Owen Phelps
Global ID11357
birthdate 1905-01-28
death date 1991-07-12 (86)
divisionlight heavyweight
height5′ 9½″   /   177cm
aliasRoughhouse Nelson, Cowboy Phelps
country USA
residencePhoenix, Arizona, USA
birth placeMesa, Arizona, USA
birth nameGuy Owen Phelps
won 55 (KO 14) + lost 19 (KO 1) + drawn 7 = 83
rounds boxed 707
Newspaper Decisions won 2 : lost 1 : drawn
rounds boxed 24
Total Bouts 86 KO% 16.28

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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1933-03-10Frank Goosby43-3-4
Northside Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALPTS1010
1933-01-09Roscoe Manning20-7-3
Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, USAWPTS1010
1932-12-06Joe Knight53-10-6
Portner's Arena, Alexandria, Virginia, USALPTS1010
referee: Charles Short
Southern Light Heavyweight Title
1932-11-21Billy Strickler17-15-3
Portner's Arena, Alexandria, Virginia, USAWPTS1010
1932-10-25Martin Levandowski22-3-2
Saginaw, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
1932-10-04Vince Dundee94-10-13
Portner's Arena, Alexandria, Virginia, USALPTS1010
1932-09-23Buddy McArthur24-9-2
Saginaw, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
1932-08-24Freddie Heinz14-7-1
Saginaw, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
1932-08-10Freddie Heinz14-6-1
Culver Park, Ludington, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
1932-07-25Pret Ferrar9-3-4
Culver Park, Ludington, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
1932-06-03Bob Godwin62-4-7
Oasis, Portsmouth, Virginia, USANCNC68
From tne Norfolk Virginian-Pilot (Laurence Fielding).
1932-05-31Billy Strickler15-14-3
Portner's Arena, Alexandria, Virginia, USAWPTS88
1932-05-06Eric Lawson28-15-3
Oasis, Portsmouth, Virginia, USAWKO48
From the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot (Laurence Fielding). The date of this fight is shown incorrectly in the 1933 Andrews RB, page 245.
1932-05-02Bob Godwin61-4-6
Portner's Arena, Alexandria, Virginia, USALPTS88
Southern Light Heavyweight Title
1932-04-08Sammy Weiss22-11-5
Oasis, Portsmouth, Virginia, USAWPTS1010
Incorrectly shown as occurring in March 1932 in Phelps's record in the 1933 Andrews record book. From the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot (Laurence Fielding).
1932-02-18Tommy Freeman92-12-13
Cinderella Ballroom, Miami, Florida, USALPTS1010
1932-01-28Clyde Chastain19-9-5
Cinderella Ballroom, Miami, Florida, USAWPTS1010
1932-01-04Bob Godwin55-4-4
Birmingham, Alabama, USALPTS1010
1931-12-11Billy Jones39-10-2
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALPTS88
Light Heavyweight Elimination Tournament
1931-11-20California Charlie Burns
Playhouse Theatre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, CanadaWTKO1415
referee: Billy Burke
Not Young Johnny Burns as this boxer was sparring in Winnipeg while Johnny was in Chicago losing to Battaglia
1931-10-23Fred Lenhart51-10-9
Amphitheatre Rink, Winnipeg, Manitoba, CanadaWKO1215
1931-10-20Johnny Agrella5-0-2
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USAWNWS66
Minneapolis Tribune
1931-09-14Maxie Rosenbloom107-20-11
Des Moines, Iowa, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Des Moines Register
Phelps suffered a bad cut in the ninth round, the only damage done in the fight.

1931-09-10Chuck Burns31-35-9
Shewbridge Field, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS1010
1931-08-21Harry Dillon36-29-4
Fort Dodge, Iowa, USAWTKO4
1931-08-14Larry Johnson22-7-1
Denemark Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS1010
1931-07-23Charlie Belanger59-21-9
Washington Park, Indianapolis, Indiana, USADPTS1212
1931-07-17Tiger Roy Williams28-6-4
Fort Dodge, Iowa, USAWNWS88
Newspaper decision from the Oelwein Daily Register (U.P. wire)
1931-07-10Young Johnny Burns57-16-13
Denemark Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USADPTS88
1931-07-07Buck Easterling7-11-2
Fort Benjamin Harrison, Lawrence, Indiana, USAWKO410
1931-06-26Tony Cancela25-4-3
Denemark Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS88
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1931-05-18Joe Goeders24-5-0
Exposition Park, Fort Dodge, Iowa, USAWKO310
1931-05-07Tiger Roy Williams27-5-4
Davenport, Iowa, USANCND10
1931-04-16Ted Ross13-11-2
Davenport, Iowa, USAWPTS1010
1931-02-24Sailor Enright0-1-0
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USAWKO1
1931-01-13George Courtney66-14-1
Market Square Garden, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USALPTS1010
1931-01-01Tony Marullo43-35-3
Market Square Garden, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USAWPTS1010
1930-12-16George Trenkle15-12-2
Market Square Garden, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USAWPTS1010
Trenkle weighted in 13 pounds heavier than Phelps. (The Daily Oklahoman)
1930-12-05Babe McCorgary26-35-2
Market Square Garden, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USAWUD1010
referee: Buck McClain
Unanimous decision win 9-0-1 for Phelps. (Daily Oklahoman)
1930-11-10Battling Bozo6-4-2
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USALPTS1010
referee: Red Dolan
1930-09-26Jimmy Byrne44-11-8
Phoenix, Arizona, USADPTS1010
Found in the Phoenix Arizona Republic by Laurence Fielding.
