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Whitey Wenzel
Global ID11233
sexmale
birthdate 1893-05-02
death date 1954-02-21 (60)
divisionlight heavyweight
aliasOtto Wenzel
country USA
residencePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
birth placeGlenfield, Pennsylvania, USA
birth nameOtto Jacob Wenzel
won 8 (KO 7) + lost 5 (KO 4) + drawn 0 = 14
rounds boxed 49
Newspaper Decisions won 16 : lost 18 : drawn 13
rounds boxed 336
Total Bouts 61 KO% 11.48
 
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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1922-02-14Gene Tunney38-0-1
Ice Palace, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALTKO48
From Philadelphia newspapers (Inquirer and Public Ledger.
1921-12-24Lewis Fink4-5-0
Palisades Rink, McKeesport, Pennsylvania, USAWKO16
From the Pittsburgh Post. Wenzel's opponent was given as "Leo Fink," a probable spelling error.
1921-09-05Johnny Shea2-2-0
Columbia A.C., Dubois, Pennsylvania, USADNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Clearfield Progress
1921-08-04Mike Dempsey2-1-0
Dubois, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post.
1921-07-25Kid Crutchfield2-1-0
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post. The action in this fight was disappointing.
1921-05-02Steve Choynski7-8-0
Exposition Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post. Choynski won decisively.
1921-04-04George Chip41-17-4
Exposition Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from Pittsburgh Post. It was a grueling fight.
1921-02-22Kid Smith
Exposition Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWKO26
From the Pittsburgh Post.
1921-02-07Jack Burke1-0-0
Exposition Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
referee: Joe Keally
Newspaper decision provided by Pittsburgh Post.
1921-01-28Buck Crouse58-9-3
Slavish Hall, Connellsville, Pennsylvania, USADNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post. Both Wenzel and Crouse were starting comebacks.
1919-06-23Johnny Howard30-8-3
Trenton A.C., Trenton, New Jersey, USALNWS88
Newspaper decision from Philadelphia Record and Pittsburgh Post.
1919-05-19Mike McTigue23-6-1
New York A.C., New York, New York, USALNWS66
Newspaper decision from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid). This fight was held in private; public fights were not allowed in New York at this time.
1919-03-08Al Grayber45-1-1
Opera House, Monessen, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post, which reported that Wenzel gave Grayber a sound trouncing.
1919-02-14Al Grayber44-1-1
Palisades Rink, McKeesport, Pennsylvania, USADNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post.
1918-04-16KO Willie Loughlin22-6-1
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USALKO510
1917-12-25Harry Greb26-2-1
Turner Hall, Homestead, Pennsylvania, USALNWS1010
referee: Michael McDermott
According to the Pittsburgh Post, Greb landed about 20 punches to Wenzel's one. Wenzel had always been able to give a good account of himself in his other fights with Greb, but Harry had improved so much that Whitey was no longer in his class.
1917-12-03Buck Crouse57-9-3
Palisades Rink, McKeesport, Pennsylvania, USADNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post, which called the fight a tough draw.
1917-11-30Charley Schons
Turner Hall, Homestead, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO310
From the Pittsburgh Post.
1917-11-29Jimmy Wilson
Ohio, USANCND?
Wilson died of injuries sustained during this bout. Exact location in Ohio unknown.
1917-11-28Jimmy Wilson1-1-0
Cleveland, Ohio, USAWKO710
Wilson was knocked down and his head struck the edge of the ring stage. He suffered a fractured skull and died on November 29. Wilson was from Texas and had come to Akron in the spring 1917.
1916-06-17Harry Greb6-2-0
New Kensington A.C., New Kensington, Pennsylvania, USALNWS1010
referee: Tom White
The Pittsburgh Post reported that Greb decisively won the newspaper decision, taking six rounds, Wenzel one, and three were even. Wenzel retired for over a year after this fight.
1916-05-06Harry Greb5-2-0
Skating Rink, Charleroi, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
According to the Charleroi Mail this was a one-sided fight in which Greb was too fast for Wenzel. The Pittsburgh Post reported that Greb easily won this fight, taking every round and confusing his opponent with his clever footwork. Paxton in "The Fearless Harry Greb" notes that Greb had become "much better" than Wenzel by their last two meetings.
1916-03-21Jerry Cole8-1-1
Power Auditorium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
The Pittsburgh Post reported that Wenzel was a clear winner by newspaper decision in this rematch.
1916-03-11Kid Manuel4-0-0
New Kensington, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post. Wenzel was a clear winner.
1916-02-15Jerry Cole8-1-1
Power Auditorium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post.
1916-01-25Eddie Mullaney1-3-0
Akron, Ohio, USAWNWS88
Newspaper decision from the Lima Daily News
1916-01-17Al Rogers26-11-12
New Kensington, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post, which reported that Wenzel was a decisive winner.
1916-01-01Al Rogers26-11-12
Power Auditorium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post, which reported that Wenzel won in 6 hot rounds on New Years night.
1915-09-28Fay Keiser4-1-0
Cumberland, Maryland, USALPTS1010
1915-05-24Harry Greb4-1-0
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
referee: Yock Henniger
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post. Greb won this fight easily, using the windmill style for which he became famous, "throwing a million or more punches..possibly half of this number connected."
1915-04-15Harry Greb4-1-0
East Liberty Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USADNWS66
referee: Eddie Kennedy
Wenzel won the newspaper decision according to the Pittsburgh Post. Greb won the first three rounds but tired and Wenzel took command until the end. But both the Pittsburgh Press and Gazette Times gave it to Greb by a shade. It was a hammer and tongs fight.
1915-04-06Bud Logan4-0-0
Casino, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USADNWS?
Newspaper decision from the Altoona Mirror
1915-03-16Bud Logan4-0-0
Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post. There is some uncertainty about the date, but the one shown is the most probable one.
1915-03-04Harry Greb4-1-0
East Liberty Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
referee: Eddie Kennedy
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post and Gazette Times. It was a great fight, although Greb won every round but the last one. Greb fought "as if a championship depended upon the result.." He got off to a good start and stayed ahead. He was the faster of the two and made Wenzel constantly miss his uppercuts (but) Wenzel scored quite a lot with lefts to head and body...Greb won every round but the last, which was even." Wenzel was floored in the 5th.
1915-02-01Kid Smith1-9-0
Southside Market House, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post, which reported that Wenzel won easily.
1915-01-23Frank Duffy
Washington, Pennsylvania, USAWKO26
From the Pittsburgh Post.
1915-01-14Battling Sherbine3-2-0
East Liberty Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWKO46
From the Pittsburgh Post.
1915-01-07John Foley0-1-0
East Liberty Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post.
1914-12-26Steve Gibson2-0-0
East Liberty Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWKO36
From the Pittsburgh Post.
1914-11-28George Lewis1-0-0
East Liberty Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
The Pittsburgh Post reported that Wenzel gave Lewis a sound beating.
1914-11-16Kid Smith1-8-0
Southside Market House, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWDQ46
From the Pittsburgh Post.
1914-10-31Al Grayber36-1-1
Academy Theater, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post.
1914-10-12George Lewis1-0-0
Waldemeier Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post.
1914-09-07Kid Smith1-8-0
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post.
1914-08-24Harry Greb4-1-0
Waldemeier Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USADNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post. "Greb made a great rally in the 6th round to pull out a draw. "If a hairline decision was absolutely necessary Wenzel would probably get it." "The scrap was a hummer...Wenzel fought hard all the time and did most of the forcing..Wenzel, taller than his opponent, with (about) five pounds advantage in weight, was not quite so clever..but he was a willing mixer at all times." They didn't shake hands at the outset. The first round was fierce, but even. Greb had a shade in the second after opening the round with a 30-second barrage. The third was practically even. The fourth was Wenzel's big round. He jabbed Greb till his head bobbed "like a fisherman's cork" and whipped over his right tellingly. Wenzel added to his lead in the 5th. Greb won the sixth handily, as Wenzel was leg weary but in no danger. Paxton in "The Fearless Harry Greb" also lists the result as a draw.
1914-07-10Swats Adamson5-1-0
Motordrome, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post.
1914-05-29Harry Greb4-1-0
Academy Theater, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USADNWS66
referee: Yock Henniger
Newspaper decision for Greb from Richard Guy (Pittsburgh Gazette Times).
A draw from Pittsburgh Post. Result given as a draw by Paxton in "The Fearless Harry Greb."

