George Costner
Global ID11079
birthdate 1923-07-22
death date 2002-10-26 (79)
height6′ 0″   /   183cm
country USA
residenceCincinnati, Ohio, USA
birth placeCincinnati, Ohio, USA
birth nameGeorge Monroe Costner
won 72 (KO 43) + lost 11 (KO 6) + drawn 4 = 87
rounds boxed 472 KO% 49.43

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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1950-07-12Ike Williams110-12-3
Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1010
referee: Dave Beloff 8-2 | judge: Frank Knaresborough 10-0 | judge: Lou Tress 8-2
1950-06-12Charley Cotton21-2-0
Sports Arena, Toledo, Ohio, USAWPTS1010
1950-05-08Kid Gavilan58-10-2
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWMD1010
referee: Joe McGuigan 4-4 | judge: Frank Knaresborough 7-3 | judge: Zach Clayton 6-3
1950-03-22Sugar Ray Robinson105-1-2
Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALKO110
time: 2:49
Costner moved in aggressively and hurt Robinson with a right to the body. Robinson began to score with crisp lefts and rights. Then he landed a terrific one-two that sent Costner down for the full count.
1950-02-22Gene Burton49-10-10
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALSD1010
referee: Johnny Behr 51-49 | judge: Ed Hintz 49-51 | judge: Harold Marovitz 49-51
1950-01-06Gene Burton49-9-10
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWMD1010
referee: Young Otto 8-2 | judge: Frank Forbes 6-3 | judge: Frank Fullam 5-5
1949-12-15Doug Ratford34-25-6
Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO110
time: 1:38 | referee: Dave Beloff
A left to the head was the knockout punch. Radford suffered a concussion and did not fight again.
1949-12-01Kid Pambele6-9-2
Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO28
time: 1:02
1949-11-17Pat Byers41-16-0
Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO18
time: 1:36
1949-09-21Freddie Dawson70-7-3
Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USADPTS1010
referee: Dave Beloff 4-4 | judge: Lou Tress 6-3 | judge: Frank Knaresborough 4-6
1949-09-06Junius Woods14-9-0
Meadowbrook Bowl, Newark, New Jersey, USAWTKO58
1949-08-08Jackie Cooper34-14-3
Meadowbrook Bowl, Newark, New Jersey, USAWKO310
1949-08-01Bobby Lee24-11-5
Toppi Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWSD1010
1949-05-09Chico Varona27-8-3
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO1010
1949-04-25Levi Southall21-3-0
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO410
1949-04-11DeWitt Dean19-11-0
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO210
1949-03-23Bobby Mann28-13-3
Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS88
1948-11-26Willie Russell62-23-2
Civic Auditorium, Toledo, Ohio, USAWPTS1010
1948-10-25Bobby Mann25-11-3
Arena, Toledo, Ohio, USAWTKO710
1948-10-19Eddie O'Neill19-13-0
Arcadia Gardens, Detroit, Michigan, USAWTKO710
1948-10-05Willie Russell62-22-2
Arcadia Gardens, Detroit, Michigan, USAWUD1010
1948-07-14Earl Turner39-16-8
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USALKO110
time: 0:33 | referee: Jack Downey
Costner was knocked down twice.
1948-06-23Major Jones30-3-0
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWPTS1010
referee: Joe Gorman
1948-05-26O'Neill Bell22-9-4
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWMD1010
referee: Dick Burke
1948-04-14California Jackie Wilson59-14-4
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWUD1212
USA California State welterweight title
Wilson was knocked down in the 5th and 9th round.
1947-12-02Jackie Cooper29-10-3
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USAWKO310
time: 2:40 | referee: Ted Jamieson
1947-09-24Allen Faulkner29-3-0
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWPTS1010
1947-08-27Earl Turner38-13-7
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWKO112
time: 2:32 | referee: Jack Downey
USA California State welterweight title
Turner was knocked down twice.
1947-07-23Chester Slider44-26-17
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWTKO710
referee: Billy Burke
Slider was knocked down three times.
1947-06-25Frankie Angustain26-14-6
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWKO410
1947-06-04Charley Cato23-9-5
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWTKO810
referee: Frankie Brown
1946-03-01Maxie Berger98-22-9
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO610
Berger was knocked down four times during the bout.
1946-02-15Jimmy Sherrer20-4-1
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWUD1010
1946-02-04Jack Larrimore55-21-3
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWTKO110
1946-01-09Tip Ramsey5-2-0
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWTKO1010
1945-11-23O'Neill Bell10-2-3
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALKO710
1945-09-26Oscar Suggs50-60-8
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWTKO910
1945-08-06Robert Fowler10-9-4
Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS1010
Fowler was down in round six for a one-count.
1945-07-13Oscar Suggs50-59-8
Dayton, Ohio, USAWPTS1010
1945-07-02Mike Sopko17-18-4
Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO48
1945-05-23Paul Lewis36-12-7
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWPTS1010
referee: Billy Burke
1945-04-25Chester Slider37-18-12
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWPTS1010
Costner floored in the third, Slider was down in the 4th and 6th round.
1945-03-26Jake LaMotta46-9-2
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALKO610
referee: Walter Brightmore
Costner started fast and would have won the first round but for a no-count knockdown. LaMotta took charge in the second. Costner changed his tactics in the third round and fled before LaMotta's advances, landing left jabs and brief flurries, but not able to evade Jake's body attack. George started to tire in round four. LaMotta let up in the fifth, but mounted a murderous attack in the sixth. Costner became an easy target and was dropped for a nine-count midway of the round. His left eye was closed and he was trying to quit when he arose, but LaMotta knocked him down again before the referee could stop him. Costner was counted out. Attendance was 11,115 and the gross receipts were $45,485.
1945-02-14Sugar Ray Robinson52-1-0
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALKO110
time: 2:55 | referee: Norm McGarrity
Attendance: 20,193; Gate: $94,120
(Reportedly the largest indoor professional boxing crowd at this venue since the Jack Dempsey-King Levinsky exhibition. Tacoma News Tribune) Costner shook up Robinson with a right to the chin, but Robinson retaliated and soon dropped Coatner into a sitting position with a left hook. Costner got onto one knee but couldn't get off the floor before being counted out.

