"Ike" Weir
(Isaac O'Neil Weir)
(the "Belfast Spider")

BORN   February 5 1867; Lurgan, County Armagh, Northern Ireland
DIED   September 12 1908; Chelsea, Massachusetts (Some sources report September 23 1908)
HEIGHT 5-5 3/4 (Some sources report 5-6 1/2)
WEIGHT 105-118 lbs

Weir was an exceptional boxer who was lightning quick and possessed an excellent sharp-shooter left hand; He often clowned as he boxed but despite his antics, Ike was a terrific talent; During his career, he fought some men who were 30-40 pounds heavier and won

From time to time during a boxing contest, he would raise his left shoulder and elbow, wiggle his hips, and roll his arms in a windmill fashion - then, quick as a flash, strike his foe a blow or two

In addition to his boxing career, Ike was famous for being a champion jockey, trick shooter, acrobat, traditional Irish dancer and for turning somersaults as he entered the ring and in the ring itself

During his career, Weir defeated such men as William Snee, Willie Clark, George Siddons, Tommy Danforth, Tommy Barnes, Kentucky Rosebud, Frank Steele, Joe Flaherty, Joe Hopkins, Tommy McManus, "Torpedo" Billy Murphy and Eddie Loeber

1883
          -Weir began boxing at Liverpool, Eng

1885
Oct  5 J. Stewart                 Manchester, Eng                   W  3
Oct  5 E. Pallon                  Manchester, Eng                   W  3
          -Some sources report "Bill Pallon"
Oct  5 Joe Fielden                Manchester, Eng                   W   
          -The previous 3 bouts were held the same date 
           as part of a 136-Pound Competition; Some sources
           report three "KO" wins; Some sources report "L"
           against Fielden
Oct  9 J.W. Harlow                Salford, Eng                      W 10
Dec 14 William Joyce              Manchester, Eng                   W  3
Dec 14 Tom Jones                  Manchester, Eng                   W  3
Dec 14 George Holden              Manchester, Eng                   L   
          -The previous 3 bouts were held the same date
           as part of a 131-Pound Competition and All-Weights
           Competition

1886
Jan  6 Ulrich Conley              Preston, Eng                      D  6
Feb  6 Billy Sykes                Liverpool, Eng                    W  4
          -This was a "Private" fight 
Mar 10 -Weir arrived in Boston, Ma
May 28 Martin Snee                Boston, Ma                        W  4
          -Some sources  report "W 5"
Sep    Frank Steele                                                 ?   
          -This bout was held; Weir was said to "walk around" Steele
Oct 29 James Fuhry                Boston, Ma                        W  5
          -Some sources report 10/28/86 vs "James Fahey";
           Some sources report "W 4" for the Featherweight
           Championship of New England
Nov  5 Martin Burns               Boston, Ma                       KO  6
Dec  2 Young Sullivan             South Boston, Ma                  W  2
Dec  6 Young Smith                Boston, Ma                       EX   
Dec 10 James J. Bagley            South Boston, Ma                 EX   
Dec 13 Paddy Duffy                Somerville, Ma                  SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Dec 15 "Young" George Badger      South Boston, Ma                 KO  1
          -Some sources report "KO 2"

1887
Jan  7 Johnny Aaron               Boston, Ma                        W  5
          -Some sources report "D 5" in "Dec 1886"
Jan 24 Jack Farrell               New York, NY                     KO  7
          -Some sources report "near Nyack, NY"
Feb  2 Dick Cronin                Boston, Ma                       EX  3
Feb  8 Barney Smith               Brockton, Ma                     EX  3
Feb 25 Howard Rand                Boston, Ma                       KO  2
Feb 28 Smith                      Lynn, Ma                         EX  1
Mar 10 Jack Williams              in Rhode Island                  KO 36
Apr 25 Patsy Kerigan              Lowell, Ma                       EX  4
Apr 30 Willie Clark               Nyack, NY                        KO 21
          -Some sources report 3/10/95
Jul 20 Jack Havlin                near Westerly, RI                 D 61
          -This bout was held just across the Connecticut border;
           Reports vary -"Pawtucket, RI" - "Warwick, RI";
           Some sources report 7/21/87
Aug  8 Young Kelleher             Boston, Ma                       EX   
Sep 30 Johnny Murphy              Boston, Ma                        D 17
Dec 12 Tommy Warren               Minneapolis, Mn                   D 20
          -Some sources report Featherweight Championship of the World

Undated (but prior to 5/01/88)
       Jimmy Larkins                                                D  4

1888
Jan 23 Tommy Miller               Minneapolis, Mn                  KO  7
Feb  3 George Siddons             Duluth, Mn                        W  7
          -Some sources report "KO 11"
Feb 10 Tommy Burke                Minneapolis, Mn                  KO  5
Feb 17 Dominick Barnes            Minneapolis, Mn                   W  6
       Tom Barrie                 Minneapolis, Mn                   W  6
Mar 28 Jack Havlin                Boston, Ma                        D  6
          -Some sources report "ND 6"
Jun  8 Robert Green               Boston, Ma                       EX  3
Jun 27 Robert Green               Boston, Ma                       EX  3
Sep  3 Jimmy Connors              Buffalo, NY                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
           Authorities prevented it
Dec  4 Tommy Danforth             Boston, Ma                        W  8

