Irish & Irish-American Boxers



William Aimer
William Aimer (1812 - 1840) was an Irish bare knuckle boxing champion, being most famous for only ever losing one fight, the one that killed him.

Early life

Aimer was born on 8th March 1812 to a large gypsy family, he was one of 15 children. He was very poorly educated as a child and as a result could not read or write, but showed a natural ability for fighting.His height is reported from being between 6'4" & 6'6" and reportedly weighed at least 200lbs, being a prime example of a mesomorph. Aged 15 he started his fighting career, trained by his father, fighting boys from other gypsy families. By 18 he was fighting men twice his age (with twice the experience) as he had worn out the competition at his level.

Fighting career

In 1836, aged 24, Aimer fought Bartley Connolly also a top gypsy fighter at the time. The fight lasted for 80 rounds (at this period in time matches commonly continued until one man could no longer fight) until Connolly was finally knocked unconscious.Though he won Aimer suffered a broken nose, fractured wrist and a broken hand.

Aimer had won all of the 19 fights he had undertaken up to this point, 17 by knockout.


On 4th may 1840 he stepped up to fight Peter Norett, a relatively unknown fighter who had challenged Aimer in a bar. The fight was going Aimers way until he collapsed in round 18. He managed to regain consciousness and continue but Norett landed a blow to the side of a confused Aimers head knocking him down again. Aimer did not get back up.

The cause of death was diagnosed as a burst blood vessel on the left side of Aimers brain.

William Aimer was buried in Ireland, more that 200 gypsies attended his funeral, including Norett, who never fought again.


Irish Joey Archer, (born February 11, 1938 in New York City, New York), is a retired boxer. Archer defeated Sugar Ray Robinson in Robinson's final fight in 1965 (by unanimous decision), and fought Hall of Fame boxers such as Emile Griffith and Dick Tiger.

Paddy BarnesPaddy Barnes
Nationality: Irish
Birth date 9 April 1987
Birth place Belfast, Northern Ireland

Patrick Barnes, more commonly known as Paddy Barnes, (born 9 April 1987) is an Irish amateur boxer from Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. He represented Ireland in the light-flyweight division at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, where he won a bronze medal.


Francis Barrett Francie Barrett
Nickname(s) Southpaw
light middleweight
Birth date February 7, 1979
Birth place Galway, Ireland

Francis Barrett (born February 7, 1977 in Galway, Ireland), commonly known as Francie Barrett, is an Irish professional boxer, who represented Ireland at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.


Jimmy Barry (born March 7, 1870 in Chicago, Illinois – April 4, 1943) was an Irish-American boxer.

Barry fought out of Chicago as a bantamweight, and a flyweight, retiring with a record of 59-0. Along with Rocky Marciano, Ricardo Lopez, Ji-Won Kim, and Joe Calzaghe, Barry is one of only five boxing champions to retire undefeated. Barry won the Bantamweight Championship of the World match five times. On December 6, 1897 in London, England, Barry knocked out Walter Walter Croot in the 16th round to claim the World Bantamweight title for the fifth time. Croot struck his head on the floor and died of a brain injury. Barry was exonerated, but he never knocked a fighter out again. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2000.[1]

James Braddock StampJames Walter Braddock (June 7, 1905 � November 29, 1974) was a champion boxer. Fighting under the name James J. Braddock (ostensibly because two prior champions, James J. Corbett and James J. Jeffries had), his ability to win fights in which he was an underdog earned him the nickname Cinderella Man

A strapping young man born in New York City into a poor Irish family, following a successful amateur career Jim Braddock turned pro at the age of 21, fighting in the light heavyweight division. Three years later in 1929, his performance earned him a chance to fight for the championship but he narrowly lost to Tommy Loughran in a 15-round decision. This was followed by another loss to Maxie Rosenbloom and for the next six years he struggled to earn a living as the Great Depression took hold and income opportunities in the boxing business were limited for most mid-ranked fighters.

However, he was given a fight with the highly touted John "Corn" Griffin. Although Braddock was intended as a stepping stone in Griffin's rise, Braddock scored an upset victory. After defeating another highly regarded heavyweight contender, John Henry Lewis, he was given a title fight against the World Heavyweight Champion, Max Baer. Considered no more than a journeyman fighter, Braddock was chosen by the champion's handlers because he was seen as a guaranteed easy payday for the champion. In one of the biggest upsets in championship boxing, on June 13, 1935, in Long Island City, New York, Braddock won the heavyweight championship of the world as the 10 to 1 underdog. The fight showed a dogged Braddock taking heavy hits from the powerful champion but who kept coming until he wore Baer down. At the end, the judges gave Braddock the title with a unanimous decision.

Jim Braddock suffered from problems with his hands after several injuries and in 1936 his title defense in Madison Square Garden against the German, Max Schmeling had to be cancelled. When ready to fight, the 32-year-old Braddock chose to defend his title against the then 23-year-old star, Joe Louis. Realizing that Louis would be a heavy favorite and being an astute businessman, Braddock negotiated an agreement whereby he would receive 10% of Louis' future earnings. Braddock knocked Louis down in the first round of their June 22, 1937 bout, but Louis recovered and dominated the bout, earning an 8th round stoppage.

Braddock fought one more fight in 1938, winning a decision over a top ranked opponent, but time had caught up with him and, wisely, he retired. In 1954, he was given the James J. Walker Award in recognition of his long and meritorious service to the boxing industry.

On his passing in 1974 in New Jersey, Jim Braddock was interred in the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Englewood, New Jersey. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2001. A park in the city of North Bergen, New Jersey is named in his honor.

Martin Burke

BORN      : September 10 1897; New Orleans, Louisiana
DIED      : Unknown
HEIGHT    : 6-3
WEIGHT    : 170-190 lbs
ETHNICITY : White; Irish-American
MANAGER   : Jimmy Dunn

Burke fought all of the top names in the middlweight through heavyweight divisions.  He also served as a sparring partner
for Jack Dempsey. In retirement, Burke became a successful boxing & wrestling promoter in the New Orleans area.

