Cocoa Kid boxer

Cocoa Kid boxer
bouts
14
won
3
lost
10
draw
0
Status
inactive
Division
middleweight
Debut
1971-09-06
Height
-
Reach
-
Age
-
Born
-
Death
-
Nationality
USA

Herbert Lewis Hardwick Arroyo nb 1 a.k.a. "Cocoa Kid" (May 2, 1914 – December 27, 1966) was a Puerto Rican boxer of African descent who fought primarily as a welterweight but also in the middleweight division. Hardwick won the World Colored Championships in both divisions. He was a member of boxing's "Black Murderers' Row" and fought the best boxers of his time. It should be noted that before the term "African-American" was coined, the word "Black" was commonly used to describe the people of African descent. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2012.Hardwick was born in the City of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico to Maria Arroyo, a native of Puerto Rico, and Lewis Hardwick, an African American Merchant Marine. In 1913, his father was on leave and left the island without knowing that Maria was pregnant with his child. It was only upon his return several months later, that he found out that he was a father.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Result
1974-04-04 Muhammed Smith LLLLLL Memorial Auditorium, Worcester WIN
Technical knockout
1974-04-02 Jesse Bender W Columbia Music Hall, West Hartford WIN
Points
1974-02-23 Pablo Rodriguez WLLDL State Armory, Waterbury LOST
Points
1974-02-12 Sonny Assani WW Columbia Music Hall, West Hartford WIN
Points
1973-11-17 Marvin Hagler WWWWW Brockton High School Gymnasium, Brockton LOST
KO
1973-10-16 Cove Green WWW Columbia Music Hall, West Hartford LOST
Unanimous decision
1972-11-21 Pablo Rodriguez WLWWLW Civic Center, Springfield
1972-11-04 Pablo Rodriguez LWLWWL Civic Center, Springfield LOST
Majority decision
1972-01-17 Tony Kid Durango WWWWWW IBEW Hall, Waltham LOST
Points
1971-11-10 Art Harris WWWWWW Akron LOST
KO
1971-10-27 Joe DeNucci LWWWLW Waltham LOST
KO
1971-09-15 Art Harris WWWWWW Armory, Akron LOST
Technical knockout
1971-09-10 Jackie Brady WW Sargent Field, New Bedford LOST
Points
1971-09-06 Tom Mahoney WLWWWW Providence LOST
Technical knockout