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Obie Walker
Global ID21583
sexmale
birthdate 1911-09-19
death date 1989-05-04 (77)
divisionheavyweight
stanceorthodox
height5′ 8″   /   173cm
aliasBearcat Obie
country USA
residenceAtlanta, Georgia, USA
birth placeCochran, Georgia, USA
birth nameObie Dia Walker
won 79 (KO 55) + lost 16 (KO 0) + drawn 5 = 102
rounds boxed 636 KO% 53.92
 
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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1946-03-19Elza Thompson22-4-1
Dorsey Park, Miami, Florida, USALPTS1010
1941-06-24Elmer Ray14-11-4
City Auditorium, Galveston, Texas, USALUD1010
referee: Charlie Roque | judge: Nick Bethscheider | judge: Phil Flake
1940-04-01Frank Lumpkin1-0-0
WSD?
Date & location uncertain, TR740
1940-03-07Elmer Ray9-10-4
Dorsey Park, Miami, Florida, USALPTS1212
According to the 1940-7-18 Miami Daily News Ray had scored a win over Walker earlier in the season in Miami. Although the exact date and outcome need confirmation, the pair were scheduled to face each other on the date shown here.
1940-02-01Henry Taylor20-4-2
Dorsey Park, Miami, Florida, USALUD1010
1939-11-07Jimmy Harvey
Textile Hall, Greenville, South Carolina, USAWKO28
1939-06-19Leroy Haynes46-19-2
Ponce de Leon Ballpark, Atlanta, Georgia, USAWUD1010
referee: Tom McCarthy
1939-04-13Elmer Ray5-9-4
Birmingham, Alabama, USALPTS1010
1939-03-16Leroy Haynes46-15-2
City Park Arena, Miami, Florida, USAWPTS1515
1939-03-02Leroy Haynes46-14-2
City Park Arena, Miami, Florida, USAWSD1010
Incorrectly reported as a draw in wire-reports, this was in fact a disputed win for Walker per Miami Daily News.
1938-11-30Tiger Jack Wright15-3-5
City Auditorium, Galveston, Texas, USAWKO1215
time: 2:25 | referee: Pepper Smith | judge: M.C. Hoecker | judge: Jimmy Foxx
Billed for the Colored Texas State Heavyweight Title
1938-10-27Charley Harvey
Birmingham, Alabama, USAWKO210
Harvey had scored 11 consecutive kayos preceding this bout
1938-10-03Elmer Ray5-8-4
Warren Arena, Atlanta, Georgia, USAWTKO610
Checked by Joan Claro, 5th Avenue Library, New York.
1938-08-29Jack Ward
Warren Arena, Atlanta, Georgia, USAWTKO310
referee: Jack Waggoner
1938-07-13Oscar Jenkins
Fort Benning, Georgia, USAWKO1010
Jenkins, an inexperienced fighter substituting for Oscar 'King Kong' Matthews, died 5 days later of injuries sustained in this fight. An incorrect A.P. wire was sent out saying that it was Matthews who had died.
1938-06-30Jim Howell11-8-3
Center Brick Warehouse, Darlington, South Carolina, USALPTS1010
1938-06-10Otto McCall7-3-2
Center Brick Warehouse, Darlington, South Carolina, USAWPTS1010
1938-05-19Unknown Winston55-41-6
Ponce de Leon Ballpark, Atlanta, Georgia, USAWKO510
1938-04-27Elmer Ray4-7-3
City Park Arena, Miami, Florida, USALPTS1010
1938-04-06Charley Douglas4-5-1
City Park Arena, Miami, Florida, USAWTKO410
Walker was floored twice in round 1 and once in round 2.
1938-03-30Unknown Winston55-40-6
Lincoln Park Arena, West Palm Beach, Florida, USAWTKO510
The towel was thrown in after Winston had sustained a cut over his left eye.
1938-03-23Unknown Winston55-40-5
N.W. Second Avenue Arena, Miami, Florida, USADPTS1010
1938-03-01Jim Howell10-8-2
Municipal Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USALPTS1010
From The Ring, May 1938, page 61.
1938-01-18Jack Trammell42-6-2
Municipal Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USALPTS1010
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1937-12-02Al Caldwell
Township Auditorium, Columbia, South Carolina, USAWKO310
Walker scored his 3rd straight knockout victory In Columbia.
1937-11-18Al Hart2-2-0
Spring Street Arena, Atlanta, Georgia, USAWKO210
1937-09-16Otto McCall6-1-2
Township Auditorium, Columbia, South Carolina, USAWRTD410
McCall failed to come out for round 5.
1937-08-31Jack Rose9-14-1
West End Arena, Atlanta, Georgia, USAWKO110
1937-08-24Jesse Caldwell2-3-1
West End Arena, Atlanta, Georgia, USAWKO410
1937-03-25Elmer Ray1-4-3
Lincoln Park Arena, West Palm Beach, Florida, USAWTKO610
In pre-fight pieces in the Palm Beach Post Ray was called "Bearcat Ray", in the bout report he was called "Bearcat Wright". He was from Hastings, FL in all reports.
1937-03-18Elmer Ray1-4-2
Johnson Street Arena, Daytona Beach, Florida, USADPTS1010
1937-03-12Shorty Ahearn8-3-0
Lincoln Park Arena, West Palm Beach, Florida, USAWPTS1010
1937-03-02Jesse Caldwell2-2-1
N.W. Second Avenue Arena, Miami, Florida, USAWTKO410
Walker was knocked down in round 2.
