Bob Montgomery

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Bob "Bobcat" Montgomery
Class of 1995
Modern Category
Hall of Fame bio:click
World Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee

Name: Bob Montgomery
Alias: Bobcat
Born: 1919-02-10
Birthplace: Sumter, South Carolina, USA
Died: 1998-08-25 (Age:79)
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 5′ 7½″   /   171cm
Reach: 71″   /   180cm
Boxing Record: click

Managers: Frankie Thomas, Joe Gramby
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Career Review

  • Had an amateur record of 32-2.
  • During his professional career, Montgomery defeated such fighters as Lulu Costantino, Davey Day, Beau Jack, Lew Jenkins, Tony Pellone, Joey Peralta, Leo Rodak, Ike Williams, and Fritzie Zivic.
  • Won the Pennsylvania State Lightweight Title with a ten-round unanimous decision against Mike Evens on October 24, 1939.
  • Defeated Beau Jack by a fifteen-round unanimous decision on May 21, 1943 to win the NYSAC World Lightweight Championship.
  • Lost the title to Beau Jack by a fifteen-round unanimous decision on November 19, 1943.
  • Knocked out Ike Williams in the twelfth round on January 25, 1944. Montgomery ended Williams' 32-fight win streak.
  • Regained the title from Beau Jack with a fifteen-round split decision on March 3, 1944.
  • The fourth and final meeting between Montgomery and Beau Jack was a non-title fight that took place on August 4, 1944 at Madison Square Garden. The bout was proclaimed "The War Bonds Fight." Tickets were only made available to interested parties who purchased war bonds. Jack and Montgomery were enlisted men in the U.S. Army at the time of the contest, and both refused to take purses for the fight. The bout raised $35,864,900 for the World War II national bond drive. Jack won by a ten-round majority decision.
  • Fought a rematch with Ike Williams on August 4, 1947. Williams, the NBA Lightweight Champion, knocked out Montgomery, the NYSAC Lightweight Champion, in six rounds to become the Undisputed World Lightweight Champion.
  • Promoted several boxing shows at the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia in 1971. Montgomery became the first black promoter ever in Philadelphia.
  • Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1995.
  • In the September 2001 issue of The Ring Magazine, Montgomery was named the 9th greatest lightweight of all-time.

Preceded by:
Beau Jack
NYSAC World Lightweight Champion
1943 May 21 – 1943 Nov 19
Succeeded by:
Beau Jack
Preceded by:
Beau Jack
NYSAC World Lightweight Champion
1944 Mar 3 – 1947 Aug 4
Succeeded by:
Ike Williams