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Charley Burley

Titles: Never a champion
    
Record: 84-11-2 
    
Born: September 6, 1917 in Bessemer, Pennsylvania (USA)
    
Years active: 1937-1950 
    
Nickname: None

Unarguably the best fighter to never compete for a world title. Burley
much like Hagler in the 80's, was too good for his own good, add to
this that he was black in a racist time, it gave the champions of the time 
a excuse to shut him out of the title picture. Burley was a 5'10" boxer-
puncher who began his career as a welterweight, but because of the 
scarcity of willing opponents he took on much bigger men. Smooth in
the ring, Burley was almost impossible to hit solidly. He beat Fritzie
Zivic twice in their three fights, and legend has it Zivic bought Burley's
contract so he would not have to fight him again. The wins over Zivic
would vault him to number 5 in "The Ring" magazines ratings yet he was
still refused a title shot. Archie Moore called him "the best fighter 
I ever fought" and the great Sugar Ray Robinson was said to have avoided
him. Burley engaged in seven wars with tough Holman Williams and faced 
other great black fighters of his era, including Ezzard Charles, Jimmy 
Bivins and Archie Moore....still a title shot always eluded him. Even when 
he retired he was on a 7 fight winning streak and had lost only once in 
his last 19 fights. Surely one of the greats! 

Charley Burley
Career record: 84 W, 11 L, 2 D, 1 NC (50 K.O's)

1936

29 Sep   George Leggins                  Pittsburgh, PA          KO 4 
22 Oct   Ralph Gizzy                     Pittsburgh, PA          W 6
 9 Nov   Eddie Wirko                     Pittsburgh, PA          KO 5

1937

22 Jan   Ralph Gizzy                     Oil City, PA            KO 2
 8 Feb   Ray Collins                     Oil City, PA            KO 5
15 Apr   Johnny Folio                    McKeesport, PA          KO 5
19 Apr   Ray Gray                        Pittsburgh, PA          W 6
 3 May   Sammy Grippe                    Pittsburgh, PA          W 6
27 May   Keith Goodballet                Pittsburgh, PA          KO 2
24 Jun   Mickey O'Brien                  Pittsburgh, PA          W 10
 9 Aug   Remo Fernandez                  Pittsburgh, PA          KO 7
16 Aug   Sammy Grippe                    Millvale, PA            KO 6
 9 Sep   Eddie Dolan                     Pittsburgh, PA          L 8

1938

27 Jan   Tiger Jackson                   Pittsburgh, PA          KO 2
 3 Feb   Johnny Folio                    Pittsburgh, PA          W 4
10 Feb   Carl Turner                     Pittsburgh, PA          W 4
3 Mar    Arthur Tate                     Pittsburgh, PA          KO 2
21 Mar   Fritzie Zivic                   Pittsburgh, PA          L 10
 1 Jun   Mike Barto                      Millvale, PA            KO 4
13 Jun   Fritzie Zivic                   Millvale, PA            W 10
 2 Aug   Leon Zorrita                    Millvale, PA            KO 6
22 Aug   Cocoa Kid                       Millvale, PA            W 15
 3 Nov   Werther Arcelli                 Pittsburgh, PA          KO 1
21 Nov   Billy Soose                     Pittsburgh, PA          W 10

1939

10 Jan   Sonny Jones                     Pittsburgh, PA          KO 7
20 Jan   Jimmy Leto                      Millvale, PA            L 10
17 Jul   Fritzie Zivic                   Pittsburgh, PA          W 10
28 Aug   Jimmy Leto                      Pittsburgh, PA          W 10
23 Oct   Mickey Makar                    Pittsburgh, PA          KO 1
 1 Dec   Holman Williams                 New Orleans, LA         L 15

1940

12 Feb   Nate Bolden                     Pittsburgh, PA          W 10
12 Apr   Baby Kid Chocolate              New Orleans, LA         KO 5
26 Apr   Sammy Edwards                   New Orleans, LA         KO 2
17 Jun   Carl Dell                       Holyoke, MA             W 10
29 Jul   Georgie Abrams                  Millvale, PA            D 10
19 Aug   Kenny LaSalle                   Millvale, PA            W 10
 3 Sep   Jimmy Bivins                    Millvale, PA            L 10
18 Oct   Eddie Peirce                    Pittsburgh, PA          W 10
11 Nov   Vincent Pimpinella              Washington, DC          W 10

