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Archie Moore in trailer to "Breakheart Pass" (1975)
|Real name||Archibald Lee Wright|
|Nickname(s)||The Old Mongoose|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Reach||75 in (191 cm)|
|Born||December 13, 1916|
|Died||December 9, 1998 (aged 81)|
San Diego, California
|Wins by KO||131|
Archie Moore in trailer to "Breakheart Pass" (1975)
|Real name||Archibald Lee Wright|
|Nickname(s)||The Old Mongoose|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Reach||75 in (191 cm)|
|Born||December 13, 1916|
|Died||December 9, 1998 (aged 81)|
San Diego, California
|Wins by KO||131|
Archie Moore (born Archibald Lee Wright; December 13, 1916 – December 9, 1998), was an American professional boxer and the Light Heavyweight World Champion (December,1952–May,1962), who had one of the longest professional careers in the history of the sport. Nicknamed "The Old Mongoose," Moore holds the record for the most career knockouts (131). He ranks #4 on The Ring's list of "100 greatest punchers of all time," has the longest reign in Light Heavyweight history, and is rated by prominent boxing website BoxRec as the greatest pound-for-pound boxer of all-time.
A native of Benoit, Mississippi, Moore was raised in St. Louis, Missouri. An important figure in the American black community, he became involved in African American causes once his days as a fighter were over. He also established himself as a successful character actor in television and film. Moore died in his adopted home of San Diego, California.
Moore often found himself in trouble as a youngster, and was in a reformatory until 1934. In 1935, he began his boxing career with nine fights as a boxer, winning 5 and losing 4. He also claimed to have boxed under the name "Fourth of July Kid," so he may have had even more fights.
He turned professional in 1938 and boxed all but one of his 12 bouts that year in San Diego. Moore had eight bouts in 1939, going 5-2 during that span, with one "no contest." He lost to former Middleweight Champion and future Hall of Famer Teddy Yarosz during that time, and his no-contest was against Jack Coggins, in eight rounds. In 1940, Moore made a tour of Australia and fought in Melbourne, Tasmania, Adelaide and Sydney. He won all of his seven bouts there, including six by knockout. Upon returning to the United States, he defeated Pancho Ramirez by a knockout in five, but lost to Shorty Hogue on a six-round decision.
Moore had four fights in 1941, during which he went 2-1-1, with the draw against Eddie Booker. By then, however, he had suffered through several stomach ulcers, with the resulting operations, and he announced his retirement from boxing.
His retirement was brief, however, and by 1942 he was back in the ring. He won his first six bouts that year, including a second round knockout of Hogue in a rematch, and a ten round decision over Jack Chase. He met Booker in a rematch, and reached the same conclusion as their first meeting had: another 10 round draw.
In 1943, Moore fought seven bouts, winning five and losing two. He won and then lost the California State Middleweight title against Chase, both by 15 round decisions, and beat Chase again in his last bout of that year, in a ten round decision. He also lost a decision to Aaron Wade that year.
In 1944, he had nine bouts, going 7-2. His last bout that year marked his debut on the Atlantic Coast, and the level of his opposition began to improve. He beat Jimmy Hayden by a knockout in five, lost to future Hall of Famer Charlie Burley by a decision, and to Booker by a knockout in eight.
He won his first eight bouts of 1945, impressing Atlantic coast boxing experts and earning a fight with future IBHOF enshrinee Jimmy Bivins, who defeated Moore by a knockout in six at Cleveland. He returned to the Eastern Seaboard to fight five more times before that year was over. He met, among others, future IBHOF enshrinee Holman Williams during that span, losing a ten round decision, and knocking him out in eleven in the rematch.
By 1946, Moore had moved to the light heavyweight division and he went 5-2-1 that year, beating contender Curtis Sheppard, but losing to future World Heavyweight Champion and Hall of Famer Ezzard Charles by a decision in ten, and drawing with old nemesis Chase. By then, Moore began complaining publicly that, according to him, none of boxing's world champions would risk their titles fighting him.
1947 was essentially a year of rematches for Moore. He went 7-1 that year, his one loss being to Charles. He beat Chase by a knockout in nine, Sheppard by a decision in ten and Bivins by a knockout in nine. He also defeated Burt Lytell, by a decision in ten.
He fought a solid 14 fights in 1948, losing again to Charles by a knockout in nine, losing to Leonard Morrow by a knockout in the first, to Henry Hall by a decision in ten and to Lloyd Gibson by a disqualification in four. But he also beat Ted Lowry, by a decision in ten, and Hall in a rematch, also by decision.
1949 was also a good year for Moore: He had 13 bouts that year, going 12-1. He defeated the Alabama Kid twice; by knockout in four and by knockout in three, Bob Satterfield by a knockout in three, Bivins by a knockout in eight, future World Light Heavyweight Champion and IBHOF inductee Harold Johnson by a decision, Bob Sikes by a knockout in three and Phil Muscato by a decision. He lost to Clinton Bacon by a disqualification in six.
By Moore's standards, 1950 was a vacation year for him: he only had two fights, winning both, including a 10 round decision in a rematch with Lydell.
In 1951, Moore boxed 18 times, winning 16, losing one, and drawing one. He went on an Argentinian tour, fighting seven times there, winning six and drawing one. In between those seven fights, he found time for a trip to Montevideo, Uruguay, where he defeated Vicente Quiroz by a knockout in six. He knocked out Bivins in nine and split two decisions with Johnson.
1952 was one of the most important years in Moore's life. After beating Johnson, heavyweight contenders Jimmy Slade, Bob Dunlap, and Clarence Henry and light heavyweight Clinton Bacon (knocked out in four in a rematch), Moore was finally given an opportunity at age thirty-six to fight for the title of World Light Heavyweight Champion against future IBHOF honoree Joey Maxim.
Maxim had just defeated the great Sugar Ray Robinson by a technical knockout in 14 rounds, forcing Robinson to quit in his corner due to heat exhaustion. Against Maxim, Moore consistently landed powerful right hands, hurting him several times en route to a fifteen-round decision. After sixteen long years, he had finally achieved his dream.
