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Harry Greb
Global ID9019
sexmale
birthdate 1894-06-06
death date 1926-10-22 (32)
divisionmiddleweight
stanceorthodox
height5′ 8″   /   173cm
reach71″   /   180cm
aliasPittsburgh Windmill
country USA
residencePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
birth placePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
birth nameEdward Henry Greb
won 107 (KO 48) + lost 8 (KO 2) + drawn 3 = 119
rounds boxed 1004
Newspaper Decisions won 155 : lost 9 : drawn 15
rounds boxed 1581
Total Bouts 298 KO% 16.11
 
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1926-08-19Tiger Flowers101-12-4
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALSD1515
referee: Jim Crowley | judge: Charles F. Mathison | judge: Harold Barnes
World Middleweight Title
Opinions of observers on the outcome of this fight varied. It was evident that many people tended to count Harry's rough style against him. Regis Welsh of the Pittsburgh Post said that Harry "honestly won." Frank Getty of UP said Flowers easily won. Welsh gave Greb rounds 1,2,6,8, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 and Flowers rounds 4, 5, 7, and 10, with rounds 3 and 9 even. Welsh asserted that the judges overreacted to the claim of Walk Miller (Flowers's manager) a few days before the fight that it was "in the bag" for Greb. He also stated that a great many persons who viewed the fight thought that Greb won. Greb, himself, said "Well, that was one fight I won if I ever won any." Gene Tunney, who was friends with both men and watched the fight from ringside, called the verdict "unjust". Referee Crowley voted for Greb as winner; Mathison and Barnes gave it to Flowers.

1926-06-15Allentown Joe Gans36-8-8
Artillery Park, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1010
referee: Frank McCracken
The last five rounds of the bout were fought in a drizzling rain. According to the Pittsburgh Post, Gans won only one round, the sixth, although two or three others could have been called even. Greb was as fast as ever, showering blows on his bewildered foe. Gans did land a steaming right in the 6th that hurt Harry and kept him under control for the rest of the round. Greb was in complete command in the last four rounds, when he opened his bag of tricks fully and Harry got a great ovation when he left the ring.
1926-06-01Art Weigand28-6-9
Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USAWPTS1010
referee: Jim Crowley
According to the Pittsburgh Post, Greb showed his old speed and form. He won 8 of the 10 rounds, "doing pretty much as he pleased with Wiegand, after giving the local kid a chance to show his stuff in the first two rounds."
1926-02-26Tiger Flowers95-12-4
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALPTS1515
referee: Ed Smith
World Middleweight Title
Most experts thought that Greb won this fight. Frank Getty of the United Press stated that "many experts figured that the worst the former champion should have had was a draw, for Greb was the stronger puncher and at times had Flowers in real trouble." Hype Igoe stated that "the decision was met with deathly silence by the crowd. To some it was a just verdict. To others it was unfair to Greb..My own tally had Greb out in front by a margin of two rounds- five for Flowers, seven for Greb and the others even." Regis Welsh of the Pittsburgh Post had Greb winning 8-5-2 on rounds. Greb did suffer a cut eyebrow in round 3, his first since he fought Bob Roper in Buffalo. Greb fought flat-footed and was wild, not in his best form.

1926-02-12Owen Phelps7-0-0
Capital City Arena, Phoenix, Arizona, USAWPTS1010
This fight was erroneously listed as occurring in Prescott, Arizona, in older editions of The Ring Record Book, but the Arizona Republic (in its end-of-the-year list of Phoenix results) lists it as occurring in Phoenix.
1926-02-03Jimmy Delaney35-4-6
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWPTS1010
referee: Al Wainwright
1926-01-29Buck Holley27-12-8
Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, USAWTKO510
time: 3:00
1926-01-26Ted Moore47-11-3
Los Angeles Arena, Vernon, California, USAWPTS1010
There was a report of the fight in the San Francisco Chronicle which stated that "Moore body-punched his way through most of the fight and appeared on the verge of a decision over (Greb), but a stiff right uppercut that landed and slowed up the Briton had much to do with raising the champion's right hand. Moore was in tip-top condition and Greb needed all of his muchly advertised legs to keep him bouncing around."
1926-01-19Joe Lohman14-20-2
City Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska, USAWPTS1010
The Pittsburgh Post reported that Greb won the referee's decision easily. He "toyed with Lohman throughout and in the tenth round tried to land a knockout, but Lohman avoided the barrage."According to the Omaha World Herald. Greb "carried" Lohman and used the affair as a sparring session. Lohman hardly landed a glove on the speedy Greb, but did land a body blow to start off round seven which did Harry no damage, but set off "a phenomenon closely akin to a Kansas tornado" which left Joe dizzy.
1926-01-11Roland Todd62-11-3
Coliseum, Toronto, Ontario, CanadaWPTS1212
referee: Alex Sinclair
The Pittsburgh Post reported that the first three rounds were even and Greb won every round after that. Todd proved to be a good defensive fighter and made Greb miss a lot, but his own attack was no threat to Harry. Todd matched Greb's aggressiveness and was very game. Greb handed out plenty of punishment and looked good. "As a fight city Toronto, on the strength of the grand turnout for the Greb-Todd affair need not take a back seat to any boxing centre in the country. It was a wonderful crowd which witnessed the Shamrock Club's show, all classes of the community being represented including Mayor Foster and many of the city fathers. Top hats and shiny fronts were largely in evidence and not a few ladies were scattered around the ringside. Harry Greb draws 'em no matter whom he boxes." - W.A. Hewitt, Sporting Editor of The Star
1925-12-14Soldier Buck9-13-1
Nashville, Tennessee, USAWPTS88
referee: Red Herring
Welterweight Red Herring refereed and gave the decision to Greb. Buck down in the first round. The Pittsburgh Post reported that Greb showed dazzling speed and threw a "ton" of leather. Buck was knocked through the ropes six times, but stuck out the distance despite a bad licking.
1925-11-13Tony Marullo26-15-2
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWPTS1515
referee: Jimmy Moran
1925-10-13Tony Marullo26-14-2
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS1010
referee: Eddie Kennedy
1925-08-17Tom Burns1-5-0
Fairgrounds Coliseum, Detroit, Michigan, USAWNWS1010
Run by the American Legion/State Dept. as a benefit for disabled soldiers. Greb was a last-minute sub for Jack Delaney who had to return to CT for a throat operation. "Greb outclassed Burns through the entire match." (Nevada State Journal) The Pittsburgh Post reported that Greb won every round, but Burns was tough and kept coming in and making the fight interesting. According to Sam Greene of the Detroit News, "Greb did just what was expected. He swarmed all over Burns, shooting punches from eery angle and landing on every spot above the belt with such quickness that Burns was defenseless..In short, Greb fought the kind of fight that he always fights when touring the pugilistic provinces."
1925-08-12Pat Walsh10-14-2
Airport, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USAWTKO210
time: 1:05
Greb contributed his services for free on a milk and ice fund program. He easily outscored Walsh in the first round. In the second round he floored Walsh four times, and on the 4th knockdown Walsh's cornermen threw in the towel.
1925-08-04Ed Smith1-1-0
Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas, USAWKO410
"Greb toyed with his victim for two rounds, keeping well out of range of Smith's dangerous right hand. The champion had Smith groggy in the 3rd round after a series of rights and lefts had caressed the Missouri fighter's chin, and delivered the sleeping portion in the fourth in the form of a stiff right to the jaw." (from the Pittsburgh Post)
1925-07-31Otis Bryant3-4-0
Floto Outdoor Arena, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USAWTKO310
"Greb cuffed his opponent at will. Bryant took the count of "nine" several times before the fight was stopped. John B. Old, in the Tulsa World, said that Bryant was one of the most miserable set-ups that ever has been thrown in the ring.." Bryant was "apparently badly frightened" and "scarcely able to lay a glove on the champion." Greb scored a knockdown in round one, then let up and was apparently "more than willing" to let Bryant go on. However, Bryant kept rushing at him and Greb opened up and finished it in round three.
1925-07-27Ralph Brooks13-2-1
Forum, Wichita, Kansas, USAWNWS1010
referee: Johnny Husong
Greb won the newspaper decision according to The Lincoln Star (wire); UP, & Indiana Eve. Gazette. According to the Pittsburgh Post, it was an easy win for Greb. Brooks was a heavyweight and later served as a sparring partner for Jack Dempsey.
1925-07-22Billy Britton16-10-5
Anti Horse Thief Association Stock Show, Columbus, Kansas, USAWPTS1010
According to the Boston Globe, Greb won easily, but no details were given. This fight was reported in the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the venue was given, as shown. The fight occurred on July 22, not the 23rd as usually given.
1925-07-16Maxie Rosenbloom24-3-5
Taylor Bowl, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWNWS1010
Greb was an "easy winner" of a fight in which "after the third round it was an effort upon the part of the New Yorker to stay the limit, and, while Greb hammered him at will, he was unable to land a knockout punch." (Coshocton Tribune) Greb floored Rosenbloom for a seven-count in the sixth round. Actually, according to the Pittsburgh Post, Rosenbloom started well and was ahead after five rounds. But Greb then won each of the last five rounds, and gave Rosenbloom a particularly bad time of it in rounds six and seven.
1925-07-02Mickey Walker38-6-0
Polo Grounds, New York, New York, USAWUD1515
referee: Eddie Purdy
World Middleweight Title
The second round was sensational, one of the greatest of all time. In the 14th round, Walker was hammered all over the ring after being staggered by a right to the jaw. Source: Grantland Rice, New York Herald Tribune.

