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Joe Gans
Global ID9026
sexmale
birthdate 1874-11-25
death date 1910-08-10 (35)
divisionlightweight
stanceorthodox
height5′ 6½″   /   169cm
reach71″   /   180cm
aliasOld Master
country USA
residenceBaltimore, Maryland, USA
birth placeBaltimore, Maryland, USA
birth nameJoseph Gant
won 145 (KO 100) + lost 10 (KO 5) + drawn 16 = 176
rounds boxed 1475
Newspaper Decisions won 13 : lost 2 : drawn 5
rounds boxed 132
Total Bouts 196 KO% 51.02
 
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1909-03-12Jabez White11-5-1
National S.C., New York, New York, USAWNWS1010
White was down four times. Newspaper decision for Gans from NY Daily Tribune, NY Evening World, NY Times, NY Sun, Syracuse Herald.
1908-09-09Battling Nelson42-12-14
Mission Street Arena, Colma, California, USALKO2145
referee: Eddie Smith
World Lightweight Title
1908-07-04Battling Nelson41-12-14
Mission Street Arena, Colma, California, USALKO1745
referee: Jack Welsh
World Lightweight Title, 133 lbs ringside
1908-05-14Rudy Unholz36-26-17
Coliseum, San Francisco, California, USAWTKO1120
referee: Jack Welsh
World Lightweight Title, 133lbs
1908-04-01Spike Robson12-4-0
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO36
time: 2:25 | referee: Jack McGuigan
Robson down twice in the 3rd round.
1908-01-03Bob Blackburn
Eureka Athletic Club, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWKO35
Benefit of Herman Miller.
1907-09-27George Memsic18-6-11
Naud Junction Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS2020
referee: James J. Jeffries
World Lightweight Title, 135lbs
1907-09-09Jimmy Britt12-3-1
Recreation Park, San Francisco, California, USAWTKO620
referee: Jack Welsh
World Lightweight Title, 133 ringside
Britt breaks or seriously injures his wrist in the fourth round.

1907-01-01Kid Herman36-8-19
Casino A.C. Arena, Tonopah, Nevada, USAWKO8
referee: Jack Welsh
World Lightweight Title, 133 lbs at 1 pm to a finish
1906-09-03Battling Nelson40-10-13
Casino Amphitheatre, Goldfield, Nevada, USAWDQ42
referee: George Siler
World Lightweight Title, 133 lbs ringside, to a finish
Gans earned $11,000 and Nelson $22,500. United States President Teddy Roosevelt's son Kermit was in the audience.

1906-07-23Dave Holly33-4-1
Pleasant Beach, Seattle, Washington, USAWPTS2020
referee: James W. Morrison
World Lightweight Title, 135 lbs at 6 pm
Holly was down in the 12th round.

1906-06-29Jack Blackburn29-2-11
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
referee: Jack McGuigan
Newspaper decision for Gans from Philadelphia Item, Philadelphia Inquirer, NY Evening World, Boston Morning Journal, wire ("Gans showed that he was his opponent's master in every department of the game").
1906-06-15Harry Lewis10-5-3
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USADNWS66
Police Gazette had Gans winning, though they wrote that this was the best fight of Lewis's career. Trenton Times reported all rounds for Gans, except for 4th, which was even. Associated Press reported that neither men had an advantage. NY Evening World reported that Gans gave Lewis a terrific beating, and only in one rounds was Lewis able to fight back some. The Philadelphia Item (most authentic of the sources because it had a reporter on the scene) called the fight a draw.
1906-05-18Willie Lewis16-3-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALNWS66
referee: Tim Hurst
Newspaper decision from Harry Burke (NY Evening World), John Pollock (NY Evening World), NY Times, NY Sun, wire (Daily Nevada State Journal; gave Gans only the 2nd round), Trenton Times (3rd round for Gans, 5th round even), Washington Times (Lewis had slightly the better of Gans; Gans better in 4th round).
1906-03-17Mike Twin Sullivan15-1-11
Chutes Park, Los Angeles, California, USAWTKO1020
referee: Alvie King
Bout for Welter Title claim at 142 lbs, but all bets off when Sullivan came in overweight; Sullivan down in the 9th round; Police ordered ref to stop it in 10th.
1906-01-19Mike Twin Sullivan15-0-11
Woodward's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USAWKO1520
time: 1:55 | referee: Jack Welsh
World Welterweight Title, 142 lbs at 4 pm
Sullivan down in the 8th, Gans down in the 11th.
Gans' share of the gate was $2,425.20 (he also bet $1,700 on himself), and Sullivan's was $1,616.80.
Estimated weights for both fighters were 134lb for Gans and 142lb for Sullivan (San Francisco Call).