He was far from done, however. The next year, Moore won all nine of his bouts, including a 10 round non title win against then fringe heavyweight contender Nino Valdez of Cuba and a 15 round decision over Maxim in a rematch to retain the belt. He made two more bouts in Argentina before the end of the year.
In 1954, he had only four fights, retaining the title in a third fight with Maxim, who once again went the 15 round distance, and versus Johnson, who he knocked out in 14. He also beat highly ranked heavyweight Bob Baker.
In 1955, Moore again beat Valdez, who by that time was the no. 1 heavyweight contender, and defended against Bobo Olson, the World Middleweight Champion and future Hall of Famer who was coming off a decision victory over Joey Maxim, by a knockout in three.
On September 21, 1955, Moore went up in weight to face future Hall of Famer Rocky Marciano for Marciano's Heavyweight Championship. Moore briefly dropped Marciano in the second round (the second and last time Marciano had ever been knocked down), but Marciano recovered and knocked Moore down five times, knocking him out in the ninth to retain the belt. It was Marciano's sixth and last title defense before retiring in 1956.
In 1956, Moore fought mostly as a heavyweight but did retain his Light Heavyweight title with a ten round knockout over Yolande Pompey in London. He won 11 bouts in a row before challenging again for the World Heavyweight Championship. The title was left vacant by Marciano, but Moore lost to Floyd Patterson by a knockout in five (Patterson, yet another future Hall of Famer, himself made history that night, becoming, at the age of 21, the youngest World Heavyweight Champion yet, a record he would hold until 1986).
Moore won all six of his bouts during 1957. Among those wins was an easy 10-round decision over heavyweight contender Hans Kalbfell in Germany, a knockout in 7 rounds over highly ranked Tony Anthony to retain the light heavyweight title, a one-sided 10-round decision over light heavyweight contender Eddie Cotton in a non-title bout and a 4th round knockout of future top ten heavyweight contender Roger Rischer.
In 1958, Moore had 10 fights, going 9-0-1 during that span. His fight with Yvon Durelle in particular was of note: defending his world light heavyweight title in Montreal, he was felled three times in round one, and once again in round five, but then dropped Durelle in round 10 and won by a knockout in the 11th.
1959, his last full year as uncontested champion, was another rare low-profile year; in his two fights, he beat Sterling Davis by a knockout in three, and then Durelle again, also by a knockout in three, to once again retain his World Light Heavyweight title.
During 1960, Moore was stripped of his World Light Heavyweight title by the National Boxing Association (NBA), but continued to be recognized by most major boxing authorities including the New York State Athletic Commission and The Ring Magazine. Moore won three of his four bouts in 1960, one by decision against Buddy Turman in Dallas, Texas, his lone loss coming in a ten-round decision versus Giulio Rinaldi in Rome.
In 1961, he defeated Turman again by decision in Manila, Philippines before defending his Lineal World Light Heavyweight Championship for what would be the last time, beating Rinaldi by a 15 round decision to retain the belt. In his last fight that year, he once again ventured into the heavyweights, and met Pete Rademacher, a man who had made history earlier in his career by becoming the first man ever to challenge for a world title in his first professional bout (when he lost to Patterson by a knockout in six). Moore beat Rademacher by a knockout in nine.
In 1962, the remaining boxing commissions that had continued to back Moore as the World Light Heavyweight Champion withdrew their recognition. He campaigned exclusively as a heavyweight from then on, and beat Alejandro Lavorante by a knockout in 10 and Howard King by a knockout in one round in Tijuana. He then drew against future World Light Heavyweight Champion Willie Pastrano in a 10-round heavyweight contest. Interestingly enough, on the posters advertising that fight, Moore was billed as the "World Light Heavyweight Champion." The bout took place in California, which had not yet withdrawn recognition from Moore at the time the Moore-Pastrano fight was signed. By the time the bout took place, the California commission, like New York, Massachusetts, the EBU and Ring Magazine, had recognized Harold Johnson, who had beaten Doug Jones 16 days earlier, as the new Light Heavyweight Champion. Johnson had reigned as the NBA (WBA) Champion since February 7, 1961.
Then, in his last fight of note, Moore faced a young heavyweight out of Louisville named Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali). Moore had been Clay's trainer for a time, but Clay became dissatisfied and left Moore because of Moore's attempts to change his style and his insistence that Clay do dishes and help clean gym floors.
In the days before the fight, Clay had rhymed that "Archie Moore...Must fall in four." Moore replied that he had perfected a new punch for the match: The Lip-Buttoner.
Nonetheless, as Clay predicted Moore was beaten by a knockout in four rounds. Moore is the only man to have faced both Rocky Marciano and Muhammad Ali.
Despite retiring, Moore couldn't escape the limelight, and received numerous awards and dedications. In 1965, he was given the key to the city of San Diego, California. In 1970, he was named "Man of The Year" by Listen Magazine, and received the key to the city of Sandpoint, Ohio.
He was elected in 1985 to the St. Louis city Boxing Hall of Fame and he received the Rocky Marciano Memorial Award in the city of New York in 1988. In 1990, he became a member of the International Boxing Hall Of Fame in Canastota, being one of the original members of that institution.
At one point, the oldest boxer to win the World's Light Heavyweight Championship, he is believed to have been the only boxer who boxed professionally in the eras of Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano and Muhammad Ali. He is one of only a handful of boxers whose careers spanned four decades; his final record was an extraordinary 185 wins, 23 losses, 11 draws and 1 no contest, with 131 official knockouts.
However, at least three of Moore's record 131 knockouts came in less-than-competitive matches against pro wrestlers: "Professor" Roy Shire in 1956, Sterling Davis in 1959 and Mike DiBiase in 1963 (Moore's 131st and final knockout). All three matches are officially listed as third-round TKO stoppages. But even if one amends Moore's career numbers, he would still hold the record. The second-highest amount of knockouts in boxing history is 125, a total shared by light heavyweight Young Stribling and welterweight Billy Bird.
In 1960, Moore was chosen to play the role of the runaway slave Jim in Michael Curtiz's film adaptation of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, opposite Eddie Hodges as Huck. Moore garnered positive reviews for his sympathetic portrayal of Jim, which some viewers still consider the best interpretation of this much-filmed role.
