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Gene Tunney Record

Total Fights85
Title Wins3
Title Defenses2
Title-Fight KOs1
KO Wins48
KO Losses0
Gene Tunney Record & Stats
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      What is Gene Tunney's boxing record?

      In a professional boxing career spanning 13 years, Gene Tunney fought 85 times with 79 wins, a single loss, and 4 draws.

      Tunney retired from professional boxing with a record of 79-1-4, which included three heavyweight world-title wins and two successful title defense fights. He had a 57.1% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 48 of his total 85 fights being knockout wins, one of which was in a title fight. The only loss in Tunney's career was a 15-round unanimous decision loss to Harry Greb.

      His last fight was a 11th round TKO victory over Tom Heeney on July 26, 1928. Tunney successfully defended the heavyweight NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring titles in this fight.

      Some of Tunney's best fights and notable victories include wins over seven Hall-of-Famers (Jack Dempsey, Tommy Gibbons, Harry Greb, Jeff Smith, Georges Carpentier, Battling Levinsky, and Leo Hauck), Tom Heeney and Erminio Spalla.

      85Jul 26, 192831Tom HeeneyWin *TKO11
      84Sep 22, 192730Jack DempseyWin *UD
      83Sep 23, 192629Jack DempseyWin *UD
      82Dec 29, 192528Dan O'DowdWinKO2
      81Nov 18, 192528Johnny RiskoWinNWS
      80Sep 25, 192528Bartley MaddenWinKO3
      79Jul 3, 192528Italian Jack HermanWinKO2
      78Jun 5, 192528Tommy GibbonsWinKO12
      77Mar 27, 192527Harry GrebWinNWS
      76Dec 8, 192427Jeff SmithWinNWS
      75Nov 10, 192427Buddy McHaleWinTKO2
      74Oct 27, 192427Harry FoleyWinTKO1
      73Sep 27, 192427Ray NeumanWinPTS
      72Sep 17, 192427Harry GrebDrawNWS
      71Aug 18, 192427Joe LohmanWinTKO8
      70Jul 24, 192427Georges CarpentierWinTKO15
      69Jun 26, 192427Erminio SpallaWinTKO7
      68Mar 17, 192426Jimmy DelaneyWinNWS
      67Feb 15, 192426Martin BurkeWinPTS
      66Jan 24, 192426Ray ThompsonWinKO2
      65Jan 15, 192426Harry FoleyWinNWS
      64Dec 10, 192326Harry GrebWinUD
      63Jul 31, 192326Dan O'DowdWinPTS
      62May 16, 192325Jimmy DelaneyWinNWS
      61May 7, 192325Jack CliffordWinTKO8
      60Feb 23, 192325Harry GrebWinSD
      59Feb 3, 192325Chuck WigginsWinPTS
      58Jan 29, 192325Jack RenaultNCNC
      57Nov 29, 192225Charley WeinertWinKO4
      56Nov 3, 192225Jack HanlonWinKO1
      55Oct 27, 192225Chuck WigginsWinPTS
      54Aug 24, 192225Tommy LoughranDrawNWS
      53Aug 17, 192225Charley WeinertWinNWS
      52Aug 4, 192225Ray ThompsonWinKO3
      51Jul 7, 192225Fay KeiserWinPTS
      50May 23, 192224Harry GrebLossUD
      49Apr 10, 192224Jack BurkeWinTKO9
      48Mar 3, 192224Fay KeiserWinNWS
      47Feb 14, 192224Whitey WenzelWinTKO4
      46Feb 11, 192224Jack CliffordWinTKO6
      45Jan 13, 192224Battling LevinskyWinPTS
      44Dec 22, 192124Eddie O'HareWinKO6
      43Oct 25, 192124Wolf LarsenWinTKO7
      42Oct 14, 192124Jack BurkeWinTKO3
      41Sep 26, 192124Herbert CrossleyWinPTS
      40Aug 18, 192124Eddie JosephsWinPTS
      39Aug 4, 192124Martin BurkeWinPTS
      38Jul 2, 192124Soldier JonesWinTKO7
      37Jun 28, 192124Johnny AmbroseWinKO1
      36Dec 7, 192023Leo HauckWinNWS
      35Nov 25, 192023Leo HauckWinNWS
      34Oct 25, 192023Paul Samson KoernerWinNWS
      33Oct 22, 192023Sergeant Ray SmithWinTKO2
      32Jun 28, 192023Ole AndersonWinTKO3
      31Jun 7, 192023Jeff MaddenWinTKO2
      30Apr 9, 192022Jack CliffordWinKO3
      29Apr 5, 192022K.O. SullivanWinKO1
      28Mar 4, 192022Ed KinleyWinKO5
      27Feb 2, 192022Al RobertsWinKO8
      26Jan 26, 192022Jim MonahanWinKO1
      25Jan 20, 192022Bud NelsonWinKO1
      24Jan 1, 192022Whitey AllenWinKO2
      23Dec 29, 191922Bob PearceWinKO2
      22Dec 16, 191922Dan O'DowdWinNWS
      21Apr 26, 191921Ted JamiesonWinPTS
      20Apr 14, 191921K.O. SullivanWinPTS
      19Mar 31, 191921Dare LewisWinKO3
      18Jan 27, 191921Bob MartinWinPTS
      17Jan 9, 191921Victor MarchandWinKO2
      16Dec 20, 191821Tommy GaviganDrawPTS
      15Dec 10, 191821Howard MorrowWinKO6
      14Nov 20, 191821Johnny NewtonWinKO6
      13Nov 1, 191821Hank WerhlWinKO6
      12Jul 8, 191821Young GueriniWinKO1
      11Jan 15, 191820Hugh WeirWinKO2
      10Dec 28, 191720Joe BorrellWinKO2
      9Dec 29, 191619Sailor WolfeWinKO2
      8Dec 22, 191619George LeahyWinNWS
      7Dec 15, 191619Young SharkeyWinKO6
      6Dec 8, 191619Young GueriniWinTKO8
      5Jul 21, 191619KO JaffeDrawNWS
      4Dec 1, 191518Billy RoweWinNWS
      3Aug 28, 191518George LeahyWinKO2
      2Aug 6, 191518Battling GenrimoWinKO3
      1Jul 3, 191518Bobby DawsonWinTKO8

