PHILLY BOXING HISTORY

  

 

Philly Boxing History

MAY 21, 1943

 
 

 

MONTGOMERY  TAKES TITLE

On this day in 1943, Bob Montgomery became lightweight champion for the first time with a 15-round decision over Beau Jack, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The win, which played out before 18,343 fans, was a decisive one for Montgomery. Bob started slowly but then built a commanding leading, scoring a knockdown and almost completely closing Jack's eyes along the way.

This fight launched a legendary four-bout rivalry between the North Philadelphian, Montgomery and Jack of Augusta, GA. All their matches were hotly contested, with both men winning two decisions each. It was the perfect rivalry. But as grueling and competitive as they were inside the ring, these two Hall of Famers remained friends outside it.

Montgomery would lose his title to Beau later that year, only to regain it in 1944. 

 

 

 
  OTHER FIGHT RESULTS ON THIS DATE:
  1940 - Gus Dorazio W10 Bill Boyd at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, PA
  1942 - Johnny Forte W8 Jimmy Gillgan at Philadelphia
  1951 - Gil Turner KO8 Beau Jack II at the Philadelphia Arena
  1962 - Leotis Martin KO1 German Hernandez at Philadlephia
  1996 - Ivan Robinson WDQ9 Sammy Mejias at the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia
  BIRTHDAYS:
  1951 - Richie Kates (Some say he was born in 1953)
 

 

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