Beau Jack
Statistics
Real nameSidney Walker
Weight(s)Lightweight
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Reach68.5 in (174 cm)
NationalityUnited States American
Born(1921-04-01)April 1, 1921
Waynesboro, Georgia
DiedFebruary 9, 2000(2000-02-09) (aged 78)
Miami, Florida
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights121
Wins91
Wins by KO44
Losses24
Draws5
No contests1

Beau Jack (born Sidney Walker; April 1, 1921 – February 9, 2000) was an American lightweight boxer and two-time world lightweight champion in the 1940s. One of the most popular fighters during the War Years, he headlined at Madison Square Garden on twenty one occasions, a record that still stands.[1][2][3][4][5][6] He was considered "The greatest lightweight ever" by Cus D'Amato, famous boxing trainer and manager.[citation needed]

Early years

Sidney Walker was born in Waynesboro, Georgia on April 1, 1921. After the death of his mother he moved to Augusta, and stayed with his grandmother, Evie Mixom, who affectionately called him "Beau Jack". He grew up during the Depression on a ragged farm where he worked the fields, and in the evening would work as a shoe-shine boy. A few days a week he would arise early, walk three miles into town and shine shoes till dusk. To make extra money, he would engage in battle royales, which consisted of five to ten boys, usually Black, fighting each other, often blindfolded, until only one remained standing. The winner was given a purse by the white organizers. The practice, more common in the South, simultaneously exploited youth, Blacks, and the poor.[4][5][6]

Following his first battle royale at the Augusta National Golf Club, Jack accepted a position as a caddie there. He quickly befriended some of the club's members, including golfing legend Bobby Jones, who helped fund his boxing training.[4][6]

Boxing career

Jack turned professional in 1940, and began his career fighting in Massachusetts where he established an impressive record of 27-4-2. During this period, he earned his reputation as a relentless and powerful fighter, essential traits that endeared him to his fans and won over admirers.[4]

First taking the NYSAC World Lightweight Championship, December 1942

He moved to New York City in August 1941, where he continued to impress under the management of Chick Wergeles. In November 1942, he found himself in a fight against Allie Stolz at Madison Square Garden to determine who would challenge for the New York version of the world lightweight title.

Going into the fight, Stolz was the clear favorite, with 3-1 odds. Before an enthusiastic crowd, Jack staged an upset, winning the match with a technical knockout of Stolz in the seventh round. Stoltz had cuts on his left eyelid and eyebrow that led the referee to end the bout.[3][7]

In his first NYSAC Lightweight Title bout against Tippy Larkin on December 18, 1942, Jack surprised again by knocking out the champion in the third round with a right uppercut to the chin. He floored Larkin with a left hook for a count of one in the first minute of the first round. The bout was furious and both boxers landed constant blows, though Jack seemed to withstand the onslaught of Larkin and deliver an equal or greater number of counterpunches. Larkin was carried to his corner from a blow by Jack, 1:19 into the third, that rendered him unconscious for the ten count. It was only the third KO of Larkin's career. Both boxers were within a pound of 133.[8]

Victories over Fritzie Zivic, February – March 1943

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Jack twice defeated Fritzie Zivic at Madison Square Garden on February 5, and March 5, 1943, in ten and twelve round unanimous decisions, though their second meeting was rather close. One source wrote Zivic was known for "dirty tactics", and that he fought like "a back ally brawler."[9]

The crowd of more than 20,000 in the Garden on February 5, were displeased when Jack was called for a low blow in the eighth round, and the point's scoring became closer when Jack lost the round as a result of the foul. Nonetheless, the referee and judges gave the bout to Jack by at least a two-round margin.[10]

On April 2, 1943, Beau Jack defeated the great Henry Armstrong in a ten-round unanimous decision at Madison Square Garden. Armstrong had previously held the Featherweight, Lightweight and Welterweight World Championships.[citation needed]