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      Gene Tunney (The Fighting Marine) was an American professional boxer. He was born in New York City, U.S. on May 25, 1897. He was a heavyweight world champion. He died on November 7, 1978 at the age of 81 years. Tunney was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in 1990. His professional boxing career spanned more than 13 years — from 1915 to 1928.

      Tunney made his professional boxing debut against Bobby Dawson at the age of 18 on July 3, 1915, defeating Dawson via 8th round TKO. He went on to win 3 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 2 wins via stoppage.

      He had his first world title fight at the age of 29 on September 23, 1926 after 82 professional fights, against Jack Dempsey for the heavyweight NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring titles. He defeated Dempsey via 10 round unanimous decision to become the heavyweight champion of the world.

      Tunney won one world title at heavyweight. For all the details about Tunney's world title wins and defenses refer to the "Championships" section below.

      Tunney had just a single loss in his professional boxing career.

      His last professional fight was a heavyweight title defense bout against Tom Heeney at 31 years of age, on July 26, 1928. Tunney won the fight via 11th round TKO and defended his NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring titles.


      Tunney had a total of three world-title fights, which includes winning three world titles and two successful title defenses. He won all three of these fights.

      Title Wins

      Gene Tunney fought for a heavyweight world title once, which he won via unanimous decision. He won one heavyweight belt.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      Sep 23, 1926Jack DempseyHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingUD

      Title Defenses

      Gene Tunney had two heavyweight world-title defense fights.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles DefendedMethod
      Jul 26, 1928Tom HeeneyHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingTKO
      Sep 22, 1927Jack DempseyHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingUD


      Tunney fought a total of 85 times during his professional career, which includes 3 world-title fights at the heavyweight division. He put on some very good performances in these fights. These seven fights are the highlight of his career.

      • February 23, 1923: Gene Tunney puts on the first remarkable performance of his career, defeating Harry Greb via 15th round split decision.

      • December 10, 1923: Gene Tunney beats Harry Greb via 15th round unanimous decision.

      • July 24, 1924: Gene Tunney beats Georges Carpentier via 15th round TKO.

      • March 27, 1925: Gene Tunney beats Harry Greb via 10th round NWS.

      • September 23, 1926: Tunney wins his first world titles by defeating Jack Dempsey via 10 round unanimous decision. He is now the NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring heavyweight world champion.

      • September 22, 1927: Tunney successfully defends the NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring heavyweight titles against Jack Dempsey, winning the fight via 10 round unanimous decision.

      • July 26, 1928: Tunney successfully defends the NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring heavyweight titles against Tom Heeney, winning the fight via 11th round TKO.


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