Nonpareil Dempsey

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Nonpareil Jack Dempsey
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Real nameJohn Edward Kelly
Nickname(s)Nonpareil
Weight(s) Middleweight
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Nationality Flag of Ireland.svg Irish
Born(1862-12-15)December 15, 1862
Curran, County Kildare, Ireland
DiedNovember 1, 1895(1895-11-01) (aged 32)
Portland, Oregon
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights67
Wins51
Wins by KO23
Losses4
Draws11
No contests1

John Edward Kelly (December 15, 1862 – November 1, 1895) was an Irish-American boxer, better known as Nonpareil Jack Dempsey who was the first holder of the World Middleweight Championship (1884–1891). He was nicknamed "Nonpareil" because of his reputation of being unbeatable.

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Biography

Dempsey was born on December 15, 1862 in Curran, County Kildare, Ireland. [1] He won the middleweight title on July 30, 1884, by defeating George Fulljames in Great Kills, Staten Island, New York. He held the title for over 6 years, defending the title against 2 fighters during the reign. [2]

Fitzsimmons knocks down Dempsey in New Orleans, 1891 FitzsimmonsDempseyNOLAJan1891FB1.JPG
Fitzsimmons knocks down Dempsey in New Orleans, 1891

In Dempsey's first 65 contests, he lost only 3 times (to George LaBlanche (a loss he avenged) and to Billy Baker twice (both bouts were fixed to have Baker win). [3] This ended when Bob Fitzsimmons pummeled him around the ring and begged him to concede before he was hurt any more. Dempsey, the reigning champion, would not give up; the fight continued and Fitzsimmons knocked him out in round 13. In his final bout, Dempsey, suffering from tuberculosis, lost to Tommy Ryan.

Though Dempsey beat his first battle with tuberculosis, he died at age 32 at the Portland, Oregon home of his wife's parents on November 1, 1895, due to a recurrence of the disease. [4] He was buried in an initially unmarked grave at Mount Calvary Cemetery. M. James Brady, Dempsey's father-in-law, refused to permit former World Champion John L. Sullivan and John S. Barnes to raise funds to erect a monument over Dempsey's grave. The family believed that a four-foot marble shaft was a sufficient memorial. The matter was thus dropped. [5]

Dempsey was inducted into the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1954, and into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992. [6]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
68 fights50 wins3 losses
By knockout233
By decision270
Draws11
No contests3
Newspaper decisions/draws 1

All Newspaper decisions are regarded as “no decision” bouts as they have “resulted in neither boxer winning or losing, and would therefore not count as part of their official fight record."

