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Ray Bronson

W L D
48 10 23
22 KOs 4 KOs
last 6


bouts 81
rounds 674
KOs 21%
 
global ID 26165
aliasJohn Ray Bronson
born 1887-08-02
death date1948-00-00 / age 60
debut1905-01-01 / age 17
divisionlightweight
height5′ 4″   /   163cm
residence
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
birth place
Webster City, Iowa, USA

newspaper decisions
bouts rounds won lost drawn
104 214 12 9 2

Career Record

date lbs opponent lbs
record 
location
result 
rounds
1920-09-06
Jack Britton60 11 11
Cedar Point Arena, Sandusky, Ohio, USA
LNWS10/10
 L 
NWS
10/10
  
Newspaper decision from the Sandusky Register
1914-02-28
Matt Wells13 5 2
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
LTKO7/20
 L 
TKO
7/20
  
The towel was thrown in.
1914-02-14
Frank Picato21 13 3
Baker's Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
DPTS20/20
 D 
PTS
20/20
  
1914-01-01
146¾Waldemar Holberg143½24 13 4
Baker's Pavilion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
LPTS20/20
 L 
PTS
20/20
  
World Welterweight Title
Australian Version
Holberg takes over Bronson's World Welterweight title claim. Bronson had recently arrived in Australia with Eddie McGoorty and Young Saylor. Nov. 18, 1913 Tacoma Daily News.
1913-05-12
Young Denny14 3 5
Orleans A.C., New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
LNWS10/10
 L 
NWS
10/10
  
referee: Dick Burke
Newspaper decision for Denny from New Orleans Item, New Orleans Daily Picayune, Atlanta Constitution.
Bronson defended the American version of the World Welterweight title (142 pounds at 3 PM) in a no-decision bout
1913-04-23
Hilliard Lang5 3 2
Auditorium, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
Newspaper decision from the Indianapolis Star
1913-04-14
Billy Griffith11 16 7
Olympic A.C., Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
DNWS10/10
 D 
NWS
10/10
  
"Griffith had much the better of the early fighting, but Bronson finished strong." (Reno Evening Gazette)
1913-03-08
Tommy Howell11 4 1
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
LNWS6/6
 L 
NWS
6/6
  
Howell won the newspaper decision from both the Philadelphia Record and the Philadelphia Public Ledger (Paul Zabala). This fight did not occur in Kansas City, St. Louis, or any other city in the midwest, as incorectly shown here previously.
1913-03-05
Leo Kelly4 2 1
Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
W KO2/8
 W  
KO
2/8
  
Bronson was down in the 1st round.
1913-01-29
Jimmy Perry13 4 2
Auditorium, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
"Pity, compassion, the milk of human kindness or the lack of the necessary punch prevented Ray Bronson from scoring a knockout victory over Jim Perry of Pittsburgh in their bout at the Auditorium last night. A wholesome respect for the kick that was in some of the swings that jarred Bronson's head may have caused him to be overcautious, but from the third round on it looked as if the Pittsburgher could be stowed away almost any moment." (Indianapolis Star)
1913-01-22
Tommy Howell10 4 0
Labor Temple Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
LPTS10/10
 L 
PTS
10/10
  
1913-01-13
Spike Kelly3 1 1
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
LPTS8/8
 L 
PTS
8/8
  
referee: Billy Haack
Kelly claims American version of World Welterweight title
1912-10-29
Clarence English29 10 10
Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
W NWS8/8
 W  
NWS
8/8
  
Bronson won the newspaper decision. (Reno Evening Gazette)
1912-09-09
Hilliard Lang5 3 2
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
LNWS12/12
 L 
NWS
12/12
  
Bronson defended the American version of the World Welterweight title in a no-decision bout. (Chicago Tribune 12/29/1912)
1912-09-02
Wildcat Ferns29 4 9
Auditorium, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
Newspaper decision from the Indianapolis Star
1912-06-29
Harry Brewer11 0 3
Ball Park, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
Newspaper decision from the Indianapolis Star
1912-05-29
138Packey McFarland13865 0 5
Independence Ball Park, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
LNWS10/10
 L 
NWS
10/10
  
referee: Edward W. Smith
Bronson defended the American version of the World Welterweight title in a no-decision bout
Indianapolis Star scored for McFarland 5-1-4 by rounds, but inexplicably concluded the round-by-round report with a draw decision.
Newspaper decision for McFarland from Fort Wayne Sentinel ("McFarland's shifty foot work and ability to keep out of the way of Ray Bronson's swings and punches gave him the best of the match"), Logansport Journal ("general opinion was that McFarland was the winner"), Walter H. Eckersall (Chicago Tribune), Pittsburgh Gazette Times ("McFarland, who was fast, in and out with his jabs and uppercuts, and clever in his foot-work, had all the better of it"), AP ("McFarland had the better of eight rounds and Bronson managed to break even in the other two").
1912-05-23
Harry Brewer11 0 3
Coliseum, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
LNWS8/8
 L 
NWS
8/8
  
