Big Boy Peterson
Global ID17620
birthdate 1905-03-25
death date 1971-08-12 (66)
height6′ 0″   /   183cm
reach79″   /   201cm
country USA
residenceBiloxi, Mississippi, USA
birth placeKiln, Mississippi, USA
birth nameClayton Peterson
won 39 (KO 16) + lost 36 (KO 15) + drawn 7 = 82
rounds boxed 551
Newspaper Decisions won 7 : lost 4 : drawn
rounds boxed 110
Total Bouts 93 KO% 17.2

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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1933-10-30Johnny Risko56-35-6
Houston, Texas, USALKO610
Risko dropped Peterson six times before finishing him off with a left to the body. (Associated Press)
1932-12-13Primo Carnera68-6-0
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USALTKO210
Peterson "was the aggressor in the 1st round but Carnera took charge in the second." Peterson's "handlers threw a towel in the ring as he sank to the canvas for the fourth time." (The New York Times)
1932-08-26Tony Cancela37-11-6
Miami, Florida, USALKO?
1932-08-08Dewey Kimrey21-9-1
Johnson Hagood Stadium, Charleston, South Carolina, USALMD1010
1932-07-18Dewey Kimrey20-9-1
Asheville, North Carolina, USALPTS1010
1932-03-14Young Moses
Fairgrounds Arena, Mobile, Alabama, USAWKO110
1931-12-10Cracker Jack Webb17-13-2
Jai-Alai Fronton, Arabi, Louisiana, USAWKO510
Scheduled but not reported in the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
1931-07-21Dave Knost12-2-0
Battery D Arena, Saint Louis, Missouri, USALKO310
From The Ring, October 1931, page 62.
1931-05-22Jack Redman17-0-0
Coliseum, San Diego, California, USALTKO610
referee: Jack Kennedy
1931-04-01Jack Beasley35-21-7
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USALPTS66
1931-03-10George Manley63-9-9
Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USALKO810
1931-02-25Hans Birkie16-6-2
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USALPTS1010
referee: Toby Irwin
1931-02-02Jeff Carroll27-17-2
Back Bay Arena, Biloxi, Mississippi, USALDQ610
referee: Pike McDonald
Peterson was disaqualified for failing to break clean from clinches.
1930-12-15Jeff Carroll25-17-2
Charles Baudry Post Legion, Biloxi, Mississippi, USALPTS1010
Date: Tuesday, December 16, 1930 Paper: Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA) Page: 13
1930-12-01Arthur De Kuh32-9-1
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USALKO710
referee: Paul (Doc) Schaefer
1930-10-04Goyito Rico16-4-1
Arena Polar, Havana, CubaLPTS1010
Date unknown
1930-04-21Al Fay8-0-0
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USADPTS1010
referee: Jimmy Moran
1930-01-24Primo Carnera16-2-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALKO110
time: 1:10 | referee: Arthur Donovan
"Peterson showed no inclination to fight. He dropped under a grazing left hook for a count of three to give the crowd its first thrill soon after the opening gong". He was down four times. New York Times
Attendance: 17,692

1930-01-10Mike Mandell18-9-0
Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Albert Lea Evening Tribune
1929-11-08Ted Sandwina38-9-2
Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USALKO410
1929-10-25Mike Mandell18-8-0
Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Milwaukee Journal. (Newspaper decisions prevailed in Minnesota until 1932.)
1929-08-29Tuffy Griffiths50-3-1
Mills Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALTKO510
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman). Griffiths and Peterson did not fight on 4 October 1929, as sometimes shown, and that suppposed fight has been eliminated.
1929-07-16Tony Fuente66-20-9
Fort Benjamin Harrison, Lawrence, Indiana, USALDQ610
1929-06-17Roy Clark2-10-2
Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALTKO610
1929-05-28Chuck Wiggins63-31-12
Armory, Indianapolis, Indiana, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision from Indianapolis News and AP
1929-05-06Angus Snyder22-2-0
Wichita, Kansas, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Hutchinson News (wire report)
1929-04-30Chuck Wiggins62-31-12
Armory, Indianapolis, Indiana, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision from Indianapolis News
1929-04-23Harry Dillon28-12-4
Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USAWNWS1010
Peterson won the "newspaper decision" according to AP.
Peterson down in first; Dillon down in the 3rd.

1929-04-15Arthur De Kuh23-5-1
Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USALPTS1010
1929-04-08Angus Snyder22-2-0
Forum, Wichita, Kansas, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Hutchinson News
1929-03-28Jack Gross31-2-1
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALPTS66
1929-02-18Babe Hunt22-0-2
Coliseum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USALDQ8
Following this fight, misdemeanor charges were filed against the boxers, promoter, and referee, as boxing was considered illegal.
1929-01-07Babe Hunt19-0-1
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USADPTS1010
1928-12-17Tommy Loughran53-7-5
Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, USALPTS1010
Loughran won eight rounds and Peterson the other two. "Tommy looked great, but Big Boy fought hard."
1928-12-07Martin Burke52-26-5
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USADPTS1010
referee: Jimmy Moran
1928-11-28Bill Bailey11-17-2
American Legion Arena, Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi, USAWKO110
time: 1:50
1928-10-26Jimmy Byrne33-9-8
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USALDQ1010
referee: Chris Dixon
"Referee Chris Dixon stopped the fight in the tenth round, disqualifying Peterson for repeatedly ignoring warnings against holding. According to newspaper critics, the fight, up until the tenth round, was a fairly even match." Ironwood Daily Globe
1928-10-19Paulino Uzcudun33-5-2
Ebbet's Field, Brooklyn, New York, USAWDQ210
referee: Lou Magnolia
"Uzcudun was disqualified for hitting the mid-westerner while Peterson lay unconscious, his head hung over the middle rope. Peterson, after holding the Basque even in the first round, collided with Paulino's burly left hook to the head in the second and went down for a nine-count. As he staggered to his feet, almost helpless, the Spaniard swarmed all over him with crushing short-arm jolts to the head and body. Peterson reeled into his own corner under the barrage and collapsed as Paulino nailed him cleanly with both hands to the head. The mid-westerner went down and out, but Paulino, in his anxiety, applied one punch more than was necessary. He hit Peterson, slipping past Referee Magnolia's guard to do so, and was promptly disqualified and the victory awarded to the unconscious battler." (Ironwood Daily Globe)
Peterson was a late substitute for Roberto Roberti, who had been forced to withdraw from the bout because of two fractured ribs

