Terry McGovern (boxer)

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Terry McGovern
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Statistics
Real nameJohn Terrence McGovern
Nickname(s)Terrible Terry
Weight(s) Bantamweight
Featherweight
Lightweight
Height5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Reach65 in (165 cm)
Nationality Flag of the United States.svg American
Born(1880-03-09)March 9, 1880
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
DiedFebruary 22, 1918(1918-02-22) (aged 37)
King's County Hospital
Brooklyn, New York
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights80
Wins65
Wins by KO44
Losses6
Draws8
No contests1

Terrible Terry McGovern (March 9, 1880 February 22, 1918) was an American professional boxer who held the World Bantamweight and Featherweight Championships. [1] [2] He was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania as John Terrence McGovern. [3] [4] Through most of his career he was managed by Sam H. Harris, who remained a lifelong friend. Many boxing historians considered McGovern's greatest attributes his punching ability and signature charges rather than his boxing style or defensive technique. That the majority of his wins were by knockout speaks to the power of his punch. [5]

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Early life

McGovern was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on March 9, 1880, to Irish parents. After the death of his father Joseph, he tried to help support his widowed mother by peddling vegetables after the family moved to South Brooklyn the year after he was born. Starting his professional career in 1897, several of his brothers would also attempt to make a living as boxers. [5]

He began boxing at Brooklyn's Greenwood Athletic Club in preliminary bouts at age 16. [6]

Professional career

In his impressive career, McGovern took both the World Bantamweight and Featherweight Titles. He defended the World Featherweight Title at least five times against Joe Bernstein, Tommy White, Aurelio Herrera, and twice against Oscar Gardiner. He lost it to Young Corbett II who defeated him in World Featherweight Title fights on two separate occasions. His victory over Frank Erne, World Lightweight Champion, led some to claim he was also heir to the World Lightweight Title, though most sources today believe the bout was not a sanctioned title fight. [3]

In his first 36 better-publicized bouts before taking the World Bantamweight Title, McGovern won an astounding 30, losing only to Johnny Snee and Tim Calahan. His winning streak did not end after taking the Bantamweight Title.

World Bantam Champ, 1899

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Portrait of McGovern

McGovern won the vacant World Bantamweight Championship on September 12, 1899, in a first-round knockout of British boxer Pedlar Palmer before a crowd of 10,000, using a series of heavy body blows. McGovern was only 19 years old and had been boxing professionally little more than two years. The bout took place at the Westchester Athletic Club in New York. The winner was to receive $7,500, and the loser $2,500, both sizable purses for the period, but far less than boxers would make for a World Title fight a decade later. The referee was George Siler. The fight was billed as the 116 pound championship. McGovern wore green trunks for the bout which he believed gave him luck. [7] [8] This was the first world championship bout under Queensberry Rules to end by a one-round knockout. McGovern never defended the title and relinquished it in 1900. [3] [9]

On November 18, 1899, he defeated New Yorker Patsy Haley in a first-round knockout in Chicago at Tattersall's in a non-title match. Like many of McGovern's early opponents, Haley was a skilled boxer, yet not a match for McGovern. Haley would become one of the best-known and most-respected New York-area referees in the 1920s and 1930s and referee an impressive array of World Title fights.

Win over Frank Erne, Lightweight Champion

On July 16, 1900, in an important bout, McGovern defeated World Lightweight Champion Frank Erne in a third-round technical knockout before a crowd of 13,000 in New York's Madison Square Garden. Erne knocked down McGovern with a blow to the head in the very first round, but McGovern took most of the count before landing on his feet and resuming the fight. Grinning and furious, McGovern was fastest in the third round showing his signature aggressive style. Erne, was down at least twice in the third round and had received a telling blow to the face from McGovern before his seconds threw in the sponge. Upon examination after the fight, Erne was found to have the most substantial injuries to his nose and mouth. The betting on the fight remained even for a considerable time, before McGovern took a slight lead before the fight. As Erne was the reigning World Lightweight Champion as a result of just beating Joe Gans, some sources credited McGovern with having taken the World Lightweight Crown as a result of winning the match by a TKO, but very few give him credit for the title today. [10]

