Joe Glick, who was from the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, and was a tailor by trade, began his career in 1921 and by the mid-1920s was considered one of the top boxers in the junior-lightweight division. After knocking out the great Johnny Dundee (former featherweight champ who was nearing the end of his career) in the 10th-round of their January 1926 bout, he received his first title shot against Tod Morgan in September, but lost the 15-round decision. The following year, Glick received another title shot against Morgan, and was ahead on points in their 15-round match, when he fouled Morgan by hitting below the belt and was disqualified in the 14th-round.
In between his two title bouts, Glick remained active. He fought former champ Mike Ballerino twice (both were 10-round draws) and future Hall-of-Famer Benny Bass three times (two Bass wins and a no decision).
By the late 1920s, Glick was fighting as a lightweight against top competition. In 1929, he faced the great Jimmy McLarnin twice within a two-month span. (McLarnin had lost his lightweight title shot the year before and would soon move up to welterweight, to become the world champion.) After losing a 10-round decision to McLarnin in January, Glick was then knocked out by the Irishmen in the second-round of their March rematch.
A month after losing to McLarnin the second time, Glick stepped back into the ring against another great fighter, Louis "Kid" Kaplan. Kaplan, the former featherweight champ, had moved up to lightweight in the mid-1920s and was one of the top contenders in the world. He defeated Glick in a 10-round no decision.
In 1930, Glick fought two more legendary fighters: Tony Canzoneri, the former world featherweight champ, and Jackie "Kid" Berg. Canzoneri, who won the lightweight title later that year, defeated Glick in a 10-round decision while Berg defeated Glick in both their bouts (both on decisions).
Glick continued to fight until 1934, but because he could not defeat the top boxers of his division, he never received another title shot.