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Freddie Steele
Global ID21553
sexmale
birthdate 1912-12-18
death date 1984-08-22 (71)
divisionmiddleweight
stanceorthodox
height5′ 10″   /   178cm
reach72″   /   183cm
aliasTacoma Assassin
country USA
residenceTacoma, Washington, USA
birth placeSeattle, Washington, USA
birth nameFrederick Earl Burgett
won 123 (KO 58) + lost 5 (KO 3) + drawn 11 = 140
rounds boxed 709 KO% 41.43
 
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1941-05-23Jimmy Casino20-15-11
Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, USALTKO510
time: 2:20 | referee: Charley Randolph
This is former World Middleweight Champion Freddie Steele's final career bout.
1938-07-26Al Hostak45-1-8
Civic Stadium, Seattle, Washington, USALKO115
time: 1:43 | referee: Jack Dempsey
National Boxing Association World middleweight title
The crowd of 35,000 saw Steele knocked down four times. He was counted out at by Referee Dempsey, former World Champion. Some ringside observers accused Steele of coming out against Hostak with his hands down, thus getting KO'd in the first round. But Steele had been hampered by a cracked breastbone, which prevented him from lifting his gloves high to where they belonged--according to his chief sparring partner, Davey Ward.
1938-06-14Solly Krieger67-15-5
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USAWUD1010
1938-02-19Carmen Barth38-10-3
Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWTKO715
time: 2:19 | referee: James J. Braddock
National Boxing Association World middleweight title
NYSAC World middleweight title
The New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) afterward withdrew its recognition of Steele as its world champion, when Steele reportedly refused to defend against Fred Apostoli.
1938-02-08Bob Turner65-41-15
Convention Hall, Rochester, New York, USAWKO110
time: 2:17
1938-01-07Fred Apostoli27-2-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALTKO912
time: 0:54 | referee: Arthur Donovan
1937-09-11Ken Overlin78-11-1
Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, USAWKO415
referee: Tommy Clark
National Boxing Association World middleweight title
NYSAC World middleweight title
After 10 seconds of the fourth round Steele "took advantage of his first real opening. He hit Overlin with a left to the chin that staggered him, followed up with another left that sent the challenger falling and then finished him with two bullet-like rights as he was dropping." (Associated Press). This was Steele's first bout without his longtime manager and mentor Dave Miller, who had died suddenly two weeks before. More than 9,000 people packed the venue--the largest crowd ever to see an indoor boxing match in the Pacific Northwest to date. Tacoma News Tribune
1937-07-21Charley 'Hobo' Williams7-3-2
Griffith Stadium, Washington, District of Columbia, USAWTKO810
1937-05-11Frank Battaglia80-15-6
Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, USAWKO315
time: 0:34 | referee: Tommy Clark
National Boxing Association World middleweight title
NYSAC World middleweight title
1937-03-02Paul Pirrone83-29-3
Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO110
time: 1:57 | referee: Spud Murphy
Pirrone down five times
1937-02-19Babe Risko63-16-10
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1515
referee: Arthur Donovan 11-4 | 11-4 | 11-4
National Boxing Association World middleweight title
NYSAC World middleweight title
1937-01-01Gorilla Jones86-19-10
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USAWUD1010
referee: Jim Keefe
National Boxing Association World middleweight title
NYSAC World middleweight title
Jones was down in the 7th for a 3-count, supposedly the first time he was ever floored.
1936-12-08Young Stuhley45-22-3
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS1010
referee: Jack Kennedy
1936-11-27Al Rossi28-17-7
Coliseum, San Diego, California, USAWKO110
time: 1:36 | referee: Jack Kennedy
1936-11-17Gus Lesnevich28-1-3
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWTKO210
time: 1:12 | referee: Charley Randolph
1936-10-21Allen Matthews64-12-3
Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, USAWUD1010
referee: Tommy McCarty
1936-09-03Young Stuhley45-20-3
Armory, Spokane, Washington, USAWPTS1010
referee: Walter Wall
1936-08-20Jackie Aldare55-35-12
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USAWKO210
1936-07-11Babe Risko60-14-10
Civic Stadium, Seattle, Washington, USAWUD1515
referee: Tommy McCarty 93-72 | judge: Eddie O'Neill 92-73 | judge: Al Rosenberg 91½-74½
National Boxing Association World middleweight title
NYSAC World middleweight title
1936-04-28Tony Fisher6-12-1
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USAWUD1010
referee: Tommy McCarty
1936-03-24Babe Risko59-12-10
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USAWUD1010
referee: Tommy McCarty | judge: Eddie O'Neill | judge: Al Rosenberg
1936-02-25Young Stuhley44-17-3
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS1010
referee: Jack Kennedy
1936-02-04Henry Firpo67-34-14
Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, USAWKO210
time: 0:58
1936-01-23Meyer Grace69-31-8
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USAWKO110
Grace was knocked down three times.
