Before finishing his career in May 1941 orthodox boxer Steele built up a record of 123 wins, 11 draws, and 5 losses, starting at age 13 on November 1926 and ending 14 years later at . Steele's longest win streak is 37 fights between November 1926 and September 1937. His longest KO streak in his 140 fights is 5 fights long.
Steele's pro career began against Jimmy Britt (2-0-0) in a 4 round contest. Steele got the PTS win via a judges decision. Steele continued his pro journey, which was mostly successful at this point, by fighting 74 fights following his debut. Fights against boxers such as Frankie Stetson, Don Fraser and Leslie (wildcat) Carter followed including 3 times in 1926, 3 times in 1927 and 60 times between 1928 and 1932.
On December 17th, 1930, Steele took on and was defeated by Tony Portillo meaning his career tally went to 35-1-9. Steele's technical boxing ability was put to the test as he got outpointed in the 6 round fight against the better man. Portillo gave Steele his first professional loss of his 45 fight career to date. Fights against boxers including Andy Divodi, Joe Glick and Joe Glick followed where he won 59 fights taking his winning streak to 90 wins.
Keeping his losses at 2, Steele fought on January 24th, 1935 beating Baby joe Gans via KO. This took his record to 91-2-11 showing quite the successful career to date. Gans was stopped in the 3rd round via KO meaning Steele was the first person to stop this opponent. 6 wins followed for Steele including being the 6th person to stop Sammy O'dell (Round 1 KO), first to stop Fred Apostoli and 5th person to stop Al Rossi (Round 2 TKO).
Steele entered his next fight with a mostly successful record of 97-2-11 and took this to 98 wins with a win against Vince Dundee on July 30th, 1935 via TKO. Steele's fight against Vince Dundee came in the 3rd round of a 10 round fight via TKO. Steele became the first person to stop Dundee. 17 wins followed for Steele including being the first to stop Gus Lesnevich, 3rd person to stop Mike Payan and 10th person to stop Meyer Grace.
Babe Risko was the next fight for Steele on February 19th, 1937 and also his next career win. Steele was the 17th person to beat Babe Risko where he showed his talent as a technical boxer, beating him over 15 rounds in his 121st professional fight. 4 wins followed for Steele including being the 2nd person to stop Ken Overlin (Round 4 KO), 3rd person to stop Frank Battaglia (Round 3 KO) and first to stop Charley 'hobo' Williams.
Steele lost to Fred Apostoli in his next fight. Taking place on January 7th, 1938, Steele's career record after this fight stood at 120-3-11. Fred Apostoli became the first person to stop Steele. The win came via TKO in the 9th round of a 12 round bout.
Steele's next defeat of his career came against Jimmy Casino on May 23rd, 1941. This proved to be one fight too many for Steele's career, Casino was the victor becoming only the 3rd person to stop Steele. TKO in the 5th. Steele decided to call it a day after this fight.