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Cocoa Kid
Global ID9418
sexmale
birthdate 1914-05-02
death date 1966-12-27 (52)
divisionwelterweight
stanceorthodox
height5′ 10½″   /   179cm
aliasLouis Kid Cocoa
country USA
residenceNew Haven, Connecticut, USA
birth placeMayaguez, Puerto Rico
birth nameHerbert Lewis Hardwick
won 176 (KO 48) + lost 56 (KO 7) + drawn 11 = 245
rounds boxed 2095 KO% 19.59
 
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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1941-06-02Norman Rubio21-3-2
Meadowbrook Bowl, Newark, New Jersey, USAWPTS1010
1941-05-13Phil Furr44-34-9
Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1010
1941-04-21Joe Sutka30-16-5
Turner's Arena, Washington, District of Columbia, USAWKO1010
time: 1:20
1941-04-15Jerry Fiorello21-10-7
Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS88
1941-03-31Andre Jessurun62-27-12
Turner's Arena, Washington, District of Columbia, USAWPTS1010
1941-03-17Tony Cisco42-23-7
Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWUD1010
1941-01-11Kid Azteca113-21-8
Arena Nacional, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, MexicoNCNC1010
This result of this fight was changed from a win for Azteca to 'no contest' by the Distrito Federal boxing commission. It was a rematch of Azteca's win over Cocoa Kid of two weeks before.
1941-01-01Kid Azteca112-21-8
Arena Nacional, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, MexicoLPTS1010
1940-11-11Jimmy Leto110-19-8
Carlin's Park, Baltimore, Maryland, USALKO310
The Ring (February 1941, page 58) stated that Cocoa Kid was counted out for the first time in "over 93 starts." The Kid was ahead on points when Leto nailed him with a left hook that sent him to the floor for a 9-count. After he arose a righthand to the jaw put him down for the full count.
1940-10-14Izzy Jannazzo35-20-13
Carlin's Park, Baltimore, Maryland, USALSD1515
referee: Jack Dempsey
World Welterweight Title
Maryland Version

1940-08-12Georgie Abrams32-3-2
Griffith Stadium, Washington, District of Columbia, USALSD1010
referee: Charley Reynolds 90-92 | judge: John Trigg 92-89 | judge: Harry Volkman 93-95
1940-07-15Phil Furr41-32-8
Griffith Stadium, Washington, District of Columbia, USAWUD1010
referee: Ray Bowen
Widely reported to be Cocoa's 45th consecutive win
1940-07-08Jimmy Leto110-17-8
Carlin's Park, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWUD1010
1940-07-01Frankie Britt78-37-3
Donovan Field, West Haven, Connecticut, USAWTKO712
USA New England welterweight title
1940-06-19Bill McDowell113-54-20
Griffith Stadium, Washington, District of Columbia, USAWUD1010
Stated to be first mixed-race bout in DC. McDowell was down in round seven.
1940-06-13Johnny Barbara37-8-1
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO110
referee: Irving Kutcher
Old cut opened above Barbara's eye
1940-05-27Billy White18-1-5
Carlin's Park, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWKO212
1940-04-29Chalky Wright99-26-17
Carlin's Park, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWMD1010
Wright won the first two rounds, but Cocoa Kid used his left to pile up points and win the other rounds. Cocoa was 15 pounds heavier.
1940-03-25Billy White18-0-5
Carlin's Park, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWTKO912
referee: Charley Baum
White was floored three times when the referee stopped the bout
1940-02-19Tony Martin31-3-6
Carlin's Park, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWUD1010
1940-01-11Holman Williams65-6-5
Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWUD1515
referee: Charles Short 9-5 | judge: Ed Thomas | judge: Edward Brockman
Colored Welterweight Title
1939-12-07Tommy Bland56-39-4
Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWPTS1010
1939-12-01Mike DeStefano17-12-2
Cambria A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS1010
1939-10-16Carl Dell40-2-0
Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, USAWSD1010
referee: Phil Pugliese | judge: Harmon Smith | judge: Emmett Rooney
1939-10-09Kenny LaSalle62-19-7
Carlin's Park, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWPTS1010
1939-10-02Wicky Harkins27-18-4
Maple Grove Arena, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USAWMD88
referee: Leo Houck
1939-08-03Buster Carroll29-18-5
Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWUD1010
Carroll down in the fifth.
1939-07-20Steve Mamakos21-2-0
Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWUD1010
From the Baltimore Sun (Laurence Fielding).
1939-07-03Tony Martin26-2-4
Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, USALPTS1010
1939-06-15Bobby Masters14-13-0
Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWTKO310
From the Baltimore Sun (Laurence Fielding).
1939-05-12Mike Kaplan22-3-4
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USALSD1010
referee: Johnny Brassil
1939-03-30Sigi Lander10-5-0
Casino, Fall River, Massachusetts, USAWRTD110
A large cut forced Lander to retire after the 2nd round.
1939-03-24Mike Kaplan22-3-3
Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, USADPTS1010
referee: Johnny Brassil | judge: Jim Shaughnessy | judge: ? Sunberg
1939-03-09Eddie Booker37-1-4
Arena, New Haven, Connecticut, USAWPTS1010
referee: Billy Smith 8-0
1939-02-22Freddie Camuso20-11-5
Bristol Arena, New Bedford, Massachusetts, USAWUD1010
1939-02-16Buster Carroll27-13-3
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1010
referee: Johnny Martin
1939-01-26Frankie Britt70-32-3
Casino, Fall River, Massachusetts, USALSD1212
USA New England welterweight title
1938-10-01Eddie Cerda86-33-11
Rockland Palace, New York, New York, USAWPTS1010
1938-09-09George Martin17-3-2
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWUD1515
USA New England welterweight title
1938-08-31Howell King14-5-0
Naval Armory, Detroit, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
This fight is sometimes incorrectly dated as 30-08-38.
1938-08-22Charley Burley19-2-0
Hickey Park, Millvale, Pennsylvania, USALUD1515
referee: Al Grayber
Colored Welterweight Title
Burley floored Cocoa Kid three times and defeated him decisively.

