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Obie Walker boxer

Obie Walker image
Status inactive
Age 77
Division heavyweight
Height 5′ 8″/173cm
Debut 1929-02-15
Born 1911-09-19
Death 1989-05-23
Nationality USA
Residence Atlanta, Georgia, USA
bouts
119
won
91
lost
18
draw
7
bouts
119
won
91
lost
18
draw
7
Status inactive
Age 77
Division heavyweight
Height 5′ 8″/173cm
Debut 1929-02-15
Born 1911-09-19
Death 1989-05-23
Nationality USA
Residence Atlanta, Georgia, USA

A heavyweight contender of the 1930s, he was avoided by many boxers. Sportswriter Ed Danforth praised the "Bearcat" in the Atlanta Georgian in a column published on 5 July 1938:"Walker became the toast of Paris. He knocked cold every topnotcher he met on the continent. Max Schmeling shrewdly dodged him, the best of the Englishmen too, sidestepped the squatty brown man who carried lighting bolts in both fists. Competent critics say he could have knocked out Schmeling, Joe Louis and Jim Braddock in one night within the space of 10 rounds." Though short, Walker was quick on his feet, could take a punch on the chin, and was a strong puncher. Among the top heavyweight contenders he defeated was Two-Ton Tony Galento, who fought Joe Louis for the heavyweight championship. It was Louis's long reign as champ that ended the World Colored Heavyweight Title.

A heavyweight contender of the 1930s, he was avoided by many boxers. Sportswriter Ed Danforth praised the "Bearcat" in the Atlanta Georgian in a column published on 5 July 1938:"Walker became the toast of Paris. He knocked cold every topnotcher he met on the continent. Max Schmeling shrewdly dodged him, the best of the Englishmen too, sidestepped the squatty brown man who carried lighting bolts in both fists. Competent critics say he could have knocked out Schmeling, Joe Louis and Jim Braddock in one night within the space of 10 rounds." Though short, Walker was quick on his feet, could take a punch on the chin, and was a strong puncher. Among the top heavyweight contenders he defeated was Two-Ton Tony Galento, who fought Joe Louis for the heavyweight championship. It was Louis's long reign as champ that ended the World Colored Heavyweight Title.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
March 19, 1946 Elza Thompson LWWWW Dorsey Park, Miami LOSS
Points
June 24, 1941 Elmer Ray WWLDWW City Auditorium, Galveston LOSS
Unanimous decision
May 1, 1940 Frank Lumpkin WWWWW Memorial Stadium, Columbus WIN
Split-decision
March 7, 1940 Elmer Ray WWWLLL Dorsey Park, Miami LOSS
Points
Feb. 1, 1940 Henry Taylor WDWWWW Dorsey Park, Miami LOSS
Unanimous decision
Dec. 4, 1939 Elmer Ray DLLWWW Township Auditorium, Columbia LOSS
Points
Nov. 7, 1939 Jimmy Harvey Textile Hall, Greenville WIN
KO
June 19, 1939 Leroy Haynes LLLLLL Ponce de Leon Ballpark, Atlanta WIN
Unanimous decision
April 13, 1939 Elmer Ray WWLDLL Birmingham LOSS
Points
March 16, 1939 Leroy Haynes LLWWLL City Park Arena, Miami WIN
Points
March 2, 1939 Leroy Haynes WLLWWL City Park Arena, Miami WIN
Split-decision
Nov. 30, 1938 Tiger Jack Wright WWWWDW City Auditorium, Galveston Billed for the Colored Texas State Heavyweight

WIN
KO
Oct. 27, 1938 Charley Harvey Birmingham WIN
KO
Oct. 3, 1938 Elmer Ray WWWLDL Warren Arena, Atlanta WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 15, 1938 Elmer Ray LWWWLD Township Auditorium, Columbia WIN
Points
Aug. 29, 1938 Jack Ward Warren Arena, Atlanta WIN
Technical knockout
July 13, 1938 Oscar Jenkins Fort Benning WIN
KO
June 30, 1938 Jim Howell WDLWWD Center Brick Warehouse, Darlington LOSS
Points
June 10, 1938 Otto McCall WWDLLW Center Brick Warehouse, Darlington WIN
Points
May 19, 1938 Unknown Winston LLLWDL Ponce de Leon Ballpark, Atlanta WIN
KO
