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Old 07-08-2007, 05:04 PM   #1
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Default Lineage of the coloured heavyweight title

Back by popular request. The data is based on information provided to me by K Smith.



Charles C. Smith “The Black Thunderbolt” claims the title after offering to take on all comers.


Morris Grant claims title in New York.


Jan 14 Prof. Charles Hadley W3 Morris Grant, New York, NY
Sep George Godfrey claims title when, after stripping to fight John L. Sullivan, the Heavyweight Champion refused to fight.


Apr 6 Hadley KO2 Morris Grant, New York, NY
Dec 7 Hadley KO3 Morris Grant, New York, NY


Jan 10 Hadley KO2 Harry Woodson, New York, NY
Feb 22 George Godfrey KO6 Charles Hadley, Boston, MA
-Billed as a battle for the colored heavyweight title. 2oz gloves were used.


Oct 5 Godfrey D4 McHenry Johnson, Boston, MA


Jan 25 Godfrey KO4 McHenry Johnson, Boston, MA
-Godfrey knocked down Johnson in the fourth and the latter and his seconds claimed foul. Initially, the referee ruled the bout in Johnson’s favor, but the club eventually changed the ruling.

Aug 8 Peter Jackson KO19 George Godfrey, San Francisco, CA

Jackson never defended the title and it lapsed for close to eight years.


Dec 21 Bob Armstrong KO19 Charley Strong, New York, NY
-This was billed as for the vacant title.


Mar 6 Armstrong KO6 Joe Butler, Philadelphia, PA


Jan 29 Frank Childs KO2 Bob Armstrong, Chicago, IL
Feb 26 Frank Childs WF3 Klondike Haynes, Chicago, IL
Jun 4 Frank Childs D6 Charley Strong, Chicgo, IL
Sep 14 George Byers W20 Frank Childs, Chicago, IL


Mar 4 Frank Childs KO6 Bob Armstrong, Cincinnatti, OH KO6
-Fight billed as being for the colored heavyweight title.
Jul 24 George Byers KO9 Charley Strong, Brooklyn, NY


Mar 16 George Byers D6 Frank Childs, Chicago, IL


Mar 16 Frank Childs KO17 George Byers, Hot Springs, AR


Feb 24 Denver Ed Martin W6 Frank Childs, Chicago, IL
Jul 25 Denver Ed Martin W15 Bob Armstrong, London, Eng
Aug 30 Denver Ed Martin KO4 Frank Craig, Newcastle, Eng


Feb 3 Jack Johnson W20 Denver Ed Martin, Los Angeles, CA
Feb 27 Jack Johnson W20 Sam McVey, Los Angeles, CA
Oct 27 Jack Johnson W20 Sam McVey Los Angeles, CA


Apr 22 Jack Johnson KO20 Sam McVey, San Francisco, CA
Oct 18 Jack Johnson KO2 Denver Ed Martin, Los Angeles, CA


Dec 2 Jack Johnson ND6(W) Joe Jeanette, Philadelphia, PA


Jan 16 Jack Johnson W15 Joe Jeanette, Baltimore, MD
Apr 26 Jack Johnson W15 Sam Langford, Chelsea, MA


Feb 19 Jack Johnson KO1 Peter Felix, Sydney, NSW, AUS


Jack Johnson wins world heavyweight title in December.


Feb 20 Sam McVey W20 Joe Jeanette, Paris, FR
Apr 9 Sam McVey KO2 Cyclone Billy ******, Paris, FR
Apr 17 Joe Jeanette KO49 Sam McVey, Paris, FR
---Sam Langford claims title after Johnson refuses to face him for the world title.
Dec 11 Joe Jeanette D30 Sam McVey, Paris, FR


Sep 6 Sam Langford W15 Joe Jeanette, Boston, MA
Nov 10 Sam Langfrod KO2 Jeff Clarke, Joplin , MO


Jan 10 Sam Langford W12 Joe Jeanette, Boston, MA
Apr 1 Sam Langford D20 Sam McVey, Paris, FR
Dec 26 Sam McVey W20 Sam Langford, Sydney, NSW, AUS


Apr 8 Sam Langford W20 Sam McVey, Sydney, NSW, AUS
Dec 26 Sam Langford KO13 Sam McVey, Sydney, NSW, AUS


Dec 20 Sam Langford W20 Joe Jeanette, Paris, FR


May 1 Harry Wills W10 Sam Langford, New Orleans, LA
Nov 26 Sam Langford KO14 Harry Wills, Los Angeles, CA


Jan 3 Harry Wills W20 Sam Langford, New Orleans, LA
Feb 11 Sam Langford KO19 Harry Wills, New Orleans, LA


Jan 25 Bill Tate W12 Sam Langford, Kansas City, MO
May 2 Sam Langford KO6 Bill Tate, St. Louis, MO
Dec 17 Sam Langford KO2 Kid Norfolk, Denver, CO


Apr 14 Harry Wills KO6 Sam Langford, Panama City, Pan
May 19 Harry Wills TK7 Sam Langford, Panama City, Pan


Aug 18 Harry Wills KO4 Jeff Clarke, Syracuse, NY


Apr 19 Harry Wills W15 Sam Langford, Denver, CO

Wills is generally regarded by all as the leading black heavyweight in the world. He holds the “title” of colored champion until his loss at the hands of Jack Sharkey in October of 1926.

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