1905-09-15Mike Twin Sullivan14-0-10
Lyric Theater, Baltimore, Maryland, USADPTS1515
referee: James O'Hara
Sullivan was knocked down in the 1st round.
Most sources were of the opinion that Sullivan deserved the decision: Baltimore American, Baltimore Sun, Boston Journal, New York Evening World, Trenton Times, wire ("Referee O'Hara called it a draw, but few in the large audience agreed with him.").
Trenton Times reported it was a pre-arranged draw if lasting the distance.

1905-03-27Rufe Turner36-6-5
Washington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Philadelphia Inquirer / Boston Journal (same report) reported that "it was Turner's bout at every stage, and that he did not win more impressively was due to the fact that he did not care to extend himself".
Associated Press wire reported that Turner "displayed his superiority over" Gans, and that "it was Turner's bout at every stage and the fact that Gans was on his feet at the finish was due to his opponent's generosity".There is strong suspicion that the above reports were personally motivated to "hype" Turner. The Philadelphia Item, Philadelphia Record, Philadelphia North American (re-printed in Baltimore American), Baltimore American, Baltimore Sun, Pawtucket Evening Times (same report) and Trenton Times reported Gans the winner. The Washington Times, while not having a report of its own, commented that "The Philadelphia papers and the leading sporting sheets of New York are a unit in agreeing that Gans was a winner after the first two rounds and would have been clearly entitled to a decision had one been given. In the face of this, the reports in the Baltimore papers and in the local morning papers are to the effect that Gans was "outclassed" and was a comparatively easy mark for the California negro. This divergence of opinion does not look good, and the inference seems to be that there is a play for a return match to be patronizes by the Washington and Baltimore publics." (This long comentary,entered previously by other editors (Deepak, Sergei Yurchanko) well illustrates the importance of giving preference to reports from the city in which a fight occurred.)

1904-10-31Jimmy Britt8-1-1
Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USAWDQ520
time: 0:38 | referee: Eddie Graney
World Lightweight Title, 133 ringside
Britt knocked Gans down four times. The last time, he hit Gans as he was rising and was disqualified.

1904-09-30Joe Walcott88-14-16
Woodward's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USADPTS2020
referee: Jack Welsh
It was announced before the fight that no title was at stake.
Referee Jack Welch gave 7 rounds to Gans, 5 to Walcott, with 8 even, but thought that Walcott's aggressiveness compensated Gans' advantage in cleverness.
Shortly after this fight Walcott accidentally shot himself in the hand and was out of action until January 1906

1904-06-27Dave Holly30-0-0
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USADNWS66
Newspaper decision for Holly from Philadelphia Ledger ("It was Holly's contest from beginning to end"). Baltimore Sun quoted The Philadelphia Press giving the newspaper decision to Holly. Newspaper decision for Gans from Philadelphia Item and Philadelphia Record. Philadelphia Inquirer couldn't decide the winner. Pittsburgh Gazette later cited this bout as a clear cut win for Holly.
1904-06-13Sammy Smith15-3-2
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO46
referee: Jack McGuigan
Smith was down twice in the 1st round, once in the 2nd and 3rd, and six times in the 4th. This is from the report in the Philadelphia Record.
1904-06-03Kid Griffo6-8-4
Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWTKO715
referee: James O'Hara
Gans was to stop Griffo inside of 10 rounds or forfeit $100 for every round after the 10th.
Griffo was floored three times in each of 5th and 6th rounds, and four times in the 7th.