1925-06-05Jimmy Nuss10-7-0
Palestra, Marquette, Michigan, USAWKO410
According to the wire report that appeared in the Pittsburgh Post, "Greb swarmed all over his opponent in typical windmill style, showering short hooks to Nuss's face." Nuss soon weakened. "A hard left to the face, follwing a series of jolts to the mid-section, sent Nuss to the boards for the count" in round four.
1925-06-01Soldier Buck9-11-1
Jefferson County Armory, Louisville, Kentucky, USAWNWS1010
Greb won the newspaper decision. (Nevada State Journal) The Pittsburgh Post reported that Greb "pranced" through the fight, winning every round. He started fast, eased up, then finished with a rush, but the game Buck stayed upright. Greb got into an altercation with Referee Marvin Hart during the fight (cause unknown) and was arrested and fined $100 after the conclusion of the battle. According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Hart wanted more action from Harry, and when he got it he lifted the fine.
1925-05-29Tom Burns1-5-0
Tomlinson Hall, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWNWS1010
Greb "easily outpointed" Burns. (Helena Independent) According to the Pittsburgh Post, Greb gave Burns a terrific lacing for five rounds, then eased off and let him stay the limit. Burns could not connect with his punches, while himself being pelted with a rain of blows. An Indianapolis newspaper (the Star?) stated that "Burns took a beating but the master did not apply the blows too hard. Burns was not disgraced. He took a lesson and probably it was just what he needed."
1925-05-06Billy Britton16-9-5
Fairmont Arena, Columbus, Ohio, USAWPTS1212
After having had so much trouble with Britton in an earlier fight, Greb won every round of this one. He boxed "scientifically" for the first three rounds, then cut loose with his usual barrage. "As the rounds went along Britton began to grow weary. There was nothing to the fight but Greb. Britton banged in a few good ones in rounds 6, 9, and 10, but was overwhelmed. Also, from the Columbus Citizen, "Greb took every round. In none of them was he forced to use the flailing, slam-bang fighting that won him the crown. Britton was outclassed and never had a chence.."
1925-05-01Quintin Romero Rojas16-6-3
Arena Gardens, Detroit, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
Newspaper decision for Greb according to Pittsburgh Post and other sources. Greb reported to have won every round. He belabored the Chilean with left hooks to head and body. Rojas did land some good punches, especially in round three and nine. Greb's busy milling style simply bewildered Rojas. Sam Greene in the Detroit News said "Despite its one-sidedness, the bout did not lack in interest. Romero-Rojas saw to it that Greb did not loaf and he gave the impression that his a fair heayvweight. Against Greb he was confused by the flying gloves, but against a man of his own weight and speed he would be formidable." This fight was decided by official decision. Referee Emerson W. DIckerson raised Greb's hand without waiting for the written slips of the judges. He later said that he was under the impression "that the bout ws to a referee's decision solely. It made no difference. Greb's marging was safe."
1925-04-24Jack Reddick28-4-2
Arena Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, CanadaWPTS1010
referee: Lou Marsh
"Greb outclassed Reddick in every round" (Pittsburgh Post). Reddick showed plenty of courage and willingness, but he was no match for his veteran opponent. In a special to the Manitoba Free Press referee March wrote: 'Reddick can trim a lot of high class light-heavyweights, but he was outclassed in everything but courage by the Pittsburgh wonder man. If Mickey Walker, the welterweight champion, can trim this Greb when they meet in New York next June 16 for the middleweight title, then a one-armed Chinaman wearing a ball and chain can trim a gorilla on his own diamond.' The Toronto Globe said that "There never was a stage of any of the ten rounds when Reddick appeared to have a chance against the shifty champion, but, be it said to is credit. he kept everlastingly trying." For awhile Reddick tried to tie up Greb but never found a way to do it." Reddick tried for a knockout in the last round, but wound up taking "a worse beating than in any of the preceding rounds."
1925-04-17Johnny Wilson46-18-2
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1010
This was a "sizzling battle," much the best of the three between Greb and Wilson. It was closely fought and even on rounds, but Greb's rounds were much more decisive and he got the decision.
1925-03-27Gene Tunney58-1-1
Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USALNWS1010
referee: George Barton
