weeks before. More than 9,000 people packed the venue--the largest crowd ever to see an indoor boxing match in the Pacific Northwest to date. Tacoma News Tribune
1937-07-21
159Charley 'Hobo' Williams1617 3 2
Griffith Stadium, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
W TKO8/10
 W  
TKO
8/10
  
1937-05-11
156Frank Battaglia159¾80 15 6
Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, USA
W KO3/15
 W  
KO
3/15
  
time: 0:34   referee: Tommy Clark
National Boxing Association World middleweight title
NYSAC World middleweight title
1937-03-02
158Paul Pirrone16283 29 3
Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
W TKO1/10
 W  
TKO
1/10
  
time: 1:57   referee: Spud Murphy
Pirrone down five times
1937-02-19
157Babe Risko15863 16 10
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
W UD15/15
 W  
UD
15/15
  
referee: Arthur Donovan 11-4 11-4 11-4
National Boxing Association World middleweight title
NYSAC World middleweight title
1937-01-01
157Gorilla Jones15386 19 10
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
referee: Jim Keefe
National Boxing Association World middleweight title
NYSAC World middleweight title
Jones was down in the 7th for a 3-count, supposedly the first time he was ever floored.
1936-12-08
157½Young Stuhley16145 22 3
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
referee: Jack Kennedy
1936-11-27
158Al Rossi16328 17 7
Coliseum, San Diego, California, USA
W KO1/10
 W  
KO
1/10
  
time: 1:36   referee: Jack Kennedy
1936-11-17
159Gus Lesnevich16328 1 3
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
W TKO2/10
 W  
TKO
2/10
  
time: 1:12   referee: Charley Randolph
1936-10-21
162Allen Matthews158¾64 12 3
Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
referee: Tommy McCarty
1936-09-03
160Young Stuhley16245 20 3
Armory, Spokane, Washington, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
referee: Walter Wall
1936-08-20
160½Jackie Aldare16255 35 12
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W KO2/10
 W  
KO
2/10
  
1936-07-11
156¾Babe Risko15860 14 10
Civic Stadium, Seattle, Washington, USA
W UD15/15
 W  
UD
15/15
  
referee: Tommy McCarty 93-72   judges: Eddie O'Neill 92-73, Al Rosenberg 92-75
National Boxing Association World middleweight title
NYSAC World middleweight title
1936-04-28
157Tony Fisher1606 12 1
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
referee: Tommy McCarty
1936-03-24
161Babe Risko16259 12 10
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
referee: Tommy McCarty   judges: Eddie O'NeillAl Rosenberg
1936-02-25
155Young Stuhley16044 17 3
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
referee: Jack Kennedy
1936-02-04
155Henry Firpo16167 34 14
Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, USA
W KO2/10
 W  
KO
2/10
  
time: 0:58
1936-01-23
155½Meyer Grace15469 31 8
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W KO1/10
 W  
KO
1/10
  
Grace was knocked down three times.
1935-11-19
156¾Young Stuhley160¼44 16 3
Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
1935-10-25
155½Mike Payan155½48 20 8
Coliseum, San Diego, California, USA
W TKO5/10
 W  
TKO
5/10
  
time: 2:00   referee: Charley Randolph
1935-10-18
154Swede Berglund16166 20 12
Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, USA
W TKO6/10
 W  
TKO
6/10
  
referee: Jack Kennedy
"Referee Jack Kennedy stepped between the fighters with Berglund reeling helplessly against the ropes and blood streaming from a deep gash over the right eye." United Press
1935-09-17
157Gorilla Jones156½83 18 9
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA
W UD10/10
 W  
UD
10/10
  
referee: Tommy McCarty
1935-07-30
155½Vince Dundee160½113 16 14
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA
W TKO3/10
 W  
TKO
3/10
  
referee: Tommy McCarty
Referee McCarthy stopped the bout midway through the round after Dundee, the former middleweight champion of Baltimore, had been knocked down eleven times. Dundee hadn't landed a single effective blow. He sustained a slight concussion and a broken jaw on the left side, between the second and third molars, clear through. He was taken to Seattle's Providence Hospital, where he recuperated about a week. Doctors advised him not to fight for three months or longer.
1935-06-11
155½Al Rossi160½27 11 7
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA
W TKO2/10
 W  
TKO
2/10
  
time: 1:18   referee: Tommy McCarty
1935-05-16
158½Mike Payan155½47 17 8
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
1935-04-23
156¼Sammy O'Dell154¼48 11 7
Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, USA
W KO1/10
 W  
KO
1/10
  
time: 1:31
1935-04-01
157Fred Apostoli1576 0 0
Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA
W TKO10/10
 W  
TKO
10/10
  
referee: Eddie Burns
1935-02-21
156Indian Jimmy Rivers16021 23 10
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W KO9/10
 W  
KO
9/10
  