1938-08-04Johnny Jackson30-3-3
City Park Baseball Field, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USALTKO1010
referee: Nick Virgets 2-5
1938-07-16Tommy Bland52-32-3
Walnut Beach Stadium, Milford, Connecticut, USAWPTS1010
1938-05-02Paulie Walker63-21-15
Carlin's Park, Baltimore, Maryland, USALSD1010
1938-02-28Vince De Angelo23-11-7
Providence, Rhode Island, USAWPTS1010
1938-02-21Gordon Wallace47-19-22
Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, USAWUD1010
referee: Jack Dekkers
1938-01-31Michele Palermo33-14-10
Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, USALUD1010
referee: Dave Goggin
Palermo fought under the name Mike Frattini.
1937-12-06Teddy Loder42-9-8
Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, USAWSD1010
referee: Jack Dekkers
1937-11-15Sonny Jones38-14-13
Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, USAWTKO615
time: 1:38 | referee: Jack Sharkey
Colored Welterweight Title
"One crushing counter to the head in the third round won the bout for Cocoa Kid. His swinging right landed flush on the Canadian's jaw and left Sonny in such straights that he became a backstop. Another right opened a cut over Sonny's left eye. Jones could hardly see but he stood up bravely until Referee Jack Sharkey of Boston halted the match." - Associated Press

1937-09-20Saverio Turiello53-29-31
Carlin's Park, Baltimore, Maryland, USALUD1010
From Professional Boxing in Maryland 1930-1940 (Buddy Ey).
1937-08-16Saverio Turiello52-29-31
Carlin's Park, Baltimore, Maryland, USALUD1010
From Professional Boxing in Maryland 1930-1940).
1937-07-26Johnny Lucas54-28-11
Carlin's Park, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWTKO815
From Professional Boxing in Maryland 1930-1940 (Buddy Ey). Fight was stopped in the 8th round and scheduled for 15 per The Afro American (Baltimore).
1937-07-17Willie Eley22-4-2
Walnut Beach Stadium, Milford, Connecticut, USAWPTS1010
From the New Haven Journal-Courier (Laurence Fielding).
1937-07-12Werther Arcelli45-12-4
Carlin's Park, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWKO210
From Professional Boxing in Maryland 1930-1940 (Buddy Ey).
1937-06-11Holman Williams39-4-2
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWPTS1515
Colored Welterweight Title
Championship belt donated by The Ring. Cocoa won a close decision. According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune (Jack Kincaid), "it was close, very close...The fight was not fast, though fairly interesting, because both apparently wanted to counter-punch and neither would do much leading." Williams got out in front, but it was even after the first six rounds. Williams took a good lead in the eighth and ninth rounds but Cocoa outboxed his opponent in the last four rounds. Reporter Pete Baird scored it 7 rounds for Cocoa, 6 for Williams, and two even.

