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BDeskins
10-05-2006, 12:03 PM
Below is a list that I started working on a few years ago, but I never really did much to it, so there should be a lot more fighters to add.



Most Bouts in a Calendar Year List to post on forums
(30+ Bouts)
Compiled by Barry Deskins


TB…Name…………………………Year

58…Ted “Kid” Lewis……………1911
58…Len Wickwar…………….…1934
53…Joe Grim……………………1902
51…Len Wickwar……….………1935
50…Len Wickwar………….……1932
49…Len Wickwar………….……1933
48…Len Wickwar………….……1936
46…John “Unk” Russell……...…1905
44…Len Wickwar…………….…1930
44…Harry Greb…………………1919
43…Young Erne…………………1902
42…Young Griffo………….……1890
41…Len Wickwar………….……1931
40…Len Wickwar………….……1937
39…Young Stribling……….……1928
39…Young Stribling……….……1924
38…Wildcat Monte………..……1924
37…Battling Levinsky….………1914
37…Harry Greb…………………1917
37…Young Ahearn………..……1910
37…Knockout Brown…….……1908
37…Cuddy DeMarco……………1923
36…“Wild” Bill McDowell……1935
36…Young Griffo………..……1899
36…Wildcat Monte……………1923
36…Wildcat Monte……………1933
35…Freddie Miller……………1935
35…Cuddy DeMarco…………1926
35…Jack White……….………1908
34…Dave Holly………………1902
34…Duke Tramel……….……1925
34…Johnny Fitzpatrick……………1933
34…Wildcat Monte……………1929
33…Jimmy Wilde………..……1913
33…Joey DeJohn………..……1947
33…Freddie Miller……………1928
33…Young Stribling……………1925
33…Young Griffo……………1888
33…Duke Tramel……….……1924
33…John “KO” Eggers……………1913
33…Walter Mohr……….……1916
32…Lamar Clark………..……1958
32…Matty Baldwin……………1903
32…Ralph Brady……….……1919
31…James “Tut” Jackson……………1922
31…Dutch Brandt……….……1912
31…“Philadelphia” Jack O’Brien……………1902
31…Len Wickwar……………1938
31…Willie Russell………………1945
31…Willie Houck………………1909
31…Tommy Feltz………………1900
31…Charley Johnson……………1896
31…Willard “Big Boy” Hogue……………1939
31…Otto “Young” Wallace……………1919
30…Knockout Brown……………1910
30…Ernie Maurer……….………1932
30…Johnny Lamar………………1922
30…Johnny Ray…………………1913
30…Cuddy DeMarco……………1924
30…Battling Murray……………1916
30…Wildcat Monte………..……1926
30…Wildcat Monte………..……1931

Mike DeLisa
10-05-2006, 02:25 PM
With Exhibitions -- Carnera 1930!

1930
Jan 24 Clayton Peterson New York KO 1
Jan 31 Elzear Rioux Chicago KO 1
Feb 6 Cowboy Billy Owens Newark, NJ KO 2
Feb 11 Buster Martin St. Louis KO 2
Feb 14 Jim Sigmon Memphis, TN KO 1
Feb 17 Johan Erickson Oklahoma City KO 2
Feb 24 Farmer Lodge New Orleans KO 2
Mar 3 Roy "Ace" Clark Philadelphia KO 6
Mar 11 Sully Montgomery Minneapolis KO 2
Mar 17 Chuck Wiggins St. Louis KO 2
Mar 20 Frank Zavita Jacksonville, FL KO 1
Mar 26 George Trafton Kansas City KO 1
Mar 28 Jack MacAuliffe Denver KO 1
Apr 8 Neil Clisby Los Angeles KO 2
Apr 14 Leon "Bombo"Chevalier Emeryville, CA KO 6
Apr 22 Sam Baker Portland, OR KO 1
May 1 Peter Jackson Portland, OR Exh KO 1
May 1 Tom Moore Portland, OR Exh KO 2
May 1 Art Shearer Portland, OR Exh KO 2

