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Tony Zale
Global ID9045
sexmale
birthdate 1914-05-29
death date 1997-03-20 (82)
divisionmiddleweight
stanceorthodox
height5′ 7½″   /   171cm
reach69″   /   175cm
aliasMan of Steel
country USA
residenceChicago, Illinois, USA
birth placeGary, Indiana, USA
birth nameAnthony Florian Zaleski
won 67 (KO 45) + lost 18 (KO 5) + drawn 2 = 87
rounds boxed 501 KO% 51.72
 
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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1948-09-21Marcel Cerdan108-3-0
Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, New Jersey, USALRTD1115
referee: Paul Cavalier
National Boxing Association World middleweight title
1948 Fight of the Year - Ring Magazine
Zale not out for 12th

1948-06-10Rocky Graziano47-7-5
Ruppert Stadium, Newark, New Jersey, USAWKO315
referee: Paul Cavalier
National Boxing Association World middleweight title
World Middleweight title
Graziano was decked for a 3-count in the first round and took a seven-count in the third before the knockout.

1948-03-19Lou Woods36-8-0
Arena, Toledo, Ohio, USAWKO310
1948-03-08Bobby Claus12-13-1
Little Rock, Arkansas, USAWTKO410
1948-01-23Al Turner
Armory, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USAWKO510
After being floored twice in the fourth, Turner was knocked out of the ring, and was unable to climb back in before the count.
1947-07-16Rocky Graziano45-7-5
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALTKO615
referee: Johnny Behr
National Boxing Association World middleweight title
World Middleweight title
On February 7, 1947, the NYSAC revoked Graziano's boxing license and threatened to bar him for life for his failure to report two $100,000 bribe offers.
The NBA, which controlled boxing virtually everywhere in the U.S. outside of New York, did not recognize NYSAC's decision.
1947 Fight of the Year - Ring Magazine
Graziano was floored for no-count in the third round. In the sixth round, Zale took a barrage of over thirty punches while on the ropes, and the referee stopped the fight.

1947-05-08Cliff Beckett16-11-2
Arena, Youngstown, Ohio, USAWTKO610
Beckett "was refused permission to return to the ring in the 6th round" after being floored 6 times. (Coshocton Tribune)
1947-04-01Al Timmons8-12-2
Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas, USAWTKO510
referee: Walter Bates
1947-03-20Tommy Charles18-14-5
Auditorium, Memphis, Tennessee, USAWKO410
time: 1:44
1947-02-12Len Wadsworth27-13-3
Forum, Wichita, Kansas, USAWKO310
time: 2:13
1947-02-03Deacon Logan30-15-3
Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska, USAWTKO610
The crafty Logan "spoiled most of Zale's efforts with his ringwise tactics..It was a pier sixer all the way..In the sixth heat, Logan was on the receiving end of a sizzling body punch that spun him entirely around. In trying to regain his balance, he fell..and dislocated his right shoulder." The Ring, April 1947, page 51.
1946-09-27Rocky Graziano43-6-5
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USAWKO615
referee: Ruby Goldstein
NYSAC World middleweight title
National Boxing Association World middleweight title
World Middleweight title
(AP) The following January 22, Zale would win the Edward J. Neil Memorial Award for doing the most for boxing in 1946. That trophy was awarded in memory of the Associated Press sports writer and war correspondent killed during the civil war in Spain in 1938.
1946 Fight of the Year - Ring Magazine