On December 22, 1899, McGovern defeated Harry Forbes in what was billed by some sources as a World Featherweight match, but the bout was not widely recognized as one. McGovern knocked out Forbes in the second round at the New Broadway Athletic Club. Forbes went down after a terrific right-handed uppercut to the chin from McGovern, who was the aggressor throughout the short match. McGovern had beaten Forbes earlier in a 15th-round knockout in Brooklyn on October 1, 1898. [3] [11]

World Featherweight Champ, 1900

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George Dixon

McGovern moved up in weight from Bantam and captured the World Featherweight Championship from George Dixon on January 9, 1900, by scoring a technical knockout in the eighth round at the Broadway Athletic Club in New York. Dixon was not a favorite in the late betting. [12] McGovern seemed to dominate from the sixth round on, using frequent straight, short-arm punches into Dixon's body and face. He eventually scored a knock down. The bout was ended when Dixon's manager threw in the sponge ending the match. The great lightweight Charlie White was in McGovern's corner for the bout. Some controversy existed among bettors when the officials ruled the fight a knockout when it technically was not, as no ten count was completed against Dixon. A betting controversy was inevitable, as one source wrote that the Dixon fight was "one of the heaviest betting bouts ever staged in America". [13] [14]

Defenses of Feather Title

On June 12, 1900, McGovern defeated Tommy White at the Seaside Sporting Club in a decisive third-round knockout in Brooklyn, New York. After two minutes of fighting in the first round, the electric lighting in the club went out, nearly causing a panic among the crowd. Ten minutes later the lights went on again and the fighting resumed. An attendant fan, Frank Conlin, kept the crowd sedate by whistling a series of tunes. [3] [15] White was seriously outclassed in the battle, as he was knocked down once in the first round, twice in the second, and four times in the third. McGovern made no objection to White being 1/2 pound overweight at weigh in. Referee Johnny White did a full ten count against White in the third round to end the bout. [16]

On November 2, 1900, McGovern defeated the great New York Jewish featherweight Joe Bernstein in Louisville, Kentucky, in a World Featherweight Title fight. The bout ended in a seventh-round knockout. Bernstein was said to have "made a poor showing from the beginning." The fight was stopped by the referee George Siler when Bernstein could not rise in the eight round, after more than one knockdown, and a full eight count. [17]

McGovern scored a knockout over the legendary Black boxer Joe Gans in a non-title match on December 13, 1900. Gans claimed that he threw the fight. [3] The issue of whether Gans had quit early and intentionally ended the fight was put to a Chicago District Attorney. [18] Both fighters had warrants issued for their arrest for disturbing the peace which were thrown out the day after the fight. [19]

On April 30, 1901, before a crowd of 8,000, McGovern defeated Oscar Gardiner at the Mechanics Pavilion in San Francisco in a fourth-round knockout. They fought for a purse of $5,000 with the winner taking 75 percent. In the fourth round, Gardiner was knocked down three times before losing to a ten count after a blow to the stomach. Gardiner took a while to recover from the blows of McGovern after the count, and it was feared he was hurt seriously. [20]

In another defense of his World Featherweight Title, McGovern was credited with knocking out Aurelio Herrera in five rounds. Herrera afterwards claimed he had been doped during the fight. [3]

Loss of Feather Title, 1901

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Young Corbett II

McGovern lost his World Featherweight Crown when he was stopped by Young Corbett II in two rounds on November 28, 1901. Corbett also won their rematch. Of their March 31, 1903, rematch in San Francisco, Young Corbett was said to have the best of the last three rounds of the 11th-round knockout. McGovern had only a slight lead in the first eight rounds, as well as only a slight lead in the early betting. [21]