1904-05-27Jewey Cook56-20-10
Eureka A.C., Baltimore, Maryland, USAWRTD710
referee: James O'Hara
Cook weighed about 155 pounds, far above the stipulated weight of 146 pounds. Cook was down twice in the 7th round.
1904-04-21Sam Bolen35-10-25
Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWPTS1515
referee: Frederick Sweigert
Bolen was down once in the 11th round and twice in the 14th. Gans was down in the 15th round.
Bolen was much heavier than Gans.

1904-03-28Gus Gardner15-13-4
Arbelten Hall, Saginaw, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
referee: William H. Considine
1904-03-25Jack Blackburn17-0-7
Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWPTS1515
referee: James O'Hara
Philadelphia Item reported that Gans won easily. The match was made at 140 pounds, but the actual weights are not mentioned. NY Times reported that Blackburn "was apparently ten or fifteen pounds heavier than" Gans.
1904-02-02Mike Ward17-0-4
Light Guard Armory, Detroit, Michigan, USAWTKO1010
Ward was down in the 9th round. Police stopped the fight after two and a half minutes of the 10th round.
1904-01-22Joe Grim14-6-1
Shlegel's Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWPTS1010
referee: James O'Hara
Gans was to stop Grim in 6 rounds or forfeit $100 for every round after the 6th. The winner of the fight was to receive 60 per cent of the purse, and the loser 40 per cent.
According to the Baltimore Sun report, Grim was knocked down in the 10th round, but non-local reports mention no knockdown.
According to AP report, Gans weighed about 138 pounds, while Grim seemed to be twenty-five pounds heavier.

1904-01-19Clarence Connors
Mount Clemens, Michigan, USAWTKO26
referee: Al Herford
Connors was down once in the 1st round and three times in the 2nd.
1904-01-12Willie Fitzgerald21-10-7
Light Guard Armory, Detroit, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
referee: Tim Hurst
World Lightweight Title
Both fighters made 135lbs. Fitzgerald was knocked down in the 1st, 4th, 6th and 8th rounds.

1903-12-08Sam Langford16-1-7
Criterion A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, USALPTS1515
referee: Eugene Buckley
1903-12-07Dave Holly27-0-0
Washington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision for Gans from Philadelphia Item and Baltimore Sun. A draw from Philadelphia Inquirer. Holly was down twice in the 1st round.
1903-11-02Jack Blackburn16-0-4
Washington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
Newspaper decision for Blackburn from Philadelphia Record, Philadelphia Inquirer, NY Evening World, NY Sun, and Baltimore Morning Herald. Newspaper decision for Gans from Baltimore Sun. A draw from Philadelphia Item.
Blackburn was down in the 1st round.

1903-10-23Dave Holly27-0-0
State A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USADNWS66
A draw from Philadelphia Item and Philadelphia Record. Newspaper decision for Gans from Boston Journal ("Gans had the better of the bout on points, but his margin was so slight that many spectators thought he was bested").
1903-10-20Eddie Kennedy26-5-6
Southern A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision for Gans from Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Record, Baltimore Sun (wire - "In the last round Gans pushed his man hard and gave the Pittsburg man a severe beating").
1903-10-19Joe Grim14-4-1
Washington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision for Gans from Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Record, Wilkes-Barre Times, Boston Journal, NY Times (wire), Baltimore Sun.
Grim was down twice in the 1st round, once in the 2nd, three times in the 3rd, once in the 4th, three times in the 5th.