Moore did not choose to pursue a full-time career as an actor, but he did appear in 1960s films such as The Fortune Cookie and The Carpetbaggers and on television in episodes of Family Affair, Perry Mason, Wagon Train, The Reporter, Batman (episode 35) and the soap opera One Life to Live. He made a brief return to film in 1975, playing a chef in Breakheart Pass with Charles Bronson and had a cameo role as himself in the 1982 Jamaa Fanaka film Penitentiary II, along with Leon Isaac Kennedy and Mr. T.
Archie Moore had three daughters, Rena and JMarie and Elizabeth Moore-Stump, Wife of Attorney John Stump of City Heights, Calif.; four sons, Archie Jr., Hardy, Anthony and D'Angelo of San Diego, and two grandchildren. Hardy Moore predeceased him but fathered JTerrell Moore, of City Heights. The marriage of Archie Moore and Elizabeth Thorton produced Archie Jr. and Elizabeth. The marriage with Joan Hardy produced Rena, JMarie, Hardy, Anthony and D'Angelo.
In 1997, J'Marie Moore became the first daughter of a famous boxer to herself become a professional boxer. Elizabeth Moore-Stump is the retired Clerk of the Port of San Diego and a senior Crisis Interventionist for the San Diego Police Department.
Archie Moore died of heart failure in 1998, four days before his 82nd birthday. He was cremated and is interred in a niche at Cypress View Mausoleum and Crematory, in San Diego.
|185 Wins (131 knockouts, 54 decisions), 23 Losses (7 knockouts, 16 decisions), 10 Draws, 1 No Decision|
|Win||0-1||Mike DiBiase||TKO||3||15/03/1963||Phoenix, Arizona, United States||Mike DiBiase was a wrestler who challenged Moore to a fight because of a refereeing decision he made in one of his matches. Fight was stopped due to a cut.|
|Loss||15-0||Cassius Clay/(Muhammad Ali)||KO||4||15/11/1962||Los Angeles, California, United States||Moore was knocked down three times in the fourth.|
|Draw||54-10-6||Willie Pastrano||Draw||10||28/05/1962||Los Angeles, California, United States||Majority draw. 5-4 Moore, 5-5, 5-5.|
|Win||38-24-8||Howard "Honeyboy" King||KO||1||07/05/1962||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico||1:15 in first round.|
|Win||19-2||Alejandro Lavorante||TKO||10||30/03/1962||Los Angeles, California, United States||Lavorante carried out on a stretcher.|
|Win||13-5-1||Pete Rademacher||TKO||6||23/10/1961||Baltimore, Maryland, United States||Rademacher knocked down eight times.|
|Win||25-5||Giulio Rinaldi||UD||15||10/06/1961||New York, New York, United States||NYSAC World Light Heavyweight Title. 11-3, 11-4, 9-5.|
|Win||35-7-1||Buddy Turman||UD||10||25/03/1961||Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines||50-39, 50-42, 53-50.|
|Win||35-6-1||Buddy Turman||UD||10||28/11/1960||Dallas, Texas, United States||99-94, 96-94, 100-96.|
|Loss||21-5||Giulio Rinaldi||PTS||10||29/10/1960||Rome, Lazio, Italy||Moore down in the 10th.|
|Win||6-14-1||George Abinet||RTD||3||13/09/1960||Dallas, Texas, United States||Abinet failed to emerge from his corner in the fourth round due to a broken nose.|
|Win||42-20-7||Willi Besmanoff||TKO||10||25/05/1960||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States||American Heavyweight Title. 1:32 in tenth round.|
|Win||79-20-2||Yvon "The Fighting Fisherman" Durelle||KO||3||12/08/1959||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||NYSAC/NBA World Light Heavyweight Title. Durelle down thrice in the third round.|
|Win||0-1||Sterling "Dizzy" Davis||TKO||3||09/03/1959||Odessa, Texas, United States||Davis was a wrestler. Referee stopped the fight due to severe cuts over both eyes.|
|Win||78-19-2||Yvon "The Fighting Fisherman" Durelle||KO||11||10/12/1958||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||World Light Heavyweight Title. Moore down thrice in the first round. Durelle down four times in the rest of the fight and out in 0:49 of the 11th.|
|Draw||34-15-6||Howard "Honeyboy" King||Draw||10||04/08/1958||Reno, Nevada, United States||Draw.|
|Win||34-14-6||Howard "Honeyboy" King||PTS||10||09/06/1958||Sacramento, California, United States||Win on points.|
|Win||32-16||Charley Norkus||UD||10||26/05/1958||San Francisco, California, United States||100-89, 100-85, 100-86.|
|Win||34-13-6||Howard "Honeyboy" King||PTS||10||17/05/1958||San Diego, California, United States||Win on points.|
|Win||38-11-7||Willi Besmanoff||SD||10||02/05/1958||Louisville, Kentucky, United States||Besmanoff down in the third.|
|Win||21-7-3||Bob Albright||TKO||7||10/03/1958||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada||TKO in seventh.|
|Win||24-12-2||Bert Whitehurst||TKO||10||04/03/1958||San Bernardino, California, United States||Whitehurst down twice in tenth.|
|Win||10-7||Julio Neves||KO||3||01/02/1958||Río de Janeiro, Río de Janeiro, Brazil||1:40 in third round.|
|Win||23-2-1||Luis Ignacio||PTS||10||18/01/1958||San Paulo, Brazil||Victory on points.|
|Win||15-5-2||Roger Rischer||KO||4||29/11/1957||Portland, Oregon, United States||1:12 in fourth round.|
|Win||32-7-1||Eddie Cotton||PTS||10||05/11/1958||Seattle, Washington, United States||Cotton down three times.|
|Win||18-21-1||Ralph "KO" "Bob Mitchell" Hooker||TKO||5||31/10/1957||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada||Referee stopped the fight after second knockdown in the fifth.|
|Win||31-4-1||Tony Anthony||KO||7||20/09/1957||Los Angeles, California, United States||World Light Heavyweight Title. Anthony down in 6th and 7th.|
