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Gene Tunney
Global ID9046
sexmale
birthdate 1897-05-25
death date 1978-11-07 (81)
divisionheavyweight
stanceorthodox
height6′ 0″   /   183cm
reach76″   /   193cm
aliasThe Fighting Marine
country USA
residenceGreenwich, Connecticut, USA
birth placeNew York (Greenwich Village), New York, USA
birth nameJames Joseph Tunney
won 65 (KO 48) + lost 1 (KO 0) + drawn 1 = 68
rounds boxed 426
Newspaper Decisions won 14 : lost : drawn 3
rounds boxed 163
Total Bouts 85 KO% 56.47
 
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1928-07-26Tom Heeney32-8-5
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USAWTKO1115
time: 2:52 | referee: Eddie Forbes | judge: Charles F. Mathison | judge: Tom Flynn
National Boxing Association World heavyweight title
World Heavyweight Title
Former Champion Jack Dempsey was in Heeney's corner. Tunney announced his retirement from boxing a few days later.

1927-09-22Jack Dempsey54-5-9
Soldiers Field, Chicago, Illinois, USAWUD1010
referee: Dave Barry | judge: George Lytton | judge: Sheldon Clark
National Boxing Association World heavyweight title
Round 7 Dempsey pummels Tunney to the canvas. Dempsey, who used to stand over opponents after knockdowns and rush right back at them after they got up, looked down on Tunney. Referee Dave Barry trying to enforce the new rule where the knockdown count won't begin until the standing boxer is in a neutral corner ordered Dempsey into a neutral corner to no avail; Dempsey just stood there, observing his opponent. This gave Tunney 5 extra precious seconds to recuperate. By the time Dempsey finally walked to a neutral corner, Tunney had been down for around 5 seconds. Again Ref Barry could not start to count on Tunney until Dempsey reached the neutral corner, but he was still able to count to nine before Tunney got up. Some believe that if Dempsey had responded to the referee's orders in time, he would have likely regained the world Heavyweight crown with a seventh round knockout of Tunney. The validity of this argument has been debated even to this day. In the fight film, a clock was superimposed that recorded Tunney's time on the floor as 14 seconds, from the moment he fell until he got up. Because of this delay, it became known as The Long Count Fight.
1926-09-23Jack Dempsey53-4-9
Sesquicentennial Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1010
referee: Tommy Reilly | judge: Frank Brown | judge: Mike Bernstein
National Boxing Association World heavyweight title
World Heavyweight Title
Attendance: 120,557

1925-12-29Dan O'Dowd15-18-1
Waterfront Park, Saint Petersburg, Florida, USAWKO210
time: 0:31 | referee: Ralph Redmond
A right to the jaw put O'Dowd down for the full count.
1925-11-18Johnny Risko13-5-0
Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWNWS1212
"Tunney, shortly after the beginning of the fight, injured his right hand with a blow to Risko's iron jaw. Later in the battle he directed his left against the same obstacle, and when the bout ended both of his hands were swollen. Risko won the first and third round of the fight. Four were even and in the remaining six, Tunney's margin was so great that there could be no question of the decision." (Coshocton Tribune)
1925-09-25Bartley Madden19-6-2
Indoor Hockey Arena, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USAWKO310
"The end came after a little more than two minutes of fighting (in the third round) when Tunney backed Madden into a corner, gained his opening with a left jab and then crossed a crushing right to Madden's jaw," (AP) putting Madden down for nine. A left hook to the jaw then sent Madden down for the count.
1925-07-03Italian Jack Herman4-9-0
Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, USAWKO210
1925-06-05Tommy Gibbons57-3-1
Polo Grounds, New York, New York, USAWKO1215
referee: Dick Nugent
1925-03-27Harry Greb86-6-3
Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USAWNWS1010
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)
1924-12-08Jeff Smith85-6-3
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWNWS1515
referee: Al Wambsgans
Newspaper decision for Tunney from New Orleans Times-Picayune, Pittsburgh Post, AP (11-2-2 by rounds). Tunney won decisively. Smith was knocked down twice in the 12th round (erroneously stated before to be the first knockdown of his career. In fact he was first floored by George Chip on 2/20/1912).
1924-11-10Buddy McHale
Southern A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, USAWTKO28
Buddy McHale was "sight unseen" replacement accepted by Tunney's manager when the original opponent couldn't fight. McHale was completely overmatched and down four times before his corner threw in the towel to end the fight.
1924-10-27Harry Foley13-7-1
Auditorium, Memphis, Tennessee, USAWTKO18
time: 2:05 | referee: Billy Haack
Billy Haack did not make a count, and carried Foley to his corner where it took several minutes to revive him. "A left hook that sped straight and true to Foley's jaw was the punch that flattened the red-haired Arkansan-although it was really Tunney's right, an overhead crack to the jaw about a minute before, that was the punch that started Foley on his downfall." Foley down twice. SourceMemphis Commercial-Appeal
1924-09-27Ray Neuman4-4-6
Cambria Fairgrounds, Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS1010
This fight has often been omitted from Tunney's record, but was reported by the Pittsburgh Post. It was a very slow and dull affair. The Pennsylvania Boxing Commission suspended Tunney for 3 months and fined him $200 for "pulling punches" and fighting a "listless contest."
1924-09-17Harry Greb79-6-2
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.

