Sandy Ferguson

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Sandy Ferguson
Real nameJohn H. Ferguson
Weight(s) Heavyweight
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) [1]
NationalityFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Born(1879-07-24)July 24, 1879
Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
DiedFebruary 26, 1919(1919-02-26) (aged 39)
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Boxing record
Total fights75
Wins by KO11

Sandy Ferguson (July 24, 1879 in Moncton, New Brunswick - February 26, 1919 in Providence, Rhode Island) was a professional boxer. Born in New Brunswick, Canada Ferguson moved to Chelsea, Massachusetts [with his family at age 13], where he began his professional career in 1898. Ferguson won his first three fights with ease, defeating Sid West on points twice and Paul Watson via first-round knockout. Ferguson remained undefeated up until June 1900, racking up a record of 10-0-6. None of Ferguson's first 16 fights, however, were against a top contender. On December 17, 1900, Ferguson suffered his first major setback when he was outpointed in a bout with veteran Dick O'Brien. Two months later he was disqualified in the same round against the same Dick O'Brien. After a lightning knockout of John MacDonald at Gloucester, Massachusetts in April, Ferguson left the USA and headed to England, where he strung together a record of 6-1-2 before returning to America in January 1903. Ferguson's first fight after returning from Britain was against the brilliant boxer George Byers. The match ended in a prearranged draw, as Ferguson was dropped four times by Byers. After this match, however, Ferguson gained popularity by avenging his previous losses to fellow ex-pat Canadian Dick O'Brien by scoring a sixth-round knockout on 25 March 1903. This was followed by a twelve-round decision over George Byers.

Moncton City in New Brunswick, Canada

Moncton is the largest city in the Canadian province of New Brunswick. Situated in the Petitcodiac River Valley, Moncton lies at the geographic centre of the Maritime Provinces. The city has earned the nickname "Hub City" due to its central inland location in the region and its history as a railway and land transportation hub for the Maritimes.

New Brunswick province in Canada

New Brunswick is one of four Atlantic provinces on the east coast of Canada. According to the Constitution of Canada, New Brunswick is the only bilingual province. About two-thirds of the population declare themselves anglophones, and one third francophones. One-third of the population describes themselves as bilingual. Atypically for Canada, only about half of the population lives in urban areas, mostly in Greater Moncton, Greater Saint John and the capital Fredericton.

Providence, Rhode Island Capital of Rhode Island

Providence is the capital and most populous city of the state of Rhode Island and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. It was founded in 1636 by Roger Williams, a Reformed Baptist theologian and religious exile from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He named the area in honor of "God's merciful Providence" which he believed was responsible for revealing such a haven for him and his followers. The city is situated at the mouth of the Providence River at the head of Narragansett Bay.


Ferguson vs. Johnson

These two significant victories earned Ferguson a date with the legendary Jack Johnson on 16 April 1903. Johnson came into the fight riding a 14 fight unbeaten streak. Johnson was also the World 'Colored' Heavyweight Champion at the time. Although Ferguson went the distance, he lost a decision to Johnson. The two would meet in a rematch three months later that was ruled a No Contest. Later that year, on 11 December, Ferguson and Johnson fought once again, this time in a grueling twenty-round war, that Johnson won by decision. In 1904, Ferguson and Johnson met yet again, but the match was declared a No Contest. Ferguson was given one last chance against the "Galveston Giant" in 1905. Johnson emerged as the victor in this final match after Ferguson was disqualified in the seventh round for kneeing Johnson in the groin twice.

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Ferguson vs. Walcott

In November 1903 Ferguson took on the World Welterweight Champion Joe Walcott. Ferguson managed to win the bout via decision. In 1904, however, Walcott avenged his loss the previous year by winning a ten-round decision of his own over Ferguson.

The last ten fights

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