Brewer "won a decisive victory." (Daily Commonwealth)
Bronson defended the American version of the World Welterweight title in a no-decision bout
1912-04-01
Clarence English29 8 10
Saint Joseph, Missouri, USA
W PTS15/15
 W  
PTS
15/15
  
Bronson claimed the American version of the World Welterweight title (147lbs)
1912-02-22
Young Erne24 10 5
Auditorium, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
"Ray Bronson, welterweight championship claimant, last night succesfully defended the title he has assumed by outpointing Young Erne of Philadelphia in a dazzling ten-round bout at the Auditorium." (Indianapolis Star)
1912-01-01
Tommy Devlin23 1 6
Tri City A.C., Jeffersonville, Indiana, USA
DPTS10/10
 D 
PTS
10/10
  
referee: Marvin Hart
"Referee Hart's verdict was met by a concert of hisses from the fans who thought Bronson should have had a decision on account of his forcing the fight all the way." (Indianapolis Star)
1911-11-29
Tommy Howell9 3 0
Auditorium, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
Newspaper decision from the Indianapolis Star
1911-10-18
135Milburn Saylor13513 2 5
Auditorium, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
LNWS10/10
 L 
NWS
10/10
  
referee: Tommy Dillon
Newspaper decision from the Indianapolis Star
1911-09-27
Tommy Howell9 3 0
Auditorium, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
referee: Tommy Dillon
Newspaper decision from the Indianapolis Star
1911-08-29
Tommy Howell8 3 0
Armory A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
LPTS12/12
 L 
PTS
12/12
  
referee: Maffitt Flaherty
1911-08-23
Dave Deshler25 19 21
Auditorium, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
Bronson "outpointed Deshler all the way, landing three or four blows to Deshler's one." (Indianapolis Star)
1911-07-26
Eddie Webber3 1 0
Auditorium, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
W KO3/10
 W  
KO
3/10
  
1911-07-10
Johnny Glover7 4 2
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
W PTS8/8
 W  
PTS
8/8
  
1911-06-05
Morris Bloom7 4 1
Empire Theater, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
Newspaper decision from the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
1911-03-22
Sid Burns34 2 1
Olympia, Kensington, London, United Kingdom
LDQ19/20
 L 
DQ
19/20
  
Burns won this fight by disqualification, not Bronson as was previously entered per the Boston Globe and New York Times.
1911-01-23
Jim Armstrong6 1 1
Melbourne Athletic Club, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
W KO5/20
 W  
KO
5/20
  
1911-01-07
Arthur Douglas35 8 7
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
W TKO11/20
 W  
TKO
11/20
  
referee: Snowy Baker
1911-01-02
Hughie Mehegan35 10 2
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
LPTS20/20
 L 
PTS
20/20
  
vacant Australian lightweight title
1910-12-07
Frank Thorn26 13 4
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
W TKO4/20
 W  
TKO
4/20
  
Thorn broke his arm.
1910-11-16
Sid Papworth Sullivan16 9 3
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
W PTS20/20
 W  
PTS
20/20
  
1910-10-22
138Tommy Jones13314 12 7
Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
W PTS20/20
 W  
PTS
20/20
  
referee: Peter Flannagan
The Brisbane Courier October 22, 1910
1910-08-29
Grover Hayes39 3 7
Phoenix A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, USA
W PTS8/8
 W  
PTS
8/8
  
Bronson was down in the 8th round.
1910-08-01
Johnny Krause4 1 0
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
W PTS8/8
 W  
PTS
8/8
  
1910-07-26
Guy Dalton0 1 0
Richmond, Indiana, USA
W PTS8/8
 W  
PTS
8/8
  
1910-06-30
Jack Britton14 3 4
Royal A.C., New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
referee: Wallace Wood
1910-06-13
Harry Trendall9 3 3
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
W PTS8/8
 W  
PTS
8/8
  
1910-06-08
137Guy Dalton145debut
near Evansville, Indiana, USA
W KO5/0
 W  
KO
5/0
  
Held on a boat on the Ohio River
1910-05-17
Jack Redmond29 10 8
Grand Opera House, Anderson, Indiana, USA
LNWS10/10
 L 
NWS
10/10
  
