Steve O'Donnell

BORN    April 20 1866; Sydney, NSW, Australia (Some sources report 1865)
DIED    September 16 1925
HEIGHT  6-0 1/2
WEIGHT  173-181 lbs
MANAGER Mike Healey

O'Donnell was a master boxer - an excellent technician who was clever, moved well, possessed a good jab and wonderful science; His arms were long and muscular yet he was not a power hitter

During his career, he fought for the Heavyweight Championships of Australia and the World and a Middleweight Championship; He was in the ring with the very best fighters of his day - Peter Jackson, Bob Fitzsimmons, Jim Hall, Mick Dooley, Frank "Paddy" Slavin, Charlie Mitchell, Peter Maher, Jake Kilrain, George Godfrey, Joe Choynski, Charles "Kid" McCoy, Gus Ruhlin, and Jim Corbett

Corbett thought so highly of O'Donnell's skills that he used him as a sparring partner

1886
Feb  3 George Searle              Sydney, NSW, Aus                 LK  3
Apr 10 Monkor                     Sydney, NSW, Aus                  W  4
May 22 Bob Fitzsimmons            Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
Aug  7 Jack Malloy                Sydney, NSW, Aus                  W  4
Aug 14 Peter Newton               Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
Aug 21 Tom Meadows                Sydney, NSW, Aus                  D  4
Sep  1 Tom Taylor                 Sydney, NSW, Aus                  D  4
Sep  4 Peter Newton               Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
Sep 11 Peter Newton               Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
Sep 25 Tom Taylor                 Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
Oct  9 Peter Jackson              Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
          -Some sources report 10/04/86
Oct 23 Peter Newton               Sydney, NSW, Australia           ND  4 
Nov 20 Jack Keeley                Sydney, NSW, Aus                  D  4
          -Some sources report "Jack Malloy"

1887
Feb 15 Jim Pettengell             Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
Apr 25 Tom Taylor                 Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
May  4 Dan Hickey                 Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
Jun  4 Mick Dooley                Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  6
Jul 16 Peter Jackson              Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
Oct  1 Peter Jackson              Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  3
Oct 22 Peter Jackson              Sydney, NSW, Aus                  L  3
          -Some sources report "ND 3";
           Some sources report "ND 4"

1888
Jan 31 J. McElhorne               Sydney, NSW, Aus                 KO  4
Feb 11 Deerfoot                   Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
Apr 17 W. Smith                   Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND   
Apr 18 Mick Dooley                Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
          -Some sources report "W 6"

1888-1892 
       George Searle              in Australia                      D  4
       "Black" Chris Smithers     in Australia                      W  8

1892
       Dick Burker                in Australia                     KO  2
       Chris Smithers             in Australia                     KO  3
Sep 16 "Black Chris" Smithers     Charter Towers, Que, Aus         KO  3

1893
Feb 11 Ned Ryan                   Sydney, NSW, Aus                 NC 10
         -Heavyweight Championship of Australia
Feb 14 Ned Ryan                   Sydney, NSW, Aus                  D 10
         -Heavyweight Championship of Australia;
           Some sources report "W 8"
Mar  4 Ned Ryan                   Melbourne, Vic, Aus               D 20
Apr  1 Alf Ihde                   Melbourne, Vic, Aus              KO   
       Jim Quigley                Melbourne, Vic, Aus               L 20
         -Middleweight Championship of Victoria
Apr 13 -O'Donnell arrived in San Francisco, Ca along with
           Hughey Napier and Mick Dunn, Australian boxers
Jun 19 Frank Craig                Philadelphia, Pa                  W  4
          -Some sources report "ND 4"
       Ned Ryan                   in America                        D  8
Aug 18 Jack Cattanach             Coney Island, NY                 TK  4
Aug 22 -O'Donnell refereed the George Dixon-Billy Plimmer
           bout in New York, NY
Sep  4 Con Riordan                New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Sep 22 an unnamed opponent        Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Sep 29 an unnamed opponent        Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Nov  8 George Godfrey             Providence, RI                    D  6
Nov    -O'Donnell was scheduled to travel with the 
           Power and Edwards Theatrical Company and spar 
           with Charlie Mitchell and Jim Hall
Dec    Charlie Mitchell           Boston, Ma                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Dec    -O'Donnell became a sparring partner of Mitchell and 
          worked with Mitchell during Dec 1893-Jan 1894
Dec    Charlie Mitchell           in Florida                       EX   
          -This bout was held during Dec 1893-Jan 1894

1894
Jan 30 Jim Hall                   Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jan 31 Jim Hall                   Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Feb  1 Jim Hall                   Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Feb 11 Jim Hall                   Pittsburgh, Pa                  SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Feb 12 Jim Hall                   Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -The men were scheduled to spar all week;
           Outcomes are not known
Feb 19 Jim Hall                   Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held; Hall was ill
Feb 19 Billy Leedom               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
Feb 26 -O'Donnell was scheduled to meet all-comers at Baltimore, Md
Mar 17 Billy Woods                Chicago, Il                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jun 23 Jim Hall                   Chicago, Il                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled
Jul    -O'Donnell became the primary sparring partner of Jim Corbett
Aug 14 Joe Choynski               Chicago, Il                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Aug 16 -O'Donnell may have sparred with Jim Corbett in Trenton, NJ
          since Corbett appeared there in the play, Gentleman Jack
Sep    Jim Corbett                Boston, Ma                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Dec 26 Herman Bernau              Galveston, Tx                    TK  3
          -Some sources report 12/25/94