1941

31 Mar   Babe Synnott                    Pittsburgh, PA          KO 5
18 Apr   Eddie Ellis                     Boston, MA              KO 5
 2 Jun   Ossie Harris                    Millvale, PA            KO 9
14 Jul   Gene Buffalo                    Philadelphia, PA        KO 5
25 Aug   Otto Blackwell                  Millvale, PA            W 8
25 Sep   Antonio Fernandez               Philadelphia, PA        W 10
12 Dec   Ted Morrison                    Minneapolis, MN         KO 2
23 Dec   Jerry Hayes                     Eau Claire, MN          KO 4

1942

 9 Jan   Shorty Hogue                    Minneapolis, MN         KO 10
23 Jan   Jackie Burke                    Minneapolis, MN         KO 5
 6 Feb   Milo Theodorescu                San Diego, CA           KO 4
13 Feb   Willard Hogue                   San Diego, CA           KO 6
26 Feb   Holman Williams                 Minneapolis, MN         W 10
13 Mar   JD Turner                       Minneapolis, MN         KO 6
10 Apr   Cleo McNeal                     Minneapolis, MN         KO 5
20 Apr   Phil McQuillan                  New York, NY            KO 1
24 Apr   Joe Sutka                       Chicago, IL             KO 4
30 Apr   Sonny Wilson                    Minneapolis, MN         KO 2
25 May   Ezzard Charles                  Pittsburgh, PA          L 10
23 Jun   Holman Williams                 Cincinatti, OH          W 10
29 Jun   Ezzard Charles                  Pittsburgh, PA          L 10
14 Aug   Holman Williams                 New Orleans, LA         KO 9
16 Oct   Holman Williams                 New Orleans, LA         L 15
13 Nov   Cecilio Lozada                  San Diego, CA           KO 2
13 Dec   Lloyd Marshall                  Los Angeles, CA         L 10

1943

 3 Feb   Harvey Massey                   Oakland, CA             KO 9
19 Feb   Jack Chase                      Hollywood, CA           W 10
 3 Mar   Aaron Wade                      Oakland, CA             W 10
19 Apr   Cocoa Kid                       New Orleans, LA         D 10
14 May   Holman Williams                 Hollywood, CA           NC 10
26 Jun   Bobby Birch                     San Diego, CA           W 10

1944

 3 Mar   Bobby Berger                    San Diego, CA           KO 5
20 Mar   Aaron Wade                      San Diego, CA           W 10
 3 Apr   Jack Chase                      Hollywood, CA           KO 9
21 Apr   Archie Moore                    Hollywood, CA           W 10
12 May   Al Gilbert                      San Diego, CA           KO 4
23 Jun   Frankie Nelson                  Hollywood, CA           KO 6
28 Aug   Gene Buffalo                    San Francisco, CA       KO 5
11 Sep   Jack Chase                      San Francisco, CA       KO 12

1945

12 Mar   Joe Carter                      San Francisco, CA       W 10
11 Jul   Holman Williams                 Buffalo, NY             L 12
26 Jul   Oscar Boyd                      Pittsburgh, PA          KO 2
20 Aug   Aaron Wade                      Pittsburgh, PA          W 12
 4 Sep   Dave Clark                      Cincinnati, OH          KO 1
28 Sep   Walter Duval                    New Orleans, LA         KO 4
 8 Oct   Billy Smith                     San Francisco, CA       W 10

1946

14 Mar   Charley Dotson                  Pittsburgh, PA          KO 3
 8 Apr   Paul Peters                     San Francisco, CA       KO 1
24 Apr   Billy Smith                     Oakland, CA             W 10
16 Jul   Charley Banks                   Pittsburgh, PA          W 10
 5 Aug   Bert Lytell                     Pittsburgh, PA          W 10

1947

17 Feb   Bert Lytell                     Baltimore, MD           L 10
 8 Aug   Larry Cartwright                Huntington, WV          KO 7

1948

24 Mar   Battling Blackjack              Phoenix, AZ             KO 3

1949

 3 Apr   Charley Williams                New Orleans, LA         W 10
25 Jul   Willie Wright                   Pittsburgh, PA          W 8

1950

 2 Feb   Chuck Higgins                   Pittsburgh, PA          KO 1
 2 Mar   Buddy Hodnett                   Pittsburgh, PA          KO 7
22 Jul   Pilar Bastidas                  Lima, Peru              W 10