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Tommy Loughran

Titles: World light heavyweight champion 1927-1929

Record: 96-23-8 with 45 no decisions

Born: November 29, 1902 in Philadelphia, PA, USA

Years active: 1919-1937

Nickname:  None 

A highly skilled stand up boxer from the old school of starting his punches with a 
pawing jab followed by a lead left. It was the left that Loughran was known for, 
not for its power but the accuracy and timing in which it was landed. While most 
looked exclusively for power Loughran was more of a boxer preferring to stick a 
hard jab followed by ring movement and catching the opponent coming when the opening 
made itself available or more commonly by holding. When he started to box he was a 
bit of a kayo artist knocking out 11 men in his first two years as a pro before his 
right hand was broken. Loughran came to rely on his left hand after he broke his 
right hand, he never quite trusted that his right hand would hold up. It made his 
is his left hand arguably the best in the history of the light heavyweights. Tommy 
was safety first and a bit boring to watch but his skill and excellent footwork 
stood out during a time of brawlers. The first master boxer James J. Corbett was 
quoted as saying that Loughran "did things in the ring I wanted to do." In fact 
The Ring magazine still rates Loughran as one of the five best light heavyweights 
of all time. Only the heavyweights gave Loughran much trouble which he had to pursue 
in search of larger purses and fame. At light heavyweight he had few peers in his 
time, in his prime from what I have read and been told he would fare well in any 
era. Also remember he fought in a time where the light heavyweight division was 
loaded with talent like King Levingsky, Gene Tunney, Harry Greb, Mickey Walker, 
Pete Latzlo and Georges Carpentier. In fact Loughran faced 14 men who held world 
titles back in a era when there were only 8 world champions at any time. Another 
sign of his times was that it took Loughran eight years and over 100 fights before 
he would get his first title shot, thus making him more than a worthy challenger. 
Loughran began his career at age 17 as a middleweight learning to box in the tough 
Philadelphia gyms and rings. One of the things known on Loughran was that he would 
almost always end the round standing in his own corner, a sign of how he would 
control ring movement. In his first 43 fights Loughran went undefeated building 
a solid fan base with his fluid boxing. In 1922 Loughran faced his first world 
class test when he fought the ultra tough Harry Greb in Pittsburgh. It was a time 
of no decision bouts and no winner was declared in the bout but the newspaper men 
who covered the fight as well as the general consensus was that Greb had gotten 
the better of the fight. It was a good learning experience for the still young 
Loughran but nothing compared to the boxing skills of Gene Tunney whom he was to 
meet only 45 days later. Tunney was the exact opposite of Greb who was a tough, 
free swinging bomber, Tunney on the other hand was a smooth boxer with fast hands 
and educated jab. Things started bad for Loughran as Tunney knocked him down in 
the first round, but Tommy got up and boxed well for the rest of the bout. It was 
not enough the minds of most however to earn the win. All the time however the 
young Loughran not yet 20 years old was learning the skills to make him a champion. 
Loughran would meet Greb 4 more times with 1 win, 1 no decision, two losses and 
a draw which occurred in their last bout. Now well on his way in terms of skill 