|Win||21-5||Alain Cherville||TKO||6||02/06/1957||Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany||Cherville down in 1st, 2nd & 6th.|
|Win||16-1||Alain Cherville||UD||10||01/05/1957||Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany||Kalbfell down in 4th and 9th rounds.|
|Loss||30-1||Floyd Patterson||KO||5||30/11/1956||Chicago, Illinois, United States||World Heavyweight Title. Moore down & out in 2:27 of fifth round.|
|Win||29-5-4||James J Parker||TKO||9||25/07/1956||Toronto, Ontario, Canada||Referee stopped the bout due to a severe cut at 2:02 in ninth round.|
|Win||31-2-3||Yolande Pompey||TKO||10||05/06/1956||Harringay, London, United Kingdom||Referee stopped the fight after three knockdowns and a severe cut in the tenth round.|
|Win||5-6-3||Gene Thompson||TKO||3||30/04/1956||Tucson, Arizona, United States||TKO in third round.|
|Win||14-11-1||Sonny Andrews||KO||4||26/04/1956||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada||KO in fourth.|
|Win||16-11-4||George Parmentier||TKO||3||16/04/1956||Seattle, Washington, United States||Parmentier down thrice in the third round.|
|Win||41-24-5||Willie Bean||TKO||5||10/04/1956||Richmond, California, United States||Bean down 6 times in the fight.|
|Win||29-8-5||Howard "Honeyboy" King||PTS||10||27/03/1956||Sacramento, California, United States||Win on points.|
|Win||28-11-1||Frankie Daniels||UD||10||17/03/1956||Hollywood, California, United States||58-52, 58-52, 58-52.|
|Win||30-12-1||Bob Dunlap||KO||1||27/02/1956||San Diego, California, United States||Knockout in first round.|
|Win||28-7-5||Howard "Honeyboy" King||PTS||10||20/02/1956||San Francisco, California, United States||Win on points.|
|Loss||48-0||Rocky Marciano||KO||9||21/09/1955||Bronx, New York, United States||World Heavyweight Title. Marciano down in 2nd. Moore down five times and out in 9th|
|Win||69-6||Bobo Olson||KO||3||22/06/1955||New York, New York, United States||World Light Heavyweight Title. 1:00 in third round.|
|Win||32-8-3||Nino Valdes||PTS||15||02/05/1955||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Nevada World Heavyweight Title. Referee scored the bout 8-5-2.|
|Win||47-5||Harold Johnson||TKO||14||11/08/1954||New York, New York, United States||Moore was down in the 10th. Johnson was down in the 14th and the referee stopped the bout due to a swarm of punches from Moore without defense from Johnson.|
|Win||18-3||Bert Whitehurst||TKO||6||07/06/1954||New York, New York, United States||Stopped at 1:09 of the sixth round.|
|Win||31-4-1||Bob Baker||TKO||9||09/03/1954||Miami Beach, Florida, United States||Stopped at 2:08 in ninth round.|
|Win||79-20-4||Joey Maxim||UD||15||27/01/1954||Miami, Florida, United States||World Light Heavyweight Title. Maxim down in the 8th & 11th. 145-137, 148-135, 148-134.|
|Win||24-0-1||Dogomar Martinez||PTS||10||12/09/1953||Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina||Win on points.|
|Win||2-0||Rinaldo Ansaloni||TKO||4||22/08/1953||Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina||Stopped in fourth round.|
|Win||79-19-4||Joey Maxim||UD||15||24/06/1953||Ogden, Utah, United States||World Light Heavyweight Title. 7-6, 8-7, 8-5.|
|Win||21-19-7||Frank Buford||TKO||9||30/03/1953||San Diego, California, United States||Buford down in first.|
|Win||24-23-1||Al Spaulding||KO||3||17/03/1953||Spokane, Washington, United States||Spaulding knocked down four times.|
|Win||21-5-3||Nino Valdes||UD||10||11/03/1953||St. Louis, Missouri, United States||Unanimous decision.|
|Win||12-7||Sonny Andrews||TKO||5||03/03/1953||Sacramento, California, United States||Fight stopped in fifth round.|
|Win||5-0||Leonard Dugan||TKO||8||16/02/1953||San Francisco, California, United States||Stopped at 1:12 in the eighth round.|
|Win||8-3-2||Toxie Hall||KO||4||27/01/1953||Toledo, Ohio, United States||Hall down twice in fourth round. Hall's nose was broken on the first punch of the fight.|
|Win||78-18-4||Joey Maxim||UD||15||17/12/1952||St. Louis, Missouri, United States||World Light Heavyweight Title. 76-74, 82-58, 87-63.|
|Win||21-5-2||Clinton Bacon||TKO||4||25/07/1952||Denver, Colorado, United States||Fight stopped in fourth round.|
|Win||32-3-1||Clarence Henry||UD||10||26/06/1952||Baltimore, Maryland, United States||7-2-1, 9-1, 8-1-1.|
|Win||23-6-1||Bob Dunlap||KO||6||19/05/1952||San Francisco, California, United States||Dunlap knocked out in sixth round.|
|Win||22-4-3||Jimmy Slade||UD||10||27/02/1952||St. Louis, Missouri, United States||Unanimous decision for Moore.|
|Win||34-3||Harold Johnson||UD||10||29/01/1952||Toledo, Ohio, United States||53-46, 53-46, 56-44.|
|Loss||33-3||Harold Johnson||UD||10||10/12/1951||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States||4-5, 4-5, 4-6.|
|Win||26-32-3||Chubby Wright||TKO||7||29/10/1951||St. Louis, Missouri, United States||Fight stopped in seventh round.|
|Win||33-2||Harold Johnson||UD||10||24/09/1951||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States||5-4-1, 6-3-1, 6-3-1.|
|Win||20-2||Embrel Davidson||KO||1||05/09/1951||Detroit, Michigan, United States||Davidson knocked out at 2:51 of first round.|
|Win||38-10-12||Alfredo Lagay||KO||3||17/08/1951||Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires, Argentina||Lagay knocked out in third round.|
|Win||10-6-2||Rafael Miranda||TKO||4||05/08/1951||Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina||Fight stopped in fourth round.|
