Tommy Gibbons
Global ID11254
birthdate 1891-03-22
death date 1960-11-19 (69)
divisionlight heavyweight
height6′ 0½″   /   184cm
reach74″   /   188cm
country USA
residenceSaint Paul, Minnesota, USA
birth placeSaint Paul, Minnesota, USA
birth nameThomas Joseph Gibbons
won 57 (KO 48) + lost 4 (KO 1) + drawn 1 = 63
rounds boxed 309
Newspaper Decisions won 39 : lost 1 : drawn 3
rounds boxed 445
Total Bouts 106 KO% 45.28

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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1925-06-05Gene Tunney58-1-1
Polo Grounds, New York, New York, USALKO1215
referee: Dick Nugent
1925-01-30Tiny Jim Herman34-8-9
Detroit, Michigan, USAWKO310
Herman was floored for nine-counts three times in the second round, and knocked out for five full minutes.
1925-01-07Jack Burke12-6-1
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USAWTKO610
1924-12-09Kid Norfolk80-18-6
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWTKO615
time: 0:55
Attendance: 13,000
1924-10-24Ted Jamieson10-11-1
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWKO115
referee: Red Dolan
1924-10-10Bill Reed17-22-7
Bellaire, Ohio, USAWTKO310
referee: Eddie Kennedy
1924-08-09Jack Bloomfield25-4-1
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, United KingdomWKO315x3
First-ever boxing event at famous Wembley Stadium
1924-05-31Georges Carpentier86-13-5
Floyd Fitzsimmons' Arena, Michigan City, Indiana, USAWNWS1010
Popular verdict - a win for Gibbons (World Almanac). From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman): Gibbons's win was decisive. Both the Tribune and the New York Times credited Tommy with winning every round. Carpenter was very brave to withstand the beating he received. He only landed his vaunted right full on Gibbons's jaw once, in the fourth round. This punch definitely stunned Gibbons but Carpentier failed to follow up on his temporary advantage. Carpentier twisted an ankle in round nine. In the tenth a Gibbons punch opened a cut over Carpentier's right eye, and "he was now a sorry sight indeed." If Gibbons had been more forceful, he probably would have stopped his opponent in the 9th or 10th rounds, but like his brother Mike he was cautious when he had a fight well in hand, and took no unnecessary chances.
1924-04-03Jack McFarland0-1-0
Nashville, Tennessee, USAWKO28
1924-03-31Soldier Lee
Memphis, Tennessee, USAWTKO38
1924-03-24Joe Downey8-5-1
Lakeside Park Pavillion, Dayton, Ohio, USAWKO112
Downey never struck a blow in this bout.
1924-03-14Jack Moore
Board of Trade Building, Winnipeg, Manitoba, CanadaWKO210
1923-07-04Jack Dempsey51-4-9
Arena, Shelby, Montana, USALPTS1515
referee: James F. Dougherty
World Heavyweight Title
1923-04-30Chuck Wiggins31-10-5
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWTKO1015
From the New Orleans Times-Picayune (Jack Kincaid).
1923-03-26Andy Schmader8-8-1
Majestic Theatre, Peoria, Illinois, USAWKO110
1923-03-05Jim Tracey10-15-2
East Chicago, Indiana, USAWKO210
1922-12-15Billy Miske43-2-3
Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USAWUD1010
Gibbons finished the fight with a badly swollen left eye. First official decison since boxing was re-legalized in Minnesota.
1922-12-11Joe Burke4-6-0
Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USAWKO110
time: 1:50 | referee: Walter C Kelly
1922-11-13George Ashe19-8-1
Danceland Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USAWKO110
time: 0:45
1922-10-13Billy Miske41-2-3
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALDQ1015
time: 0:27 | referee: Billy 'Kid' McPartland | judge: Artie McGovern
1922-05-29Sailor Martin2-6-0
Broadway Arena, Louisville, Kentucky, USAWKO212
1922-05-01Harry Foley12-2-1
Louisiana Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWTKO615
Reported in the (Jack Kincaid).
1922-03-13Harry Greb58-2-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALUD1515
referee: Billy 'Kid' McPartland | judge: Tommy Shortell | judge: Patsy Haley
A detailed account of this fight is given in the New York Times. Greb landed "a million punches" and had the upper hand throughout. Mrs. Greb was present at this fight. One report states "...Greb threw a million punches but never hurt Gibbons as he seldom set.."
1922-02-02Pat McCarthy15-8-4
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWTKO410
referee: Joe O'Connor | judge: Jim Harmon | judge: Fred Lincoln
1921-12-19Bartley Madden12-3-1
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USAWNWS1010
Gibbons won the newspaper decision according to the New York Times and the Pittsburgh Post. Madden was hampered in the bout early on, by cuts over both eyes.
