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BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " THEODORE ""TIGER" FLOWERS " WAS THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN MIDDLE WEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION DEFEATING HARRY GREB TO CLAIM THE TITLE IN 19226 : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK HEROES "

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Tiger Flowers
Tiger Flowers portrait LOC.jpg
Statistics
Real nameTheodore Flowers
Nickname(s)Georgia Deacon
Rated atMiddleweight
NationalityUnited States USA
BornAugust 5, 1895
Camilla, Georgia
DiedNovember 16, 1927 (aged 32)
New York City, New York
StanceSouthpaw
Boxing record
Total fights161
Wins136
Wins by KO56
Losses15
Draws8
No contests2
Theodore "Tiger" Flowers (August 5, 1895 – November 16, 1927) was the first African-American middleweight boxing champion, defeating Harry Greb to claim the title in 1926. Nicknamed the "Georgia Deacon", he was a devoutly religious man who would recite a passage from Psalm 144 before every bout.[1] The International Boxing Research Organization rated Flowers as the #12 ranked middleweight of all-time, while boxing historian Bert Sugar placed him 68th in his Top 100 Fighters catalog.[2][3] The Bleacher Report named him the #3 greatest southpaw in boxing history.[4] He was inducted into the Ring Magazine Hall of Fame in 1971, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1976, the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990, and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1993.[5]

Personal life

Theodore Flowers was married and had a daughter named Verna Lee Flowers.

Professional career


Flowers (left), posing with Mickey Walker before their 1926 title bout
Flowers began boxing professionally in 1918 at the age of 23 while working at a Philadelphia shipbuilding plant. During his career, Flowers would meet many high caliber fighters, includingSam LangfordKid NorfolkJamaica Kid, and Mickey Walker. In 1924, Flowers was rated the number one contender for Harry Greb's middleweight title by Ring Magazine. Flowers earned a shot at Greb after losing a questionable decision to light heavyweight champion Mike McTigue.

World middleweight champion

On February 26, 1926, before a crowd of 16,311 at Madison Square Garden, Flowers dethroned Greb by unanimous decision, and would repeat the victory in August. Tiger's next bout came against Mickey Walker in Chicago. Flowers would dominate the bout but would lose a controversial decision in the eyes of many, which would later be investigated by the Illinois Athletic Commission, but the decision would not be overturned.[6]

Death

While trying to obtain a rematch with Walker, Flowers was hospitalized in November, 1927, to have surgery to remove scar tissue from around his eyes. Complications from the surgery resulted in his death on November 16, 1927, reminiscent of the circumstances that caused the death of Greb the year before. He was buried in Atlanta's Lincoln Cemetery.[6]

Notable bouts

ResultOpponentTypeRd., TimeDateLocationNotes[7]
DrawUnited States Maxie RosenbloomPTS101927-11-09United States Olympia StadiumDetroitMichigan
WinUnited States Pete LatzoUD101927-09-30United States Artillery ParkWilkes-BarrePennsylvania
DrawUnited States Maxie RosenbloomPTS101927-07-04United States Comiskey ParkChicagoIllinois
LossUnited States Mickey WalkerPTS101926-12-03United States Chicago ColiseumChicagoIllinoisLost World Middleweight Title.
LossUnited States Maxie RosenbloomDQ101926-10-15United States Mechanics Building, BostonMassachusetts
WinUnited States Harry GrebSD151926-08-19United States Madison Square GardenNew YorkNew YorkRetained World Middleweight Title.
WinUnited States Harry GrebPTS151926-02-26United States Madison Square GardenNew YorkNew YorkWon World Middleweight Title.
LossRepublic of Ireland Mike McTigueSD101925-12-23United States Madison Square GardenNew YorkNew York
WinWales Frank MoodyPTS101925-12-10United States Mechanics Building, BostonMassachusetts
LossCanada Jack DelaneyKO4 (12)1925-02-26United States Madison Square GardenNew YorkNew York
LossCanada Jack DelaneyKO2 (12)1925-01-16United States Madison Square GardenNew YorkNew York
WinUnited States Johnny WilsonTKO3 (10)1924-12-09United States Madison Square GardenNew YorkNew York
LossUnited States Harry GrebNWS101924-08-21United States Legion StadiumFremontOhioNewspaper Decision
WinPanama Panama Joe GansNWS121923-05-25United States Toledo Coliseum, ToledoOhioNewspaper Decision
LossUnited States Kid NorfolkKO1 (12)1924-08-21United States SpringfieldOhioFor World "Colored" Light Heavyweight Title.
DrawUnited States Kid NorfolkPTS81922-07-04United States MemphisTennessee
LossCanada Sam LangfordKO2 (10)1922-06-05United States Ponce de Leon Ballpark, Atlanta, Georgia
LossUnited States Kid NorfolkKO3 (10)1922-01-30United States Atlanta Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia
LossPanama Panama Joe GansKO5 (15)1921-12-15United States Atlanta Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia
LossPanama Panama Joe GansKO6 (15)1921-08-08United States Atlanta Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia