Joe Chip fought for the world middleweight championship
title against Johnny Wilson on 5/25/1921. The site was at Roller Rink in
Detroit Michigan. Both fighters weighed in at 158 lbs. The newspaper decisions
gave the fight to Wilson.
Chip is also known for giving Harry Greb his first knockout
lose. The fight took place in 1913 on the undercard of the Bob Moha-Tom
"Bearcat" McMahon fight in Pittsburgh. Greb was still on his feet,
but he was desperately hurt and Tom Bodkin, who promoted and refereed the
fight, stopped it. Instead of offering (as most fighters would) the lame
excuse that he would have turned the tables if he had been permitted to
continue,Greb was grateful. When his head had cleared he told Bodkin, "One
more hard punch might'a ruined me. I won't forget. Tanx, pal."
"The night Greb was knocked out
for the first and only time in his life, he was to have fought Hugh Madole
in a preliminary bout. But George Chip's manager, Jimmy Dime, pressured
the promoter to put younger brother Joe Chip on the card. George Chip was
then middleweight champion of the world. Both Chips were punchers, albeit
somewhat on the awkward side. Joe got lucky, caught up with greb's speed
and belted him out. Greb later got revenge, slapping Joe around more than
somewhat in a 12 rounder."
Boxing Illustrated June 1967. Written
by Harry Cleveline.
November 30, 1913
Newspaper Article Info
Newspaper Name: The Pittsburgh Press
Date Printed: November 30, 1913
(the following was the last paragraph of the article)
Joe Chip appeared after a long absence mating up
with Harry Greb of this city. Chip began like a wild man missing some leads
by four feet. He bled Greb's lip but at the round's end Greb was going the
best. The fight was going in Chip's favor in the second round when suddenly
Chip landed an awful right clip on Greb's jaw. Greb fell with a bump his
head testing the ring floor. He tried to get up in time but was unable to
do so. Chip rushed to greb's corner and threatened to clean up James R.
Mason, Greb's cheif second who had been commenting on Chip's ring antics.
Bystanders prevented a flare up. The "kayo" was a thriller.
The Middleweight Fued Between Harry Greb, Al McCoy and
the Chip Brothers, George and Joe - by Ed. Fritz, Sports editor,
New Castle News. Pennsylvania.- Printed in the "Veteran Boxer"
magazine. 1949 aprox.
"Buck" Crouse stopped Joe
Chip, then joe Chip stopped Harry Greb, a stablemate of crouse. Joe boxed
Al mcCoy recieved a chest injury, and his brother George substituted, and
was knocked out by McCoy, to lose the Middleweight Crown. Joe then knocked
out McCoy after he lost the crown to Mike O'Dowd.
Feuds between glove-warriors are common;
at least, they were in ye olden days when boxing lacked some of the niceties
of today, when one must return to a nuetral corner upon scoring a knock-down,
instead of standing above his prey, ready to deliver a knock-out punch.
However, there was no fued more bitter
than that between George Chip and Buck Crouse and Joe Chip and Harry Greb
and George and Joe Chip and Al McCoy.
It appears that Joe, a younger brother
of george, who went on to capture the middleweight crown, was stopped by
Buck Crouse, a more experienced fighter, at Madison, Pa.
As a result, George and Buck fought
several times, with the long-legged, classy Buck usually evading George's
firm intention of knocking Buck into a nuetral corner, or through the ropes.
But, on the night of November 19, 1913,
in Old City Hall, at Pittsburgh, the Chips paid off. Both Crouse, a stable-mate
of Harry Greb, and Harry himself, because Joe Chip knocked out Greb in the
It was actually the only knockout ever
recorded against the Pittsburgh "Windmill", who might more appropriately
be termed the "Wonder Boy" of Pugilism," because such he
Joe Chip and greb, both immature in
boxing knowledge at the time, swung often and wide. however, some of their
blows landed, and Reddy Mason, manager of Greb was not in the least bit
worried when the second round opened.
However, dancing Harry, made one error.
He failed to keep his guard up and within a moment Old City Hall crashed
in upon him, and he was counted out amid riotous scenes.
Not being a big crime to attempt to
save a fallen protege, Mason threw water upon prostrate Harry, where upon
Joe Chip rushed to Mason's side of the ring and took a healthy kick at the
Someone handed Mason a cane and he swung
at Chip, but before contact between could be made, more cool-headed patrons
of the Art of Legalized Brawling, interfered.
