"Professor" John Clark
(John H. Clark)

BORN    May 18 1849; County Galway, Ireland
DIED    July 26 1922; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Some sources state 1923; Atlantic City, New Jersey)
HEIGHT  5-6 1/2 (Some sources state 5-4)
WEIGHT  125-145 lbs

Clark was born in County Galway, Ireland and reared in England but lived most of his life in America; As a youth, Clark mastered "Clog" and "Jig" dancing and performed in public as a dancer; At these exhibitions, he met many boxers and developed an interest in pugilism

He was a bouncy, feisty competitor who ran a boxing school in Philadelphia, traveled the country giving exhibitions, and competed in the ring with many all-time great fighters

During his career, Clark defeated such men as Billy Payne, George Travers, Edward Toohey, Mike Haley and John Tully

1871
Nov 30 Arthur Chambers            New York, NY                      L  3
          -Some sources report 3/31/71

1871-1872
          -Clark went to Philadelphia, Pa and opened a "Sparring"
          and "Dancing" School with Jim Colbert and Bill Faldon

1874
Apr 20 Arthur Chambers            Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   

1876
Aug 26 -Clark challenged Billy Edwards to fight for the
          Lightweight Championship of America; Edwards 
          refused, saying he was retired

1878
          -Clark opened a Billiard Room and Boxing Studio in Philadelphia, Pa

1879
Mar 27 Arthur Chambers            Chippewa Falls, Can              LK 136
          -Lightweight Championship of America;
           Some sources report "Black Creek, near Chippewa Falls, Can";
           Some sources report 3/29/79
Mar 31 Arthur Chambers            Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  2
          -Police intervened
       Arthur Chambers                                            SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but fell through
Apr 19 -Clark was scheduled to spar in Brooklyn, NY

1880
Nov 11 Johnny Reilly McGinty      New York, NY                     EX   

1882
Nov 10 Edward McGlinchey          New York, NY                     EX   

1883
Nov 12 Jimmy Ryan                 Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  4
          -Some sources report 10/20/83;
          Some sources report "D 4"
Dec 17 Jimmy Ryan                 Philadelphia, Pa                  D  4

1884
Dec    Sweeney                    New York, NY                     EX   
Dec 27 Jack Burke                 Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   

1886
May  7 Charles White              Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
May 20 Henry Anders               Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  3
Jun 30 Martin Welch               Philadelphia, Pa                  W  3
Jul  5 Edward Toohey              Philadelphia, Pa                  W  4

1887
Aug 20 Jack Lawrence              Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  1
Nov 21 Patsy O'Leary              Minneapolis, Mn                  EX  3
Dec  8 John Connors               Ashland, Wi                      EX  3
Dec 16 Mike Haley                 Ashland, Wi                      EX  3
Dec    Harry Gilmore              Minneapolis, Mn                   D  8

1888
Jun    Jimmy Griffin              St. Paul, Mn                     EX  3
Sep  3 Pat Killen                 St. Paul, Mn                     EX  4
Oct  8 Jimmy Griffin              Ashland, Wi                      EX  4
Oct 22 Mike Haley                 Ashland, Wi                       W  2
Dec    Young Manning              St. Paul, Mn                     EX   

1889
          -Clark opened the "Olympic Club" in Philadelphia, Pa

          -Clark toured the Western United States giving boxing
          exhibitions and taking on all-comers within 10 lbs
          of his weight

Mar 27 -Clark seconded Danny Needham vs Harry Gilmore in Minneapolis, Mn
Apr 30 Joe Harris                 Washington County, Wi             W  8
Jul 19 T.G. Scott                 Ashland, Wi                      KO  4
Aug  9 Jimmy Griffin              Ashland, Wi                      LT  6
Aug 16 Jimmy Gibbons              Ashland, Wi                      EX  3
Sep 21 Billy O'Brien              Ashland, Wi                      EX  3
Sep 21 Danny Needham              Ashland, Wi                      EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Oct  5 Mike Conley                Ashland, Wi                      EX  3
Nov  5 Jimmy Purcell              Duluth, Mn                        L  4