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Anthony Byrne, more commonly common known as Tony Byrne or Socks Byrne(born in 6 July, 1930 in Drogheda, Ireland) is a former amateur boxer. Byrne won a bronze medal for Ireland at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia in the lightweight division.

Simon Byrne (1806 � 2 June 1833), nicknamed "The Emerald Gem", was an Irish bare-knuckle prize fighter. The heavyweight boxing champion of Ireland, he was drawn to England by the larger sums of prize money and his hopes to become the heavyweight champion there as well. He became one of only six fighters worldwide to have been involved in fatal fights as both survivor and deceased since records began in 1741.[1] His death was a factor contributing to the improvement of safety standards in English boxing.

Byrne fought in an era when English boxing, though illegal, was patronised by many powerful individuals. Its patronage and popularity did not, however, free it from corruption, heavy betting, and staged fights. Byrne fought just eight recorded matches. His career and notability can be evaluated by just three of those contests: his fights against Alexander McKay, Jem Ward, and James Burke. In the fight with McKay, McKay was killed; in the following fight against Ward, Byrne lost and was said to have been unfit to fight; and in his final bout against James Burke, Byrne himself was killed.

The Professor John H. Clark
Nickname(s) Professor
Nationality Irish American
Birth date May 18, 1849
Birth place Galway, Ireland
Death date July 26, 1922 (aged 73)

He was born in County Galway, but spent most of his childhood in England before moving to the United States. Clark was a clog and jig dancer before pursuing a career in prize-fighting. He was the Lightweight Champion of America for two streaks before losing to Arthur Chambers in 1879 following a 136 round bout. He owned a billiard hall and boxing school in Philadelphia. [1]

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michael carruth
Michael Carruth
Olympic Gold Medailist - Boxing

Michael Carruth's unbelievable achievement of winning a Gold Medal for Ireland in boxing, may never again be experienced in our lifetime. The Dubliner will be forever remembered as the man who won Ireland�s first Gold in boxing. The Barcelona Olympics bought the whole of Ireland to a standstill as Carruth, one of triplets, reached the pinnacle of success in the Welterweight final.

The Irish man beat the great Cuban Juan Hernandez who was the reigning Junior World Champion, a Latin American Champion and a Pan American Champion. Therefore it is one of our greatest honours in Terrace Talk Ireland that Michael Carruth so willingly came on the show to share with us one magical moment of one of Irish sport�s greatest successes.

Mike Cleary
Nationality Irish American
Birth date May 19, 1858
Birth place County Laois, Ireland
Death date September 5, 1893


Mike Cleary (born May 19, 1858 in County Laois, Ireland � September 5, 1893 in Belfast, New York) was an Irish-American boxer.

Cleary was born in County Laois, and emigrated to the United States. He was known as a quick and "scrappy" fighter. On October 18, 1882 he defeated the Middleweight Champion of America, John Rooke, in 3 rounds. Rooke had promised to knock Cleary out before the fourth round. [1]

Cleary suffered an accident which resulted in the amputation of a foot in 1893. He developed tuberculosis and died the same year. He was buried in Belfast, New York, but his body was moved next to his mother's plot at New Cathedral Cemetery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

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Joe Coburn

Coburn was an intelligent, crafty battler who was quick and agile; His footwork was good and he hit with two fast hands.

BORN: Jul 29 1835; Middletown County, Armagh, Ireland
DIED : Dec. 6 1890; New York, NY
HEIGHT : 5-9 1/4 WEIGHT : 154-190 lbs

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Jim Coffey

(the "Roscommon Giant")
BORN : Jan. 16, 1891; County Roscommon, Ireland
DIED : Dec. 20, 1959; Dublin, Eire
HEIGHT : 6-1 WEIGHT : 210 lbs
MANAGER : Billy Gibson
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steve collinsSteve Collins (Born July 21, 1964, in Dublin, Ireland), nicknamed 'The Celtic Warrior', is a former world boxing Champion. He is considered to be one of the toughest boxers of the past century, never having been stopped in a high profile career. The Irishman was part of a golden age of European Supermiddleweight boxing, along with Chris Eubank, Joe Calzaghe and Nigel Benn. He was trained by Freddie Roach throughout his career. Collins started boxing profesionally in 1986. However he was long considered the nearly man of boxing, after losing 3 World Title fights on points. It was not until Collins reached his 30's that he fulfilled his potential, becoming the WBO Middleweight champion and later the WBO Supermiddleweight champion.


William David Conn (October 8, 1917 in Pittsburgh-May 29, 1993), better known in the boxing world as Billy Conn, was a boxer who was world's Light-Heavyweight champion.

Conn debuted as a professional boxer on June 28, 1934, losing to Dick Woodard by a decision in four rounds. His first win came almost a month later, on July 20, against Johnny Lewis, by a knockout in three rounds.
Conn is now a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York.
He had a professional boxing record of 63 wins, 11 losses and 1 draw, with 14 wins by knockout. Retrieved from ""

cooneyGerry Cooney

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Gentleman Jim
corbettJames John Corbett,
born September 1, 1866 in San Francisco, California, United States � died February 18, 1933 in Bayside, New York, was a heavyweight boxing champion. He coached boxing at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Dubbed by the media as "Gentleman Jim Corbett," he was college educated and in addition to boxing, pursued a career in acting, performing at a variety of theaters. He has been called the "Father of Modern Boxing" because of his scientific approach and innovations in technique that changed prizefighting from a brawl to an art form.

On September 7, 1892 at the Olympic Club in New Orleans, Louisiana, Corbett won the World Heavyweight Boxing Championship by knocking out John L. Sullivan in the 21st round. His victory made him the first heavyweight boxer to win a championship under the Marquess of Queensberry rules which, amongst other things, established that a fight consist of three-minute rounds and required the fighters to wear leather boxing gloves.

Jim Corbett lost his championship to Bob Fitzsimmons on March 17, 1897 in Carson City, Nevada.

