Tommy Ryan

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Tommy Ryan
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Real nameJoseph Youngs
Weight(s) Middleweight
Welterweight
NationalityAmerican
Born(1870-03-31)March 31, 1870
Redwood, New York, U.S.
DiedAugust 3, 1948(1948-08-03) (aged 78)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
StanceOriginal
Boxing record
Total fights105
Wins84
Wins by KO70
Losses2
Draws11
No contests3

Tommy Ryan (born Joseph Youngs; March 31, 1870 August 3, 1948) was an American World Welterweight [1] and World Middleweight boxing champion who fought from 1887 to 1907. [2] His simultaneously holding records in both weight classes was a rare and impressive feat for a boxer.

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Boxing career

Ryan was considered by many one of the greatest Middleweights in boxing history. He was the World Middleweight Champion from 1898 to 1906. Some of his opponents included Mysterious Billy Smith, Kid McCoy, Tommy West, and Jack Bonner. After his retirement as a fighter he became a boxing teacher and coach. He was credited with helping devise the crouching technique for defense. During his career of 97 fights he won 84 (70 by knockout), lost 2, with 11 draws. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1999, Ryan was also considered an excellent boxer-puncher. His boxing record was 84 wins (70 KO's), 2 losses and 11 draws.

Ryan first won the welterweight title in a match with Mysterious Billy Smith on July 26, 1894. He was knocked out by Kid McCoy in the 15th round on March 2, 1896. This bout forms part of the lore of the McCoy legend. McCoy served as a sparring partner for Ryan, and absorbed many beatings at the hands of his employer. Ryan was notorious for showing little mercy to his sparring partners.

Ryan and Fireman Jim Flynn, between 1910-1915 Jim flynn tommy ryan.jpg
Ryan and Fireman Jim Flynn, between 1910–1915

As a result, McCoy hated Ryan, and sought revenge. It is alleged that McCoy, who appeared thin, pale and frail, persuaded Ryan that he was seriously ill before their fight. McCoy, who was famed as a trickster, purportedly rubbed flour on his face so as to appear deathly ill. Ryan is said to have fallen for the ruse, failed to train properly and was not in top condition for the bout. Whether true or not, McCoy scored an upset win over Ryan in the non-title match.

In November 1941, Ryan accepted the position of boxing instructor at the Multnomah Athletic Club. A month later, he resigned the position and told The Oregonian , "I don't think I would have come west had I known that professional boxing was barred in the states of Washington and Oregon. There is too much money in other sections of the country for me to stick here at a $150 job". [3]

Ryan was also instrumental in the career of heavyweight champion James J. Jeffries. In fact, Ryan is credited with changing Jeffries' stance and teaching him to fight out of a crouch. Ryan also seconded James J. Corbett in his second attempt to wrest the heavyweight crown from Jeffries. Corbett however, blamed Ryan's strategy for his defeat. In 2003, Ryan was listed in The Ring magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time.

Ryan died on August 3, 1948, aged 78. [4]


Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
106 fights83 wins2 losses
By knockout691
By decision130
By disqualification11
Draws12
No contests3
Newspaper decisions/draws 6