1895
Jan  5 Jim Corbett                New Orleans, La                  EX  3
Jan  6 Jim Corbett                New Orleans, La                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jan    Jim Corbett                Nashville, Tn                    EX   
          -This bout was part of the play, Gentleman Jack
Feb  2 Jim Corbett                Minneapolis, Mn                  EX   
Feb 18 Jim Corbett                Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Feb 19 Jim Corbett                Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Feb 20 Jim Corbett                Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Feb 21 Jim Corbett                Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Feb 22 Jim Corbett                Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Feb 23 Jim Corbett                Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Feb 28 Jim Corbett                Scranton, Pa                     EX   
Mar    -O'Donnell may have sparred with Corbett in
          appearances in Camden, Frankford, West Chester,
          New Brunswick, Elizabeth, Hoboken and Yonkers
Mar 18 Jake Kilrain               Boston, Ma                        D  8
May  6 Jake Kilrain               Coney Island, NY                 KO 21
Jun  8 an unnamed opponent        New York, NY                     EX   
Jun 27 Tom Burns                  New York, NY                     EX  3
          -Some sources report "ND 3"
Jul  2 Tom Burns                  New York, NY                     TK  3
Jul 19 Billy Woods                Montreal, Que, Can               KO 15
          -Some sources report "KO 13"
Sep 30 Jim Corbett                New York, NY                     EX  3
Sep 30 Jim Dwyer                  New York, NY                     EX  3
          -Some sources report "ND 3"
Sep 30 Jim Corbett                New York, NY                     EX  3
          -The previous 3 bouts were held the same date    
Oct  9 Jim Corbett                San Antonio, Tx                  EX  3
Nov  4 Jim Corbett                Memphis, Tn                      EX  3
Nov 11 Peter Maher                Maspeth, NY                      LK  1
          -This bout was promoted as a Heavyweight Championship
            of the World contest; Jim Corbett had "retired", 
            only to return to the ring later

1896
Jan  9 Charles "Kid" McCoy        New York, NY                     ND  4
          -Some sources report "Philadelphia, Pa"
           Some sources report "EX 4"
Feb 27 Jim Dwyer                  New York, NY                     KO  6
          -Some sources report "KO 7"
Apr 20 Owen Sullivan              London, Eng                      TK 10
          -Some sources report 4/18/96;
           Some sources report 4/19/96;
           Some sources report "W 10"
May 25 Charlie Mitchell           London, Eng                      EX  3
          -Some sources report "ND 3"
Sep 21 Frank "Paddy" Slavin       Maspeth, NY                      TK  5
          -Some sources report 9/20/96
Oct 24 Walter Johnson             Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
Dec 25 Peter Maher                Coney Island, NY                 LK  1

1897
Mar  5 Dick Starkey               West Chester, NY                 KO  1
Apr  7 Peter Maher                Buffalo, NY                      ND  6
Apr 23 Tom "Jabber" Carey         Yonkers, NY                      KO 10
          -Some sources report "TK 9"
Apr 26 Peter Maher                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
          -Some sources report "L 6"
May 10 Gus Ruhlin                 Akron, Oh                         L 10
Jun 17 Alec Greggains             San Francisco, Ca                KO  8
Sep 23 Charles Farrell            Hartford, Ct                     TK  2
          -Some sources report 9/24/97

1898
Mar 16 Peter Maher                Philadelphia, Pa                 LT  2
Apr 19 Tom "Stockings" Conroy     Troy, NY                         LF 17
Aug  5 Jim Jeffries               New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
           Jeffries was to fight Bob Armstrong 
           and O'Donnell the same evening; 
           Jeffries injured his hand in the 
           fight with Armstrong; Consequently, 
           the O'Donnell bout was cancelled
Aug 13 Jim Corbett                Asbury Park, NJ                  EX   
Aug 14 Jim Corbett                Asbury Park, NJ                  EX  6
Aug 16 Jim Corbett                Asbury Park, NJ                  EX  6
          -This bout was stopped when Corbett received the
           news of the deaths of his parents

1899
Jul 29 Beech Ruble                Tuckahoe, NY                     KO  8
          -Some sources report "W 8"
Sep 19 Charles "Kid" McCoy        New York, NY                     LK  6
          -Some sources report "Brooklyn, NY";
           Some sources report "LK 5"
Oct  9 Tom "Jabber" Carey         Lexington, Ky                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
           O'Donnell refused to fight because his 
           percentage of attendance receipts would 
           not justify his fighting
Oct 20 Jake Kilrain               Baltimore, Md                    TK  5
Oct 27 Joe Choynski               Chicago, Il                      LT  5
          -Some sources report "LT 6"

1900
Jul  6 Peter Maher                New York, NY                     LT  1

1903
May 30 Jim Kennedy                Boston, Ma                       KO  3
          -This fight was "fixed"; Kennedy laid down;
           Some sources report 5/31/03
Sep  1 Jack "Twin" Sullivan       Hallowell, Me                     D  6
Sep 23 Bob Armstrong              Saunderstown, RI                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held; 
           O'Donnell was ill
Dec 10 Jim Jeffries               Boston, Ma                       EX  1
Dec 10 Jim Jeffries               Boston, Ma                       EX  1
Dec 10 Jim Jeffries               Boston, Ma                       EX  1
          -The previous 3 bouts were held the same date

1904
Mar  7 Walter Johnson             Gloucester, Ma                   ND  8


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

Undated
       Joe Choynski               Sydney, NSW, Aus                  W  4
          -This bout possibly took place during 1890-1891

1896
Oct 17 Joe Goddard                Johannesburg, Trans, SA          KO   

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