George Godfrey
Global ID17618
birthdate 1897-01-25
death date 1947-08-13 (50)
height6′ 3″   /   191cm
reach79½″   /   202cm
aliasBlack Shadow of Leiperville
country USA
residenceLeiperville, Pennsylvania, USA
birth placeMobile, Alabama, USA
birth nameFeab Smith Williams
won 96 (KO 78) + lost 21 (KO 6) + drawn 2 = 123
rounds boxed 603 KO% 63.41

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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1937-08-10Hank Hankinson44-16-1
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USALTKO810
time: 0:52 | referee: Max Baer
Godfrey was knocked down for a nine-count in the 8th, before his corner threw in the towel.
1935-10-02Pierre Charles64-22-7
Palais des Sports, Brussels, Bruxelles-Capitale, BelgiumWPTS1515
IBU World (1913 - 1946) heavyweight title
Godfrey stripped when he failed to pay fee to IBU
1935-06-15Motzi Spakow97-22-31
Roman Arenas, Bucharest, RomaniaLDQ410
referee: Jeny Dumitrescu
Godfrey was disqualified for hitting his opponent in the kidneys.
1935-06-07Dumitru Pavelescu3-9-1
Venus Arena, Bucharest, RomaniaWKO210
referee: Jean Constantinescu
1935-05-10Giuseppe Sanga4-7-0
Exact date and location unknown.
1935-05-01Arthur Meurant5-20-1
Exact date and location unknown.
1935-04-10Arthur Meurant5-19-1
Exact date and location unknown.
1934-12-12Piet Van Gool4-17-2
Leuven, Vlaams Brabant, BelgiumWPTS1010
1934-11-14Hans Schoenrath19-24-9
Brussels, Bruxelles-Capitale, BelgiumWTKO3
1934-08-25Mauro Galusso12-4-0
Estadio Brasil, Río de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilNCNC310
The bout was halted after round 3 because of stalling.
1934-08-18Giacomo Bergomas6-9-5
Estadio Paulista, Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, BrazilWKO610
Godfrey was scheduled to fight Jack Conley in a 10-rounder on the following September 6 at Sao Paulo's Theatro Colyseu.
1934-06-30Valentin Campolo6-0-0
Estadio Brasil, Río de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilWPTS1010
1933-10-09Obie Walker34-2-2
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALPTS1010
Godfrey loses his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
By his own account, Walker had fought in approximately 90 bouts at the time of his win over Godfrey. Most of these fights occured on all-colored programs in the Southern U.S. and have yet to be located.

1933-02-10Bearcat Wright54-16-19
Convention Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, USANCNC610
referee: Walter Bates
Godfrey defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
Declared no contest because of stalling

1933-01-31Tiger Jack Fox35-5-5
Armory, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWPTS1010
Godfrey defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1932-12-29Walter Cobb29-10-1
Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALPTS1010
1932-12-12Walter Cobb29-9-1
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS1010
1932-10-24Al Fay14-2-2
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO810
1932-09-05Roy Clark5-18-2
Arena Tex Rickard, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, MexicoWKO520
Godfrey defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1932-05-30Texas Tanner0-6-0
Lakeside Stadium, Canton, Ohio, USAWKO2
1932-05-24Billy Williams
Barnes Auditorium, Alliance, Ohio, USAWKO14
Canton Repository.
1932-05-19Harry Johnson0-1-0
Pontiac, Michigan, USAWKO1
Previously listed here was a 2nd round K.O. scored by Godfrey over Harry Johnson on 1932-6-3 at Sandusky Ohio. This bout took place 1932-5-16 at Sandusky's Esmond Athletic Field and was a wrestling match. Whether the Pontiac fight was a wrestling match too - it may even be a double entry for the Ohio bout- is uncertain.
1932-05-10K O Harper0-1-0
Mount Clemens, Michigan, USAWKO2
Exact date unknown.
1932-05-03Flash Ryser0-3-0
Monroe, Michigan, USAWKO2
1932-04-15Gene Stanton14-15-0
Mount Clemens, Michigan, USAWKO3
Exact date unknown.
1932-04-10K O Willis
Mount Clemens, Michigan, USAWKO2
Exact date unknown.
1931-11-17Jack Gross44-6-1
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USALPTS1010
referee: Freddie Gilmore
1931-08-24Seal Harris11-10-3
Arena Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, CanadaWKO210
time: 1:35
World "Colored" Heavyweight Title
1931-07-13George Gemas25-39-1
Arena Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, CanadaWKO2
time: 1:22
This bout took place "a few minutes" Godfrey had lost a wrestling bout to Stan Sasiak of Poland, being thrown in 11:43. New York Times.
This bout was part of a boxing & wrestling program. The Globe

