Tommy Gibbons Vs. Harry Greb
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These two Hall of Famers fought each other 4 times in
their careers. The first 3 fights were "No-Decision" fights. The
final bout was in 1922 and Greb won the decision.
The photo above is from the March 17th, 1922 issue of
"The Oklahoman" newspaper, page 15. This shows the two boxers
during their final fight together.
Nov 16 1915 Greb vs. Gibbons St.Paul ND 10 (Newspapers win for Gibbons)
The Pittsburgh Post reported that Greb held his
own in the fourth round and Gibbons won all of the others. Gibbons showed
a brilliant left jab, plus plenty of straight rights and right uppercuts.
Greb was very aggressive and his punches carried a lot of steam, but Gibbons
made him miss a lot and was much more accurate. Tommy gave Harry a real
beating in the 9th and 10th. Greb was in tough shape at the end of the 9th
after taking a terrific overhand right, followed by a two-handed battering.
May 15 1920 Greb vs. Gibbons Pitts. ND 10 (Newspapers win for Gibbons)
Newspaper win for Gibbons according to the Pittsburgh
Post. Greb "took the licking of his life." Gibbons won 7 rounds,
Greb only two (narrowly), and the third round was even. "Gibbons astonished
the fans with the speed and accuracy of his punches, and his ability to
make Harry miss and look bad. Gibbons has made a believer of this writer
(Florent Gibson), who did not believe him of the same caliber as Greb. Ringsiders
declared..that Harry looked awfully bad and didn't fight his usual fight."
Gibbons "seemed to solve Greb's attack with ease." He marked up
Greb badly but didn't hurt him too much. "Gibbons was the aggressor
at all stages. He had Harry backing away from the start..and this is unusual."
Greb even had to hold in the last three rounds. Greb occasionally switched
around and surprised Gibbons, but not much. Gibbons made Greb's right hand
almost useless. Greb did win the 5th and 6th rounds but he definitely took
Jul 31 1920 Greb vs. Gibbons Pitts. ND 10 (Newspapers win for Greb)
Newspaper win for Greb according to the Pittsburgh
Post. The fight occurred at 4:30 PM on a hot July afternoon before 12,000
fans. According to Florent Gibson, Greb won 7 rounds, Gibbons took the 2nd
and 6th, and the 3rd was even. It was a rugged, slashing battle. At the
end of six rounds the fight was close. In the 7th a heavy rain started to
fall and the spectators ran for cover. The men fought on and Greb seemed
invigorated. He started landing well and Gibbons then hurt him with a smashing
right to the jaw. Greb replied with a terrific rally that caused Gibbons
to cover and Greb won the round. The rain continued to pour down through
the final three rounds and it grew dark as twilight. Florent Gibson stayed
out in the rain and described the fight to the other writers, who took shelter
under the ring. "Those last four rounds were novelties, but I doubt
that the fans in the stands saw much of them." Greb fought one of his
greatest battles "in a furious electrical storm." As the rain
poured, Greb was "all over Gibbons" and manhandled him. Gibbons
had trouble getting set for his punches; the conditions seemed to favor
Greb, the great improviser. Gibbons lost his temper and his effectiveness.
Mar 13 1922 Greb vs. Gibbons NewYork Greb W15 (greb wins by decision)
A round by round description of this fight is listed
below. Greb landed "a million punches" and had the upper hand
throughout. Mrs. Greb was present at this fight.
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Here is a round by round description of the 1922 Gibbons-Greb
March 14, 1922
Bout Is Stirring From End To End
Both Greb and Gibbons Alert for Openings and Eager to Force Fighting.
St. Paul Boxer Weakens
Narrative of Battle by Rounds Shows Loser Struggling Gamely With Wearied
Newspaper Article Info
Newspaper Name: The New York Times
Date Printed: March 14, 1922
Greb and Gibbons entered the ring at Madison Square
Garden for their fifteen round battle at 9:50 o'clock last night, and were
greeted with a salvo of applause. The weights were announced as 163 1/2
pounds for Greb and 171 for Gibbons.