Following his retirement from boxing, Corbett returned to acting, appearing on stage and in film. He authored his autobiography under the title The Roar of the Crowd that was serialized by The Saturday Evening Post in six weekly installments during October/November of 1924. The following year, G.P. Putnam's Sons, published it in book form, marketing it as the "True Tale of the Rise and Fall of a Champion." In 1942, the story was made into a Hollywood motion picture titled, Gentleman Jim, starring Errol Flynn as Corbett.

On his passing in 1933, Corbett was interred in the Cypress Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. On its creation, he was elected posthumously to the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

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"Gentleman Jim" Corbett Knocks Out John L. Sullivan, 1892
Corbett was King of a New Era
Peter Corcoran
(British Bare Knuckle Heavyweight Champion 1771-1776)

Peter Corcoran was born in 1740 at Athy Co. Kildare, Ireland. He was the son a Farm Labourer, and from an early age he too worked on local farms. In the early 1760's he fled Athy to escape the law. It is alleged that Corcoran killed a local man in a drunken brawl about a woman. Corcoran left Athy, and he never returned.

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             Jack Dempsey                         dempsey ticket                                 

William Harrison "Jack" Dempsey (June 24, 1895-May 31, 1983), was an Irish-American boxer who won the world heavyweight title. During the 1920s he was involved in many famous fights.

Born in Manassa, Colorado, by age 16 Dempsey had begun hopping on trains and travelling west to fight as a professional. He would go into saloons and challenge for fights saying "I can't sing and I can't dance, but I can lick any man in the house". His exact fight record is not known because sometimes he boxed under the pseudonym, Kid Blackie. This practice continued until 1916. In between, he first appeared as Jack Dempsey in 1914, drawing with Young Herman in six rounds. After that fight, he won six bouts in a row by knockout (as Jack Dempsey), before losing for the first time, on a disqualification in four to Jack Downes. During this early part of his career, Dempsey campaigned in Utah frequently. He followed his loss against Downey with a knockout win and two draws versus Johnny Summerland in Nevada. Three more wins and a draw followed and then he met Downes again, this time resulting in a four round draw.

In '26, Dempsey fought former US Marine Gene Tunney in Philadelphia, losing his title on points in ten rounds in front of a record crowd announced at 120,557.

Legend says that one time, an elder Dempsey was mugged by a couple of teen thieves, whom he knocked out and held until the police arrived. He made friends with Wills and Tunney after retirement, and had many books written about his life. Dempsey even campaigned for Tunney's son John when he ran for the US Senate. One of Dempsey's best friends was Judge John Sirica who presided over the Watergate trials.

He had a record of 62 wins, 6 losses, 8 draws, 5 no decisions and 1 no contest, with 50 knockouts.

He is a member of the International Boxing Hall Of Fame.

In 2003, Dempsey was named the seventh best puncher of all time in boxing history by Ring Magazine.

Jack Dempsey is buried in the Southampton Cemetery, Southampton, New York.

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"Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey

nonp dempseyBORN: John Edward Kelly, Dec 15 1862; Curran, County Kildare, Ireland

DIED: Nov 1 1895; Portland, Oregon
MANAGERS : John Shanley, Stearns, Warren Lewis, Arthur T. Lumley, Gus Tuthill, Charley Dexter, Billy Madden and Denny Costigan

Jack Dempsey is considered by many as one of the greatest boxers pound-for-pound who ever fought in the ring. He moved well and was extremely quick, agile, and skillful. He was a two-handed fighter who could box or punch. His jab was quick and accurate. His right hand punch was stiff. He was game and cool under pressure. He could fight whatever style was needed to win. He often fought men 10-25 pounds heavier. In short, he was a crafty boxer-puncher who was an excellent ring general.

Dempsey was elected to the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1954

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The Legend of Dan Donnelly

  Jack Doyle
"The Gorgeous Gael"

jack doyleIrish boxer, known as "The Gorgeous Gael." Born at 12 Queen's Street in Queenstown (now Connolly Street in Cobh), he joined the Irish Guards at the age of 17 and boxed for the British Army, winning all 28 of his bouts, 27 of them by knockouts. He was brought out of the Army by a promoter named Dan Sullivan. In his first professional fight, he K.O.'d Chris Goulding, and won nine further bouts that year, all within the first two minutes. In July 1933 at the White City Stadium (now demolished) in London, he fought Jack Petersen of Wales for the British Heavyweight title, but was disqualified in the second round for punching below the belt and was suspended for six months. In his comeback fight, he knocked out Frank Borrington within 83 seconds. He then went to America, where he fought four times but was knocked out by Buddy Baer in the first round, and abandoned boxing for a while. He appeared in two Hollywood B-movies: "Navy Spy" (1934) and, three years later, in the title role of "McGlusky the Sea Rover" (a.k.a. "Hell's Cargo.") On his return to the British Isles, in his second comeback fight, against Alf Robinson, he was, again, disqualified. However, he beat Harry Staels in the sixth round and King Levinsky on points (the picture shows him after the Levinsky fight), only to be knocked out twice (1938 and 1939) by Eddie Phillips. His last fight was in 1942, in Dublin's Dalymount Park, against Chris Cole, who knocked him out in the first round; it is said that Doyle had spent far too much time in the hotel bar before the fight. Doyle was married twice: firstly, to the Hollywood actress Judith Allen, who divorced him, citing one Delphine Dodge as the "other woman"; and, in 1939, to Movita, who played Tehanni in the 1935 version of "Mutiny on the Bounty." That, too, ended in divorce in 1944, and she went on to marry Marlon Brando. Although Doyle had won 17 of his 23 professional bouts, he became an alcoholic, was declared bankrupt on two occasions, and spent a fortnight in Mountjoy Prison for assaulting a detective. It is said that, during his final years, his only sources of income were the �25 per month he received from Movita as part of their divorce settlement, and a remittance of �100 per month from the Dodge family, which was paid on the understanding that he had no further contact with their daughter. (bio by: Iain MacFarlaine)

