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Tony Zale boxer

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

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 Titles Result
Sept. 21, 1948 Marcel Cerdan WWWWLW Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City National Boxing Association World Middleweight

LOSS
Corner retirement
June 10, 1948 Rocky Graziano WLWWWW Ruppert Stadium, Newark National Boxing Association World Middleweight

WIN
KO
March 19, 1948 Lou Woods WWWWWL Arena, Toledo WIN
KO
March 8, 1948 Bobby Claus LWWWWW Little Rock WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 23, 1948 Al Turner Armory, Grand Rapids WIN
KO
July 16, 1947 Rocky Graziano WWWLWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago National Boxing Association World Middleweight

LOSS
Technical knockout
May 8, 1947 Cliff Beckett DLLLLL Arena, Youngstown WIN
Technical knockout
April 1, 1947 Al Timmons LWWLLL Memorial Hall, Kansas City WIN
Technical knockout
March 20, 1947 Tommy Charles LWDLLL Auditorium, Memphis WIN
KO
Feb. 12, 1947 Len Wadsworth LLLWWW Forum, Wichita WIN
KO
Feb. 3, 1947 Deacon Logan WWWDWW Auditorium, Omaha WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 27, 1946 Rocky Graziano WWWWWW Yankee Stadium, Bronx National Boxing Association World Middleweight

NYSAC World Middleweight

World Middleweight title
WIN
KO
May 2, 1946 Eddie Rossi WLLWLD Auditorium, Memphis WIN
KO
April 12, 1946 Ira Hughes LLLLLL City Auditorium, Omaha WIN
KO
Feb. 26, 1946 Bobby Claus DLLLLL Houston WIN
KO
Feb. 7, 1946 Oscar Boyd LLWLLW Coliseum, Des Moines WIN
KO
Jan. 17, 1946 Tony Gillo LDLWWD Municipal Auditorium, Norfolk WIN
KO
Jan. 7, 1946 Bobby Giles LLLLLL Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City WIN
KO
Feb. 13, 1942 Billy Conn WWWLWW Madison Square Garden, New York LOSS
Unanimous decision
Nov. 28, 1941 Georgie Abrams WWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York National Boxing Association World Middleweight

NYSAC World Middleweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
Aug. 16, 1941 Billy Pryor WLDDWL Juneau Park, Milwaukee WIN
KO
July 23, 1941 Ossie Harris LWWLWL Chicago Stadium Outdoor Arena, Chicago WIN
KO
May 28, 1941 Al Hostak WLLWWW Chicago Stadium Outdoor Arena, Chicago National Boxing Association World Middleweight

WIN
KO
Feb. 21, 1941 Steve Mamakos WLLDWL Chicago Stadium, Chicago National Boxing Association World Middleweight

WIN
KO
Jan. 10, 1941 Steve Mamakos LWLLDW Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Points
Jan. 1, 1941 Tony Martin WWWWWL Auditorium, Milwaukee WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 19, 1940 Fred Apostoli LWLWWW Civic Auditorium, Seattle WIN
Points
Aug. 21, 1940 Billy Soose LWWWWW Mills Stadium, Chicago LOSS
Unanimous decision
July 19, 1940 Al Hostak LWWWWL Civic Stadium, Seattle National Boxing Association World Middleweight

WIN
Technical knockout
June 12, 1940 Baby Kid Chocolate WLWDLL Idora Park, Youngstown National Boxing Association World Middleweight