After the usual announcements from the ring, during
which Gene Tunney was introduced, the pair posed in the corner while a battery
of camera men got them in fighting posture. Then they were called to the
center for instructions, after which the fight began.
The men rushed out of their corners at the gong and
into a clinch, in the course of which Greb popped away several lefts that
landed lightly on Gibbon's chin. Gibbons feinted with his left and ducked
under a stiff right. In a clinch in the centre of the ring Greb drove several
lefts into Gibbons stomach. Greb landed twice on Gibbons face. Both missed
vicous uppercuts. Greb caught Gibbons with several hard punches toward the
end of the round, and both were fighting furiously at the gong.
The men rushed into close quarters and Gibbons got in
several stiff rights to the body. Greb landed a left on Gibbons body, and
the latter swung a right to Greb's jaw. The Pittsburgh fighter drove in
several lefts to the body and they clinched. Both missed heavy uppercuts.
Gibbons drove home the first hard blow of the fight, catching Greb in the
stomach, and causing the latter to slow up considerably. Gibbons tried hard
to get home a finishing punch, but failed, and they were mixing matters
in the centre of the ring at the bell.
They rushed into a clinch. Gibbons planted two lefts
to the jaw. Greb stepped out of the way of two hard left uppercuts. Gibbons
landed a left smash to the jaw. Greb stepped away and they clinched. Gibbons
continued his attack on Greb's body. Greb landed a hard left to the body.
Greb drove home another to the same place. In close quarters they exchanged
several heavy blows to the body.
They rushed into a clinch and Gibbons landed a left
lightly to the jaw. Greb danced away from Gibbons and missed a vicous uppercut.
Gibbons swung completely around when he missed Greb's head. Greb landed
lefts to head and body, but Gibbons blocked and they exchanged a pair of
rights to the face. Greb again landed on Gibbon's stomach. Gibbons got out
of the way of a heavy uppercut. Gibbons landed on Greb's jaw and they went
into a clinch at the gong.
Both men sparred cautiously and then went to work at
close range. Greb danced in and landed a left on Gibbon's jaw. The latter
jabbed in a left which just grazed Greb's chin. Gibbons missed a left uppercut
and Greb went astray with a hard right and left. Gibbons jabbed Greb in
the face. Greb stepped into a hard left. Gibbons drove three solid lefts
into Greb's stomach. The latter retaliated with a left to his rival's body
as the bell ended the round.
Greb drove a right to the head. Gibbons feinted and
then drove a right to Greb's stomach. They clinched and Greb landed a hard
right to the kidneys. Gibbons crossed a right to the jaw. He made Greb miss
several punches and then landed a light left to the body. They rushed into
close quarters and Gibbons placed a heavy right in Greb's mid-section. Greb
continued his dancing tactics, with Gibbons following him around the ring.
They exchanged a pair of rights as the bell sounded.
They went into a clinch. Greb landed a hard right to
the head and Gibbons slashed a left sharply to the body. Greb tried for
a short uppercut but Gibbons danced away. Greb lunged in with another uppercut.
Gibbons drove Greb back with a hard right to the jaw. At close quarters
Greb landed several blows to the head and body and Gibbons drove home a
solid right. Greb landed a cracking right to the jaw. In a curious mix-up
in Greb's corner they exchanged several solid wollaps. They were still at
it when the round ended.
Greb thrust a left jab to the jaw. They clinched and
Gibbons landed a left and right to the body. He missed a left swing, but
got inside of Greb's guard with his right. They clinched and Greb brought
over his right to the back of Gibbon's head and then landed a sucession
of lefts and rights to the jaw. Greb jabbed Gibbons several times to the
jaw and there were some heavy punches exchanged at close range in the centre
of the ring. Greb got over a heavy right which landed flush on Gibbon's
jaw and he followed with a furious assault on Gibbons stomach and head.
The St. Paul fighter was plainly tiring, while Greb seemed to get faster
as the battle progressed.
Greb landed several blows to start the round and caught
Gibbons twice on the side of the head. The Smokey City man drove in a left
to the body and then Gibbons rocked Greb's head with two hard rights. Greb
missed an uppercut and they exchanged right swings. They clinched, and,
coming out, Gibbons landed on Greb's head. Greb landed several blows to
the body and head without a return. Gibbons got over a hard left swing and
he followed with left and right to head as the bell ended the session.