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
106 NC83–2–12 (9) Flag of the United States.svg Ed Martin NC 6 Nov 29, 1911 Flag of the United States.svg Armory, Portland, Oregon, U.S.Ryan was the promoter. This was an exhibition. Martin subbed for Fritz Holland
105 Draw 83–2–12 (8) Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned.svg Hugo Kelly PTS 6 Mar 04, 1907 Flag of the United States.svg Bartholomay Pavilion, Charlotte, New York, U.S.
104 Win 83–2–11 (8) Flag of Ireland.svg Dave Barry KO 5 (20) Feb 05, 1907 Flag of the United States.svg Bell Opera House, Benton Harbor, Michigan, U.S.
103 Win 82–2–11 (8) Flag of the United States.svg Billy Stift KO 4 (10) Dec 29, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg Bell Opera House, Benton Harbor, Michigan, U.S.
102 NC81–2–11 (8) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Root NC 4 (6) Nov 23, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
101 Win 81–2–11 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Graham TKO 4 (10) Nov 15, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg South Bend, Indiana, U.S.
100 Win 80–2–11 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Tommy Wallace KO 5 (10) Oct 26, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg Bell Opera House, Benton Harbor, Michigan, U.S.
99 Win 79–2–11 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Bob Douglass KO 4 (8) Oct 10, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg Jai Alai Club, Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.
98 Win 78–2–11 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Beauscholte TKO 6 (10) Feb 24, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg Auditorium, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
97 Draw 77–2–11 (7) Flag of the United States.svg Philadelphia Jack O'Brien NWS 6 Jan 27, 1904 Flag of the United States.svg National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
96 Win 77–2–11 (6) Flag of the United States.svg John Willie KO 4 (20) Jun 30, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway Theater, Butte, Montana, U.S.
95 Draw 76–2–11 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Dan Hickey PTS 6 Jun 23, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg Auditorium, Battle Creek, Michigan, U.S.
94 Win 76–2–10 (6) Flag of the United States.svg James J Walker KO 5 (?) Jun 01, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg Battle Creek, Michigan, U.S.
93 Win 75–2–10 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Cyclone Kelly TKO 7 (10) Feb 03, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg Whittington Park A.C., Hot Springs, Arkansas, U.S.
92 Win 74–2–10 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Billy Stift KO 4 (10) Jan 15, 1903 Flag of the United States.svg Delaware Club, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
91 Win 73–2–10 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Barney Walsh KO 2 (6) Oct 03, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Turner Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
90 Win 72–2–10 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Beauscholte KO 3 (6) Oct 03, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Turner Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
89 Win 71–2–10 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Kid Carter KO 6 (20) Sep 15, 1902 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg International A.C., Fort Erie, CanadaRetained world middleweight title
88 Win 70–2–10 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Johnny Gorman KO 3 (15) Jun 24, 1902 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, LondonRetained world middleweight title
87 Win 69–2–10 (6) Flag of The Russian Empire 1883.svg Jimmy Handler TKO 4 (10) May 26, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Turner Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
86 Win 68–2–10 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Billy Stift PTS 10 Apr 03, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Turner Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
85 Win 67–2–10 (6) Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Mysterious Billy Smith KO 4 (10) Mar 14, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Turner Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
84 Win 66–2–10 (6) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tim Draffin Murphy KO 8 (10) Feb 25, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg Strope's Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
83 Win 65–2–10 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Beauscholte PTS 6 Feb 15, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg De Soto Club, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
82 Win 64–2–10 (6) Flag of the United States.svg George Green KO 7 (10) Jan 30, 1902 Flag of the United States.svg 3rd Regiment Armory, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.Retained world middleweight title
81 Loss 63–2–10 (6) Flag of the United States.svg George Green DQ 6 (15) Oct 10, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Jackson County Democratic Club, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.Ryan was disqualified for striking Green with his knee
80 Win 63–1–10 (6) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bob Douglass TKO 7 (10) Aug 22, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
