Theodore “Tiger” Flowers

Theodore “Tiger” Flowers

Camilla, Mitchell County, Georgia, USA
Death 16 Nov 1927 (aged 30)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 8534 · View Source
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Professional Boxer. First African-American to become the World Middleweight champion. He was an unusual boxer, especially for his time, a religious man, generous philanthropist, a ferocious boxer and a steward in Atlanta's historic Butler Street C.M.E. Church. The 5 foot-10 left-hander won his first 28 professional fights, from 1918 until late 1921. He won the Middleweight Championship fight against Harry Greb on February 26, 1926 in a 15-round decision. In 1927 Flowers died in Harlem of an infection after going to the hospital for eye surgery. His funeral was held in Atlanta at the City Auditorium to accommodate the throngs of people who wanted to attend. Thousands more lined the streets after the funeral as the procession made its way to Lincoln Cemetery. Tiger Flowers was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1993. His Record: 115-14-6

Bio by: Curtis Jackson


He has fought a good fight and won the battle now he lies
alsleep and now the Lord has his soul to keep.



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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Theodore “Tiger” Flowers (14 Feb 1897–16 Nov 1927), Find a Grave Memorial no. 8534, citing Lincoln Cemetery, Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .