Bud Taylor

Charles Bernard "Bud" Taylor (July 22, 1903 - March 6, 1962) was an American boxer from Terre Haute, Indiana. Nicknamed the "Blonde Terror of Terre Haute", he held the NBA World Bantamweight Championship during his career in 1927. The Ring Magazine founder Nat Fleischer rated him as the #5 best bantamweight of all-time. Taylor was inducted into the Ring Magazine Hall of Fame in 1986 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005.[1] Taylor was trained for much of his career by former light heavyweight fightr, Mark "The Flurry" Feider.

"Bud" Taylor
Statistics
Real nameCharles Taylor
Nickname(s)Blonde Terror of Terre Haute
Terre Haute Terrier
Weight(s)Bantamweight
Nationality American
Born(1903-07-22)July 22, 1903
Terre Haute, Indiana, United States
DiedMarch 6, 1962(1962-03-06) (aged 58)
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights165
Wins118
Wins by KO40
Losses32
Draws15
No contests0

Pro boxing career

Bud was undefeated in his first 21 fights, with nine knockouts and three draws.

Tetralogy vs. Memphis Pal Moore

Bud fought prolific pugilist Memphis Pal Moore 4 times. Moore defeated Taylor in their first two encounters, which both took place in Illinois. Their third fight was declared a draw, and in their last meeting Taylor was finally able to achieve a decision victory. All of their bouts where decided by newspaper decision, with the official verdict being a "no-decision" at the time.[2]

Trilogy vs. Pancho Villa

Taylor would square off against the great Pinoy boxer Pancho Villa in three fights, with the initial bout taking placing three months after Villa had dethroned Jimmy Wilde to become the World Flyweight Champion. The first fight he lost by decision in Chicago, later exacting revenge during the rematch in Milwaukee via newspaper decision. The rubber match was awarded to Villa, again by points decision.[1]

He also fought Bushy Graham in two fights. The first fight he beat Bushy by decision in Illinois. The second fight Taylor lost to Bushy by decision in Long Island City.[1]

Trilogy vs. Jimmy McLarnin

In yet another multi-bout series against a future Hall of Famer, Taylor faced much vaunted Canadian fighter Jimmy McLarnin three times. He bested McLarnin in two out of three encounters via points victories, with a loss by disqualification sandwiched in between. McLarnin would later go on to become the World Welterweight Champion.[2]

Trilogy vs. Tony Canzoneri and NBA bantamweight title

On March 26, 1927 he fought Tony Canzoneri for the vacant NBA bantamweight title. However, the fight went to a draw, and thus promoter Jim Mullen retained the $4,000 diamond-studded championship belt. Taylor would again fight for the title against Canzoneri in a rematch on June 24, 1927, this time winning a unanimous decision at Wrigley Field. He would fight Tony Canzoneri one more time at Madison Square Garden, where he lost by decision in a non-title fight.[3]

Taylor held the NBA bantamweight title until May 18, 1928, when the NBA stripped him of it after he had begun fighting in the heavier, featherweight class.

Notable bouts

Result Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes[4]
Loss Benny Bass TKO 2 (10) 1931-02-16 Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Loss Fidel LaBarba PTS 10 1930-11-28 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Loss Battling Battalino PTS 10 1930-08-18 Hurley Stadium, East Hartford, Connecticut
Loss Fidel LaBarba PTS 10 1930-04-21 Chicago Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois
Win Battling Battalino PTS 10 1930-03-20 Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan
Loss Al Singer PTS 10 1929-03-15 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Loss Al Singer DQ 4 (10) 1929-02-08 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Loss Tony Canzoneri UD 10 1927-12-30 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win Tony Canzoneri UD 10 1927-06-24 Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois Won vacant NBA World Bantamweight Title.
Win Abe Goldstein PTS 10 1927-05-03 Chicago Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois
Draw Tony Canzoneri PTS 10 1927-03-26 Chicago Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois For vacant NBA World Bantamweight Title.
Win Abe Goldstein NWS 10 1926-04-08 Terre Haute, Indiana
Win Jimmy McLarnin PTS 10 1926-01-12 Vernon Arena, Vernon, California
Loss Jimmy McLarnin DQ 2 (10) 1925-12-08 Vernon Arena, Vernon, California
Loss Bushy Graham PTS 12 1925-08-24 Queensboro Stadium, Queens, New York
Win Bushy Graham NWS 10 1925-07-31 Aurora Bowl, Aurora, Illinois Newspaper Decision
Win Jimmy McLarnin PTS 10 1925-06-02 Vernon Arena, Vernon, California
Win Abe Goldstein PTS 10 1925-05-26 Queensboro Stadium, Queens, New York
Loss Pancho Villa PTS 12 1924-06-10 Henderson's Bowl, Brooklyn, New York
Win Pancho Villa NWS 10 1924-03-06 Milwaukee Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Newspaper Decision
Loss Pancho Villa NWS 10 1923-09-08 Hawthorne Race Course, Chicago, Illinois Newspaper Decision
Loss Frankie Genaro NWS 10 1923-04-04 Chicago Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois Newspaper Decision
Win Memphis Pal Moore NWS 10 1923-02-13 Tomlinson Hall, Indianapolis, Indiana Newspaper Decision
Draw Memphis Pal Moore NWS 10 1923-01-15 East Chicago, Indiana Newspaper Decision
Loss Memphis Pal Moore NWS 10 1922-12-22 U.S.S. Commodore, Chicago, Illinois Newspaper Decision
Loss Memphis Pal Moore NWS 10 1922-06-23 Mullen-Sager Arena, Aurora, Illinois Newspaper Decision

References

  1. Cyber Boxing Encyclopedia - Bud Taylor CyberBoxingZone.com Retrieved on 2014-04-30
  2. International Boxing Hall of Fame - Bud Taylor IBHOF.com Retrieved on 2014-04-30
  3. Jackson, Ron (January 30, 2012). "Bud Taylor – born to box". SuperSport. Retrieved 2014-05-09.
  4. Bud Taylor's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-18.
Achievements
Vacant
Title last held by
Joe Lynch
NBA World Bantamweight Champion
June 24, 1927 May 18, 1928
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
Bushy Graham
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