1931-02-23Ricardo Rosel
Plaza de Toros, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, MexicoWKO120
Mexico heavyweight title
1931-01-01Salvatore Ruggirello16-17-0
El Toreo, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, MexicoWKO110
"Godfrey played with his opponent for 25 seconds and then planted a hard blow to his stomach for the knockout." (New York Times)
1930-12-19Bearcat Wright47-12-13
City Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, USADPTS1010
Billed for the 'Black' American heavyweight title
1930-12-08Seal Harris11-9-3
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USAWKO310
1930-11-07Seal Harris11-7-3
Lansing, Michigan, USAWKO410
1930-08-29Jack Leslie4-2-1
Columbia Arena, Evansville, Indiana, USAWKO310
1930-08-26Arthur De Kuh31-7-1
Taylor Bowl, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWKO410
referee: Tom McMahon
1930-08-20Elijah Lee1-0-0
Tomlinson Hall, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWKO210
1930-07-08Frankie Simms23-17-2
Taylor Bowl, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWTKO212
1930-06-23Primo Carnera33-2-0
Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALDQ510
time: 1:13 | referee: Tommy Reilly
Attendance 40,000.
1930-05-16Jack Rozier1-5-0
Maryland Ball Park, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWTKO110
According to the Baltimore Afro-American Rozier and Godfrey had fought to a draw less than a year before at Sacramento Calif.
1930-03-24Roy Clark4-12-2
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO710
1930-03-10Jack Gross37-2-1
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO510
1929-12-23Leonard Dixon5-4-0
Roanoke, Virginia, USAWKO3
Some newspapers of the day report that Godfrey's opponent was actually Long Tom Hawkins. Hawkins, however, was at the Pacific Coast at the time.
1929-11-07Jimmy Byrne44-11-8
Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, USANCNC710
referee: Johnny Brassil
Called no contest by the referee because of a lack of action.
1929-08-13Long Tom Hawkins30-19-7
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USALDQ310
referee: Larry McGrath
1929-07-15Ralph Smith23-8-2
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USAWTKO210
1929-06-26Chuck Wiggins63-31-12
Taylor Bowl, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWTKO712
1929-06-03Jimmy Byrne41-10-8
Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO710
1929-04-15Farmer Lodge13-18-1
Jackson, Michigan, USAWKO210
1929-04-05Bill Hartwell20-11-5
Orlando, Florida, USAWKO2
1929-01-14Francisco Cruz Coelho9-6-1
Antler's Auditorium, Lorain, Ohio, USAWKO210
referee: Matt Hinkel
1929-01-07Al Walker13-6-1
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALDQ310
referee: Bryan Hayes
Godfrey was disqualified for hitting low, afterwards he was fined $1000 and suspended by the Pennsylvania Commission.
1928-12-12Jim Sigman8-12-1
Fremont Theatre, Fremont, Ohio, USAWKO210
1928-12-03Clem Johnson14-27-3
Richmond, Virginia, USAWKO3
1928-11-12Bud Gorman27-8-3
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO310
1928-10-12Benny Hill11-14-12
Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USAWKO110
referee: Dick Nugent
1928-08-31Pierre Charles34-17-7
Navin Field, Detroit, Michigan, USAWKO210
1928-08-21Tut Jackson67-27-6
Memorial Stadium, Greensboro, North Carolina, USAWTKO410
referee: Phil Pritchard
1928-08-15Larry Gains43-10-3
Maple Leaf Stadium, Toronto, Ontario, CanadaLDQ3
time: 1:20 | referee: Alex Sinclair
Godfrey loses his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim. Gains's aluminum protection cup was badly dented from the low blow. The Globe
1928-06-27Johnny Risko33-15-5
Ebbet's Field, Brooklyn, New York, USALPTS1010
1928-02-28Paulino Uzcudun32-4-2
Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS1010
referee: George Blake
1928-01-23Joe White6-16-1
Waltz Dream Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USAWTKO18
This was a one-sided fiasco.
1927-12-26Soldier Jones21-29-2
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWKO110
time: 0:55
1927-12-05Andre DeRosa
Canton Auditorium, Canton, Ohio, USAWKO210
time: 0:22
1927-11-22Jack Townsend9-13-1
Olympia Boxing Club, New York, New York, USAWPTS44
1927-11-21Clem Johnson14-24-3
Waltz Dream Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USAWKO18
Godfrey defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1927-10-31Tom Sayers17-3-0
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO110
1927-09-14Monte Munn18-1-0
Ebbet's Field, Brooklyn, New York, USAWTKO412
time: 2:20 | referee: Lou Magnolia
1927-09-08Henry van Patten4-3-0
Culver City, California, USAWKO210
1927-08-15Jim Maloney28-4-0
Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO110
referee: Tommy Reilly
"Two smashing left hand blows to the jaw ended the fight one minute and twenty-five seconds after the opening bell." (AP) Maloney was revived 10 minutes after he hit the canvas.
1927-07-05Neal Clisby20-12-12
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWKO710
Godfrey defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1927-06-23Jake Kilrain7-6-0
Culver City Arena, Culver City, California, USAWPTS1010
1927-05-13Long Tom Hawkins14-11-4
Coliseum, San Diego, California, USAWKO710
1927-05-05Jack Roper23-11-4
Culver City Stadium, Culver City, California, USAWTKO510
referee: Frank Holborow
1927-04-18Leon Bombo Chevalier11-3-4
Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California, USAWKO410
Sometimes reported as a No-Contest
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