1928-10-12Roleaux Saguero22-16-1
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USAWKO3
1928-10-01Babe Hunt15-0-1
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USALPTS1010
1928-09-04Ernie Schaaf14-2-1
Braves Field, Boston, Massachusetts, USALPTS1010
1928-07-26Jimmy Byrne30-9-7
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USADPTS66
judge: Charles F. Mathison | judge: Tom Flynn
1928-07-06Bad News Johnson11-3-8
Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, USAWPTS1010
1928-06-19Tony Fuente51-15-6
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USALPTS1010
1928-05-25Ernie Schaaf12-1-1
Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWUD1010
referee: Johnny Martin
1928-05-11Rudi Wagener50-14-6
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWPTS1010
1928-04-02Larry Gains39-9-3
Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USALPTS1010
referee: Dick Nugent
1928-03-27Cowboy Billy Owens18-8-0
Denver, Colorado, USAWPTS1010
1928-03-23Roberto Roberti18-1-5
Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, USALDQ110
Peterson appeared to foul Roberti deliberately twice,and the second time was disqualified. From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1928-03-02Tiny Roebuck5-0-0
Kenwood Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USALPTS1010
Newspaper decision from St. Paul Pioneer Press
1928-02-15Tiny Roebuck4-0-0
Kansas City, Missouri, USALTKO1
time: 0:50
1928-02-03Seal Harris3-3-2
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USAWPTS1010
Reported as occurring on this date in the Pittsburgh Post. This fight did not occur on January 27, as sometimes given.
1928-01-03Jack Clifford5-12-0
American Legion Arena, Biloxi, Mississippi, USAWTKO310
(Biloxi Daily Herald)
1927-11-25Bearcat Wright30-6-6
Municipal Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USAWNWS1010
Wright did all the leading but Peterson landed most of the effective punches, although generally clinching after landing a good punch or two. (Minneapolis Tribune, Bob Soderman)
1927-11-04Otto von Porat5-1-0
Municipal Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USAWNWS1010
Peterson won the newspaper decision from the Minneapolis Tribune (Bob Soderman). Once again Peterson seemed to intimidate Von Porat, who won only the sixth and seventh rounds. Von Porat was down in round one.
1927-10-14Duke Horn2-1-0
Municipal Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USAWNWS1010
Peterson had trouble with Horn who "clung like a leach." Horn was down in rounds four and nine, but was not in much danger of being stopped. (Newspaper decision from the Minneapolis Tribune, from Bob Soderman).
1927-09-22Johnny Grosso24-5-0
Soldiers Field, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS66
referee: Bill Collins
In the 1943 Ring Record Book and the 1928 Andrews Record Book, Peterson is should incorrectly as fighting Jack Gross instead of Johnny Grosso. From the Chicago Herald (Laurence Fielding).
1927-08-23Otto von Porat5-1-0
Municipal Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Minneapolis Tribune (Bob Soderman). Von Porat let Peterson take the play away from him. He floored Peterson for an 8-count in the 3rd round, but failed to follow up on his advantage. Peterson scored a knockdown in round one and won most of the rounds. Von Porat won only round three and ten.
1927-07-25Charlie Van1-2-0
Shewbridge Field, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO36
From the Milwaukee Journal. The venue needs to be verified.
1927-06-30Al Shearing1-0-0
Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO26
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1927-04-18Tommy Winn3-0-0
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWKO212
referee: Red Dolan
1927-03-29Fred Cook
Gardner Park Arena, Dallas, Texas, USAWKO210
1927-02-18Jack Matlock7-6-1
Ice Palace, Dallas, Texas, USAWPTS1010
1927-02-07Sgt Jack Adams4-9-0
Mobile, Alabama, USAWTKO610
Tuesday, February 8, 1927 Paper: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) Page: 8
1927-01-17Mike Arnold0-4-2
Mobile, Alabama, USAWPTS1010
1927-01-04Mike Arnold0-4-1
Biloxi, Mississippi, USADPTS1010
Date: Wednesday, January 5, 1927 Paper: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) Page: 6
1926-12-28Tom Maxted7-9-1
Biloxi, Mississippi, USAWPTS1010
1926-12-14Joe Lohman15-27-3
Biloxi, Mississippi, USAWPTS1010
1926-11-26Young Stribling127-6-14
Benjamin Field Arena, Tampa, Florida, USALTKO510
1926-08-29Harry Fay7-7-1
Atlanta, Georgia, USADPTS1010
1926-07-26Jack Melrose2-0-1
Mobile, Alabama, USAWPTS1010
1926-07-05Benny Touchstone12-4-3
Mobile, Alabama, USAWPTS1010
1926-05-10Harry Fay6-6-1
Mobile, Alabama, USAWPTS1010
(New Orleans Times-Picayune)
1926-03-29Tony Marullo27-16-2
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USALDQ315
referee: Joe McClymon
1926-03-15Jack Melrose1-0-1
Mobile, Alabama, USALKO210
Melrose kayoed Peterson with a right cross to the jaw. Peterson had been the favorite.
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