1937-06-07Johnny Lucas53-27-11
Carlin's Park, Baltimore, Maryland, USALSD1212
From Professional Boxing in Maryland 1930-1940 (Buddy Ey).
1937-05-03Johnny Lucas53-26-11
Carlin's Park, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWSD1212
referee: Ed Brockman
1937-04-05Andre Jessurun31-5-8
Carlin's Park, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWKO1112
From Professional Boxing in Maryland 1930-1940, by Buddy Ey. Jesserum down three times in the second round.
1937-03-22Tommy Jones52-27-6
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWPTS1010
referee: Battling Ferdie
1937-03-12Holman Williams36-4-2
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USALPTS1212
referee: Battling Ferdie
5700 fans attended fight but the scrap was tame. New Orleans Picayune The Times-Picayune said that Cocoa did not look as good as in his previous fights in New Orleans. "Williams was in he best shape he has ever shown here..He was loping arounds as fast at the finish as at the start. He tried several different styles..but mostly he was working to get inside and then punch to the body." (The theme runs through the descriptions of the fights between Cocoa and Williams that the Kid was better at long distance and Williams scored well on the inside.)
1937-03-01Jack Portney92-17-6
Carlin's Park, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWTKO1215
Cocoa Kid and Portney had originally been scheduled to fight on February 8, 1937, but the fight was postponed. From Professional Boxing in Maryland 1930-1940, by Buddy Ey.
1936-12-16Paulie Walker46-17-15
Hippodrome, New York, New York, USAWPTS88
1936-11-30Casper LaRosa19-23-10
Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, USAWUD1010
This appears to have been the only fight between Cocoa Kid and Casper LaRosa. The supposed fight between them on August 18, 1936 in New Haven CT, can't be traced. There was a program in that city on August 17, but it consisted of eight 4-rounders, with no mention of Cocoa and LaRosa.
1936-11-09Jack Portney91-16-6
Carlin's Park, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWSD1010
1936-10-14Bobby Orr1-2-0
Arena, New Haven, Connecticut, USAWTKO410
From the Hartford Courant (Jack Kincaid).
1936-09-22Jackie Elverillo24-15-3
Heinemann Park, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWPTS1010
Colored Welterweight Championship
1936-08-07Jack Portney89-15-6
Newfield Park, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USAWPTS1010
From The Ring, November 1936, page 61.
1936-07-26Young Peter Jackson51-9-3
Heinemann Park, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWTKO210
time: 2:04 | referee: Harry Wills
Colored Welterweight Championship
1936-06-29Vince De Angelo19-5-5
Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1010
referee: Dave Goggin
1936-06-19Werther Arcelli41-9-4
Meadowbrook Arena, North Adams, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1212
referee: Phil Pugliese
USA New England welterweight title
Fight was a 12 rounder and Cocoa Kid defended his New England welterweight title with the victory. Source: Springfield Republican
1936-06-01Andre Jessurun20-2-7
Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, USALUD1010
1936-04-17Holman Williams31-2-1
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWPTS1010
referee: Johnny Sehrt
1936-04-02Werther Arcelli41-8-4
Arena, New Haven, Connecticut, USAWPTS1010
1936-03-13Holman Williams31-1-1
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWMD1010
referee: Johnny Sehrt 4-4 | judge: George Van Kuren 5-4 | judge: Roy Kelly 5-3
1936-02-28Darcy White38-17-1
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWPTS1010
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