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Jeff Clark
Global ID9821
sexmale
birthdate 1886-06-28
death date 1952-01-01 (65)
divisionlight heavyweight
stanceorthodox
height5′ 11″   /   180cm
reach79″   /   201cm
aliasJoplin Ghost; Fighting Ghost
country USA
residenceJoplin, Missouri, USA
birth placeMorrisville, New Jersey, USA
birth nameWinlock Jefferson Clarke
won 92 (KO 70) + lost 31 (KO 14) + drawn 15 = 140
rounds boxed 1083
Newspaper Decisions won 37 : lost 9 : drawn 6
rounds boxed 485
Total Bouts 192 KO% 36.46
 
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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1924-04-28Silent Puryear9-7-0
Waltz Dream Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USAWNWS88
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Inquirer (Jack Kincaid).
1923-12-17Battling Brown1-2-0
Waltz Dream Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USAWTKO58
From the Philadelphia Inquirer (Jack Kincaid).
1922-07-17Harry Wills55-6-3
Amphitheatre Rink, Winnipeg, Manitoba, CanadaLKO310
referee: Mike McNulty
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1922-06-29Harry Wills54-6-3
Trenton, New Jersey, USALTKO212
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1922-03-01Jamaica Kid6-8-2
Golden Gate A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALNWS88
Philadelphia Public Ledger reported that Jamaica Kid had the better of fight.
1921-08-02Sam McVea68-13-9
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USADNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Record and the Pittsburgh Post.
1921-07-07Sam McVea68-13-9
Atlantic City, New Jersey, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post.
1921-06-24Cliff Patillo7-5-0
Atlantic City, New Jersey, USAWKO38
1921-03-31KO Brennan
Atlantic City, New Jersey, USAWKO18
1921-03-21Sam McVea67-13-9
Columbus, Ohio, USALPTS1212
1921-02-11Harry Wills44-5-2
Bob Wright's Coliseum, Highlandtown, Maryland, USALTKO212
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim:Saturday, February 12, 1921 Paper: Sun (Baltimore, MD)
1920-11-26Kid Norfolk50-13-4
Eureka A.C., Baltimore, Maryland, USALTKO215
1920-10-25Kid Norfolk49-13-4
Columbus, Ohio, USALPTS1515
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1920-09-15Harry Wills42-5-2
Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, USALTKO410
1920-06-21Kid Norfolk46-13-4
Fairmont Arena, Columbus, Ohio, USALPTS1515
Opening card of the Fairmont Boxing Arena
1920-06-10Jim Hosic7-2-1
Akron, Ohio, USAWPTS1212
1920-05-31Sam Langford120-19-29
Columbus, Ohio, USALPTS1515
referee: Walter Hughes
"Sam Langford, Boston Tar Baby, won a referee's decision over Jeff Clark, Missouri ghost, in fifteen rounds of fast milling here last night. Referee Walter Hughes, who gave the decision, was apparently off, for (Clark) scored the only knockdown of the bout in the sixth and led on points in eight of the fifteen rounds. Three were even and four went to Langford." (Sandusky Star Journal)
1920-02-16Sam Langford115-18-28
K of C Hall, Terre Haute, Indiana, USADNWS1010
(Chicago Tribune)
1920-01-16Sam Langford115-18-28
Kalamazoo, Michigan, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Deactur Daily Review
1919-12-18Zulu Kid18-8-1
Casino, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the North Adams Transcript
Zulu Kid took a sound trouncing.