Loughran would notch wins over Georges Carpentier, Jimmy Delaney and Young 
Stirbling. Tunney finally got his title fight against Mike McTigue and was brilliant 
in it. For 14 rounds Loughran dominated the champion leading him around the ring 
forever running into his left hand jab followed by right and left hand leads. In 
the last round McTigue launched a flurry that had Loughran staggering, Loughran 
was able to fend off the final surge to win a easily on rounds. Still Loughran 
was not universally recognized as the champion, that came after he defeated Jimmy 
Slattery in 1927. He would defend the title 6 times, all against good challengers 
and would not loose the title in the ring instead moving up in weight to look for 
a shot at the heavyweight title. Those he defeated as champion were future heavy-
weight king James Braddock, Pete Latzlo (twice), Leo Lomski and legendary middle-
weight Mickey Walker. A move up to heavyweight was a natural since all the light 
heavyweights of his time did it in search of more money. He was well aware of what 
was to come at the heavyweight level since he had been the main sparring partner
for fierce hitting Jack Dempsey when Dempsey was to face Gene Tunney. Even at 
heavyweight Loughran excelled beating former world heavyweight champions Max Baer, 
Jack Sharkey and perennial contender Paolino Uzucudun. The first Sharkey bout was 
part of a eliminator for the heavyweight crown Tunney had given up after his sudden
retirement. his heavyweight career got of to a rocky start however. Fighting before 
45,000 fans Loughran held Sharkey at bay with his hard jabs for the first 3 rounds 
until Sharkey landed a big right hand that put him on the canvas. Loughran got 
up but the referee stopped the fight after it was clear Loughran was out on his 
feet. For the next 4 years Loughran fought exclusively at heavyweight with good 
success in search of a title shot. He beat good heavyweights like King Levingsky, 
Max Baer, Jack Sharkey (in the rematch) and Steve Hamas a 11 bout winning streak 
on his way to the title shot. But as luck would have it Loughran weighing 184 
pounds would have to fight a giant of a man even by today's standard....... the 
6 foot 5 inch 270 pound Primo Carnera. The 86 pound weight difference is still 
the largest ever recorded for a heavyweight title fight. While Carnera was not 
a skilled boxer Loughran was not able to get inside on Carnera or anywhere near 
his chin because of the ludicrous size disadvantage. Add to this the fact that 
Carnera broke one of Loughran's toes when he stepped on it and you have the makings 
of a route. Carnera did have a very good left jab and it held Loughran at bay and 
at the end of his punches. It was a one sided bout in which it was a good showing 
for Loughran to even last the entire 15 round distance, which he did en route to 
losing the decision. In a side not Loughran but very foul smelling grease on the 
top of his head, he would stick his head under the giants nose to prevent the giant 
Carnera from leaning on him during the clinches. Loughran went on boxing for three 
years never getting near another title shot and lost in a battle of greats when 
the aging Loughran dropped a decision to Tommy Farr. His last fight was a points 
win over Sonny Walker in front of his hometown fans in 1937, Walker was not a easy 
victim as he had beaten Tommy just the year before. During World War II Loughran 
enlisted in the Marines after which he made a small fortune as a Wall Street broker. 
Loughran died at a home for veterans at the age of 80.



