Jerry Cole






Jerry Cole was a welterweight who fought out of Pennsylvania. He fough such great fighters as Mike O'Dowd, Harry Greb and Buck Crouse. It was written that Jerry Cole was "fast and shifty and was as good a mixer as he was a boxer." He was also known to have a nice left jab that he could use "with remarkable speed and exactness."



---Below is a newspaper article about Jerry Cole. The single picture shown here was also with the article in the April 1, 1915 issue of The Pittsburgh Post , page 14.


Boxing fans of pittsburgh will recieve the best treat of the season tonight at Hiland club when Jerry Cole of Erie (Pa.), middleweight champion of the Canal Zone, and Al Rogers of Buffalo come together in the main bout of an all-star show which will be staged in the Howe building, Penn and Highland avenues.

The bout will be purely a slugging match. Both boys have a string of knockouts to their credits and each is confident of putting another across tonight. Rogers appeared here recently with Joe Chip and fight fans were given an idea of how he can battle. He carries a K.O. punch in either mitt. Cole has fought 10 fights since returning from Panama and has been victorious in every one.

Both boxers arrived in Pittsburgh yesterday afternoon and are in excellent shape.

*(the following was also on the same sports section page of the newspaper) Harry Greb and Jerry Cole, who meets Al Rogers at the Highland Club tonight, were introduced yesterday shortly after Cole's arrival from Erie. Greb was impressed with Cole's fine facial features. "Gee, you're too good looking to be a fighter." said Greb. He amended this statement with, "You're even better looking than myself."


---Below is a newspaper article about Jerry Cole in the April 2, 1915 issue of The Pittsburgh Post , page 11.


Jerry Cole of Erie, middleweight champion of the Panama Canal zone, decisivley outpointed Al Rogers of Buffalo in the main bout at the Highland club last night. He won the honors in every round, despite the fact that rogers made a strong finish and succeeded in getting to the body with smashing right and left hand blows in the final round. His shade in each of the other rounds was very comfortable.

Cole came within an ace of ending the bout with a knockout in the second round. The session was about one minute old when he suddenly shot a solid overhand left to the jaw, stunning Rogers and sending him to the floor for a count of three.

As soon as Rogers regained his feet Cole bored into the stomach with a series of punches and sent him down again for three seconds. When Rogers jumped up, Cole pressed him to the ropes near the latter's corner and worked hard to the head and body with both left and right in a desperate attempt to score a knockout. Rogers covered well and weathered the storm. During the remainder of the round, Rogers did little rushing and assimilated a score or more of left jabs with an occasional right cross to the face.


Cole was a marvelation to the spectators. He was fast and shifty and was as good a mixer as he was a boxer. He confined his efforts to boxing most of the time, but opened up intermittently with a rapid succession of stiff punches at close range. His left jab was the neatest seen here this season and he manipulated it with remarkable speed and exactness. A desciption that fits him to a "T" is that he is like a Buck Crouse plus some fighting spirit when in action.

In addition to being exceedingly clever for a middleweight , Cole has the virtue of coolness and presision. He started three times as many blows as Rogers and did not miss more than half a dozen, while he made his opponent miss two-thirds of his leads. He never became excited or bewildered and pulled his head and body away from punches with ease while he stepped inside with his own blows.

At times Cole's cleverness so far offset the rushing efforts of Rogers as to make the Buffalo battler verge upon the ridiculous. In only the last round did Rogers make anything like the kind of showing expected of him following his recent hard bout with Joe Chip before the same club.

Cole backed around in front of Rogers during most of every round and jabbed and hooked to the face as the latter continued to bore in after him. While fighting in this fashion, Rogers failed to land three of every four blows he started, most of them being blocked. Except in the sixth round, he was unable to score except when he got to close quarters, at which times he would slam to the back or slip in a blow to the stomach.

It was Cole's bout all the way and the spectators voiced their appreciation of his clever exhibition by frequent outbursts of applause.





 selected bouts

Oct 24	1912	Jimmy  Hicks		NewYork		KO 2 (win)

Nov 12	1913	Sailor  Dunn		Penns.		ND 8  (win)

Oct 26	1914	Battling Kopin		Penns.		ND 10

Feb 8	1915	Dave   Kurtz		NewYork		ND 10 (loss)
Mar 1	1915	Dave   Kurtz		Penns.		ND 10  (loss)
Apr 1	1915	Al    Rogers		Pitts.		ND 6  (win)
Sep 20	1915	Battling Kopin		NewYork		ND 10  (loss)
Dec 20	1915	Kid   Manuel		Penns.		ND 10 (draw)

Feb 15	1916	Whitey Wenzel		Pitts.		ND 6 (win)
Mar 13	1916	Al    Rogers		Penns.		ND 10
Mar 21	1916	Whitey Wenzel		Pitts.		ND 6 (loss)
Aug 28	1916	Harry   Greb		Pitts.		ND 6 (loss)
Oct 4	1916	Stanley Meyers		Buffalo		ND 6 (win)
Oct 13	1916	Jimmy  Tighe		Buffalo		ND 10 (win)
Dec 18	1916	Buck  Crouse		Buffalo		ND 10 (loss)

Oct 27	1917	Mike  O'Dowd		NewYork		TKO'd by 3 (loss)

Aug 11	1920	Johnny Newton		Ohio		ND 10 (draw)

Jan 10	1921	Bert Schneider		Canada		KO'd by 4 (loss)

Sep 22	1922	Cheif Halftown		NewYork		L 6