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Fitzie Fitzpatrick  

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Fitzie was always a consistent World Ranked Contender in the Light Heavyweight Division.
The picture frame photo shows Fitzie in his prime, as he would stand staring at his
opponent before his visous attack.



 

      When boxing entered World War II, many of our great champions and ex - champions would match up against a very different type of opponent. The war almost stopped boxing in is tracks, as titles were frozen until after the war. Nat Fleischer, owner and editor of Ring Magazine, stated he would not rank any interim champions. This was a controversial decision, but Nat Fleischer, the ambassador of boxing, and Ring Magazine won the fight.

      The 1941 heavyweight title fight against Joe Louis and Billy Conn may have been the main reason Fleischer blocked out top contenders from competing as interim champs. All the big money talk during the war was the rematch fight between Louis and Conn. If an interim champ had been in place, they would have the right to challenge the returning champion. The boxing world wanted the Louis - Conn rematch and the large gate it would generate. Unfortunately the return of our great champions found them past their prime. With all the build - up and anticipation, the Louis - Conn rematch could not equal the efforts of their first historic fight.

      Boxing continued to remain very popular during the war. It was unfortunate top contenders never had an opportunity for a title fight. Time would erode their prime, removing them from contention. After the post war boxing boom, a new group of young fighters emerged, replacing our war time hero’s. Who knows what direction the boxing world would have gone if not for World War II.

Larry C. Burton





 
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LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT RANKINGS 1944
JANUARY
FEBRUARY
MARCH
APRIL
MAY
JUNE
JULY
AUGUST
SEPTEMBER
OCTOBER
NOVEMBER
DECEMBER
1st
* Gus Lesnevich
* Gus Lesnevich
* Gus Lesnevich
* Gus Lesnevich
* Gus Lesnevich
* Gus Lesnevich
* Gus Lesnevich
* Gus Lesnevich
* Gus Lesnevich
* Gus Lesnevich
* Gus Lesnevich
* Gus Lesnevich
2nd
Lloyd Marshall
Lloyd Marshall
Lloyd Marshall
Lloyd Marshall
Lloyd Marshall
Lloyd Marshall
Lloyd Marshall
Lloyd Marshall
Lloyd Marshall
Lloyd Marshall
Lloyd Marshall
Lloyd Marshall
3rd
Nate Bolden
Alabama Kid
Eddie Booker
Eddie Booker
Alabama Kid
Freddie Mills
Freddie Mills
Alabama Kid
Alabama Kid
Freddie Mills
Bruce Woodcock
Eddie Booker
4th
Freddie Mills
Eddie Booker
Freddie Mills
Freddie Mills
Eddie Booker
Eddie Booker
Jack McNamara
Fitzie Fitzpatrick
Fitzie Fitzpatrick
Fitzie Fitzpatrick
Alabama Kid
Bruce Woodcock
5th
Alabama Kid
Nate Bolden
Alabama Kid
Alabama Kid
Freddie Mills
Alabama Kid
Jack Johnson
Freddie Mills
Jack Johnson
Bob Garner
Jack Johnson
Freddie Mills
6th
Anton Christofordis
Freddie Mills
Bob Jacobs
Nate Bolden
Nate Bolden
Tommy Yarosz
Fitzie Fitzpatrick
Jack Johnson
Freddie Mills
Jack Johnson
Freddie Mills
Jack Johnson
7th
Johhny Golan
Bob Jacobs
Nate Bolden
Jack McNamee
Fitzie Fitzpatrick
Fitzie Fitzpatrick
Tiger Jack Fox
Georgie Kochan
Bruce Woodcock
Jack McNamee
Bob Garner
Alabama Kid
8th
Jack McNamee
Bob Garner
Jack Coggins
Jack Coggins
Bob Garner
Bob Garner
Bob Garner
Bruce Woodcock
Ken Overlin
Tiger Jack Fox
Billy Grant
Walter Woods
9th
Jack Coggins
Jack McNamee
Jack Johnson
Jack Johnson
Bruce Woodcock
Bruce Woodcock
Billy Brant
Ken Overlin
Bob Garner
George Kochan
Watson Jones
Fitzie Fitzpatrick
10th
Bob Jacobs
Jack Coggins
Billy Grant
Fitzie Fitzpatrick
Jack McNamee
Jack McNamara
Bruce Woodcock
Bob Garner
Georgie Kochan
Jimmy O'Brien
Fitzie Fitzpatrick
Watson Jones
11th
Herb Marshall
Billy Grant
Jack McNamee
Bruce Woodcock
Tommy Yarosz
Nate Bolden
Tommy Yarosz
Tiger Jack Fox
Billy Grant
Bruce Woodcock
Walter Woods
Ken Overlin



LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT RANKINGS 1945
JANUARY
FEBRUARY
MARCH
APRIL
MAY
JUNE
JULY
AUGUST
SEPTEMBER
OCTOBER
NOVEMBER
DECEMBER
1st
* Gus Lesnevich
* Gus Lesnevich
* Gus Lesnevich
* Gus Lesnevich
* Gus Lesnevich
* Gus Lesnevich
* Gus Lesnevich
* Gus Lesnevich
* Gus Lesnevich
* Gus Lesnevich
* Gus Lesnevich
* Gus Lesnevich
2nd
Lloyd Marshall
Lloyd Marshall
Lloyd Marshall
Lloyd Marshall
Lloyd Marshall
Archie Moore
Archie Moore
Archie Moore
Fitzie Fitzpatrick
Archie Moore
Archie Moore
Archie Moore
3rd
Jack Johnson
Jack Johnson
Fitzie Fitzpatrick
Archie Moore
Archie Moore
Lloyd Marshall
Fitzie Fitzpatrick
Fitzie Fitzpatrick
Archie Moore
Lloyd Marshall
Phil Muscato
Lloyd Marshall
4th
Bruce Woodcock
Fitzie Fitzpatrick
Archie Moore
Freddie Mills
Freddie Mills
George Kochan
Lloyd Marshall
Lloyd Marshall
George Kochan
Phil Muscato
Billy Grant
Phil Muscato
5th
Fitzie Fitzpatrick
Archie Moore
Freddie Mills
Fitzie Fitzpatrick
Nate Bolden
Freddie Mills
Freddie Mills
Freddie Mills
Freddie Mills
Billy Grant
Lloyd Marshall
Freddie Mills
6th
Walter Woods
Bruce Woodcock
Nate Bolden
Nate Bolden
George Kochan
Nate Bolden
Billy Grant
George Kochan
Phil Muscato
Walter Woods
Joe Kahut
Joe Kahut
7th
Billy Grant
Nate Bolden
Georgie Kochan
Billy Grant
Billy Grant
Fitzie Fitzpatrick
George Kochan
Billy Grant
Lloyd Marshall
Jack Johnson
Nate Bolden
Herb Narvo
8th
Freddie Mills
Billy Grant
Bruce Woodcock
Jack Johnson
Fitzie Fitzpatrick
Bruce Woodcock
Walter Woods
Walter Woods
Billy Grant
Freddie Mills
Jack Johnson
Billy Fox
9th
Archie Moore
Freddie Mills
Jack Johnson
George Kochan
Jack Johnson
Walter Woods
Jack Johnson
Phil Muscato
Walter Woods
Joe Kahut
Freddie Mills
Nate Bolden
10th
Jimmy O'Brien
Walter Woods
Bob Jacobs
Bruce Woodcock
Bruce Woodcock
Billy Grant
Billy Smith
Jack Johnson
Billy Smith
Fitzie Fitzpatrick
Billy Smith
Jack Johnson
11th
Alabama Kid
Jimmy O'Brien
Billy Grant
Buddy Millard
Walter Woods
Billy Smith
Phil Muscato
Billy Smith
Jack Johnson
Billy Smith
Fitzie Fitzpatrick
Walter Woods
11th
Fitzie Fitzpatrick



LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT RANKINGS 1946
JANUARY
FEBRUARY
MARCH
APRIL
MAY
JUNE
JULY
AUGUST
SEPTEMBER
OCTOBER
NOVEMBER
DECEMBER
1st
* Gus Lesnevich
* Gus Lesnevich
* Gus Lesnevich
* Gus Lesnevich
* Gus Lesnevich
* Gus Lesnevich
* Gus Lesnevich
* Gus Lesnevich
* Gus Lesnevich
* Gus Lesnevich
* Gus Lesnevich
* Gus Lesnevich
2nd
Archie Moore
Archie Moore
Archie Moore
Archie Moore
Archie Moore
Ezzard Charles
Ezzard Charles
Ezzard Charles
Ezzard Charles
Ezzard Charles
Ezzard Charles
Ezzard Charles
3rd
Lloyd Marshall
Lloyd Marshall
Lloyd Marshall
Freddie Mills
Freddie Mills
Freddie Mills
Freddie Mills
Freddie Mills
Billy Fox
Billy Fox
Billy Fox
Billy Fox
4th
Phil Muscato
Billy Fox
Billy Fox
Billy Smith
Billy Smith
Billy Smith
Tommy Yarosz
Tommy Yarosz
Archie Moore
Archie Moore
Jack Chase
Archie Moore
5th
Nate Bolden
Phil Muscato
Phil Muscato
Billy Fox
Billy Fox
Billy Fox
Joe Kahut
Joe Kahut
Freddie Mills
Freddie Mills
Archie Moore
Jack Chase
6th
Billy Fox
Jack Johnson
Freddie Mills
Billy Grant
Ezzard Charle
Archie Moore
Billy Smith
Billy Fox
Tommy Yarosz
Tommy Yarosz
Billy Smith
Billy Smith
7th
Herb Narvo
Walter Woods
Billy Grant
Lloyd Marshall
Joe Kahut
Joe Kahut
Billy Fox
Archie Moore
Booker Beckwith
Booker Beckwith
Tommy Yarosz
Booker Beckwith
8th
Georgie Kochan
Billy Smith
Billy Smith
Fitzie Fitzpatrick
Billy Grant
Tommy Yarosz
Archie Moore
Billy Grant
Billy Grant
Billy Grant
Booker Beckwith
Freddie Mills
9th
Walter Woods
George Kochan
Fitzie Fitzpatrick
Ezzard Charles
Lloyd Marshall
Billy Grant
Johhny Colan
Fitzie Fitzpatrick
Costello Cruz
Costello Cruz
Jonny Colan
Lloyd Marshall
10th
Fitzie Fitzpatrick
Joe Kahut
Joe Kahut
Joe Kahut
Tommy Yarosz
Jack Johnson
Billy Grant
Booker Beckwith
Billy Smith
Billy Smith
Freddie Mills
Tommy Yarosz
11th
Joe Kahut
Nate Bolden
Johnny D Brown
Walter Woods
Walter Woods
Fitzie Fitzpatrick
Fitzie Fitzpatrick
Billy Smith
Joe Kahut
Jack Chase
Billy Grant
Johnny Colan
12th
Fitzie Fitzpatrick




George Kochan


 

Freddie Beshore                

 

Marshall vs. Charles





Freddie Mills                

 

Charles Oma




Billy Grant                

 

Jimmy Bivins




Lloyd Marshall                

 

Lesnevich Mauriellio




Ezzard Charles vs. Oakland Billy Smith

17 February 1947



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