Tommy Loughran

Career Record: 96 W, 23 L, 8 D, 45 N.D (17 K.O's)


  1919

Dec  9 Eddie Carter                Philadelphia, Pa              KO  2

1920

Jan  1 Kid Emanuel                 Philadelphia, Pa              NC  3
Jan 27 Jim McBride                 Philadelphia, Pa              ND  6
Feb 17 Jack Williams               Philadelphia, Pa              ND  6
Mar    Bill Clark                  Philadelphia, Pa              KO  3
Mar 26 Joe Welling                 Philadelphia, Pa              ND  6
Apr    Eddie Moran                 Philadelphia, Pa              KO  4
May  7 John Dougherty              Philadelphia, Pa              ND  6
May    Tommy Coyle                 Philadelphia, Pa              KO  4
Jun  3 Bernie McLaughlin           Philadelphia, Pa              ND  6
Jul 19 Johnny Vigi                 Philadelphia, Pa               ND  5
Aug    Joe Brock                   Philadelphia, Pa              KO  2
Sep    Jack Smith                  Philadelphia, Pa              KO  4
Oct 10 Ed Dougherty                Philadelphia, Pa              ND  6
Nov 18 Rube Bennett                Lancaster, Pa                 ND  8

1921

Jan    Lew Schupp                  Lancaster, Pa                 ND  8
Jan 20 Kid West                    Lancaster, Pa                 ND  8
Jan 25 Young Ramsey                                               W  8
Feb  1 Hugh Blair                  Philadelphia, Pa              KO  2
Feb  8 Johnny Kelly                Philadelphia, Pa              ND  8
Feb 21 Al Nelson                                                  W 10
Mar  1 Johnny McLaughlin           Philadelphia, Pa              ND  8
Mar 12 Leo Dillon                  Philadelphia, Pa              ND  6
Mar 29 Charlie O'Neill             Philadelphia, Pa              ND  8
Apr 15 Jack Reck                   Reading, Pa                   ND  8
May  3 Al Daly                     Philadelphia, Pa              TK  4
May  9 Johnny Alex                 Philadelphia, Pa              ND  8
Jun    Ted Mitchell                                               W  8
Jul    Jules Ritchie               Scranton, Pa                  ND 10
Aug 15 Frank Britton               Philadelphia, Pa              ND  6
Sep  6 Frank Britton               Philadelphia, Pa              ND  6
Sep 17 Roy Hirst                   Philadelphia, Pa              KO  3
Sep 30 Al Miller                   Philadelphia, Pa              ND  8
Oct  6 Pat Bradley                 Philadelphia, Pa              ND  6
Nov  8 Len Rowlands                Philadelphia, Pa              ND  8
Dec 20 Vincent Lopez               Philadelphia, Pa              TK  5

1922

Jan 24 Jimmy Darcy                 Philadelphia, Pa              ND  8
Feb  7 Fay Keiser                  Philadelphia, Pa              ND  8
Feb 28 Bryan Downey                Philadelphia, Pa              ND  8
Mar 16 Mike McTigue                Scranton, Pa                  ND 10
Mar 21 Jackie Clark                Philadelphia, Pa              ND  8
Apr  6 Frank Carbone               Philadelphia, Pa              ND  8
Apr 28 Jimmy Darcy                 Syracuse, NY                   W 12
May 12 Young Fisher                Syracuse, NY                   W 12
Jul 10 Harry Greb                  Philadelphia, Pa              ND  8
Aug 24 Gene Tunney                 Philadelphia, Pa              ND  8
Sep 25 George Shade                Philadelphia, Pa              ND  8
Dec 11 Lou Bogash                  Philadelphia, Pa              ND  8

1923

Jan  8 Pal Reed                    Newark, NJ                    ND 12
Jan 15 Harry Greb                  Pittsburgh, Pa                ND 10
Jan 30 Harry Greb                  New York, NY                   L 15
       -Light Heavyweight Championship of America
Mar  8 Jeff Smith                  Scranton, Pa                  ND 10
Jun 18 Jeff Smith                  Philadelphia, Pa              ND  8
Jun 25 Mike McTigue                Philadelphia, Pa              ND  8
Aug  2 Mike McTigue                West New York, NJ             ND 12
Aug 14 Teddy Taylor                Minersville, Pa               KO  2
Sep 14 Jimmy Delaney               Oklahoma City, Ok              D 12
Oct 11 Harry Greb                  Boston, Ma                     W 10
Nov 14 Ted Moore                   Boston, Ma                     W 10
Dec 10 Roland Todd                 New York, NY                   W 10
Dec 25 Harry Greb                  Pittsburgh, Pa                 L 10

1924

Feb 12 Johnny Wilson               Boston, Ma                     W 10
Feb 19 Jack Delaney                Boston, Ma                     L 10
Apr 28 Charley Nashert             Detroit, Mi                   ND 10
May 19 Ad Stone                    Philadelphia, Pa               D 10
Jun  2 Jack Smith                  Shamokin, Pa                  KO  2
Jun 26 W.L. "Young" Stribling      New York, NY                   L  6
Jul 11 Joe Lohman                  Erie, Pa                       W 10
Oct 13 Harry Greb                  Philadelphia, Pa               D 10
Nov 20 George Blake                Williamsport, Pa              KO  2

