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The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia -- Lineal Champion
"Young" Jack Thompson
(Cecil Lewis Thompson)
BORN August 17 1904; Los Angeles, California DIED April 11 1946; Los Angeles, California HEIGHT 5-8 WEIGHT 135-151 lbs MANAGERS Clyde Hudkins, Ray Alvis
Thompson was an all-around fighter, a solid hitter who was shifty and fast; He had many action-packed fights in a short career; During his career, he won the Welterweight Championship of the World
He defeated such men as Jackie Fields, Tommy Freeman, Joe Dundee, Ham Jenkins, James "Red" Herring, Billy Alger, "Oakland" Jimmy Duffy, Harry "Kid" Brown, King Tut, Johnny Adams, "Bermondsey" Billy Wells, Pete August, Al Trulmans, Joe Cardoza, Jimmy Dolan, Freddie Fitzgerald, Sam Bruce, Jackie Silver, Don Fraser and Billy Light
Herb Goldman ranked Thompson as the #25 All-Time Welterweight
Boxing is the cruelest sport. The fighters toil for the most part in anonymity. The abysmal conditions the fighters endure in order to practice their craft would be intolerable for athletes in other sports. Yet the fighters persevere, a tribute to the essence of men who are trying to fight their way out of the miserable miasma of their human condition.
Perhaps the worst conditions ever faced by boxers were those that African-American's endured in the eras between the rise of Jack Johnson and Joe Louis' victory over Max Schmeling in 1938.
Johnson was a free spirit that flaunted the "white man's rules" by living an edge city life that included marrying a string of white women. Johnson so enraged the mores of the day that he released a wave of racial hatred and divisiveness that wasn't seen again until the Civil Rights Movement of the 50's and 60's, and the OJ trial in the mid-90's. Which brings me to one of those great Afro-American fighters that fought under those terrible conditions; but has further suffered the indignity of being forgotten in the bloody mitts of time ...
"The Frisco Flash," Young Jack Thompson, was born in Los Angeles on August 17, 1904. He began his pro career in 1922 in San Francisco with a second round KO over one Bud Kelly. Over the next 10 years, Young Jack proceeded to terrorize the welterweight division. Thompson was said to be, "The greatest little black man since the days of Joe Gans." In volume 5 of Black Dynamite, Nat Fleischer described Thompson "as one of the finest performers the ring had known. He was fast and shifty, a natural boxer, and a lusty puncher with either hand." Praise of the highest order indeed ... But Thompson backed it up with a mastery of the art of boxing and a display of dynamite in both fists. Out of his 62 recorded career victories, 41 were by kayo. An outstanding knockout percentage considering the high caliber of opposition he constantly faced. Black fighters were not given gimme fights in those days. In fact, the majority of Young Jack's 27 decision losses, were either against sterling competition or were outright robberies involving his opponent's hometown officials.
Thompson solidified his status as a top contender when he kayoed the reigning welterweight champion, Joe Dundee, in the second round on August 30, 1928. He was matched against the great Jackie Fields, for the vacant N.B.A. welterweight title in Jackie's native Chicago on March 25, 1929, only to lose a controversial 10 round decision.
For the next year Thompson kept campaigning to relatively dismal results winning five fights, losing five (all on the road), with one no decision bout. After losing yet another controversial decision in his only New York City appearance to the great Jimmy McLarnin (L-10), he was given a title shot against Jackie Fields in Detroit on May 9, 1930. Over 15 blistering rounds Thompson was finally able to eke out a close on the road decision for the title. Jack defended his title against tough Tommy Freeman on September 5th of that same year losing a 15-round decision in Cleveland. Jack came back to brutally regain the title with a 12th round kayo of Freeman, also in Cleveland on April 14, 1931.
On July 23, 1931 he faced French-Canadian strong boy Lou Brouillard, in Boston, losing a very controversial 10-round decision. They were rematched exactly three months later, this time for the title; Thompson lost over 15 rounds. (L-15). Thompson was clearly beaten -- he was dropped in the sixth, tenth, and thirteenth rounds -- and his days as a top contender were suddenly over.
Thompson campaigned for only one more year with mixed results. Discouraged by the bad hometown decisions and the inequity of being a black fighter during the Depression, Young Jack Thompson last fought on May 25, 1932, a six round win in Seattle over a nonentity named Leonard Bennett. He announced his retirement a week later. On April 9, 1946, he suffered a fatal heart attack in a Los Angeles restaurant; he was forty-two years old.
