Tiger Flowers takes the scale while middle-weight champion Harry Greb waits his turn, New York, NY, 1926.
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 Left to right: Tiger Flowers, 157 1/2 pounds  (on scales), Bert Stand, Secretary of Boxing Commission; Com. Muldoon; and  Harry Greb 159 pounds;. The bout took place at Madison Square Garden.

Credit: Library of Congress

Among the western Pennsylvania fighters of the early 1900s, none was tougher than Harry, the "Pittsburgh Wildcat," Greb. In a thirteen-year professional career, Greb had 299 professional fights and compiled a record of 260 wins–48 by knockout–21 loses, and 17 draws. In February, 1926, Greb lost his middle-weight crown to Theodore "Tiger" Flowers, who had begun his professional boxing career while working in a Philadelphia shipyard. After losing his rematch with Flowers, Greb would die from complications after surgery on his nose that October. Flowers would die on November 1927 after surgery on scar tissue around his eyes.

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