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Jack Sharkey boxer

Jack Sharkey image
Status inactive
Age 91
Division heavyweight
Height 6′ 0″/183cm
Reach 76″/193cm
Debut 1924-01-29
Born 1902-10-06
Death 1994-08-17
Nationality USA
Residence Boston, Massachusetts, USA
bouts
53
won
37
lost
13
draw
3
bouts
53
won
37
lost
13
draw
3
Status inactive
Age 91
Division heavyweight
Height 6′ 0″/183cm
Reach 76″/193cm
Debut 1924-01-29
Born 1902-10-06
Death 1994-08-17
Nationality USA
Residence Boston, Massachusetts, USA

It was during his tenure in the Navy that he first showed interest in boxing. Tall and husky for a man of his generation, Joseph was encouraged by his friends in the service to box. He quickly established notoriety as the best boxer aboard any vessel on which he served. During his brief returns home to Boston he took part in his first fights for pay, the first on January 24, 1924, against one Billy Muldoon, whom he knocked out in the first round. By the time of his honorable discharge just short of a month later, he had won a second fight and was already earning write-ups in the Boston papers.He took his ring name from his two idols, heavyweight contender Tom Sharkey and heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey. He won an important fight in 1926 over black heavyweight contender Harry Wills, but his first big year was 1927, when he defeated former light heavyweight champ Mike McTigue in twelve rounds and Boston rival Jim Maloney in five. That put him in the ring on July 21, 1927, with his idol, Dempsey, the winner to meet heavyweight champion Gene Tunney for the title. For six rounds Sharkey out-boxed Dempsey, who probed low with his punches. In the seventh round Sharkey turned his head to complain to the referee about Dempsey's low punches and Dempsey landed a classic left hook that knocked Sharkey out.

It was during his tenure in the Navy that he first showed interest in boxing. Tall and husky for a man of his generation, Joseph was encouraged by his friends in the service to box. He quickly established notoriety as the best boxer aboard any vessel on which he served. During his brief returns home to Boston he took part in his first fights for pay, the first on January 24, 1924, against one Billy Muldoon, whom he knocked out in the first round. By the time of his honorable discharge just short of a month later, he had won a second fight and was already earning write-ups in the Boston papers.He took his ring name from his two idols, heavyweight contender Tom Sharkey and heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey. He won an important fight in 1926 over black heavyweight contender Harry Wills, but his first big year was 1927, when he defeated former light heavyweight champ Mike McTigue in twelve rounds and Boston rival Jim Maloney in five. That put him in the ring on July 21, 1927, with his idol, Dempsey, the winner to meet heavyweight champion Gene Tunney for the title. For six rounds Sharkey out-boxed Dempsey, who probed low with his punches. In the seventh round Sharkey turned his head to complain to the referee about Dempsey's low punches and Dempsey landed a classic left hook that knocked Sharkey out.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
Aug. 18, 1936 Joe Louis WWWWWL Yankee Stadium, Bronx LOSS
KO
June 25, 1936 Phil Brubaker WWWWWD Fenway Park, Boston WIN
Unanimous decision
April 14, 1936 Tony Shucco WWWWDW Boston Garden, Boston DRAW
Points
Feb. 7, 1936 Tony Shucco DWWWWD Boston Garden, Boston LOSS
Unanimous decision
Nov. 22, 1935 Unknown Winston WLLWWL Boston Garden, Boston WIN
KO
Sept. 27, 1933 Tommy Loughran LWWWWL Shibe Park, Philadelphia LOSS
Split-decision
Sept. 18, 1933 King Levinsky LWWLWW Comiskey Park, Chicago LOSS
Unanimous decision
June 29, 1933 Primo Carnera WWWWWW Madison Square Garden Bowl, Long Island City, Queens National Boxing Association World Heavyweight

NYSAC World Heavyweight

LOSS
KO
June 21, 1932 Max Schmeling WWWWWW Madison Square Garden Bowl, Long Island City, Queens National Boxing Association World Heavyweight