1903-07-04Buddy King18-4-4
Old Baseball Park, Butte, Montana, USAWKO520
referee: Duncan McDonald
King was sent down in the first, and after that was never in it. In the early part of the fifth King was hit with a right to the jaw, and was unable to rise. This contest was held in the drizzling rain. Attendance: 2,000. Fight was made at 136 pounds and King had to pay a forfeit for missing weight.
1903-05-29Willie Fitzgerald20-7-7
Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USAWKO1020
referee: Eddie Graney
Billed for the lightweight title, but Gans weighed above the agreed limit of 135lb. (Photo)
1903-05-13Tom Tracey20-16-10
Pastime A.C., Portland, Oregon, USAWTKO920
referee: Eddie Graney
Tracey was down in the 8th and 9th rounds.
1903-03-23Jack Bennett40-16-7
Masonic Hall, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USAWKO510
referee: Jimmie Mason
Bennett was down twice in the 5th round.
1903-03-11Steve Crosby44-8-17
Whittington Park, Hot Springs, Arkansas, USAWTKO1120
referee: Tommy Ryan
World Lightweight Title
Fought at 134 pounds.
Crosby was down multiple times.

1903-01-01Gus Gardner10-8-3
Casino, New Britain, Connecticut, USAWDQ1120
referee: John Willis
World Lightweight Title
This match was made at 136 pounds.

1902-12-31Charley Sieger3-3-1
Criterion A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, USADPTS1010
referee: Bill Daly
Pre-arranged draw if lasting the distance.
1902-12-19Howard Wilson27-14-5
Scituate Athletic Club, Scituate, Rhode Island, USAWTKO320
referee: Joe Murphy
Wilson went down repeatedly in the 2nd round, and was down twice in the 3rd when his second (Clarence Gillespie) jumped into the ring, thus giving Gans the victory.
1902-11-14Charley Sieger3-1-0
Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWTKO1420
referee: George Mantz
World Lightweight Title, 133 lbs at 3 pm
"The men weighed in at the Eureka Athletic Club office at 3 o'clock in the afternoon and both turned the scales at 133 pounds." (Baltimore Sun)
Sieger was knocked down repeatedly.
Baltimore Sun reported the bout being stopped in the 15th round, but Baltimore American, Baltimore Morning Herald and several wire reports give 14th round as the last. Also, some reports claim that Sieger was counted out, and others say his second threw up the sponge.

1902-10-14Dave Holly19-0-0
Maennerchor Hall, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from Philadelphia Item and Trenton Times.
Holly was down four times.

1902-10-13Kid McPartland40-13-12
International A.C., Fort Erie, Ontario, CanadaWKO520
time: 2:25 | referee: Charlie White
World Lightweight Title
McPartland was down in the 3rd round.
Both men weighed in under 135 pounds.

1902-09-22Jack Bennett38-14-7
Golden Gate A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO26
Result from the Philadelphia Record.
1902-09-17Gus Gardner10-7-3
Music Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWKO520
referee: Charlie White
Gardner was knocked down multiple times in the 4th and 5th rounds. The match was made at 138 lbs. "Manager Herford made known the agreement, and stated that the match was not for the lightweight championship, as Gardner was not down to the lightweight limit form by several pounds. The spectators did not take this announcement kindly" Baltimore Sun
1902-07-24Rufe Turner22-5-3
Acme A.C., Oakland, California, USAWKO1515
referee: Eddie Smith
World Lightweight Title
Fought at 135 pounds.
Turned was down twice in the 4th round, once in the 8th, twice in the 10th, twice in the 13th.

1902-06-27George 'Elbows' McFadden40-7-17
Woodward's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USAWTKO320
referee: Phil Wand
World Lightweight Title
The fighters weighed in privately, and according to the referee's words, both scaled below 133 lb.
McFadden was wrestled to the floor in the 1st round, and knocked down twice in the 2nd and four times in the 3rd. McFadden's second threw up the sponge.