1946-05-02Eddie Rossi26-18-3
Auditorium, Memphis, Tennessee, USAWKO410
time: 1:27
1946-04-12Ira Hughes18-46-7
City Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska, USAWKO210
UPI weights
1946-02-26Bobby Claus7-10-1
Houston, Texas, USAWKO410
1946-02-07Oscar Boyd15-12-2
Des Moines, Iowa, USAWKO310
time: 0:34
1946-01-17Tony Gillo25-42-10
Municipal Auditorium, Norfolk, Virginia, USAWKO510
1946-01-07Bobby Giles18-16-3
Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri, USAWKO410
time: 1:33
1942-02-13Billy Conn61-10-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALUD1212
1941-11-28Georgie Abrams43-4-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1515
judge: George LeCron | judge: Charles Draycott
NYSAC World middleweight title
National Boxing Association World middleweight title
World Middleweight title
Unified title. It was a sensational fight. Abrams was the outstanding challenger courtesy of three wins over former NY champ Billy Soose. Zale was knocked down in the 1st round for a "9" count. Judge George LeCron scored it 8-7 on rounds for Zale, and so far the other two votes have not been located. According to Jack Kincaid, all the newspaper reporters whose opinions he read thought that Zale won decisively, despite the knockdown, giving Abrams a bad beating to the body. Also, Abrams's eyesight was in danger after the fight.

