Tom Henry

BORN   September 29 1858; Bury, England
(Some sources report 1855; Manchester, England); Fought out of New York, NY
HEIGHT 5-6 1/2 (Some sources report 5-8)
WEIGHT 138-144 lbs


Henry was a scrappy competitor who began his boxing career in England but soon migrated to America

His most memorable fights came against "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey, who became a good friend; Henry often performed as a sparring partner for the great fighter

His greatest battle came against Johnny Reagan in 1887

       Jack Dodd                  in England                        W   

Dec 18 "Professor" James Haley    Hoosick Falls, NY                 D  4
          -Some sources report 12/19/83

Jan  1 Alf Powers                 New York, NY                      D  4
          -Some sources report 1/14/84
Feb 20 Jimmy Murray               Brooklyn, NY                     KO  5
          -This bout was held near "Pelham Bridge";
           Some sources report 8/20/84
Jul  9 "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey   Far Rockaway, NY                 NC  3
          -Police intervened
Aug    Alf Powers                 Brooklyn, NY                     LK   
Aug 25 George LaBlanche           Boston, Ma                       LT  3
          -Some sources report "EX 3";
           Some report "LK 2"; Others report "L 2"
           Some sources report 4/25/84
Sep     Mike Cleary               New York, NY                     EX   
           -This bout was held during Sep 1-7 of 1884
Oct 24 "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey   New York, NY                      L  6

       "Denver" Ed Smith          New York, NY                     LK  4
          -Some sources report "L 4"
Nov 12 Alf Powers                 New York, NY                      W   
Nov 26 -Henry seconded Alf Powers vs Jack Fallon at New York, NY

Jan 15 "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey   New York, NY                      L  4
Mar  4 Charles Norton             New York, NY                     EX   
Aug    -Henry opened a Sporting House in New York, NY

Aug    Denny Costigan                                             SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled
Aug  8 Johnny Reagan              near New York, NY       (2:35:00) D 39
          -Welterweight Championship of America;
           This bout was held 50 miles up the Hudson River;
           Some sources report "D 29"
Dec 12 Jack Files                 Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Dec 22 "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey   Brooklyn, NY                     EX  2
Dec 29 "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey   Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3
Dec 29 Johnny Reagan              Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held

Jan 14 Johnny Reagan              Brooklyn, NY                     EX    
Feb  8 -Henry, Jack Fallon, Billy Dacey and Denny Costigan left for Troy, NY
           to participate in a sparring exhibition; The outcomes are not known  
Feb  9 "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey   Troy, NY                         EX   
Nov 15 -Henry refereed the Jimmy Larkins-Frank Steele bout near New York, NY

Jan 20 -Henry seconded Jack Grace vs Willie Clark at Long Island, NY 
Mar  5 -Henry seconded Mike Cushing vs Harry Bartlett at Hoboken, NJ
Sep 23 Willie Clark               Coney Island, NY                 EX   
Oct  1 -Henry was scheduled to have a testimonial for him
           in Brooklyn, NY; He may have sparred

Nov 24 "Brooklyn" Paddy Smith     Brooklyn, NY                     EX   

Feb  7 "Brooklyn" Paddy Smith     Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Mar  5 Jack Snee                  Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3

Feb 18 Joe Gill                   Brooklyn, NY                     KO  3
Mar 26 Eddie Doyle                Brooklyn, NY                     EX   

*** Most Data Was Provided By William Schutte ***

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