No.Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
68 Loss 50–3–11 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Tommy Ryan TKO 3 (15) Jan 18, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Sea Side A.C., Coney Island
67 Draw 50–2–11 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Billy McCarthy PTS 20 Sep 05, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Auditorium Club, New Orleans
66 Win 50–2–10 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Billy Keough PTS 4 Feb 28, 1893 Flag of the United States.svg Pastime A.C., Portland
65 Loss 49–2–10 (4) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bob Fitzsimmons RTD 13 (?) Jan 14, 1891 Flag of the United States.svg California A.C., San FranciscoLost world middleweight title
64 Win 49–1–10 (4) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Billy McCarthy TKO 28 (?) Feb 18, 1890 Flag of the United States.svg California A.C., San FranciscoRetained world middleweight title
63 Loss 48–1–10 (4) Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg George LaBlanche KO 32 (?) Aug 27, 1889 Flag of the United States.svg California A.C., San Francisco
62 Win 48–0–10 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Mike Dempsey KO 7 (?) Aug 22, 1889 Flag of the United States.svg San Francisco
61 Draw 47–0–10 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Mike Donovan PTS 6 Nov 15, 1888 Flag of the United States.svg Palace Rink, Williamsburg
60 Win 47–0–9 (4) Flag of the United States.svg James Stevens PTS 4 Apr 23, 1888 Flag of the United States.svg Grand Theater, Williamsburg
59 Win 46–0–9 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Billy Baker PTS 10 Feb 18, 1888 Flag of the United States.svg Adelphia Theatre, Buffalo
58 Win 45–0–9 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Dominick McCaffrey PTS 10 Jan 31, 1888 Flag of the United States.svg Pavonia Rink, Jersey City
57 Win 44–0–9 (4) Flag of the United States.svg John Reagan TKO 45 (?) Dec 13, 1887 Flag of the United States.svg Long Island
56 Win 43–0–9 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Bill Gabig PTS 4 Nov 05, 1887 Flag of the United States.svg Grand Central Theater, Wilmington
55 Win 42–0–9 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Denny Kelliher PTS 4 Nov 03, 1887 Flag of the United States.svg Grand Central Theater, Wilmington
54 Win 41–0–9 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Frank Bosworth PTS 4 Nov 01, 1887 Flag of the United States.svg Grand Central Theater, Wilmington
53 Win 40–0–9 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Ned McCann PTS 4 Oct 31, 1887 Flag of the United States.svg Grand Central Theater, Wilmington
52 Win 39–0–9 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Billy Dacey PTS 4 Oct 15, 1887 Flag of the United States.svg Hoboken Casino, Hoboken
51 Win 38–0–9 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Jim McHugh PTS 4 Oct 13, 1887 Flag of the United States.svg Hoboken Casino, Hoboken
50 Win 37–0–9 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Eddie Reede PTS 6 Oct 10, 1887 Flag of the United States.svg Hoboken Casino, Hoboken
49 Draw 36–0–9 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Reddy Gallagher PTS 6 May 02, 1887 Flag of the United States.svg Frankfort St. Gym, Cleveland
48 NC36–0–8 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Billy Baker ND 4 Apr 09, 1887 Flag of the United States.svg Adelphia Theatre, Buffalo
47 Win 36–0–8 (3) Flag of the United States.svg Denny Killen PTS 4 Feb 05, 1887 Flag of the United States.svg Theatre Comique, Philadelphia
46 Win 35–0–8 (3) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Langdon PTS 4 Feb 02, 1887 Flag of the United States.svg Theatre Comique, Philadelphia
45 Win 34–0–8 (3) Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg Mike Boded PTS 10 Jan 31, 1887 Flag of the United States.svg Theatre Comique, Philadelphia
44 Draw 33–0–8 (3) Flag of Ireland.svg Jack Burke PTS 10 Nov 22, 1886 Flag of the United States.svg Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco
43 Win 33–0–7 (3) Flag of the United States.svg Ed Moehler PTS 4 May 25, 1886 Flag of the United States.svg Leland Rink, Minneapolis
42 Win 32–0–7 (3) Flag of the United States.svg Paddy Norton TKO 4 (5) May 20, 1886 Flag of the United States.svg Exposition Rink, Saint Paul
41 Win 31–0–7 (3) Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Ryan PTS 4 Apr 30, 1886 Flag of the United States.svg Philadelphia
40 Win 30–0–7 (3) Flag of the United States.svg Charle McCarthy PTS 4 Apr 28, 1886 Flag of the United States.svg Theatre Comique, Philadelphia
39 Win 29–0–7 (3) Flag of the United States.svg Ned McCann KO 4 (4) Apr 26, 1886 Flag of the United States.svg Comique Theatre, Philadelphia
38 Win 28–0–7 (3) Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg George LaBlanche TKO 13 (?) Mar 14, 1886 Flag of the United States.svg LarchmontWon inaugural world middleweight title
37 Win 27–0–7 (3) Flag of the United States.svg Pete McCoy PTS 6 Feb 24, 1886 Flag of the United States.svg Oakland Avenue Rink, Jersey City
36 Win 26–0–7 (3) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Fogarty TKO 27 (?) Feb 02, 1886 Flag of the United States.svg Clarendon Hall, New York
35 Win 25–0–7 (3) Flag of the United States.svg Jim Murray PTS 4 Jan 15, 1886 Flag of the United States.svg Germania Assembly Rooms, New York