1885-1890
       Horace Leeds               Atlantic City, NJ                EX   

1890
Mar 13 "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey   Seattle, Wa                      ND  4
          -Some sources do not believe this "John Clark" fought Dempsey

1891
Nov 27 "Brooklyn" Paddy Smith     New York, NY                     EX   
Dec  7 Walter Campbell            Philadelphia, Pa                  D  4
          -Some sources report 12/12/91

1892
Mar 26 William Young              New York, NY                      W  4
Mar 30 Mike Mallon                Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  3
Apr  1 John Tully                 Philadelphia, Pa                  W  3
Apr 30 Mike Mallon                Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
May  5 Jimmy Carroll              Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  3
          -Some sources report "EX 3"
May 24 Walter Campbell            Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
May 28 Walter Campbell            Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jun  9 Walter Campbell            Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jun 17 Walter Campbell            Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
Jun 17 Jack Burke                 Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -The previous 2 bouts were scheduled for the same date;
          The outcomes are not known
Jul 30 John Dawson                Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Aug 29 Harry Osmond               Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Aug 29 Jack Burke                 Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Sep 14 Walter Campbell            Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  2
Sep 17 Charles "Bull" McCarthy    Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Oct 15 Walter Campbell            Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Oct 28 Arthur Able                Chester, Pa EX g
Nov 18 an unnamed opponent        Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Nov 26 Harry B. Hoffman           Atlantic City, NJ                EX   
Dec 16 an unnamed opponent        Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Dec 16 William W. Wilson          Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date

1893
Jan  7 J. Carr                    Philadelphia, Pa                 WF  1
          -Lightweight Championship Competition
Jan 19 Jack McAuliffe             Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  3
Jan 20 Arthur Able                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND   
Feb 18 Harry B. Hoffman           Wilmington, De                   EX   
Mar 11 Young Agerty               Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Mar 13 George Travers             Danbury, Ct                      TK  4
Apr 14 R.H. Kain                  Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Apr 18 Harry B. Hoffman           Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Apr 22 Billy Young                Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  
 
          -Clark opened the "American Athletic Club" in Philadelphia, Pa

Aug 26 Gus Roehm                  Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Sep 16 -Clark was scheduled to spar at one of his shows in Philadelphia, Pa
Sep 30 -Clark was scheduled to spar at one of his shows in Philadelphia, Pa
Oct  7 "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey   Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled due to the small crowd
Oct  9 Bill Bachman               Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Oct 14 Jimmy O'Donnell            Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Oct 14 Dick Wardle                Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Oct 21 Michael Caffrey            Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Oct 21 Frankie Hogan              Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
          -Hogan was nine years old;
          The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Oct 28 Jimmy O'Donnell            Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Nov  4 Frankie Hogan              Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Nov 11 Frankie Hogan              Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Nov 17 -Clark was scheduled to spar at one of his shows 
          in Philadelphia, Pa; Some sources report 11/18/93
Nov 24 Frankie Hogan              Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
          -Some sources report 11/17/93
Dec  4 Michael Caffrey            Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Dec  5 Frankie Hogan              Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Dec  5 William Kendall            Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Dec  9 Frankie Hogan              Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Dec 16 -Clark was scheduled to spar at one of his shows in Philadelphia, Pa
Dec 21 Horace Leeds               Lancaster, Pa                    EX  3
Dec 21 Frankie Hogan              Lancaster, Pa                    EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Dec 23 Frankie Hogan              Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Dec 29 Frankie Hogan              Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Dec 30 Frankie Hogan              Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