1937-02-23Black Eagle1-2-0
N.W. Second Avenue Arena, Miami, Florida, USAWKO110
1937-02-01Speedy Jackson
Johnson Street Arena, Daytona Beach, Florida, USAWKO310
1937-01-26Elmer Ray1-3-2
N.W. Second Avenue Arena, Miami, Florida, USAWPTS1010
1937-01-19Elmer Ray1-3-1
N.W. Second Avenue Arena, Miami, Florida, USADPTS1010
1936-09-22Willie Reddish16-5-2
Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALPTS44
1936-06-15Jack London52-28-5
Tigers Rugby Football Ground, Leicester, Leicestershire, United KingdomLPTS1010x3
Western Morning News - Tuesday 16 June 1936
1936-02-09Maurice Strickland16-4-0
The Ring, Blackfriars Road, Southwark, London, United KingdomWPTS1010x3
1936-01-27Norman Baines10-5-1
Colston Hall, Bristol, Avon, United KingdomWPTS1212x3
1936-01-09Erwin Klein15-2-5
Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin, FranceWKO610
1935-11-11Don McCorkindale28-11-3
The Ring, Blackfriars Road, Southwark, London, United KingdomWPTS1010x3
1935-10-05Gustave Limousin51-15-7
Palais des Sports, Paris, Paris, FranceWKO510
1935-07-20Larry Gains92-15-4
Welford Road Stadium, Leicester, Leicestershire, United KingdomLPTS1515x3
Walker lost his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1935-05-08George Cook41-46-10
White City, London, United KingdomWPTS1010x3
Cook was floored for a count of 6 in the 3rd round and saved by the bell in the 6th.
1935-03-26Rodolfo Valenti2-5-1
Velodrome d'Hiver, Paris, Paris, FranceWKO510
1935-03-15Albert Di Meglio5-4-3
Salle Wagram, Paris, Paris, FranceWKO810
1935-02-15Arthur Meurant4-17-1
Salle Wagram, Paris, Paris, FranceWTKO110
time: 0:45
A right to the heart followed by a right to the chin finished Meurant.
1934-11-17Otto von Porat37-10-0
Palais des Expositions, Geneva, SwitzerlandWUD1010
1934-10-29Gustave Limousin48-15-7
Palais des Sports, Paris, Paris, FranceLPTS88
This was a bad decision according to Paris-Match, which reported that Limousin showed a lot of heart in lasting the distance but little else.
1934-09-13Hans Schoenrath19-23-9
Palais des Sports, Paris, Paris, FranceWRTD510
Schonrath retired after round 5.
1934-09-03Emil Scholz30-14-15
Stade Roland Garros, Paris, Paris, FranceWTKO18
1934-07-25Giuseppe Sanga4-3-0
Stade Roland Garros, Paris, Paris, FranceWKO110
1934-07-11Italo Colonello8-4-2
Stade Roland Garros, Paris, Paris, FranceWKO210
1934-06-02Luigi Rovati1-1-1
Pavillon des Sports, Montreux, SwitzerlandWTKO210
1934-04-07Saverio Grizzo10-9-3
Palais des Expositions, Geneva, SwitzerlandWKO210
1934-03-03Maurice Griselle35-30-6
Salle Wagram, Paris, Paris, FranceWTKO810
1934-02-19Casimir Beszterda1-4-0
Palais des Sports, Paris, Paris, FranceWKO210
1934-02-03Louis Verbeeren1-0-0
Salle Wagram, Paris, Paris, FranceWKO110
Walker, fighting as Bébé Goudron (Tar Baby), made his French debut.
1933-11-27Don 'Red' Barry39-16-7
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALPTS1010
1933-10-09George Godfrey87-18-2
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS1010
Godfrey loses his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
By his own account, Walker had fought in approximately 90 bouts at the time of his win over Godfrey. Most of these fights occured on all-colored programs in the Southern U.S. and have yet to be located.

1933-09-27Salvatore Ruggirello23-33-0
Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO36
1933-09-04Humberto Arce10-7-0
Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USAWPTS66
1933-08-22Sailor Vernon
Shellpot Park, Wilmington, Delaware, USAWKO18
1933-08-17Humberto Arce10-7-0
Paterson, New Jersey, USANCNC910
referee: Harry McCoy
Declared NC because of stalling
1933-07-20Mickey Taylor65-44-9
Paterson, New Jersey, USAWTKO210
1933-06-29Leonard Dixon11-11-1
Leiperville Arena, Leiperville, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO26
Dixon suffered a cut over his right eye.
1933-04-17Tony Galento43-13-1
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS1010
1933-03-13KO Christner41-26-3
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO410
Christner suffered multiple cuts.
1933-02-13Joe Doctor29-13-0
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO28
1933-01-30Larry Crabtree9-2-1
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO36
1932-12-12Humberto Arce8-3-0
Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS88
referee: Jerry Moore | judge: L.K. Billings | judge: Toby Lyons
Arce was knocked down three times.
1932-11-04Frankie Simms29-24-3
Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWTKO66
referee: Johnny Martin
1932-07-25Willie Bush26-11-2
City Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, USAWPTS1212
referee: Jack Denham
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