Age 17 boxer started his career on May 1928 building a record of 91-24-13 over 12 years, last fighting 2 ago in February 1941. He started his best winning streak on May 1928 however, this came to an end on December 1930. In this period he won a total of 23 fights.
In his debut fight, Godwin's became only the 2nd fighter to go the distance with Red Hancock, winning by PTS in round 8 of 8. Godwin continued his mostly successful career with numerous fights following his debut against boxers including Mike Mctigue, Alex Hart and Mike Mctigue. Fights included fighting 9 times in 1928, 9 times in 1929 and 43 times through 1930, 1931 and 1932.
Godwin went into his next fight against Jimmy Decapua on February 11th, 1929 with a career record of 8-1-2. Godwin's technical boxing ability was put to the test as he got outpointed in the 10 round fight against the better man. Decapua gave Godwin his first professional loss of his 11 fight career to date. Godwin then went on to win a further 76 fights taking his record to 70 wins, 7 losses and 9 draw.
Godwin's career took a knock with a loss against Maxie Rosenbloom on March 24th, 1933 taking his record to 70-8-9. Godwin was beaten by Maxie Rosenbloom in the 4th round. Godwin had only ever been stopped 2 times previously in his career. Fights against Don 'red' Barry, Joe Knight, Charley Horn and 1 other followed where he won all 4 fights taking his winning streak to 74 wins.
Joe Knight was next in line for Godwin where unfortunately, he was defeated on October 16th, 1933 taking his record to 74-9-9. Godwin was stopped by Joe Knight in the 5th round of a 10 round fight via TKO. It was Godwin's 3rd stoppage defeat in his career.
Godwin went into his next career fight with a record of 87-18-13 and took this to 88 wins with a win against Leroy Brown on March 24th, 1936. In 1936 Godwin fought his next opponent in Leroy Brown. A challenging 10 round fight that ended in Godwin's favour as the judges awarded Godwin the PTS victory. Godwin was the 18th person to defeat Brown. Godwin continued his success in the next 2 fights taking his record to 89-19-13
Pushing his career further, Godwin fought Stanley Hasrato on November 11th, 1937 adding to his winning record. Becoming the first person to stop Stanley Hasrato, Godwin beat Hasrato via KO in the 8th round of a 10 round fight.
Godwin's next defeat of his career came against Johnny Kapovich on February 24th, 1941. Kapovich proved too much for Godwin over 8 rounds by earning the decision win and bringing Godwin's 129 fight career as a pro to an end.