1894
Jan  8 Frankie Hogan              Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
Jan  8 Dan Coughlin               Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -The previous 2 bouts were scheduled; 
          The outcomes are not known
Jan 15 Frankie Hogan              Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jan 25 Frankie Hogan              Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jan 27 Frankie Hogan              Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Feb  2 Frankie Hogan              Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Feb  3 Walter Campbell            Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Feb  3 Frankie Hogan              Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Feb 16 Frankie Hogan              Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Feb 22 Frankie Hogan              Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Feb 24 Frankie Hogan              Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Feb    Frankie Hogan              Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled for late Feb 1894;
          The outcome is not known
Mar  8 Walter Campbell            Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Mar 22 Frankie Hogan              New York, NY                     EX   
Mar 22 Horace Leeds               New York, NY                     EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Apr  7 Jerry Mahoney              Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Apr 12 Frankie Hogan              Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
Apr 12 Walter Campbell            Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -The previous 2 bouts were scheduled; 
          The outcomes are not known
Apr 16 Frankie Hogan              Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Apr 21 Billy Dacey                Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but postponed
Apr 26 Frankie Hogan              Lancaster, Pa                    EX   
Apr 28 Billy Dacey                Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
May  3 Jack Boylan                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND   
May 15 Walter Campbell            Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
May 19 Frankie Hogan              Wilmington, De                   EX   
Jun  2 Frankie Hogan              Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jun 26 -Clark was scheduled to spar at Tamaqua, Pa
Jul  4 -Clark took a company of boxers to Dover, De
Jul  4 Frankie Hogan              Dover, De                        EX   
Jul 28 Dick Shannon               Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Aug  4 John Fitzgerald            Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled
Aug  4 Frankie Hogan              Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Aug 18 -Clark was scheduled to spar at Philadelphia, Pa
Sep  3 -Clark was scheduled to spar at Philadelphia, Pa
Sep 11 Frankie Hogan              Dover, De                       SCH   
          -Clark and Hogan were to spar Sep 11-14 at Dover
Sep 22 Frankie Hogan              Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Sep 24 Frankie Hogan              Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Sep 29 Thomas Daly                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  3
Oct  6 Lewis Clark                Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
          -Lewis was John's young son
Oct 10 Frankie Hogan              Wilmington, De                   EX   
Oct 13 Frankie Hogan              Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Oct 27 Bob Redding                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  3
Nov  3 Charles Rodgers            Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Nov 10 -Clark was scheduled to spar at Philadelphia, Pa
Nov 24 Charles Rodgers            Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Dec  8 Charles Rodgers            Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Dec 24 -Clark was scheduled to spar at Philadelphia, Pa
Dec 29 -Clark was scheduled to spar at Philadelphia, Pa

1895
Feb  9 -Clark was scheduled to spar at Philadelphia, Pa
Mar 16 Mike Dee                   Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  4
          -Some sources report "ND 4"
Mar 21 Mike Dee                   Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Apr 20 George Simmons             Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known;
          Simmons was five years old
Apr 20 Joe Gormley                Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
          -Gormley was thirteen years old
Apr 27 Joe Gormley                Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
May  4 J. Conners                 Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
May 30 -Clark was scheduled to spar near Trenton, NJ
Jun  8 Alfred Clark               near Trenton, NJ                 EX   
          -Alfred was John's young son
Sep    Ed Vaughn                  near Trenton, NJ                 EX   
          -Clark sparred with Vaughn daily during Sep 1895
Sep    Charles McKeever           Trenton, NJ                      EX   
          -Clark sparred with McKeever daily during Sep 1895
Sep 27 -Clark seconded Ed Vaughn vs Tommy O'Donnell at Trenton, NJ
Oct  7 Charles McKeever           Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

1896
Jan 20 -Clark was scheduled to have a benefit at Philadelphia, Pa
Jul  9 Billy Payne                Philadelphia, Pa                  W  4
Jul 15 Joe Dougherty              Philadelphia, Pa                 LK  1
Jul 16 Charles "Bull" McCarthy    Philadelphia, Pa                  L  6
Dec 24 Tom Reilly                 Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  3


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

1880
Mar  1 Mike Donovan               Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3

1889
Aug  7 Frank Shipley              Hot Springs, Ar                  LK 15

1890
Jan  7 Henry St. Clair            Portland, Or                     KO   
Apr 12 J. McNulty                 Oregon City, Or                  EX  4
May 20 Jim Brennan                Ogden, Ut                        EX  4
Jun    Jim Brennan                Denver, Co                        W   
Aug 18 Mike Conley                Dallas, Tx                       EX   
Dec    Charles Porter             Fort Worth, Tx                   KO   
Dec    J.A. Sullivan              Fort Worth, Tx                    W   

1891
Jun 25 "Texas" Jack Burke         Ennis, Tx                         D 10

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