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Kid Norfolk
Global ID11318
sexmale
birthdate 1895-09-20
death date 1968-04-15 (72)
divisionlight heavyweight
stanceorthodox
height5′ 8″   /   173cm
reach74″   /   188cm
country USA
residenceBaltimore, Maryland, USA
birth placeNorfolk, Virginia, USA
birth nameWilliam Ward
won 83 (KO 47) + lost 23 (KO 7) + drawn 6 = 112
rounds boxed 834
Newspaper Decisions won 28 : lost 3 : drawn 1
rounds boxed 288
Total Bouts 144 KO% 32.64
 
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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1926-03-19Ted Moore48-12-4
Dreamland Rink, San Francisco, California, USALDQ410
referee: Toby Irwin
Norfolk was tossed out of the ring for not fighting
1925-09-21Frank Moody96-40-12
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USALKO48
time: 1:05
1925-06-17Floyd Johnson36-10-10
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USALDQ410
referee: Al Wainwright
Norfolk was disqualified for a low blow.
1925-06-01Frank Farmer60-20-24
Armory, Portland, Oregon, USAWMD1010
Farmer was down for an eight count in the third
1925-05-25Jack Reddick28-5-3
Stadium Rink, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, CanadaWPTS1212
Reddick is the Canadian Light Heavyweight Champion at this time.
1925-05-06Ray Pelkey33-14-12
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWKO510
1925-03-14Bob Lawson18-5-2
Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York, New York, USALKO1
1924-12-09Tommy Gibbons54-3-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALTKO615
time: 0:55
Attendance: 13,000
1924-09-27Dan Bright1-2-1
Cambria Fairgrounds, Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, USAWKO210
From the Pittsburgh Post.
1924-09-09Battling Jim McCreary19-11-2
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1010
1924-07-17Mexican Joe Lawson5-7-1
Bacharach Ball Park, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USAWKO88
1924-05-28Tut Jackson58-11-3
Columbus, Ohio, USAWKO2
1924-05-12Bob Lawson7-5-2
Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USALDQ26
referee: Art Straub
Buffalo Courier- Low blow
1924-04-19Harry Greb73-5-2
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWDQ610
referee: Jack Sheehan | judge: William T. McDermott | judge: John T. Glackin
1924-02-23Lee Anderson31-19-11
Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York, New York, USAWPTS1212
1924-02-08Battling Jim McCreary16-10-1
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1010
referee: Johnny Brassil | judge: William T. McDermott | judge: Dick Henshaw
1924-01-09Sydney Grant
Gayety Theater, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWKO26
From Baltimore newspapers (Laurence Fielding).
1923-11-20Battling Siki53-10-3
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWPTS1515
1923-09-10Smiling Kid Nolan3-11-1
Maryland Baseball Park, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWKO310
From Baltimore newspapers (Laurence Fielding). This fight did not occur on 3 September 1923, as shown in the 1941 RRB, page 282.
1923-08-24Tut Jackson51-8-3
Gayety Theater, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWTKO310
From Baltimore newspapers (Laurence Fielding).
1923-07-14Jamaica Kid8-13-3
Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York, New York, USAWKO212
time: 2:38 | referee: Joe Jeanette
1923-05-08Tiger Flowers40-6-2
Springfield, Ohio, USAWKO112
time: 2:50 | referee: Matt Hinkel
World's Colored Light Heavyweight Title
1923-04-24Battling Jim McCreary13-9-1
Grand Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts, USALPTS1010
referee: Johnny Brassil | judge: Tom Brady | judge: John T. Glackin
1923-03-31Wolf Larsen11-13-0
Portland, Maine, USAWKO112
1923-03-27Jack Taylor19-12-9
Pioneer Sporting Club, New York, New York, USAWPTS1212
1923-01-30Wolf Larsen10-12-0
Knickerbocker A.C. Arena, Albany, New York, USALDQ212
time: 1:03 | referee: Mickey Hamill
Norfolk was disqualified for hitting low.