Death: Dec. 13, 1978 Burial:Cobh Old Church Cemetery Cork, Co. Cork, Ireland

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John Duddy

Born in County Derry, Ireland, the young lad was raised around boxing with his father fighting as a professional boxer in the lightweight division in the early 1980's. At seven John stepped in the ring as an amateur and went on to compile a 100-30 record, winning the Irish National Junior, Intermediate and Senior Light Middleweight Championships. He earned a Silver Medal in the European qualifier but suffered a broken jaw and couldn�t continue to the finals. John set his sights on America and moved to Brooklyn, NY, and in 2003 embarked on his professional career stopping his opponent in round one of his pro debut. The great cut man Al Gavin served in John�s corner in four of his professional bouts. Since his 2003 debut John has stopped all seven of his opponents by knockout, five in the first round. In January of 2004 John stepped in the ring with 10-4-1 Ken Hock, who had stopped seven of his opponents by knockout prior to facing the then 3-0 Duddy. The young Irishman would dispose of his prey in four rounds and then go on to battle it out against the then undefeated Victor Paz, 7-0, nine months later. He needed only one round out of the scheduled six round bout to stop the southpaw. John is honest, hard working and very humble for a guy who is no doubt set to be a future star in the sweet science. In a candid interview Doghouse Boxing conducted with the rising star, the fighting Irishman gives his thoughts on his past and present as well as his future, which seems to be headed for the top.

Paddy Duffy (Welterweight Champion)

BORN: November 12 1864: Boston, MA
DIED: July 19 1890; Boston, MA


HEIGHT : 5-7
WEIGHT : 135-142 lbs

Considered the first welterweight champion, Paddy Duffy, like John L. Sullivan, was an Irish-American from Boston. His first fight, at age nineteen, was a knock-out victory over Skin Doherty in 1884.

Duffy won his first four bouts before fighting three draws with Paddy Sullivan. After one loss in a bout with Jack C. McGee, Duffy never lost again. He fought in Baltimore, Washington, and Philadelphia in 1886 and 1887 before returning to Boston, where he entered a four-fight series with Jack McGinty. Their first two fights ended in draws. Duffy won a six-round decision in the third fight and solidified his reputation by knocking out McGinty in the ninth round of the fourth fight.

At this point, Duffy sported a record of 21-1-11, which earned him the right to face William McMillan, the English welterweight champ. Fighting at Fort Foote in Vancouver, Canada, Duffy knocked McMillan out in seventeen rounds to claim the world title.

In Duffy's next fight, he faced Tom Meadows, the Australian champion, in San Francisco. At the time, the welterweight division had an upper weight limit of 142 pounds. Duffy tipped the scales for this bout at 140 while Meadows came in at 143. The two battled for 45 rounds before Duffy won on a foul. Duffy never fought again and died in 1890 at the age of 25.


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Source: Excerpted with permission from 'The Boxing Register' by James B. Roberts and Alexander G. Skutt, copyright 1999 by McBooks Press. All rights reserved. The 3rd edition of 'The Boxing Register' will be published in June 2002.

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Jimmy Elliott
elliottElliott was a strong, tough, and aggressive boxer who was unfair and tricky. He had great ability, but never trained seriously. Because of his unrestrained anger, he was twice arrested and sentenced to jail for armed robbery and assault and battery with intent to kill.

On March 1, 1883, he was shot by gambler Jere Dunn in a Chicago saloon and died shortly afterwards. He is buried in Calvary Cemetery.


BORN 1838; County Athlone, Ireland
DIED: March 1 1883; Chicago, Illinois

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Billy Finucane
(William J. Finucane)
("Billy McNamara")

finucaneFinucane was a scrappy fighter who was clever and carried a stiff punch; He fought many top contenders at the turn of the century.

BORN : Aug 10 1882; Limerick, Ireland
DIED : May 26 1951; Chicago, Illinois
WEIGHT: 120-130 lbs

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George Gardner

BORN : March 17 1877; Lisdoonvarna, County Clare, Ireland
DIED : July 8 1954; Chicago, Illinois
Height : 5-11 3/4
WEIGHT : 155-175 lb

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Jimmy Gardner
Gardner was a scrappy competitor who knew how to fight; He was not a great power hitter but was clever and difficult to beat; He lost only four fights in his first 11 years in the ring and was knocked out only twice during his career.
Among those he defeated during his career were Belfield Walcott, Jack Carrig, Tommy Devine, Patsy Sweeney, Kid Griffo, Jimmy Kelly, George Memsic, Willie Fitzgerald, Jack O'Keefe, Rube Smith, Charley Sieger, Rufe Turner, Young Erne, Otto Sieloff, Harry Lewis, Clarence English, Joe Walcott, Jimmy Clabby, Jack Fitzgerald, Bill McKinnon, and Terry Martin

Gardner was a brother of George Gardner (once Light Heavyweight Champion) and Billy Gardner, and a brother-in-law to Joe Thomas, hard-hitting middleweight of the teens.

BORN: Dec. 25 1885; Lisdoonvarna, County Clare, Ireland
DIED: Deceased

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Michael John "Jack" Gibbons
Saint Paul Light Heavyweight
jack gibbons

Active in the 1930's, the son of the legendary "St. Paul Phantom" Mike Gibbons, included among his opponents; Lee Savold, Frank Battaglia and Fred Lenhart.
Jack Gibbons fought when there was a single championship in each of the eight classic weight divisions. He was the No. 4-ranked middleweight in the world in 1935-36 and was the No. 6-ranked light heavyweight in 1936-37. He never lost as an amateur boxer, and he compiled a stunning record as a professional, winning 101 of 107 bouts from 1932 to 1938, including a 10-round decision over the rugged Tony Zale, who later defeated Rocky Graziano for the world middleweight title.