NYSAC World Heavyweight

WIN
Split-decision
Oct. 12, 1931 Primo Carnera WWWWWW Ebbets Field, Brooklyn WIN
Unanimous decision
July 22, 1931 Mickey Walker WWWWWW Ebbets Field, Brooklyn DRAW
Points
June 12, 1930 Max Schmeling WWWWWW Yankee Stadium, Bronx vacant National Boxing Association World Heavyweight

vacant NYSAC World Heavyweight

LOSS
DQ
Feb. 27, 1930 Phil Scott WWWWWW Madison Square Garden Stadium, Miami WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 26, 1929 Tommy Loughran WWWWWW Yankee Stadium, Bronx American Heavyweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 27, 1929 Young Stribling WWWWWW Flamingo Park, Miami Beach WIN
Points
Jan. 25, 1929 KO Christner LWDLWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Majority decision
Dec. 10, 1928 Arthur De Kuh WWWWWW Arena, Boston WIN
Points
June 21, 1928 Leo Gates LLLLLL Battery A Arena, Saint Louis WIN
KO
April 30, 1928 Jack Delaney WWWWWL Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
KO
March 12, 1928 Johnny Risko WWWLWW Madison Square Garden, New York LOSS
Split-decision
Jan. 13, 1928 Tom Heeney LWWDWW Madison Square Garden, New York DRAW
Split-decision
July 21, 1927 Jack Dempsey WWWWWL Yankee Stadium, Bronx LOSS
KO
May 20, 1927 Jim Maloney WWWWWW Yankee Stadium, Bronx WIN
Technical knockout
March 3, 1927 Mike McTigue WWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 15, 1926 Homer Smith LLWLWW Arena, Syracuse WIN
Technical knockout
Oct. 12, 1926 Harry Wills WWWWWW Ebbets Field, Brooklyn WIN
DQ
Sept. 21, 1926 George Godfrey WWWWLW Mechanics Building, Boston WIN
Points
Sept. 13, 1926 Orlando Reverberi WLLWWL Laurel Garden, Newark WIN
Technical knockout
June 25, 1926 Bud Gorman DWLWWL Braves Field, Boston WIN
DQ
April 19, 1926 Pat McCarthy LWWWWW Arena, Boston WIN
Points
April 1, 1926 Emilio Solomon LLLLWW Mechanics Building, Boston WIN
Points
Feb. 12, 1926 Eddie Huffman WWWLWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Points
Jan. 18, 1926 Mexican Joe Lawson LWLLLL Foot Guard Hall, Hartford WIN
KO
Dec. 11, 1925 Jim Maloney WWLWWW Mechanics Building, Boston WIN
Points
Sept. 17, 1925 Johnny Risko WWLWWL Mechanics Building, Boston WIN
Points
Aug. 17, 1925 Bud Gorman WWWWWL Arena, Boston LOSS
Points
July 31, 1925 Emilio Solomon LWWWWL Braves Field, Boston WIN
Points
June 5, 1925 Jim Maloney WWWWWW Braves Field, Boston WIN
DQ
May 25, 1925 George Cook WDDWWW Mechanics Building, Boston WIN
Split-decision
April 6, 1925 Jack Renault LWWWWW Arena, Boston WIN
Points
Feb. 10, 1925 Charley Weinert WWWWWW Mechanics Building, Boston LOSS
Points
Jan. 20, 1925 Sully Montgomery WWWDWL Mechanics Building, Boston WIN
Unanimous decision
Jan. 8, 1925 Jack DeMave WDWLWL Manhattan Casino, New York WIN
Points
Dec. 15, 1924 Charley Weinert WWLWWW 113th Regiment Armory, Newark LOSS
NWS
Nov. 5, 1924 Jim Maloney WWWWWW Mechanics Building, Boston LOSS
Points
Aug. 29, 1924 Quintin Romero Rojas WWLWWL Mechanics Building, Boston LOSS
KO
Aug. 20, 1924 Young Jack Johnson WWWDLW Fair Grounds Auditorium, Bangor WIN
NWS
July 23, 1924 Al Roberts DLWWLW Kinsley Park, Providence WIN
Points
July 15, 1924 Homer Smith WLLLL Braves Field, Boston WIN
Points
June 23, 1924 Floyd Johnson LWDWWW Mechanics Building, Boston WIN
Points
April 25, 1924 Eddie Record WLWWWW Arena, Boston WIN
KO
March 18, 1924 Eddie Record WWLWWW Grand Opera House, Boston LOSS
Points
Feb. 26, 1924 Dan Lucas L Mechanics Building, Boston WIN
KO
Feb. 8, 1924 Pat Hance LWLL Mechanics Building, Boston WIN
DQ
Jan. 29, 1924 Billy Muldoon LLLLLL Mechanics Building, Boston WIN
Technical knockout