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Bearcat Wright boxer

Bearcat Wright image
Status inactive
Age 77
Division heavyweight
Height 6′ 1″/185cm
Debut 1919-12-22
Born 1897-12-18
Death 1975-07-06
Nationality USA
Residence Omaha, Nebraska, USA
bouts
97
won
58
lost
18
draw
19
bouts
97
won
58
lost
18
draw
19
Status inactive
Age 77
Division heavyweight
Height 6′ 1″/185cm
Debut 1919-12-22
Born 1897-12-18
Death 1975-07-06
Nationality USA
Residence Omaha, Nebraska, USA

The Arizona Wrestling Legends website says, "He was seen in Australia, in Canada, throughout the south, in the midwest, in Texas, always winning the support of the fans as he battled the likes of The Sheik, Johnny Valentine and Kinji Shibuya. A tall and lanky man, he was usually noted for flying dropkicks, spin kicks and leaps off the rope." He adopted a "claw hold" for his finisher, and was famous for desegregating wrestling.Wright declared before an audience in Gary, Indiana, that he would no longer participate in segregated wrestling. Although suspended for a short time by the Indiana State Athletic Commission for his stand, shortly afterwards professional boxing desegregated. Bearcat Wright defeated Killer Kowalski in April 1961 to win the Big Time Pro Wrestling title and become, in effect, the world heavyweight wrestling champion."

The Arizona Wrestling Legends website says, "He was seen in Australia, in Canada, throughout the south, in the midwest, in Texas, always winning the support of the fans as he battled the likes of The Sheik, Johnny Valentine and Kinji Shibuya. A tall and lanky man, he was usually noted for flying dropkicks, spin kicks and leaps off the rope." He adopted a "claw hold" for his finisher, and was famous for desegregating wrestling.Wright declared before an audience in Gary, Indiana, that he would no longer participate in segregated wrestling. Although suspended for a short time by the Indiana State Athletic Commission for his stand, shortly afterwards professional boxing desegregated. Bearcat Wright defeated Killer Kowalski in April 1961 to win the Big Time Pro Wrestling title and become, in effect, the world heavyweight wrestling champion."

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
Sept. 14, 1936 Max Baer WWWWWW Coliseum, Des Moines LOSS
NWS
Dec. 18, 1935 Louis Zack WLWDLL Onawa DRAW
NWS
Dec. 17, 1935 Tuffy Dial LWWLLW Saggau Hall, Denison WIN
NWS
Oct. 24, 1935 Eddie Simms DWWWLL Ulmer WIN
KO
Oct. 21, 1935 Tiger Jack Payne DDLLWL Eagle Grove WIN
KO
Oct. 15, 1935 Hank Kavanaugh LLWW Arena, Omaha LOSS
Points
Sept. 17, 1935 Tiger Jack Payne WDDLLW Arena, Omaha WIN
Points
Aug. 20, 1935 Hank Kavanaugh Omaha WIN
Points
Feb. 10, 1933 George Godfrey WWWWLW Convention Hall, Kansas City
NC
Sept. 20, 1932 KO Christner DLDWWW Memorial Coliseum, Marshalltown LOSS
DQ
Aug. 1, 1932 Louis Zack LWLWDL League Park, Omaha WIN
Points
April 15, 1932 Obie Walker WDWWDW Legion Arena, Lake Worth LOSS
Points
April 5, 1932 Obie Walker WWWDWW City Park Arena, Miami DRAW
Points
March 22, 1932 Obie Walker WWWWDW City Park Arena, Miami LOSS
Points
Feb. 22, 1932 Louis Zack LLWLWD Sioux City WIN
NWS
Jan. 29, 1932 Louis Zack WLLWLW City Auditorium, Omaha DRAW
Points
Jan. 4, 1932 KO Christner WLLLW City Auditorium, Omaha LOSS