1930-09-23George Manley60-8-8
Denver, Colorado, USALPTS1010
1930-08-29Angus Snyder30-4-0
El Paso, Texas, USADPTS1010
1930-05-16Bill Thaler11-14-10
Madison Square Garden, Phoenix, Arizona, USAWPTS1010
1930-02-01Tony Stabenau22-21-3
Exact date unknown, Phelps dropped Stabeneau for a nine count in the fifth round. (Source: The Ring, April 1930, p. 70.)
1929-09-17Bert Colima124-27-18
Phoenix, Arizona, USALDQ510
Madison Square Garden, Phoenix, Arizona, USAWPTS?
1929-06-28Clyde Colvin10-13-5
Arcadia Hall, Phoenix, Arizona, USAWPTS88
1928-11-09Ken Martindale
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWPTS66
1928-10-31KO White11-7-4
Hippodrome, Chicago, Illinois, USADPTS88
This was a slow fight. From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1928-08-30Eddie Palmer44-20-5
Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS66
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1928-08-02KO White11-5-4
Mills Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS55
1928-06-21Hale 'KO' Brown18-7-3
El Paso, Texas, USALDQ10
1928-06-09Bill Thaler8-3-6
Whipple Open Air Arena, Prescott, Arizona, USAWUD88
USA Arizona State light heavyweight title
1928-05-24Leo Mitchell24-5-3
Phoenix, Arizona, USALPTS1010
1928-02-24Jack Elkhart9-6-2
El Paso, Texas, USAWTKO9
Elkhart sustained a cut over his eye.
1927-12-16Joe Lohman15-41-6
Phoenix, Arizona, USAWPTS1010
1927-11-25Walter Hoffman6-1-3
Phoenix, Arizona, USAWPTS1010
1927-10-15Joe Lohman15-37-5
Phoenix, Arizona, USAWPTS?
Exact result unknown (win for Phelps)
1927-09-30Tod Adams17-8-9
Phoenix, Arizona, USAWPTS1010
According to the Fresno Bee this was Phelps third win in four bouts with Adams.
1927-09-09Racehorse Roberts63-25-31
Phoenix, Arizona, USAWTKO810
Roberts requested that the bout be stopped, because he could not see out of either eye. Fresno Bee
1927-08-26Charlie Belanger15-5-3
Coliseum, San Diego, California, USALPTS1010
Phelps fought as Roughhouse Nelson
1927-07-21Sailor Larry28-21-10
Pasadena, California, USAWPTS1010
1927-07-04Jack Lee6-17-3
Bisbee, Arizona, USADPTS1010
1927-06-29Leo Mitchell18-3-2
Wilmington, California, USALPTS1010
Owen Phelps fought as "Rough House Nelson." Source for this bout: The Los Angeles Times.
1927-06-24Chuck Wiggins43-21-10
Phoenix, Arizona, USALPTS88
1927-05-30Hale 'KO' Brown8-5-1
Mesa, Arizona, USADPTS1010
1927-04-22Harry Lee16-12-12
Phoenix, Arizona, USAWKO2
1927-04-08Eddie McGovern60-25-31
Phoenix, Arizona, USAWPTS1010
1927-01-21Jack Roper21-8-4
Arcadia Hall, Phoenix, Arizona, USAWPTS1010
1926-09-17Tod Adams14-8-9
Phoenix, Arizona, USALPTS1010
1926-09-10Red Williams14-11-14
Phoenix, Arizona, USAWKO88
1926-06-01Bert Colima89-17-14
Arena, Vernon, California, USALTKO210
Phelps down three time in the 1st
1926-05-28Vicente Aguilar20-18-0
Phoenix, Arizona, USAWPTS1010
Aguilar was scheduled to fight Eugenio Busquet in Mexico City, 16 October 1926, but the result is not available.
1926-05-12Billy Atkinson8-3-2
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWPTS1010
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