1935-11-19Young Stuhley44-16-3
Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, USAWPTS1010
1935-10-25Mike Payan48-20-8
Coliseum, San Diego, California, USAWTKO510
time: 2:00 | referee: Charley Randolph
1935-10-18Swede Berglund66-20-12
Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, USAWTKO610
referee: Jack Kennedy
"Referee Jack Kennedy stepped between the fighters with Berglund reeling helplessly against the ropes and blood streaming from a deep gash over the right eye." United Press
1935-09-17Gorilla Jones83-18-9
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USAWUD1010
referee: Tommy McCarty
1935-07-30Vince Dundee113-16-14
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USAWTKO310
referee: Tommy McCarty
Referee McCarthy stopped the bout midway through the round after Dundee, the former middleweight champion of Baltimore, had been knocked down eleven times. Dundee hadn't landed a single effective blow. He sustained a slight concussion and a broken jaw on the left side, between the second and third molars, clear through. He was taken to Seattle's Providence Hospital, where he recuperated about a week. Doctors advised him not to fight for three months or longer.
1935-06-11Al Rossi27-11-7
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USAWTKO210
time: 1:18 | referee: Tommy McCarty
1935-05-16Mike Payan47-17-8
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USAWPTS1010
1935-04-23Sammy O'Dell48-11-7
Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, USAWKO110
time: 1:31
1935-04-01Fred Apostoli6-0-0
Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USAWTKO1010
referee: Eddie Burns
1935-02-21Indian Jimmy Rivers21-23-10
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USAWKO910
Rivers was down in the seventh and eighth rounds, both for nine-counts. He was fouled by Steele just as the third ended, but the fight was ordered resumed after a five-minute rest period.
1935-02-12Indian Jimmy Rivers21-22-10
Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USAWTKO510
time: 2:58 | referee: Tom Louttit
1935-01-24Baby Joe Gans112-17-10
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USAWKO310
1935-01-10Tommy Rios35-34-11
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USAWPTS1010
1934-12-20Andy DiVodi92-34-8
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USAWKO610
1934-12-05Jack Hibbard23-11-17
Walla Walla, Washington, USAWTKO410
A Christmas charity show. Steele scored five knockdowns. Tacoma News Tribune
1934-11-13Jimmy Evans60-26-16
Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, USAWTKO410
referee: Adolph Schacht
Steele is the Northwest Middleweight Champion. Referee Schacht stopped the bout to save Evans from further punishment.
1934-11-01Andy DiVodi92-33-8
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USAWPTS1010
1934-10-26Joe Glick129-67-31
Armory, Yakima, Washington, USAWKO110
referee: Windy Knight
According to the Yakima Herald the bout was over in less than a minute.
1934-06-29Bucky Lawless77-39-6
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USAWTKO210
referee: Tommy McCarty
1934-06-22Sammy Slaughter46-14-5
Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USANCNC110
referee: Toby Irwin
Referee Toby Irwin chased the boxers from the ring after Slaughter had fallen ten times in less than two minutes, eight times without being hit. Irwin started to count the last time Slaughter fell, but changed his mind, and ordered the two out of the ring. Promoters tried to bring the boxers back to resume the fight, but Irwin refused to referee, and no other official could be found. Steele and Slaughter were later rematched in San Francisco, but Steele ran out on the bout when he injured his shoulder. After he left for Tacoma without checking with commission doctors, the California Athletic Commission suspended Steele, as well as his second Joe Waterman and manager Dave Miller.