April 27, 1938 Elmer Ray LWLWW City Park Arena, Miami LOSS
Points
April 6, 1938 Charley Douglas WDLLLL City Park Arena, Miami WIN
Technical knockout
March 30, 1938 Unknown Winston LLLLWD Lincoln Park Arena, West Palm Beach WIN
Technical knockout
March 23, 1938 Unknown Winston LLLLLW N.W. Second Avenue Arena, Miami DRAW
Points
March 1, 1938 Jim Howell LWWDLW Municipal Auditorium, Saint Louis LOSS
Points
Jan. 18, 1938 Jack Trammell WWLWWD Municipal Auditorium, Saint Louis LOSS
Points
Dec. 2, 1937 Al Caldwell Township Auditorium, Columbia WIN
KO
Nov. 18, 1937 Al Hart LLWW Spring Street Arena, Atlanta WIN
KO
Oct. 11, 1937 Simpson Tolliver Township Auditorium, Columbia WIN
KO
Sept. 16, 1937 Otto McCall DLWWWD Township Auditorium, Columbia WIN
Corner retirement
Aug. 31, 1937 Jack Rose LLLLWL West End Arena, Atlanta WIN
KO
Aug. 24, 1937 Jesse Caldwell LDWLLL West End Arena, Atlanta WIN
KO
July 26, 1937 Jesse Caldwell LLDWLL Municipal Auditorium, Macon WIN
KO
April 20, 1937 Elmer Ray DDDLDL N.W. Second Avenue Arena, Miami
NC
March 25, 1937 Elmer Ray WDDDLD Lincoln Park Arena, West Palm Beach WIN
Technical knockout
March 18, 1937 Elmer Ray LWDDDL Johnson Street Arena, Daytona Beach DRAW
Points
March 15, 1937 Shorty Ahearn WWWLLL Lincoln Park Arena, West Palm Beach WIN
Points
March 2, 1937 Jesse Caldwell LLDWL N.W. Second Avenue Arena, Miami WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 23, 1937 Black Eagle WDWDDW N.W. Second Avenue Arena, Miami WIN
KO
Feb. 1, 1937 Speedy Jackson Johnson Street Arena, Daytona Beach WIN
KO
Jan. 26, 1937 Elmer Ray LLWDDD N.W. Second Avenue Arena, Miami WIN
Points
Jan. 19, 1937 Elmer Ray WLLWDD N.W. Second Avenue Arena, Miami DRAW
Points
Sept. 22, 1936 Willie Reddish WWDLLW Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia LOSS
Points
June 15, 1936 Jack London WWWWWL Welford Road Stadium, Leicester LOSS
Points
Feb. 9, 1936 Maurice Strickland WWWLWL The Ring, Blackfriars Road, Southwark WIN
Points
Jan. 27, 1936 Norman Baines WDWLLW Colston Hall, Bristol WIN
Points
Jan. 9, 1936 Erwin Klein DWDWWD Strasbourg WIN
KO
Nov. 11, 1935 Don McCorkindale WLLWWW The Ring, Blackfriars Road, Southwark WIN
Points
Oct. 5, 1935 Gustave Limousin LWWWWW Palais des Sports, Paris WIN
KO
July 20, 1935 Larry Gains WWLWWW Welford Road Stadium, Leicester LOSS
Points
May 8, 1935 George Cook LWWWWL White City WIN
Points
March 26, 1935 Rodolfo Valenti WLLLLL Velodrome d'Hiver, Paris WIN
Technical knockout
March 15, 1935 Albert Di Meglio WWDLWW Salle Wagram, Paris WIN
KO
Feb. 15, 1935 Arthur Meurant LLLLWL Salle Wagram, Paris WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 17, 1934 Otto von Porat WWLWWW Palais des Expositions, Geneva WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 29, 1934 Gustave Limousin LWLLWW Palais des Sports, Paris LOSS
Points
Sept. 13, 1934 Hans Schoenrath WDDLLD Palais des Sports, Paris WIN
Corner retirement
Sept. 3, 1934 Emil Scholz LWWDDD Stade Roland Garros, Paris WIN
Technical knockout
July 25, 1934 Giuseppe Sanga WLWWLL Stade Roland Garros, Paris WIN
KO
July 11, 1934 Italo Colonello DWWDLL Stade Roland Garros, Paris WIN
Technical knockout
June 2, 1934 Luigi Rovati WLDL Pavillon des Sports, Montreux WIN
Technical knockout
April 7, 1934 Saverio Grizzo LLLLLL Palais des Expositions, Geneva WIN
KO
March 2, 1934 Maurice Griselle WLWDWD Salle Wagram, Paris WIN
Corner retirement
Feb. 19, 1934 Casimir Beszterda LLWLLW Palais des Sports, Paris WIN
KO
Feb. 2, 1934 Louis Verbeeren WWDW Salle Wagram, Paris WIN
KO
Nov. 27, 1933 Don 'Red' Barry WWDWDW Arena, Philadelphia LOSS
Points
Oct. 9, 1933 George Godfrey WWWLW Arena, Philadelphia WIN
Points
Sept. 27, 1933 Salvatore Ruggirello WLWLLL Shibe Park, Philadelphia WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 4, 1933 Humberto Arce LWWLL Convention Hall, Atlantic City WIN
