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The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia -- Title Claimant

George "Johnny" Nichols
(Philip John Nicolosi or Philip Joseph Nicolasi)

BORN   July 9 1908; Sandusky, Ohio (Some sources report July 10 1907)
DIED Some source report September 1986; Sandusky, Ohio
HEIGHT 5-10 1/2
WEIGHT 160-177 lbs
MANAGERS.. Jack Singer, Paul "Red" Carr, Tommy Walsh and Jack Kearns

Nichols was a determined and capable boxer; He handled himself well in the ring and fought the best opponents around; During his career, George won the NBA Light Heavyweight Championship of America

In April of 1935, Walter Winchell, radio broadcaster, reported that George had secretly married
Catherine "Kit" Klein, World Champion Speed Skater, in 1933; Nichols and Klein had sparred together in a boxing ring, as kind of a joke; Also, as kind of a joke, they got married in Ripley, New York after attending a late night party; At first, Klein denied Winchell's report, but after announcing her engagement to Dr. Thomas Outland (of Sayre, Pa), she admitted it was true, and took steps to get the marriage annulled; Nichols and Klein had been engaged, remained friends, but had not lived together

George defeated such men as Osk Till, Dave Maier, Lou Scozza, Billy Jones, "Sunny" Jim Williams, Charley Belanger, Rosey Rosales, Jack McVey, Martin Levandowski, Allen Matthews and Tony Tozzo

1921
Mar 29 Frank Rockey               Sandusky, Oh                       KO  1

1923
       Johnny Fisher              Sandusky, Oh                       TK  3
       Jimmy Craig                Sandusky, Oh                       KO  1
       Harry Miller               Sandusky, Oh                        W  4
       Joe Sharkey                Fremont, Oh                         W  4

1924
May  1 Joe Koppel                 Erie, Pa                            W  6
May 15 Joe Koppel                 Erie, Pa                            W  6
Jul 29 Larry Posen                Toledo, Oh                          W  4

1925
Dec  7 Harry Fuller               Buffalo, NY                         L  4

1926
       Joe Midway                 Rochester, NY                      KO  2
       Joe Zuppko                 Rochester, NY                      KO  2
          -Some sources report "L 6"
       Charles Scherer            Fremont, Oh                         L  8
          -Some sources report 1927 for the previous 3 bouts

1927
Jan 17 Paul Brown                 Buffalo, NY                         W  6
Mar 21 Ray Wolford                Rochester, NY                       W  6
Mar 28 Art Fitzsimmons            Buffalo, NY                         W  4
Apr 11 Stanley Simmons            Erie, Pa                            D  6
Apr 19 Charles Scherer            Sandusky, Oh                        L 10
          -Some sources report "W 10" on 7/01/27
Aug 19 Frank Kearns               Erie, Pa                            D  6
Nov 24 Paul Brown                 Buffalo, NY                         W  4
Dec 19 Charles Eck                Buffalo, NY                         W  6