1922-12-22Lee Anderson28-15-11
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1010
referee: Joe O'Connor | judge: John T. Glackin | judge: William T. McDermott
1922-09-11Lee Anderson28-11-11
Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1010
judge: Dick Henshaw | judge: Dave Nelligan
1922-07-04Tiger Flowers30-5-1
Memphis, Tennessee, USADPTS88
This fight did not take place on July 4th, per Memphis Commercial-Appeal.
1922-06-23Jack Taylor14-9-7
Omaha, Nebraska, USADPTS1010
1922-06-02John Lester Johnson19-8-0
Covington, Kentucky, USAWNWS1212
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post.
1922-04-07Al Smaulding0-4-1
El Paso, Texas, USAWPTS88
1922-03-02Harry Wills53-6-3
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALKO215
referee: Billy 'Kid' McPartland
1922-02-20Young Jack Johnson15-18-8
Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USAWTKO810
referee: Dick Nugent
Johnson fought as Jim Green.
1922-01-30Tiger Flowers25-2-0
Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, USAWKO310
time: 0:30 | referee: Johnny Glenn
1921-12-30Jamaica Kid6-7-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWPTS88
Norfolk is the Colored Light-Heavyweight Champion at this time.
1921-08-29Harry Greb53-2-2
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALNWS1010
referee: Yock Henniger
Pittsburgh Post, Pittsburgh Times, and AP gave out to Greb, Pittsburgh Gazette-Times gave verdict to Norfolk. Ill. Boxing Record gave Norfolk 6 of 10 rounds.
Norfolk, who was 17 1/2 pounds heavier than Greb, won four of the first five rounds, and scored a flash knockdown in round three, not hurting Greb. Greb won every one of the last five rounds. Greb "smothered him with a two-fisted attack," as Norfolk tired, and the Kid was "all at sea." Referee Yock Henniger said the next day that he would have given it to Greb if a decision was allowed. Norfolk suffered a badly cut eye. Apparently Greb held Norfolk in too much respect until he realized that the Kid could not hurt him. (Reports from the Pittsburgh Post.) It is sometimes said that Norfolk thumbed Greb in this fight, leading to his loss of sight in one eye. However, there is nothing in the account from the Post to indicate anything of that sort. According to Bill Paxton in The Fearless Harry Greb, a punch delivered by Norfolk in this fight may have initiated a retinal detachment which eventually caused Greb to lose his sight in the right eye. This idea is based on the fact that Greb reportedly started experiencing some unusual visual effects after this fight.

1921-06-08Clem Johnson8-10-2
Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USAWNWS?
Newspaper decision from the New York Evening Telegram.
1921-05-30Lee Anderson17-8-9
Arizona A.C., Phoenix, Arizona, USALTKO910
Colored Heavyweight Title
Norfolk was unable to finish the ninth round and returned to his corner.

1921-05-03Jamaica Kid6-6-2
Manhattan Casino, New York, New York, USAWPTS1515
1921-04-18Phil McNeil
Auditorium, Freeport, New York, USAWKO3
1921-03-21Jack Ward0-5-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWKO310
time: 2:52 | referee: Jack McAuliffe
1921-03-10Pinky Lewis4-13-7
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWKO612
A light left to the jaw, followed by a terrific right to the same spot and Lewis had no further interest in the proceedings. He described an "eccentric" parabola and fell flat on his face in Norfolk's corner. Referee Dan Hickey counted five and Lewis tried to get up to obtain a better view of the shooting stars. He couldn't accomplish it, however, and Hickey finished his mathematics.
1921-02-18Pinky Lewis4-12-7
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWDQ2
Lewis was disqualified for holding. (Chronicle Telegram)
1921-02-02John Lester Johnson16-8-0
Roller Palace Rink, Detroit, Michigan, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Detroit Free Press (Herb Goldman). This was a dismal fight for eight rounds, with Johnson doing little except falling into clinches. Things livened up in the last two rounds when the promoter threatened to not pay the participants.