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Mike Gibbons
"The St. Paul Phantom"

Born: Mike J. Gibbons, July 20, 1897 St. Paul, MNmike gibbons
Died: August 31, 1956 St. Paul, MN

Height: 5-9
Weight: 148-154 lbs
Manager: Edwin Reddy
Professional Record: 62-3-4 (38 kayoes) 58 ND
Inductee International Boxing Hall of Fame: 1992
Ring Boxing Hall of Fame: 1958

Gibbons was an outstanding Middleweight of the teens. Despite never winning the title, he is regarded by some historians as one of the greatest Middleweights of all time. Indisputably, Gibbons was a great defensive fighter, mainly because of his tremendous footwork. Gibbons used this style to perplex much bigger fighters such as Jack Dillon. Harry Greb was quoted as telling his manager upon facing Gibbons "From now on, match we with one guy at a time." Gibbons retired because of failing vision. He entered business at St. Paul and became a member of the Minnesota Atheletic Commission. His brother was Tommy Gibbons

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Tommy Gibbons

tommy gibbonsBorn: March 22, 1891 St. Paul, MN
Died: November 19, 1960 St. Paul, MN
Manager: Eddie Kane
Professional Record: 57-4-1 ( 47 kayoes) 43 ND, 1 NC
Inductee International Boxing Hall of Fame: 1993
Ring Boxing Hall of Fame: 1963

Tommy Gibbons was an outstanding fighter who contended in the late teens and early 20's from Middleweight to Heavyweight. Gibbons, like his older brother Mike Gibbons, was a very clever fighter that knew every trick in the book and was very difficult to hit. Gibbons' most famous moment came in defeat, when in 1923 he challenged Jack Dempsey for the Heavyweight crown. Gibbons who was desperate for a title shot agreed to take the fight while only being paid expense, while Dempsey was paid $200,000. During the fight Gibbons made Dempsey look bad, but ultimately lost the 15 round decision. Gibbons fought on till 1925 when he was stopped by Gene Tunney. In retirement, Gibbons was elected to the post of Sheriff four times, and remained a pillar of his community till his death.

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gloverMike Glover
BORN : Michael J. Cavanagh, Dec. 18 1890; Lawrence, MA
DIED : Jul. 11 1917; Middleboro, MA
HEIGHT : 5-9
WEIGHT : 135-150 lbs

MANAGERS : Dave Daugherty (1908-1910), Al Lippe (1910-1916)

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Johnny Kilbane
(John Patrick Kilbane)

johnny kilbane

Kilbane was a clever, scientific boxer who did not hit with power but had plenty of ring "savvy." He held the Featherweight Championship for 11 years. After he retired from boxing, Kilbane refereed boxing contests, operated a gym, served in the Ohio State Legislature, and worked as the Clerk of the Cleveland Municipal Court.

Nat Fleischer ranked Kilbane as the #5 All-Time Featherweight; Charley Rose ranked him as the #7 All-Time Featherweight.

BORN: April 18 1889; Cleveland, Ohio
DIED: May 31 1957; Cleveland, Ohio


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Jake Kilrain
(John Joseph Killion)

kilrainKilrain was a bouncy, durable fighter with a solid punch and great stamina

He was recognized by Richard K. Fox (of the Police Gazette) as the Heavyweight Champion of the World in 1887.

BORN: February 9, 1859; Greenpoint, New York
DIED: December 22, 1937; Quincy, Massachusetts

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Tommy Loughran
(Thomas Patrick Loughran)

1927-29 Undefeated Light-Heavyweight Boxing Champion

Loughran was a master boxer with a perfect stance; He was quick on his feet and possessed excellent ring savvy.

Both Nat Fleischer and Charley Rose ranked Loughran as the #4 All-Time Light Heavyweight.

BORN : November 29 1902; Philadelphia, PA
DIED : July 7 1982; Altoona, PA

HEIGHT : 5-11
WEIGHT : 140-192 lbs
MANAGER : Joe Smith
From the Website:
Tommy Loughran World light heavyweight champion 1927 to 1929. "The Phantom Of Philly" a scientific boxer with an educated left hand, he expertly jabbed and stabbed his way over the best of his day. "They have to hit me to hurt me," said Tommy. "And they can't hit me." Few did.
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joe lynchJoe Lynch
Born Joseph Aloysius Lynch on November 30, 1898 in New York, NY. During an era replete with talented bantamweights, Lynch was one of the standouts. He turned pro in 1915 following a brief six-month amateur career. Tall for a 118-pounder, the 5'7 �", Lynch appeared frail but was anything but. He possessed a hard right hand that was often set up by an effective left jab. An extremely active fighter, he fought as often as two or three times a week. Bouts with Memphis Pal Moore, Frankie Burns, Monte Attell, Johnny Ertle, Charles LeDoux, Abe Goldstein, Jack Sharkey, Kid Williams and Pete Herman propelled him to the top of the talented division. While in the Navy, Lynch boxed two bouts with flyweight Jimmy Wilde (Exh. L3, L15) in 1918 and 1919 respectively. Upon returning home in 1919, he was soon poised to box for the bantam title. On December 22, 1920 he defeated Pete Herman for the world championship, only to lose it back in 1921. Following a win over Midget Smith, he regained his lost laurels with a 14th-round TKO over Herman's conqueror, Johnny Buff. After a successful title defense over Smith he dropped the title to Abe Goldstein in 1924 in his next defense. Lynch continued to box, including two draws with rival Moore, before retiring from the ring in 1926 having competed in nearly 160 bouts (71-17-12, 57 ND (38KOs). In retirement he lived on a small farm in New City, NY, where he served as postmaster for many years. Lynch was also appointed a judge by the NYSAC. On August 1, 1965, Lynch died from accidental drowning in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.

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Jack McAuliffe
"Napoleon of the Ring" (Lightweight Champion)


McAuliffe, who fought out of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, was one of the best lightweights ever; He was a wonderful two-handed fighter who depended upon straight blows, a left-right being his best combination; He was also very quick on his feet; Nat Fleischer ranked him as the #5 All-Time Lightweight in his early ratings.

