Name: Joe Glick
Nationality: US American
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Height: 5′ 8″
Manager: Benny Ford
A contender in the late 1920s and early 1930s, Glick fought some of the greatest boxers of all time, including Tony Canzoneri, Johnny Dundee, and Jimmy McLarnin, Benny Bass, and Jackie "Kid" Berg.
On September 30, 1926, Glick fought junior-lightweight champion Tod Morgan in front of 10,000 fans at Madison Square Garden. The crowd was decidely in favor of the Brooklyn-born Glick, but Morgan won the first three rounds by using superior speed and landing more punches.
The New York Times exclaimed, "It is a testimonial to the strength of Glick that he escaped a knockout...[he] always recovered from the punches and came back fighting furiously." Glick won the fourth, seventh, and eighth rounds (the fifth was a draw), but Morgan regained control of the fight by the tenth round and scored the only knockdown in the eleventh. Glick rested on one knee for a count of five and then crowded the champion to the delight of the fans.
The next two rounds went to Morgan and despite Glick's desperate rally to win the final two rounds (he drew blood in the 14th), Morgan won a unanimous decision. The following year, the two boxers fought again for the title, but Glick -- who was ahead on points -- fouled the champion in the 14th round and was disqualified.
Birth and Death Dates:
b. February 22, 1903 - d. unknown
Glick, who was from the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn and was a tailor by trade, began his career in 1921 and by the mid-1920s, was considered one of the top boxers in the junior-lightweight division. After knocking out the great Johnny Dundee (former featherweight champ who was nearing the end of his career) in the 10th-round of their January 1926 bout, he received his first title shot against Tod Morgan in September, but lost a 15-round decision. The following year, Glick received another title shot against Morgan, and was ahead on points in their 15-round match, when he fouled Morgan by hitting below the belt and was disqualified in the 14th-round. He did not receive another title shot during his career.
In between his two title bouts, Glick remained active and fought former champ Mike Ballerino twice (both bouts were 10-round draws) and Hall of Famer Benny Bass three times (two Bass wins and a no decision). By the late 1920s, Glick was fighting as a lightweight against the top competition. In 1929, he faced the great Jimmy McLarnin twice within a two-month span. McLarnin had lost his lightweight title shot the year before and would soon move up to welterweight (where he would be world champ). After losing a 10-round decision to McLarnin in January, Glick was then knocked out by the Irishmen in the second-round of their March rematch.
A month after losing to McLarnin the second time, Glick stepped back into the ring against another great fighter, Louis "Kid" Kaplan. Kaplan (the former featherweight champ), had moved up to lightweight in the mid-1920s and was one of the top contenders in the world -- he defeated Glick in a 10-round no decision. In 1930, Glick fought two more legendary fighters, Tony Canzoneri, the former world featherweight champ, and Jackie "Kid" Berg. Canzoneri, who won the lightweight title later that year, defeated Glick in a 10-round decision while Berg defeated Glick in both their bouts (both on decisions). He continued to fight until 1934, but because he could not defeat the top boxers of his division, he never received a title shot as a lightweight.
Brooklyn, New York
5'8", 129 pounds
Wins: 115 (27 by knockout)
No decisions: 10