With a career lasting 5 years, southpaw Wilbur Stokes started off his career at age 16 on October 1928, last fighting in 0 and building a record of 56-15-2. Stokes in his 73 fights. He started his best winning streak on October 1928 however, this came to an end on February 1932. In this period he won a total of 11 fights.
A successful pro debut for Wilbur, Stokes showed his superior boxing talent against Young Smilley, becoming the first person to go the full distance with him. Stokes continued his mostly successful career with numerous fights following his debut against boxers including Tommy Rizzo, Herbert Stribling and Hilario Martinez. Fights included fighting once in 1928, 5 times in 1929 and 30 times through 1930, 1931 and 1932.
Unfortunately, the first defeat of Stokes's career came against Kid Camero on September 23rd, 1929 in Stokes's 3rd professional fight. Stokes's technical boxing ability was put to the test as he got outpointed in the 10 round fight against the better man. Camero gave Stokes his first professional loss of his 3 fight career to date. Fights against Kid Camero, Billy Burkett, Tommy Watkins and 6 others followed where he won all 9 fights taking his winning streak to 11 wins.
Burl Creekmore was Stokes's next fight on December 5th, 1930 and also the next win in his career via RTD. This took his record to 12-1-0 showing a mainly successful career to date. Stokes's fight against Burl Creekmore came in the 4th round of a 10 round fight via RTD. Stokes became the first person to stop Creekmore. Stokes continued his success in the next 7 fights taking his record to 18 wins, 2 losses and 0 draws.
Stokes lost to Rufus Miles in his next fight. Taking place on June 5th, 1931, Stokes's career record after this fight stood at 18-3-0. Stepping up against a talented Miles, it wasn't long before Stokes found himself in trouble against Miles early. After 1 rounds Stokes lost via TKO. Miles became the first of 21 opponents to stop Stokes. Fights against boxers including Manuel Quintero, Herbert Stribling and Manuel Quintero followed where he won 48 fights taking his winning streak to 54 wins.
Johnny Liston was the next fight for Stokes on August 6th, 1934 and also his next career win. Stokes's PTS win against Johnny Liston came via judges decision of a 5 round fight. Stokes became the 7th person to defeat Liston and secured a great win. Stokes then went on to face Jimmy Cummings where he added another win to his tally.
George Black was next in line for Stokes where unfortunately, he was defeated on August 20th, 1934 taking his record to 56-14-2. Stokes was beaten by George Black in the 7th round. Stokes had only ever been stopped 2 times previously in his career.
The next defeat of Stokes's career came against Tony Zale on August 27th, 1934. This took his career record to 56-15-2. Showing he is not at the level he once was, Stokes took a decision loss to end his 73 fight career. The fight ended in a PTS loss for Stokes.