Tony Zale boxer

Tony Zale boxer
bouts
87
won
67
lost
18
draw
2
Status
inactive
Division
middleweight
Debut
1934-06-11
Height
5′ 7½″/171cm
Reach
69″/175cm
Age
83
Born
1913-05-29
Death
1997-03-20
Nationality
USA

Tony Zale, born Anthony Florian Zaleski (May 29, 1913 – March 20, 1997) was an American boxer. Zale was born and raised in Gary, Indiana, a steel town, which gave him his nickname, "Man of Steel." In addition, he had the reputation of being able to take fearsome punishment and still rally to win, reinforcing that nickname. Zale, who held the World Middleweight title multiple times, was known as a crafty boxer and strong body puncher who punished his opponents and steadily wore them down before knocking them out.Zale met Georgie Abrams in Madison Square Garden in a World Middleweight Championship match on November 28, 1941 before a crowd of nearly 10,000. Despite knocking Zale down in the first round, a poke in the eye from Zale's glove left him with pain and blurred vision. From the fourth round on, Abrams fought with his left eye nearly closed. Blood from a cut opened above his right eye in the third from an accidental head butt from Zale caused additional vision problems from blood that dripped from the wound. Despite fighting half blind, Abrams fought courageously for fifteen rounds. The Associated Press actually placed Abrams with the win at eight rounds to Zale's seven. Abrams lost in a close match, due to the incessant body attacks of Zale in the late rounds, particularly the ninth where he received a severe two handed attack to the midsection.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Result
1948-09-21 Marcel Cerdan WWWWLW Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City LOST
Corner retirement
1948-06-10 Rocky Graziano WLWWWW Ruppert Stadium, Newark WIN
KO
1948-03-19 Lou Woods WWWWWL Arena, Toledo WIN
KO
1948-03-08 Bobby Claus LWWWWW Little Rock WIN
Technical knockout
1948-01-23 Al Turner debut Armory, Grand Rapids WIN
KO
1947-07-16 Rocky Graziano WWWLWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago LOST
Technical knockout
1947-05-08 Cliff Beckett DLLLLL Arena, Youngstown WIN
Technical knockout
1947-04-01 Al Timmons LWWLLL Memorial Hall, Kansas City WIN
Technical knockout
1947-03-20 Tommy Charles LWDLLL Auditorium, Memphis WIN
KO
1947-02-12 Len Wadsworth LLLWWW Forum, Wichita WIN
KO
1947-02-03 Deacon Logan WWWDWW Auditorium, Omaha WIN
Technical knockout
1946-09-27 Rocky Graziano WWWWWW Yankee Stadium, Bronx WIN
KO
1946-05-02 Eddie Rossi WLLWLD Auditorium, Memphis WIN
KO
1946-04-12 Ira Hughes LLLLLL City Auditorium, Omaha WIN
KO
1946-02-26 Bobby Claus DLLLLL Houston WIN
KO
1946-02-07 Oscar Boyd LLWLLW Coliseum, Des Moines WIN
KO
1946-01-17 Tony Gillo LDLWWD Municipal Auditorium, Norfolk WIN
KO
1946-01-07 Bobby Giles LLLLLL Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City WIN
KO
1942-02-13 Billy Conn WWWLWW Madison Square Garden, New York LOST
Unanimous decision
1941-11-28 Georgie Abrams WWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Unanimous decision
1941-08-16 Billy Pryor WLDDWL Juneau Park, Milwaukee WIN
KO
1941-07-23 Ossie Harris LWWLWL Chicago Stadium Outdoor Arena, Chicago WIN
KO
1941-05-28 Al Hostak WLLWWW Chicago Stadium Outdoor Arena, Chicago WIN
KO
1941-02-21 Steve Mamakos WLLDWL Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
KO
1941-01-10 Steve Mamakos LWLLDW Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Points
1941-01-01 Tony Martin WWWWWL Auditorium, Milwaukee WIN
Technical knockout
1940-11-19 Fred Apostoli LWLWWW Civic Auditorium, Seattle WIN
Points
1940-08-21 Billy Soose LWWWWW Mills Stadium, Chicago LOST
Unanimous decision
1940-07-19 Al Hostak LWWWWL Civic Stadium, Seattle WIN
Technical knockout
1940-06-12 Baby Kid Chocolate WLWDLL Idora Park, Youngstown WIN
KO
1940-03-29 Ben Brown WWLDWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
KO
1940-02-29 Enzo Iannozzi LLLLLL Rayen-Wood Auditorium, Youngstown WIN
KO
1940-01-29 Al Hostak WLWWWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Unanimous decision
1939-12-08 Babe Orgovan LLLLLL Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
KO