"Tunney gave Greb as thorough a beating as he has ever received. So completely was Greb outclassed and outfought in six of the ten rounds that he resorted to a defensive fight after the third and thereafter was guilty of persistent holding and stalling varied only by rare flashes of offensive fighting, which Tunney quickly terminated by a devastating attack. Tunney concentrated his fire almost entirely on Greb's heart and body, landing with deadly accuracy and telling effect. After a flashy start, Greb went on the defensive and let entire rounds go by without making more than a weak show of attack, without landing a decisive punch, even on those rare occasions when he undertook to do the leading." (Associated Press)
1925-02-23Young Fisher26-37-12
Town Hall, Scranton, Pennsylvania, USAWDQ610
referee: Steve Latzo | judge: Ellis Riskin | judge: Tom Walsh
1925-02-17Billy Britton14-8-5
Allentown, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS1010
Report from the Pittsburgh Post: Greb had a lot of trouble with the 22-year old Britton. In fact, newspapermen thought the fight was even going into the 10th round, in which Harry handed his much younger opponent a terrific pasting. Britton concentrated on body punching and punished Greb at close quarters throughout the fight. A right hand to the jaw nearly floored Harry in round seven.
1925-01-30Jimmy Delaney29-3-5
Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USAWNWS1010
"A slashing right uppercut, wielded by Harry Greb, world's middleweight champion boxer, won him a victory over Jimmy Delaney, St. Paul..Delaney showed well in the early rounds, especially the third and fourth, but he soon weakened under the champion's relentless attack. Delaney's face was badly cut at the end of the fight, Greb was unmarked." (Appleton Post Crescent) "For a time in the middle of the fight it seemed that Delaney might have a chance..He was solving the Greb attack and evolving an offensive that was somewhat bewildering to the champion (with) chugging lefts shot accurately into the champion's stomach and an occasional (solid right cross to the chin, (but then) he began to tire..and Greb moved steadily ahead." (from the St. Paul Pioneer Press).
1925-01-19Johnny Papke2-3-1
Weller Theater, Zanesville, Ohio, USAWTKO712
Greb took it easy for three rounds, mainly jabbing and moving. In the fourth he opened up and decked Papke. Greb gave his opponent a terrific lacing the 5th and 6th, and put him down again in round seven causing Papke's handlers to throw in the towel.
1925-01-09Bob Sage17-2-1
Arena Gardens, Detroit, Michigan, USAWNWS1010
Report from the Pittsburgh Post: There is no indication that this was a title fight. Greb won every round easily. In the closing rounds. Harry was landing ten blows for every one that Sage got through. There was a capacity crowd on hand and they cheered every punch that Sage landed. Greb fought at top speed and "fully lived up to his name of being the Pittsburgh whirlwind." Sage was always trying and was unmarked at the end except for swollen lips.
1925-01-01Augie Ratner32-17-5
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS1010
referee: Eddie Kennedy
According to the Pittsburgh Post, Greb gave Ratner an unmerciful whipping, winning every round. Ratner took his licking without a whimper, but when he saw that he had no chance he "failed to come into the open and make a fight of it." When the referee reproached him, he replied "Make him (Greb) quite holding and hitting." As for Greb, he ran rings around Ratner, then slowed down and tried to knock him out but couldn't. Ratner landed his best punch of the fight at the start of round 10, but his advantage was fleeting.
1924-11-25Frankie Ritz1-3-0
Wheeling, West Virginia, USAWTKO310
When the bell rang for the beginning of the third round, Ritz's corner threw in the towel. Greb was much too fast for his heavier opponent and peppered him with a hail of blows in round one. Ritz was flattened at the end of round two.
1924-11-17Jimmy Delaney29-2-5
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS1010
referee: Eddie Kennedy
Greb was fouled in each of the first two rounds and was given a rest in the second. Delaney, a good boxer, tried very hard all the way and landed his best punches. But Greb simply overwhelmed him. Harry was sharp and won every round. Regis Welsh was moved to call Greb "the marvel of the ring, the one fighter who has defied time." Reported in the Pittsburgh Post.
1924-11-11Ray Nelson0-1-0
Midway Auditorium, Philipsburg, Pennsylvania, USAWKO36
Nelson, substituting for Otto Hughes, was billed as "Lew Comasana, South American middleweight champion" (a fictitious person). Later he was identified as Ray Nelson, a third rate middleweight. Greb dropped him in each of the first two rounds and finished him off in the third. From the Pittsburgh Post.
1924-10-13Tommy Loughran18-5-2
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USADSD1010
referee: Frank McCracken | judge: Harold McGrath
McGrath called for Greb and "former champion" Jack Kelly scored for Loughran while the referee scored a draw.
The Pittsburgh Post reported Greb forced the fighting and at times he landed at will. But Loughran boxed well at long range and concentrated on a body attack. (From the Philadelphia Inquirer, Zabala & Kincaid.)

