Bob “Bobcat” Montgomery, a native of Sumter, South Carolina, had one of the most storied boxing careers in the history of American boxing. In his professional career, Montgomery had a total of 97 fights. Of that, he had 75 wins, which included 37 knockouts, 19 losses and 3 draws. Montgomery began boxing in Battle Royales. Seeing more opportunity up north, the South Carolina native moved to Philadelphia, where he started fighting the likes of Lou Jenkins and Sammy Angott. Montgomery went undefeated in his first 23 fights, going 22-0-1 and winning the Pennsylvania State Lightweight Title.
Three times, Montgomery beat Julie Kogon. Their first fight was at the Broadway Arena in Brooklyn on January 28, 1941, which Montgomery won by decision. They fought again on October 24th that same year, this time at the Chicago Coliseum, a fight Montgomery again took by decision. The two squared off for the last time on June 2, 1947 in Kogon’s hometown at the New Haven Arena, but the result was still the same.
At Shibe Park on July 7, 1942, Montgomery lost to former lightweight champ Sammy Angott in a split decision. In 1942, Montgomery had two battles with Maxie Shapiro. In the first fight Montgomery lost by decision in Philadelphia, but he won the rematch two months later by unanimous decision in the same arena.
Montgomery also beat Petey Scalzo by TKO in Philadelphia, but he lost to Al “Bummy” Davis at Madison Square Garden by KO.
On May 21, 1943, Montgomery battled Georgia shoe shiner named “Beau Jack” for the lightweight title. Beau Jack was one of the toughest fighters of the day, but it was Montgomery who won in a 15-round decision. In the rematch, Beau Jack took the title back, but in the rubber match, Montgomery won the title back from Beau Jack. Fights with Ike Williams and Beau Jack set Montgomery apart as one of the all-time greatest fighters in American history.
And the fight Montgomery will always be known for was the WAR BOND FIGHT in 1944 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Even though Bob lost the fight to Beau Jack, the country was the real winner, as the fight raised $35 million dollars for the U.S. Army.
In 1995, Montgomery was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Montgomery was a promoter at the end of his career.