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The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia-- Lineal Champion

Joe Bowker
(Thomas Mahon)

BORN   June 12 1881; Salford, Lancashire, England
DIED October 22 1955; London, England
HEIGHT 5-3 1/2
WEIGHT 114-126 lbs
MANAGER Peggy Bettinson
RECORD 40-8-1 (14 KO, 2 EX)

 

Bowker was a clever and capable boxer who compiled an excellent ring record; He learned his trade as a youngster by fighting in the Boxing Booths all over England and taking on anyone, regardless of size; During his career, he won the Bantamweight Championship of the World, the Bantamweight Championship of Europe, the BBBC Featherweight Championship of Great Britain and the BBBC Bantamweight Championship of Great Britain
 
Bowker defeated such men as Harry Ware, Andrew Tokell, Owen Moran, Frankie Neil, Pedlar Palmer, Pinkey Evans, Spike Robson, and Biz Mackey

1900
          -Bowker won a novice tourament in England;
           Reportedly there were 64 entries

       Tom Perkins                in England                        W  6
       Charles Turner             in England                        W  6
       George Thompson            in England                       KO  6
       Albert Wheeler             in England                       KO  4
       Pat Daly                   in England                        W 10
       Tom Owens                  in England                        W 10
       Bill Doyle                 in England                        W 10

1901
Jan 14 Sam Walters                London, Eng                       W  3
Jan 14 Buck Shine                 London, Eng                       W  6
          -The previous 2 bouts were reportedly held the same date
Jan 21 Jack Guyon                 London, Eng                       L  6
Dec 14 Jack Guyon                 London, Eng                       W  6

1902
Feb  2 Albert Wheeler             London, Eng                      TK  5
Mar 10 Harry Paul                 London, Eng                       W 10
Apr 21 Bill Lampshire             London, Eng                       W 10
May 10 Jack Guyon                 London, Eng                       W  6
Jun  2 Bill Fielder               London, Eng                       W 10
Sep 16 Charlie Hickman            Newcastle, Eng                   KO  3
Dec 15 Harry Ware                 London, Eng                       W 15
          -BBBC Bantamweight Championship of Great Britain

1903
May 25 Andrew Tokell              London, Eng                       W 15
          -BBBC Bantamweight Championship of Great Britain
Oct  3 Bill King                  London, Eng                       W 15
          -BBBC Bantamweight Championship of Great Britain
          Some sources report 10/05/03
Nov  9 Alf Fellows                London, Eng                      TK  9

1904
May 30 Owen Moran                 London, Eng                       W 20
          -BBBC Bantamweight Championship of Great Britain
Oct 17 Frankie Neil               London, Eng                       W 20
          -Bantamweight Championship of the World

1905
Mar 20 Thomas "Pedlar" Palmer     London, Eng                      KO 12
          -BBBC Bantamweight Championship of Great Britain
          Some sources report "W 12"
May 29 Pinkey Evans               London, Eng                       W 20
          -Bantamweight Championship of the World
Jul  1 Wally Pickard              Paris, Fr                         W  6
Oct 23 Frank "Spike" Robson       London, Eng                       W 20
          -BBBC Featherweight Championship of Great Britain

1906
Mar 14 Bill Fielder               Glasgow, Scot                     D  6
Apr 21 Owen Moran                 London, Eng                      EX  4
May 28 Jem Driscoll               London, Eng                       L 15
          -BBBC Featherweight Championship of Great Britain

1907
Feb  2 Harry Smith                London, Eng                      TK  5
Mar  5 Owen Moran                 Cardiff, Wales                   EX  4
Jun  1 Jem Driscoll               London, Eng                      LK 17
          -BBBC Featherweight Championship of Great Britain
          Some sources report 6/03/07
Dec 16 Cockney Cohen              London, Eng                       W 10

1908
Apr 27 Charlie Griffin            London, Eng                      LT  8

1909
Mar 16 Al Delmont                 Boston, Ma                        L 12
Mar 20 Tommy O'Toole              Philadelphia, Pa                 LK  2
Jun 14 "Seaman" Arthur Hayes      London, Eng                       W  6

1910
Mar  7 Jean Audouy                London, Eng                      KO  8
          -Bantamweight Championship of Europe
Oct 17 George "Digger" Stanley    London, Eng                      LK  8
          -Bantamweight Championship of Europe;
          BBBC Featherweight Championship of Great Britain
Dec 12 Alec Lambert               London, Eng                      KO  6

1911
Mar 27 Con Houghton               London, Eng                      KO  7
May 29 Paul Til                   London, Eng                      WF 14
Dec 18 George Allen               London, Eng                      KO  2

1912
Jan 29 Charles Ledoux             London, Eng                      LT 10

1913
Feb  3 Jack "Young" Cohen         London, Eng                       W 15
Nov 24 Francis Charles            London, Eng                       W 10

1914
Feb 16 Biz Mackey                 London, Eng                      KO  5
May 11 Robert Dastillon           London, Eng                       W 15

1916
Jul 17 Harold Walker              Manchester, Eng                  KO  6

1919
Oct  9 Charles Ward               London, Eng                      KO 15


*** Some Data Provided By Robert Wilson ***


Record courtesy of Tracy Callis, Historian, International Boxing Research Organization

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