1924-08-18Joe Lohman11-11-2
Fairmont Arena, Columbus, Ohio, USAWTKO812
referee: Matt Hinkel
Lohman went down five times before the referee stopped the bout. Both weighed less than 175lbs.
1924-07-24Georges Carpentier86-13-5
Polo Grounds, New York, New York, USAWTKO1515
time: 0:14
Attendance: 30,000. Tunney had the better of the fight until the tenth when he gave Carpentier a frightful beating, knocking him down three times. Georges fought back heroically, but near the end of the 14th round he went down and the count was at six when the bell rang. Carpentier came out for the 15th but the referee soon stopped it because the Frenchman was in no condition to continue. There was some question that Tunney landed a low blow to floor Carpentier in the 14th, but it was reported that privately-taken films showed no indication of a foul.
1924-06-26Erminio Spalla32-4-3
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USAWTKO712
referee: Eddie Purdy | judge: Tommy Shortell | judge: George Kelly
1924-03-17Jimmy Delaney25-1-4
Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USAWNWS1010
Tunney won the newspaper decision." (Nevada State Journal and Chicago Tribune. According to the St. Paul Pioneer-Press, Tunney won eight rounds..There was not a moment, however, when Delaney was convinced that the winning punch was not waiting for him..He forced the fighting most of the way, did most of the leading, for which he received many a solid counter blow, and finished at his full strength, bleeding above and below his left eye and from his lips" Delaney won the first round by a slight margin, and did his best work in the third.."After the third round, one round was very much like another, as Delaney was consistently on the aggressive but Tunney was too strong for him and hit more solidly." There were no knockdowns..The gate was $20,352.
1924-02-15Martin Burke31-15-4
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWPTS1515
referee: Al Wambsgans
1924-01-24Ray Thompson0-8-0
Legion Arena, West Palm Beach, Florida, USAWKO210
Thompson took a count of "nine," got up, and was dropped for the full count with a right to the body.
1924-01-15Harry Foley12-5-1
Coliseum, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post. According to the Grand Rapids Herald, Tunney was extended to the limit in every round, "in the greatest fight between two big men that has ever been staged in a Grand Rapids ring." Tunney handed out a lot of punishment and tried hard to score a knockout, but "the champion did not by any means escape punishment. Foley, lashing out savagely with both hands time and again.." The writer scored it six rounds for Tunney, two for Foley, and two even.
1923-12-10Harry Greb69-4-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1515
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.

1923-07-31Dan O'Dowd13-10-0
Queensboro Stadium, Long Island City, Queens, New York, USAWPTS1212
1923-05-16Jimmy Delaney14-0-1
Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, USAWNWS1010
"Gene Tunney, American light heavy weight champion, had a shade the better of Jim Delaney, of St. Paul, Minn., in a ten-round no-decision contest here, in the opinion of newspaper men at the ringside. Tunney injured his right hand in the second round and was unable to use it effectively for the remaining eight rounds. For the last three rounds he did not even attempt to punch with it. Physicians who examined (Tunney's) hand after the fight said it had been badly fractured." (Indianapolis Star) Newspaper decision from the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1923-05-07Jack Clifford2-7-0
Fair Grounds Coliseum, Detroit, Michigan, USAWTKO810
Clifford "was stopped at the end of the eighth on account of a bad cut over the left eye." (Appleton Post Crescent)
1923-02-23Harry Greb66-2-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWSD1515
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.