1934-06-08Babe Marino33-9-3
Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USAWPTS1010
"[T]he impressive fashion in which the local trial horse was trounced last night convinced fans the youth from the Northwest is one of the best prospects to appear here in a long time. Making the third 10-round battle of his career, Steele battered Marino's face into almost unrecognizable shape, dropped him for a seven count in the fifth and won eight of the sessions with a combination of boxing and punching skill that could not be denied." AP
1934-05-22Gorilla Jones83-16-8
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USADPTS1010
referee: Tommy McCarty 55-55 | judge: Al Rosenberg 55-55 | judge: Eddie O'Neill 55-55
1934-04-26Joe Cardoza76-39-15
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USAWKO210
1934-04-10Eddie Murdock69-26-27
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USAWKO410
1934-03-08Vivencio Alicante6-11-2
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USAWKO210
1934-02-27Johnny 'Bandit' Romero72-17-4
Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, USAWKO28
referee: Rod Murphy
1934-02-15Leonard Bennett35-23-12
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USAWPTS88
First bout for Steele -- the newly-crowned Washington State Welterweight Champion -- after a four-month layoff due to a kidney infection. "To many, knowing that Steele has no love in his heart for Bennett, it appeared as though the Tacoman purposely allowed the Detroit welter to stay the limit so that he could administer as much punishment as possible." Tacoma News Tribune
1933-10-12Petey Mike20-17-10
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USAWPTS1010
Later this month, Steele is "forced on the shelf" after a serious kidney infection returns.
Washington state legalized prize-fighting, effective June 8, 1933. On Dec. 11, George Adams, chairman of the state athletic commission, named the very first state champions of each division. (There was no middleweight champion selected, however.) Steele becomes the first Welterweight Champion of Washington.

1933-08-08Frankie Petrolle27-31-8
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USAWKO310
time: 2:10
1933-06-27Eddie Ran44-18-7
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USAWPTS66
referee: Tommy McCarty
1933-06-22Joe Glick128-53-29
Natatorium Park, Spokane, Washington, USAWPTS88
Glick was down twice
1933-06-06Alvin Lewis34-7-9
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USAWKO36
1933-06-01Tiger Lee Paige20-11-5
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USAWPTS66
Steele scored five knockdowns.
1933-05-18Gilbert Attell45-32-28
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USAWKO36
Steele's return bout after a four-month lay-off caused by a broken jaw. "A well-timed one-two punch sent Attell down for a nine-count in the first round, and the San Franciscan went down for the count in the third from a hard right uppercut to the chin." (AP)
1933-01-17Leonard Bennett28-18-9
Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, USAWPTS66
referee: Jack Neville
Pacific Northwest Welterweight Title
1932-11-17Battling Dozier60-15-15
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USAWPTS66
1932-11-03Millio Millitti29-11-7
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USAWPTS66
1932-10-26Tommy Herman40-18-7
Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, USAWPTS66
1932-09-27Tommy Herman39-18-7
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USALPTS44
1932-09-20Ceferino Garcia32-9-8
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWKO24
time: 2:53 | referee: Harry Lee
1932-09-07David Velasco28-24-5
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USAWPTS66
1932-08-26Billy Townsend53-16-13
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USAWPTS66
referee: Adolph Schacht
1932-08-11Alfonso Gonzales10-12-6
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USAWPTS66
1932-08-03Tiger Lee Paige13-7-2
Gonzaga Stadium, Spokane, Washington, USAWPTS66
1932-07-20Ralph Chong22-4-1
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USAWTKO66
referee: Tommy McCarty
1932-06-30Larry Murphy42-30-29
Arena, Dishman, Washington, USAWPTS66
1932-06-01Alfonso Gonzales9-10-6
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USAWPTS66
referee: Tommy McCarty
1932-05-24Frankie Stetson54-11-9
Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USAWPTS66
1932-05-18Ceferino Garcia31-7-6
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USAWKO26
referee: Tommy McCarty
1932-04-27Tony Portillo44-19-17
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USAWPTS66
Pacific Northwest Welterweight Title
"Steele sent a barrage of smashing straight lefts at Tony that bounced him to the canvas three times, cut his upper lip severely and battered him soundly in every stanza to win a [$500 diamond-studded] gold belt, emblematic of the mythical Pacific Northwest welterweight crown." (AP)

1932-04-07Bobby Vincent19-15-10
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USAWPTS66
Steele scored two nine-count and one eight-count knockdowns.
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