Rivers was down in the seventh and eighth rounds, both for nine-counts. He was fouled by Steele just as the third ended, but the fight was ordered resumed after a five-minute rest period.
1935-02-12
155½Indian Jimmy Rivers16121 22 10
Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USA
W TKO5/10
 W  
TKO
5/10
  
time: 2:58   referee: Tom Louttit
1935-01-24
156½Baby Joe Gans153½112 17 10
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W KO3/10
 W  
KO
3/10
  
1935-01-10
156¾Tommy Rios158¼35 34 11
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
1934-12-20
155½Andy DiVodi153¼92 34 8
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W KO6/10
 W  
KO
6/10
  
1934-12-05
Jack Hibbard23 11 17
Walla Walla, Washington, USA
W TKO4/10
 W  
TKO
4/10
  
A Christmas charity show. Steele scored five knockdowns. Tacoma News Tribune
1934-11-13
156Jimmy Evans149½60 26 16
Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, USA
W TKO4/10
 W  
TKO
4/10
  
referee: Adolph Schacht
Steele is the Northwest Middleweight Champion. Referee Schacht stopped the bout to save Evans from further punishment.
1934-11-01
156¼Andy DiVodi15192 33 8
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
1934-10-26
156Joe Glick154129 67 31
Armory, Yakima, Washington, USA
W KO1/10
 W  
KO
1/10
  
referee: Windy Knight
According to the Yakima Herald the bout was over in less than a minute.
1934-06-29
155¾Bucky Lawless156½77 39 6
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA
W TKO2/10
 W  
TKO
2/10
  
referee: Tommy McCarty
1934-06-22
156½Sammy Slaughter159½46 14 5
Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA
NNC1/10
 N 
NC
1/10
  
referee: Toby Irwin
Referee Toby Irwin chased the boxers from the ring after Slaughter had fallen ten times in less than two minutes, eight times without being hit. Irwin started to count the last time Slaughter fell, but changed his mind, and ordered the two out of the ring. Promoters tried to bring the boxers back to resume the fight, but Irwin refused to referee, and no other official could be found. Steele and Slaughter were later rematched in San Francisco, but Steele ran out on the bout when he injured his shoulder. After he left for Tacoma without checking with commission doctors, the California Athletic Commission suspended Steele, as well as his second Joe Waterman and manager Dave Miller.
1934-06-08
155½Babe Marino15433 9 3
Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
"[T]he impressive fashion in which the local trial horse was trounced last night convinced fans the youth from the Northwest is one of the best prospects to appear here in a long time. Making the third 10-round battle of his career, Steele battered Marino's face into almost unrecognizable shape, dropped him for a seven count in the fifth and won eight of the sessions with a combination of boxing and punching skill that could not be denied." AP
1934-05-22
156¾Gorilla Jones151½83 16 8
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA
DPTS10/10
 D 
PTS
10/10
  
referee: Tommy McCarty 55-55   judges: Al Rosenberg 55-55, Eddie O'Neill 55-55
1934-04-26
154½Joe Cardoza159½76 39 15
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W KO2/10
 W  
KO
2/10
  
1934-04-10
152¾Eddie Murdock16069 26 27
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA
W KO4/10
 W  
KO
4/10
  
1934-03-08
151¾Vivencio Alicante151¼6 11 2
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W KO2/10
 W  
KO
2/10
  
1934-02-27
151½Johnny 'Bandit' Romero148½72 17 4
Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, USA
W KO2/8
 W  
KO
2/8
  
referee: Rod Murphy
1934-02-15
150¾Leonard Bennett148½35 23 12
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W PTS8/8
 W  
PTS
8/8
  