34 Win 24–0–7 (3) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tom Henry PTS 4 Jan 15, 1886 Flag of the United States.svg Germania Assembly Rooms, New York
33 NC23–0–7 (3) Flag of the United States.svg Mike Donovan NC 4 Jan 15, 1886 Flag of the United States.svg Germania Assembly Rooms, New York
32 Win 23–0–7 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Tom Berry TKO 6 (10) Dec 14, 1885 Flag of the United States.svg Portland
31 Win 22–0–7 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Dave Campbell KO 3 (8) Nov 02, 1885 Flag of the United States.svg Portland
30 Win 21–0–7 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Tom Norton TKO 4 (6) Sep 12, 1885 Flag of the United States.svg Armory Hall, Sacramento
29 Win 20–0–7 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Young Billy Manning TKO 8 (?) Aug 29, 1885 Flag of the United States.svg Turnverein Hall, Los Angeles
28 Win 19–0–7 (2) Flag of Ireland.svg Jack Keenan KO 2 (?) Jul 20, 1885 Flag of the United States.svg San Francisco
27 Win 18–0–7 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Jim Carr KO 9 (?) Jun 05, 1885 Flag of the United States.svg Wigwam Theatre, San Francisco
26 Win 17–0–7 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Tommy Cleary KO 5 (?) May 11, 1885 Flag of the United States.svg Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco
25 Win 16–0–7 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Tom Barry KO 5 (?) May 04, 1885 Flag of the United States.svg Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco
24 Win 15–0–7 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Charles Bixamos KO 5 (?) Mar 19, 1885 Flag of the United States.svg Sportsmen's Park, New Orleans
23 Win 14–0–7 (2) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jim Fell PTS 4 Jan 22, 1885 Flag of the United States.svg Athletic Hall, New York
22 Draw 13–0–7 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Bill Frazier PTS 4 Jan 12, 1885 Flag of the United States.svg New York
21 Win 13–0–6 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Ryan TKO 4 (4) Jan 12, 1885 Flag of the United States.svg New York
20 Win 12–0–6 (2) Flag of the United States.svg George Wilson NWS 4 Dec 15, 1884 Flag of the United States.svg Clarks Club, Philadelphia
19 Win 12–0–6 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Mike Malone TKO 2 (?) Nov 30, 1884 Flag of the United States.svg Philadelphia
18 Win 11–0–6 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Bill Frazier TKO 5 (?) Nov 20, 1884 Flag of the United States.svg New York
17 Win 10–0–6 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Tom Ferguson PTS 4 Nov 06, 1884 Flag of the United States.svg Harry Hill's, New York
16 Win 9–0–6 (1) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tom Henry PTS 6 Oct 24, 1884 Flag of the United States.svg Eighth-Street Theatre, New York
15 Win 8–0–6 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Bob Turnbull PTS 8 Oct 08, 1884 Flag of the United States.svg Billy Madden's Athletic Hall, New York
14 Draw 7–0–6 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Ryan PTS 7 Sep 15, 1884 Flag of the United States.svg Clark's Theatre, Philadelphia
13 Win 7–0–5 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Mike Dempsey KO 7 (?) Sep 04, 1884 Flag of the United States.svg Rockaway
12 Draw 6–0–5 (1) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tom Henry PTS 4 Jul 08, 1884 Flag of the United States.svg Rockaway Beach, Queens
11 Draw 6–0–4 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Hayes PTS 6 Apr 25, 1884 Flag of the United States.svg New York
10 Win 6–0–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Bill Dacey TKO 9 (?) Mar 06, 1884 Flag of the United States.svg Campbell's Hotel, Coney IslandWon vacant Lightweight Championship of New York
Queensberry Rules & hard gloves
9 Win 5–0–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Tommy Sullivan PTS 2 Mar 04, 1884 Flag of the United States.svg New York
8 Win 4–0–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Joe Hennesey PTS 4 Mar 02, 1884 Flag of the United States.svg New York
7 Win 3–0–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Jim Barry TKO 3 (4) Feb 28, 1884 Flag of the United States.svg Billy Madden's Athletic Hall, New York
6 Win 2–0–3 (1) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jim Fell PTS 2 Feb 14, 1884 Flag of the United States.svg New York
5 Draw 1–0–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Joe Heiser PTS 8 Feb 10, 1884 Flag of the United States.svg Williamsburg, Brooklyn
4 Win 1–0–2 (1) Flag of the United States.svg William Mahoney KO 3 (?) Jan 15, 1884 Flag of the United States.svg New York
3 Draw 0–0–2 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Bob Turnbull PTS 7 (4) Oct 25, 1883 Flag of the United States.svg Clarendon Hall, New York
2 Draw 0–0–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Tom McAlpine PTS 4 Sep 17, 1883 Flag of the United States.svg Harry Hill's, New York
1 NC0–0 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Harry Force NC 11 (?) Sep 03, 1883 Flag of the United States.svg Coney Island, BrooklynPolice intervened at Blissville (now part of Long Island City) and fight moved to Coney Island. It was never completed

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Achievements
Inaugural Champion World Middleweight Champion
July 30, 1884 January 14, 1891
Succeeded by
Bob Fitzsimmons