WIN
KO
March 29, 1940 Ben Brown WWLDWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
KO
Feb. 29, 1940 Enzo Iannozzi LLLLLL Rayen-Wood Auditorium, Youngstown WIN
KO
Jan. 29, 1940 Al Hostak WLWWWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Unanimous decision
Dec. 8, 1939 Babe Orgovan LLLLLL Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
KO
Nov. 13, 1939 Eddie Meleski WWLWWL Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
Oct. 31, 1939 Al Wardlow WWWDWL Rayen-Wood Auditorium, Youngstown WIN
KO
Oct. 6, 1939 Sherman Edwards DLLLLL Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 14, 1939 Milton Shivers WWWLWL Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago WIN
KO
May 23, 1939 Babe Orgovan LLLWLL Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Points
May 1, 1939 Johnny Shaw LWLLLL Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
KO
Jan. 2, 1939 Nate Bolden LWWWLL Marigold Gardens, Chicago LOSS
Points
Nov. 18, 1938 Enzo Iannozzi LLDL Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Points
Oct. 31, 1938 Jimmy Clark WLLLLL Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
KO
Oct. 10, 1938 Tony Cisco LLLWWW Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
Unanimous decision
Aug. 22, 1938 Billy Celebron WWLWWD Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago LOSS
Points
July 18, 1938 Billy Celebron WWWLWW Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago DRAW
Points
June 13, 1938 Jimmy Clark WWWLWL Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
May 16, 1938 Bobby LaMonte LLLLLL Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
March 28, 1938 King Wyatt WDWLWW Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
Points
Feb. 21, 1938 Jimmy Clark LWLWWW Marigold Gardens, Chicago LOSS
KO
Jan. 24, 1938 Henry Schaft LLWWWW Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
Points
Jan. 3, 1938 Nate Bolden WWWWLW Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
Split-decision
Nov. 22, 1937 Nate Bolden DWWWW Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
Points
Nov. 10, 1937 Leon Jackson WLLLL Memorial Auditorium, Gary WIN
Points
Nov. 1, 1937 Nate Bolden DWWW Marigold Gardens, Chicago LOSS
Points
Oct. 18, 1937 Bobby Gerry LDWL Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
KO
Oct. 11, 1937 Billy Brown WLWLL Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
KO
Sept. 17, 1937 Elby Johnson LWWLLL White City Arena, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 16, 1937 Manuel Davila DWLDWW Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago LOSS
Points
July 26, 1937 Elby Johnson LLWWLL Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago WIN
Points
April 13, 1936 Jack Moran LWWLWW Marigold Gardens, Chicago DRAW
Points
July 2, 1935 Dave Clark W Comiskey Park, Chicago LOSS
Points
May 6, 1935 Johnny Phagan WLWWLL Midway Gardens, Chicago LOSS
KO
March 27, 1935 Roughhouse Glover WLLWWW Music Hall Arena, Cincinnati LOSS
Technical knockout
March 11, 1935 Max Elling WWLWWL Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
Points
Feb. 25, 1935 Young Jack Blackburn WWWLLW Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
Points
Dec. 28, 1934 Joey Bazzone LWLWDL Chicago Stadium, Chicago LOSS
Points
Dec. 17, 1934 Jack Gibbons WWWWWW Midway Gardens, Chicago LOSS
Points
Nov. 26, 1934 Kid Leonard WLWWLL Peoria LOSS
Points
Nov. 5, 1934 Jack Charvez WWWLWW Midway Gardens, Chicago WIN
Points
Oct. 29, 1934 Jack Schwartz WWWWW Auditorium, Milwaukee WIN
Technical knockout
Oct. 22, 1934 Frankie Misko WLWDWL Midway Gardens, Chicago WIN
KO
Oct. 8, 1934 Young Jack Blackburn LLWWWL Midway Gardens, Chicago WIN
Points
Sept. 17, 1934 Mickey Misko WWWWWW White City Arena, Chicago WIN
KO
Sept. 3, 1934 Mickey Misko DWWWWW White City Arena, Chicago LOSS
Points
Aug. 27, 1934 Wilbur Stokes LLLWWL White City Arena, Chicago WIN
Points
Aug. 15, 1934 George Black WWWDWW Auditorium, Milwaukee LOSS
Points
Aug. 13, 1934 Billy Hood LWLLWW White City Arena, Chicago LOSS
Points
Aug. 7, 1934 Bruce Wade Peoria WIN
KO
July 30, 1934 Bobby Millsap WWWWLW White City Arena, Chicago WIN
Points
July 16, 1934 Einar Hedquist LLWLLL White City Arena, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
July 9, 1934 Lou Bartell WW White City Arena, Chicago WIN
Points
July 2, 1934 Ossie Jefferson WLLL White City Arena, Chicago WIN
KO
June 25, 1934 Johnny Liston LWLLWW White City Arena, Chicago WIN
KO
June 21, 1934 Bobby Millsap LLWWWW Bacon's Arena, Chicago WIN
KO
June 15, 1934 Johnny Simpson LWLLLW Northwest Stadium, Chicago WIN
Points
June 11, 1934 Eddie Allen WWWLWL Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago WIN
Points