Inducted on September 22, 1974

HAROLD MAYS was born in Gardiner, Maine, spent most of his life living in New Jersey and boxing out of Bayonne. Hard hitting heavyweight, highly ranked, and feared. Helped Gene Tunney and Primo Carnera, prepare for title defenses.

  • Won the New Jersey State 175-lb Amateur Title March 24, 1924

In addition to the fights listed in Mays’s record he is supposed to have had the following unverified and undated fights (mentioned in his record published in various editions of Everlast Boxing Record and the 1929 and 1930 editions of the Self-Defense Sporting Annual).

1924: Jimmy Roberts, Won ko 3 rounds 1924: Artie Wright, Won ko 1 round 1924: Tony Genaro, Won ko 1 round 1925: Al Wortman, no decision 8 rounds 1925: Rocky Knight, no decision 8 rounds 1925: Bertie Littlejohn, Won ko 7 rounds 1925: Eddie Mitchell, no decision 10 rounds 1925: Yale Okun, no decision 10 or 6 rounds 1926: Lee Anderson, no decision 10 rounds 1926: Dan O’Connell, Won ko 1 round

The following fights listed in Mays’s record for 1931 in Nat Fleischer’s All-Time Ring Record Book, 1931 edition, belong to Alvin (Babe) Hunt, not to Mays.

Sept. 2, Ernie Schaaf; Sept. 15, Johnny Risko; Sept 22, Angus Snyder; Oct. 6, Jack Renault; Oct. 14, Frankie Simms; Nov. 7, Jack Dorval; Dec. 15, Al Fay.

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