79 Win 62–1–10 (6) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tommy West TKO 17 (20) Mar 04, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Auditorium, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.Retained world middleweight title
78 Win 61–1–10 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Jim Judge KO 4 (6) Jan 31, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg Minneapolis A.C., Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
77 Win 60–1–10 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Beauscholte KO 3 (20) Jan 17, 1901 Flag of the United States.svg City Hall, Springfield, Ohio, U.S.
76 Win 59–1–10 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Kid Carter PTS 6 Nov 27, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
75 Win 58–1–10 (6) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Geoff Thorne KO 3 (6) Nov 10, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Chicago A.C., Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
74 Draw 57–1–10 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Root PTS 6 Jul 24, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
73 Win 57–1–9 (6) Flag of the German Empire.svg Young Mahoney PTS 6 Jun 29, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Fort Dearborn A.C., Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
72 Draw 56–1–9 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Charles Kid McCoy PTS 6 May 29, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
71 Win 56–1–8 (6) Flag of the United States.svg George Lawler TKO 13 (20) Feb 02, 1900 Flag of the United States.svg Auditorium, Hot Springs, Arkansas, U.S.
70 Win 55–1–8 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Frank Craig TKO 10 (20) Sep 18, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Coney Island A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.Retained world middleweight title
69 Win 54–1–8 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Moffat PTS 20 Aug 31, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Auditorium for fistic carnival, Dubuque, U.S.Retained world middleweight title
68 Win 53–1–8 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Billy Stift PTS 20 Apr 19, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Saengerfest Hall, Davenport, Iowa, U.S.
67 Win 52–1–8 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Frank Neal KO 6 (20) Apr 06, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Tuxedo A.C., Dubuque, Iowa, U.S.
66 Win 51–1–8 (6) Flag of Ireland.svg Paddy Purtell TKO 4 (10) Mar 13, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Robinson Opera House, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
65 Win 50–1–8 (6) Flag of the United States.svg Charley Johnson KO 8 (20) Mar 01, 1899 Flag of the United States.svg Whittington Park, Hot Springs, Arkansas, U.S.Retained world middleweight title
64 Win 49–1–8 (6) Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Dick O'Brien TKO 14 (25) Dec 23, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Coliseum, Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.Retained world middleweight title
63 NC48–1–8 (6) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tommy West NC 6 Dec 02, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Arena A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
62 Win 48–1–8 (5) Flag of the United States.svg Johnny Gorman RTD 8 (20) Nov 23, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Turn Hall, Syracuse, New York, U.S.Retained world middleweight title
61 Win 47–1–8 (5) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Bonner NWS 6 Nov 08, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Arena A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
60 Win 47–1–8 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Bonner PTS 20 Oct 24, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Greater New York A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.Retained world middleweight title
59 Win 46–1–8 (4) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tommy West TKO 14 (20) Jun 13, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Lenox A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.Retained world middleweight title
58 Win 45–1–8 (4) Flag of the United States.svg George Green KO 18 (20) Feb 25, 1898 Flag of the United States.svg Woodward's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, U.S.Retained world middleweight title
57 Win 44–1–8 (4) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Bill Heffernan KO 3 (20) Dec 20, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Olympic A.C., Buffalo, New York, U.S.Won vacant world middleweight title
56 Win 43–1–8 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Billy Stift TKO 6 (12) Nov 30, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Battery D Armory, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
55 Win 42–1–8 (4) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australian Jim Ryan KO 5 (20) Nov 25, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Maple Avenue A.C., Elmira, New York, U.S.
54 Draw 41–1–8 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Charles Kid McCoy PTS 5 Sep 08, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Alhambra, Syracuse, New York, U.S.
53 Win 41–1–7 (4) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tom Williams KO 2 (20) Jun 21, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Alhambra, Syracuse, New York, U.S.