1923-02-03Chuck Wiggins28-8-5
Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York, New York, USAWPTS1212
1923-01-29Jack Renault19-3-1
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USANCNC48
referee: Pep O'Brien
Referee O'Brien stopped the fight because he claimed neither man was trying (Chicago Tribune). Bout was orig. scheduled for Oct 20, 1922 at Madison Square Garden but had been cancelled over purse dispute.
1922-11-29Charley Weinert29-5-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWKO415
1922-11-03Jack Hanlon2-11-0
Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO112
time: 1:22
Tunney broke Hanlon's jaw.
1922-10-27Chuck Wiggins28-7-4
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1010
referee: Joe O'Connor | judge: Dick Henshaw | judge: Al Bates
1922-08-24Tommy Loughran11-1-0
Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USADNWS88
The Philadelphia Inquirer judged Loughran the winner, and the Philadelphia Record gave it to Tunney
1922-08-17Charley Weinert29-5-1
Broad A.C., Newark, New Jersey, USAWNWS1212
According to all three Newark newspapers and all reporting New York City newspapers except one, Tunney won this fight handily. A report to the contrary appeared in the New York Times, but eye-witness accounts should be used whenever possible. (Source of information: Ed Cahill, New York City)
1922-08-04Ray Thompson0-5-0
Ocean Park Casino, Long Branch, New Jersey, USAWKO310
Sometimes incorrectly recorded as occurring April 8.
1922-07-07Fay Keiser18-8-4
Arena, Rockaway Beach, Queens, New York, USAWPTS1212
1922-05-23Harry Greb60-2-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALUD1515
referee: Billy 'Kid' McPartland | judge: Tommy Shortell | judge: Elmer Hurley
American Light Heavyweight Title
Bout broadcast on radio by KDKA
Pittsburgh Post reported that Tunney fought extremely well. He made a great fight for 10 rounds, but Greb set a pace in the last five that overwhelmed Gene. Tunney's eyebrows were cut and he bled at the nose and mouth. Greb fought his usual fight, all over his man, and chopping him up. Tunney fought Greb much better than Tommy Gibbons had done in New York.

