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Bill Tate
Global ID26752
sexmale
birthdate 1896-00-00
death date 1953-08-10 (57)
divisionheavyweight
stanceorthodox
height6′ 6″   /   198cm
reach81″   /   206cm
aliasBig
country USA
residenceChicago, Illinois, USA
birth placeMontgomery, Alabama, USA
birth nameWilliam G. Tate
won 27 (KO 22) + lost 19 (KO 10) + drawn 2 = 51
rounds boxed 300
Newspaper Decisions won 6 : lost 9 : drawn 2
rounds boxed 162
Total Bouts 68 KO% 32.35
 
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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1927-12-30Seal Harris3-3-1
Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, USADPTS44
1927-11-04Bearcat Wright30-6-5
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Mason City Globe-Gazette (A.P. wire)
1927-07-04Emanuel Jondis0-1-0
Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO16
From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman).
1925-10-16Tiny Jim Herman41-10-9
Armory, Portland, Oregon, USALDQ510
referee: Ralph Gruman
The referee Ralph Gruman stopped the bout and disqualified Tate for stalling, then awarded the decision to Herman.
1925-09-17Frank Farmer62-22-24
Auditorium, Tacoma, Washington, USAWPTS66
1925-06-13Clemente Saavedra4-7-1
Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn, New York, USAWTKO26
1924-11-24Martin Burke32-16-4
Laurel Garden, Newark, New Jersey, USANCNC312
Referee Henry Lewis stopped the fight after three very slow rounds and called it "no contest," although it would seem that his action was somewhat premature. From the Newark Star-Eagle (Herb Goldman).
1924-09-11Juan Casanova
Boyle's Thirty Acres, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWKO16
time: 2:30
1924-07-04Ray Bennett3-3-2
Amusement Park, Monticello, New York, USANCNC110
The bout was declared 'no contest' and Bennett was suspended for 30 days by the State Athletic Commission for 'taking a dive'.
1923-11-02George Godfrey10-5-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALKO712
1923-07-28Buddy Jackson2-2-0
Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York, New York, USAWKO1012
1923-06-01Tom Cowler50-21-2
Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York, New York, USAWTKO512
1923-03-27Mexican Joe Lawson1-4-1
Washington Court House, Ohio, USAWKO810
1922-11-27Tut Jackson40-4-2
Coliseum, Toledo, Ohio, USAWKO412
1922-08-04Sam Langford145-24-34
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USALPTS1212
Langford "was given a referee's decision (..) after twelve slow rounds of fighting." (Nebraska State Journal)
1922-06-21Jack Thompson19-8-5
Tulane Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USALPTS1515
Reported in the Philadelphia Record and other newspapers. Also reported in the New Orleans Times-Picayune (Jack Kincaid).
1922-06-17Boston Bearcat0-1-0
Porter, Indiana, USAWKO110
This fight was listed in the results section of THE RING, August 1922 issue.
1922-03-27Sam Langford141-23-32
Memphis, Tennessee, USAWNWS88
Popular verdict - a win for Tate (World Almanac). The Philadelphia Record also has it as a win for Tate. The supposed 8-round fight between Tate and Langford, previously listed here as occurring in Mexico City, probably refers to this fight. Certainly Langford and Tate would never have been scheduled for just 8 rounds in Mexico City.
1922-03-20Rough House Ware11-19-4
Columbus, Ohio, USAWTKO212
1922-02-06Battling Owens0-2-0
Memphis, Tennessee, USAWKO28
1922-01-06Harry Wills52-6-2
Arena, Milwaukie, Oregon, USADPTS1010
Both fighters claimed the Black Heavyweight title in this bout. Wills bled from a cut over his right eye from the 5th round on. Wills was knocked down for no count in the 9th from a rabbit punch.
(Both fought without pay because of that Monday night fiasco four days previous.)

1922-01-02Harry Wills52-5-2
Arena, Milwaukie, Oregon, USAWDQ110
referee: Tom Louttit
Wills was disqualified for knocking Tate down after the referee's call to break; Both fighters agreed to a rematch four days later, at no cost to the fans.
Tate claims the Black Heavyweight Title.