1889
Jan 25 Jack Beck                  New Bedford, Ma                  KO  3
Mar 31 Frank Murphy               Kouts, In                         D 80
          -Some sources report Featherweight Championship
           of the World
Jun 15 Denny Sullivan             Boston, Ma                       EX   
Sep 23 Cal McCarthy               Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

1890
Jan 13 "Torpedo" Billy Murphy     San Francisco, Ca                LK 14
          -126 Pound Championship of the World;
            Fox Featherweight Championship
Feb  6 Tommy Barnes               Denver, Co                       KO 20
Feb 19 Tommy White                Chicago, Il                      EX  3
Feb 19 Bill Bradburn              Chicago, Il                      EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
       Joe Frazer                 Minneapolis, Mn                  KO  6
Mar 15 Robert Green               Springfield, Ma                  ND  3
       Tom Peters                 Syracuse, NY                     KO  3
       Charles Smith              Hoboken, NJ                      KO  3
Jul  7 Jimmy Connors              Buffalo, NY                      KO  3
          -Some sources report 7/08/90
Dec 14 -Weir sailed for Australia on the ship "Alameda"

1891
Jan 17 Abe Willis                 Sydney, NSW, Aus                 EX  3
Feb  7 John Malone                Honolulu, Oahu, Hi               EX  3
       "Captain" Bill Weir        Honolulu, Oahu, Hi               KO  2
       Spike Maloney              Honolulu, Oahu, Hi               KO  2
Apr 25 Johnny T. Griffin          Nantasket, Ma                     D  4
          -Some sources report "Nantucket, Ma ";
           Police intervened
May  9 Kentucky Rosebud           Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  3
          -This man was "Walter Edgerton"

1892
Jan  2 Kentucky Rosebud           Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  4
          -This man was "Walter Edgerton";
           Some sources report "ND 4";
           Some sources report "L 4"
Feb 15 Tommy "Spider" Kelly       New York, NY                     EX  3
Feb 18 Frank Steele               New Bedford, Ma                  KO 12
Mar 16 Barney Hubbard             Boston, Ma                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Apr 19 Tommy White                Minneapolis, Mn                   D 10
          -Some sources report 3/19/92;
           Some sources report 5/19/92
May 17 Joe Flaherty               Minneapolis, Mn                   W  2
Aug 25 -Weir was stabbed by John Liston in Boston, Ma;
          He survived in good health
Sep  5 an unnamed opponent        Hudson, Ma                       EX  3
Nov 17 Billy Frazier              Newport, RI                      EX   
Nov 19 Tom Tulley                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
          -Some sources report "W 3" on 11/20/92
Nov 22 Lee Damro                  Philadelphia, Pa                 ND   
Nov 24 Kentucky Rosebud           Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This man was "Walter Edgerton";
           This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Dec 10 -Weir got into a fight with Jimmy Carroll at the 
           offices of the New York Illustrated News; 
           Carroll knocked Weir down

1893
Feb  5 Paddy McPhillips           Girardville, Pa                  TK  3
Feb  9 Joe Hopkins                Hoboken, NJ                       W  4
Jul 17 Lem Ashe                   Boston, Ma                        W   
Jul 17 Tommy McManus              Boston, Ma                        W   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Jul 18 -Weir was found guilty of assault upon J.C. McCabe,
           a Harvard medical student, and was sentenced to 
           four months in the House of Correction; McCabe 
           was in the hospital for seven weeks as the result 
           of his injuries, one of his legs was fractured; 
           Weir was acquitted on 1/02/94
Sep  4 Fred Morris                New York, NY                     EX  6
Sep 29 Hugh Napier                Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Nov  2 "Torpedo" Billy Murphy     Boston, Ma                       KO  6
Dec 22 Eddie Loeber               Boston, Ma                        W  4
          -Some sources report 12/23/93;
           Some sources report 12/24/93

1894
Jan 19 Robert Green               Boston, Ma                       EX  3
Jan 24 Robert Green               Boston, Ma                       EX  3
Mar 17 Young Griffo               Chicago, Il                      LT  3
          -Police intervened;
           Some sources report "NC 3"
Apr  9 Robert Green               Rockland, Me                     EX  3
Apr 29 Robert Green               Rockland, Me                      D 12
          -Some sources report "EX 3"
May 21 Robert Green               Boston, Ma                       EX  3
Jun 13 Robert Green               Boston, Ma                       EX  4
Nov 19 Jimmy Johnson              Philadelphia, Pa                  W  4

1895
Aug  3 -Weir was scheduled to compete in a bag-punching
           contest at Roxbury, Ma

1898
Mar 17 Mike Sears                 Lynn, Ma                          L 10


*** The Following Bout Is Reported But Not Confirmed ***

1901
Jan  1 Kentucky Rosebud           New York, NY                     KO  1
          -This man was "Walter Edgerton"

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