Losing the NYSAC World Lightweight Championship to Bob Montgomery, May 1943

Jack held the World Lightweight Title for only six months before dropping it to fellow hall-of-famer Bob Montgomery on May 21, 1943, before 18,343 in a fifteen-round unanimous points decision at the Garden.[3] Jack won the first round by a wide margin with a flurry of uppercuts and his signature free-wheeling, constant punching from many angles. But Montgomery quickly settled down and scored frequently with a strong straight right that at times had Jack close to a knockout and against which he could find no adequate defense. Jack's eyes were virtually closed during much of the bout, but Montgomery's injuries were restricted to a cut above one eye. A right to the chin briefly knocked Jack to his knees in the eleventh round and he struggled in the remaining rounds. One ringside reporter gave Montgomery eleven rounds to only four for Jack.[11]

Regaining the World Lightweight Championship from Montgomery, November 1943

Jack would go on to regain the title from Montgomery on November 19, 1943 in a fifteen-round unanimous decision at New York's Madison Square Garden before a crowd of 17,866.[3][4] Beau carefully followed the advice of his trainer Larry Amadee, who told him to stay close to Montgomery, fight fiercely when separated from clinches, and generally use his strength in infighting. He coasted on the advice of Amadee in several rounds. He stayed with Amadee's advice when Montgomery finished strong in the last five rounds. The Associated Press gave Jack seven rounds, six to Montgomery, and two even, though both judges gave Jack an impressive ten rounds.[citation needed]

In the ninth round, Jack scored one of his strongest blows after coming out of a clinch, and it helped him to take the offensive and win the ninth and tenth rounds. In the final five and particularly the last two rounds, Montgomery seemed strongest, nearly taking the bout in the opinion of some ringside.[12] Jack was battered and required great conditioning and willpower to hold on through the final rounds.[13]

Jack met Sammy Angott in a non-title match on January 28, 1944, drawing in ten rounds at Madison Square Garden before an impressive crowd of 19,113, the largest of the year. The match was an important contest between Jack, the New York State World Lightweight Champion, and Angott, the National Boxing Association World Lightweight Champion. Who led the battle see-sawed from boxer to boxer so frequently, it was a difficult contest to score. There were no knockdowns in the bout. The United Press gave each boxer four rounds with two even.[citation needed]

Angott had a problem from a thigh injury he had received in training and was limping as he was led from the ring at the end of the bout.[14][15]

Jack finally lost the Lightweight Championship for the second time to Montgomery on March 3, 1944 in a fifteen-round split decision before 19,066 fans in Madison Square Garden.[3] Jack had led in the early betting. The fighting was fierce and close throughout and Montgomery was given no more than a two-round advantage by the judges or referee, though the Associated Press scored the bout 8 for Montgomery, 4 for Jack, and three even. It would be Jack's last lightweight title match until meeting Ike Williams in July 1948.[16]

On March 17, 1944, he defeated Al "Bummy" Davis, the "Brooklyn Bomber", at Madison Square Garden before a crowd of nearly 20,000, in a ten-round unanimous decision. The referees and judges gave him no less than nine of the rounds, with two scoring all ten rounds for Jack. Jack, who was a slight favorite in the betting, brought crowds to the Garden in 1943–44. The Georgia boot-black got out of his crouching style and slugged it out in close quarters with Davis in several rounds.[17]

Win over NBA Lightweight Champion Juan Zurita, March 31, 1944

On March 31, 1944, Jack defeated Mexican-born boxer Juan Zurita in a ten-round points decision at New York's Madison Square Garden. Zurita had taken the NBA Lightweight Title only three weeks earlier from Sammy Angott in Los Angeles. Zurita faded after the fifth round, and was given only three rounds to seven for Jack by the United Press. The Mexican champion looked strong in the tenth, and took the round. The capacity crowd of 17,593 were hoping for more action in the early rounds, but both boxers, knowing the skills of their opponent fought cautiously.[18][19]

War bonds fight with Bob Montgomery, August 1944

Some consider the most famous fight of Jack's career, a bout with Montgomery on August 4, 1944. Staged at a critical time in the second World War, it became known as the "War Bonds Fight", and tickets were only made available to purchasers of war bonds. A ringside seat required purchase of a $100,000 war bond.[20]