First bout for Steele -- the newly-crowned Washington State Welterweight Champion -- after a four-month layoff due to a kidney infection. "To many, knowing that Steele has no love in his heart for Bennett, it appeared as though the Tacoman purposely allowed the Detroit welter to stay the limit so that he could administer as much punishment as possible." Tacoma News Tribune
1933-10-12
151Petey Mike15020 17 10
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
Later this month, Steele is "forced on the shelf" after a serious kidney infection returns.
Washington state legalized prize-fighting, effective June 8, 1933. On Dec. 11, George Adams, chairman of the state athletic commission, named the very first state champions of each division. (There was no middleweight champion selected, however.) Steele becomes the first Welterweight Champion of Washington.
1933-08-08
150¾Frankie Petrolle147½27 31 8
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA
W KO3/10
 W  
KO
3/10
  
time: 2:10
1933-06-27
150Eddie Ran147¼44 18 7
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
referee: Tommy McCarty
1933-06-22
147½Joe Glick148128 53 29
Natatorium Park, Spokane, Washington, USA
W PTS8/8
 W  
PTS
8/8
  
Glick was down twice
1933-06-06
150½Alvin Lewis14634 7 9
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA
W KO3/6
 W  
KO
3/6
  
1933-06-01
147Tiger Lee Paige14720 11 5
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
Steele scored five knockdowns.
1933-05-18
147Gilbert Attell14945 32 28
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W KO3/6
 W  
KO
3/6
  
Steele's return bout after a four-month lay-off caused by a broken jaw. "A well-timed one-two punch sent Attell down for a nine-count in the first round, and the San Franciscan went down for the count in the third from a hard right uppercut to the chin." (AP)
1933-01-17
149½Leonard Bennett146¾28 18 9
Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
referee: Jack Neville
Pacific Northwest Welterweight Title
1932-11-17
147½Battling Dozier149¼60 15 15
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
1932-11-03
147½Millio Millitti150¼29 11 7
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
1932-10-26
148½Tommy Herman150¾40 18 7
Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
1932-09-27
149Tommy Herman150½39 18 7
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
LPTS4/4
 L 
PTS
4/4
  
1932-09-20
149Ceferino Garcia145½32 9 8
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
W KO2/4
 W  
KO
2/4
  
time: 2:53   referee: Harry Lee
1932-09-07
149David Velasco145½28 24 5
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
1932-08-26
149Billy Townsend14253 16 13
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
referee: Adolph Schacht
1932-08-11
147Alfonso Gonzales14710 12 6
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
1932-08-03
147Tiger Lee Paige13 7 2
Gonzaga Stadium, Spokane, Washington, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
1932-07-20
148Ralph Chong150½22 4 1
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA
W TKO6/6
 W  
TKO
6/6
  
referee: Tommy McCarty
1932-06-30
146Larry Murphy14842 30 29
Arena, Dishman, Washington, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
1932-06-01
147Alfonso Gonzales148½9 10 6
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
referee: Tommy McCarty
1932-05-24
147Frankie Stetson14354 11 9
Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
1932-05-18
145Ceferino Garcia14231 7 6
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA
W KO2/6
 W  
KO
2/6
  
referee: Tommy McCarty
1932-04-27
146¾Tony Portillo146¾44 19 17
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
Pacific Northwest Welterweight Title
"Steele sent a barrage of smashing straight lefts at Tony that bounced him to the canvas three times, cut his upper lip severely and battered him soundly in every stanza to win a [$500 diamond-studded] gold belt, emblematic of the mythical Pacific Northwest welterweight crown." (AP)
1932-04-07
146Bobby Vincent19 15 10
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
Steele scored two nine-count and one eight-count knockdowns.
1932-03-24
146½Matt Calo140¼31 14 14
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
1932-03-16
147Tiger Lee Paige146¾10 5 1
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
referee: Tommy McCarty
1932-03-03
Freddie Goldstein8 1 1
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
This is Steele's first bout after a three-month layoff due to a kidney infection. Reported as Goldstein's 114th bout (with no KO losses). Tacoma Times
1931-11-30
Matt Calo28 13 14
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
1931-09-23
Cowboy Sammy Evans8 7 0
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
1931-08-20
Johnny Woods35 16 16
Arena, Dishman, Washington, USA
W TKO3/6
 W  
TKO
3/6
  
