Ken Overlin
Global ID10319
birthdate 1910-08-15
death date 1969-07-24 (58)
height5′ 9″   /   175cm
reach70″   /   178cm
country USA
residenceNorfolk, Virginia, USA
birth placeDecatur, Illinois, USA
won 135 (KO 23) + lost 19 (KO 2) + drawn 9 = 165
rounds boxed 1411 KO% 13.94

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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1944-09-26RJ Lewis38-22-3
City Auditorium, Denver, Colorado, USAWPTS1010
Overlin "decisively" outpointed Lewis. (Independent Record)
This is former World Champion Overlin's last-known documented bout.

1944-09-20Paul Hartnek36-16-6
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWPTS1010
referee: Billy Burke
Overlin took nine out of 10 rounds, according to the Oakland Tribune.
1944-09-12Al LaBoa34-18-6
Civic Auditorium, San Jose, California, USAWTKO610
time: 2:30 | referee: Billy Burke
A cut over LaBoa's left eye, led to the stoppage.
1944-08-31John Donnelly11-4-0
Santa Rosa, California, USAWPTS1010
Reported as Overlin's comeback bout, after serving in the U. S. Navy the previous 26 months. Tacoma News Tribune
1942-06-26Fred Apostoli47-8-0
Foreman Field, Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia, USADPTS1010
referee: Elder Craft | judge: Eddie Meyers | judge: George Bertrum
Myers voted for Apostoli, Craft called it a draw and Bertrum voted for Overlin (Washington Post).
1942-03-11Paulie Mahoney30-12-1
Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Luke Carr
1942-03-02Ezzard Charles19-1-0
Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USADMD1010
referee: Earl Butler | judge: Joe Craven 94-94 | judge: Paul Pusateri 94-94 | judge: Joe Blink 92-96
The Cincinnati Enquirer didn't give the scores of Craven and Pusateri, though noted that both had it even.
1942-02-23Bill McDowell126-66-21
Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, USADPTS1010
1941-12-15Mose Brown18-4-1
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1010
referee: Ernie Sesto | judge: Chick Rodgers | judge: Freddie Lux
1941-11-21Al Hostak54-5-8
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Frank Fullam
1941-11-03Al Gilbert24-13-4
Municipal Auditorium, Norfolk, Virginia, USAWPTS1010
1941-09-30Bill McDowell122-65-21
Grotto Auditorium, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWPTS1010
1941-09-08Young Crawford3-8-1
Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USAWTKO310
referee: Billy Conn
1941-08-27Jimmy Young7-4-2
Newfield Park, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USAWKO810
Overlin was knocked down in the 1st for no count, but got up to do a masterful job.."(From The Ring, November 1941, page 62)
1941-08-18Jimmy Marmon
Municipal Auditorium, Augusta, Georgia, USAWKO310
1941-06-09Ezzard Charles15-0-0
Crosley Field, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWUD1010
1941-05-09Billy Soose31-4-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALUD1515
referee: Arthur Donovan 7-8 | judge: Marty Monroe 7-8 | judge: Bill Healy 5-9
NYSAC World middleweight title
Although the decision was unanimous, "it was a mystifying one, mysteriously arrived at, and so unexpected that it left the onlookers stunned for several minutes. For 11 of the 15 sessions Overlin held an edge over his rival and in several the margin was so great he may as well have been in the ring by himself so little was the damage he suffered at the hands of his foeman. Ken knew all the tricks, and he brought them into play. At times he had Soose looking more puzzled than a retarded high school freshman writing a thesis on the quantum theory... In Soose's favor it must be said he forced the going... In the matter of holding, too, Overlin was often at fault, and it might have been this inclination to cling to his rival in the hope of weathering stormy passages that influenced the arbiters in their decision." New York Times
1941-03-31Harvey Massey52-18-15
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS1010
1941-03-27Larry Kellum27-24-8
Barre, Vermont, USAWTKO410
Kellum was knocked down once in the 2nd, four times in the 3rd, and once in the 4th.
1941-03-10Mose Brown14-1-1
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1010
referee: Ernie Sesto
Brown was knocked down in the 3rd round.
1941-02-10Paulie Walker70-24-16
Arena, Trenton, New Jersey, USADPTS1010
referee: Paul Cavalier
1941-02-03Jack Munley16-13-3
Allentown, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS1010
1941-01-21Tony Cisco42-21-7
Turner's Arena, Washington, District of Columbia, USAWUD1010
1940-12-13Steve Belloise31-3-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWSD1515
referee: Arthur Donovan
NYSAC World middleweight title
Scores, in rounds : 9-4-2 (Belloise), 10-4-1 (Overlin), 9-4-2 (Overlin).
