Boxing’s Greats of the States | Wyoming: Eddie Anderson

By Mike Sloan Aug 28, 2017
Boxers come from every corner of the globe. Sometimes, fighters are products of their environment, favoring styles prevalent in the country or state from which they hail. Various regions of the United States are considered factories for great fighters, though that certainly is not the case with each state. In this weekly series, the spotlight will shine on the best boxer of all-time from each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C. Fighters do not necessarily need to be born in a given state to represent it; they simply need to be associated with it.


Eddie Anderson made a decent living as a prizefighter in boxing’s early days, his prolific career running from May 25, 1920 to Sept. 23, 1936. While he never came close to winning a world title, the Wyoming native fought often, racking up nearly 200 sanctioned fights as a professional.

The “Cowboy” went head-to-head Midget Mexico, King Tut, Pug Sutherland, Battling Gizzy, Urban Liberty, Bulldog Gonzalez and other colorful contemporaries who were all the rage at the time. In perhaps his most memorable effort, Anderson fought to a draw with eventual super welterweight title challenger Benny Bass on Feb. 22, 1930 but went on to lose three subsequent rematches between the two. All four of their bouts took place in the same calendar year.

While he did not go down as an all-time great, Anderson represented his home state well. He retired with a 91-61-29 record and 30 knockouts.

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