The following is an article from the July 28, 1989 issue of Boxing
News. This article and picture was supplied by Soren Woller from Denmark.
Tough-guy Ted took on Greb the Great
...In May 1922 there were some good middleweights in
this country, but none who could be considered as world- beating class.
There was Roland Todd, Ted Moore, George West and Tommy Milligan, all of
whom went to America with the object of getting a chance at the world crown.
Of this five, only one suceeded and that was Moore,
a graduate from the Old Cosmo at Plymouth and about as tough as any man
who pulled on a pair of gloves. He developed into a dour fighting machine,
who marched forever forward, his arms working like pistons.
Born in 1900, he had taken up pro fighting as a matter
of course with Plymouth lads, starting at the youthful age of sixteen. His
first 21 bouts were in his home town, with one points defeat, two draws,
the rest victories.
It was a promising start and soon his fame spread and
he was getting engagements at all the arenas in the country. He stopped
West, defeated Moody and dropped a close decision to Todd. At the age of
23, after 82 contests, of which he lost only eleven, he decided to try his
luck in the United States, arriving there in October.
Moore soon found that he would have to prove his worth
before he could be considered as a world title challenger and this he set
out to do, engaging in 15 contests (six over 12 rounds and six over ten)
and winning all but two, losing points verdicts to Tommy Loughran and Dave
Shade, but beating such notables as Young Fisher, Frank Carbone, Larry esteridge,
Lou Bogash, Jack Reddick and Jamaica Kid.
In New York in those days they staged an annual mammoth
charity show at the Yankee Stadium in aid of a Milk Fund and Harry Greb
expressed his willingness to top the bill in defence of his world middleweight
title, providing a suitable opponent could be found. On the strength of
his victories in America, the promoters selected Ted Moore and, with the
champion agreeing, the Plymouth man secured his big chance.
So, on June 26, 1924, he climbed into the vast open-air
ring to do battle with the tough and ruthless warrior from Pittsburgh, outright
winner of 80 bouts, with 2 drawn and 161 of no decision. Greb was just past
his 30th birthday, had been around for eleven years, and was defending the
title which he had won the previous year and successfully defended on three
Ten days earlier, in a non title contest, Harry had
knocked out Frank Moody in six rounds and to say he was fighting fit is
to state a fact.
More than 50,000 fans crowded into the famous baseball
park, paying around two hundredd thousand dollars, of which the Milk Fund
was expected to gain $75,000. Also on the programme was Gene Tunney against
Ermino Spalla, while Young Stribling met Tommy Loughran in the main supporting
contest. The referee was Eddie Purdy.
The big crowd happily saw Tunney outpoint his giant
Italian opponent and enjoyed watching Stribling and Loughran, although they
booed when the verdict went to the Georgia Peach, making such a noise that
the favoured announcer, Joe Humphries, had difficulty in making himself
heard during the introductions for the main event.
Moore's weight was given as on the limit of 160 pounds,
while the champion was a pound lighter. the challenger recieved a warm welcome,
but this was swamped by the tremendous cheering that greeted the World Champion.
From the start greb produced a seemingly inexhausteable
supply of energy and power that did not permit his opponent to open an offensive
of his own. Moore had to defend himself against a ceaseless two-fisted attack
to the face before he could get close enough to employ his own specialist
brand of infighting. Had he attempted to halt Grebs attack at long range,
he could have done better, for at close quarters he outpunched the champion
and had to be credited with the third, fifth and eigth rounds which he won
There were no knockdowns, but this did not detract from
the excitement of the contest as the champion plunged and charged while
Moore fought back doggedly and showed immense courage to keep the fans in
a state of intense excitement from start to finish.
Grebs great speed, whirling fists and continous assault
inflicted considerable punishment, but Moore absorbed it all wothout showing
any signs of exhaustion or liklihood of being put down.
Whenever he beat the champion to the punch or drove
him back, the fans were quick to yell encouragement. Yet Harry proved what
a great champion he was by swiftly changing his tactics to meet any danger
his challenger might threaten.
When he realised that Moore was essentialy a body puncher,
who would not be kept out no matter what he had to take at distance work,
Greb closed in and clutched his rival, stifling his savage hooks in clinches
from which Ted had to wrestle himself and then be assailed with swings,
hooks, uppercuts and jabs that came at him from all angles and in a ceaseless
When they came up for the final round, the champion
was ahead on points, but there was still the chance that his challenger
might pull one out of the bag and win sensationally. He looked strong and
determined enough to bring off a dramatic victory as he waded in and hooked
both hands to the body.
Greb joined in and they clinched, Moore tore himself
free and worked a left to the wind. Harry sprang apart and concentrated
on attacking two-fistedly. Ted responded and they fought fiercely at short
range, thrilling the onlookers by giving and taking punches to the head,
each striving to score a knockout.
The champion landed a right to the chin, but the britisher
responded with a thumping right to the body. They clinched, then turned
away from each other as the final bell sounded.
Ted patted his opponent on the top of his head and Harry
slapped his game rival on the backside. It was one of those fights. The
fans increased the volume of their applause as Greb's right arm wa raised,
indicating that he had kept his crown. But what a fight he had given.
What was the outcome of the great battle? Greb continued
his mauling of opponents until Tiger Flowers relieved him of his title in
1926. The same year Harry died following surgery on his eye.
Moore continued to campaign in United States for two
more years with mixed fortune and without getting another title chance.
He then returned home to challenge Tommy Milligan unsuccessfully for the
British middleweight crown and lose to frank Moody in a fight for the light-heavyweight
title. He then took off for Canada to continue his career, wher he died
from cancer in 1945.
Tale Of The Tape
Born: Aug 15, 1900
Place: Plymouth, England
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 160 lbs.
unknown 1917 Billy Fry England D 15
unknown 19?? George West England W ??
unknown 1921 Frank Moody England LF 4
unknown 1921 Frank Moody England W 15
unknown 1922 Frank Moody England W 15
unknown 1922 Roland Todd England L 15
unknown 1923 Frank Moody England W 15
Nov 14 1923 Tommy Loughran Boston L 10
Jan 19 1924 Larry Estridge N.Y.C. W 12
unknown 1924 Jack Malone unknown WF 7
unknown 1924 Tiger Flowers unknown ND 12
unknown 1924 Tiger Flowers unknown ND 6
Feb 1 1924 Dave Shade Boston L 10
Mar 10 1924 Bob Sage Detroit ND 10
Apr 4 1924 Jack Reddick Syracuse W 6
Jun 26 1924 Harry Greb NewYork L 15
Jul 7 1924 Bryan Downey Ohio ND 12
unknown 1924 Tommy Loughran unknown L 10
unknown 1924 Young Fischer unknown W 12
unknown 1925 Larry Estridge unknown W 12
unknown 1925 Dave Shade unknown L 10
unknown 19?? Lou Bogash unknown W ??
unknown 1925 Frank Carbone unknown ND 10
unknown 19?? Jamaica Kid unknown W ??
unknown 1925 Bob Sage unknown ND 10
unknown 1925 Leo Lomski unknown L 10
unknown 1925 Tiger Flowers unknown ND 12
Jan 26 1926 Harry Greb Calif. L 10
Feb 23 1926 Jock Malone Calif. D 10
Mar 19 1926 Kid Norfolk SanFran W 4
Aug 20 1926 Art Weigand Buffalo L 10
Sep 6 1926 Bryan Downey Canton ND 12
unknown 1926 Tommy Milligan England lose (british middleweight crown)
unknown 192? Frank Moody England lose (british light-heavyweight title)
Mar 11 1928 Max Schmeling Dortmond L 10
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