1922-04-10Jack Burke9-2-0
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO910
Burke also down twice in the eighth round. Reported in the Pittsburgh Post.
1922-03-03Fay Keiser16-7-3
Armory, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USAWNWS1010
Tunney won the newspaper decision. (Lima News and the Pittsburgh Post) The Grand Rapids Herald reported that Tunney was the winner. "There was not a dull moment in the 30 minutes of milling. The two men fought viciously at all times. (The referee) was not once forced to break the men apart..Using a straight left with deadly precision, and a short right cross that the reached the mark any time he let it go, there was class in every one of Tunney's movements..Keiser led in the second and fourth rounds, Tunney's lead was clear in the third, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth rounds. Honors were even in the first, ninth, and tenth rounds." Kaiser was knocked to his knees in round three, but wss "up in an instant;" this was the only knockdown.
1922-02-14Whitey Wenzel8-4-0
Ice Palace, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO48
From Philadelphia newspapers (Inquirer and Public Ledger.
1922-02-11Jack Clifford0-6-0
Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York, USAWTKO612
1922-01-13Battling Levinsky44-11-12
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWPTS1212
referee: Billy 'Kid' McPartland | judge: Patsy Haley | judge: Charles Meegan
American Light Heavyweight Championship
1921-12-22Eddie O'Hare13-1-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWKO68
O'Hare died from an accident during a holiday in Maine shortly after this fight
1921-10-25Wolf Larsen3-2-0
Pioneer Sporting Club, New York, New York, USAWTKO712
time: 1:35 | referee: Artie McGovern
1921-10-14Jack Burke4-1-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWTKO38
1921-09-26Herbert Crossley23-5-6
Dyckman Oval, Manhattan, New York, USAWPTS77
Fight cut short from 10 rounds, to fit the time schedule
1921-08-18Eddie Josephs4-5-0
Sisco Park, Staten Island, New York, USAWPTS1212
1921-08-04Martin Burke19-7-2
Dyckman Oval, Manhattan, New York, USAWPTS1010
1921-07-02Soldier Jones11-11-0
Boyle's Thirty Acres, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWTKO78
referee: Danny Sullivan
Tunney "appeared off-form and unimpressive". Jones was "a slow moving and wild-swinging novice without any apparent knowledge of boxing" (New York Times). This bout was a preliminary to the Dempsey - Carpentier fight.
1921-06-28Johnny Ambrose0-1-0
Pioneer Sporting Club, New York, New York, USAWKO112
time: 2:45
Ambrose substituted for Whitey Allen on the day of the fight and was way outclassed.
1920-12-07Leo Houck54-10-5
4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWNWS1010
referee: Harry Ertle
The Jersey Journal reports Houck was floored in the 7th round, but dropped Tunney to one knee in the 9th.
1920-11-25Leo Houck54-10-5
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Tunney won according to the Philadelphia Record and the Philadelphia Inquirer. (The Public Ledger did not carry the result.)
1920-10-25Paul Samson Koerner6-0-0
6th Regiment Armory, Paterson, New Jersey, USAWNWS1010
Samson down in the seventh round. Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post.
1920-10-22Sgt. Ray Smith9-3-0
Sportsman's Club, Camden, New Jersey, USAWTKO28
referee: Slim Brennan
1920-06-28Ole Anderson7-6-5
4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWTKO310
time: 0:40 | referee: Phil Ehrhart
1920-06-07Jeff Madden4-7-1
4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWTKO212
referee: Harry Ertle
1920-04-09Jack Clifford0-3-0
Community Hall, Johnson City, New York, USAWKO310
referee: Jake Didier
1920-04-05K.O. Sullivan3-3-0
1st Regiment Armory, Newark, New Jersey, USAWKO18
time: 2:15
1920-03-04Ed Kinley0-2-0
Grand View Auditorium, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWKO58
From the Jersey Journal (Herb Goldman). Kinley substituted for Dan O'Dowd and served as a "chopping block" for Tunney.
1920-02-02Al Roberts3-1-0
1st Regiment Armory, Newark, New Jersey, USAWKO88
time: 1:06 | referee: Slim Brennan
Roberts also down in the first round and three times in the seventh round before the knockout in the eighth. From the Jersey Journal.
1920-01-26Jim Monahan0-1-0
4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWTKO18
time: 2:50
1920-01-20Bud Nelson
Schuetzen Park, Bayonne, New Jersey, USAWKO18
Tunney knocked out Nelson with a right to the body and a left to the jaw.
1920-01-01Whitey Allen3-6-0
Schuetzen Park, Bayonne, New Jersey, USAWKO28
A left hook to the jaw by Tunney put Allen down for the count.
1919-12-29Bob Pearce
4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWKO28
It was a one-punch knockout for Tunney, coming on a right to Pearce's jaw.
1919-12-16Dan O'Dowd1-0-0
Schuetzen Park, Bayonne, New Jersey, USAWNWS88
Newspaper decision from Jack Kincaid (New York area newspapers).
1919-04-26Ted Jamieson1-1-0
Paris, Paris, FranceWPTS1010
Service fight. Tunney won the light-heavyweight championship of the American Expeditionary Forces. Report from Stars and Stripes (Mike DeLisa).
1919-04-14K.O. Sullivan2-2-0
Paris, Paris, FranceWPTS1010
Service bout. Semifinal for American Expeditionary Forces light-heavyweight championship. Report from Stars and Stripes (Mike DeLisa).
1919-03-31Dare Lewis
Tours, Indre-et-Loire, FranceWKO3
Service bout. Report from Stars and Stripes (Mike DeLisa).
1919-01-27Bob Martin1-0-0
Paris, Paris, FranceWPTS44
Service bout. From Stars and Stripes (Mike DeLisa).
1919-01-10Victor KO Marchand11-9-2
Paris, Paris, FranceWKO2
L'Echo de Paris 11-01-1919. Service bout.
1918-12-20Tommy Gavigan16-9-5
Romorantin, Loir-et-Cher, FranceDPTS1010
Service bout, date uncertain.
1918-12-10Howard Morrow16-2-5
Romorantin, Loir-et-Cher, FranceWKO6
Service bout, date uncertain.
1918-11-20Johnny Newton2-0-0
Romorantin, Loir-et-Cher, FranceWKO6
Service bout, date uncertain.
1918-11-01Hank Werhl0-1-0
Romorantin, Loir-et-Cher, FranceWKO6
Service bout, date uncertain.
1918-07-08Young Guerini2-9-0
4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWKO18
Tunney punched Guerini all over the ring. Near the end of round one, Guerini could take no more and went to the canvas for the full count.
1918-01-15Hugh Weir1-1-0
Pioneer Sporting Club, New York, New York, USAWKO210
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