Points
Nov. 27, 1931 Grant Shade WWLLLL Armory, Centerville DRAW
NWS
Oct. 29, 1931 Gorilla Banks WWLLDL City Auditorium, Omaha WIN
KO
Oct. 19, 1931 Tommy Havel LLWDLL Coliseum, Des Moines WIN
KO
Sept. 7, 1931 George Rohrick LWLWWD Scottsbluff DRAW
Points
Aug. 25, 1931 Chuck Middaugh LDLDLD Fremont WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 7, 1931 Tiger Jack Payne DWLDL Broadway Baseball Park, Council Bluffs LOSS
NWS
July 24, 1931 Gorilla Banks WWWLLD Harrison County Fairgrounds, Missouri Valley WIN
Technical knockout
June 1, 1931 Tiger Jack Fox DWWWWW Liberty Park, Sedalia WIN
KO
April 24, 1931 Tiger Jack Payne WLDWL City Auditorium, Omaha DRAW
Points
April 10, 1931 Mickey Walker WWWWWW Auditorium, Omaha LOSS
Points
April 1, 1931 Seal Harris WLWLLL Topeka WIN
NWS
March 30, 1931 Bob Lawson WWWLLL City Auditorium, Galveston WIN
Points
Feb. 24, 1931 Bad News Johnson WLWLLL 10th Street Arena, Modesto DRAW
Points
Dec. 19, 1930 George Godfrey WWWWWW City Auditorium, Atlanta Billed for the 'Black' American heavyweight title DRAW
Points
Oct. 10, 1930 Tiger Jack Payne LLWWWL City Auditorium, Omaha DRAW
Points
Sept. 12, 1930 Lefty Cunningham Harrison County Fairgrounds, Missouri Valley WIN
KO
July 17, 1930 Primo Carnera WWWWWW League Park, Omaha LOSS
KO
June 23, 1930 Bob Lawson WWDWWL Macon LOSS
Points
June 17, 1930 Al Walker LDLLLL Municipal Auditorium, Atlanta LOSS
Points
April 11, 1930 Lee Jackson Duluth WIN
DQ
Feb. 27, 1930 Emilio Solomon LLLLWL City Auditorium, Omaha WIN
Points
Jan. 10, 1930 Long Tom Hawkins WWWWWL Coliseum, San Diego WIN
Points
Dec. 6, 1929 Otis Gardner LLLLLL Auditorium, Cedar Rapids WIN
KO
Nov. 25, 1929 Tom Sayers WDLWWL City Auditorium, Omaha WIN
KO
Nov. 12, 1929 Cowboy Billy Owens WDLWWL Des Moines WIN
KO
Oct. 25, 1929 Long Tom Hawkins WWWWWW Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco WIN
Technical knockout
Oct. 18, 1929 Leon Bombo Chevalier WWWWWL Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco WIN
KO
Sept. 16, 1929 Al Walker DLLDLL Topeka WIN
NWS
Sept. 13, 1929 Seal Harris LWDLLL Knights of Columbus Gym, Sioux City WIN
NWS
Aug. 2, 1929 Grant Shade WLWWWL Council Bluffs WIN
KO
May 24, 1929 Al Walker LWWDLL City Auditorium, Galveston DRAW
Points
April 19, 1929 Long Tom Hawkins WWLWWL Coliseum, San Diego DRAW
Points
April 11, 1929 Neil Clisby LWWWDW Pasadena Arena, Pasadena WIN
Points
Feb. 8, 1929 Mack House LWWWLW Coliseum, San Diego WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 25, 1929 Long Tom Hawkins LWWWLW Coliseum, San Diego LOSS
Points
Jan. 11, 1929 Jack Beasley WDWWLL Coliseum, San Diego WIN
KO
Dec. 14, 1928 Long Tom Hawkins WLLWWW Coliseum, San Diego WIN
Points
Dec. 3, 1928 Neil Clisby WWLWWW City Auditorium, Galveston DRAW
Points
Nov. 2, 1928 Cowboy Billy Owens WLLWDW Gayety Theater, Omaha DRAW
Points
Sept. 17, 1928 Cowboy Billy Owens WWWLLW Kansas City DRAW
Points
Sept. 7, 1928 Johnny Risko WWWWWL City Auditorium, Omaha LOSS
Points
July 23, 1928 Eric Johnson American Legion at Columbia Hall, Omaha WIN
KO
May 14, 1928 Roy Clark DLLLLW City Auditorium, Galveston WIN
Points
April 16, 1928 Jack Johnson WWWWLL Topeka WIN
KO
March 2, 1928 Bill Hartwell WWWWWW Kansas City LOSS
NWS
Feb. 6, 1928 Bob Lawson LWWWLL City Auditorium, Galveston LOSS