May 2 NY suspends Carnera and 4 of his staff following CA
discipilinary action arising from Chevalier fight

May 12 Jack Silva Ogden, UT Exh KO 1
May 12 Al Dawson Ogden, UT Exh KO 1
May 12 Ed Wilkes Ogden, UT Exh KO 1
May 13 Hyde Lyndell Salt Lake, UT Exh KO 1
May 13 Tony Clawson Salt Lake, UT Exh KO 1
May 13 Jack Lewis Salt Lake, UT Exh KO 1 Carnera down
May 13 Steve Strilich Salt Lake, UT Exh KO 1
May 19 Texas Ranger Des Moines, IA Exh KO 1
May 19 Seal Harris Des Moines, IA Exh 2
May 19 Jack Kracken Des Moines, IA Exh 2
May 31 Jack Kracken Des Moines, IA Exh KO 2 CONFIRM?
Jun 5 K.O. Christner Detroit KO 4
Jun 23 George Godfrey Philadelphia WDQ 5
Jun Paul Pantaleo Davenport, IA Exh 4
Jun Jimmy Moffitt Davenport, IA Exh 4
Jun Jack McCauliffe II Davenport, IA Exh 2
Jun 14 Jack Lewis Ironwood, MI Exh 2
Jun 14 Larry Creighton Ironwood, MI Exh 2
Jul 17 Bearcat Wright Omaha KO 4
Jul 29 George Cook Cleveland KO 2
Aug 21 Ed Shockman Cinncinatti, OH Exh 2
Aug 21 Maxie Brown Cinncinatti, OH Exh 2
Aug 21 Jack McAuliffe II Cinncinatti, OH Exh 2
Aug 30 Riccardo Bertazzolo Atlantic City TK 3
Sep 8 Pat McCarthy Newark, NJ KO 2
Sep 17 Jack Gross Chicago KO 2
Sep 2 Jack DeMave Montreal, Canada Exh
Sep 2 Jack McAuliffe II Montreal, Canada Exh
Sep 2 Calgert Montreal, Canada Exh
Sep Tom Moore Canada Exh 2
Sep Art Shearer Canada Exh 2
Sep Opponent Canada Exh 2
Oct Opponent New Haven, CT Exh
Oct Jack DeMave New Haven, CT Exh
Oct Charlie Anderson New Haven, CT Exh
Oct Dan Risko New Haven, CT Exh
Oct Gus Martel Orangeburg, NY Exh 1
Oct 7 Jim Maloney Boston L 10

Nov Primo fought Exhibitions in Rome, Udine and Bologna

Nov 30 Paulino Uzcudun Barcelona W 10
Dec 18 Reggie Meen London KO 2
Dec 26 Gottfrid Karlsson, SWE Stockholm, SWE Exh 1x2
Dec 26 Johnny Widd, SWE Stockholm, SWE Exh 1x2
Dec 26 Gustaf Andersson, SWE Stockholm, SWE Exh 1x2
Dec 26 Harry Persson, SWE Stockholm, SWE Exh 2x2
Dec 28 Poul Petersen, DEN Copenhagen, DEN Exh 1x2
Dec 28 Hans Bischoff, GER Copenhagen, DEN Exh 1x2
Dec 28 Anders Petersen, DEN Copenhagen, DEN Exh 1x2
NB! Petersen was a Bantam/Featherweight, who had lost
to F. Genaro in final of 1920 Olympics
Dec 29 Berg Jensen, NOR Oslo, NOR Exh 1x2
Dec 29 Hans Bischoff, GER Oslo, NOR Exh 1x2
Dec 29 Askevold, NOR Oslo, NOR Exh 1x2

Mike DeLisa
10-05-2006, 02:29 PM
1932-- Maxie Rosenbloom -- 31

GorDoom
01-19-2007, 01:45 PM
Incredible! These stats are almost hard to believe even though I know they are verified fact. Who was Lenny Wickwar? I think he made the list about 5 times with between 30-50 fights a year. unbelievable!!!!