1925

Jan  1 Frankie Maguire             Williamsport, Pa               W 10
Feb  4 Buck Holley                 Oakland, Ca                    D  6
Feb  7 Billy Freas                 Culver City, Ca                W 10
Feb 18 Jack Reeves                 Oakland, Ca                    W 10
Mar 28 W.L. "Young" Stribling      San Francisco, Ca              L 10
Jun 11 Martin Burke                Brooklyn, NY                   W 12
Jul 16 Jack Delaney                Philadelphia, Pa               D 10
Sep 11 Tony Marullo                New York, NY                   W  8
Sep 24 Jack Burke                  Philadelphia, Pa               Koby 6
Oct  5 Benny Ross                  Buffalo, NY                    W 10
Oct 26 Ad Stone                    Philadelphia, Pa               L 10
Dec 25 Emilio "King" Solomon       Philadelphia, Pa               W 10

1926

Jan  1 Billy Freas                 Grand Rapids, Mi              ND 10
Jan  6 Joe Packo                   Grand Rapids, Mi              ND 10
Feb  2 Chuck Wiggins               Grand Rapids, Mi              ND 10
Feb  8 Ad Stone                    Philadelphia, Pa               W 10
Mar 15 Yale Okun                   Philadelphia, Pa               W 10
Apr  5 Yale Okun                   Philadelphia, Pa               W 10
Apr 13 Tom Kirby                   Boston, Ma                     W 10
Jun 17 Georges Carpentier          Philadelphia, Pa               W 10
Jul  2 George Manley               Omaha, Ne                     ND 10
Jul 30 Johnny Risko                Boston, Ma                     W 10
Sep 23 Jimmy Delaney               Philadelphia, Pa               W  6
Oct  8 Frankie Schramm             Allentown, Pa                 KO  2
Oct 18 Martin Burke                Chicago, Il                    W 10
Oct 29 Chuck Wiggins               Providence, RI                W D.Q 5
Nov 29 George Manley               Indianapolis, In              ND 10

1927

Jan 10 Tony Marullo                Philadelphia, Pa               W 10
Feb 15 Johnny Risko                Wilkes-Barre, Pa               W 10
Mar 16 Joe Lohman                  Philadelphia, Pa               W 10
Apr  6 Tom Kirby                   Philadelphia, Pa               W 10
May  3 W.L. "Young" Stribling      Brooklyn, NY                   W 10
Jul 20 Tony Marullo                New York, NY                   W 10
Aug  8 Benny Ross                  Buffalo, NY                    W 12
Oct  7 Mike McTigue                New York, NY                   W 15
       -Light Heavyweight Championship of the World
Nov 14 Pat McCarthy                Philadelphia, Pa               W 10
Dec 12 Jimmy Slattery              New York, NY                   W 15
       -NBA Light Heavyweight Championship of the World

1928 

Jan  6 Leo Lomski                  New York, NY                   W 15
      -Light Heavyweight Championship of the World
May 18 Joe Sekyra                  Louisville, Ky                ND 10
Jun  1 Pete Latzo                  Brooklyn, NY                   W 15
      -Light Heavyweight Championship of the World
Jun 28 Armand Emanuel              New York, NY                   W 10
Jul 16 Pete Latzo                  Wilkes-Barre, Pa               W 10
      -Light Heavyweight Championship of the World
Oct  1 Jack Gross                  Philadelphia, Pa               W 10
Dec 17 Clayton "Big Boy" Peterson  Chicago, Il                    W 10

1929 

Feb  5 Armand Emanuel              Los Angeles, Ca                W 10
Feb 28 Joe Lohman                  Tulsa, Ok                      W 10
Mar 28 Mickey Walker               Chicago, Il                    W 10
       -Light Heavyweight Championship of the World
May 24 Ernie Schaaf                Boston, Ma                     W 10
Jul 18 Jim Braddock                New York, NY                   W 15
       -Light Heavyweight Championship of the World
Sep 26 Jack Sharkey                New York, NY                   Koby 3

