Hank Griffin

BORN   c 1870
DIED   May 2 1911; Ann Arbor, Michigan; (Some sources report May 20 1911; age 41)
HEIGHT 6-1
WEIGHT 180-215 lbs
MANAGER "Uncle" Tom McCarey

 

Some sources report that Griffin was past his prime when he met Jim Jeffries in 1895; They also state that Griffin had 219 bouts up to that time, winning 103 by knockout; Photographs of Griffin make him appear to be 6-2 or 6-3 and about 200 lbs

His greatest skills as a boxer were the use of his long arms in jabbing an opponent and his defensive ability

Following his ring career, Griffin ran a boxing school in Ann Arbor, Michigan until his death

1890
Jun    Joe Soto                                                      W  4

1891
Jun 12 Bill Manning                Los Angeles, Ca                   W  4
          -Some sources report "KO"
Sep 15 Happy Jack                                                   KO 11

1892
Apr    Black Pearl (Harris Martin) Los Angeles, Ca                  KO  4

1893
Apr    Frank Childs                Los Angeles, Ca                   D 20

1895
Jan    Ed Woodworth                Los Angeles, Ca                  KO 11
Sep  4 Hank "Kid" Lorraine         Los Angeles, Ca                  ND  4
Sep 19 Jim Jeffries                Los Angeles, Ca                  LK 14
          -Some sources report "LT 17";
          Some sources report 1896

1896
Oct 15 Hank "Kid" Loraine          San Bernardino, Ca               KO  4

1897
Sep    Tom Massey                                                   KO  7
Sep 15 Billy Kennedy                                                 D  4
Oct    Billy Kennedy               Anaheim, Ca                      KO  2
Nov    Herbert Swifty                                               KO  4
Dec 15 Dan Long                                                     KO  4

1898
Aug    Charles Lampey                                               KO  7
Dec    Bob Jones                   Los Angeles, Ca                   D 15

1899
Jun    Tom Massey                                                   KO  4
Sep  4 Lige Robinson               Los Angeles, Ca                  KO  2
Dec    John Cramer                                                  KO  3

1900
Jan 10 Bob McLain                  Los Angeles, Ca                  KO  6
          -Some sources report "Bob McClain";
          Some sources report "KO 3"
Jan 24 A.T. Comes                  Los Angeles, Ca                  TK  3
Apr  4 Charles Lawler              Oakland, Ca                      TK  3
May  5 Jack Monroe                 Watsonville, Ca                   W 20
          -Some sources report 4/18/01
       Jack Morrow                 Watsonville, Ca                   W 20
          -Perhaps, this the 5/05/00 bout
Jul    Jim Clark                   Petaluma, Ca                     KO  4
Oct 28 Bob Jones                   Vallejo, Ca                      LT 11
Dec 26 P.J. Maguire                San Francisco, Ca                KO  1

1901
Mar 29 Rufus Thompson              Los Angeles, Ca                  TK  1
          -Some sources report "Rufus Williams";
          Some sources report "KO 2"
Apr 18 Jack Munroe                 Watsonville, Ca                   D 20
May  7 Joe Kennedy                 Los Angeles, Ca                   D 20
Jul  2 Joe Kennedy                 Los Angeles, Ca                   D 20
Jul 30 Ben Tremble                 Los Angeles, Ca                  KO  8
          -Reports vary -"WF 8" - "KO 9" - "TK 9"
Sep 17 Jim Jeffries                Los Angeles, Ca                  EX  4
          -Griffin lasted four rounds and claimed a "Draw";
          Jeffries knocked Griffin down three times; Griffin 
          was knocked down in rounds one and two and ran 
          thereafter; Reports vary - "ND 4" - "L 4"
Oct  3 "Denver" Ed Martin          Los Angeles, Ca                  LK  7
          -Some sources report 10/02/01;
          Some sources report "L"
Nov  4 Jack Johnson                Bakersfield, Ca                   W 20
Nov 22 Con Sheehan                 Oakland, Ca                      TK  1
          -Some sources report "KO 7" or "TK 7";
          Some sources report 11/23/01
Dec 27 Jack Johnson                Oakland, Ca                       D 15

1902
Jun 20 Jack Johnson                Los Angeles, Ca                   D 20
          -Some sources report "Oakland, Ca"
Jul  6 Jack Johnson                Los Angeles, Ca                   D 20
Aug  1 Bob Fitzsimmons             Los Angeles, Ca                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Aug  9 Bob Fitzsimmons             Los Angeles, Ca                  EX  1
Aug  9 Bob Fitzsimmons             Los Angeles, Ca                  EX  1
Aug  9 Bob Fitzsimmons             Los Angeles, Ca                  EX  1
          -The previous 3 bouts were held the same date
Sep 12 Fred Russell                Los Angeles, Ca                  LK 14
          -Some sources report 9/13/02
Oct  9 Tom Massey                  Oxnard, Ca                        D  4
Dec 19 Calvin Shaw                 Oxnard, Ca                       TK  3

1903
Mar 18 Tom "Soldier" Wilson        Los Angeles, Ca                  TK  2
Apr 25 Eddie Morris                Oxnard, Ca                       KO  1
Nov  5 Charles Haghey              Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Dec 10 Frank Strauss               Pottsville, Pa                   KO  4

1904
Jul 15 George Grant                Lexington, Ky                    KO  6


***** The Following Bouts Are Reported But Not Confirmed *****

1899
       Jack Johnson                Bakersfield, Ca                  LK 65

1902
Jul  4 Jack Johnson                Los Angeles, Ca                   D 15
Sep    Jack Johnson                Los Angeles, Ca                   D 20

Review courtesy of Tracy Callis, Historian, International Boxing Research Organization
 
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