Gene Tunney’s Fight Record

Tunney was an intelligent, dedicated, determined, self-made fighter. He studied each opponent in detail and was prepared and well-trained for every fight. He was quick, had boxing ’savvy,’ possessed a sharp jab, a stiff right hand punch and was well known for his good footwork.

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Nat Fleischer ranked Tunney as the #8 All-Time Heavyweight.

Charley Rose ranked him as the #6 All-Time Heavyweight.

Ring Magazine’s Boxer of the Year in 1927.

Elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.

Elected to the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1980.

Elected to the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.

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BORN : James Joseph Tunney, May 25, 1897; New York, NY

DIED : November 7, 1978; Greenwich Hospital, Greenwich, Connecticut

HEIGHT : 6′-1 1/2″
WEIGHT : 155-192 lbs

MANAGERS :

Billy Jacob (1915-1918),
Billy Roche and Sammy Kelly (1919-1920),
Frank ‘Doc’ Bagley (1920-1922),
Billy Gibson (1923-1928)


Gene Tunney’s Fight Record

Abbreviations:

W = Win
L = Loss
D = Decision
KO = Knock Out

ND = No Decision
EX = Exhibition Fight
TK = Technical Knock Out


Click on the underlined boxers’ names to learn more about them.


   1915

Jul  2 Bobby Dawson                New York, NY           TK  8
Aug    Battling Genrimo            New York, NY           KO  3
Oct    K.O. Jaffe                  New York, NY           ND  6
Nov    George Lahey                New York, NY           KO  2
Dec    Billy Rowe                  New York, NY           ND  6

   1916

Jul 21 K.O. Jaffe                  New York, NY           ND 10
Dec  8 Young Guarini               New York, NY           TK  8
Dec 15 Young Sharkey               New York, NY           KO  6
Dec 22 George Lahey                New York, NY           ND  6
Dec 29 Sailor Wolfe                New York, NY           KO  2

   1917

Feb  2 Victor Dahl                 New York, NY           ND 10
Oct  2 K.O. Sullivan               New York, NY           ND 10
Dec 21 Young Joe Borrell           New York, NY           KO  2

   1918

Jan 15 Hughey Weir                 New York, NY           KO   

May 2         Tunney enlists in the U.S. Marines Corp          

Jul 8  Young Guarini               Jersey City, NJ        KO  1
---    Joe Bedelli                 Romarantin, Fr          W  2
---    Hank Wuerhl                 Romarantin, Fr         KO  3
Dec    Howard Morrow               Romarantin, Fr         KO  6
Dec    Tommy Gavigan               Romarantin, Fr          D 12
---    Johnny Newton               Romarantin, Fr         KO  6
Dec 5  Victor 'K.O.' Marchand      Paris, Fr              KO  2

   1919

Jan 31 'Fighting' Bob Martin       Paris, Fr               W  4

         - Tunney defeated 20 opponents in France in a
    Light-Heavyweight elimination series throughout France -

---    Indian Lewis                Tours, Fr              KO  1
---    K.O. Sullivan               Paris, Fr               W 10
Apr 26 Ted Jamieson                Paris, Fr               W 10

        - Tunney won the Light-Heavyweight Championship
         of the American Expeditionary Forces in France

        by beating the previous 2 men in the final bouts -

Dec 17 Dan O'Dowd                  Bayonne, NJ            ND  8
Dec 29 Bob Pearce                  Newark, NJ             TK  2

   1920

Jan  1 Whitey Allen                Bayonne, NJ            KO  2
Jan 20 Bud Nelson                  Bayonne, NJ            KO  1
Jan 26 Jim Monahan                 Newark, NJ             TK  1
Feb  2 Al Roberts                  Newark, NJ             KO  8
Mar  4 Ed Kinley                   Jersey City, NJ        KO  5
Apr  5 K.O. Sullivan               Newark, NJ             KO  1
Apr  9 Jack Clifford               Binghamton, NY         KO  3
Jun  7 Jeff Madden                 Jersey City, NJ        TK  2
Jun 28 Ole Anderson                Jersey City, NJ        TK  3
Oct 22 'Sergeant' Ray Smith        Camden, NJ             TK  2
Oct 25 Paul Samson-Koerner         Paterson, NJ           ND 10
Nov 25 Leo Houck                   Philadelphia, Pa       ND  6
Dec  7 Leo Houck                   Jersey City, NJ        ND  8
---    Leo Gates                                          EX  5

