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Happy Littleton
Global ID11316
sexmale
birthdate 1895-07-02
death date 1971-06-00 (75)
divisionmiddleweight
stanceorthodox
height5′ 9″   /   175cm
reach76″   /   193cm
aliasJohn H. Littleton
country USA
residenceNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA
birth placeNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA
birth nameWilliam Harrison
won 26 (KO 13) + lost 4 (KO 1) + drawn 1 = 31
rounds boxed 308
Newspaper Decisions won : lost 1 : drawn
rounds boxed 10
Total Bouts 32 KO% 40.63
 
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1922-12-15Bryan Downey39-6-9
Louisiana Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USADPTS1515
Littleton retired after this fight because of the possibility of losing sight in one of his eyes, according to a letter he wrote to Bill Keefe of the New Orleans Times Picayune, published January 24, 1923. He was suffering from retinal detachment from which he hoped to recover, but he could not continue his career.
Referee Slim Brennan called the fight a draw, which was a popular decision. The advantage in the fight shifted frequently as each made powerful rallies. Downey was an excellent ring general who "locked up" Littleton in the clinches and had the better of the infighting. Nonetheless Bryan was reeling and dizzy from Happy's blows on several occasions. On the other hand Downey landed smashing right uppercuts and overhand blows that shook Littleton to his heels. It was a great fight.

1922-10-16Fay Keiser19-9-4
Louisiana Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWDQ1515
From the New Orleans Times-Picayune (Jack Kincaid), which reported that Keiser was disqualified, rather than losing by a technical knockout.
1922-06-16Billy Shade40-13-18
Louisiana Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWPTS1515
Shade broke both of his hands during the fifth round. After the bout was all over, the gloves had to be cut off. Pundits wondered whether he could ever box again. Also reported in the New Orleans Times-Picayune (Jack Kincaid).
1922-05-12Frank Carbone22-17-6
Tulane Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWPTS1515
Reported in the New Orleans Times-Picayune (Jack Kincaid). Littleton won practically every round, but Carbone kept it interesting with his never-say-die attitude and "fought like a wildcat." Carbone was floored for a 9-count in round four and missed about nine out of every ten blows that he threw. The fifth was Frank's best round and, seeing his chance, he threw punches with such abandon that once he went sprawling. Littleton cut up his tough opponent's face, causing him to bleed freely. Happy was just too clever and sharp for Carbone.
1922-04-21Frankie Fleming3-7-1
Tulane Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWKO315
Littleton's opponent was a middleweight from Staten Island, NY, not the well known Canadian lightweight of the same name. From the New Orleans Times-Picayune (Jack Kincaid).
1922-03-20Frankie Murphy4-0-0
Tulane Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWKO1315
Reported in the New Orleans Times-Picayune (Jack Kincaid).
1921-12-12Bryan Downey36-3-8
Louisiana Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USALKO515
Downey defended his Ohio recognized version of World Middleweight title. Reported in the New Orleans Times-Picayune (Jack Kincaid).
Downey scored a clear knockout in round five. A terrific uppercut which Downey brought up from his knees sent Littleton down and out. Happy was unconscious for five minutes. He did not fight well in the first four rounds and landed only a few good punches. Downey was almost unmarked when he left the ring and admitted that it was one of his easier fights.

1921-10-31Mike Gibbons60-1-4
Louisiana Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USALPTS1515
referee: Al Wambsgans
1921-10-07Happy Howard3-4-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWPTS88
1921-08-26Chuck Wiggins22-2-3
Louisiana Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWPTS1515
Reported in the New Orleans Times-Picayune (Jack Kincaid).
"In Littleton..Wiggins met a buzz saw whose punches he learned to respect almost from the tap of the opening gong., when 'Happy' buried a right in his midsection. From then on to the end of the battle, Wiggins avoided those body punches as if they meant death, jumping back gingerly from the clinches." Littleton dominated the fight for the first eleven rounds but tired, and Wiggins came on in the last four. Littleton deserved the decision, however. Wiggins claimed that he was weakened by having to make weight, coming in at two pounds less than the 165 that was required. It was a very good fight, held before 8,000 fans.

1921-07-22Joe Chip19-8-5
Tulane Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWKO915
referee: Al Wambsgans
Reported in the New Orleans Times-Picayune (Jack Kincaid).More than 5,000 fans jammed into the Tulane Arena. By the fifth round it was clear that Chip was no match for Littleton. Finally a terrific right to the chin made Joe do a jack-knife dive into the canvas. He tried to get up but was counted out by Referee Al Wambsgans.
1921-05-31Battling Ortega66-9-17
Louisiana Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWKO415
Reported by Bill Keefe in the New Orleans Times-Picayune (Jack Kincaid).
Littleton put Ortega down for the full count in round four. Up to that point it was "as gruelling and bitterly-fought a fight as modern laws permit two men to engage in in public." Littleton fought coolly and with more than the usual amount of cunning but he was too proud to not swap punches with Ortega.

1921-05-05Bill Bailey10-5-1
Pilsbury Winter Gardens, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWKO315
From the New Orleans Times-Picayune (Jack Kincaid).
1921-04-01Harry Greb50-2-1
Louisiana Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USALPTS1515
referee: Al Wambsgans
Official decision according to reports in New Orleans Item, New Orleans States and New Orleans Times-Picayune.
According to Pittsburgh Post, Greb won eleven rounds and Littleton four. Greb overwhelmed his opponent in the last four rounds with his buzzsaw attack and Happy was nearly helpless at the bell, but kept his feet.

1921-02-21Young Denny39-18-11
Louisiana Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWKO415
From the New Orleans Times-Picayune (Jack Kincaid). It was soon clear that Denny did not have the strength necessary to hold off the powerful Littleton, who punished his opponent with body smashes. The knockout came in the last 12 seconds of round four. Littleton flattened Denny with a left hook that landed high on the cheek bone.
1921-01-10Frank Carbone19-9-5
Louisiana Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWPTS1515
This was a tough, grueling, interesting fight. Littleton won clearly, but didn't fight very intelligently and took considerable punishment.
1920-11-24Harry Krohn9-4-1
Pilsbury Winter Gardens, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWTKO1215
Inaugural show at this venue. About 20 women attended -- "for the first time in Louisiana prize fighting history." Tacoma News Tribune Also reported in the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
1920-10-11Jack Bloomfield14-1-1
Heinemann Park, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWKO915
Bloomfield fought well but Littleton's devastating body attack was too much. Jack collapsed just before the end of the eighth round and could not be revived. He was counted out in his corner after the bell rang for round nine. From the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
1920-09-06Russell Maneri5-3-0
Tulane Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWKO215
Manieri was out cold for several minutes after being flattened by a short right to the jaw. Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune.
1920-07-10George Chip40-14-3
Tulane Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWPTS1515
Littleton down for first time in career in 9th round but did not take a count. The last six rounds were a terrific battle. Littleton was simply too strong and active for Chip. From the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
1920-05-24Joe Borrell27-10-0
Tulane Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWTKO1215
Borrell was down in rounds 7 and 12. Reported in the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
1920-04-30Bob Moha14-6-3
Tulane Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWPTS1515
referee: Al Wambsgans
Littleton won this hard-fought battle decisively. Reported in the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Moha started the fight strongly, and continued to fight back throughout the battle, but Littleton piled up a big margin on him. Littleton landed a low blow in round fourteen and Referee Al Wambsgans gave Moha a two-minute rest. Moha was only 5'5" tall and built very strongly, but had a height/reach disadvantage, being four inches shorter than Littleton.
1919-10-13Martin Burke5-0-0
Louisiana Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USALPTS2020
This was a great fight and a see-saw battle. Littleton injured his left hand in 17th round and was unable to use it thereafter. Reported in the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
1919-07-07Bob Roper4-2-1
Tulane Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWDQ915
referee: Al Wambsgans
Littleton's first bout after military service. According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, he was winning decisively until hit low. Littleton won nearly every round, but Roper put up a "grand fight," even though he had arrived from Mexico City only two nights before and was tired from the long trip. Littleton used mainly his left, having sprained his right wrist in training so that it was nearly useless. However, Happy was much too active for Roper, "pouring in vicious lefts which landed with unerring precision." By the third round he was giving Roper a pasting, and in the seventh started using his right with telling effect. The foul was the result of a wild swing by Roper and was clear to everyone. Roper and his manager apologized for the low blow after being disqualified by Referee Al Wambsgans.
1915-08-11Johnny Howard22-1-0
St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the New York Times.
1915-05-03Bill Scott23-13-4
Orleans A.C., New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWKO810
1915-04-10Jack Dempsey1-0-1
Dauphine Theater, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWPTS1010
This "Jack Dempsey" was not the future heavyweight champion, but a New Orleans man. This fight was reported in the New Orleans Times-Picayune (Jack Kincaid).
1913-01-08Young Bernard0-1-0
Louisiana A.C., New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWTKO510
Littleton then entered the Navy and probably had many service fights. Only three professional fights during this service period are known, the one with Johnny Howard and two in New Orleans.
1912-12-21Jack Mitchell1-0-0
Royal A.C., New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWPTS1010
1912-10-14Young Rapp
Orleans A.C., New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWPTS44
1912-08-26Young Graff
Orleans A.C., New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWKO26
1912-06-24Russian Bear0-0-1
New Orleans A.C., New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWPTS66
Littleton's professional debut. Contrary to published records it did not occur in 1914. (Source: New Orleans Picayune.)

 
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