1940-11-01Steve Belloise31-2-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWMD1515
referee: George Walsh 7-7 | judge: George Kelly | judge: George LeCron
NYSAC World middleweight title
Official scoring: 9-6, 7-7-1, 11-4.
1940-09-30Larry Lane34-6-1
Arena, Trenton, New Jersey, USAWPTS1010
referee: Benny Leonard 6-2
1940-09-18Eddie Peirce56-18-13
Municipal Auditorium, Norfolk, Virginia, USAWPTS1010
From he Norfolk Virginian-Pilot (Laurence Fielding).
1940-08-08Ben Brown64-10-4
Ponce de Leon Ballpark, Atlanta, Georgia, USAWPTS1212
referee: James J. Braddock
Scoring: 6-2-4 (by Braddock)
1940-07-24Billy Soose24-4-0
Scranton Stadium, Scranton, Pennsylvania, USALSD1010
referee: Jack Walton
This decision was very unpopular, characterized as "outrageous."
1940-07-09Harry Balsamo42-5-2
Queensboro Arena, Long Island City, Queens, New York, USAWTKO910
time: 2:38 | referee: Billy Cavanaugh
According to the New York Times, Balsamo motinoned to the referee that he did not continue, following a body attack from Overlin, which had bent him over. Balsamo had also suffered a bad cut over his right eye.
1940-06-28Ben Brown64-9-4
City Stadium, Richmond, Virginia, USAWPTS1010
1940-06-13Ralph DeJohn39-6-3
State Fair Coliseum, Syracuse, New York, USAWPTS1010
1940-05-23Ceferino Garcia113-25-13
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1515
referee: Arthur Donovan | judge: Steve Hamas | judge: George LeCron
NYSAC World middleweight title
Garcia "was a disappointment to his fans. Expected to blast his foe to the ground with his famed right hand punch, the defending champion instead allowed the challenger to dictate the procedure of warfare, then his foe proceeded to outpoint him at every turn." The New York Times The official scorecards, round-by-round, were 10-5, 7-6-2, and 9-5-1, all in favor of Overlin.
1940-04-25Steve Wilkerson2-2-2
Auditorium, Memphis, Tennessee, USAWKO910
1940-04-15Frankie Nelson9-3-0
Exposition Building, Portland, Maine, USAWPTS1010
Overlin was knocked down by a left-right combo in the 1st round, for a seven count. He was wobbly for the remainer of the round, but came back strongly over the remained of the bout. Kennebec Journal (Augusta, ME)
1940-03-28Jerry Maloni32-11-7
Polish National Home, Chicopee, Massachusetts, USAWUD1010
1940-03-15Butch Lynch14-19-5
State Armory, Cumberland, Maryland, USAWKO810
1940-02-21Enzo Iannozzi0-11-1
Raleigh, North Carolina, USAWPTS1010
1939-12-11Ben Brown61-8-3
City Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, USADPTS1010
referee: Battling Budd
1939-12-04Babe Orgovan7-14-0
Turner's Arena, Washington, District of Columbia, USAWPTS1010
1939-11-27Ben Brown61-7-3
Miami, Florida, USAWPTS1010
1939-11-21Honey Boy Jones37-16-2
Municipal Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWUD1010
From St. Louis Globe-Democrat (Jack Kincaid).
1939-10-23Ben Brown59-7-2
Warren Arena, Atlanta, Georgia, USADPTS1010
referee: Tom McCarthy
1939-10-18Allen Matthews84-17-4
Municipal Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWUD1010
From the St. Louis Globe-Democrat (Jack Kincaid).
1939-08-28Al Wardlow5-0-1
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1010
referee: Ernie Sesto | judge: Johnny Fundy | judge: Chick Rodgers
Overlin scored two knockdowns in this "one-sided contest." The New York Times
1939-07-07Eddie Peirce53-13-11
Long Branch, New Jersey, USADPTS1010
Incorrectly recorded by other sources as a win for Overlin. New York Times
1939-06-26Honey Boy Jones37-15-2
Hickey Park, Millvale, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS1010
1939-06-08Erich Seelig40-11-6
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS1010
Seelig was the aggressor and the fans got on is side. However, Overlin landed effective punches whenever Seelig caught him.