1921-12-02Hope Mullen11-4-0
Shreveport, Louisiana, USAWKO1
time: 0:45
Mullen down three times in the first round, the last time for the count.
1921-11-25Dan O'Dowd12-6-0
Louisiana Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWKO615
Reported in the New Orleans Times-Picayune (Jack Kincaid).
1921-11-16Soldier Jones11-12-0
Armouries, Windsor, Ontario, CanadaWKO110
time: 0:31
"Jones took a short right and left on the neck and then to the jaw and sank to his knees. He stayed down for the count of nine. As he rose Gibbons rushed at him and with a terrific short left to the jaw put the Soldier down and out." - Toronto Star.
1921-10-14Fred Allen
Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWTKO112
Allen down twice before the referee stopped the bout.
1921-10-07Clay Turner23-8-0
Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USAWKO110
Gibbons KOed Turner in 30.5 seconds.
1921-09-20Joe Burke3-1-0
Kalamazoo, Michigan, USAWKO210
1921-09-12Bill Reed10-10-5
Redland Field, Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWKO210
1921-09-05Dan O'Dowd12-4-0
South Bend, Indiana, USAWKO310
1921-06-22Willie Meehan80-20-37
Cleveland, Ohio, USAWTKO112
Referee Matt Hinkle stopped the fight after Meehan had been floored three times.
1921-06-07Willie Keeler8-3-3
Omaha, Nebraska, USAWKO210
1921-05-30Jack Clifford0-5-0
Ebbet's Field, Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO312
1921-05-27Sgt. Ray Smith9-7-0
Idora Park, Youngstown, Ohio, USAWKO212
From the Pittsburgh Post.
1921-05-23Jack Heinen0-6-0
Canton Auditorium, Canton, Ohio, USAWKO1
Heinen was a late substitute for Dick O'Brien.
1921-04-29Hugh Walker8-6-7
Grand Opera House, Terre Haute, Indiana, USAWTKO210
Saved by the bell ending round 1, Walker failed to come out for round 2.
1921-04-19Porky Dan Flynn34-17-9
Coliseum, Newark, New Jersey, USAWTKO1112
"Flynn was badly beaten and had to be carried to his corner." (Appleton Post Crescent)
1921-04-12Larry Williams18-15-2
Pioneer Sporting Club, New York, New York, USAWTKO412
1921-03-31Sergeant Norcross3-0-0
Springfield, Ohio, USAWKO112
time: 1:50
1921-03-22Paul Samson Koerner7-0-0
Pioneer Sporting Club, New York, New York, USAWTKO2
1921-03-18Al Reich25-6-1
Cleveland, Ohio, USAWKO110
time: 2:33
Gibbons floored Reich for a count of nine and a count of eight before the final knockout.
1921-02-14Hugh Walker8-5-7
Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWPTS1010
1921-02-10Tony Melchior7-0-0
Coliseum, Toledo, Ohio, USAWKO112
time: 0:25
1921-01-11Chuck Wiggins17-2-3
Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWNWS1010
Cincinnati Post. Gibbons was an easy winner. Wiggins floored in fifth.
1920-12-06Chuck Wiggins17-2-2
Coliseum, Toledo, Ohio, USAWNWS1212
Newspaper decision from the Toledo News-Bee, which reported that Gibbons completely outclassed his opponent.
1920-11-11Hugh Walker8-5-7
Peoria, Illinois, USAWNWS1010
"Gibbons had Walker on the defensive in every round." (Decatur Daily Review)
1920-07-31Harry Greb44-2-1
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALNWS1010
referee: Jack Dillon
Newspaper win for Greb according to the Pittsburgh Post. The fight occurred at 4:30 PM on a hot July afternoon before 12,000 fans. According to Florent Gibson, Greb won 7 rounds, Gibbons took the 2nd and 6th, and the 3rd was even. It was a rugged, slashing battle. At the end of six rounds the fight was close. In the 7th a heavy rain started to fall and the spectators ran for cover. The men fought on and Greb seemed invigorated. He started landing well and Gibbons then hurt him with a smashing right to the jaw. Greb replied with a terrific rally that caused Gibbons to cover and Greb won the round. The rain continued to pour down through the final three rounds and it grew dark as twilight. Florent Gibson stayed out in the rain and described the fight to the other writers, who took shelter under the ring. "Those last four rounds were novelties, but I doubt that the fans in the stands saw much of them." Greb fought one of his greatest battles "in a furious electrical storm." As the rain poured, Greb was "all over Gibbons" and manhandled him. Gibbons had trouble getting set for his punches; the conditions seemed to favor Greb, the great improviser. Gibbons lost his temper and his effectiveness.