On March 14, 1906, McGovern lost a lightweight match to Battling Nelson at the National Athletic Club in Philadelphia in a six-round newspaper decision. The fight was described as "one of the fastest and most vicious battles ever seen in the ring." In both the fourth and fifth rounds Nelson staggered McGovern with heavy lefts to the neck and jaw. Although McGovern landed repeatedly on Nelson, his blows did not slow the assault of his opponent. He did not appear to gain an advantage until the sixth round when he became the aggressor. The bout could not have a referee ruling on points, but the Minneapolis Journal and four local Philadelphia newspapers gave Nelson the advantage. [3] [22]

McGovern finished his career with a record of 65 wins (42 KOs) 5 losses and 5 draws. As was common in that era, he also engaged in many No Decision bouts. In 2003, McGovern was named to the Ring Magazine s list of 100 greatest punchers of all time. Boxing historian Nat Fleischer ranked McGovern as the greatest featherweight of all time. He had an estimated lifetime earnings of $203,000, which included his income as a vaudeville entertainer. [5]

Life after boxing

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Vaudeville poster of McGovern, managed by Sam H. Harris

Like many boxers, McGovern lost some of his fortune betting on horses at the track before his retirement from boxing. He purchased a race horse and attempted to have one of his brothers ride as a jockey. He showed increasingly poor judgement in his betting as he slipped into mental illness.

McGovern spent much of his later life in mental institutions, though he was able to intermittently work odd jobs. He was working as a ticket taker at the Grand Opera House in Brooklyn near the end of his life. Two months prior to his death he was visiting Camp Upton, a WW I military port of embarkation on Long Island when he took ill. He died of pneumonia and Bright's disease, a kidney ailment in the charity ward of King's County Hospital, Brooklyn, New York, on February 22, 1918, at the age of 38. He died relatively poor, considering his lifetime earnings. In his final years he lived on a pension given to him by his manager and promoter Sam Harris. Harris had been managing some of McGovern's remaining wealth as a trust fund, and was able to give a complete estate of $10,000 to McGovern's widow which included the home they had been living in when McGovern died. [23] Harris looked after McGovern in his waning years, as did his friend Joe Humphries. McGovern was married and left one son, Joe, of 19 years, and had two surviving brothers, Philip and Hugh. His final service was at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, and he was subsequently buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn. [5] [24] [25] [26]

Official Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
80 fights60 wins4 losses
By knockout452
By decision140
By disqualification12
Draws3
No contests1
Newspaper decisions/draws 12