1928 Jan 9 Art Fitzsimmons Buffalo, NY W 6 Jan 23 Phil Jackson Buffalo, NY W 6 Jan 30 Jack McVey Rochester, NY LT 10 Mar 12 George Perotta Buffalo, NY D 6 Mar 30 Jack Golden Toronto, Ont, Can TK 1 May 29 Ernie Burns Sandusky, Oh KO 2 -Some sources report 2/15/28 Jul 3 Terry McMullen Sandusky, Oh KO 2 -Some sources report 3/15/28 Jul 31 "Panama" Dixie Kid Buffalo, NY W 6 Aug 10 Johnny Brown Erie, Pa KO 1 -Some sources report 5/11/28 Aug 28 Freeman Pepper Sandusky, Oh W 10 -Some sources report 8/30/28 Sep 14 Cliff Becker Erie, Pa TK 2 -Some sources report 9/15/28 Oct 19 Jack McVey Buffalo, NY L 10 Nov 5 Tubby Noble Buffalo, NY W 4 Nov 8 Norman Genet Sandusky, Oh W 10 -Some sources report 8/01/28 Dec 2 Willie Woods Buffalo, NY W 6 1929 Jan 4 Gary Leach Syracuse, NY LT 2 Feb 4 Ted Easterbrook Meadville, Pa KO 3 -Some sources report "Erie, Pa" Feb 22 Gary Leach Buffalo, NY D 6 Feb 28 Nick Martin Youngstown, Oh W 6 Mar 2 Tubby Noble Meadville, Pa KO 3 -Some sources report 3/04/29 Mar 25 "Bingo" Joe Banovic Rochester, NY W 6 Apr 1 Benny "Kid" Stanley Fremont, Oh W 10 Apr 26 Arvin Spence Erie, Pa W 10 May 17 Arvin Spence Erie, Pa W 10 Jun 7 Billy Jones Erie, Pa LT 5 Jul 26 Henry Firpo Cleveland, Oh L 8 -Some sources report 7/27/29 Aug 21 Oliver "Snowflake" Wright Cleveland, Oh W 6 -Some sources report "Vince 'Snowflakes' Wright" Aug 27 Archie Cross Sandusky, Oh TK 7 Oct 14 Sammy Weiss Buffalo, NY W 8 -Some sources report "NC 8" Oct 25 Charles Scherer Sandusky, Oh KO 3 Nov 25 Osk Till Buffalo, NY W 6 Dec 9 Norman Wilson Rochester, NY KO 1 1930 Jan 13 Henry Firpo New Castle, Pa L 10 Feb 10 Harry Fuller Buffalo, NY D 6 Mar 7 "Indian" Tiger West Franklin, Pa W 10 Mar 14 "Indian" Tiger West Erie, Pa W 10 Mar 24 Henry Firpo Oil City, Pa W 10 May 26 James [Tarante] Rogers Boston, Ma KO 5 Jun 3 Tiger Thomas Williamsport, Pa W 10 Jun 9 James [Tarante] Rogers Boston, Ma KO 5 Jun 25 Gene McCue Buffalo, NY TK 3 Jul 10 Johnny Freeman Buffalo, NY W 6 Jul 25 Tiger Thomas Sayre, Pa W 6 Aug 26 Tiger Thomas Leiperville, Pa D 10 Sep 2 Harry Allen Boston, Ma W 10 Nov 11 "Sunny" Jim Williams Franklin, Pa W 10 Nov 24 Garfield Johnson Buffalo, NY TK 9 Dec 3 Charley Belanger Buffalo, NY W 10 Dec 15 Chuck Burns Buffalo, NY W 10 1931 Jan 16 Billy Jones Erie, Pa L 10 Jun 15 Rosey Rosales Boston, Ma TK 4 Jun 22 Johnny Klesch Norwalk, Oh KO 1 -Some sources report "Aug 1931" Jul 13 Leo Larivee Boston, Ma W 10 Aug 25 Jack McVey Sandusky, Oh W 10 Sep 4 Battling Archie Waterbury, Ct KO 2 Sep 18 Sam Bruce Buffalo, NY TK 5 Sep 25 Oliver "Snowflake" Wright Milwaukee, Wi W 10 Nov 3 William "Gorilla" Jones Milwaukee, Wi L 10 Nov 27 Dave Maier Buffalo, NY LT 8 -Some sources report "LT 7" Dec 30 Don Petrin Chicago, Il TK 5 1932 Jan 15 Charley Belanger Chicago, Il W 10 Jan 28 Lou Scozza Chicago, Il W 10 Feb 18 Billy Jones Chicago, Il W 10 Mar 18 Dave Maier Chicago, Il W 10 -NBA Light Heavyweight Championship of the World May 31 Lou Scozza Buffalo, NY L 10 Jul 22 Red Fitzsimmons Colorado Springs, Co KO 5 Jul 29 Ham Jenkins Denver, Co L 10 Oct 17 Joe Knight Charleston, SC L 10 Oct 26 Adolf Heuser Boston, Ma L 10 Dec -Nichols relinquished the NBA Light Heavyweight Championship; Some sources report that Nichols was stripped of the title 1933 Feb 16 George Forrester Elizabeth, NJ KO 2 Mar 6 Lou Scozza Buffalo, NY D 10 Mar 13 Don Petrin Newark, NJ W 10 Mar 20 Lou Scozza Buffalo, NY LT 5 -Some sources report 3/30/33 May 15 Al Gainer New Haven, Ct L 10 Jun 12 Frankie O'Brien Hartford, Ct W 10 Jul 6 Sammy "Kid" Slaughter Chicago, Il L 10 -Some sources report 7/07/33 Jul 17 Norman Conrad Manchester, NH L 10 Aug 18 Martin Levandowski Muskegon, Mi TK 7 -Some sources report 8/10/33; Some sources report "KO 8" Aug 24 Harry English Muskegon, Mi ND 10 Nov 3 Joe Knight New York, NY L 8 Nov 20 Larry Johnson Chicago, Il W 10 Dec 18 Harry English Toledo, Oh D 10 1934 Jan 11 Al Gainer New Haven, Ct L 10 Feb 5 George Manley Miami, Fl WF 5 Apr 17 Mickey Dugan Cleveland, Oh W 10 1935 Sep 16 Tony Tozzo Buffalo, NY W 6 Oct 18 Al Delaney Buffalo, NY D 6 Oct Henry Palmieri Sandusky, Oh W 6 -Some sources report "ND 10" Oct Joe Woods W 10 -This bout was held during "Oct-Nov 1935" Dec 11 Mickey Dugan Akron, Oh KO 8 Dec 31 Frank Eiler Louisville, Ky KO 2 1936 Jan 15 Charley Belanger Akron, Oh D 10 Jan Johnny Nelson Buffalo, NY D 6 -This bout was held during "Jan-Feb 1936" Feb 17 Nick Masters Buffalo, NY TK 4 -Some sources report "W 4" Feb 24 Louis LePage Buffalo, NY W 4 Mar 2 Joe Tirpak Buffalo, NY TK 1 Mar 30 Johnny Nelson Buffalo, NY W 10 Apr 7 John Henry Lewis Buffalo, NY D 10 Apr 20 Al Gainer Pittsburgh, Pa LT 9 Jul 9 Allen Matthews Chicago, Il W 10 Aug 12 John Henry Lewis St. Louis, Mo L 10 Oct 26 Billy Bommer Buffalo, NY W 10 Dec 14 Eddie Saxon Buffalo, NY KO 3 Dec 28 Fanis Tzanetopoulous Buffalo, NY KO 1 1937 Jan 8 Domenico Ceccarelli Buffalo, NY W 10 Mar 2 Stanley Evans Detroit, Mi W 8 May 18 Charley "Killer" Coates Los Angeles, Ca W 10 Jun 15 Alabama Kid Denver, Co LK 4 -This man was "Clarence Reeves" Sep 27 Eddie Saxon Buffalo, NY W 6 Oct 18 Ralph DeJohn Buffalo, NY LK 1 1939 Apr 17 Fred Apostoli Houston, Tx LK 2

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