1921-01-24Battling Gahee8-4-2
Memphis, Tennessee, USAWPTS88
1921-01-05Jamaica Kid6-6-2
Roller Palace Rink, Detroit, Michigan, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Detroit Free Press (Herb Goldman). Jamaica Kid put up a good fight but Norfolk (who was heavier) won decisively. Jamaica was hurt only once, in round eight.
1921-01-03Jack Ward0-4-0
Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USAWKO315
referee: Dick Nugent
1920-12-14Bill Tate15-11-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWPTS1010
1920-11-26Jeff Clark89-26-15
Eureka A.C., Baltimore, Maryland, USAWTKO215
1920-10-25Jeff Clark89-25-15
Columbus, Ohio, USAWPTS1515
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1920-09-03Jamaica Kid6-5-2
5th Regiment Armory, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWPTS1212
1920-08-18Larry Williams18-14-2
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USAWNWS1010
(Syracuse Herald)
1920-06-22Jack Blackburn43-6-12
Madison A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO48
This result was reported in the Philadelphia Record and Philadelphia Inquirer.
1920-06-21Jeff Clark89-23-15
Fairmont Arena, Columbus, Ohio, USAWPTS1515
Opening card of the Fairmont Boxing Arena
1920-06-18Cliff Patillo5-4-0
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS88
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Inquirer.
1920-06-14John Lester Johnson16-5-0
Convention Hall, Rochester, New York, USAWKO110
1920-06-07John Lester Johnson15-5-0
Flower City A.C., Rochester, New York, USALDQ310
1920-05-31Silas Green6-6-0
Colonial Theater, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWKO512
From Baltimore newspapers (Laurence Fielding).
1920-05-17Jamaica Kid6-5-2
Coliseum, Toledo, Ohio, USAWNWS1212
Newspaper decision from the Toledo News-Bee, which reported that Norfolk scored an easy win and could have halted his opponent at any given time.
1920-05-07Cleve Hawkins11-18-3
Moose Temple, Detroit, Michigan, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from Detroit Free Press and Chicago Tribune
1920-01-12Harry Lindsay1-4-1
Southern A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, USAWKO2
1919-12-19Jack Ward0-1-0
Moose Temple, Detroit, Michigan, USAWKO410
1919-12-03Jamaica Kid6-4-1
Columbus, Ohio, USAWNWS1212
Philadelphia Record reported Norfolk as having had the better of fight in its annual summary.
1919-11-04Jamaica Kid6-3-1
Grand Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1212
1919-10-24Jeff Clark88-22-15
Moose Temple, Detroit, Michigan, USAWNWS1010
referee: Billy Rooks
(Chicago Tribune and Detroit Free Press)
1919-10-03John Lester Johnson15-3-0
Lyric Theater, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWPTS1515
From Baltimore newspapers (Laurence Fielding).
1919-07-28Jamaica Kid5-3-0
Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Norfolk reported to have had the better of it in wire service reports and by the Philadelphoa Inquirer.
1919-06-30Larry Williams16-9-2
Open-Air Arena, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWKO18
1919-06-21Jack Ward
Oriole Park, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWKO310
From Baltimore newspapers (Laurence Fielding). Norfolk's opponent was identified as "Bob Ward," but this is an error.
1919-06-09Billy Miske27-1-2
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS1010
referee: Eddie Kennedy
Newspaper decision for Norfolk from Harry Keck (Pittsburgh Times Gazette; easy win, Norfolk better in all 10 rounds) and Pittsburgh Post (it was a close fight).
1919-05-26Larry Williams16-9-2
Casino Hall, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USAWNWS88
referee: Terry Lee
Source: Bridgeport Standard Telegram
1919-05-22Bert Kenny5-5-1
Atlantic City, New Jersey, USAWNWS88
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post.
1919-03-20Jim Hosic7-2-1
Atlantic City, New Jersey, USAWNWS88
Norfolk won the newspaper decision. (Fort Wayne News and Sentinel)
1919-03-07Battling Dungy
Albaugh Theater, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWKO410
From Baltimore newspapers (Laurence Fielding).
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