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 Date Location Notes
80 Draw 60–4–3 (13) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Spike Robson NWS 6 May 26, 1906 Flag of the United States.svg National A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
79 Draw 60–4–3 (12) Flag of the United States.svg Young Loughrey NWS 6 May 16, 1906 Flag of the United States.svg National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
78 Draw 60–4–3 (11) Flag of the United States.svg Young Corbett II NWS 6 Oct 17, 1906 Flag of the United States.svg National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
77 Draw 60–4–3 (10) Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Britt NWS 10 May 28, 1906 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
76 Loss 60–4–3 (9) Flag of Denmark.svg Battling Nelson NWS 6 Mar 14, 1906 Flag of the United States.svg National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
75 Win 60–4–3 (8) Flag of the United States.svg Harlem Tommy Murphy TKO 1 (6) Oct 18, 1905 Flag of the United States.svg National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
74 Win 59–4–3 (8) Flag of the United States.svg Eddie Hanlon TKO 4 (6) Oct 10, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg Industrial Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
73 Win 58–4–3 (8) Flag of the United States.svg Yock Henniger KO 2 (3) Jan 01, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg Lyric Theatre, Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
72 Win 57–4–3 (8) Flag of the United States.svg Billy Willis NWS 6 Dec 19, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
71 Win 57–4–3 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Briggs PTS 15 Oct 20, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg Criterion A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
70 Win 56–4–3 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Billy Willis NWS 6 Oct 03, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
69 Win 56–4–3 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Lew Ryall NWS 6 Sep 26, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
68 Loss 56–4–3 (5) Flag of the United States.svg Young Corbett II KO 11 (20) Mar 31, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, U.S. For world featherweight title
67 Win 56–3–3 (5) Flag of the United States.svg Billy Maynard KO 4 (6) Feb 25, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Penn Art Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
66 Win 55–3–3 (5) Flag of the United States.svg Joe Bernstein NWS 6 Feb 06, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Industrial Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
65 Win 55–3–3 (4) Flag of Ireland.svg Dave Sullivan TKO 15 (25) Feb 02, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Southern A.C., Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
64 Loss 54–3–3 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Young Corbett II KO 2 (?) Nov 28, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Coliseum, Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.Lost world featherweight title
63 Win 54–2–3 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Aurelio Herrera KO 5 (20) May 29, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, U.S.Retained world featherweight title
62 Win 53–2–3 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Oscar Gardner KO 4 (?) Apr 30, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, U.S.Retained world featherweight title
61 Win 52–2–3 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Joe Gans KO 2 (6) Dec 13, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
60 Win 51–2–3 (4) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Kid Broad PTS 6 Nov 13, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
59 Win 50–2–3 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Joe Bernstein KO 7 (25) Nov 02, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Nonpareil A.C., Louisville, Kentucky, U.S. Retained world featherweight title
58 Win 49–2–3 (4) Flag of Switzerland.svg Frank Erne TKO 3 (6) Jul 16, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
57 Win 48–2–3 (4) Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg George Dixon PTS 6 Jun 23, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
56 Win 47–2–3 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Tommy White KO 3 (25) Jun 12, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Seaside A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained world featherweight title
55 Win 46–2–3 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Ellwood McCloskey NWS 6 May 21, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Penn Art Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
54 Win 46–2–3 (3) Flag of the United States.svg Tommy Warren TKO 1 (25) Apr 20, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
53 Draw 45–2–3 (3) Flag of the United States.svg Tommy White NWS 6 Apr 17, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
52 Win 45–2–3 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Eddie Lenny KO 2 (6) Mar 15, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Industrial Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
51 Win 44–2–3 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Oscar Gardner KO 3 (25) Mar 09, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway A.C., New York City, New York, U.S. Retained world featherweight title
50 Win 43–2–3 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Eddie Santry TKO 5 (6) Feb 01, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.Retained world featherweight title
49 Win 42–2–3 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Ward TKO 1 (20) Jan 29, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg North Avenue Rink, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
48 Win 41–2–3 (2) Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg George Dixon TKO 8 (25) Jan 09, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway A.C., New York City, New York, U.S. Won world featherweight title
47 Win 40–2–3 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Harry Forbes TKO 2 (25) Dec 22, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway A.C., New York City, New York, U.S. Retained world bantamweight title
46 Win 39–2–3 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Charlie Mason KO 2 (10) Dec 18, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg People's A.C., Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
45 Win 38–2–3 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Freckles O'Brien KO 1 (10) Dec 18, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg People's A.C., Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
44 Win 37–2–3 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Kid Black KO 3 (4) Dec 12, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Trocadero, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
43 Win 36–2–3 (2) Flag of the United States.svg James J Corbett Jr. KO 2 (4) Dec 11, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Trocadero, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