|Win||2-19-3||Americo Capitanelli||KO||3||28/07/1951||San Miguel de Tucumán, Tucumán, Argentina||Capitanelli knocked out in third round.|
|Win||1-1-1||Victor Carabajal||KO||3||26/07/1951||Cordoba, Cordoba, Argentina||Carabajal knocked out in third round.|
|Win||3-1-2||Vicente Quiroz||TKO||6||14/07/1951||Cine Boston, Montevideo, Uruguay||Referee stopped the fight between the 5th and 6th rounds.|
|Win||76-7-3||Alberto Santiago Lovell||KO||1||07/07/1951||Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina||Lovell knocked out at 0:46 in first round.|
|Draw||98-12-8||Karel Sys||Draw||12||23/06/1951||Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina||Sys substituted for Lovell.|
|Win||39-11-3||Abel Cestac||RTD||9||09/06/1951||Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina||Referee stopped the fight on doctor's orders.|
|Win||13-17-1||Art Henri||TKO||4||14/05/1951||Baltimore, Maryland, United States||Henri knocked down in third & fourth and referee stopped the fight when Henri failed to defend himself.|
|Win||21-11-1||Herman "Big Train" Harris||KO||4||26/04/1951||Flint, Michigan, United States||Harris knocked out in fourth round.|
|Win||39-10-3||Abel Cestac||UD||10||13/03/1951||Toledo, Ohio, United States||6-3, 7-3, 8-2.|
|Win||75-18-1||Jimmy Bivins||TKO||9||21/02/1951||New York, New York, United States||Bivins was knocked down in ninth and referee stopped the fight when corner informed the referee, between rounds, that he could no longer see with his left eye.|
|Win||27-22-2||John Thomas||KO||1||28/01/1951||Panama City, Panama||Thomas knocked out at 0:59 in first round and went to the hospital afterwards with apparent broken ribs.|
|Win||49-21-4||"Oakland" Billy Smith||TKO||8||02/01/1951||Portland, Oregon, United States||Moore was knocked down in the sixth. Smith was knocked down twice in the eighth round. Smith left the ring after the five count on the second knockdown and returned to the dressing room. The referee stopped the fight.|
|Win||15-3-3||Vernon Williams||KO||2||31/07/1950||Chicago, Illinois, United States||Williams knocked out at 1:09 in the second round.|
|Win||69-17-7||Bert "The Chocolate Kid" Lytell||UD||10||31/01/1950||Toledo, Ohio, United States||Unanimous decision for Moore.|
|Win||20-4-1||Leonard Morrow||KO||10||13/12/1949||Toledo, Ohio, United States||Morrow knocked unconscious at 0:30 in the tenth round. Morrow taken to the hospital.|
|Win||37-8-2||Charley "Doc" Williams||KO||8||06/12/1949||Hartford, Connecticut, United States||Williams knocked out at 2:48 in the eighth round.|
|Win||56-19||Phil Muscato||KO||6||24/10/1949||Toledo, Ohio, United States||Muscato knocked out in sixth round.|
|Win||34-7-4||Bob Amos||PTS||10||04/10/1949||Toledo, Ohio, United States||Moore wins on points.|
|Win||5-17||Esco Greenwood||TKO||2||29/07/1949||North Adams, Massachusetts, United States||Referee stopped the fight in the second round.|
|Win||44-13-2||Bob Sikes||TKO||3||27/06/1949||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States||Referee stopped the fight in the third round.|
|Loss||14-3-2||Clinton Bacon||DQ||6||13/06/1949||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States||Moore disqualified in the sixth round.|
|Win||24-0||Harold Johnson||UD||10||26/04/1949||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States||Johnson was knocked down twice in the seventh round. 7-3, 7-3, 8-2.|
|Win||68-14-1||Jimmy Bivins||KO||8||11/04/1949||Toledo, Ohio, United States||Bivins was knocked out at 2:05 in the eighth round.|
|Win||22-10||Dusty Wilkerson||TKO||6||23/03/1949||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:31 in the sixth round.|
|Win||174-55-20||Alabama Kid||KO||3||04/03/1949||Columbus, Ohio, United States||Kid knocked out in the third round.|
|Win||21-7-2||Bob Satterfield||KO||3||31/01/1949||Toledo, Ohio, United States||Satterfield was knocked down thrice in the second round and out with 0:25 in the third round.|
|Win||174-53-20||Alabama Kid||KO||4||10/01/1949||Toledo, Ohio, United States||Kid knocked out in the fourth round.|
|Win||27-6-1||Charley "Doc" Williams||KO||7||27/12/1948||Baltimore, Maryland, United States||Williams knocked out in the seventh round.|
|Win||32-2-4||Bob Amos||UD||10||06/12/1948||Washington, District of Columbia, United States||Unanimous decision for Moore.|
|Win||43-10-2||Henry Hall||UD||10||15/11/1948||Baltimore, Maryland, United States||8-1-1, 8-2, 7-3.|
|Loss||30-2-1||Lloyd Gibson||DQ||4||01/11/1951||Washington, District of Columbia, United States||Harris knocked out in fourth round, but the referee ruled that it was due to a foul committed by Moore.|
|Loss||42-10-2||Henry Hall||PTS||10||15/10/1948||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States||Moore was penalized two rounds, one for butting and one for a low blow.|
|Win||42-19-4||"Oakland" Billy Smith||KO||4||20/09/1948||Baltimore, Maryland, United States||Smith knocked out in fourth round.|
|Win||55-35-8||Ted "Tiger" Lowry||UD||10||02/08/1948||Baltimore, Maryland, United States||8-2, 8-2, 7-2-1.|
|Win||66-11-1||Jimmy Bivins||MD||10||28/06/1948||Baltimore, Maryland, United States||Moore was knocked down in the fifth round. 7-3, 5-3-2, 5-5.|
|Loss||11-2-1||Leonard Morrow||KO||1||02/06/1951||Oakland, California, United States||Moore was knocked down three times and out in the first round at 2:51.|
|Win||40-16-4||"Oakland" Billy Smith||UD||10||05/05/1948||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States||47-41, 47-44, 48-43.|