1931-07-30
146Don Fraser14258 21 14
Arena, Dishman, Washington, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
"Thank the Lord there's only one Freddie Steele," commented Fraser afterward. Bellingham American
1931-07-16
Al Gracio14753 21 9
Arena, Dishman, Washington, USA
W TKO3/6
 W  
TKO
3/6
  
The referee stopped the bout. Former World Champion Jack Johnson fought a three-round exhibition with Dee Richmond of Chemelah, Washington, on this card.
1931-06-10
145¾Jimmy Owens14617 14 5
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA
W UD6/6
 W  
UD
6/6
  
1931-05-27
146½Jimmy Owens144½17 13 5
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA
W UD6/6
 W  
UD
6/6
  
referee: Tommy McCarty   judges: Eddie O'NeillAl Rosenberg
1931-05-13
Joe Townsend6 4 7
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA
W KO2/6
 W  
KO
2/6
  
referee: Tommy McCarty
1931-05-07
Esten Hunter23 27 12
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
Steele scored six knockdowns.
1931-04-22
Teddy Palacios20 14 4
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA
W KO1/6
 W  
KO
1/6
  
time: 0:45   referee: Tommy McCarty
1931-04-16
Ritchie King52 37 19
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W KO1/6
 W  
KO
1/6
  
Often incorrectly recorded as occurring in Seattle.
1931-04-08
Nels Ferguson13 4 5
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA
W TKO2/6
 W  
TKO
2/6
  
referee: Tommy McCarty
1931-03-26
Nels Ferguson13 3 5
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
1931-03-06
Mickey Cochrane0 0 1
Knights of Columbus Gym, Yakima, Washington, USA
W KO2/6
 W  
KO
2/6
  
1931-02-18
142½Joe Townsend141¼6 4 6
Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, USA
DPTS6/6
 D 
PTS
6/6
  
referee: Adolph Schacht   judges: Eddie O'NeillAl Rosenberg
1931-02-12
Mickey Trad6 4 5
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
1931-01-01
Tony Portillo28 12 8
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
1930-12-17
Tony Portillo27 12 8
Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, USA
LPTS6/6
 L 
PTS
6/6
  
"Steele tried to cut-box Portillo while on the run last night and his backing up tactics cost him the fight. It was the Tacoma lad's first defeat." Modesto News-Herald
1930-12-11
Tony Portillo27 12 6
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
DPTS6/6
 D 
PTS
6/6
  
1930-10-30
Joey Coffman27 19 13
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
"Steele landed some hefty blows and several times it looked as though Coffman was groggy and about to bow before the twin gods of Morpheus wrapped up in the Tacoma boy's mitts. But no; Coffman hung on for a moment, shook the gathering cobwebs from his brain and, when he squared off again, seemed as fresh as a daisy." Tacoma News-Tribune
1930-10-16
Al Gracio52 18 9
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W TKO1/0
 W  
TKO
1/0
  
Gracio was floored for a nine-count 10 seconds into the bout by a right uppercut. His seconds tossed in the towel soon afterward.
1930-10-02
Leslie (Wildcat) Carter59 16 9
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W TKO5/6
 W  
TKO
5/6
  
1930-09-11
Jimmy Farrar6 4 2
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA
W TKO3/6
 W  
TKO
3/6
  
referee: Tommy Clark
1930-07-10
Tommy Fielding9 10 6
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
1930-06-26
Tommy Fielding9 9 6
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
1930-05-22
Joe Townsend5 1 5
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
1930-05-08
145Joe Townsend5 0 5
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
1930-04-25
Joe Townsend5 0 3
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA
DPTS6/6
 D 
PTS
6/6
  
referee: Adolph Schacht   judges: Eddie O'NeillCarl Reiter
1930-03-06
Jimmy Britt15 5 10
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
DPTS6/6
 D 
PTS
6/6
  
1930-02-27
Jack Red Rondeaux4 3 1
Tacoma, Washington, USA
W KO4/6
 W  
KO
4/6
  
1930-01-23
Jack Nash22 17 13
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W KO2/0
 W  
KO
2/0
  