1924-09-17Gene Tunney55-1-1
Olympic Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USADNWS1010
referee: Matt Hinkel
Referee stated he would have ruled a draw;
Two out of three Cleveland papers scored it for Greb (the other called it a draw).Stuart M. Bell from Cleveland Plain Dealer scored for Greb 6-3-1, the Massilon(Ohio)Evening Independent scored it for Greb;
Lima News (AP) called it a win for Greb, but reported that many ringsiders thought Tunney had the edge; Ray Coll in Pittsburgh Gazette-Times scored it a draw;
Zanesville Signal (INS wire) gave edge to Greb 5-4-1; Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune/Milwaukee Journal (United News wire) said newspapermen gave Greb "all but the tenth round"; Jim Jab from Pittsburg Press scored for Greb 7-3.

1924-09-15Billy Hirsch6-0-0
Wabash Park, Mingo Junction, Ohio, USAWTKO810
referee: Noble Davis
According to the wire report in the Pittsburgh Post, "Greb was in perfect form and although he toyed with the Canton lad, at times to the amusement of the crowd..Hirsch landed solidly." Greb speeded up his attack in the 6th and by the 8th Hirsch was in such bad shape that referee stopped the fight.
1924-09-03Jimmy Slattery48-1-0
Bison Stadium, Buffalo, New York, USAWPTS66
referee: Eddie Purdy | judge: Jimmy Collins | judge: Charles F. Mathison
According to the Pittsburgh Post, Slattery took the fight to Greb and unleashed an accurate two-handed attack to clearly win the first two rounds. He drove Harry around the ring as the crowd roared. Greb held Slattery even in the third, and handed him a severe thrashing in the last three rounds. Jimmy was tired, but kept trying. Greb looked very good as the fight went along.
1924-08-21Tiger Flowers62-8-3
Legion Stadium, Fremont, Ohio, USAWNWS1010
referee: Eddie Kennedy
Opinions about the winner varied, but the majority were for Greb. The Fremont Daily News scored for Flowers, as did the Toledo News-Bee, Toledo Blade,Columbus Citizen and Akron Press. Greb was tabbed the winner by the Fremont Daily Register, Columbus Evening Dispatch, Toledo Times, Detroit News, Sandusky Star Journal, Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Lorain Times Herald, Tiffin Advertiser, Mansfield News, Pittsburgh Post, Fostoria Daily Review, Cleveland News and Findlay Morning Republican. The Sandusky Register scored the fight a draw, but mentioned that of three rounds in which a fighter was far out in front, two belonged to Flowers. The newspaper decision from the Elyria Chronicle Telegram went to Greb. Regis Welsh, sports editor of the Pittsburgh Post, was on hand and said that 12,000 persons attended. Welsh scored it as follows: 1st round even; Flowers won the 2nd; Greb won the 3rd, 4th and 5th; Flowers got an edge in the 6th; and Greb won each of the last four rounds. Welsh described Flowers as a southpaw, "awkward, covering up, wild-swinging." For once Greb met someone as unorthodox as himself. Flowers did well for six rounds even though lacking a hard punch. After that he seemed to tire, "grew more timid as the bout wore on, and was at sea against Greb's windmill tactics, speed, and roughhouse." Afterward, Walk Miller (Flowers's manager) claimed victory, and his unrelenting publicity campaign did have the effect of making his fighter much better known.
1924-06-26Ted Moore42-8-0
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USAWUD1515
referee: Eddie Purdy | judge: Tommy Shortell | judge: George Kelly
World Middleweight Title
Greb was disappointing. He had taken off 13 1/2 pounds in 10 days and did not fight at his accustomed speed, yet won 13 of the 15 rounds. Moore took only rounds 6 and 7. The referee spent three minutes before the fight talking to Greb about fouls and this probably inhibited Harry's efforts.

