Happy Littleton fought Hall Of Famers Mike Gibbons and
Harry Greb. His most impressive wins came against tuff fighters such as
former middleweight champion George Chip, Frank Carbone, Billy Shade, Fay
Keiser and Captain Bob Roper. Happy fought Bryan Downey twice and was able
to finish one of those bouts a draw. Happy was married to Leona Eames Littleton.
-taken from April, 1922 issue of Ring magazine-Happy
Littleton, Southern middleweight champion, has clashed with the toughest
fighters in the business and has held his own. The only setback he recieved
was when he lost to Bryan Downey, and this is attributed to weight making
conditions, which are to be eliminated in all future contests here.
Littleton ultimatly set out to win the middleweight
title and fought all of his fights last year at weights ranging between
160 and 164 pounds. He gave away weight to harry Greb, made weight for Mike
Gibbons and took the Downey fight immediately after the two arduous contests
with greb and Gibbons.
This weight making so visibly affected him that it was
apparent from the first round in the Downey fight that he could only win
by a lucky knockout punch. He seemed to lose all his boxing ability and
judgement of distance. He battled as though in a trance and upon completion
of the fight, his manager, Willie Sehrt, announced that in the future Littleton
would fight at his natural weight of 164 pounds unless he was asked to meet
Johnny Wilson in a title match.
During 1921, Littleton fought all his battles in NewOrleans
with the exception of one-meeting Johnny Howard in New York and winning
the decision. In thirteen local fights, he scored eight knockouts over such
men as Battling Ortega, Young Denny, Jack Bloomfield, Joe Chip and several
others. He earned more than any fighter hereabouts during the year, drawing
down some $45,000 for his thirteen fights. When he fought Mike Gibbons here
the gate receipts were $22,000, and when he met Greb the "gate"
Later in his life he even became a referee for awhile.
Happy was the chosen referee for the fight between Pancho Villa and Amos
"Kid Carlin on August 18,1924 in New Orleans La. Villa won a No Decision
in the 15th rd.
Tale Of The Tape
Place: New Orleans
Died: August 1, 1980
Place: Cypress Grove cemetery in New Orleans
Weight: 160-164 lbs.
Height: 5' 8.5"
Manager: Willie Sehrt
unknown 1914 Steamboat Bill Scott unknown KO 5
unknown 1914 The Russian Bear unknown W 10
unknown 1914 Mexican jack Mitchel unknown W 10
unknown 1915 Johnny Howard unknown ND 10
unknown 1917 Howard Trembly unknown W 6 (took place aboard the Battleship Pennsylvania)
unknown 1918 Bill Morrill unknown W 6 (took place aboard Battleship Louisianna)
unknown 1919 Capt.Bob Roper unknown WF 9
unknown 1919 Martin Burke unknown L 20
Apr 30 1920 Bob Moha NewOrl. W 15
May ?? 1920 Joe Borrel NewOrl. KO 12
July 11 1920 George Chip NewOrl. W 15
Sep 6 1920 Russell Maneiri NewOrl. KO 2
Nov 24 1920 Harry Krone NewOrl. KO 12
Jan 10 1921 Frank Carbone NewOrl. W 15
Feb 21 1921 Young Denny NewOrl. KO 4
May 5 1921 Bill Bailey NewOrl. KO 3
May 31 1921 Battling Ortega NewOrl. KO 4
May 31 1921 Harry Greb NewOrl. L 15
unknown 1921 Joe Chip NewOrl. KO win
Aug 26 1921 Chuck Wiggins NewOrl. W 15
Oct 7 1921 Johnny Howard NewYork W 8
Oct 31 1921 Mike Gibbons NewOrl. L 15
Dec 12 1921 Bryan Downey NewOrl. KO by 5
Apr 21 1922 Frankie Flemming NewOrl. KO 4
May 12 1922 Frank Carbone NewOrl. W 15
June 16 1922 Billy Shade NewOrl. W 15
June 16 1922 Frankie Murphy NewOrl. KO 13
Oct 16 1922 Fay Keiser NewOrl. KO 15
Dec 15 1922 Bryan Downey NewOrl. D 15
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