1920-07-22Clay Turner23-3-0
Nicollet Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Winona Republican-Herald
1920-05-15Harry Greb44-2-1
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS1010
referee: Noble Davis
Newspaper win for Gibbons according to the Pittsburgh Post. Greb "took the licking of his life." Gibbons won 7 rounds, Greb only two (narrowly), and the third round was even. "Gibbons astonished the fans with the speed and accuracy of his punches, and his ability to make Harry miss and look bad. Gibbons has made a believer of this writer (Florent Gibson), who did not believe him of the same caliber as Greb. Ringsiders declared..that Harry looked awfully bad and didn't fight his usual fight." Gibbons "seemed to solve Greb's attack with ease." He marked up Greb badly but didn't hurt him too much. "Gibbons was the aggressor at all stages. He had Harry backing away from the start..and this is unusual." Greb even had to hold in the last three rounds. Greb occasionally switched around and surprised Gibbons, but not much. Gibbons made Greb's right hand almost useless. Greb did win the 5th and 6th rounds but he definitely took a licking.
1920-04-09Bob Roper6-5-1
Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USAWNWS1010
"Tommy Gibbons gave Capt. Bob Roper of Chicago a good lacing in ten rounds here last night." (Daily The Northwestern) The Minneapolis Journal also considered Gibbons to be a handy winner.
1920-02-19Jack Reeves14-5-5
Edmonton, Alberta, CanadaWKO215
1920-02-11Boy McCormick18-4-4
Arena, Milwaukie, Oregon, USADPTS1010
1920-02-02George KO Brown14-18-7
Peoria, Illinois, USAWNWS1010
Gibbons won the newspaper decision. (Decatur Daily Review)
Gibbons reportedly had the better in eight rounds. Often listed as occurring Feb. 3.

1919-12-16Jimmy Darcy31-20-26
Arena, Milwaukie, Oregon, USAWPTS1010
referee: Denver Ed Martin
1919-12-03Frank Farmer33-9-16
Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, USAWPTS66
1919-11-27Mick King26-25-11
Victoria Pavilion, Calgary, Alberta, CanadaWPTS1515
1919-07-03George KO Brown14-14-6
Denver, Colorado, USAWNWS1212
(Chicago Tribune) UPDATE: Occurred July 3, per LA Times
1919-06-19Billy Miske27-1-2
Nicollet Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USADNWS1010
referee: George Barton
Gibbons & Miske had agreed to allow the Minnesota fight writers at the newspapers to decide the outcome, but the fight seen as a Draw by the Minneapolis Journal. "Tommy Gibbons and Billy Miske boxed a 10 round Draw" 6-20-1919. and a slight win for Gibbons by the St. Paul Pioneer Press "Gibbons Shades Billy Miske".
Though officially a No-Decision fight, referee Barton stated that he saw it as a Draw as well, with neither fighter disagreeing.

1919-04-28Tom Roper1-0-1
Waterloo Theatre, Waterloo, Iowa, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Waterloo Times-Tribune. This fight apparently belonged to Tom Roper.
1919-04-10George Chip36-12-2
Denver, Colorado, USAWPTS1010
Referee's decision.
1919-02-10Larry Williams15-9-2
Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Buffalo Boxing Record.
1919-01-30Len Rowlands12-5-3
Town Hall, Scranton, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from Scranton Republican
1919-01-25Bartley Madden9-1-1
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USANCNC46
1918-05-03George Chip36-11-2
Coliseum, Des Moines, Iowa, USAWNWS1212
Newspaper decision from the Des Moines Daily News
1918-04-26Gus Christie26-9-3
Terre Haute, Indiana, USAWPTS1010
Benefit for the 2nd Indiana Artillery Battery. Gibbons asked to be paid in Liberty bonds. Chicago Tribune
1918-04-20Silent Martin27-10-1
Akron, Ohio, USAWNWS1515
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post. It was an easy win for Gibbons.
1918-04-18Clay Turner11-0-0
Town Hall, Scranton, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from Scranton Republican
1918-03-22Gus Christie26-9-3
Coliseum, Des Moines, Iowa, USAWNWS1212
Newspaper decision from the Des Moines Daily News
1918-03-13Silent Martin27-9-1
Albaugh Theater, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWKO1015
From Baltimore newspapers (Laurence Fielding).
1918-03-07George Chip36-10-2
Town Hall, Scranton, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS1010
referee: Tommy Connors
Newspaper decision from Scranton Republican and Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader
1918-02-11Clay Turner11-0-0
Southside Market House, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post. Gibbons won easily.
1918-02-04George Chip36-10-2
Southside Market House, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post, which gave Gibbons 5 rounds, Chip three, and two were even.
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