42 Win 35–2–3 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Eddie Sprague KO 2 (10) Nov 30, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Coliseum, Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
41 Win 34–2–3 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Patsy Haley KO 1 (6) Nov 18, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
40 Win 33–2–3 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Turkey Point Billy Smith KO 3 (6) Nov 18, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
39 Win 32–2–3 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Billy Rotchford KO 1 (6) Oct 09, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
38 Win 31–2–3 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Fred Snyder TKO 2 (6) Sep 29, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Westchester A.C., Tuckahoe, New York, U.S.
37 Win 30–2–3 (2) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Pedlar Palmer KO 1 (25) Sep 12, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Westchester A.C., Tuckahoe, New York, U.S.Won world bantamweight title
36 Win 29–2–3 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Johnny Ritchie KO 3 (25) Jul 01, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Westchester A.C., Tuckahoe, New York, U.S.
35 Win 28–2–3 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Billy Barnett KO 10 (20) Jun 08, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
34 Win 27–2–3 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Sammy Kelly KO 5 (20) May 26, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
33 Win 26–2–3 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Joe Bernstein PTS 25 Apr 28, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
32 Win 25–2–3 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Patsy Haley KO 18 (25) Mar 14, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Lenox A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
31 Win 24–2–3 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Fred Snyder NWS 6 Feb 18, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Nonpareil A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
30 Win 24–2–3 (1) Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned.svg Casper Leon KO 12 (25) Jan 30, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
29 Win 23–2–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Austin Rice KO 14 (25) Dec 31, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Pelican A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
28 Win 22–2–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Rose KO 2 (25) Dec 17, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
27 Win 21–2–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Patsy Donovan KO 3 (6) Nov 26, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Nonpareil A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
26 Win 20–2–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Tim Callahan KO 10 (25) Nov 19, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
25 Win 19–2–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Harry Forbes KO 15 (25) Oct 01, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Pelican A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
24 Win 18–2–3 (1) Flag of Cuba.svg Eugene Garcia KO 5 (15) Sep 15, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
23 Draw 17–2–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Tim Callahan PTS 20 Aug 20, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Pelican A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
22 Win 17–2–2 (1) Flag of the United States.svg George Monroe DQ 7 (20) Aug 04, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
21 Loss 16–2–2 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Tim Callahan DQ 11 (25) Jul 23, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Pelican A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
20 Win 16–1–2 (1) Flag of the United States.svg George Monroe KO 24 (25) Jun 11, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Greater New York A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
19 Draw 15–1–2 (1) Flag of the United States.svg George Monroe PTS 20 May 05, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Waverly A.C., Yonkers, New York, U.S.
18 Win 15–1–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Fred Mayo TKO 6 (10) Apr 15, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Jacque's Auditorium, Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S.
17 Win 14–1–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Pinky Evans PTS 8 Mar 12, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Waverly A.C., Yonkers, New York, U.S.
16 Win 13–1–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Billy Maynard PTS 8 Feb 25, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Waverly A.C., Yonkers, New York, U.S.
15 Win 12–1–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Kelly KO 2 (10) Dec 31, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg National A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
14 Win 11–1–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Charles Roden PTS 6 Dec 18, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Polo A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
13 Win 10–1–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Harry Peterson PTS 6 Nov 13, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Polo A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
12 NC9–1–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Eddie Goodbody ND 1 (4) Oct 23, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
11 Win 9–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Jack Doyle TKO 7 (10) Oct 09, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
10 Win 8–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Johnny Reagan TKO 6 (6) Oct 02, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
9 Win 7–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Jack Leon TKO 7 (10) Sep 18, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
8 Win 6–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Billy Barrett PTS 10 Aug 23, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
7 Win 5–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Eddie Goodbody PTS 10 Aug 16, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
6 Draw 4–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Tommy Sullivan PTS 10 Jun 19, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
5 Win 4–1 Flag of the United States.svg Tom McDermott PTS 10 Jun 07, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
4 Win 3–1 Flag of the United States.svg Kid Dougherty PTS 10 May 22, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
3 Win 2–1 Flag of the United States.svg Eddie Avery PTS 4 May 05, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Polo A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
2 Win 1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Frankie Barnes PTS 10 Apr 17, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
1 Loss 0–1 Flag of the United States.svg Johnny Snee DQ 4 (10) Apr 03, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.