52 Win 40–1–7 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Patsy Raedy TKO 6 (20) May 24, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Rienzi A.C., Rochester, New York, U.S.
51 Win 39–1–7 (4) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Paddy Gorman TKO 3 (?) May 10, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Rienzi A.C., Rochester, New York, U.S.
50 Win 38–1–7 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Patsy Raedy TKO 18 (20) Mar 17, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Rienzi A.C., Rochester, New York, U.S.
49 Win 37–1–7 (4) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tom Tracey TKO 9 (20) Feb 24, 1897 Flag of the United States.svg Alhambra, Syracuse, New York, U.S.Retained world welterweight title
48 Win 36–1–7 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Billy Payne KO 4 (20) Dec 23, 1896 Flag of the United States.svg Alhambra, Syracuse, New York, U.S.
47 Win 35–1–7 (4) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Billy McCarthy TKO 7 (20) Dec 21, 1896 Flag of the United States.svg Empire A.C., Buffalo, New York, U.S.
46 Win 34–1–7 (4) Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Mysterious Billy Smith DQ 9 (20) Nov 25, 1896 Flag of the United States.svg Empire A.C., Maspeth, Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
45 Win 33–1–7 (4) Flag of Ireland.svg Dick Moore PTS 20 Aug 20, 1896 Flag of the United States.svg Lyceum Theater, Buffalo, New York, U.S.
44 Win 32–1–7 (4) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Billy (Shadow) Maber TKO 9 (20) Jun 22, 1896 Flag of the United States.svg Lyceum Theater, Buffalo, New York, U.S.
43 Win 31–1–7 (4) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Joe Dunfee KO 6 (20) May 18, 1896 Flag of the United States.svg Empire A.C., Buffalo, New York, U.S.
42 Loss 30–1–7 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Charles Kid McCoy KO 15 (20) Mar 02, 1896 Flag of the United States.svg Empire A.C., Maspeth, Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.For vacant world middleweight title
41 Win 30–0–7 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Henry Baker PTS 6 Jan 15, 1896 Flag of the United States.svg Powers' Opera House, Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
40 Draw 29–0–7 (4) Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Mysterious Billy Smith PTS 18 (25) May 27, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Sea Side A.C., Coney Island, New York, U.S.Retained world welterweight title;
Stopped when the police intervened, with Smith hanging helpless on the ropes
39 Win 29–0–6 (4) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tom Tracey TKO 8 (8) Mar 20, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
38 Win 28–0–6 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Emmett Mellody PTS 4 Mar 11, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
37 Win 27–0–6 (4) Flag of the United States.svg Shorty Ahearn NWS 4 Feb 25, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Triangle AC, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
36 Win 27–0–6 (3) Flag of the United States.svg Nonpareil Dempsey TKO 3 (15) Jan 18, 1895 Flag of the United States.svg Sea Side A.C., Coney Island, New York, U.S.
35 Win 26–0–6 (3) Flag of the United States.svg Billy Layton KO 4 (20) Sep 13, 1894 Flag of the United States.svg Saint Joseph, Missouri, U.S.
34 Win 25–0–6 (3) Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Mysterious Billy Smith PTS 20 Jul 26, 1894 Flag of the United States.svg Twin City A.C., Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.Retained world welterweight title claim;
Won world welterweight title
33 Win 24–0–6 (3) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Pitts KO 3 (?) Jun 01, 1894 Flag of the United States.svg Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
32 Win 23–0–6 (3) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Falvey KO 3 (8) May 22, 1894 Flag of the United States.svg Foot Guard Hall, Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
31 Win 22–0–6 (3) Flag of the United States.svg Harry Wilkes NWS 5 Apr 22, 1894 Flag of the United States.svg Olympic Theatre, Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.
30 Win 22–0–6 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Morris Lane TKO 3 (8) Apr 10, 1894 Flag of the United States.svg Savin Rock, West Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
29 Draw 21–0–6 (2) Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Mysterious Billy Smith PTS 6 Jan 09, 1894 Flag of the United States.svg Casino, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
28 Draw 21–0–5 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Joe Guthrie PTS 3 (10) Dec 11, 1893 Flag of the United States.svg Opera House, Naugatuck, Connecticut, U.S.Guthrie was practically knocked out, as he lay on the floor an outsider rang the bell. Referee declared he could have fought on if the bell wasn't rung
27 Win 21–0–4 (2) Flag of the United States.svg Harry Jamieson KO 2 (?) Nov 02, 1893 Flag of the United States.svg Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S.
26 Draw 20–0–4 (2) Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Mysterious Billy Smith PTS 6 Aug 29, 1893 Flag of the United States.svg Coney Island A.C., Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