Gibbons opened the round with a left to the body. He
ripped home another hard one to the same place and they rushed into a clinch.
Greb landed a light left on Gibbons head and they clinched. Gibbons landed
a hard left to Greb's jaw and followed it with another to the body. Greb
brought over a hard right on Gibbons chin and they clinched. Gibbons rocked
Greb's head with a short right clip. Greb missed a left. Gibbons drove home
another right. Gibbons caused Greb to wince when he sank a hard right to
the stomach at the bell.
Gibbons rushed right at Greb and they exchanged hard
lefts to the head. In a clinch Gibbons got home a pair of rights to the
jaw. Greb followed with a left to the body and a right to the jaw. Gibbons
again drove a hard left into Greb's ribs. He chased Greb around the ring
and landed a hard right to the head. Greb landed lefts and rights to the
body. As Greb was coming in Gibbons swung in his right to the body and landed
a heavy right on Greb's kidneys at the bell.
Greb rushed out of his corner and landed a left and
right to the body. Gibbons landed a hard left on Greb's chin and the latter
uncorked several heavy blows to the body. Greb landed a right to the side
of the head and they clinched. In the clinch both fighters got in some stiff
jabs. Greb landed a left to the body and Gibbons countered with a right
to the jaw. Greb landed a right to the head. Greb landed two solid punches
on Gibbons's jaw without a return as the bell ended the round.
Gibbons landed twice with right taps to the body and
Greb danced away and then shot home two-rights and followed with a left
to the head. Gibbons landed a left on Greb's jaw and they clinched. Greb
got home a right and as Gibbons missed a swing Greb struck in two lefts
to the jaw. Gibbons landed a left to the body. Greb got away from the ropes,
where Gibbons had pinned him, and landed two solid blows. Then he reached
Gibbons with a left to the stomach. The Pittsburgh fighter landed several
lefts and rights to the body and as the round ended he slammed home a right
to the kidneys.
They rushed into a clinch. Greb landed a right to the
body and followed with a left to the head. He wrestled Gibbons to the ropes
and then brought over a heavy right to the stomach. Greb landed two solid
smashes on Gibbon's jaw and they clinched. Gibbons drove home a left to
the stomach. Greb landed a left to the jaw. They rushed into a clinch in
a corner and Greb was short with a right swing for Gibbons's jaw. Just before
the end of the round Greb landed lefts and rights lightly on Gibbon's body
and jaw. The Pittsburgh boy appeared to get stronger, while Gibbons slowed
up considerably as the battle neared the close.
Greb opened the final round with two rights that caused
red blotches on Gibbons's body. They rushed into a clinch, and Greb got
awayfrom two hard uppercuts. They stood toe to toe and exchanged several
hard blows and then hammered away at each other in a clinch. Gibbons drew
back from an uppercut. Greb landed left to the body. Gibbons ripped home
two lefts to the stomach and rocked Greb's head with a right. They were
going at it hard in Greb's corner when the bout ended.
March 19, 1922
Sacrificed Skill For Punch, Says Brother; Lost Speed
Newspaper Article Info
Newspaper Name: The Washington Post
Date Printed: March 19, 1922
Tom Gibbons, who built up a string of a score of knockouts in his quest
of the heavyweight pugilistic championship only to be outpointed a few days
ago by Harry Greb, the Pittsburgh rubberball, can not punch any harder than
he ever could, and has been ruined as a superb boxer, temporarily at least.
So says his brother, the famous Phantom Mike.
June 25, 1922
Greb a Contortionist, Says Defeated Rivall
Newspaper Article Info
Newspaper Name: The Washington Post
Date Printed: June 25, 1922
Few boxers have dropped out of sight as quickly as Tom Gibbons, who was
in line for matches with Georges Carpentier and Jack Dempsey until Harry
Greb clawed his way to a decision over the man from St. Paul. Since that
affair Gibbons has gone back to the bushes and he has resumed his knockout
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