1914-01-10Harry Greb3-1-0
Old City Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
referee: Yock Henniger
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post, which reported that Wenzel had a slight edge. However, Bill Paxton in "The Fearless Harry Greb," after reading the various newspaper accounts, says that Greb had the most votes as a close winner.
1914-01-01Harry Greb3-1-0
Old City Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
referee: Tom Bodkins
Newspaper decision for Greb from Richard Guy Pittsburgh Gazette Times and the Pittsburgh Post.
The Post reported that "Harry Grebb fought like a bearcat...and won all the way."

1913-04-28George Lewis
Steubenville, Ohio, USADNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post.
1912-12-17Mark Beers0-1-0
McDonald, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
referee: Joe Donnelly
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post.
1912-10-19Al Grayber24-1-1
Old City Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALKO26
referee: Tom Bodkins
From the Pittsburgh Post.
1911-11-04Jack Killebrew
Old City Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALTKO26
From the Pittsburgh Post.
1911-11-01Cy Ketchell
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USADNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post.
1911-03-10Jock Simcoe5-1-0
Palisades Rink, McKeesport, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post. Wenzel took a sound licking from the more experienced Simcoe.
1911-03-04Al Grayber10-1-1
Old City Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post.
1911-02-18Tommy Lowe20-9-12
Old City Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post.
1911-01-11Bobby Hughes2-3-0
Old City Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USADNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post.
1910-11-14Irish Gorgas1-0-0
Princess Auditorium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post.
1910-11-07Jack Kress
Princess Auditorium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USADNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post.
1910-08-04Young Bijou12-6-1
Northside A.C., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USADNWS66
This was Wenzel's professional debut. Newspaper decision is from the Pittsburgh Post.

 
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