Although Montgomery's title was not on the line, the gate was a record $36 million with 15,822 war bonds being sold. Many people who purchased bonds charitably left their tickets at the box office to be used by American servicemen. Montgomery and Jack, who were both serving as privates in the US Army, refused to take purses for the fight. Jack took the fight on points after 10 rounds, however the highlight of the evening was when the lights dimmed and a spotlight shone on Joe Louis was standing in the front row. Louis was received with a standing ovation.[21]

Jack met Sammy Angott for the second time on July 8, 1946 at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C., where a crowd of 10,353 saw Jack win in a seventh-round technical knockout. Angott was very briefly down in round two, and Jack was down twice briefly in round four. The fighting was close but Jack rallied strongly in rounds five and six, and Angott did not answer the opening bell in round seven. The fighters boxed "as if the world championship was at stake". It was a "wild" and "reckless" fight and injuries suffered by Angott to his hip and back were briefly investigated at the request of the D.C. Boxing Commission after the fight. X-rays determined the aging thirty-one year old Angott had chipped a rib and suffered a torn ligament in his foot.[22][23][24]

Last shot at the World Lightweight Title, Ike Williams, July 1948

Jack would not challenge for the title again until July 12, 1948 when he fought hall-of-famer and reigning champion Ike Williams in a sixth-round TKO at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. The fighting was fairly close in the first three rounds, as the referee gave one round to each fighter, and declared one even. The fourth was fought cautiously but by the fifth, Williams penetrated Beau's defenses and connected repeatedly. Williams brutally ended the bout with a left hook and flurry of subsequent blows in the sixth which led the referee to end the bout.[25]

Williams was managed and on occasion financially exploited by boxing promoter Frank "Blinky" Palermo, who was Mafia-connected and a partner of Murder Inc. button-man Frankie Carbo. Carbo operated a stable of fighters which would later include heavyweight champion Sonny Liston. The first bout marked the start of a rivalry between Williams and Jack who would go on to fight on three more occasions. With Jack's skills clearly waning, Williams took the first match by a split decision, tied in the second match with a draw, and won the third when his opponent Jack was unable to answer the ninth round bell. Their third fight, on August 12, 1958 in Augusta, Georgia, though memorable, marked the end of Jack's career.[4]

Life after boxing

He retired with a record of 83 wins, with 40 knockouts, 24 losses and five draws. After retirement, he ran a drive-in barbecue stand and operated a small farm in Augusta, Georgia. He refereed wrestling matches in South Carolina during the period. With his boxing earnings, he moved to Miami and returned to shoe shining, working at Miami Beach's Fontainebleau Hotel. He trained fighters in Miami's Fifth Street Gym.[5][6]

Family

Beau Jack had seven children, Ronald, Donald, George, Barbara Ann, Yvonne, Georgiana and Timothy. His wife was named Josephine. None of the sons became boxers.[5]

Last years and death

In his later years he suffered from poverty and Parkinson's disease. He died at 78, in a Miami nursing home, on February 9, 2000, of complications from Parkinson's disease.[4][26]


Honors

Jack was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1979, and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1991.[citation needed]


Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
121 fights 91 wins 24 losses
By knockout 44 4
By decision 47 20
Draws 5
No contests 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
121 Loss 91–24–5 (1) United States Ike Williams RTD 8 (10) Aug 12, 1955 United States Bell Auditorium, Augusta, Georgia, U.S.
120 Win 91–23–5 (1) United States Willie Kid Johnson SD 10 Jul 4, 1955 United States Beach Arena, Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.
119 Draw 90–23–5 (1) United States Ike Williams PTS 10 Apr 9, 1955 United States Bell Auditorium, Augusta, Georgia, U.S.
118 Win 90–23–4 (1) United States Eddie Green UD 10 Jan 20, 1955 United States Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.
117 Loss 89–23–4 (1) United States Gil Turner TKO 8 (10) May 21, 1951 United States Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
116 Loss 89–22–4 (1) United States Gil Turner UD 10 Apr 16, 1951 United States Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
115 Win 89–21–4 (1) United States Leroy Willis UD 10 Mar 30, 1951 United States Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
114 Loss 88–21–4 (1) United States Ike Williams SD 10 Mar 5, 1951 United States Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
113 Win 88–20–4 (1) United States Emil Barao UD 10 Jan 31, 1951 United States Auditorium, Oakland, California, U.S.
112 Loss 87–20–4 (1) United States Del Flanagan UD 10 Jan 18, 1951 United States Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
111 Loss 87–19–4 (1) Canada Fitzie Pruden SD 10 Jan 1, 1951 United States Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
110 Loss 87–18–4 (1) Hawaii Frankie Fernandez UD 10 Nov 14, 1950 Hawaii Honolulu Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii
109 Win 87–17–4 (1) Hawaii Philip Kim MD 10 Oct 3, 1950 Hawaii Honolulu Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii
108 Win 86–17–4 (1) United States Bobby Timpson TKO 6 (10) Jul 17, 1950 United States City Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
107 Win 85–17–4 (1) United States Ronnie Harper TKO 5 (10) Jun 28, 1950 United States Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
106 Win 84–17–4 (1) United States Johnny Potenti UD 10 May 22, 1950 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
105 Win 83–17–4 (1) United States Jackie Weber RTD 6 (10) May 8, 1950 United States Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
104 Win 82–17–4 (1) United States Lew Jenkins TKO 5 (10) Apr 14, 1950 United States Uline Arena, Washington, D.C., U.S.
103 Loss 81–17–4 (1) United States Joey Carkido PTS 10 Apr 3, 1950 United States Auditorium, Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
102 Loss 81–16–4 (1) Costa Rica Tuzo Portuguez SD 10 Dec 16, 1949 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
101 Loss 81–15–4 (1) Cuba Kid Gavilán UD 10 Oct 14, 1949 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
100 Win 81–14–4 (1) Italy Livio Minelli SD 10 Sep 30, 1949 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
99 Win 80–14–4 (1) United States Tote Martinez UD 10 Sep 6, 1949 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
98 Win 79–14–4 (1) United States Johnny Gonsalves SD 10 Aug 31, 1949 United States Auditorium, Oakland, California, U.S.
97 Win 78–14–4 (1) United States Eddie Giosa UD 10 Jul 13, 1949 United States Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C., U.S.
96 Loss 77–14–4 (1) Canada Johnny Greco UD 10 Mar 28, 1949 Canada Forum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
95 Win 77–13–4 (1) United States Jackie Weber UD 10 Jan 17, 1949 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
94 Win 76–13–4 (1) United States Leroy Willis UD 10 Dec 17, 1948 United States Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
93 Win 75–13–4 (1) United States Chuck Taylor TKO 3 (10) Nov 23, 1948 United States Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
92 Win 74–13–4 (1) United Kingdom Eric Boon TKO 3 (10) Oct 28, 1948 United States Uline Arena, Washington, D.C., U.S.
91 Loss 73–13–4 (1) United States Ike Williams TKO 6 (15) Jul 12, 1948 United States Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. For NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring lightweight titles
90 Win 73–12–4 (1) United States Tony Janiro UD 10 May 24, 1948 Canada Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C., U.S.
89 Win 72–12–4 (1) Canada Johnny Greco MD 10 Apr 9, 1948 Canada Forum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
88 Loss 71–12–4 (1) United States Terry Young SD 10 Feb 20, 1948 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
87 Win 71–11–4 (1) United States Johnny Bratton TKO 8 (10) Jan 23, 1948 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
86 Win 70–11–4 (1) United States Jimmy Collins KO 2 (10) Jan 5, 1948 United States Arena, New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
85 Win 69–11–4 (1) United States Billy Kearns UD 10 Dec 29, 1947 United States Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
84 Win 68–11–4 (1) United States Frankie Vigeant PTS 10 Dec 16, 1947 United States Auditorium, Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
83 Win 67–11–4 (1) Mexico Humberto Zavala KO 4 (10) Nov 3, 1947 United States Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.
82 Loss 66–11–4 (1) United States Tony Janiro TKO 4 (10) Feb 21, 1947 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
