Richie Mitchell never won a world boxing title, but his impact on the sport in Milwaukee and Wisconsin was huge. Mitchell was a world-class lightweight from 1912-1923. He fought almost every ranked boxer in his weight class during that period.
Mitchell fought only three amateur bouts and was fighting main event bouts within a year of turning pro. He earned the Navy championship by defeating Joe Welling of Milwaukee. His most famous fights were against Benny Leonard in 1917 and 1921. He lost them both, but fought so hard that the fights reached legendary status.