1930-01-09
Frankie Monroe16 8 15
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
1929-12-19
140Jimmy Pavolic8 7 6
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
Steele's first main event appearance. "Steele won almost every round, taking the first four with monotonous regularity. Boxing beautifully, Freddie scored repeatedly with straight lefts to the face, left and right hooks to the stomach and an occasional right cross to the chin." Tacoma News-Tribune
1929-11-21
Paddy Ryan0 0 1
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W KO1/4
 W  
KO
1/4
  
Ryan was reported by the local Everett Daily Herald newspaper as being from nearby Fort Lewis, Washington. Thus, this likely is the "Soldier Ryan" bout listed in records of Steele's fights lacking an exact 1929 date. According to the Tacoma News-Tribune: Steele "is being brought along with care, consideration and ability by Dave Miller.... Let that boy get an even break of things and in a few years you stand a great chance of reading about him as a REAL FIGHTER. So far he has revealed EVERYTHING, EVERY NATURAL ability."
1929-11-14
Harry Davis1 0 0
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W TKO2/4
 W  
TKO
2/4
  
Davis was knocked down 10 times before the towel was tossed into the ring.
1929-10-08
Johnny Lussier2 5 0
Northwest A.C., Tacoma, Washington, USA
W PTS4/4
 W  
PTS
4/4
  
Although the Oct. 8 Tacoma News Tribune announced the boxers on this scheduled card, neither it nor any of the Seattle papers published the results.
1929-10-01
Honey Melody9 12 8
Northwest A.C., Tacoma, Washington, USA
W KO3/0
 W  
KO
3/0
  
Melody was disqualified in the second for going down without being hit, but the bell saved him. The only pro bout on an amateur card.
1929-08-05
Arnold Smithdebut
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W KO1/4
 W  
KO
1/4
  
"It was hectic while it lasted. Smith, a wild swinger, caught Freddie low early in the round, but after a couple of seconds rest, they continued. Steele caught Smith a right to the chin and floored him for nine and put the big crush on him a moment later with another right to the chin." (Also on this card, reportedly for 50% of the gate receipts, future World Heavyweight Champion Max Schmeling boxed two two-minute, two-round exhibition bouts with Herman Hellar and Walter Sells.) Tacoma Daily Ledger
1929-06-27
Ralph Smith3 4 6
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W PTS4/4
 W  
PTS
4/4
  
The crowd believed Smith had won, and gave "the most determined amount of booing a Tacoma ring has heard in years." Steele's "nose bled and his face looked like the inside of a watermelon." Tacoma News-Tribune
1929-05-09
Eddie Fosterdebut
Tacoma, Washington, USA
W KO2/4
 W  
KO
2/4
  
"Steele revealed everything a great fighter in the making needs. Give him time and proper breaks and some day the kid, who will grow into a heavy or light heavy, will write plenty of ring chapters." Tacoma News-Tribune
1929-04-01
Floyd Soldier Browndebut
Tacoma, Washington, USA
W PTS4/4
 W  
PTS
4/4
  
Uncertain of Date
1929-03-15
Len Lockren0 1 1
Tacoma, Washington, USA
W PTS4/4
 W  
PTS
4/4
  
Uncertain of Date
1929-03-01
Len Lockren0 1 0
Tacoma, Washington, USA
DPTS4/4
 D 
PTS
4/4
  
Uncertain of Date
1929-01-01
Jimmy Pavolic3 2 2
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
DPTS4/4
 D 
PTS
4/4
  
Steele "gave away some four or five pounds, but he boxed like a little master and used ring brains that were simply unusual. He is only a boy of 16 years old last month." Tacoma News Tribune
1928-11-22
Johnny Leonard0 4 2
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W PTS4/4
 W  
PTS
4/4
  
Leonard was floored twice. Steele is described as a "Jason Lee school boy" by the Tacoma Times.
1928-10-01
Eddie Harmon0 1 1
Tacoma, Washington, USA
W KO2/0
 W  
KO
2/0
  
1928-09-20
Ralph Smith0 0 1
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W PTS4/4
 W  
PTS
4/4
  
Smith's professional debut, after being a star amateur boxer at Tacoma's Starlight A.C. (Often incorrectly recorded as a draw.)
1928-09-01
Jimmy Warfield7 1 0
Tacoma, Washington, USA
W KO1/0
 W  
KO
1/0
  
Uncertain of Date
1928-08-10
Larry Hannon5 0 0
Skating Rink, Centralia, Washington, USA
DPTS4/4
 D 
PTS
4/4
  