81 Loss 66–10–4 (1) United States Buster Tyler PTS 10 Oct 22, 1946 United States Armory, Elizabeth, New Jersey, U.S.
80 Win 66–9–4 (1) United States Danny Kapilow UD 10 Aug 19, 1946 United States Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C., U.S.
79 Win 65–9–4 (1) United States Sammy Angott TKO 7 (10) Jul 8, 1946 United States Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C., U.S.
78 Win 64–9–4 (1) Canada Johnny Greco UD 10 May 31, 1946 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
77 Draw 63–9–4 (1) Canada Johnny Greco PTS 10 Feb 8, 1946 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
76 Win 63–9–3 (1) United States Morris Reif KO 4 (10) Jan 4, 1946 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
75 Win 62–9–3 (1) United States Willie Joyce UD 10 Dec 14, 1945 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
74 Win 61–9–3 (1) United States Bob Montgomery MD 10 Aug 4, 1944 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
73 Win 60–9–3 (1) Mexico Juan Zurita UD 10 Mar 31, 1944 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
72 Win 59–9–3 (1) United States Al Davis UD 10 Mar 17, 1944 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
71 Loss 58–9–3 (1) United States Bob Montgomery SD 15 Mar 3, 1944 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Lost NYSAC lightweight title
70 Win 58–8–3 (1) Canada Maxie Berger UD 10 Feb 15, 1944 United States Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
69 Draw 57–8–3 (1) United States Sammy Angott PTS 10 Jan 28, 1944 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
68 Win 57–8–2 (1) United States Lulu Costantino SD 10 Jan 7, 1944 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
67 Win 56–8–2 (1) United States Bob Montgomery UD 15 Nov 19, 1943 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Won NYSAC lightweight title
66 Loss 55–8–2 (1) United States Bobby Ruffin UD 10 Oct 4, 1943 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
65 Win 55–7–2 (1) United States Johnny Hutchinson TKO 6 (10) Jul 19, 1943 United States Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
64 Win 54–7–2 (1) United States Maxie Starr TKO 6 (10) Jun 21, 1943 United States Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C., U.S.
63 Loss 53–7–2 (1) United States Bob Montgomery UD 15 May 21, 1943 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Lost NYSAC lightweight title
62 Win 53–6–2 (1) United States Henry Armstrong UD 10 Apr 2, 1943 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
61 Win 52–6–2 (1) United States Fritzie Zivic UD 12 Mar 5, 1943 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
60 Win 51–6–2 (1) United States Fritzie Zivic UD 10 Feb 5, 1943 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
59 Win 50–6–2 (1) United States Tippy Larkin KO 3 (15) Dec 18, 1942 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Won vacant NYSAC lightweight title
58 Win 49–6–2 (1) United States Allie Stolz TKO 7 (10) Nov 13, 1942 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
57 Win 48–6–2 (1) United States Terry Young UD 10 Oct 12, 1942 United States St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, New York, U.S.
56 Win 47–6–2 (1) United States Chester Rico PTS 8 Oct 2, 1942 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
55 Win 46–6–2 (1) Puerto Rico Joe De Jesus KO 4 (10) Sep 28, 1942 United States Turner's Arena, Washington, D.C., U.S.
54 Win 45–6–2 (1) United States Billy Murray PTS 10 Aug 28, 1942 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
53 Win 44–6–2 (1) United States Carmine Fatta KO 1 (8) Aug 18, 1942 United States MacArthur Stadium, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
52 Win 43–6–2 (1) Puerto Rico Ruby Garcia TKO 6 (8) Aug 1, 1942 United States Twin City Arena, Elizabeth, New Jersey, U.S.
51 Win 42–6–2 (1) United States Cosby Linson TKO 8 (8) Jul 7, 1942 United States Queensboro Arena, Long Island City, Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
50 Win 41–6–2 (1) United States Bobby McIntire TKO 6 (8) Jul 3, 1942 United States Fort Hamilton Arena, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
49 Win 40–6–2 (1) Colombia Guillermo Puentes KO 1 (8) Jun 23, 1942 United States MacArthur Stadium, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
48 Win 39–6–2 (1) United States Bobby Ivy PTS 8 May 22, 1942 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
47 Win 38–6–2 (1) Spain Carmelo Fenoy UD 10 Jan 5, 1942 United States Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.
46 Loss 37–6–2 (1) United States Freddie Archer PTS 8 Dec 29, 1941 United States St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, New York, U.S.
45 Loss 37–5–2 (1) United States Freddie Archer UD 8 Dec 8, 1941 United States St. Nicholas Arena, New York City, New York, U.S.
44 Win 37–4–2 (1) United States Sammy Rivers TKO 3 (8) Dec 1, 1941 United States Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
43 Win 36–4–2 (1) Colombia Guillermo Puentes PTS 8 Oct 31, 1941 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
42 Win 35–4–2 (1) United States Tommy Speigal PTS 8 Oct 14, 1941 United States Broadway Arena, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
41 Win 34–4–2 (1) United States Al Reid KO 8 (8) Sep 19, 1941 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