BORN: March 24 1866; Cork, Ireland
HEIGHT : 5-6
WEIGHT : 128-141 lbs
MANAGER : Billy Madden (Some sources name Arthur Lumley as manager and backer)

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Dominick McCaffrey (Heavyweight Champion)

McCaffrey was a popular and sociable man; He was a first class boxer who moved quickly and boxed well; He often fought heavyweights much larger than himself.

BORN : September 24 1863; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
(Some sources report September 9 1863)
DIED : December 30 1926; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
HEIGHT : 5-8 1/2 (Some sources report 5-9)
WEIGHT : 160-168 lbs
MANAGERS : Billy O'Brien, George Brotherton

August 29, 1885 - Boxing's 1st heavyweight title fight with 3-oz gloves and 3-minute rounds fought between John L Sullivan and Dominick McCaffrey

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Charles "Cal" McCarthy

McCarthy was quick and "cat-like" in his movements and possessed a great left-hand jab. He used a cautious, deliberate syle of fighting but quickly took advantage of openings; In his day, he was called a "Wonder" and the most accomplished little man since Dick Hollywood. He fought two great fights with George Dixon -- a 70-round draw followed by a hard fought 22-round loss. McCarthy has been vastly underrated over the years.
BORN : 1869; McClintockville, Pennsylvania
DIED : November 27 1895; Hoboken, New Jersey

Mike McCoole
(the "Deck Hand Champion")

McCoole was big and strong but slow and clumsy.

BORN : March 12 1837; in Ireland
DIED : October 17 1886; New Orleans, Louisiana

HEIGHT : 6-2 WEIGHT : 200 lbs
BACKER : Harry Hill

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mcculloughWayne McCullough
"Pocket Rocket"

Wayne McCullough was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in July 1970. He grew up on the Shankill Road in a family with six brothers and sisters.

His two older brothers boxed (even though neither brother made a name for himself in boxing) and Wayne followed them to the Albert Foundry Boxing gym at the age of 8. At first, boxing was not his favourite sport, preferring to play football but, after a while, he realised he enjoyed the one-on-one aspect of boxing and decided to take it to the next level.

Wayne became one of the top fighters in the history of boxing in Ireland, North & South. He fought over 50 International tournaments for Ireland fighting a total of 319 contests, losing only 11.

Packey McFarland
"Pride of the Stockyards"
"Chicago Flash"
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Barry McGuigan

Major Titles: All Ireland Amateur Champion (1976)
Commonwealth Champion (1978)
British Featherweight Champion (1983)
European Champion (1983)
WBA Featherweight Champion (1985)
Fight Record: Won 32 (28 inside), Lost 3, Drawn 0
Born: Finbar Patrick McGuigan in Monaghan, Ulster, Ireland 28th February, 1961
Hometown: Clones, Co. Monaghan, Republic of Ireland

Barry McGuigan ("The Clones Cyclone") is probably the most famous person to come out of Clones. He was crowned World Boxing Association (WBA) Champion in June 1985, achieving unparalleled popularity in Ireland and throughout the world. He was was born in Clones in 1961, one of a family of 8 (5 girls and 3 boys). His father, Pat McGuigan (also known as Pat McGeehan, his stage name) was a noted singer, and represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest of 1968, finishing a creditable third. Barry McGuigan factfile.

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Tom McCormick (Welterweight Champion)

BORN : August 8 1890; Dundalk, Louth, Ireland
DIED : June 1916; in France

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"Terrible" Terry McGovern (Bantam- & Featherweight Champion)

terry mcgovernBORN: March 9 1880; Johnstown, PA
DIED: February 26 1918; Brooklyn, New York

HEIGHT : 5-4 WEIGHT : 112-127 lbs
MANAGER : Jimmy Dunn, Sam Harris, and Joe Humphreys

McGovern was a dynamic, aggressive fighter and a very hard hitter; Nat Fleischer ranked him as the #1 All-Time Featherweight; Charley Rose ranked him as the #1 All-Time Bantamweight

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Victor McLaglen
(Victor Andrew McLaglen)

mclaglenBORN   : December 11 1883; Tunbridge Wells,  Kent, England (Some sources report December 10 or December 11 1886)
DIED   : November 7 1959; Newport Beach, California
HEIGHT : 6-3
WEIGHT : 195 lbs

McLaglen was a strong puncher who made more money after his fighting career when he became a movie actor than he did as a fighter; He lived in Cape Town, South Africa as a youngster and for years claimed it as his hometown; His father was the Bishop of Claremont; Two of his six brothers boxed without much success; His other brothers performed as an acrobatic troupe called The Romano Brothers

At various times in his life, he lived as a prospector in Canada, a policeman, a professional wrestler, a circus strongman, and a movie actor

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Jimmy "Baby Face" McLarnin 
(2 time Welterweight Champion)

Born: December 19, 1907, Hillsborough, Ireland
Died: October 28th, 2004 California
Pro Record: 55-11-3 (20 Kayos)
Manager: Pop Foster

McLarnin was born in Belfast, in Northern Ireland, but grew up in Vancouver, Canada, where he later came under the influence of Pop Foster a former British army soldier and boxing instructor.

Welter-weight champion of the world twice between 1933 and 1935, Irish American, McLarnin rightly had little truck with those sports theorists who believed that social deprivation was a necessity for success in the boxing ring. A belief McLarnin underlined in a 1970 interview when he admitted that prior to turning to professional boxing he had already amassed $100,000 in the bank by the time he was 19 in 1926 (around 1 million in today's value).


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 "Hurricane" Peter McNeeley


mctigue"Bold" Mike McTigue
(Michael Francis McTigue)

McTigue was a clever fighter and a good hitter whose skills "came together" late in his care.

Charley Rose ranked McTigue as the #10 All-Time Light Heavyweight
BORN : November 26 1892; Country Clare, Ireland
DIED : August 12 1966; Jamaica, Queens, New York
HEIGHT : 5-9;
WEIGHT : 155-175 lbs
MANAGERS : Joe Jacobs, Jimmy Johnston
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rintyRinty Monaghan (Flyweight Champion)

Born: August 21, 1920 Belfast, Northern Ireland
Died: March 3, 1984 Belfast, Northern Ireland
Real Name: John Joseph Monaghan
Professional Record: 43-8-3 (19 kayos)
Manager: Frank McAloran

A professional fighter from the age of 14, John Joseph "Rinty" Monaghan made his name in a series of thrilling world title fights which captivated the citizens of Belfast in the years immediately after the second world war.