Majority decision
Dec. 5, 1927 Bill Hartwell WWWWLD City Auditorium, Galveston DRAW
Points
Nov. 25, 1927 Big Boy Peterson WWWWWW Municipal Auditorium, Minneapolis LOSS
NWS
Nov. 15, 1927 Bill Hartwell LWWWWL Kansas City DRAW
Points
Nov. 4, 1927 Bill Tate WWWLW Cedar Rapids WIN
NWS
Oct. 28, 1927 Chuck Wiggins WDWWWW Omaha WIN
Points
Oct. 17, 1927 Bob Lawson WLWLWW City Auditorium, Galveston WIN
Majority decision
Oct. 3, 1927 Oscar Battiste LLLWLL Cedar Rapids WIN
KO
Sept. 7, 1927 Joe Lohman LLLLWL Coliseum, Des Moines WIN
NWS
Aug. 25, 1927 Battling Kavanaugh LLLLLL Wisner WIN
KO
Aug. 5, 1927 Chief Metoquah WLLWLL Cedar Rapids WIN
NWS
July 21, 1927 Earl Blue WWWDLW Municipal Auditorium, Minneapolis WIN
KO
June 28, 1927 Chuck Wiggins WLLWLW Denver LOSS
Points
June 7, 1927 Duke Horn LWWWLW Municipal Auditorium, Minneapolis WIN
NWS
May 16, 1927 Willie Henry WWWWDW City Auditorium, Galveston WIN
KO
May 4, 1927 Neil Clisby WWWDDL Lincoln WIN
Technical knockout
April 11, 1927 Cowboy Billy Owens WWWLLL City Auditorium, Galveston WIN
KO
Jan. 1, 1927 Bill Hartwell DLL Kansas City DRAW
Points
Dec. 21, 1926 Mike Arnold DLLL Denver WIN
Points
Dec. 17, 1926 Joe Lohman LLDLWL Cedar Rapids WIN
NWS
Dec. 15, 1926 Mike Dalton Denver WIN
KO
Nov. 23, 1926 George Godfrey LWLWWW Armory, Portland
NC
Nov. 12, 1926 Duke Horn WWWW Kenwood Armory, Minneapolis WIN
NWS
Nov. 3, 1926 Joe Lohman LWLLDL Des Moines LOSS
NWS
Oct. 5, 1926 Tiny Jim Herman WWWWLD Armory, Portland WIN
Points
Sept. 6, 1926 Seal Harris Auditorium, Cedar Rapids WIN
KO
Sept. 1, 1926 Tut Jackson WLDLL Omaha WIN
KO
Aug. 23, 1926 Joe Gilmore W Auditorium, Cedar Rapids WIN
NWS
Aug. 2, 1926 Tut Jackson WWLDL Auditorium, Cedar Rapids WIN
KO
April 30, 1926 George Bourland WWLWWW Garrick Theater, Des Moines WIN
KO
April 24, 1926 Wildcat Banks Cudahy Recreation Hall, Sioux City WIN
KO
April 12, 1926 Brad Simmons DWWWWW Topeka WIN
KO
March 25, 1926 George Bourland WWWWWW Omaha WIN
KO
March 17, 1926 Tut Jackson DWWLD Wichita WIN
KO
Feb. 27, 1926 Bill Hartwell D Cudahy Recreation Hall, Sioux City WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 17, 1925 Tut Jackson WDWWL Topeka DRAW
Points
Dec. 11, 1925 Farmer Lodge LWLDLW Auditorium, Saint Paul WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 25, 1925 Tut Jackson WWDWW Topeka WIN
Points
Nov. 13, 1925 Clinton Moore Omaha WIN
KO
Nov. 12, 1925 George Bourland WWWWWW Des Moines LOSS
NWS
Jan. 10, 1925 Fred Fulton WWWWLL WIN
KO
Aug. 15, 1923 Sam Langford WWWWLW Mexico City WIN
KO
July 1, 1923 Porky Dan Flynn LLLWWW WIN
KO
July 17, 1922 Sam Langford WWWDWD Tulsa LOSS
Corner retirement
June 19, 1922 Sam Langford LWWWDW City Auditorium, Galveston DRAW
Points
May 2, 1922 Brad Simmons WWWLW City Auditorium, Galveston WIN
KO
April 3, 1922 Cowboy Billy Owens WW City Auditorium, Galveston WIN
KO
Dec. 17, 1921 Jack Taylor WLLLWL Omaha DRAW
Points
Oct. 6, 1921 Ben Miller LWWWWW York LOSS
DQ
Aug. 12, 1921 Jack Taylor LWLLLW Omaha WIN
Points
July 20, 1921 Sam Langford WDWDWW Omaha LOSS
KO
Aug. 30, 1920 Sam Langford WWWWWW Walthill LOSS
Points
Aug. 24, 1920 Young Peter Jackson Omaha WIN
KO
Jan. 1, 1920 Whirlwind Langford LWWD Camp Little, Nogales LOSS
DQ
Dec. 22, 1919 Whirlwind Langford LWW Elysian Grove Pavilion, Tucson DRAW
Points