40 Win 33–4–2 (1) Colombia Guillermo Puentes PTS 6 Aug 26, 1941 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
39 Win 32–4–2 (1) United States Al Roth RTD 5 (6) Aug 14, 1941 United States Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
38 Win 31–4–2 (1) United States Minnie DeMore TKO 3 (6) Aug 5, 1941 United States Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
37 Win 30–4–2 (1) United States George Zengaras UD 8 Jun 16, 1941 United States Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.
36 Win 29–4–2 (1) United States Tommy Speigal PTS 8 Jun 2, 1941 United States Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.
35 Win 28–4–2 (1) United States George Salamone KO 8 (8) May 19, 1941 United States Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.
34 Draw 27–4–2 (1) United States Chester Rico PTS 8 May 5, 1941 United States Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.
33 Win 27–4–1 (1) United States Harry Gentile TKO 1 (6) Apr 28, 1941 United States Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.
32 Win 26–4–1 (1) United States Bob Reilly TKO 7 (8) Apr 22, 1941 United States Foot Guard Hall, Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
31 Win 25–4–1 (1) United States Tony Iacovacci KO 6 (6) Apr 7, 1941 United States Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.
30 Win 24–4–1 (1) Mexico Joey Silva UD 6 Mar 24, 1941 United States Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.
29 Win 23–4–1 (1) United States Nicky Jerome TKO 3 (6) Mar 10, 1941 United States Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.
28 Win 22–4–1 (1) United States Lenny Isrow TKO 3 (6) Feb 24, 1941 United States Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.
27 Win 21–4–1 (1) Mexico Mexican Joe Rivers TKO 4 (6) Feb 10, 1941 United States Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.
26 Loss 20–4–1 (1) Mexico Joey Silva SD 6 Jan 27, 1941 United States Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.
25 Win 20–3–1 (1) United States Mel Neary TKO 5 (6) Dec 30, 1940 United States Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.
24 Win 19–3–1 (1) United States Young Johnny Buff KO 1 (6) Dec 16, 1940 United States Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.
23 Win 18–3–1 (1) United States Jimmy Fox PTS 6 Dec 2, 1940 United States Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.
22 Win 17–3–1 (1) United States Joey Stack UD 6 Nov 4, 1940 United States Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.
21 Win 16–3–1 (1) United States Ritchie Jones KO 3 (6) Oct 21, 1940 United States Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.
20 Win 15–3–1 (1) United States Abe Cohen KO 3 (6) Oct 14, 1940 United States Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.
19 Win 14–3–1 (1) United States Tony Dupre TKO 2 (6) Sep 30, 1940 United States Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.
18 Win 13–3–1 (1) United States Oliver Barbour TKO 3 (6) Sep 16, 1940 United States Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.
17 Win 12–3–1 (1) United States Jackie Small TKO 2 (4) Sep 2, 1940 United States Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.
16 Win 11–3–1 (1) United States Carlo Daponde UD 4 Aug 26, 1940 United States Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.
15 Loss 10–3–1 (1) United States Jackie Parker UD 4 Aug 19, 1940 United States Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.
14 Win 10–2–1 (1) United States Joe Polowitzer PTS 6 Aug 12, 1940 United States White City Stadium, West Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
13 Loss 9–2–1 (1) United States Joe Polowitzer PTS 6 Aug 2, 1940 United States White City Stadium, West Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
12 Loss 9–1–1 (1) United States Jackie Parker SD 4 Jun 17, 1940 United States Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.
11 Win 9–0–1 (1) United States Billy Bannick TKO 3 (4) May 27, 1940 United States Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.
10 Draw 8–0–1 (1) United States Frankie Allen PTS 4 May 20, 1940 United States Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.
9 Win 8–0 (1) United States Joe James KO 2 (6) Mar 27, 1940 United States Municipal Auditorium, Aiken, South Carolina, U.S.
8 Win 7–0 (1) United States Silent Stafford PTS 6 Mar 21, 1940 United States Municipal Auditorium, Aiken, South Carolina, U.S.
7 ND 6–0 (1) United States Vincent Corbett ND ? (6) Feb 29, 1940 United States Municipal Auditorium, Aiken, South Carolina, U.S. Bout was sheduled for this day. Result unknown as of yet
6 Win 6–0 United States Alvin Stevens KO 3 (6) Feb 15, 1940 United States Municipal Auditorium, Aiken, South Carolina, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 United States Battling Burns PTS 4 Feb 8, 1940 United States Municipal Auditorium, Aiken, South Carolina, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Jack Moseley PTS 4 Feb 1, 1940 United States Municipal Auditorium, Aiken, South Carolina, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 Unknown PTS 4 Jan 18, 1940 United States Municipal Auditorium, Aiken, South Carolina, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 United States Battling Henry KO 5 (6) Apr 12, 1939 United States Reynolds Street Arena, Augusta, Georgia, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 Unknown TKO ? (6) Apr 7, 1939 United States Richmond Arena, Augusta, Georgia, U.S.