1924-06-16Frank Moody94-35-11
Brassco Park, Waterbury, Connecticut, USAWKO612
referee: Jim Galvin
Moody was known as a terrific right-hand puncher, but Greb avoided Moody's right and dealt out a savage licking to Frank. Moody was floored by a right under the heart in round four and had little to offer after that except gameness. A fusillade of punches put Moody down for the full count in round six. The venue, Brassco Park, was also called Brassco's Pasture and was an Eastern League baseball park.)
1924-06-12Martin Burke32-16-4
Olympic Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWNWS1010
referee: Matt Hinkel
Cleveland Press. Greb won every round. The Pittsburgh Post reported that Greb completely outclassed Burke. Martin was cut badly early in the fight, but used his much greater height and holding tactics to last the limit. Greb won every round.
1924-05-12Pal Reed40-17-4
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS1010
referee: Eddie Kennedy | judge: Jack Adams | judge: Lou Meininger
Greb injured his right hand in round seven and didn't use it after that. But he fought brilliantly and won every round. Reed, a southpaw, was an aggressive and rugged opponent and staggered Harry in round six with a right to the chin, and kept the heat on even though Greb remained in charge.
1924-05-05Jackie Clark45-25-18
Ben Franklin Arena, Kenilworth, Maryland, USAWTKO212
Greb simply overwhelmed Clark. Jackie was in to last as long as he could, but he couldn't avoid Greb's blows. After a rocky first round, Clark was floored in the second. He got up at "7," but was a chopping block and the referee stopped it.
1924-04-19Kid Norfolk75-17-6
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USALDQ610
referee: Jack Sheehan | judge: William T. McDermott | judge: John T. Glackin
1924-03-24Fay Keiser21-13-4
104th Regiment Armory, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWTKO1215
referee: Benny Franklin
The referee was Benny Franklin, the promoter of the bout, after Greb refused to accept the commission's choice of referee (Charley Short) and demanded that Al Ross of Pittsburgh be the referee, which the commission rejected. Kaiser's contract called for title fight and he weighed in at 160lbs at 2pm. However, Greb said his contract was for catchweights and he did not weigh in for the bout. Baltimore Sun According to the Pittsburgh Post, Greb won every round. After subjecting Keiser to a bad whipping for the first four rounds, Harry eased up for a few rounds, although keeping things well in hand. In the 10th, Greb opened up again and pounded Keiser so terribly that the referee stopped it in the 12th after Fay went to the canvas.
1924-02-22Jack Reeves29-9-15
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWPTS44
1924-01-18Johnny Wilson44-15-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1515
referee: Patsy Haley | judge: Billy Joh | judge: Eddie Purdy
World Middleweight Title
According to Boxing Blade, this was a close fight, but the decision met with "the approval of the fans." Wilson made his best showing in the early rounds, taking the 1st, 3rd, and 5th. After that, Greb came on and the 7th round was probably his best one. Greb also did very well in the 8th, 10th, and 15th. Wilson's best late round was the 12th. Most of the others were "about fifty-fifty." This was not one of Greb's better efforts.

1923-12-25Tommy Loughran15-2-1
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS1010
referee: Eddie Kennedy
The referee's round scoring was not announced, but Regis Welsh of the Pittsburgh Post gave Greb 5 rounds, Loughran 3, and 2 even. The first round was even, Greb won the 2nd, Tommy the 3rd, Greb the 4th and 5th. Loughran almost floored Greb with a wicked right in the 5th, but Greb fought back with a terrific flurry and kept Tommy from following up on his advantage. Loughran won the 6th and 8th rounds and the seventh was even. Greb won the 9th and 10th. The impression of onlookers was that Greb was not quite the fighter he had been.
1923-12-10Gene Tunney49-1-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALUD1515
referee: Lou Magnolia | judge: Frankie Madden | judge: Charles F. Mathison
American Light Heavyweight Title
The consensus was that Tunney won 9 rounds, Greb four, and two were even. Tunney mounted a body attack that allowed him to dominate the fight from rounds 8 to 14. The first seven rounds were evenly fought and Greb rallied strongly to win the 15th. Greb landed many more punches but Tunney's were harder and cleaner. There were no knockdowns.

1923-12-03Bryan Downey40-8-11
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1010
referee: Eddie Kennedy
World Middleweight Title
First card under McBride law that legalized decisions in Pennsylvania. Greb was conservative at the start, boxing well within the rules. But Downey provoked him in the third round and Harry reverted to his old style and gave Bryan a terrific thrashing. Greb won every round but the first, which went to Downey by a slight margin. Greb won the third and each of the last five rounds by big margins and battered Downey all over the ring, but never floored him. A hook sent Downey through the ropes in round 3. Greb was given the judges decision.

1923-11-15Chuck Wiggins31-13-5
Armory, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper win for Greb (World News)and also according to the Chicago Tribune. According to the Grand Rapids Herald it was an exhibition "of splendid scientific boxing," Greb winning seven of the ten rounds. Wiggins landed some solid body blows, but as usual Greb landed far more punches than his opponent. He was so much faster afoot than Wiggins that the club physician compared him to a horse, whereas Wiggins appeared to be as slow comparatively as a cow. After the fight Wiggins admitted that Greb was "too fast and slippery" for him.
1923-11-05Soldier Jones18-19-0
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS1010
referee: Joe Keally
Newspaper win for Greb (World News) This was a sensational fight. After one minute of action Greb was caught by a right hook and floored for "8." Harry was "wobbling like a drunk" when he got to his feet and Jones dumped him again with a right. Greb appeared out when he got to his feet, pale and shaken, but backpedalled and lasted out the round. Harry started well in the second round but after a minute Jones landed two lefts and Greb was in bad trouble again. He toughed it out, but was still in bad shape when the round ended. Greb seemed to recover in his corner between rounds and from the third round on it was a slaughter. Jones received an unmerciful beating. At the end, the Soldier was bleeding from mouth and nose and there was a gaping cut over one eye. The last four rounds were especially one-sided. Greb's comeback had the crowd wild. This was one of the worst beatings Greb ever handed out. The soldier nearly pulled a great upset but paid dearly for it. Afterward, Greb was unable to remember the first six rounds of the fight.
1923-10-22Lou Bogash66-6-11
1st Regiment Armory, Newark, New Jersey, USAWNWS1212
referee: Henry Lewis
Newspaper win for Greb (World News) The Pittsburgh Post said that Bogash won the 8th, 10th, and 12th rounds, the 3rd and 9th were even, and Greb won the others. Greb fought extremely well. Bogash relied mainly on a body attack and was rugged but Greb was too busy for him.
New York Times states this is a win for Bogash as he won rounds 3, 5, 8, 10, 11, and 12. Greb won 1, 2, 7, and 9. The 4th was even. Out-of-town newspapers disagreed as to the winner. The Philadelphia Record had Greb winning.