1945-01-19Sheik Rangel51-17-19
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO110
time: 1:22 | referee: Tommy Gilmore

Reported as Costner's 23rd win. AP Rangel was dropped twice, the second time for the full count. The fight lasted only 1:22.

1944-12-15Jimmy Hunt11-10-0
Armory, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWTKO110
time: 2:35 | referee: Dick Patton
1944-12-11Tommy James9-13-1
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO28
There was no second fight between Costner and James. The duplication, shown here previously, has been deleted.
1944-11-24Lou Woods23-4-0
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWDQ38
"Down went the soldier (Woods), who started to take a count, partially arose at the count of five, changed his mind and decided to take advantage of the full count (of nine). This procedure was nullified by Referee Joe Ranieri, who ruled that under Illinois' boxing rules Woods had disqualified himself." Source: The Ring, February 1945, page 34. There was no second fight between Costner and Woods, as was previously shown here.
1944-10-30Jimmy Hunt11-8-0
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO18
1944-10-27Phil Norman13-21-3
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO26
Costner scored five knockdowns in this fight. Evidently this was Costner's only fight with Norman, although they were previously shown here as fighting on November 25, 1944. No second fight was mentioned by Gene Engel in The Ring, although he was reporting all Chicago fights in his "In Chicago" articles.
1944-10-23Isadore Miner8-23-2
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO16
This was Costner's only fight with Minor. A duplicate of this fight, dated November 8, 1944, appeared earlier here.
1944-10-10Arnold Deer11-16-2
Armory, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWTKO36
1944-10-06Danny Freeman0-3-0
Armory, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWKO26
1944-09-22Robert Fowler4-2-3
Armory, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWTKO26
1944-09-15Billy Parsons25-31-6
Sports Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana, USALDQ16
1944-08-25Dave Bruce10-17-5
Dayton, Ohio, USAWKO18
1944-08-11Bobby Simmons21-10-1
Dayton, Ohio, USAWKO48
1944-07-28Martin Doyle3-0-0
Ducks Ball Park, Dayton, Ohio, USAWKO36
1944-07-14Sammy Thompson5-5-1
Ducks Ball Park, Dayton, Ohio, USAWKO16
1942-10-19Sammy Mack3-4-2
Columbus, Ohio, USAWKO58
1942-09-07Clinton Brooks0-2-0
Lynch, Kentucky, USAWKO210
1942-09-05Clinton Brooks0-1-0
Jenkins, Kentucky, USAWKO510
1942-09-04Pat Jazek0-1-0
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWKO24
1942-07-14Jerry Pittro3-6-0
Crosley Field, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWPTS88
1942-07-04Tiger Kiggans
Jenkins, Kentucky, USAWKO210
1942-05-13Clinton Brooks
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWKO26
1942-04-08Vernon Sterner4-4-1
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWTKO26
1942-03-23Larry Cisneros48-8-3
Columbus Hall, Louisville, Kentucky, USALPTS1010
1942-03-20Bobby Simmons0-1-0
Indianapolis, Indiana, USADPTS66
1942-03-16Arnold Deer1-5-0
Columbus Hall, Louisville, Kentucky, USADPTS1010
1942-03-02Jimmy Grimm19-8-7
Columbus Hall, Louisville, Kentucky, USADPTS1010
1942-01-28Jimmy Grimm17-8-7
Municipal Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USALPTS88
From the St. Louis Globe-Democrat (Jack Kincaid).
1942-01-01Jimmy Saylor0-2-0
Columbus, Ohio, USAWKO26
1941-12-18Mutt Schartz33-11-13
Springfield, Ohio, USAWPTS1010
1941-11-10Tommy Parker2-5-1
Louisville, Kentucky, USAWPTS66
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