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Sam McVea
Global ID11622
sexmale
birthdate 1884-05-17
death date 1921-12-23 (37)
divisionheavyweight
stanceorthodox
height5′ 10½″   /   179cm
reach75″   /   191cm
aliasSamuel E. Mac Vea/McVey
country USA
residenceOxnard, California, USA
birth placeWaelder, Texas, USA
won 67 (KO 53) + lost 13 (KO 5) + drawn 9 = 91
rounds boxed 930
Newspaper Decisions won 4 : lost 5 : drawn 3
rounds boxed 122
Total Bouts 103 KO% 51.46
 
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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1921-08-02Jeff Clark91-29-15
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USADNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Record and the Pittsburgh Post.
1921-07-07Jeff Clark91-29-15
Atlantic City, New Jersey, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post.
1921-03-21Jeff Clark89-28-15
Columbus, Ohio, USAWPTS1212
1921-03-18Jack Thompson18-7-5
Moose Temple, Detroit, Michigan, USANCNC610
From the (Herb Goldman). McVea started out in good fashion, and "showed a fine left hand." But Thompson landed some body blows in the third round and Sam did a lot of holding from then on, causing the referee to call it "no contest" in the sixth round.
1920-09-08Harry Wills42-5-2
Ice Palace, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USANCNC68
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
The referee stopped the bout, claiming the two were stalling. Both boxers then were barred from boxing again in Philadelphia.

1920-09-01Jack Ward0-3-0
Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, USAWKO2
1920-08-14Sam Langford124-19-29
East Chicago, Indiana, USALNWS1010
The crowd "booed McVey repeatedly because of his stalling tactics. Langford forced the fighting throughout and was credited with winning seven of the ten rounds." (Decatur Review)
1920-08-05Pinky Lewis3-12-6
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USALPTS1010
1918-12-15Clem Johnson2-0-0
Vista Allegre Bull Ring, Panama City, PanamaWKO415
From the Panama Star & Herald. McVea was an easy winner.
1918-09-14Jack Livingstone3-12-1
Broadway Theater, Colon, PanamaDPTS1010
From the Panama Star and Herald. McVea was not in shape. He was a substitute for Clem Johnson who had influenza.
1918-06-16Harry Wills31-5-2
Vista Allegre Bull Ring, Panama City, PanamaLPTS2020
From the Panama Star & Herald. The decision given here was the referee's decision. Wills was down in round 11 and the boxing commissioner changed the decision to "draw." According to the Star & Herald, the original decision in favor of Wills was fair.
1918-02-17Harry Wills28-5-2
Vista Allegre Bull Ring, Panama City, PanamaLKO620
McVey claimed a foul blow "but the referee declined to allow the claim." (Washington Post)
1917-10-14Battling Jim Johnson23-14-7
Broadway Theater, Colon, PanamaWPTS2525
From the Panama Star & Herald. This fight was said to be a "pretty exhibition."
1917-08-12Battling Jim Johnson22-13-7
Vista Allegre Bull Ring, Panama City, PanamaWPTS2020
This was an outdoor fight held in a heavy rain.
1917-07-15Jeff Clark85-9-11
Vista Allegre Bull Ring, Panama City, PanamaWTKO1520
Clark took a bad drubbing.
1917-05-13Jeff Clark85-8-11
Vista Allegre Bull Ring, Panama City, PanamaWPTS2020
This was an excellent and close fight according to the Panama Star & Herald.
1917-03-11Jim Barry23-23-5
Vista Allegre Bull Ring, Panama City, PanamaWTKO720
Barry was floored eight times by McVea. The next day, Barry was shot and killed in Colon, Panama. (Some later "Jim Barry" bouts, attributed to this fighter, actually belong to a West Coast heavyweight nicknamed "Jim Jam" Barry.)
1917-01-27Jim Briggs7-5-0
Santa Ana Plaza, Panama City, PanamaWKO210
This was the second of two fights for McVea on this date.
1917-01-27Fitz Breathwaite1-6-0
Santa Ana Plaza, Panama City, PanamaWKO110
From the Panama Star & Herald.
1917-01-14Jack Livingstone3-10-1
Garden Theater, Colon, PanamaWKO515
From the Panama Star & Herald.
1916-09-20Bob Devere20-4-2
Santiago de Chile, ChileWPTS1010
1916-09-03Bob Devere20-4-1
Santiago de Chile, ChileDPTS2020
1916-08-12Sam Langford100-11-23
Teatro Roma, Avellaneda, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaDPTS2020
Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1916-05-02Sam Langford99-11-23
East Market St. Rink, Akron, Ohio, USADNWS1212
Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim. Source: Evening Independent (Massilon, OH)
1916-04-15Jack Thompson3-2-1
Saint Louis, Missouri, USALNWS1010
"Sam McVey, of the black triumvirate, was outpointed in a ten-round bout here last night by Jack Thompson, of Denver." (Washington Post)
1916-04-07Sam Langford99-11-23
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USALNWS1010
Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
Newspaper draw. (Syracuse Herald).