1921-12-08Harry Wills51-5-2
Stockyards Stadium, Denver, Colorado, USALPTS1212
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1921-09-21Sam Langford138-21-32
Covington, Kentucky, USAWNWS1212
(The News Sentinel)
1921-07-02Harry Wills48-5-2
Queensboro Stadium, Long Island City, Queens, New York, USALTKO615
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1921-01-17Harry Wills43-5-2
Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USALKO215
time: 1:18 | referee: Dick Nugent
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1920-12-14Kid Norfolk51-13-4
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALPTS1010
1920-09-06Sam Langford125-19-29
Floyd Fitzsimmons Arena, Benton Harbor, Michigan, USAWNWS66
referee: E.W. Dickerson
Tate won from Langford "by a shade." (Bismarck Tribune) The Chicago Tribune concurs.
1920-07-01George Godfrey2-0-1
LPTS1010
Exact date and location unknown, but possibly occurred in Mobile, Alabama.
1920-06-02Ralph Alexander4-1-0
Chickasha, Oklahoma, USAWPTS1212
1920-02-25Gunboat Smith51-21-9
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWPTS44
1919-08-23Sam Langford112-17-27
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USALNWS1010
Contrary to previous listing here, the fight went the full 10 rounds according to the Chicago Tribune and Pittsburgh Post. Langford was floored in the third round. The largest fight crowd in Grand Rapids history was on hand.
1919-06-19Sam Langford111-17-26
Nicollet Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USALDQ510
referee: George Barton
Tate was disqualified for holding. (Evening State Journal)
1918-04-29Jack Thompson8-3-1
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
Thompson won the newspaper decision (Daily Northwestern) and also according to the Philadelphia Public Ledger (Paul Zabala).
1918-04-22Kid Norfolk34-11-4
Lyric Theater, Baltimore, Maryland, USALTKO710
From Baltimore newspapers (Laurence Fielding).
1918-03-30George Kid Cotton8-12-1
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO16
Result from the Philadelphia Public Ledger.
1918-03-16Harry West1-0-0
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO16
Result from the Philadelphia Public Ledger.
1917-08-10Gunboat Smith48-13-6
Brown's Gym A.A., Far Rockaway, Queens, New York, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Record, Boston Globe, and from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1917-05-01Sam Langford102-12-24
Future City A.C., Saint Louis, Missouri, USALKO512
Langford regains his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1917-01-25Sam Langford102-11-24
Grand Opera House, Kansas City, Missouri, USAWPTS1212
Langford loses his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1917-01-12Lou Bodie5-4-1
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USAWKO710
referee: Claude Tibbitts
1916-11-30Sam Langford100-11-24
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USADNWS1010
Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim. The Syracuse Herald gave it to Langford, but the Syracuse Post-Standard gave it to Tate. Either way it was a very close fight.
1916-11-11Harry Wills26-4-2
Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the New York Evening Telegram (Paul Zabala)
1916-10-24Rufe Cameron4-11-3
Harlem-Rockaway S.C., Queens, New York, USAWKO610
1916-06-11Kid Norfolk20-10-4
Vista Allegre Bull Ring, Panama City, PanamaLPTS2020
vacant Panamanian heavyweight title
Norfolk won the vacant Panamanian heavyweight title by thrashing Tate.
1916-05-14Kid Hudson
Garden Theater, Colon, PanamaWKO110
1916-04-12Sandy Layne1-0-0
Vista Allegre Bull Ring, Panama City, PanamaWKO410
This was the second of two scheduled 10-rounders that Tate fought on this date.
1916-04-12Bill Taylor
Vista Allegre Bull Ring, Panama City, PanamaWKO210
This was the first of two scheduled 10-rounders that Tate fought on this date.
1916-03-18Jack Livingstone2-9-1
Vista Allegre Bull Ring, Panama City, PanamaWKO1220
Livingstone was down in round 11 before being knocked out in the 12th.
1916-01-24John Lester Johnson10-3-0
Vanderbilt A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USALDQ910
Tate was disqualified for stalling.
1915-11-22Al Bennett0-2-0
Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Brooklyn Eagle (Paul Zabala).
1915-10-27Silas Green5-2-0
Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Montreal Presse.
1915-09-21Al Bennett0-1-0
Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO1010
1915-08-20Battling Brooks0-11-0
Brown's Gym A.A., Far Rockaway, Queens, New York, USAWTKO310
1915-08-18Dave Mills5-5-5
Arena, New Haven, Connecticut, USANCNC7
The bout was halted after seven rounds because of stalling.
1915-05-17Silas Green5-2-0
Vanderbilt A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle
1915-03-15Bill Watkins3-6-0
Military A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USALNWS1010
From record for Tate by Tracy Callis, IBRO #31. source uncertain.
1915-02-01Joe Jeannette69-9-7
Vanderbilt A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USALTKO210
Claiming an injured hand, Tate refused to continue.
1915-01-25John Lester Johnson5-1-0
Pioneer Sporting Club, New York, New York, USADNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the New York Times, and from other New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1914-12-28John Lester Johnson5-1-0
Vanderbilt A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Brooklyn Eagle (Paul Zabala).
1914-12-14Joe Jeannette69-9-7
Irving A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Brooklyn Eagle (Paul Zabala).
1914-11-23Charles Bradley4-4-0
Vanderbilt A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWTKO710
1914-08-11Joe Jeannette67-9-6
Rockaway, New York, USALTKO610
Tate was scheduled to meet Black Bill in a 10-rounder at Brooklyn's Vanderbilt A.C. the following September 4.
1912-12-07Fred McKay2-3-0
Queensboro A.C., New York, New York, USALKO810
"Fred McKay, Winnipeg Giant, came a little closer into the limelight as a prominent 'white hope' by knocking out Bill Tate at the Queensboro A. C. The work was done in the eighth with a left to the body and a right to the jaw." (Daily Northwestern)
1912-12-03Soldier Delaney5-6-0
Brooklyn Beach A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Brooklyn Eagle (Paul Zabala).
1912-12-01Battling Jim Johnson12-5-2
Sharkey A.C., New York, New York, USALKO210
Reported in the Boston Globe.
1912-11-28Chuck Carleton3-3-0
Queensboro A.C., New York, New York, USAWTKO510
1912-08-20Joe Jeannette47-7-5
Morris Park, Newark, New Jersey, USALKO26
This was one of two fights that Jeannette had on this date. Tate is thought to have had previous experience in the southern states, fighting on all-black programs. (see Chapter V in Nat Fleischer,'s Black Dynamite, Volume V)

 
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