|Win||18-5-1||Charley "Doc" Williams||KO||7||19/04/1948||Newark, New Jersey, United States||Williams knocked out in seventh round.|
|Win||20-8||Dusty Wilkerson||TKO||7||12/04/1948||Baltimore, Maryland, United States||Wilkerson was knocked down in the first round. Referee stopped the fight in round seven.|
|Loss||51-5-1||Ezzard "The Cincinnati Cobra" Charles||KO||8||13/01/1948||Cleveland, Ohio, United States||Moore knocked out at 2:40 in the eighth round.|
|Win||35-17-3||George Fitch||TKO||6||10/11/1947||Baltimore, Maryland, United States||Referee stopped the fight in the sixth round.|
|Win||60-10-1||Jimmy Bivins||TKO||9||08/09/1947||Baltimore, Maryland, United States||Moore was knocked to his knees in the sixth claiming a thumb to the eye. Bivins was knocked down in round three and again in round eight. Bivins failed to emerge from his corner from round nine.|
|Win||14-6-1||Bobby Zander||PTS||12||30/07/1947||Oakland, California, United States||California Light Heavyweight Title. Moore was knocked down in the sixth round and was hit while on the mat and given a rest period. Zander was denied his purse after the fight.|
|Win||47-11-4||Bert "The Chocolate Kid" Lytell||UD||10||14/07/1947||Baltimore, Maryland, United States||5-4-1, 6-2-2, 6-2-2.|
|Win||50-27||Curtis Sheppard||UD||10||16/06/1947||Washington, District of Columbia, United States||Sheppard was knocked down in the eighth. Unanimous decision for Moore.|
|Loss||43-4-1||Ezzard "The Cincinnati Cobra" Charles||MD||10||05/05/1947||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States||Moore knocked down in the seventh. Charles wins on points.|
|Win||24-7||Rusty Payne||PTS||10||11/04/1947||San Diego, California, United States||Moore wins on points.|
|Win||78-22-10||Jack Chase||KO||9||18/03/1947||Los Angeles, California, United States||Chase knocked out at 2:15 in the ninth round.|
|Draw||78-21-9||Jack Chase||Draw||10||06/11/1946||Oakland, California, United States||Draw.|
|Draw||32-14-3||"Oakland" Billy Smith||Draw||12||23/10/1946||Oakland, California, United States||California Light Heavyweight Title. Draw.|
|Win||23-9-2||Jimmy O'Brien||TKO||2||09/09/1946||Baltimore, Maryland, United States||Referee stopped the fight in the second round.|
|Win||71-23-5||Buddy Walker||KO||4||19/08/1946||Baltimore, Maryland, United States||Walker knocked in the fourth round.|
|Loss||35-4-1||Ezzard "The Cincinnati Cobra" Charles||UD||10||20/05/1946||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States||Moore knocked down in the eighth round. Charles wins a unanimous decision.|
|Win||15-6||Vern Escoe||TKO||7||02/05/1946||Orange, New Jersey, United States||Referee stopped the fight in the seventh round.|
|Win||17-17-2||George Parks||KO||1||05/02/1946||Washington, District of Columbia, United States||Parks knocked out in the first round.|
|Win||38-23||Curtis Sheppard||UD||12||28/01/1946||Baltimore, Maryland, United States||Moore knocked down in the second and eighth round. 9-2-1, 8-2-2, 9-2-1.|
|Win||136-19-10||Holman Williams||TKO||11||26/11/1945||Baltimore, Maryland, United States||Williams knocked down in the ninth and twice in the eleventh and fight was stopped immediately after the last knockdown.|
|Win||8-5-3||O'Dell Riley||KO||6||12/11/1945||Detroit, Michigan, United States||Riley knocked out in the sixth round.|
|Loss||135-19-10||Holman Williams||MD||10||22/10/1945||Baltimore, Maryland, United States||Moore's scoring was hurt by his use of low blows. 6-4, 5-3-2, 5-5.|
|Win||165-46-9||Cocoa Kid||KO||8||17/09/1945||Baltimore, Maryland, United States||Kid was knocked down in the sixth and out with 1:40 in the eighth.|
|Loss||46-5-1||Jimmy Bivins||KO||6||22/08/1945||Cleveland, Ohio, United States||Moore was knocked down thrice in the second and was hit during the last knockdown giving him the round on a penalty. Moore was knocked down twice in the fifth and out in the sixth.|
|Win||55-12-3||Lloyd Marshall||TKO||10||26/06/1945||Cleveland, Ohio, United States||Marshall was knocked down thrice in the tenth.|
|Win||31-6-10||George Kochan||TKO||6||18/06/1945||Baltimore, Maryland, United States||Referee stopped the bout in the sixth round.|
|Win||55-11-3||Lloyd Marshall||UD||10||21/05/1945||Baltimore, Maryland, United States||Moore was knocked down thrice in the fight. 7-3, 7-3, 4-3-3.|
|Win||13-14-5||Teddy Randolph||TKO||9||23/04/1945||Baltimore, Maryland, United States||Referee stopped the fight in the ninth round.|
|Win||55-24-4||Nate Bolden||UD||10||02/04/1945||Baltimore, Maryland, United States||Unanimous decision for Moore.|
|Win||13-11-2||Napoleon Mitchell||KO||6||12/02/1945||Boston, Massachusetts, United States||Mitchell knocked out in the sixth.|
|Win||26-10-1||"Parson" Bob Jacobs||TKO||9||29/01/1945||New York, New York, United States||Moore down in the fifth, Jacobs twice in the ninth.|
|Win||0-1||Joey Jones||TKO||2||11/01/1945||Boston, Massachusetts, United States||Referee stopped the fight in the second round.|
|Win||51-23-4||Nate Bolden||KO||9||18/12/1944||New York, New York, United States||9-1, 9-0-1, 9-0-1.|
|Win||7-11-2||Battling Monroe||KO||6||01/09/1944||San Diego, California, United States||Monroe knocked out in the sixth round.|
|Win||5-8-2||Jimmy Hayden||KO||5||18/08/1944||San Diego, California, United States||Hayden knocked out in the fifth round.|
|Win||1-4-1||Louis Mays||KO||3||11/08/1944||San Diego, California, United States||Mays knocked out in the third round.|
|Win||68-33-12||Kenny LaSalle||PTS||10||19/05/1944||San Diego, California, United States||Moore wins on points.|
|Loss||61-9-2||Charley Burley||PTS||10||21/04/1944||Hollywood, California, United States||Moore knocked down four times in the bout. Burley wins on points.|
|Win||11-4-4||Roman Starr||TKO||2||24/03/1944||Hollywood, California, United States||Starr knocked down thrice in the second before the referee stopped the fight.|
|Loss||63-5-8||Eddie "Black Dynamite" Booker||TKO||8||21/01/1944||Hollywood, California, United States||Moore knocked down five times in the fight and twice in the eighth before the referee stopped the fight.|
|Win||7-7-2||Amado Rodriguez||KO||1||07/01/1944||San Diego, California, United States||Rodriguez knocked out in the first round.|
|Win||61-8-7||Jack Chase||MD||10||26/11/1943||Hollywood, California, United States||56-54, 57.5-52.5, 55-55.|
|Win||5-8||Kid Hermosillo||TKO||5||04/11/1943||San Diego, California, United States||Referee stopped the fight in the fifth round.|
|Loss||46-6-5||Aaron "Little Tiger" Wade||PTS||10||16/08/1943||San Francisco, California, United States||Wade wins on points.|
|Loss||57-8-6||Jack Chase||UD||15||02/08/1943||San Francisco, California, United States||California Middleweight Title. Moore was knocked down in the fifth. 91-74, 86-79, 87.5-77.5|
|Win||90-37-14||Eddie Cerda||KO||3||28/07/1943||San Diego, California, United States||Cerda knocked out in the third round.|
|Win||48-14-6||Big Boy Hogue||TKO||5||22/07/1943||San Diego, California, United States||Referee stopped the fight in the fifth round.|
|Win||53-7-6||Jack Chase||UD||15||08/05/1943||San Diego, California, United States||California Middleweight Title. Moore was knocked down in the fifth round. 91-74, 87.5-77.5, 86-79|
|Win||78-22-10||Jack Chase||KO||9||18/03/1943||Los Angeles, California, United States||Chase knocked out at 2:15 in the ninth round.|
|Draw||60-3-7||Eddie "Black Dynamite" Booker||Draw||12||11/12/1942||San Diego, California, United States||California Middleweight Title. Booker knocked down in rounds one and seven.|
|Win||50-5-4||Jack Chase||PTS||10||27/11/1942||San Diego, California, United States||Chase wins on points.|
|Win||42-18-1||Tabby Romero||KO||2||06/11/1942||San Diego, California, United States||Romero knocked out in the second round.|
|Win||54-10-2||Shorty Hogue||TKO||2||30/10/1942||San Diego, California, United States||Hogue was a last minute replacement, was knocked down twice in the first and collapsed in the second causing the referee to stop the fight.|
|Win||21-19-13||Jimmy Casino||TKO||5||18/03/1942||Oakland, California, United States||Referee stopped the fight due to a cut.|
|Win||19-27-7||Al "Guero Martinez" Globe||TKO||2||27/02/1942||San Diego, California, United States||Referee stopped the fight in the second round.|
|Win||0-1||Bobby Britt||KO||3||28/01/1942||Phoenix, Arizona, United States||Britt knocked out in the third round.|
|Draw||44-2-4||Eddie "Black Dynamite" Booker||PTS||10||20/02/1941||San Diego, California, United States||Booker was knocked down in the first round and returned the favor in the fourth round.|
|Loss||42-2-1||Shorty Hogue||PTS||10||31/01/1941||San Diego, California, United States||Hogue was knocked down in the fourth round but received the decision on points.|
|Win||23-12-3||Clay Rowan||KO||1||17/01/1941||San Diego, California, United States||Rowan was knocked out in the first round.|
|Win||7-5-4||Pancho Ramirez||KO||5||18/10/1940||San Diego, California, United States||Ramirez was knocked out in the fifth round.|
|Win||86-20-7||Ron Richards||PTS||12||11/07/1940||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia||Moore wins on points.|
|Win||60-16-6||Fred Henneberry||TKO||7||27/06/1940||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia||Referee stops the fight and awards the bout to Moore due to a failure by Henneberry to recover from a low blow and a rule that if a fight was stopped on a foul, the boxer who could not recover would lose.|
|Win||0-1||Tommy Jordan||KO||4||27/05/1940||Hobart, Tasmania, Australia||Jordan knocked out in the fourth round.|
|Win||40-24-12||Joe Delaney||KO||2||18/05/1940||Adelaide, South Australia, Australia||Delaney knocked out in the second round.|
|Win||52-19-8||Atilio Sabatino||TKO||5||09/05/1940||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia||Referee stopped the bout between rounds.|
|Win||85-19-7||Ron Richards||TKO||10||18/04/1940||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia||Moore was knocked down in the first round. Referee stopped the fight in the tenth round due to a severe cut.|
|Win||48-11-1||Jack McNamee||TKO||4||30/03/1940||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia||Referee stopped the fight.|
|Loss||21-2||Shorty Hogue||PTS||6||29/12/1939||San Diego, California, United States||Moore lost on points after being deducted a round due to low blows.|
|Win||37-17-2||Honey Boy Jones||PTS||10||07/12/1939||St. Louis, Missouri, United States||Moore wins on points.|
|Win||0-10||Billy Day||KO||1||27/11/1939||Phoenix, Arizona, United States||Day knocked out in first round.|
|Draw||31-2-2||Freddie Dixon||Draw||8||13/11/1939||Phoenix, Arizona, United States||Fight called a technical draw in the eighth round after Dixon was struck with a low blow and could not continue. Phoenix Athletic Commission's rules stated that no fighter could win or lose a fight due to a foul.|