1941-08-16Billy Pryor22-9-6
Juneau Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USAWKO910
referee: Jack Dempsey
This was a free boxing show sponsored by the Pabst Brewing Company. 135,000 persons attended, the most to ever attend a boxing program anywhere. Pryor put up considerable opposition but Zale floored him several times before knocking him out.
1941-07-23Ossie Harris12-6-2
Chicago Stadium Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO110
time: 1:40
1941-05-28Al Hostak54-4-8
Chicago Stadium Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO215
time: 2:32 | referee: Johnny Behr
National Boxing Association World middleweight title
Zale was down in the 1st for no count. Hostak was down eight times in the 2nd. Zale put on an exhibition of devastating body punching.
1941-02-21Steve Mamakos25-8-1
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO1415
time: 0:26 | referee: Tommy Gilmore
National Boxing Association World middleweight title
Zale was floored in the fifth round and Mamakos was actually ahead going into the 13th round. Then Zale made a terrific rally and floored Mamakos twice. Steve was still groggy when the 14th started and was soon sent down for the count.
1941-01-10Steve Mamakos25-7-1
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS1010
Mamakos was knocked down in the 4th and 9th rounds.
1941-01-01Tony Martin36-6-6
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USAWTKO710
referee: Ted Jamieson 3-3
Bout was stopped between the 7th and 8th rounds, when one of Martin's eyes swelled shut. No official weights were recorded, in order to preserve Zale's title.
1940-11-19Fred Apostoli42-7-0
Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, USAWPTS1010
referee: Tommy Clark
Apostoli was knocked down twice in the 6th, and again in the 10th as the bell rang with the count at seven.
1940-08-21Billy Soose25-4-0
Mills Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALUD1010
referee: Joe McNamara 47-53 | judge: Rube Metz 47-53 | judge: James Lynch 48-52
1940-07-19Al Hostak51-3-8
Civic Stadium, Seattle, Washington, USAWTKO1315
referee: Benny Leonard
National Boxing Association World middleweight title
Zale opened a ct over Hostak's left eye early in the eighth round, and one of Al's eyes were closed and the other badly puffed as the fight went along. Hostak was floored for a count of nine in the 12th round and again in the 13th, shortly before the fight was stopped.
1940-06-12Baby Kid Chocolate23-33-8
Idora Park, Youngstown, Ohio, USAWKO410
1940-03-29Ben Brown63-8-4
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO310
time: 2:20 | referee: Franklin Spike McAdams
1940-02-29Enzo Iannozzi0-12-1
Rayen-Wood Auditorium, Youngstown, Ohio, USAWKO410
1940-01-29Al Hostak51-2-8
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWUD1010
referee: Davy Miller | judge: Rube Metz 53-47 | judge: Livingston Osborne 54-46 | judge: Davy Miller 53-47
Attendance- 10,412; gross gate $21,493.
1939-12-08Babe Orgovan7-15-0
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO38
1939-11-13Eddie Meleski12-6-0
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO110
According to the Chicago Tribune, this fight occurred on November 13 instead of November 11, as usually listed. (Bob Soderman) Zale floored Meleski six times in the 1:45 that the fight lasted, Referee Tommy Gilmore finally calling a halt.
1939-10-31Al Wardlow5-1-1
Rayen-Wood Auditorium, Youngstown, Ohio, USAWKO310
1939-10-06Sherman Edwards1-12-1
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO36
1939-08-14Milton Shivers14-4-0
Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO310
1939-05-23Babe Orgovan7-10-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWPTS66
1939-05-01Johnny Shaw4-8-0
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO58
1939-01-02Nate Bolden10-5-1
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USALPTS1010
1938-11-18Enzo Iannozzi0-2-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWPTS66
1938-10-31Jimmy Clark19-14-0
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO28
Clark was decked eleven times.
1938-10-10Tony Cisco22-12-4
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USAWUD1010
referee: Tommy Gilmore 56-44 | judge: Ed Klein 56-44 | judge: Livingston Osborne 54-46
1938-08-22Billy Celebron48-7-1
Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USALPTS1010
1938-07-18Billy Celebron48-7-0
Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USADPTS1010
referee: Davy Miller | judge: Harry Hall | judge: E. Allen Frankel
The official scorecards were 50-50, 51-49 for Zale, and 51-49 for Celebron. Zale floored in the 2nd round. From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1938-06-13Jimmy Clark19-10-0
Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO88
1938-05-16Bobby LaMonte19-26-9
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO58
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1938-03-28King Wyatt5-1-0
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS88
1938-02-21Jimmy Clark15-8-0
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USALKO18
time: 2:03
1938-01-24Henry Schaft29-7-2
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS88
Zale "scored knockdowns in the sixth, seventh and eighth rounds." (Oshkosh Northwestern) Zale himself was "shaky from a left hook to the head and a terrific right to the head" in the sixth round.
1938-01-03Nate Bolden5-1-1
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USAWSD88
1937-11-22Nate Bolden4-0-1
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS55
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman), according to which this was a 5-rounder, not six rounds as shown previously.
1937-11-10Leon Jackson1-3-0
Memorial Auditorium, Gary, Indiana, USAWPTS66
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1937-11-01Nate Bolden3-0-1
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USALPTS55
1937-10-18Bobby Gerry1-2-1
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO24
1937-10-11Billy Brown2-3-0
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO14
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1937-09-17Elby Johnson3-5-0
White City Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO34
1937-08-16Manuel Davila27-11-8
Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USALPTS44
The name of Zale's opponent was reported in the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman) as Emmanuel Davila. It appears that this was actually Manuel Davila, an experienced Mexican middleweight. This fight has often been shown incorrectly in Zale's record as occurring on August 17.
1937-07-26Elby Johnson3-4-0
Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS44
1936-04-13Jack Moran12-22-1
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USADPTS55
1935-07-02Dave Clark1-0-0
Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, USALPTS55
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1935-05-06Johnny Phagan23-10-6
Midway Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USALKO610
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1935-03-27Roughhouse Glover16-6-1
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USALTKO910
In round nine, Zale was losing badly when he was knocked down for "9," and when he arose the referee stopped it. This result is from the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman). The other results from this program should be available in a Cincinnati newspaper.
1935-03-11Max Elling21-12-4
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS88
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1935-02-25Young Jack Blackburn12-12-2
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS66
1934-12-28Joey Bazzone26-15-3
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALPTS66
1934-12-17Jack Gibbons18-0-0
Midway Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USALPTS1010
1934-11-26Kid Leonard30-8-1
Peoria, Illinois, USALPTS1010
1934-11-05Jack Charvez38-18-3
Midway Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS88
Charvez was floored twice.
1934-10-29Jack Schwartz5-1-0
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USAWTKO46
referee: Julius Fidler
1934-10-22Frankie Misko33-10-2
Midway Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO68
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1934-10-08Young Jack Blackburn11-11-2
Midway Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS88
1934-09-17Mickey Misko23-5-1
White City Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO48
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman)
1934-09-03Mickey Misko22-5-1
White City Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USALPTS88
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