1939-05-18Harvey Massey35-7-12
Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWPTS1010
1939-05-02Jimmy Webb29-8-2
Olympiad Arena, Houston, Texas, USAWPTS1010
1939-04-17Jack Riley1-5-3
Open-Air Arena, Houston, Texas, USAWKO210
time: 0:50
1939-03-27Teddy Yarosz96-10-3
Olympiad Arena, Houston, Texas, USALPTS1010
1939-02-14Al Bernard36-1-2
Olympiad Arena, Houston, Texas, USAWUD1010
1939-02-06Al Quaill30-13-2
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS1010
Overlin and Quail did not meet on January 2, 1939 in Chicago, as previously shown. The Chicago Tribune reports a program on that date, but Overlin and Quaill were not on it. Overlin won this fight decisively.
1939-01-16Billy Celebron51-8-1
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS1010
Overlin won "outboxing his opponent all the way." (Associated Press)
1938-12-20Erich Seelig39-10-5
New York Coliseum, Bronx, New York, USALUD1010
1938-12-17Jack Moran15-30-3
Armory, Akron, Ohio, USAWPTS1010
1938-12-02Nate Bolden10-4-1
White City Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USAWUD1010
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman). Although Overlin won unanimously, "it was a near thing for Overlin." A left hook from Bolden opened a cut alongside Ken's right eye in the fourth round. Overlin then won the fifth, Bolden the sixth, and then Overlin three of the last four rounds. Bob Soderman was present and said it was "a dandy main event." However, he couldn't remember a thing about the undercard. The undercard was to have consisted of a six-rounder and three fours, including Gene Spencer v. Earl Gibbs, Joe Law v. Babe Savino, and Johnny Boyd v. Eddie Sparrow.
1938-11-16Milton Shivers13-2-0
Park Casino, Chicago, Illinois, USAWUD1010
According to the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman), "Overlin's win was unanimous and inability to solve Overlin's jumping jack style cost Milton (the verdict)."
1938-11-04Nate Bolden10-3-1
White City Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS1010
Overlin built up a good lead in the first six rounds. But then he suffered a "sizable mouse over his right eye, which for the last two or three rounds was just about closed. Overlin's superiority in experience stood him in good stead, and he was able to offset his limited vision to still bang out the decision." (Bob Soderman) Bolden made a good showing.
1938-10-17Jack Moran15-29-3
Peoria, Illinois, USAWKO610
1938-10-07Jimmy Clark19-13-0
White City Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO410
Bob Soderman attended this program. He wrote that Overlin "looked like a million; he dazzled Jimmy Clark, moving from side to side and landing at will." Clark was down in the second and third rounds and twice more in the fourth.
1938-09-19Billy Celebron49-7-1
Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS1010
1938-09-01Lloyd Marshall13-2-1
Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USALPTS1010
referee: Toby Irwin
1938-07-15Atilio Sabatino53-14-8
West Melbourne Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaNCNC712
referee: Jack Carroll
The referee declared a no contest as both boxers failed to infuse any action into their contest
The Argus ,Melbourne Saturday 16 July 1938 P 1 & 16

1938-06-23Atilio Sabatino53-14-7
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaDPTS1212
referee: Joe Wallis
The Sydney Morning Herald Friday 24 June 1938 P 17
1938-05-30Fred Henneberry55-11-5
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaLPTS1212
referee: Joe Wallis
The Sydney Morning Herald Tuesday 31 May 1938 P 15
1938-03-16Dick Foster29-5-3
Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USAWPTS1010
referee: Joe Gorman
Foster was knocked down seven times.
1938-01-26Walter Woods36-3-0
Hippodrome, New York, New York, USALUD1010
1937-12-06Jack Moran14-22-2
Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWPTS66
1937-11-15Bobby Birch3-1-1
Odd Fellows' Hall, Albany, New York, USAWPTS88
1937-10-25Butch Lynch11-8-3
Odd Fellows' Hall, Albany, New York, USAWKO78
time: 2:10
1937-10-18Tiger Roy Williams45-37-7
Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York, USAWTKO410
time: 1:26 | referee: Arthur Donovan
1937-09-11Freddie Steele119-2-11
Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, USALKO415
referee: Tommy Clark
National Boxing Association World middleweight title
NYSAC World middleweight title
After 10 seconds of the fourth round Steele "took advantage of his first real opening. He hit Overlin with a left to the chin that staggered him, followed up with another left that sent the challenger falling and then finished him with two bullet-like rights as he was dropping." (Associated Press). This was Steele's first bout without his longtime manager and mentor Dave Miller, who had died suddenly two weeks before. More than 9,000 people packed the venue--the largest crowd ever to see an indoor boxing match in the Pacific Northwest to date. Tacoma News Tribune
1937-07-30Young Stuhley45-24-3
Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, USAWPTS1010
Overlin's first bout in months, after suffering from a serious illness.
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