1902-05-29St. Mary's County Bully0-4-5
Monumental Theater, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWDQ34
referee: Al Herford
Results from the Baltimore Morning Herald.
1902-05-28Charles Boyer4-2-5
Monumental Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWTKO24
referee: Al Herford
Results from the Baltimore Morning Herald.
1902-05-28Edward Snowden3-2-4
Monumental Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWKO24
referee: Al Herford
Results from the Baltimore Morning Herald.
1902-05-27Joe Burke
Monumental Theater, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWRTD24
referee: Al Herford
Results from the Baltimore Morning Herald.
1902-05-12Frank Erne27-4-16
International A.C., Fort Erie, Ontario, CanadaWKO120
time: 1:40 | referee: Charlie White
World Lightweight Title
"In the exchange Gans got both hands to head and Erne seemed a trifle dazed. Gans felt him out with a left shove to the face, drawing blood to nose. Erne seemed dazed and Gans rushed and exchanged, putting right plump on Erne's jaw. Erne fell slowly to the floor with his mouth and nose bleeding, rolled over on his stomach and was counted out before he could attempt to regain his feet." (wire report)

1902-03-27Jack Bennett36-11-6
Ford Opera House, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWKO520
referee: Charlie White
1902-03-07Jack Ryan8-3-9
Keystone A.C., Allentown, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO415
referee: Walter H. Schlichter
Results from the Allentown Morning Call.
1902-02-17George 'Elbows' McFadden38-6-17
Penn Art Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Item, which reported that Gans was a clear winner.
1902-01-06Eddie Connolly23-14-15
Washington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWDQ56
referee: William H. Rocap
Connolly butted Gans three or four times under the chin according to (Philadelphia Record). Philadelphia Inquirer reported the bout stopped with Connolly being practically helpless. The Philadelphia Item reported Gans as the winner.
1902-01-03Tom Broderick10-10-4
Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWKO620
referee: George Mantz
Gans was down in the 2nd round. Broderick was down in the 5th round.
1901-12-30Joe Youngs8-6-14
Washington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO46
referee: William H. Rocap
Youngs quit in the middle of the round, with both of his eyes almost closed.
1901-12-13Bobby Dobbs78-19-29
Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWTKO1420
referee: Frederick Sweigert
Gans had to stop Dobbs in 10 rounds or get the loser's end of the purse (25 per cent), and also had to pay Dobbs $50 for every round after 10th that the latter was able to stay. Dobbs asked his seconds to throw up the sponge in the middle of the 14th round, claiming a sore hand.
Dobbs was down repeatedly, either from knock-downs or going down on his own.

1901-11-22Billy Moore12-12-8
Eureka Athletic Club, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWKO320
referee: George Mantz
Moore was knocked down in the 1st round.
1901-11-15Jack Hanlon3-3-2
Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWKO220
time: 2:45
1901-10-04Dan McConnell6-16-5
Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWKO38
referee: George Mantz
1901-09-30Joe Handler14-1-5
Trenton A.C., Trenton, New Jersey, USAWTKO120
referee: Bert Crowhurst
Fought at 135 pounds.
Handler was down four times.

1901-09-20Steve Crosby38-5-14
Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWTKO1220
referee: George Mantz
After the fight was stopped by the police the referee awarded the decision to Gans.
1901-08-23Steve Crosby38-5-13
Music Hall, Louisville, Kentucky, USADPTS2020
referee: George Hassler
"Colored" Lightweight Title
1901-07-15Harry Berger6-3-2
Ford Opera House, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWNWS66
First of three fights Gans had on the same day. According to agreement, if his opponents were on their feet after 6 rounds, no decision would be rendered. Gans easily won the newspaper decision. Baltimore Sun
1901-07-15Kid Thomas15-10-2
Ford Opera House, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWNWS66
Third of three fights Gans had on the same day. According to agreement, if his opponents were on their feet after 6 rounds, no decision would be rendered. Gans easily won the newspaper decision. Baltimore Sun
1901-07-15Jack Donahue2-4-1
Ford Opera House, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWTKO26
Donahue was down twice, when the police stopped the bout.
1901-05-31Bobby Dobbs78-18-28
Eureka Athletic Club, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWKO720
Dobbs was down several times.
1901-04-01Martin Flaherty24-11-22
Ford's Theater, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWTKO420
referee: George Mantz
Flaherty was down twice in the 4th round.
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