1930

Feb 27 Pierre Charles              Miami, Fl                      W 10
Mar 17 Jack Renault                Philadelphia, Pa               W 10
Apr 28 Ernie Schaaf                Philadelphia, Pa               L 10
Jun 11 Ernie Schaaf                Philadelphia, Pa               L 10
Oct 16 Dick Daniels                Minneapolis, Mn               ND 10
Oct 23 Dave Maier                  Milwaukee, Wi                  W 10
Nov 21 King Levinsky               Chicago, Il                    W 10

1931 

Jan 26 Jack Gross                  Philadelphia, Pa               W 10
Feb  6 Max Baer                    New York, NY                   W 10
Mar 13 Ernie Schaaf                New York, NY                   W 10
Mar 27 Gerald "Tuffy" Griffiths    Chicago, Il                    W 10
May 15 Victorio Campolo            New York, NY                   W 10
Sep  9 Jack Gross                  Philadelphia, Pa               W 10
Sep 22 Joe Sekyra                  New York, NY                   W 10
Oct 19 Johnny Risko                Philadelphia, Pa               W 10
Nov 13 Paolino Uzcudun             New York, NY                   W 10
Dec 18 King Levinsky               New York, NY                   L 10

1932

Jan 15 Steve Hamas                 New York, NY                   Koby 2
May 11 Steve Hamas                 Philadelphia, Pa               L 10
Jun 29 Steve Hamas                 Philadelphia, Pa               W 10
Oct 17 Stanley Poreda              Philadelphia, Pa               L 10

1933

Jan 10 King Levinsky               Philadelphia, Pa               W 10
Feb 13 Walter Cobb                 Philadelphia, Pa               W 10
Apr 21 Isidoro Gastanaga           Chicago, Il                    W 10
Jun 21 Steve Hamas                 New York, NY                   W 10
Jul 26 Johnny Risko                Chicago, Il                    L 10
Sep 27 Jack Sharkey                Philadelphia, Pa               W 15
Nov 22 Ray Impellitiere            New York, NY                   W 10

1934 

Mar  1 Primo Carnera               Miami, Fl                      L 15
       -Heavyweight Championship of the World
May  4 Walter Neusel               New York, NY                   L 10
Aug  1 Johnny Risko                Freeport, NY                   L 10
Oct  6 Jose Caratolli              Buenos Aires, Argentina        L 12
Oct 20 Arturo Godoy                Buenos Aires, Argentina        D 12

1935 

Jan  5 Arturo Godoy                Buenos Aires, Argentina        W 12
Feb  2 Jose Caratolli              Buenos Aires, Argentina        D 12
Mar 17 Arturo Godoy                Santiago, Chile                L 12
Apr 14 Vicente Parrile             Lima, Peru                     KO 9
May 20 Al Ettore                   Philadelphia, Pa               W 10
Jun 20 Ray Impellitiere            Philadelphia, Pa               W 10
Jul 29 Eddie Simms                 Toronto, Ont, Canada           W 10
Aug 22 Al Delaney                  Buffalo, NY                    D  6
Nov 13 Maurice Strickland          London, England                W 10
Dec  9 Andre Lenglet               Paris, France                  W 10

1936

Jan 15 Tommy Farr                  London, England                L 10
Feb 10 Ben Foord                   Leicester, England             L 10
Mar 16 Jack London                 Bristol, England               W 10
Jul  6 Al McCoy                    Montreal, Que, Canada          L 10
Jul 30 Al McCoy                    Montreal, Que, Canada          D 12
Sep 16 Ray Impellitiere            Oakland, Ca                    W 10
Oct  9 Tony Rosalia                Reno, Nv                       KO 3
Nov 13 Alfred "Butch" Rogers       San Diego, Ca                  W 10
Dec  3 Tom Beaupre                 Dallas, Tx                     W 10
Dec  9 George "Sonny Boy" Walker   San Francisco, Ca              L 10

1937

Jan 18 George "Sonny Boy" Walker   Philadelphia, Pa               W 10