I guess he must have been a pug because I never heard of him. Barry, was he like the Joe Grimm of his day? Any one of those years would have been a career for most fighters.

GorDoom

GorDoom
01-19-2007, 01:49 PM
I googled Wickwar & all I could come up with was this form a Manny Pac forum in the Phillipines:

Boxer with most bouts? Lenny Wickwar with 464 total fights.

Man, that's a lotta fights!

GorDoom

BDeskins
01-19-2007, 07:59 PM
Gor---Wickwar was one of those Brits post WW1 who fought almost weekly. He was a pretty solid club-fighter along the lines of Wildcat Monte here in the States, but against the best fighters in Britian he usually fell short. There were a slew of Brits from his era that had 150-175+ bouts in they're career though I think Wickwar has the most verified bouts than anyone, at least to date, followed by George Marsden, Billy Bird and several others. There was another Brit who was probably the Grim of his day in Arnold Sheppard, who for a long time was credited as having the most career losses, but he has fell back in that list, but he did have around 150 losses. I'm pretty sure they all have pretty complete records over at boxrec.

Gallicrow
01-19-2007, 08:47 PM
A quick Google search for "Len Wickwar" turned up a bout which isn't mentioned on boxrec: http://www.ootpdevelopments.com/board/archive/index.php/t-84803.html



THE DAILY EXPRESS - May 6, 1947
VETERAN WICKWAR STOPS LONDON TEEN IN HIS PRO DEBUT
Veteran pugilist Len Wickwar proved he still had a little left in his tank as he outpointed a fighter half his age in a bout at London's Olympia last night. The youngster, an 18 year old London lad named Edward xDay came out flailing and landed a couple of strong blows early before the cagey spotted a hole in his defenses and sent The Poplar Windmill, as the lad is known, sprawling to the canvas. Day composed himself and lasted the entire 8 rounds but he was much more tenative after the knockdown and Wickwar easily won on points.

Gallicrow
01-19-2007, 09:37 PM
Here's some more information about Len Wickwar from a family newsletter for the Wickware / Wickwire surnames:

Leonard WICKWAR (Len) was born on March 11th 1911 in the Leicester area. He died on April or may 1980, aged 69 years. He was married to Phyllis, had a son named Leon, who was born approx. 1940, and a daughter named Pearl, who was born about 1942 In 1965 he was working as a machine packer for an Engineering Company in Leicester.

Onto his Boxing career:
By 1965 he had completed “nearly 500 bouts”.
From 1926 to 1947 he had amassed a total of 467 contests, beating the best at his weight.

From the “Boxing News” of June 20th 1980, Leonard was described by his Manager George Biddles, as “The Greatest Boxer who never won a major title”.

However he did win many worthwhile contests.
He became the featherweight Champion of the Midlands in 1933, winning a purse of £100, and “The Ted Salmon’s Gold Championship Belt”, (which was, unfortunately, later stolen from a Leicester Pub, where it was on display). His final Professional Boxing match was on Feb 6th 1947, when he was beaten by Danny Cunningham of Methill, in a fight at St. James’s Hill, Newcastle-upon-Tyne”.

http://www.boxrec.com/media/images/8/84/Wickwar.Len.jpg

BDeskins
01-20-2007, 07:52 AM
Do you have that Boxing News issue with the Wickwar article? I'm pretty sure that I do and if I do I'll try to figure out how to upload it.

mike
01-24-2007, 03:46 PM
deskins list- no wonder so many greats were from those times. too tough and too skilled--as the phrase goes.

Goldthorpe
01-26-2007, 03:38 PM
Was it common for boxers in the past to fight without much rest between bouts? I see lots of boxers, for example, from the 1920's where a fighter would fight, have 2 days rest, and then fight again.