1923-10-11Tommy Loughran12-2-1
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USALPTS1010
referee: Johnny Brassil | judge: William T. McDermott | judge: John T. Glackin
1923-10-04Jimmy Darcy49-45-35
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS1010
referee: Joe Keally
Newspaper win for Greb (World News), New York Times The Pittsburgh Post reported that Darcy gave Greb a good battle for five rounds. Then Greb, who had been trying to knock out Darcy, reverted to his old style and gave Darcy a terrific beating in the last five. Darcy kept trying and stood up well under the pummeling, but lost badly.
1923-08-31Johnny Wilson41-14-2
Polo Grounds, New York, New York, USAWUD1515
referee: Jack O'Sullivan | judge: Frankie Madden | judge: Charles F. Mathison
World Middleweight Title
The Pittsburgh Post reported that Greb did not fight in his usual cyclonic style. Evidently fearing disqualification he boxed in orthodox style. Wilson punched mainly for the body, winning the 10th, 14th, and 15th rounds. Greb took all of the others. The 8th was Harry's best round, and next to that the second. Greb won beyond argument even though he fought flat-footed. He was too quick and busy for the plodding Wilson. Nevertheless, it was not of Harry's better showings. (This is from the report of Regis Welsh.) Some writers thought that Greb still used a lot of rough tactics. One writer thought that the fight was close. All accounts showed that it was an ordinary fight, lacking thrills. Neither man was ever in danger of being stopped.

1923-06-16Len Rowlands12-11-3
Craft's Five Acres, Uniontown, Pennsylvania, USAWKO310
referee: Eddie Kennedy
The Uniontown Morning Herald reported this to be an easy fight for Greb, having hit Rowlands 'with about everything but the water bottle' before knocking his opponent out with a straight right to the jaw. This was a Saturday night fight - postponed from Friday because of rain - and no report appeared in the Pittsburgh Post except in a summary of June results, published on July 1.
1923-02-23Gene Tunney46-1-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALSD1515
referee: Patsy Haley | judge: Charles Miles | judge: Charles Meegan
American Light Heavyweight Title
The decision in Tunney's favor was hotly disputed. Regis Welsh of the Pittsburgh Post thought that Greb was robbed as did various other experts, including Commissioner William Muldoon, who called the verdict "unjustifiable". 19 of 23 newspapermen at ringside believed Greb should not have left the ring without his crown. 15 voted for Greb, 4 for Tunney and 4 voted for a draw. Greb was the aggressor and Tunney the counterpuncher. Greb was made to observe the rules closely and this undoubtedly curbed his usual "free-wheeling" style.

1923-02-16Young Fisher24-26-6
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USAWPTS1212
The Pittsburgh Post reported that Fisher rushed Greb wildly, but Greb easily sidestepped and flayed the caveman badly. Although stated to be a veteran of over 200 fights, Fisher was made to look like an amateur by Greb. In the infighting Fisher only tried to tie Greb up. He landed only five or six clean punches and did less well than in previous fights with Harry. Fisher was dazed and bleeding in the last three rounds, but a glutton for punishment and stayed.
1923-02-05Pal Reed36-12-2
Broad A.C., Newark, New Jersey, USAWNWS1212
Newspaper win for Greb (World News) The Pittsburgh Post said that Greb won easily. He put Reed down for a short count in round one. Reed was no match for him at any stage of the fight, but weathered numerous showers of blows.
1923-01-30Tommy Loughran11-1-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1515
referee: Billy 'Kid' McPartland
American Light Heavyweight Title
The Pittsburgh Post reported that Loughran gave Greb a boxing lesson for the first three rounds, punishing him with a left jab and blocking his punches. For the next 9 rounds, Greb overwhelmed Tommy and built up a good lead, especially with his in-fighting. In the last three rounds, Loughran opened up a strong body attack that gave Harry trouble, but not enough to overcome his big lead.