There were reports current that night,
and some which still linger, that claim Buck Crouse, Greb's stablemate,
made a valiant effort to reach the bell, which he wanted to sound before
10 seconds could be tolled over Greb.
The affray was finally determined: "Chip
winner by a knockout."
Instead of bemoaning his fate, Greb
went on to fistic greatness while Joe Chip advanced sufficiently well to
One night, Joe Chip fought a 10 round
draw with Al McCoy, in Brooklyn. The bout was disastrous for Joe, because
it resulted in a fracture of a chest bone.
When Jimmie Dime offered to send on
champion George, to substitute in a return bout. Johnny Weismantle, promoter
of the Broadway A. C., was ticklish beyond feathers, and the house saw Chip
take his bow as champion.
The fight didn't last long. McCoy swung,
landed on the jaw, and down went Chip, his pugilistic world having crashed,
and thus began a feud between Joe Chip and Al McCoy. George Chip fought
McCoy in a second, no decision fight, but Joe was not satisfied with this,
and in Youngstown, April 19, 1919, he met McCoy the second time and suprised
the talent by stopping Al in six rounds. Thus the McCoy - Chip feud had
However, Harry Greb's thoughts as he
made his way upward, always returned to Joe Chip, so, when Youngstown promoters
offered him a chance to fight Joe a second time, he accepted. The fight,
scheduled for 10 rounds, came off July 24, 1919, and Harry was in all his
greatness. Joe never had a chance, and the Pittsburgh "WindMill"
gave him a polishing for the entire distance.
Joe Chip continued to fight the good
ones, which included Knockout (Greek) Brown, whom he beat at Detroit then
dropped a 10 rounder to Jimmy Dunn's Bryan Downey, at Canton, January 19,
He defeated Tommy Robson twice in detroit
and Tommy Ferguson, at scranton, and April 24, 1920 dropped another decision
to Bryan Downey, at Columbus, ohio.
Chip met Allentown's Jackie Clark and
drew with him in Detroit, after which he got a chance to win the middleweight
championship, which had been won by Johnny Wilson.
Wilson and joe boxed before a record-breaking
gate ina pittsburgh ring, and according to Joe's record, he got a draw,
and the same thing occured when he boxed Wilson again in May, 1920 at detroit,
again netting a draw.
By the time the grind of training was
beginning to tell on Joe, who fought for the money rather than because of
his liking for boxing. Twelve years of it and he wanted to retire from the
However, before he hung up the gloves,
jimmie Dime matched him to box Happy Littleton, a good one, of New Orleans,
and on July 22, 1921, they weighed in. Littleton was pounds and pounds heavier
than Joe at 158, but nevertheless his manager agreed the fight should go
on, and, being handicapped by weight, Chip proved a knockout victim of Littleton
in nine rounds.
He returned to new Castle, pa. and kept
his decision to say finis to himself as a fighter. He steadfastly kept his
words, and despite pleas to continue on, his only reply was always "No."
Here is a March 19, 1915 Pittsburgh Post article written by Harry Keck.
JOE CHIP IS SHADE WINNER OVER RODGERS
Latter Makes New Castle Boxer Extend Himself to Limit Throughout
MARGIN IS VERY SLIGHT
Joe Chip of New castle shaded Al Rogers of Buffalo by a very narrow margin
in the windup bout at the Highland club last night. The fight was the best
of the season in this city for real action and pleased the large turnout
of fans immensly. It was a slugfest from the first bell to the last, both
principals fighting viciuosly all the way. The men may be rematched for
the next show of the Highland club, to be held one week from next Thursday
Rogers started out in fine fashion, carrying the fight to Chip and having
a comfortable advantage at the end of the first round. Rogers was on top
of Chip all through the session and prevented the latter from getting set.
Chip repeatedly allowed Rogers to lead and land and then swung to the head
and body. Roger's right eye was closed and a cut on his left ear opened
in this round.
CHIP TRIES FOR K.O.
The second round was closer than the opening one, with Chip having a
little the better of the mixing. Rogers continued his rushing tactivs, but
confined most of his attack to the body. In the last half of the round,
Chip began to try for a knockout with long and hard right swings to the
jaw. Both fought savagely.