1919-10-24Kid Norfolk41-12-4
Moose Temple, Detroit, Michigan, USALNWS1010
referee: Billy Rooks
(Chicago Tribune and Detroit Free Press)
1919-08-18Harry Wills33-5-2
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USALTKO410
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1919-08-14Jim Hosic7-2-1
Atlantic City, New Jersey, USAWNWS88
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post.
1919-07-24Bert Kenny5-6-1
Atlantic City, New Jersey, USALNWS88
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post.
1919-06-18Jimmy Darcy29-18-25
Dreamland Arena, San Diego, California, USALPTS44
1919-06-13Jimmy Darcy28-18-25
Arena, Vernon, California, USALPTS44
1919-06-06Jimmy Darcy28-18-24
Arena, Vernon, California, USADPTS44
Darcy fought as "Valley Trambitas."
1919-05-21Soldier Elder11-8-4
Association Club, San Francisco, California, USAWTKO24
Elder quits after injuring his leg after missing a punch
1919-04-30Jim Jam Barry3-9-7
Association Club, San Francisco, California, USADPTS44
1919-04-22Jack Thompson14-3-1
Coliseum, San Francisco, California, USALPTS44
1919-04-14Rex Morris0-6-7
Knights of Columbus Hall, Presidio, California, USAWPTS44
1919-04-09Jack Thompson13-3-1
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USALPTS44
1919-03-28Willie Meehan78-15-35
Coliseum, San Francisco, California, USALPTS44
1919-01-13Hugh Walker3-2-4
Joplin, Missouri, USAWNWS1212
Newspaper decision from the Milwaukee Journal
1919-01-01Jack Thompson12-3-1
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALDQ66
Bout stopped because Clark would not fight, and he was disqualified (Philadelphia Public Ledger). However, the Inquirer and the Record referred to the fight as "no contest." (Confusion of this sort seemed to be common in those days when a fight was stopped because one or both fighters would not fight.)
1918-12-23Jack Thompson11-3-1
Central A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, USALTKO610
1918-12-16Sam Langford109-15-26
Nashville, Tennessee, USALPTS88
1918-11-28Sam Langford108-15-26
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision for Clark from Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Public Ledger (searched by Paul Zabala), Indianapolis Star.
"In the semi-final (to the Dempsey v. Miske fight) Jeff Clark of Atlantic City had the better of Sam Langford, Boston. Clark sent Langford to the mat in the first round and was the aggressor throughout." (Indianapolis Star)
Clark and Langford fought a 10-round exhibition match the following day In Milwaukee, in which Langford had a slight shade the better of Clark according to Kansas City Star.

1918-11-15Sam Langford108-15-25
Atlanta, Georgia, USADPTS1010
referee: Harry Quinn
1918-10-31Sam Langford108-15-24
Crescent Rink, Lowell, Massachusetts, USADPTS1212
According to the Lowell Sun Langford did not deserve a draw, reporting that 'Clark worked like a machine well oiled and adjusted for speed, while Sam performed like e ship without a rudder.' Clark was a substitute for Battling Jim Johnson, who was in a Boston Hospital suffering from Spanish influenza. Because of the influenza, which would prove fatal to Johnson, no boxing programs had been staged in Lowell during the previous month.
1918-10-04George Ward
Atlantic City, New Jersey, USAWKO68
1918-08-19Harry Wills32-5-2
Atlantic City S.C., Atlantic City, New Jersey, USALTKO58
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1917-12-16Harry Wills27-5-2
Vista Allegre Bull Ring, Panama City, PanamaLTKO515
Wills won easily before a small crowd. From the Panama Star & Herald.
1917-09-16Battling Jim Johnson23-14-7
Broadway Theater, Colon, PanamaLTKO815
Clark was down in the eighth round and suffered a bad battering.
1917-07-15Sam McVea62-10-8
Vista Allegre Bull Ring, Panama City, PanamaLTKO1520
Clark took a bad drubbing.
1917-05-13Sam McVea61-10-8
Vista Allegre Bull Ring, Panama City, PanamaLPTS2020
This was an excellent and close fight according to the Panama Star & Herald.
1917-04-14Black Gunboat Smith4-4-0
Vista Allegre Bull Ring, Panama City, PanamaWPTS1010
1917-03-12Black Gunboat Smith4-3-0
Santa Ana Plaza, Panama City, PanamaWPTS1515
From the Panama Star & Herald. Clark gave Smith a bad licking.
1916-11-12Kid Norfolk22-10-4
Vista Allegre Bull Ring, Panama City, PanamaLPTS2020
Panamanian heavyweight title
Panamian heavyweight title
1916-10-17Sandy Layne1-1-0
Santa Ana Plaza, Panama City, PanamaWTKO38
This was the first of two fights for Clark on this date.
1916-10-17Joe Archer0-6-1
Santa Ana Plaza, Panama City, PanamaWTKO68
This was the second of two fights for Clark on this date.
1916-05-19Harry Wills23-4-2
Louisiana Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USALPTS2020
1916-04-13Jack Thompson2-2-1
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USALKO1015
1916-03-31Sam Langford98-11-23
Future City A.C., Saint Louis, Missouri, USALTKO510
Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
"Sam Langford drove his right hand against Jeff Clark's jaw in the fifth round of their scheduled 10 round bout here last night. Clarke's second carried him away." (Sandusky Star Journal)