BDeskins
01-27-2007, 09:04 AM
>>>Was it common for boxers in the past to fight without much rest between bouts? I see lots of boxers, for example, from the 1920's where a fighter would fight, have 2 days rest, and then fight again.<<<

Yes, it was very common! Instead of training and spending they're time in a gym the fighters of those days just simply fought very actively, which that was they're training...fighting as often as possible. I just could never imagine a Henry Armstrong, or Maxie Rosenbloom, or any other fighter of that age spending six months in the gym preparing for only one fight. In my opinion, that's the single biggest reason the old guys are so much better than boxers of today...while boxers of today’s are sparring and watching film the old timers were learning they're craft as they went fighting any and everyone put in front of them.

In 1937 Henry Armstrong had 27 bouts. He won all 27 with 26 coming by knockout. Among those 27, Armstrong fought 15 who was, or who were at one time top ten ranked boxers. I think it could safely be stated that at least 10 of the fighters faced that year were currently active top ten ranked fighters. Could you imagine a fighter today even fighting two top ten ranked opponents in a one calendar year. Today a fighter who has six fights in a year is considered a busy fighter. Hell, from 1895 thru around 1950 a fighter could rack up six fights in a couple of months, some did it in one month. The 30s and 40s are often regarded to be the best era’s in boxing history…I don’t know so I just rate from 1895 thru 1950.

mike
01-27-2007, 11:47 AM
>>>Was it common for boxers in the past to fight without much rest between bouts? I see lots of boxers, for example, from the 1920's where a fighter would fight, have 2 days rest, and then fight again.<<<

Yes, it was very common! Instead of training and spending they're time in a gym the fighters of those days just simply fought very actively, which that was they're training...fighting as often as possible. I just could never imagine a Henry Armstrong, or Maxie Rosenbloom, or any other fighter of that age spending six months in the gym preparing for only one fight. In my opinion, that's the single biggest reason the old guys are so much better than boxers of today...while boxers of today’s are sparring and watching film the old timers were learning they're craft as they went fighting any and everyone put in front of them.

In 1937 Henry Armstrong had 27 bouts. He won all 27 with 26 coming by knockout. Among those 27, Armstrong fought 15 who was, or who were at one time top ten ranked boxers. I think it could safely be stated that at least 10 of the fighters faced that year were currently active top ten ranked fighters. Could you imagine a fighter today even fighting two top ten ranked opponents in a one calendar year. Today a fighter who has six fights in a year is considered a busy fighter. Hell, from 1895 thru around 1950 a fighter could rack up six fights in a couple of months, some did it in one month. The 30s and 40s are often regarded to be the best era’s in boxing history…I don’t know so I just rate from 1895 thru 1950. well said!!--greatest era--1895-50--mike

hagler04
08-09-2007, 08:29 PM
Here's some more information about Len Wickwar from a family newsletter for the Wickware / Wickwire surnames:

Leonard WICKWAR (Len) was born on March 11th 1911 in the Leicester area. He died on April or may 1980, aged 69 years. He was married to Phyllis, had a son named Leon, who was born approx. 1940, and a daughter named Pearl, who was born about 1942 In 1965 he was working as a machine packer for an Engineering Company in Leicester.

Onto his Boxing career:
By 1965 he had completed “nearly 500 bouts”.
From 1926 to 1947 he had amassed a total of 467 contests, beating the best at his weight.

From the “Boxing News” of June 20th 1980, Leonard was described by his Manager George Biddles, as “The Greatest Boxer who never won a major title”.

However he did win many worthwhile contests.
He became the featherweight Champion of the Midlands in 1933, winning a purse of £100, and “The Ted Salmon’s Gold Championship Belt”, (which was, unfortunately, later stolen from a Leicester Pub, where it was on display). His final Professional Boxing match was on Feb 6th 1947, when he was beaten by Danny Cunningham of Methill, in a fight at St. James’s Hill, Newcastle-upon-Tyne”.

http://www.boxrec.com/media/images/8/84/Wickwar.Len.jpg

I don't know about the best to never win a major title but any man who can rack up 337 wins, against people with live pulses and beating hearts, gets respect in my book.