Age 19 boxer started his career on December 1941 building a record of 92-26-5 over 27 years, last fighting 0 ago in September 1969. The longest KO streak that Persley has ever had is 3 throughout his 123 fights and his longest winning streak is 15 wins. This started on December 1941 and came to an end on March 1951.
In a successful debut, Persley fought George Bradford in a 4 round fight defeating him over the distance and becoming only the 15th person to defeat Bradford. Continuing on from his debut, Persley had an impressive start to his career as he went on to fight 61 fights including once in 1941, once in 1942 and 55 times between 1943 and 1957 against fighters such as Percy Bassett, Roy Andrews and Roy Andrews.
Taking the first knock of his career, Persley fought Joe Brown on October 31st, 1948 and was defeated by Brown. Taking the first setback of his career, the October 31st, 1948 Brown defeat went the full distance and ended via PTS.
Persley's next defeat of his career came against Melvin Bartholomew on December 3rd, 1948 taking his career record to 5-2-0. Persley failed to reach the later rounds of this tough 10 round fight, Bartholomew was too much and stopped Persley early to become the only person to stop Persley. The fight ended in round 3 via KO. Persley then went on to win a further 22 fights taking his record to 26 wins, 2 losses and 2 draw.
Pushing his career further, Persley fought Mandy Leal on January 26th, 1951 adding to his winning record. Becoming the first person to stop Mandy Leal, Persley beat Leal via KO in the 2nd round of a 6 round fight. Fight against Roy Andrews followed taking his record to 29-2-2.
Persley went into his next fight against Luther Rawlings on June 8th, 1951 with a career record of 29-3-2. Rawlings upset Persley, stopping him in the 3rd round and becoming only the 2nd person to stop Persley. Fights against boxers including George Dunn, Percy Bassett and Roy Andrews followed where he won 77 fights taking his winning streak to 84 wins.
Persley went into his next fight against Jaguar Kakizawa on June 12th, 1967 with a career record of 84-23-5. Outclassed, Persley took another loss as the judges awarded Kakizawa the UD win on a great performance.
The next defeat of Persley's career came against Kang-il Suh on September 13th, 1969. This took his career record to 92-26-5. Showing he is not at the level he once was, Persley took a decision loss to end his 123 fight career. The fight ended in a PTS loss for Persley.