Born in the docks area of Belfast on August 21, 1920, Monaghan began boxing as a child and fought in 22 professional fights before his eighteenth birthday. The second world war interrupted Monaghan�s promising career and he served in the British army for a time.

After the war Monaghan made the King�s Hall in the Balmoral area of Belfast his kingdom as the people of the city flocked to see him fight. He captured the NBA world flyweight title in October 1947, and became the undisputed world champion by beating the great Scottish fighter Jackie Patterson in March 1948. Monaghan also delighted his fans by taking the microphone after fights to sing �When Irish Eyes are Smiling� to the crowd, earning him the nickname of �The Singing Irishman�.

He went on to hold the British, European, Commonwealth and World flyweight titles, but chronic bronchitis caused him to retire while still champion in 1950. He then worked in cabaret, and later as a taxi driver and garage attendant, always living in the docks area of Belfast. He died at his Corporation St home in March 1984.

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morrisCarl E. Morris
(the "Original White Hope")

Morris was a big, strong heavyweight with a punch but was slow-moving; He was a White Hope of the teens.

BORN : February 23 1887; Fulton, Kentucky
DIED : July 11 1951; Pasadena, California
HEIGHT : 6-4
WEIGHT : 225-245 lbs
ETHNICITY : Irish-Cherokee-American
MANAGER : Nate Lewis (1917-)
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John Morrissey
("Old Smoke")

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Morrissey was strong, tough, and game but possessed little boxing science.
After retiring from the ring, he became a prominent politician and served two terms in the United States Congress.
He was elected to the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1954
BORN : February 5 1831; Templemore, Tipperary County, Ireland
DIED : May 1 1878; Saratoga, New York
HEIGHT : 5-11 3/4   WEIGHT : 170-176 lbs

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Irish Bob Murphy

Bob Murphy, (July 22, 1922-August 1, 1961), was an American light heavyweight boxer who fought from 1945 to 1954. He was born Edwin Lee O'Connely in Flagler, Colorado, but fought out of San Diego, California. Murphy, who was a southpaw, made the Ring Magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time.

He unsuccessfully challenged Joey Maxim for the light heavyweight championship on August 22, 1951. Although Murphy entered the ring as the favorite, Maxim clearly out boxed him and won a unanimous 15 round decision.

Murphy's biggest win came on June 27, 1951 against former middleweight champion Jake LaMotta, who had moved up to the lightheavyweight division after losing his crown to Sugar Ray Robinson. La Motta appeared poorly prepared for the bout and was stopped when he could not answer the bell for the eighth round. The two fought a rematch on June 11, 1952, and La Motta won the decision.

Murphy was killed in an automobile accident in 1961.

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"Torpedo" Billy Murphy
(Thomas William Murphy)
Murphy was a scrappy fighter and a sharp hitter who possessed a devastating punch;
He had a very long reach for a man of his size and hit hard with swings and uppercuts

Murphy was not a great defensive fighter but was game and possessed good recuperative powers after being hit

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"Philadelphia" Jack O'Brien

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O'Brien was agile, moved quickly, and was a limber, two-handed puncher;
He was not a particularly hard hitter but landed often.
His best punches were a left jab and a hard overhand right;
Jack was also a good defensive fighter who blocked punches well and counter-punched accurately.

Nat Fleischer ranked O'Brien as the #2 All-Time Light Heavyweight; Charley Rose ranked him as the #3 .

BORN : January 17 1878; James Francis Hagen, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DIED : November 12 1942; New York City, New York
MANAGER : Harry Pollock

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odowdMicheal "Mike" O'Dowd
The "St. Paul Cyclone"
O'Dowd was slippery and very difficult to hit with a solid punch;
He was knocked out only once in his long career -- in his last fight.

BORN : April 5 1895; St. Paul, Minnesota
DIED : July 28 1957; St. Paul, Minnesota

HEIGHT : 5-9
WEIGHT : 145-160 lbs

MANAGERS : Mike McNulty, Jack Reddy, Paddy Mullins

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Sean O'Grady (1959- )Professional boxing champion Sean O'Grady was born in Austin, Texas, on February 10, 1959. The son of Pat and Jean O'Grady, Sean moved with his family to Oklahoma City in 1969. After a brief amateur boxing career O'Grady turned professional at age fifteen in January 1975.

Trained, promoted, and managed by his father, O'Grady had an eight-year career in which he compiled a record of eighty-one wins and five losses, with seventy wins by knockout. On July 27, 1980, O'Grady won the United States Boxing Association lightweight championship in Omaha, Nebraska, with a twelve-round decision over Gonzallo Montellano. Fighting in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 1, 1980, the young boxer failed to capture the World Boxing Council lightweight title from champion Jim Watt. On April 12, 1981, he won the World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight championship in Atlantic City, New Jersey, defeating Hilmer Kenty over fifteen rounds. The WBA soon removed O'Grady as champion for not defending against their top contender. In response, Pat O'Grady formed the World Athletic Association with Sean as lightweight champion, a title he lost in his first defense. After two additional losses O'Grady retired in 1983. A popular fighter, Sean O'Grady was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in1992. Since retiring, O'Grady has worked as a boxing analyst for several television networks.

