He left his native West Virginia to become a rubber worker in Akron as a teenager. He started boxing at the old Meyers A.C. on South Main Street and turned professional almost immediately. However, along came World War I. AS a member of American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) eh continued his boxing. Through 1918-19 he engaged in 40 bouts - winning 36 by knockouts. His only loss was to Gene Tunny in four rounds. Still he fought his way to the AEF heavyweight championship in 1919. Later, he returned to Akron and continued to fight in all the large boxing arenas of the country including for Tex Rickard in Madison Square Garden. His career ended in the late 1920's after suffering a brain injury during a bout.