1916-03-05Kyle Whitney30-9-11
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USAWPTS1515
1916-02-22Jack Mitchell2-2-0
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USAWKO2
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1915-12-17Henry Pross
Pueblo, Colorado, USAWKO110
1915-12-03Dick Tyler
North Side A.C., Kansas City, Missouri, USAWKO210
1915-11-01Battling Jim Johnson21-9-5
Joplin, Missouri, USADPTS1515
1915-10-15Sam McVea55-10-6
North Side A.C., Kansas City, Missouri, USALPTS1010
referee: Spike Kennedy
1915-09-11Rough House Ware3-7-3
Garden Theater, Colon, PanamaWTKO1120
Panamanian heavyweight title
From the Panama Star & Herald. Ware suffered a bad licking and the fight was stopped to save him. The results of the preliminaries were not given.
1915-06-13Rough House Ware2-6-3
Vista Allegre Bull Ring, Panama City, PanamaWKO1520
Panamanian heavyweight title
Ware almost knocked out Clark in the first round, but didn't win another round, although a couple were even. Roughhouse was down in round eleven and was knocked out of the ring in the 15th, hitting his head on a chair and could not return to the ring even though given a full minute o do so by the referee.
1915-05-16Kid Norfolk16-9-4
Vista Allegre Bull Ring, Panama City, PanamaWPTS2020
Panamanian heavyweight title
Panamian heavyweight title
Clark handed Norfolk a decisive licking. In particular, Clark's inside work was superior.

1915-04-17Rough House Ware2-6-3
Garden Theater, Colon, PanamaDNWS1515
Newspaper decision from the Panama Star & Herald. This was a prearranged draw, but would have been a good decision anyhow.
1915-04-10Tommy Connors18-1-3
Vista Allegre Bull Ring, Panama City, PanamaWNWS2020
Newspaper decision from the Panama Star & Herald. Clark was a decisive winner. The results of preliminary fights (if held) were not reported.
1915-03-13Jack Herrick9-9-13
Vista Allegre Bull Ring, Panama City, PanamaWPTS1515
From the Panama State & Herald. Clark was close winner.
1915-01-31Jack Livingstone1-6-0
Star Theater, Colon, PanamaWPTS1515
From the Panama Star & Herald.
1915-01-24Bill Scott21-11-3
Ancon Theater, Panama City, PanamaWKO615
From the Panama Star & Herald.
1915-01-12Milton Durant
Ancon Theater, Panama City, PanamaWTKO815
From the Panama Star & Herald.
1914-12-13Joe Archer0-1-0
Panama City, PanamaWKO1315
1914-12-06Al Mitchell1-3-0
Panama City, PanamaWKO515
The date is approximate.
1914-11-29Young Jack Johnson1-1-1
Panama City, PanamaWKO315
The date is approximate.
1914-10-26Sam Langford91-8-22
Joplin, Missouri, USAWNWS1010
"Sam Langford of Boston was outpointed here last night by Jeff Clarke, negro heavyweight of Joplin, who was given the popular decision at the end of ten fast rounds." (AP wire)
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim.

1914-09-21Rufe Cameron3-9-3
Joplin, Missouri, USAWPTS1515
Date approx.
1914-05-04Ben Miller
Joplin, Missouri, USAWKO310
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