Unofficial Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
80 fights66 wins5 losses
By knockout452
By decision201
By disqualification12
Draws8
No contests1

Record with the inclusion of Newspaper decisions to the win/loss/draw column.

No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRoundDateLocationNotes
80Draw66–5–8 (1) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Spike RobsonNWS6May 26, 1906 Flag of the United States.svg National A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
79Draw66–5–7 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Young LoughreyNWS6May 16, 1906 Flag of the United States.svg National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
78Draw66–5–6 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Young Corbett II NWS6Oct 17, 1906 Flag of the United States.svg National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
77Draw66–5–5 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Britt NWS10May 28, 1906 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
76Loss66–5–4 (1) Flag of Denmark.svg Battling Nelson NWS6Mar 14, 1906 Flag of the United States.svg National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
75Win66–4–4 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Harlem Tommy Murphy TKO1 (6)Oct 18, 1905 Flag of the United States.svg National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
74Win65–4–4 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Eddie HanlonTKO4 (6)Oct 10, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg Industrial Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
73Win64–4–4 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Yock HennigerKO2 (3)Jan 01, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg Lyric Theatre, Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
72Win63–4–4 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Billy WillisNWS6Dec 19, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
71Win62–4–4 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy BriggsPTS15Oct 20, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg Criterion A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
70Win61–4–4 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Billy WillisNWS6Oct 03, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
69Win60–4–4 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Lew RyallNWS6Sep 26, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
68Loss59–4–4 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Young Corbett II KO11 (20)Mar 31, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, U.S. For world featherweight title
67Win59–3–4 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Billy MaynardKO4 (6)Feb 25, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Penn Art Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
66Win58–3–4 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Joe Bernstein NWS6Feb 06, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Industrial Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
65Win57–3–4 (1) Flag of Ireland.svg Dave Sullivan TKO15 (25)Feb 02, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Southern A.C., Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
64Loss56–3–4 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Young Corbett II KO2 (?)Nov 28, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Coliseum, Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.Lost world featherweight title
63Win56–2–4 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Aurelio Herrera KO5 (20)May 29, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, U.S.Retained world featherweight title
62Win55–2–4 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Oscar Gardner KO4 (?)Apr 30, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, U.S.Retained world featherweight title
61Win54–2–4 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Joe Gans KO2 (6)Dec 13, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
60Win53–2–4 (1) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Kid BroadPTS6Nov 13, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
59Win52–2–4 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Joe Bernstein KO7 (25)Nov 02, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Nonpareil A.C., Louisville, Kentucky, U.S. Retained world featherweight title
58Win51–2–4 (1) Flag of Switzerland.svg Frank Erne TKO3 (6)Jul 16, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
57Win50–2–4 (1) Canadian Red Ensign (1868-1921).svg George Dixon PTS6Jun 23, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
56Win49–2–4 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Tommy WhiteKO3 (25)Jun 12, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Seaside A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained world featherweight title
55Win48–2–4 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Ellwood McCloskeyNWS6May 21, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Penn Art Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
54Win47–2–4 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Tommy WarrenTKO1 (25)Apr 20, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
53Draw46–2–4 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Tommy WhiteNWS6Apr 17, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
52Win46–2–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Eddie LennyKO2 (6)Mar 15, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Industrial Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
51Win45–2–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Oscar Gardner KO3 (25)Mar 09, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway A.C., New York City, New York, U.S. Retained world featherweight title
50Win44–2–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Eddie Santry TKO5 (6)Feb 01, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.Retained world featherweight title
49Win43–2–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Jack WardTKO1 (20)Jan 29, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg North Avenue Rink, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
48Win42–2–3 (1) Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg George Dixon TKO8 (25)Jan 09, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway A.C., New York City, New York, U.S. Won world featherweight title
47Win41–2–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Harry Forbes TKO2 (25)Dec 22, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway A.C., New York City, New York, U.S. Retained world bantamweight title
46Win40–2–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Charlie MasonKO2 (10)Dec 18, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg People's A.C., Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
45Win39–2–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Freckles O'BrienKO1 (10)Dec 18, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg People's A.C., Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
44Win38–2–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Kid BlackKO3 (4)Dec 12, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Trocadero, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
43Win37–2–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg James J Corbett Jr.KO2 (4)Dec 11, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Trocadero, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
