Friday, February 12, 2016

Boxing History: Cowboy Eddie Anderson: The Wyoming Cowboy

Remembering...Cowboy Eddie Anderson
October 10, 1906 – February 12, 1970

Cowboy Eddie Anderson was a colourful, rugged fighter, who was born on October 10, 1906, in Wyoming. Although not a big puncher, Anderson was a strong fighter with a great stamina and a huge heart, and in his prime, was a formidable opponent for the very best. Anderson was born Edward Alfred Anderson, and turned professional in 1920, at 14 years old. From the beginning of his career, Anderson was fighting top opposition, and in a 16 year career, Anderson would fight many of the top names from bantamweight to welterweight.

Anderson fought top fighters such as Abe Goldstein, Memphis Pal Moore, Sammy Mandell, Mike Dundee, Frankie Garcia, Eddie Coulon, Red Herring, Ray Miller, Bushy Graham, Benny Bass, Joe Glick, Andre Routis, Babe Herman, Johnny Jadick, Tony Canzoneri, Mike Dundee, Eddie Martin, Sammy Dorfman, Danny Kramer, Eddie Mack, Tracy Cox, Ah Wing Lee, King Tut, and Kid Azteca.

Anderson was ranked highly at lightweight during the mid and late 1920s, and in 1926, had the honour of appearing on the front of “The Ring” magazine. Yet, despite his high ranking, and the quality of his opposition, he had just one aborted attempt at a world title. Anderson was due to challenge Benny Bass on June 10, 1930, for Bass’s World Junior Lightweight championship, but the fight lost it’s world title status when Anderson was unable to make the 130-pound weight limit, being overweight by a quarter of a pound. The two men instead fought a non-title fight, and Bass knocked out the weight drained Anderson in 3 rounds.

Anderson’s final fight was a 4th round knockout defeat to Bobby Venner, on September 23, 1936, he retired with a record of 137(30koes)-85-44.

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