St. Paul Daily News
1910-05-05
Mike Memsic3 5 1
Anderson, Indiana, USA
W NWS8/8
 W  
NWS
8/8
  
referee: Marion Scott
Newspaper decision from the Indianapolis Star
1910-05-02
Paul Kohler0 2 1
Akron, Ohio, USA
DNWS10/10
 D 
NWS
10/10
  
A draw from P.J. Garvey (Cleveland Plain Dealer) and Canton (OH) Evening Repository (ten fast rounds to a draw).
1910-03-22
Tommy O'Keefe10 2 0
Armory, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W TKO3/12
 W  
TKO
3/12
  
1910-03-12
Joe Hirst4 1 0
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
W NWS6/6
 W  
NWS
6/6
  
Newspaper decision for Bronson from the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Record. A draw from the Philadelphia Item.
1910-03-08
Jack Dillon20 0 4
Grand Opera House, Anderson, Indiana, USA
DPTS8/10
 D 
PTS
8/10
  
As Jack Dalton of Indianapolis (Dallas (TX) Morning News). Bronson took the place of Willie Fitzgerald owing to the death of Fitz's father. The referee declared it a draw in the 8th, although the bout was scheduled for 10 rounds.
1910-02-22
Matty Baldwin70 14 41
Armory, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
DPTS12/12
 D 
PTS
12/12
  
1909-12-26
Matty Baldwin69 13 40
West Side A.C., Gretna, Louisiana, USA
DPTS20/20
 D 
PTS
20/20
  
referee: Tommy Walsh
1909-12-14
Dave Deshler23 14 17
Armory A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
DPTS12/12
 D 
PTS
12/12
  
referee: Dick Fleming
1909-11-30
Dave Deshler23 14 16
Armory A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
DPTS12/12
 D 
PTS
12/12
  
referee: Dick Fleming
1909-09-19
133Packey McFarland13451 0 2
West Side A.C., McDonoughville, Louisiana, USA
DPTS20/20
 D 
PTS
20/20
  
referee: Wallace Wood
McFarland was knocked down in the 1st round. Bronson was knocked down in the 4th round, and slipped to his knees several times in the later rounds.
New Orleans Daily Picayune scored the bout 8-5-7 in favor of McFarland. New Orleans Item scored the bout 9-6-5 in favor of McFarland.
1909-08-07
Jack O'Sullivandebut
Marion, Indiana, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
1909-07-03
Jack Redmond23 6 6
Royal A.C., New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
referee: Wallace Wood
1909-06-26
138Jack Redmond13223 6 5
Royal A.C., New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
DPTS10/10
 D 
PTS
10/10
  
1909-05-25
Cyclone Johnny Thompson23 18 8
Columbus, Ohio, USA
LNWS6/6
 L 
NWS
6/6
  
"Thompson had much the best of the bout." (Coshocton Daily Times)
1909-05-15
136Russell Van Horn1461 3 2
Royal A.C., New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
DPTS10/10
 D 
PTS
10/10
  
referee: Wallace Wood
1909-03-12
Jack Dillon11 0 2
Hartford City A.C., Hartford City, Indiana, USA
DPTS6/6
 D 
PTS
6/6
  
ND? Indianapolis Star reported Bronson as having a "slight edge".
1909-03-05
132½Freddie Welsh12926 2 3
West Side A.C., Gretna, Louisiana, USA
LTKO13/20
 L 
TKO
13/20
  
referee: Dave Barry
Bronson was down twice in the 10th round and three times in the 13th.
1909-01-26
Julius Stein0 1 3
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
W KO3/0
 W  
KO
3/0
  
1909-01-22
Jimmy Dunn18 8 10
Auditorium, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
DPTS10/10
 D 
PTS
10/10
  
referee: Jack Ryan
Indianapolis Morning Star.
1908-11-20
Kid Goodman62 22 34
Dayton Gymnastic Club, Dayton, Ohio, USA
W PTS20/20
 W  
PTS
20/20
  
1908-10-16
Perry Moyerdebut
Dayton, Ohio, USA
W KO1/0
 W  
KO
1/0
  
1908-09-07
Jimmy Dunn18 8 8
Springfield, Ohio, USA
DPTS15/15
 D 
PTS
15/15
  
1908-04-23
Andy Bezenah31 6 8
Springfield, Ohio, USA
DPTS15/15
 D 
PTS
15/15
  
1908-03-30
Andy Bezenah31 5 8
Springfield, Ohio, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
1908-02-18
Kid Hogan5 8 0
Springfield, Ohio, USA
W KO5/0
 W  
KO
5/0
  
