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
---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.
"FIGHTING AL" ROGERS MEETS CANAL ZONE
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 WINS EASILY IN BOUT WITH ROGERS written
by Harry Keck
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 A MARVELATION
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
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
Tale Of The Tape
Hometown: Allentown & Erie, PA
Weight: Welter and Middleweight
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
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