   1921

Jun 28 Young Ambrose               New York, NY           KO  1
Jul  2 'Soldier' Horace Jones      Jersey City, NJ        TK  7
Aug  4 Martin Burke                New York, NY            W 10
Aug 29 Eddie Josephs               New York, NY            W 12
Sep 26 Herbert Crossley            New York, NY            W  7
Oct 14 Jack Burke                  New York, NY           TK  3
Oct 25 Wolf Larsen                 New York, NY           TK  7
Dec 22 Eddie O'Hare                New York, NY           KO  6

   1922

Jan 13 Battling Levinsky           New York, NY            W 12

      - Light Heavyweight Championship of North America -

Feb 11 Jack Clifford               New York, NY           TK  6
Feb 14 Whitey Wenzel               Philadelphia, Pa       TK  4
Mar  3 Fay Kaiser                  Grand Rapids, Mi       ND 10
Apr 10 Jack Burke                  Pittsburgh, Pa         TK  9
May 23 Harry Greb                  New York, NY            L 15

      - Light Heavyweight Championship of North America -

Jul  6 Fay Kaiser                  Rockaway, NY            W 12
Aug  4 Ray Thompson                Long Branch, NJ        KO  3
Aug 17 Charley Weinert             Newark, NJ             ND 12
Aug 24 Tommy Loughran              Philadelphia, Pa       ND  8
Oct 27 Chuck Wiggins               Boston, Ma              W 10
Nov  3 Jack Hanlon                 Brooklyn, NY           KO  1
Nov 29 Charley Weinert             New York, NY           KO  4

   1923

Jan 29 Jack Renault                Philadelphia, Pa       NC  4
Feb  3 Chuck Wiggins               New York, NY            W 12
Feb 23 Harry Greb                  New York, NY            W 15

      - Light Heavyweight Championship of North America - 

May  7 Jack Clifford               Detroit, Mi            TK  8
May 17 Jimmy Delaney               Chicago, Il            ND 10
Jul 31 Dan O'Dowd                  Long Island City, NY    W 12
Dec 10 Harry Greb                  New York, NY            W 15

      - Light Heavyweight Championship of North America -

   1924

Jan 15 Harry Foley                 Grand Rapids, Mi       ND 10
Jan 24 Ray Thompson                West Palm Beach, Fl    KO  2
Feb 15 Martin Burke                New Orleans, La         W 15
Mar 17 Jimmy Delaney               St. Paul, Mn           ND 10
Jun 26 Erminio Spalla              New York, NY           TK  7
Jul 24 Georges Carpentier          New York, NY           TK 15
Aug 18 Joe Lohman                  Columbus, Oh           TK  8
Sep 17 Harry Greb                  Cleveland, Oh          ND 10

Sep 27 Ray Neuman                  Ebensburg, Pa           W 10
Oct 27 Harry Foley                 Memphis, Tn            KO  1
Nov 10 Buddy McHale                Memphis, Tn            KO  2
Dec  8 Jeff Smith                  New Orleans, La         W 15

   1925

Mar 27 Harry Greb                  St. Paul, Mn           ND 10

Jun  5 Tommy Gibbons               New York, NY           KO 12
Jul  3 'Italian' Jack Herman       Kansas City, Mo        KO  2
Sep 25 Bartley Madden              Minneapolis, Mn        KO  3
Nov 18 Johnny Risko                Cleveland, Oh          ND 12
Dec 29 Dan O'Dowd                  St. Petersburg, Fl     KO  2
---    Jim Corbett                 New York, NY           EX  3
---    Paul Cavalier                                      EX
---    Paul Cavalier                                      EX   

   1926

---    Harold Mays                 Stroudsburg, Pa        EX  3
---    Harold Mays                 Youngstown, Oh         EX  3
Sep 16 Jack Delaney                Stroudsburg, Pa        EX  2
Sep 17 Jack Delaney                Stroudsburg, Pa        EX
Sep 23 Jack Dempsey                Philadelphia, Pa        W 10

           - Heavyweight Championship of the World - 

   1927

Apr 11 Eddie Eagan                 Denver, Co             EX  4
Apr 11 Frank Muskie                Denver, Co             EX  4
---    Paul Cavalier               Speculator, NY         EX
---    Chuck Wiggins                                      EX
Sep  6 Chuck Wiggins               Lake Villa, Il         EX  3
Sep  6 Billy Vidabeck              Lake Villa, Il         EX  3
Sep 16 Chuck Wiggins               Lake Villa, Il         EX  2
Sep 19 Jackie Williams             Lake Villa, Il         EX
Sep 19 Billy Vidabeck              Lake Villa, Il         EX
Sep 22 Jack Dempsey                Chicago, Il             W 10

           - Heavyweight Championship of the World - 

   1928

Jul 26 Tom Heeney                  New York, NY           TK 12

           - Heavyweight Championship of the World -