1907-10-30
Julius Stein0 1 2
Auditorium, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
DPTS10/10
 D 
PTS
10/10
  
referee: James Ryan
Indianapolis Star.
1907-05-08
Grover Hayes32 0 1
Indianapolis A.C., Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
DPTS10/10
 D 
PTS
10/10
  
1907-04-25
Jack Ward18 13 14
Princess Rink, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
W KO3/0
 W  
KO
3/0
  
time: 2:26   referee: Malachy Hogan
1907-04-03
Julius Stein0 1 1
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
DPTS10/10
 D 
PTS
10/10
  
1907-03-22
Mike Bartley7 13 8
Princess Rink, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
1907-03-20
Johnny Nickelsdebut
Auditorium, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
W KO3/0
 W  
KO
3/0
  
1906-12-12
Mickey Ford2 1 0
Auditorium, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
1906-11-27
Kid Kahndebut
Bloomington, Indiana, USA
W KO5/0
 W  
KO
5/0
  
1906-10-23
Louisville Tommy West0 1 0
Bloomington, Illinois, USA
W KO4/6
 W  
KO
4/6
  
1906-10-22
Kid Black1 8 3
Auditorium, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
1906-10-01
Freddie Cole1 6 1
Auditorium, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
DPTS6/6
 D 
PTS
6/6
  
1906-09-29
Mickey Ford1 1 0
Kokomo, Indiana, USA
LKO7/0
 L 
KO
7/0
  
1906-08-10
Mickey Ford1 0 0
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
1906-08-08
Young Sharkey3 2 1
Urbana, Illinois, USA
DPTS10/10
 D 
PTS
10/10
  
1906-05-23
Grover Hayes29 0 0
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
LKO3/3
 L 
KO
3/3
  
1906-05-17
Julius Steindebut
Riverside A.C., Peoria, Illinois, USA
DPTS8/8
 D 
PTS
8/8
  
referee: James Ryan
Indianapolis Star.
1906-05-14
George Quinn1 4 0
Auditorium, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
W KO2/0
 W  
KO
2/0
  
1906-04-23
Grant Clark1 0 0
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
W KO4/0
 W  
KO
4/0
  
1906-04-09
Tommy Shea2 3 0
Indianapolis A.C., Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
W KO2/0
 W  
KO
2/0
  
1906-03-08
Young Lavindebut
Anderson, Indiana, USA
W KO4/0
 W  
KO
4/0
  
1906-03-05
Mike Ryandebut
Auditorium, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
referee: Jack Ryan
1906-02-27
Ben Doerk3 1 0
Peoria AC, Peoria, Illinois, USA
W KO2/0
 W  
KO
2/0
  
1906-02-12
Jack Roberts0 1 0
Auditorium, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
1906-01-26
Tommy Grant0 2 0
Peoria A.C., Peoria, Illinois, USA
W KO1/0
 W  
KO
1/0
  
1906-01-25
Willie Reillydebut
Empire Theater, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
W PTS4/4
 W  
PTS
4/4
  
1905-12-11
Canadian Kid0 0 2
Auditorium, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
W DQ3/0
 W  
DQ
3/0
  
Indianapolis Star.
1905-11-01
Canadian Kid0 0 1
DPTS4/4
 D 
PTS
4/4
  
Exact date and location unknown.
1905-09-01
Jimmy Casey0 1 0
DPTS4/4
 D 
PTS
4/4
  
Exact date and location unknown.
1905-08-01
Kid Gordondebut
W PTS5/5
 W  
PTS
5/5
  
Exact date and location unknown.
1905-06-01
Joe Percente6 13 5
USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
Exact date and location unknown.
1905-05-01
Henry Gardnerdebut
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
Exact date and location unknown.
1905-04-10
Skinny DeBruler0 1 0
Empire Theater, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
DPTS6/6
 D 
PTS
6/6
  
Indianapolis Star. Bronson was better.
1905-03-01
Mike Morrisdebut
W PTS5/5
 W  
PTS
5/5
  
Exact date and location unknown.
1905-02-20
Billie Hinkledebut
Auditorium, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
W PTS4/4
 W  
PTS
4/4
  
Indianapolis Star.
1905-02-01
Skinny DeBrulerdebut
W KO1/0
 W  
KO
1/0
  
Exact date and location unknown.
1905-01-01
Jimmy Caseydebut
W KO2/0
 W  
KO
2/0
  
Exact date and location unknown.
W
Win
L
Loss
D
Draw
N
No Contest
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Scheduled/Pending
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