Points
Aug. 22, 1933 Sailor Vernon Shellpot Park, Wilmington WIN
KO
Aug. 17, 1933 Humberto Arce LLWWLL Paterson
NC
July 20, 1933 Mickey Taylor LWDLWL Paterson WIN
Technical knockout
June 29, 1933 Leonard Dixon LWLWLL Leiperville Arena, Leiperville WIN
Technical knockout
April 17, 1933 Tony Galento WWWLWW Arena, Philadelphia WIN
Points
March 13, 1933 KO Christner WLLLW Arena, Philadelphia WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 13, 1933 Joe Doctor LWWLLL Arena, Philadelphia WIN
KO
Jan. 30, 1933 Larry Crabtree LLWWDW Arena, Philadelphia WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 12, 1932 Humberto Arce LWWWWW Arena, Boston WIN
Points
Nov. 4, 1932 Frankie Simms WLLDLW Arena, Boston WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 22, 1932 Red Tom W Roby's Arena, Atlanta WIN
KO
July 25, 1932 Willie Bush WWDLLW Municipal Auditorium, Atlanta WIN
Points
April 15, 1932 Bearcat Wright DLDWLD Legion Arena, Lake Worth WIN
Points
April 12, 1932 Tiger Henderson WDLW City Park Arena, Miami WIN
KO
April 5, 1932 Bearcat Wright WDLDWL City Park Arena, Miami DRAW
Points
March 22, 1932 Bearcat Wright WWDLDW City Park Arena, Miami WIN
Points
March 15, 1932 Willie Bush WLLWWD City Park Arena, Miami WIN
KO
March 2, 1932 Willie Bush WWLLWW Lincoln Park Arena, West Palm Beach DRAW
Points
Feb. 26, 1932 Tiger Henderson WD City Park Arena, Miami WIN
KO
Feb. 17, 1932 Big Boy Burlap LLLLLL City Park Arena, Miami WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 15, 1932 Big Boy Burlap WLLLLL Thames Arena, New London WIN
Points
Dec. 21, 1931 Eddie Cox L New York Coliseum, Bronx WIN
KO
Nov. 20, 1931 Ted Coolidge WWLWLL Thames Arena, New London WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 14, 1931 K.O. Brown LLLLLL Municipal Auditorium, Macon WIN
KO
Aug. 31, 1931 Seldom Heard WWDLLW Roby's Arena, Atlanta WIN
KO
Aug. 12, 1931 Willie McGee WWLLWL Benjamin Field Arena, Tampa
NC
July 27, 1931 Roy Clark LLLLW Roby's Arena, Atlanta WIN
Points
July 20, 1931 George Cheatham LWDWW Roby's Arena, Atlanta WIN
KO
June 22, 1931 Willie Bush WWWWLW Roby's Arena, Atlanta DRAW
Points
May 20, 1931 Willie Bush DWWWWW City Park Arena, Miami WIN
Points
April 30, 1931 Willie Bush WDWWWW Dixie Theatre, West Palm Beach LOSS
Points
April 9, 1931 Al Walker WLWL Tinker Field, Orlando WIN
Technical knockout
March 26, 1931 Seldom Heard WWWWD West Palm Beach WIN
KO
March 18, 1931 Seldom Heard WWWW City Park Arena, Miami DRAW
Points
March 11, 1931 Al Walker WWDW City Park Arena, Miami WIN
Points
March 6, 1931 Bob Lawson LWWWLL Legion Arena, Lake Worth WIN
Points
Feb. 23, 1931 Willie McGee LWWWWL Punch Bowl, Orlando WIN
Points
Feb. 5, 1931 Willie Bush LWWLWD Dixie Theatre, West Palm Beach LOSS
DQ
Jan. 28, 1931 Bob Lawson WLWWWL City Park Arena, Miami WIN
Points
Dec. 17, 1930 Willie McGee LLWWWW City Park Arena, Miami WIN
KO
Dec. 8, 1930 Bob Lawson WWLWWW City Auditorium, Montgomery WIN
NWS
Nov. 5, 1930 Unknown Winston LWWLWW City Park Arena, Miami WIN
KO
June 17, 1930 Speedy Freeman LLLWWL Municipal Auditorium, Atlanta WIN
Corner retirement
May 23, 1930 Charlie King LLWWLL 81 Theatre, Atlanta WIN
KO
Feb. 3, 1930 Happy Hunter WWWWDL Atlanta Theater, Atlanta LOSS
Points
Dec. 27, 1929 Speedy Freeman LLLWW Municipal Auditorium, Atlanta WIN
Technical knockout
July 1, 1929 Battling Bell Roby's Arena, Atlanta WIN
KO
June 7, 1929 Sam Jones Municipal Auditorium, Atlanta WIN
Technical knockout
April 2, 1929 Battling Cornell LL Municipal Auditorium, Atlanta WIN
Points
March 26, 1929 Battling Cornell L Municipal Auditorium, Macon WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 15, 1929 Battling Cornell Municipal Auditorium, Atlanta WIN
Points