Born: April 2, 1907
Died: April 6, 1954
Born John Linwood Fox in Indianapolis, IN on April 2, 1907.
Fox boxed as an amateur and semi-pro prior to turning professional in either 1928 or 1932 as early record are incomplete and sources vary. A three-fight series with light heavyweight champion Maxie Rosenbloom (1-1-1) and wins over Lou Scozza (W 8), Bob Olin (KO 2), Lou Brouillard (KO 7) and Jersey Joe Walcott (KO 8, W 10) brought him to 175-pound title contention. In 1938 he defeated Al Gainer (W 15) to set up a New York State Athletic Commission light heavyweight title bout against Melio Bettina at Madison Square Garden on February 3, 1939. Despite being stabbed in an altercation three months prior to the bout, Fox did not postpone and, in the only title bout of his career, was stopped in 9 rounds. Following a 10-round win over Yancey Henry, he temporarily retired but returned in 1944 and boxed until retiring for good in 1950. During his comeback Fox scored a win over Ted Lowry and boxed an exhibition against Joe Louis. Using a counter-punching style, the 5-foot-11 ½ inch Fox compiled a pro record of 160-23-10, 2 NC (109 KOs).
He died at 47 after suffering a heart attack on April 6, 1954 in Spokane, WA.