George Costner boxer

George Costner boxer
bouts
89
won
73
lost
12
draw
4
Status
inactive
Division
welterweight
Debut
1940-06-28
Height
6′ 0″/183cm
Reach
-
Age
79
Born
1923-07-22
Death
2002-10-26
Nationality
USA

Costner was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1950, Costner fought Sugar Ray Robinson for the second time, having been knocked out by Robinson at 2:55 of the first round on February 14, 1945. Costner, by the time of their second bout had taken to calling himself "Sugar" and stated in the weeks leading up to the fight that he was the rightful deserver of the name. However, Robinson, who is widely considered one of the greatest fighters in history disagreed. "We better touch gloves, because this is the only round", Robinson said as the fighters were introduced at the center of the ring. "Your name ain't Sugar, mine is". Robinson then knocked Costner out in 2 minutes and 49 seconds. Afterward, Robinson reportedly told Costner, "now go out and earn yourself the name." In his next fight, Costner fought Kid Gavilán, a future International Boxing Hall of Famer, and won in a controversial 10-round decision. After two more fights, including a 10-round, unanimous decision over future Hall of Famer Ike Williams, Costner retired in 1950 with a 73–11–4 record.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Result
1950-07-12 Ike Williams WWWWWW Shibe Park, Philadelphia WIN
Unanimous decision
1950-06-12 Charley Cotton WWWWWW Sports Arena, Toledo WIN
Split-decision
1950-05-08 Kid Gavilan LWWLWL Arena, Philadelphia WIN
Majority decision
1950-03-22 Sugar Ray Robinson WWWWWW Convention Hall, Philadelphia LOST
KO
1950-02-22 Gene Burton WWWLWL Chicago Stadium, Chicago LOST
Split-decision
1950-01-06 Gene Burton WWWWLW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Majority decision
1949-12-15 Doug Ratford WWLWLL Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia WIN
KO
1949-12-01 Kid Pambele WWWLLL Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia WIN
KO
1949-11-17 Pat Byers WWWWWW Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia WIN
KO
1949-09-21 Freddie Dawson WWWWWW Convention Hall, Philadelphia DRAW
Points
1949-09-06 Junius Woods LWWLLL Meadowbrook Bowl, Newark WIN
Technical knockout
1949-08-08 Jackie Cooper WWWLWL Meadowbrook Bowl, Newark WIN
Technical knockout
1949-08-01 Bobby Lee LDLLWW Toppi Stadium, Philadelphia WIN
Split-decision
1949-05-09 Chico Varona WWWLWW Arena, Philadelphia WIN
Technical knockout
1949-04-25 Levi Southall WWWWWW Arena, Philadelphia WIN
Technical knockout
1949-04-11 DeWitt Dean WLWWLL Arena, Philadelphia WIN
Technical knockout
1949-03-23 Bobby Mann WLWWLW Convention Hall, Philadelphia WIN
Points
1948-11-26 Willie Russell LLLLWL Civic Auditorium, Toledo WIN
Points
1948-10-25 Bobby Mann DWLLWW Arena, Toledo WIN
Technical knockout
1948-10-19 Eddie O'Neill LLWLLL Arcadia Gardens, Detroit WIN
Technical knockout
1948-10-05 Willie Russell WLLLLW Arcadia Gardens, Detroit WIN
Unanimous decision
1948-07-14 Earl Turner WLDWLL Auditorium, Oakland LOST
KO
1948-06-23 Major Jones WWWWLL Auditorium, Oakland WIN
Points
1948-05-26 O'Neill Bell WWLWWL Auditorium, Oakland WIN
Majority decision
1948-04-14 California Jackie Wilson LLLLWW Auditorium, Oakland WIN
Unanimous decision
1947-12-02 Jackie Cooper DWWLW Auditorium, Milwaukee WIN
KO
1947-09-24 Allen Faulkner WWWWWW Auditorium, Oakland WIN
Points
1947-08-27 Earl Turner LWWLLW Auditorium, Oakland WIN
KO
1947-07-23 Chester Slider WWLLLL Auditorium, Oakland WIN
Technical knockout
1947-06-25 Frankie Angustain LLWDLL Auditorium, Oakland WIN
KO
1947-06-04 Charley Cato DWDLWL Auditorium, Oakland WIN
Technical knockout
1946-03-01 Maxie Berger LWWWLL Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
KO
1946-02-15 Jimmy Sherrer WWWWWL Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Unanimous decision
1946-02-04 Jack Larrimore WLLWDL Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati WIN
Technical knockout
