Danny Needham

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Danny Needham
Nickname(s)The Saint Paul Terror
Height174 cm (5 ft 9 in)
BornJohn Daniel Needham
(1867-05-20)May 20, 1867
St. Paul, Minnesota
DiedSeptember 12, 1922(1922-09-12) (aged 55)
St. Paul, Minnesota
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights84
Wins by KO53
No contests2

Danny Needham (May 20, 1867 - September 12, 1922) was an Irish-American boxer. [1] [2] Based in St. Paul, Needham started his pro boxing career by challenging lightweight bare-knuckle champion Tommy Danforth to a fight. The fight agreement stipulated that Needham needed to knock his opponent out to win the fight, so the fight was awarded to Danforth even though Needham was better than him through 8 rounds. Needham would become the lightweight champion of the Northwest in 1888 and he would controversially lose a bout for the lightweight championship of America. Around 1889, he made the jump to welterweight. One of his first fights in his new weight class is one of the longest boxing matches ever recorded, a 100 round fight against Patsy Kerrigan. The fight was declared a draw, with both men being in the brink of death. The following year, Needham would challenge Tommy Ryan for the welterweight world title. But he would end up losing after 76 rounds, in another one of the sport's longest matches. [3] Needham moved to Alaska during the Klondike gold rush. He spent the final years of his life in the St. Peter State Hospital, before dying of throat cancer in 1922. [4] He was inducted to the Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame in 2013.

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  1. Barrier Miner Thursday 28 July 1892 page 4.
  2. "BoxRec for Danny Needham". Archived from the original on 2013-06-28. Retrieved 2014-10-27.
  3. http://www.mnbhof.org/Minnesota_Boxing_Hall_of_Fame/Danny_Needham.html
  4. http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/boxing/needham-danny.htm