Paddy Ryan

BORN : March 14 1851; Thurles, Tipperary, Ireland (not 3/15/53)
(Ryan lived in Troy, New York, USA)
DIED : December 14 1900; Green Island, New York
(near Troy, NY, some sources report 1901)

HEIGHT : 5-11 (Reports vary between 5-11 and 6-1 1/2)
WEIGHT : 195-220 lbs


Ryan was a boxer-wrestler who possessed bull-strength; He was a better wrestler than a boxer; He was not brought along properly to improve his boxing skills before taking on the better men of his day; Had he been taught correctly, he might have been much better. Elected to the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1973

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"Sailor" Tom Sharkey
sharkeySharkey was a short, squat battler who was the near-equal of the modern fighter, Rocky Marciano; He was powerful, durable, rough, and dirty

Sharkey fought during the time of Jim Jeffries, Jim Corbett and Bob Fitzsimmons; his 1896 bout with Fitzsimmons was billed as a Heavyweight Title Fight, but his crown evaporated once Corbett made clear his intent to return to the ring. He was elected to the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1959

BORN : Thomas J. Sharkey, Nov. 26 1873; Dundalk, Ireland
DIED : April 17 1953; San Francisco, California
HEIGHT : 5-8 1/2
WEIGHT : 172-205 lbs

MANAGERS : Dan Lynch, Tom O'Rourke

jimmy slattery
Jimmy Slattery fought many of the great Hall of Famers during his time such as Maxie Rosenbloom, Harry Greb, Tommy Burns, Jack Delany, Young Stribling and Tommy Loughran. Jimmy won the N.B.A. Light Heaveyweight title on Aug 30, 1927 when he beat Maxie Rosenbloom in a 10 round decision. He lost the title Dec 12 of that year when Tommy Loughran beat him in a 15 round decision.

Jimmy Slattery wasn't done yet though because 3 years later he was awarded the N.Y. Commision Light Heaveyweight title when he beat Lou Scozza in a 15 rounder. He held that title for over a year until he lost it to "Slapsie" Maxie on August 5, 1931. Pictured here is a photo card of Slattery supplied by PUG.


Dave Sullivan (Featherweight Champ 1898)

BORN: May 19 1877; Cork, Ireland
DIED: 1929; Cork, Ireland
HEIGHT : 5-4 1/2
WEIGHT : 112-130 lbs

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john l sullivanJohn L. Sullivan
(the "Boston Strong Boy")


Sullivan was a boxing immortal, the link between bare knuckles and glove fighting, and the first great American sports idol. He was powerful, quick, could hit with either hand but had exceptional strength in his right, and could take punishment; He is considered still by some to be one of the best heavyweights ever. Sullivan was elected to the Intl. Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990

BORN : October 15 1858; Roxbury, Boston, MA

DIED : February 2 1918; Abington, MA


HEIGHT : 5-10 1/4 (Some report 5-10 1/2)


WEIGHT: 190-229 lbs
MANAGERS : Billy Madden, Al Smith, Frank Moran, Pat Sheedy, Harry Phillips, Charles E. "Parson" Davies, Ed Holske, Jimmy Wakely, Frank Hall, and Arthur T. Lumley (possibly William Muldoon at times)


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Yankee Sullivan
(James Ambrose)
(alias Frank Murray)

yankee sullivanBORN : March 10 1811; Brandon, Ireland (near Cork)
(Various sources report April 12, 1813 or April 12, 1815)
DIED : May 31 1856; San Francisco, California (found dead in prison)


HEIGHT : 5-10


WEIGHT : 160 lbs


Sullivan was fast, tough, spunky and hit hard with both fists


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Steve Taylor
(John Mahan)

BORN : January 26 1851; Kells County, Meath, Ireland
HEIGHT : 6-0
WEIGHT : 200-265 lbs

Taylor lived in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he worked as a coroner circa 1872-1873. Taylor was the Champion of New Jersey during 1877-1883. He also worked as a cop on Coney Island, Brooklyn. In the 1945 movie, "The Great John L.," Taylor is introduced as Sullivan's undefeated opponent, with 21 straight wins.


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Gene Tunney

tunneyTunney was an intelligent, dedicated, determined, self-made fighter; He studied each opponent in detail and was prepared and well-trained for every fight. He was quick, had boxing "savvy," possessed a sharp jab, a stiff right hand punch and used good footwork.

Nat Fleischer ranked Tunney as the #8 All-Time Heavyweight; Charley Rose ranked him as the #6 All-Time Heavyweight.

BORN : James Joseph Tunney, May 25 1897; New York, NY
DIED : Nov 7 1978, Greenwich, CT

HEIGHT : 6-0 1/2
WEIGHT : 155-192 lbs
MANAGERS : Billy Jacob (1915-1918),Billy Roche and Sammy Kelly (1919-1920), Frank "Doc" Bagley (1920-1922), and Billy Gibson (1923-1928)

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Mickey Walker
The man knicknamed "The Toy Bulldog " was a welterweight and middleweight champion but ultimately won the hearts of boxing fans by fearlessly taking on heavyweights and light heavyweights. In 1922, Walker dethroned welterweight champion Jack Britton and made successful title defenses against Pete Latzo, Jimmy Jones, Lew Tendler and Bobby Barrett.
Walker is rated among the greatest "pound-for-pound" fighters who ever entered the ring; He was strong, rugged, and durable; He fought everyone -- even much heavier men and held his own. Nat Fleischer ranked Walker as the #4 All-Time Middleweight; Charley Rose ranked him as the #3 All-Time Middleweight. Walker was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.

BORN : Edward Patrick Walker,
July 13 1901; Elizabeth, New Jersey
DIED : April 28 1981; Freehold, New Jersey
HEIGHT : 5-7
WEIGHT : 140-170 lbs

MANAGERS : Johnny Anthes (1919-1920), Jack Bulger (1920-1923), Joe Diegnan (1923-1925), Jack Kearns (1925-1934), Bill Duffy (1934-1935)

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  "Irish" Micky Ward
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"Irish" Micky Ward (born October 4, 1965) is a junior welterweight professional boxer from Lowell, Massachusetts. Ward won three New England Golden Gloves titles as an amateur before turning pro in 1985. After a stretch of defeats in the early 1990s, Ward hung up the gloves for a period of three years. He returned in 1994 with a vengeance, winning nine straight fights and earning some fights against big name fighters like Arturo Gatti.





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