William "Red" Cumpsten
William "Red" Cumpsten's name is often misspelled in old
newspapers as Cumpster, Cumpsten or Cumpston. His first name is William
and his middle initial is "A". He eventually picked up the nickname
"Red". He fought as an amateur out of Pittsburgh in the 145 pound
division. He eventually turned professional. As amateurs Red Cumpston
fought Harry Greb.
The picture shown above was taken from the Pittsburgh Press Newspaper
on April 3, 1913. It was highlighting him as an amateur boxer who will represent
Pittsburgh in the intercity tournament the next day. The next day, April
4th, he fought Harry Greb in the 145 pound weight division.
The following day, April 5th, they arrived back in Pittsburgh and
fought again. The "Hampton Battery B" was holding the boxing tournament
and it took place at Armory Hall.
This photo above was from the April 6, 1913 issue of the Pittsburgh Press
newspaper. Red Cumpston is in the back row on the far RIGHT side. Harry
Greb is in the front row on the far LEFT side.
Tale Of The Tape
Weight: 145 pounds in the amateurs
Apr 16 1912 Mike Milko Old City Hall,Pittsburgh KO (loss) (during the A.A.U. Middle Atlantic Association Championship Boxing Tournament) 135 pound class.
Mar 10 1913 W. Frister Lawrenceville,Pittsburgh KO 1 (win) The bout was during a tournament at Waldemier Hall.
Mar 11 1913 J. Fabrick Lawrenceville,Pittsburgh WDQ 2 (win) The bout was during a tournament at Waldemier Hall.
Mar 12 1913 Harry Greb Waldemeir Hall,Pittsburgh L4 (loss) The bout was during a tournament at Waldemier Hall.
Apr 4 1913 Harry Greb Cleveland,Ohio L (decision)
Apr 5 1913 Harry Greb Armory Hall,Pittsburgh L (decision)
May 8 1913 Harry Greb East liberty,Pittsburgh KO'd by 3 (loss)
Nov 3 1914 Mickey Jerome Highland Club Win (documented in the Pittsburgh Post. Nov 4, 1914.)
Dec 12 1914 Sam Scott Highland Club in Pittsburgh Loss (documented in the Pittsburgh Post. Dec 13, 1914.)
UNKNOWN 19?? Mike Milko unknown unknown
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