Often incorrectly recorded as a win for Steele.
1928-07-04
Harry (Young) Ketchel14 7 3
Centralia, Washington, USA
W KO2/0
 W  
KO
2/0
  
Often recorded as a first-round KO, the Centralia Daily Chronicle reported KO-2.
1928-06-12
Eddie Harmon0 1 0
Chehalis, Washington, USA
DPTS4/4
 D 
PTS
4/4
  
Uncertain of Date but there was a big fight program scheduled for Chehalis on this date.
1928-05-18
Young Tex Vernon1 6 2
Legion Hall, Olympia, Washington, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
1928-05-03
Billy Quilter9 23 11
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W KO2/0
 W  
KO
2/0
  
"What a prospect this Steele is. He's only 16." Tacoma News-Tribune
1928-03-15
Bud Weaver9 5 3
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W TKO4/4
 W  
TKO
4/4
  
After Weaver had been knocked down once in the first round, and twice in the third and fourth rounds, the towel was thrown into the ring.
1928-03-01
Billy Edwardsdebut
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W KO4/0
 W  
KO
4/0
  
Steele, a 15-year-old bantamweight, "looks like a comer." Tacoma News-Tribune.
1928-01-12
Hermosa Villa0 1 3
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
W PTS4/4
 W  
PTS
4/4
  
Steele fought from the first round with an injured right hand. Steele's first Tacoma bout: He "made his start here... and won handily[.]" Tacoma Times.
1927-04-27
Nick Vonda0 0 1
Liberty Hall, Bellingham, Washington, USA
W PTS4/4
 W  
PTS
4/4
  
Fourteen-year-old "Steele took the first two cantos handily, [sic] he was slightly bested in the third after he took a couple on the solar plexus. The white boy then came back to win the fourth by a hair and was awarded the decision." The Bellingham American. This was the final card of the Bellingham boxing season. Being an in-door sport, boxing was scheduled to resume in the autumn.
1927-03-16
105Jimmy Britt1054 1 2
Liberty Hall, Bellingham, Washington, USA
DPTS4/4
 D 
PTS
4/4
  
Fighting at 105 pounds each, they provided "the most entertaining engagement on the bill." Bellingham American.
(Earlier, the Feb. 16 Bellingham Herald reported that Steele was suffering from the grippe, so a Mike Haget was to sub for him on that night's card. There was an Eddie Hargott who fought that night.)
1927-01-05
George Wilsondebut
Liberty Hall, Bellingham, Washington, USA
W PTS4/4
 W  
PTS
4/4
  
On Jan. 1, The Bellingham American, at p. 6, said: "Steele is the classiest 100-pounder in these parts, and he is a big favorite with the fans." A few days later, on Jan. 4, p. 6, the paper reported: "Freddie Steele is the third member of the McAllister stable that will show on the card. Steele is believed by many fans to be a little bit the best looking boxing prospect uncovered here in a decade. The little 100-pounder has plenty of natural class which is coupled with an ability to use his head. He will be paired with George Wilson in the deuce spot."
1926-12-08
Mocus Canning0 1 0
Liberty Hall, Bellingham, Washington, USA
W PTS4/4
 W  
PTS
4/4
  
The "curtain raiser." Steele "made a big hit with the throng. Canning was dropped for a three-count in the first, but came back to hold Steele on even terms in the next two rounds. The fourth was Steele's by a small margin. Both boys showed lots of class." The Bellingham American.
1926-11-24
Jimmy Britt2 1 0
Liberty Hall, Bellingham, Washington, USA
DPTS4/4
 D 
PTS
4/4
  
referee: Harold Jones
"[A] draw decision although the bout did not go the four rounds. Just before the final bell was due Steele protested that he had been unintentionally fouled. As Jones did not see the foul he proceeded to call the match a draw as Steele previously had built up a fairly good margin. Britt showed improvement and he kept Steele going at top speed." Bellingham American
1926-11-10
Jimmy Britt2 0 0
Liberty Hall, Bellingham, Washington, USA
W PTS4/4
 W  
PTS
4/4
  
Future World Champion Freddie Steele's professional debut.
"Both boys showed lots of speed and each packed a healthy sock. Steele landed a majority of the pokes and he had the best footwork."
Bellingham American.
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