1939-11-13 Eddie Meleski WWLWWL Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
1939-10-31 Al Wardlow WWWDWL Rayen-Wood Auditorium, Youngstown WIN
KO
1939-10-06 Sherman Edwards DLLLLL Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
1939-08-14 Milton Shivers WWWLWL Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago WIN
KO
1939-05-23 Babe Orgovan LLLWLL Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Points
1939-05-01 Johnny Shaw LWLLLL Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
KO
1939-01-02 Nate Bolden LWWWLL Marigold Gardens, Chicago LOST
Points
1938-11-18 Enzo Iannozzi LLDL Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Points
1938-10-31 Jimmy Clark WLLLLL Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
KO
1938-10-10 Tony Cisco LLLWWW Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
Unanimous decision
1938-08-22 Billy Celebron WWLWWD Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago LOST
Points
1938-07-18 Billy Celebron WWWLWW Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago DRAW
Points
1938-06-13 Jimmy Clark WWWLWL Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
1938-05-16 Bobby LaMonte LLLLLL Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
1938-03-28 King Wyatt WDWLWW Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
Points
1938-02-21 Jimmy Clark LWLWWW Marigold Gardens, Chicago LOST
KO
1938-01-24 Henry Schaft LLWWWW Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
Points
1938-01-03 Nate Bolden WWWWLW Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
Split-decision
1937-11-22 Nate Bolden DWWWW Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
Points
1937-11-10 Leon Jackson WLLLL Memorial Auditorium, Gary WIN
Points
1937-11-01 Nate Bolden DWWW Marigold Gardens, Chicago LOST
Points
1937-10-18 Bobby Gerry LDWL Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
KO
1937-10-11 Billy Brown WLWLL Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
KO
1937-09-17 Elby Johnson LWWLLL White City Arena, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
1937-08-16 Manuel Davila DWLDWW Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago LOST
Points
1937-07-26 Elby Johnson LLWWLL Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago WIN
Points
1936-04-13 Jack Moran LWWLWW Marigold Gardens, Chicago DRAW
Points
1935-07-02 Dave Clark W Comiskey Park, Chicago LOST
Points
1935-05-06 Johnny Phagan WLWWLL Midway Gardens, Chicago LOST
KO
1935-03-27 Roughhouse Glover WLLWWW Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati LOST
Technical knockout
1935-03-11 Max Elling WWLWWL Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
Points
1935-02-25 Young Jack Blackburn WWWLLW Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
Points
1934-12-28 Joey Bazzone LWLWDL Chicago Stadium, Chicago LOST
Points
1934-12-17 Jack Gibbons WWWWWW Midway Gardens, Chicago LOST
Points
1934-11-26 Kid Leonard WLWWLL Peoria LOST
Points
1934-11-05 Jack Charvez WWWLWW Midway Gardens, Chicago WIN
Points
1934-10-29 Jack Schwartz WWWWW Auditorium, Milwaukee WIN
Technical knockout
1934-10-22 Frankie Misko WLWDWL Midway Gardens, Chicago WIN
KO
1934-10-08 Young Jack Blackburn LLWWWL Midway Gardens, Chicago WIN
Points
1934-09-17 Mickey Misko WWWWWW White City Arena, Chicago WIN
KO
1934-09-03 Mickey Misko DWWWWW White City Arena, Chicago LOST
Points
1934-08-27 Wilbur Stokes LLLWWL White City Arena, Chicago WIN
Points
1934-08-15 George Black WWWDWW Auditorium, Milwaukee LOST
Points
1934-08-13 Billy Hood LWLLWW White City Arena, Chicago LOST
Points
1934-08-07 Bruce Wade debut Peoria WIN
KO
1934-07-30 Bobby Millsap WWWWLW White City Arena, Chicago WIN
Points
1934-07-16 Einar Hedquist LLWLLL White City Arena, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
1934-07-09 Lou Bartell WW White City Arena, Chicago WIN
Points
1934-07-02 Ossie Jefferson WLLL White City Arena, Chicago WIN
KO
1934-06-25 Johnny Liston LWLLWW White City Arena, Chicago WIN
KO
1934-06-21 Bobby Millsap LLWWWW Bacon's Arena, Chicago WIN
KO
1934-06-15 Johnny Simpson LWLLLW Northwest Stadium, Chicago WIN
Points
1934-06-11 Eddie Allen WWWLWL Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago WIN
Points