Center Nice Harry “Pittsburgh Windmill” Greb P4P One of many Finest! ⋆ Boxing Information 24

By Ken Hissner: Former Middleweight champion Harry “Pittsburgh Windmill” Greb, 261-17-20 with 49 knockouts, largely identified for being the one man to defeat Heavyweight champion Gene “The Preventing Marine” Tunney, 79-1-4. He fought from 1913-1926. From August 1923 to February 1926, he held the title!

My query is, did he battle with only one eye or not? On the age of 32 in Atlantic Metropolis, New Jersey, he died from issues throughout eye surgical procedure.

At 19-2-4, Greg, in his first main bout, drew with Norway-born Terry Martin, 81-41-32, of Philadelphia, in November of 1914. In his subsequent bout, he misplaced to Philly’s Joe Burrell, 46-14-6, drawing with him in 2015.

He drew with Billy “The St. Paul Thunderbolt” Miske, 10-1-5, in January of 1915, a future IBHOF boxer. Simply two weeks later, he defeated Jack Blackburn, 92-13-20.

On the finish of 2015, Greb defeated George Chip, 52-30-10, however misplaced the rematch in 2016. In his subsequent battle, he misplaced to future IBHOF boxer Tommy Gibbons, 18-0-2. In November of that 12 months, in back-to-back fights, he defeated Willie KO Brennan, 86-20-26, and once more six days later, in between, he knocked out Jackie Clark, 57-21-19.

In 1917 Greb knocked out Younger Ahearn, 79-19-14, and 4 weeks later, with two wins in between, he defeated Al McCoy, 72-33-31. He adopted up with wins over Jeff “Bayonne Globetrotter” Smith, 51-15-1, Chip once more, Frank Mantell, 52-39-30, Buck Crouse, 101-17-9, Jack “Hoosier Bearcat” Dillon, 173-13-20, Battling Levinsky, 137-28-26.

In 1921, Greb defeated one of many all-time coloured boxers, Child Norfolk, 89-18-6. In 1922 he defeated Tommy Gibbons, 77-1-4, Tunney, 47-0-2, Tommy “Phantom of Philly” Loughran, 34-3-2, future IBHOF inductee, and once more in 1923.

Former light-weight and President of Philadelphia’s VBA Ring One Joe Shannon shared a number of tales about Greb. “We had been in Philadelphia Jack O’Brien’s Gymnasium” in Philly the place there have been two rings. A New England middleweight was in a single ring beating up anybody they put earlier than him preparing for a major occasion within the metropolis. He requested if there was anybody else to spar? The fitness center proprietor O’Brien retired as gentle heavyweight champion began taking his vest off when Shannon obtained within the ring and, being twenty kilos gentle, ran across the ring. Within the different ring, a boxer shadow boxing stated, “Hey buddy, want some work?”

The boxer went over to the opposite ring and beat the hell out of the New Englander to the purpose he had a lower over one in all his ears and can be out of his future battle. The one who beat him left the ring heading for the dressing room when Shannon adopted him, saying, “thanks for doing that for me!” The boxer replied, “Hey buddy, I didn’t try this for you. A man like that shouldn’t be in boxing. By the way in which, my title is Harry Greb!”

On a lighter notice, Greb shared a home together with his sister and heard some noise downstairs and yelled, “Hey Sis, I hear somebody downstairs; test it out!” Laborious to consider, huh? ‘

In a rematch with Tunney in 1923, Greb would lose over 15 rounds for the American Mild Heavyweight title. A loss to Loughran in a rematch was adopted by Lou “The Blond Italian” Bogash, 87-11-19. A win over Bryan Downey, 81-25-16, then a loss to Tunney of their third match, adopted by a win over Loughran in a 3rd match.

In 1924 Greb misplaced in a rematch to Norfolk by DQ. In gained in a rematch with Jackie Clark, 124-54-39, and knocking out Frank Moody, 96-35-11, of the UK. Subsequent, he gained the middleweight title in June of that 12 months in having to lose 13 ½ kilos in ten days defeating Ted Moore 52-8-2 of the UK, over 15 rounds in Yankee Stadium, New York.

Again to gentle heavyweight in his subsequent battle, Greb defeated Tiger Flowers, 69-8-4, Jimmy Slattery, 48-1, Tunney and Loughran once more in a pair of attracts, and twice over Jimmy Delaney, 44-5-7, in November and January and once more in 1926. In 1925 within the fourth battle with Tunney, he misplaced over ten rounds, following with a win over Johnny Wilson, 60-26-8.

In February of 1926, Greb misplaced a disputed break up determination in a rematch with Flowers, 110-14-5. In June, in his closing win, he defeated Allentown Joe Gans, 76-21-16. In August, he misplaced by break up determination in a middleweight title battle in his closing battle with Flowers, 117-14-5. He ended his profession after that one over 15 rounds. All however 5 of his fights had been within the US besides going 5-0 in Canada. He was inducted into the IBHOF of their first 12 months.

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