Dan Creedon

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Dan Creedon
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Statistics
Weight(s) Middleweight
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Reach69 in (175 cm)
Nationality New Zealand
Born(1868-06-09)9 June 1868
Invercargill, New Zealand
Died10 July 1942(1942-07-10) (aged 73)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights77
Wins39
Wins by KO32
Losses21
Draws10
No contests7

Dan Creedon (9 June 1868 – 10 July 1942) was a middleweight boxer who challenged for the world middleweight title twice and claimed the title between 1895 and 1897.

Creedon was born in Invercargill, New Zealand but his boxing career developed in Melbourne, Australia. Like many of Australia's best boxers of this era, Creedon was taught by boxing pioneers Jem Mace and Larry Foley. [1] He held the Australian middleweight title from 1891 until his departure for America in 1892. He challenged Bob Fitzsimmons for the world middleweight title in 1894, in what would be Fitzsimmons' last defense of his belt before becoming a heavyweight. Creedon was knocked out in just 2 rounds. However, a year later he claimed the world title following his victory over Frank Craig in London. Creedon defended his claim to the title at least twice, but he is not commonly recognized as a middleweight champion by boxing historians. He would eventually lose to Kid McCoy, after which his career took a downward spiral. [2]

Creedon returned to Australia in 1902 and would fight a handful of fights, most of which he lost, before eventually retiring. A benefit was held for him in 26 November 1924, in the Socialist Hall of Melbourne, as he was "in ill health". [3] Creedon was inducted to the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame in 2011.

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References

  1. "SETTING THE STYLES IN BOXING (June 11, 1922)".
  2. "BoxRec – Dan Creedon". boxrec.com.
  3. "MEMORIES OF DAN CREEDON". 26 November 1924. p. 10 via Trove.