25 Win 20–0–3 (2) Flag of Australia (converted).svg George Dawson NWS 6 Apr 08, 1893 Flag of the United States.svg 2nd Regiment Armory, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
24 Draw 20–0–3 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Tommy Kelly PTS 8 Dec 01, 1892 Flag of the United States.svg Detroit, Michigan, U.S.Exact date unknown.
23 Draw 20–0–2 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Jack Collins PTS 8 Nov 24, 1892 Flag of the United States.svg Auditorium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
22 Win 20–0–1 (1) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jack Wilkes TKO 17 (?) Jul 30, 1892 Flag of the United States.svg Germania Hall, South Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.Retained world welterweight title claim;
The bout was stopped by police in the 17th round
21 Win 19–0–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Paddy Brennan PTS 10 May 07, 1892 Flag of the United States.svg Dubuque, Iowa, U.S.
20 Win 18–0–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Con Doyle PTS 8 Apr 11, 1892 Flag of the United States.svg Grand Opera House, Dubuque, Iowa, U.S.
19 Win 17–0–1 (1) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Frank Howson KO 14 (?) Dec 13, 1891 Flag of the United States.svg skating rink, near Chicago, Illinois, U.S.Retained world welterweight title claim
18 Win 16–0–1 (1) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Billy McMillan KO 3 (?) Aug 08, 1891 Flag of the United States.svg Richardson, Illinois, U.S.Retained world welterweight title claim
17 Win 15–0–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Danny Needham RTD 76 (?) Feb 17, 1891 Flag of the United States.svg Twin City A.C., Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.Claimed vacant world welterweight title
16 Win 14–0–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Professor McGuire TKO 3 (5) Dec 06, 1890 Flag of the United States.svg Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
15 Win 13–0–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Frank Garrard NWS 3 Dec 06, 1890 Flag of the United States.svg Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
14 Win 13–0–1 Flag of the United States.svg Ed Bartlett KO 3 (?) Nov 23, 1890 Flag of the United States.svg Sheffield, Indiana, U.S.
13 Win 12–0–1 Flag of the United States.svg Con Doyle TKO 28 (?) Oct 05, 1890 Flag of the United States.svg Barn, Shelby, Indiana, U.S.
12 Win 11–0–1 Flag of the United States.svg John McInerssey KO 5 (?) Aug 07, 1890 Flag of the United States.svg Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
11 Win 10–0–1 Flag of the United States.svg Bob Harper KO 4 (?) Aug 04, 1890 Flag of the United States.svg Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
10 Win 9–0–1 Flag of the United States.svg Henry Baker KO 3 (?) Jun 06, 1890 Flag of the United States.svg Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
9 Draw 8–0–1 Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy Murphy PTS 57 (?) Oct 10, 1889 Flag of the United States.svg Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 Flag of the United States.svg Martin Shaughnessy KO 48 (?) Jun 18, 1889 Flag of the United States.svg Lake St. Clair Beach, Grosse Point, Michigan, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 Flag of the United States.svg Michael Dunn KO 9 (?) May 27, 1889 Flag of the United States.svg Ice House, Grosse Point, Michigan, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 Flag of the United States.svg Martin Shaughnessy KO 23 (?) Apr 30, 1889 Flag of the United States.svg Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 Flag of the United States.svg Dick England KO 23 (?) Dec 21, 1888 Flag of the United States.svg Lake City, Michigan, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 Flag of the United States.svg Joe Johnson KO 5 (?) Jul 20, 1888 Flag of the United States.svg Marion, Michigan, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 Flag of the United States.svg Chris Christopher KO 10 (?) Mar 03, 1887 Flag of the United States.svg Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 Flag of the United States.svg Jack Conway KO 3 (?) Feb 02, 1887 Flag of the United States.svg Rock Island, Illinois, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 Flag of the United States.svg John Case KO 5 (?) Jan 01, 1887 Flag of the United States.svg U.S.

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References

  1. "The Lineal Welterweight Champs". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia.
  2. "The Lineal Middleweight Champions". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia.
  3. "Pugilist Ryan, in huff, resigns". The Sunday Oregonian. Portland, Oregon. December 3, 1911. p. 20. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  4. "Tommy Ryan", BoxRec
Achievements
Preceded by
Mysterious Billy Smith
World Welterweight Champion
July 26, 1894 1898
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Mysterious Billy Smith
Vacant
Title last held by
Bob Fitzsimmons
World Middleweight Champion
October 24, 1898 December, 1906
Retired
Vacant
Title next held by
Stanley Ketchel
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jimmy Barry
Oldest living world champion
April 4, 1943 – August 3, 1948
Succeeded by
Matty Matthews

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