1923-01-22Billy Shade44-14-18
4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWNWS1212
Newspaper win for Greb (World News) The Pittsburgh Post said that Greb gave Shade a terrific beating and won every round. Billy was bewildered by Greb's speed and Harry probably could have stopped him if he wanted to. It should be noted here that Greb's wife, who was very ill at this time, died soon afterward.
1923-01-15Tommy Loughran11-1-0
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS1010
referee: Billy 'Kid' McPartland | judge: George Barton | judge: Tommy Shortell
The Pittsburgh Post reported that Greb won 9 rounds and the fourth round was even. After the 5th round Greb was the complete master, the clever defense of Loughran being the only thing to save him from being stopped. Greb swarmed all over Tommy and wouldn't let him box in his standup style. Loughran looked good in flashes. Red Mason worked in Greb's corner. The crowd was the biggest in the history of Motor Square Garden.
1923-01-01Bob Roper24-18-5
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS1010
referee: Yock Henniger
This fight was reported in detail by the Pittsburgh Post. It was a rough affair with lots of pulling and hauling. Roper kept gouging Greb's eyes and even cuffed the referee twice, however Greb won the fight in one-sided fashion. Roper did land good punches in the 5th and 7th rounds. Greb suffered a cut eyebrow in the last round. Roper hit Greb after the bell ending the 10th round and Greb sailed into him. The police had to accompany Roper to the dressing room. Greb and Roper were censured the next day by the Pittsburgh Boxing Commission.
1922-11-10Bob Roper24-17-5
Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USAWPTS1212
referee: Dick Nugent
The Pittsburgh Post reported that Roper entered the ring with a live snake draped around his neck! After he removed it, Greb moved in closer and buried Jack under a blizzard of flying leather. Roper took such a pasting that he was content to clinch and stall out man of the later rounds. According to Bill Paxton in The Fearless Harry Greb, Roper was thumbing or attempting to thumb Greb often in this fight. Based on assessments by opthalmologists familiar with retinal detachments, especially occurring to boxers, Paxton pinpoints this fight as probably being the one which finally cost Greb his sight in the right eye. To quote Paxton, "Unlike after the Kid Norfolk fight, when Greb didn't immediately go to a doctor, he was immediately seen with patches over his eyes days after this fight." This was Greb's last fight under the management of George Engel. He was under contract to Engel until December 29 and would not fight until after the contract lapsed. Also, Mrs. Greb was ill and Harry said that he would take a rest.
1922-10-27Larry Williams18-20-2
Marieville Gardens, North Providence, Rhode Island, USAWTKO412
According to the Pittsburgh Post, Williams was no match for Greb. He was put down for a nine-count in the fourth round and was helpless before Greb's onslaught when he arose. The referee stopped the fight.
1922-09-29Bob Roper24-16-5
Armory, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USAWNWS1010
referee: E.W. Dickerson
Greb won the newspaper decision. (Chronicle Telegram) According to the Pittsburgh Post, Greb won easily. Roper fought him on even terms for the first four rounds, but after that Bob had to back away and cover up "continually" to avoid punishment. The Grand Rapids Herald said that Greb won clearly. "Roper started off fairly good and held his own for three or four rounds." After that Roper was outclassed. "In every move of the two men it was plain to be seen that Greb was a real fighter, his opponennt a husky whose main asset was ability to assimilate punishment without much visible effect. He kept going at a pace which was made to appear lumbering because his opponent was so much faster than he."
1922-09-26Al Benedict10-25-0
Coliseum, Toronto, Ontario, CanadaWTKO210
time: 2:40
From the Toronto Globe: "With tap of the gong in the first round Greb sailed right into his towering, slow-footed opponent and earned a wide margin on points. The second round was only well under way when Benedict went to the canvas from a series of short right and left jolts,. He got up at the count of three and took another right jolt which put him down and over on his back. When he got to his feet the second time he was a beaten man. Greb circled around him deliberately and feinted him wide open for the coup de grace. On the occasion of the third dive to the mat the referee declared Greb the winner."
1922-07-10Tommy Loughran11-1-0
Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS88
Greb won the newspaper decision (Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Record, and Philadelphia Public Ledger). The Pittsburgh Post said that Greb had a tough fight with Loughran. "Loughran, a great fighter, tried hard, fought well, and at times proved a capable foeman, and it was not until the fifth round that Greb really had an advantage." For five rounds, Loughran tied up Greb's body attack. Using a standup style, he cut Greb's left eye and worked him into some tough spots. But he tired in the last three rounds, and Greb mounted his windmill attack to earn victory."
1922-06-26Hugh Walker13-9-10
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS1010
referee: Yock Henniger
"According to the sport writers every round was Greb's, who gave fifteen and one-half pounds to Walker." (Indianpolis Star)
Walker reported as Hughey Walker-Kansas City.
The Pittsburgh Post said that a booming right nearly floored Greb in the first round. Walker won that round but Harry took the other nine. He smothered Walker in a hail of blows, outfought him on the inside, and cut and bruised him. Walker kept trying and made it an interesting fight, but he was too slow to give Greb much trouble.

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