1916-02-17Sam Langford97-11-23
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALNWS1010
Results from the NY Tribune. Langford had a shade. The NY Times called it a draw.
1915-11-23Sam Langford96-10-23
American A.C., New York, New York, USADNWS1010
New York Times, New York Tribune, Brooklyn Eagle, and Boston Globe account scored it a draw; AP scored for McVea, giving Langford just 2 rounds. Weights from NY Times.
1915-10-15Jeff Clark77-3-10
North Side A.C., Kansas City, Missouri, USAWPTS1010
referee: Spike Kennedy
1915-09-30Sam Langford95-10-22
Denver, Colorado, USADPTS2020
referee: Eddie Pitts
1915-09-07Harry Wills21-3-2
Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USALPTS1212
McVey loses his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1915-08-10Sandy Ferguson34-19-13
Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USAWKO812
1915-06-29Sam Langford94-9-22
Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1212
referee: Phil Donahue
McVey wins a version of World 'colored' Heavyweight title
1915-06-09Battling Jim Johnson20-8-5
Gayety Theatre, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWNWS1010
McVey won according to Lethbridge Herald and Boston Globe
1915-05-19Harry Wills21-3-2
St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York, USAWNWS1010
"For heavyweights the men fought hard and fast throughout, McVey taking every round but the second. In the fourth a left jab cut Wills' right eye, which troubled him in the remaining rounds. Wills took a count of nine in the ninth round after receiving a left to the body and a left hook to the jaw." (Lincoln Daily Star)
1915-04-27Joe Jeannette74-9-7
Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USADPTS1212
Jeannette defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1915-02-20Battling Jim Johnson19-7-5
Havana, CubaWPTS2020
1914-12-20Harry Wills20-2-2
McDonoghville Park, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWPTS2020
1914-12-10Battling Jim Johnson18-7-5
Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York, USAWNWS1010
McVey won the newspaper decision. (Washington Post) as well as the New York Times. Johnson purportedly put on a poor performance according to the New York Times. Once again it was reported widely that McVea was signed to fight Jack Johnson for the title.
1914-06-13Arthur Pelkey17-7-1
Baker's Pavilion, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaWKO420
1913-12-26Colin Bell34-6-2
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaWKO220
1913-04-19Colin Bell29-5-1
Adelaide Stadium, Adelaide, South Australia, AustraliaWTKO1620
1913-03-24Sam Langford79-7-19
Olympic Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland, AustraliaDPTS2020
referee: Major Fred Craig
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1912-12-26Sam Langford77-7-19
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaLKO1320
referee: Arthur Scott
Australian heavyweight title
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1912-10-09Sam Langford76-7-19
Exhibition Stadium, Perth, Western Australia, AustraliaLTKO1120
Australian heavyweight title
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
McVey claimed a foul. This was not allowed and he refused to continue.