© 1999 The Cyber Boxing Zone1922 Nov 20 Bud Kelly San Francisco, Ca KO 2 -Some sources report 11/29/22 1923 Feb 13 Billy Springfield San Francisco, Ca LK 2 Feb 23 Eddie Morris Sacramento, Ca LK 2 Sep 18 Alfred Ells Vernon, Ca D 4 Oct 2 Hank Gatton Vernon, Ca L 4 Oct 23 Paul Duarte Vernon, Ca W 4 Dec 6 Joe Powell San Jose, Ca KO 2 -Some sources report "San Francisco, Ca" Dec 20 Manny "Kid" Robinson San Jose, Ca W 4 1924 Jan 4 "Filipino" Kid Martin San Francisco, Ca KO 2 Jan 10 George Spencer San Jose, Ca L 4 Jan 17 Hank Gatton San Pedro, Ca D 4 Jan 30 Young Ketchel Venice, Ca D 4 Mar 27 George Brandon San Mateo, Ca W 4 Apr George Spencer San Mateo, Ca L 4 Apr 22 Young Terry Vernon, Ca L 4 Apr 24 George Spencer San Mateo, Ca L 4 -Some sources report "Leo Spencer" May 15 Joe Powell San Jose, Ca L 4 May 29 Pete Francis San Jose, Ca D 4 Jun 24 Angelo Pappas San Mateo, Ca D 4 Jul Pete Francis Livermore, Ca W Jul 29 Jack Davis Livermore, Ca L 4 Aug 7 Henry Falegano San Jose, Ca D 4 Aug 19 Min Minnick San Jose, Ca L 4 Sep 12 Young Riley Sacramento, Ca W 4 Sep 22 Min Minnick San Jose, Ca D 4 Oct 31 Tommy O'Leary Sacramento, Ca L 4 Nov 20 Dick Hoppe Pasadena, Ca LT 4 -Some sources report "TK 4" Dec 10 Harry "Young" Cumpston Los Angeles, Ca W 4 1925 Jan 21 Eddie Cortez Los Angeles, Ca KO 1 Feb 4 Joe Martinez Los Angeles, Ca KO 6 Feb 18 Eddie Sylvester Los Angeles, Ca KO 3 Mar 11 Charley "Rough House" Burns Los Angeles, Ca W 10 Mar 13 "Sailor" Joe Carter San Diego, Ca KO 1 Mar 20 Kid Bello San Diego, Ca D 6 Apr 3 John "Battling" Ward San Diego, Ca W 6 Apr 13 John "Battling" Ward Los Angeles, Ca KO 4 May 1 Charley Feraci San Diego, Ca L 10 Jul 24 "Young" Harry Wills San Diego, Ca D 10 Oct 7 Harry Scott Oakland, Ca L 6 Dec 22 Billy Springfield Fresno, Ca D 6 1926 Jan 14 "Tarzan" Joe Lopez Pasadena, Ca KO 3 Jan 22 Baby Pete San Diego, Ca W 6 Feb 10 Bobby Ertle Oakland, Ca TK 1 Mar 9 Joe Layman Vernon, Ca D 6 Mar 31 "Young" Sam Langford Los Angeles, Ca L 6 May 18 Young Corbett III Fresno, Ca L 6 May 21 Ad Ruiz San Diego, Ca W 6 May 25 Pete Druid Culver City, Ca KO 1 May 28 Buddy Barie San Diego, Ca W 6 Jun 18 Billy McCann San Diego, Ca TK 8 Jun 29 Joe Allesio Fresno, Ca KO 3 Jul 24 Harry Whybrow Los Angeles, Ca KO 2 Aug 20 "Wild" Bill Farrell Reno, Nv W 6 Aug 24 Frankie Tierney Fresno, Ca KO 7 Sep 14 Charley Pitts Culver City, Ca TK 8 -Some sources report "KO 4" in 1927 Sep 28 Jack Silver Los Angeles, Ca TK 8 Oct 15 Billy Adams San Francisco, Ca TK 5 Nov 5 Billy Alger San Francisco, Ca W 10 Nov 12 "Sailor" Ted Makegon San Francisco, Ca D 10 -Some sources report 11/14/26 Nov 23 Russ Whalen Los Angeles, Ca L 10 1927 Jan 8 Sanford Risdon Los Angeles, Ca W Jan 27 Dannoy McCoy Culver City, Ca W 6 Feb 11 Tommy Cello San Francisco, Ca D 10 Feb 18 Harry "Kid" Brown San Francisco, Ca TK 5 Mar 4 King Tut San Francisco, Ca W 10 Mar 11 Harry "Kid" Brown San Francisco, Ca W 10 Apr 8 Irineo Flores San Francisco, Ca TK 2 Jun 24 Young Corbett III San Francisco, Ca D 10 Jul 22 Charley Feraci San Francisco, Ca KO 5 1928 Jan 17 Johnny Adams Los Angeles, Ca TK 4 Jan 27 Don Fraser San Francisco, Ca KO 3 Feb 13 Young Corbett III San Francisco, Ca L 10 Mar 16 Johnny O'Donnell San Francisco, Ca TK 8 Apr 11 "Oakland" Jimmy Duffy Oakland, Ca LF 9 Jun 8 Billy Light Chicago, Il W 8 Jul 11 Russie Leroy Chicago, Il TK 5 Aug 10 Eddie Dempsey Chicago, Il KO 4 Aug 22 Gene Cardi Cleveland, Oh TK 6 Aug 30 Joe Dundee Chicago, Il TK 2 Oct 1 Jackie Fields San Francisco, Ca L 10 Oct 31 Danny Gordon Chicago, Il TK 2 Nov 29 Sam Bruce Buffalo, NY TK 10 -Some sources report 11/30/28 Dec 7 Tommy "Red" Brogan Buffalo, NY KO 4 1929 Jan 25 James "Red" Herring Buffalo, NY TK 7 Jan 30 Harry Dudley Kansas City, Mo TK 6 -Some sources report 1/31/29 Feb 18 Ham Jenkins Kansas City, Mo W 10 Mar 8 Walter "Heavy" Andrews Buffalo, NY W 10 Mar 25 Jackie Fields Chicago, Il L 10 -NBA Welterweight Championship of the World Jun 24 Jimmy Evans San Francisco, Ca TK 9 Aug 7 "Oakland" Jimmy Duffy Oakland, Ca W 10 Oct 2 "Oakland" Jimmy Duffy Oakland, Ca TK 10 Oct 9 Freddie Fitzgerald Oakland, Ca L 10 Nov 18 Billy White Pittsburgh, Pa TK 8 Dec 10 "Bermondsey" Billy Wells Minneapolis, Mn W 10 1930 Jan 10 Tommy Freeman Detroit, Mi L 10 Feb 3 Bucky Lawless Rochester, Il L 10 Mar 1 Freddie Fitzgerald Chicago, Il W 10 Mar 28 Jimmy McLarnin New York, NY L 10 May 9 Jackie Fields Detroit, Mi W 15 -NBA Welterweight Championship of the World Jun 6 "Bermondsey" Billy Wells Omaha, Ne KO 2 Jun 9 Jimmy Dolan Portland, Or KO 3 -Some sources report "Jerry Dolan" Jun 17 Joe Cardoza Los Angeles, Ca KO 3 Jul 4 Young Corbett III San Francisco, Ca L 10 Sep 5 Tommy Freeman Cleveland, Oh L 15 -Welterweight Championship of the World 1931 Mar 4 Babe Anderson Oakland, Ne KO 9 Mar 19 Larry Kaufman Moline, Il KO 3 Apr 14 Tommy Freeman Cleveland, Oh TK 12 -Welterweight Championship of the World May 8 Bucky Lawless Chicago, Il L 10 May 27 Pete August Newark, NJ W 10 Jun 19 Speedball Turner Little Rock, Ar KO 3 Jul 23 Lou Brouillard Boston, Ma L 10 Sep 5 Tommy Jones Flint, Mi KO 5 -Some sources report "KO 3" on 9/06/31 Oct 6 Tommy Jones Flint, Mi KO 3 Oct 23 Lou Brouillard Boston, Ma L 15 -Welterweight Championship of the World 1932 Jan 27 Jimmy Evans Oakland, Ca L 10 Mar 4 "Bermondsey" Billy Wells Stockton, Ca TK 6 Mar 11 Al Trulmans San Diego, Ca W 10 Mar 25 "Cowboy" Charlie Cobb San Diego, Ca L 10 May 25 Leonard Bennett Seattle, Wa W 6 *** The Following Bouts Are Reported But Not Confirmed *** 1926 Jul 28 Frankie Tierney El Rio, Ca W 1927 Oct Frankie Turner KO 8 *** Assistance Provided By Seth Callis ***
Record courtesy of Tracy Callis, Historian, International Boxing Research Organization
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