42Win36–2–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Eddie SpragueKO2 (10)Nov 30, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Coliseum, Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
41Win35–2–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Patsy HaleyKO1 (6)Nov 18, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
40Win34–2–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Turkey Point Billy SmithKO3 (6)Nov 18, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
39Win33–2–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Billy RotchfordKO1 (6)Oct 09, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
38Win32–2–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Fred SnyderTKO2 (6)Sep 29, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Westchester A.C., Tuckahoe, New York, U.S.
37Win31–2–3 (1) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Pedlar Palmer KO1 (25)Sep 12, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Westchester A.C., Tuckahoe, New York, U.S.Won world bantamweight title
36Win30–2–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Johnny RitchieKO3 (25)Jul 01, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Westchester A.C., Tuckahoe, New York, U.S.
35Win29–2–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Billy BarnettKO10 (20)Jun 08, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
34Win28–2–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Sammy KellyKO5 (20)May 26, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
33Win27–2–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Joe Bernstein PTS25Apr 28, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
32Win26–2–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Patsy HaleyKO18 (25)Mar 14, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Lenox A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
31Win25–2–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Fred SnyderNWS6Feb 18, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Nonpareil A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
30Win24–2–3 (1) Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned.svg Casper LeonKO12 (25)Jan 30, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
29Win23–2–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Austin Rice KO14 (25)Dec 31, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Pelican A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
28Win22–2–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy RoseKO2 (25)Dec 17, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
27Win21–2–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Patsy DonovanKO3 (6)Nov 26, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Nonpareil A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
26Win20–2–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Tim CallahanKO10 (25)Nov 19, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
25Win19–2–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Harry Forbes KO15 (25)Oct 01, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Pelican A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
24Win18–2–3 (1) Flag of Cuba.svg Eugene GarciaKO5 (15)Sep 15, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
23Draw17–2–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Tim CallahanPTS20Aug 20, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Pelican A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
22Win17–2–2 (1) Flag of the United States.svg George MonroeDQ7 (20)Aug 04, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
21Loss16–2–2 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Tim CallahanDQ11 (25)Jul 23, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Pelican A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
20Win16–1–2 (1) Flag of the United States.svg George MonroeKO24 (25)Jun 11, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Greater New York A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
19Draw15–1–2 (1) Flag of the United States.svg George MonroePTS20May 05, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Waverly A.C., Yonkers, New York, U.S.
18Win15–1–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Fred MayoTKO6 (10)Apr 15, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Jacque's Auditorium, Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S.
17Win14–1–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Pinky EvansPTS8Mar 12, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Waverly A.C., Yonkers, New York, U.S.
16Win13–1–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Billy MaynardPTS8Feb 25, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Waverly A.C., Yonkers, New York, U.S.
15Win12–1–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Jack KellyKO2 (10)Dec 31, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg National A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
14Win11–1–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Charles RodenPTS6Dec 18, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Polo A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
13Win10–1–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Harry PetersonPTS6Nov 13, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Polo A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
12NC9–1–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Eddie GoodbodyND1 (4)Oct 23, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
11Win9–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Jack DoyleTKO7 (10)Oct 09, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
10Win8–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Johnny ReaganTKO6 (6)Oct 02, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
9Win7–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Jack LeonTKO7 (10)Sep 18, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
8Win6–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Billy BarrettPTS10Aug 23, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
7Win5–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Eddie GoodbodyPTS10Aug 16, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
6Draw4–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Tommy SullivanPTS10Jun 19, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
5Win4–1 Flag of the United States.svg Tom McDermottPTS10Jun 07, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
4Win3–1 Flag of the United States.svg Kid DoughertyPTS10May 22, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
3Win2–1 Flag of the United States.svg Eddie AveryPTS4May 05, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Polo A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.
2Win1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Frankie BarnesPTS10Apr 17, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
1Loss0–1 Flag of the United States.svg Johnny SneeDQ4 (10)Apr 03, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.

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Achievements
Vacant
Title last held by
Jimmy Barry
World Bantamweight Champion
September 12, 1899 – 1900
Vacated
Succeeded by
Harry Harris
Preceded by
George Dixon
World Featherweight Champion
January 9, 1900 – November 28, 1901
Succeeded by
Young Corbett II