1912-08-03Sam Langford75-7-19
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaLPTS2020
Australian heavyweight title
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1912-04-08Sam Langford72-7-19
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaLPTS2020
referee: Arthur Scott
Australian heavyweight title
Langford regains world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1912-03-16Jim Barry22-12-4
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaWPTS2020
1911-12-26Sam Langford71-6-19
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaWPTS2020
referee: Snowy Baker
Australian heavyweight title
Langford loses world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1911-12-11Jack Lester14-2-3
Olympic Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland, AustraliaWKO820
Australian heavyweight title
1911-10-28Bill Lang24-9-1
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaWKO220
Australian heavyweight title
1911-09-30Jack Lester14-1-3
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaWPTS2020
Australian heavyweight title
1911-08-03Alf Langford4-0-0
Sheffield, Yorkshire, United KingdomWKO7
1911-07-20George Rodel4-0-0
Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, United KingdomWKO120x3
1911-05-05Andy Dixon1-0-0
Lille, Nord, FranceWKO3
Exact date unknown.
1911-04-01Sam Langford65-6-18
Cirque de Paris, Paris, Paris, FranceDPTS2020
referee: Eugene Corri
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim. Weights from Le Figaro (Paris)
1911-01-14Seaman Fred Parsons0-1-0
Bâtiment Électoral, Geneva, SwitzerlandWKO115
1910-11-19Battling Jim Johnson5-0-2
Luna Park Skating Rink, Paris, Paris, FranceWKO2125
From Boxing, November 26, 1910, page 90.
1910-10-22Sergeant Sunshine2-5-0
Hippodrome, Paris, Paris, FranceWKO1
1910-08-07Battling Jim Johnson3-0-1
Neuilly, Hauts-de-Seine, FranceDPTS1515
"McVey opened in confident style, with the wide grin of one undertaking an easy task, but this smile faded after the second round, and he set himself for a grim, earnest fight with his quick and tricky oppenent. This Johnson is not only quick, but big and strong as well, and had all the best of the rough work. Sam seldom has had such hustling about. Once he stepped into a right punch that sent him reeling across the ring. It was as much as he could do to put a glove on the elusive Johnson. Johnson early realized that McVey's ripping left hook is his only effective attacking blow. Nine times out of ten he neatly stepped inside it or blocked it with his glove. His guard with his left arm straight out, after the fashion of the old-time champion Heenan, also worried McVey a good deal, for he found it very difficult to get past it." (Washington Post)
1910-07-22Peter Price
Papinere B.C, Paris, Paris, FranceWKO5
1910-06-25Joe Grim17-26-4
Hippodrome, Paris, Paris, FranceWKO12
1910-04-16Jim Stewart13-1-1
Cirque de Paris, Paris, Paris, FranceWTKO625
Stewart's seconds threw in the towel because Jim was bleeding badly from cuts.
1910-03-03Arthur Bennett0-1-0
Nancy, Meurthe-et-Moselle, FranceWKO4
Exact date unknown.
1910-02-26Al Kubiak14-2-1
Wonderland, Paris, Paris, FranceWKO1020
1910-02-11Arthur Bennett
Brussels, Bruxelles-Capitale, BelgiumWKO5
1910-01-27Fred Drummond0-6-1
Le Havre, Seine-Maritime, FranceWKO5
1909-12-11Joe Jeannette24-5-3
Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, Paris, FranceDPTS3030x2
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Monday 13 December 1909
1909-07-10Billy Harris0-3-0
Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, FranceWKO5
Exact date unknown.
1909-07-04Fred Drummond0-4-0
Praça de Touros do Campo Pequeno, Lisbon, PortugalWKO8
1909-06-26Jim Barry12-6-2
Cirque de Paris, Paris, Paris, FranceWDQ15
1909-04-17Joe Jeannette16-4-3
Cirque de Paris, Paris, Paris, FranceLRTD49
This bout lasted two hours and 24 minutes, and was for a purse of $6,000. McVey loses world "colored" heavyweight title claim.
Jeannette was down once in the 5th (other source says 6th) round, three times in the 19th, and once in the 21st, 26th and 28th rounds.

1909-04-09'Cyclone' Billy Warren0-2-0
Paris, Paris, FranceWKO2
McVey defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
Warren down twice in both rounds

1909-02-20Joe Jeannette16-3-3
Cirque de Paris, Paris, Paris, FranceWPTS2020
Considered to be for the world 'colored' heavyweight title as Jack Johnson drew the color-bar. Jeannette was knocked down three times in the fight.
1909-01-25Herbert Sinnott14-13-3
Roubaix, Nord, FranceWKO5
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