1946-01-09 Tip Ramsey LWWWWW Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati WIN
Technical knockout
1945-11-23 O'Neill Bell LLWWDW Chicago Stadium, Chicago LOST
KO
1945-09-26 Oscar Suggs LLLLLL Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati WIN
KO
1945-08-06 Robert Fowler LLWLWL Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago WIN
Points
1945-07-12 Oscar Suggs LLLLLL Collins Sports Acre, Dayton WIN
Points
1945-07-02 Mike Sopko WLWWLW Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago WIN
KO
1945-05-23 Paul Lewis LWLWWW Auditorium, Oakland WIN
Points
1945-04-25 Chester Slider LLWWDW Auditorium, Oakland WIN
Points
1945-03-26 Jake LaMotta WLWWLW Chicago Stadium, Chicago LOST
KO
1945-02-14 Sugar Ray Robinson WWWWWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago LOST
KO
1945-01-19 Sheik Rangel LLLWLL Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
KO
1944-12-15 Jimmy Hunt WWLLLL Armory, Indianapolis WIN
Technical knockout
1944-12-11 Tommy James WDLWLL Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
KO
1944-11-24 Lou Woods WLWWWL Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
1944-11-10 Arnold Deer WDWLLL Armory, Indianapolis WIN
Technical knockout
1944-10-30 Jimmy Hunt WWWWLL Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
KO
1944-10-27 Phil Norman LLWLLL Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
KO
1944-10-23 Isadore Miner LLLLLW Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
KO
1944-10-06 Danny Freeman LLL Armory, Indianapolis WIN
KO
1944-09-22 Robert Fowler LDDWDD Armory, Indianapolis WIN
Corner retirement
1944-09-15 Billy Parsons LDDWWL Armory, Indianapolis LOST
1944-08-25 Dave Bruce WDWWLL Ducks Ball Park, Dayton WIN
KO
1944-08-11 Bobby Simmons WLWWLL Ducks Ball Park, Dayton WIN
KO
1944-07-28 Martin Doyle WLWLW Ducks Ball Park, Dayton WIN
Technical knockout
1944-07-14 Sammy Thompson LLWLLD Ducks Ball Park, Dayton WIN
KO
1942-10-19 Sammy Mack DWLWDL Columbus WIN
KO
1942-09-07 Clinton Brooks LLLLL Lynch WIN
KO
1942-09-05 Clinton Brooks LLLL Jenkins WIN
KO
1942-09-04 Pat Jazek LWL Olympia Stadium, Detroit WIN
KO
1942-07-14 Jerry Pittro LWWWLL Crosley Field, Cincinnati WIN
Points
1942-07-04 Tiger Kiggans LDLLL Jenkins WIN
KO
1942-05-13 Clinton Brooks LL Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati WIN
KO
1942-04-08 Vernon Sterner LWLWLW Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati WIN
Technical knockout
1942-03-23 Larry Cisneros WLDWLW Columbia Gymnasium Arena, Louisville LOST
Points
1942-03-20 Bobby Simmons WWWWWL Armory, Indianapolis DRAW
Points
1942-03-02 Jimmy Grimm WWWWWW Columbia Gymnasium Arena, Louisville DRAW
Points
1942-01-28 Jimmy Grimm WWWWWW Municipal Auditorium, Saint Louis LOST
Points
1942-01-01 Jimmy Saylor LLLWWW Auditorium, Columbus WIN
KO
1941-12-18 Mutt Schartz DLDWLL Springfield WIN
Points
1941-12-08 Charley Morris LLLLL Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati WIN
Points
1941-11-10 Tommy Parker LLWLLW Columbia Gymnasium Arena, Louisville WIN
Points
1941-11-07 Bobby Simmons WWWWWW Armory, Indianapolis LOST
Points
1941-09-15 Arnold Deer WL Memorial Hall, Dayton DRAW
Points
1941-04-25 Jean Pierre WWWWWW Coliseum Arena, New Orleans WIN
Points
1941-04-18 Little Fast Black WLWWWW Coliseum Arena, New Orleans LOST
Points
1941-03-31 Tommy Parker WLLLLW Columbia Gymnasium Arena, Louisville WIN
Points
1941-03-18 Freddy Ray WL Columbus WIN
KO
1941-03-05 Cleveland Brown LWW Fort Wayne WIN
Points
1941-02-19 Beauford Glover W Public Hall, Cleveland LOST
Technical knockout
1940-09-20 Charlie Baxter WDDWWW Beechnut Arena, Cincinnati WIN
Points
1940-09-06 Shuffling Billy Baker DWLLWL Beechnut Arena, Cincinnati WIN
Points
1940-08-09 Wildcat Carter LWLLLW Beechnut Arena, Cincinnati WIN
Points
1940-07-26 Johnny Carter DWLLLL Beechnut Arena, Cincinnati WIN
Points
1940-07-17 Bob Eades debut Haft's Acre, Columbus WIN
Points
1940-06-28 Billy 'Red' Knox WDWLWL Beechnut Arena, Cincinnati WIN
KO