The third round was Chip's also, with his lead for the session being
larger than in the preceeding one. He displayed a stiff left jab and a hard
right swing, which landed cleanly to the jaw a number of times. Rogers forced
Chip to the ropes on several occasions and smashed left and right to the
stomach with considerable force.
In the middle of the round Chip jabbed sharply to the face with his left
three times without a return and then brought his right up hard in an uppercut.
Rogers slowed up following this, but struck his stride again shortly and
fought back well, landing damaging blows to the stomach. Chip tried hard
to stop the advances of Rogers toward the close by crossing right and left
to the jaw almost at will, but Al took the punishment with good grace and
fought harder every time he was stung. Chip's cleaner blows earned him the
Rogers took the fourth round, which was considerably slower than any
of the earlier ones. The fifth round was fairly even. Both slugged hard
and often, Chip to the head and Rogers to the body. Both fought hard when
the final round opened with Chip having a temporary advantage.
Chip won through landing the cleaner punches. He was every bit as aggresive
as Rogers, although he did not do as much rushing, and his blows on the
jaw and to the head were more effective than those landed to the head and
body by Rogers. Not a few of the punches directed to the body by the latter
slipped around Chip's waist and were lost.
ROGERS DESERVES CREDIT
The bout was close all the way and Rogers deserves unstinted praise for
standing up to and forcing the fighting with a slugger of Chip's type. He
would not have required very much to earn an even break for himself or cop
the verdict. At the finish, Chip was well aware that he had been in a battle.
Tale Of The Tape
Weight: 158 lbs.
unknown 1909 Albert"Buck"Crouse Pitts. KO by 4
Feb 28 1911 Eddie Ramsey Pitts. TKO 2 (win)
Jul 1 1913 Eddie Mullaney Ohio TKO 2 (win)
Oct 20 1913 Eddie Mullaney Ohio KO 3 (win)
Nov 29 1913 Harry Greb Pitts. ND 6 (KO 2)
Feb 28 1914 Al McCoy NewYork ND 10
May 26 1914 Mexican Kid Carter Calif. TKO 7 (win)
Jun 26 1914 Al Rogers Calif. Draw 4
Oct 30 1914 Tommy Nickola Calif. Draw 4
Dec 7 1914 Leo Bens Montana Draw 12
unknown 1915 Fay Keiser unknown L 6
Mar 18 1915 Al Rogers Pitt. ND 6
Jul 10 1915 KO Sweeney Brooklyn ND 10 (loss)
Oct 22 1915 Jack Skelly Ohio KO 6 (win)
Jan 22 1916 Frankie Notter NewYork ND 10 (win)
Feb 12 1916 Johnny Kid Alberts NewYork ND 10
Feb 25 1916 Knockout Sweeney NewYork KO 10
Apr 24 1916 Frank Loughrey RI W 12
Jun 2 1916 Knockout Sweeney NewYork KO 10
Oct 14 1916 Dave Smith Sydney L 20 (australia)
Nov 11 1916 Fritz Holland Sydney L 20
Dec 2 1916 Fred Kay Melbourne L 20
Feb 16 1917 Jack McCarron Ohio L 15
Oct 1 1917 Chuck Wiggins Ohio L 12
unknown 19?? Al Grayber unknown unknown
unknown 1919 Tommy Robson unknown L 10
Apr 19 1919 Al McCoy Youngs. KO 6
unknown 1919 Frankie Kick unknown KO'd 4
Jul 24 1919 Harry Greb Ohio L 12
unknown 1919 K.O. Brown Detroit Win
unknown 1919 Tommy Robson unknown ND 8 (Win News)
Jan 7 1920 George KO Brown Detroit W 10
Jan 19 1920 William Downey Canton ND 10
Feb 16 1920 Tommy Robson Detroit W 10
Mar 10 1920 Tommy Robson Detroit L 10
unknown 1920 Tommy Ferguson Scrant. Win
May 1 1920 Jackie Clarke Detroit ND 10
May 24 1920 William Downey Columb. L 12
Jun 9 1920 Jackie Clarke Detroit ND 10 (Draw News)
Jan 17 1921 Johnny Wilson Pitts. L 10
May 25 1921 Johnny Wilson Detroit ND 10 (Draw and loss News)
July 22 1921 Happy Littleton NewOrl. KO'd by 9 (this was Joe's last fight)
Oct 10 1921 George Weyman Penns. Draw 8
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