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  11. ^ Carver, Lawton, "Jack Drubbed As Philly Negro Pulls Big Upset", The News Journal, Wilmington, Delaware, pg. 15, May 22, 1943.
  12. ^ Meier, Ted, "Bobcat Bob to Receive Another Go At Crown", The Mason-City Glove Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, pg. 4, November 20, 1943.
  13. ^ Feder, Sid, "New Titleholder Weathers Strong Finish to Win Decision", The Ottawa Journal, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, pg. 18, November 20, 1943.
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  15. ^ Cuddy, Jack, "Turn Away Crowd Sees Lightweights", Oakland Tribune, Oakland, California, pg. 9, January 29, 1944
  16. ^ "19,066 Fans See Bob Montgomery Defeat Beau Jack", The Bend Bulletin, Bend, Oregon, pg. 2, March 4, 1944.
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  19. ^ Crowd of 17,593, in "Beau Jack Decisions Juan Zurita", The Bakersfield Californian, Bakersfield, California, pg. 9, 1 April 1944
  20. ^ $100,000 for a ringside seat in Williams, Bernard, "I Bet You Didn't Know", Clarion Ledger, Jackson, Mississippi, pg. 23, 1 April 2000
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  23. ^ "Angott Cleared Gets Purse", The Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pg. 22, 10 July 1946
  24. ^ Crowd of 10,353 in "Beau Jack Stops Sammy Angott in Wild Fight", Oakland Tribune, Oakland, California, pg. 10, 9 July 1946
  25. ^ "Champ Keeps Crown as Ref Halts Battle", The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, California, pg. 33, 13 July 1948
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Achievements
Preceded by
Sammy Angott
vacated
NYSAC lightweight champion
December 18, 1942 – May 21, 1943
Succeeded by
Bob Montgomery
Preceded by
Bob Montgomery
NYSAC lightweight champion
November 19, 1943 – March 3, 1944
Succeeded by
Bob Montgomery