|Win||15-8-4||Bobby Seaman||KO||7||22/09/1939||San Diego, California, United States||Seaman knocked out in seventh round.|
|Win||14-3-2||Jack Coggins||PTS||10||01/09/1939||San Diego, California, United States||Moore wins on points.|
|No Contest||14-3-2||Jack Coggins||NC||8||21/07/1939||San Diego, California, United States||Fight was stopped by referee after warnings for lack of action in the fight. Coggins was knocked down twice in third round.|
|Loss||97-10-3||Teddy Yarosz||PTS||10||20/04/1939||St. Louis, Missouri, United States||Yarosz wins on points.|
|Win||58-22-8||Marty Simmons||UD||10||16/03/1939||St. Louis, Missouri, United States||Moore wins a unanimous decision. Simmons wins one round because of a low blow by Moore.|
|Win||24-26-7||Domenico Ceccarelli||KO||1||02/03/1939||St. Louis, Missouri, United States||Ceccarelli knocked out in first round.|
|Win||12-26-2||Jack Moran||KO||1||20/01/1939||St. Louis, Missouri, United States||Moran knocked out in first round.|
|Win||58-41-13||Bob Turner||KO||2||07/12/1938||St. Louis, Missouri, United States||Turner knocked out in second round.|
|Win||18-26-8||Ray Lyle||KO||2||22/11/1938||St. Louis, Missouri, United States||Lyle knocked out in Second round.|
|Win||20-11-6||Bobby Yannes||TKO||2||19/10/1938||San Diego, California, United States||Yannes was down six times before referee stopped the fight in the second round.|
|Win||24-15-3||Tom Henry||TKO||4||27/09/1938||Los Angeles, California, United States||Referee stopped the fight in the fourth round due to a severely cut and swollen eye.|
|Win||49-19-3||Frank Rowsey||TKO||3||16/09/1938||San Diego, California, United States||Referee stopped the fight in the third round.|
|Win||110-27-7||Johnny "Bandit" Romero||KO||8||02/09/1938||San Diego, California, United States||Romero was knocked down four times in the fight, three coming in the eighth round.|
|Win||5-5||Lorenzo Pedro||PTS||10||05/08/1938||San Diego, California, United States||Moore wins on points.|
|Win||10-7-1||Johnny Sikes||KO||1||22/07/1938||San Diego, California, United States||Sikes was knocked out in the first round.|
|Loss||107-26-7||Johnny "Bandit" Romero||PTS||10||24/06/1938||San Diego, California, United States||Moore was knocked down twice in the fourth round and lost a narrow decision.|
|Win||5-7-3||Ray Vargas||KO||3||27/05/1938||San Diego, California, United States||Vargas knocked out in the third round.|
|Win||4-6-1||Jimmy Brent||KO||1||20/05/1938||San Diego, California, United States||Brent knocked out in the first round.|
|Win||7-10-2||Karl Lautenschlager||KO||2||07/01/1938||St. Louis, Missouri, United States||Lautenschlager knocked out in the second round.|
|Win||5-7-4||Sammy Jackson||KO||8||01/12/1937||Jackson, Missouri, United States||Jackson knocked out in the eighth round.|
|Win||6-10-4||Sammy Christian||PTS||5||16/11/1937||St. Louis, Missouri, United States||Moore wins on points.|
|Win||17-1-1||Chuck Vickers||KO||2||09/11/1937||Ft. Wayne, Indiana, United States||Vickers knocked out in the second round.|
|Win||16-1-1||Charley Dawson||TKO||5||17/09/1937||St. Louis, Missouri, United States||Referee stopped the bout in the fifth round.|
|Win||15-1-1||Sammy Slaughter||PTS||10||09/09/1937||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States||Moore wins on points.|
|Loss||14-1-1||Billy Adams||PTS||8||01/09/1937||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States||Adams wins on points.|
|Win||14-0-1||Al Dublinsky||KO||3||19/08/1937||unknown||Dublinsky knocked out in the third round.|
|Win||13-0-1||Frank Hatfield||KO||1||26/04/1937||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States||Hatfield knocked out in the first round.|
|Win||12-0-1||Karl Martin||TKO||1||23/04/1937||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States||Martin knocked out in the first round.|
|Win||11-0-1||Charley Dawson||PTS||8||09/04/1937||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States||Moore won by points.|
|Win||10-0-1||Ham Pounder||KO||2||23/03/1937||Ponca City, Oklahoma, United States||Pounder knocked out in the second round.|
|Win||9-0-1||Joe Huff||KO||3||02/02/1937||St. Louis, Missouri, United States||Huff knocked out in the third round.|
|Draw||8-0-1||Sammy Jackson||Draw||8||29/01/1937||Quincy, Illinois, United States||Moore and Jackson fought to a draw.|
|Win||7-0-1||Johnny Davis||KO||4||18/01/1937||Quincy, Illinois, United States||Davis knocked out in the fourth round.|
|Win||6-0-1||Dynamite Payne||KO||1||05/01/1937||St. Louis, Missouri, United States||Payne knocked out in the first round.|
|Win||5-0-1||Sammy Jackson||PTS||5||09/10/1936||St. Louis, Missouri, United States||Moore wins on points.|
|Win||4-0-1||Murray Allen||KO||2||30/09/1936||Keokuk, Iowa, United States||Allen knocked out in the second round.|
|Draw||3-0-1||Sammy Christian||Draw||6||04/08/1936||Quincy, Illinois, United States||Moore & Christian fought to a draw.|
|Win||3-0||Murray Allen||PTS||6||14/07/1936||Quincy, Illinois, United States||Moore wins by points.|
|Win||2-0||Kid Pocahuntas||KO||3||31/01/1936||Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States||Kid knocked out in the third round.|
|Win||1-0||Billy Simms||KO||2||03/09/1935||Poplar Bluff, Missouri, United States||Simms knocked out in the second round.|
|World Light Heavyweight Champion|
17 Dec 1952–12 May 1962
|Edward J. Neil Trophy|
(BWAA Fighter of the Year)
|Oldest world champion|
December 17, 1952 - April 18, 2013