Cross was a welterweight in the 1910s and 1920s and fought two Hall of Famers during his career, Jack Dillon, and Jack Britton. His brother, Phil Cross was also a professional boxer during this era.
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In December 1916, Cross easily defeated the European champion, Frenchman Albert Badoud, in a 10-round decision at the Empire Athletic Club in New York City. The following September, Cross had a rematch with Badoud, and the two fighters drew after 20 rounds. On September 14, only twelve days after his rematch with Badoud, Cross faced former world champion Jack Britton; Britton had lost the title only three months earlier to Ted "Kid" Lewis. The bout went to a 10-round no decision, and the contestants had a rematch in February 1918 in Providence, Rhode Island, in which Cross lost a 12-round decision.
In June 1916, Cross fought a 15-round draw with future middleweight contender Bryan Downey. Two months later in August, Cross took on an even bigger opponent when he fought former world light-heavyweight champion Jack Dillon; the bout ended in a 15-round no decision. Cross had a rematch with Downey in May 1920, but the result was the same -- a 15-round draw. In July 1921, Cross defeated light-heavyweight Paddy Murphy in a 10-round decision; despite being outweighed by 18 pounds, Cross knocked Murphy down in the 3rd and 7th rounds. His final big fight took place in November 1922, when he lost a 12-round decision to Panama Joe Gans. Cross retired soon after.
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