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The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia -- Old Timer

Dave Campbell

BORN   March 10 1865; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (From Youngstown, Ohio; fought out of Portland, Oregon)
DIED June 26 1911; Portland, Oregon (killed while fighting a fire)
HEIGHT 5-10 1/2
WEIGHT 160-170 lbs


Campbell was actually a light heavyweight but won the Heavyweight Championship of Oregon during the late 1880s; He was a clever boxer and a quick, hard hitter

During his career, he defeated such men as Peter Lawler, Billy Hill, Jack Langdon, Joe Godfrey, Bill Dunn and Larry Sullivan; He is most famous for his "draw" against Jim Corbett

       Jack Burke                                                   D  3

Jun 21 Peter Lawler               Portland, Or                     KO  2
Sep 13 Jim Reilly                 Cowlitz County, Wa               KO 14
          -Some sources report "Con Reilly";
           Some sources report "W 5"

Nov 2 "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey    Washington Territory             LK  3

Mar 15 Bob Caffrey                Philadelphia, Pa                  D  4
Mar 16 Billy Hill                 Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  2
Mar 17 Jack Langdon               Philadelphia, Pa                  W   
Mar 18 Joe Godfrey                Philadelphia, Pa                  W   
Mar 19 Tom McCoy                  Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Mar 20 Bill Dunn                  Philadelphia, Pa                  W  4
          -Some sources report "D 5"
Mar 23 Mike Cleary                Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  3
          -Some sources report 3/13/86
May 22 John P. Clow               Portland, Or                      D  6
          -Reports vary - "W 6" - "L 6"
       Charlie Mitchell           in America                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

Undated (1885-1889)
       George Kessler             Butte, Mt                        ND   
          -Police intervened; Campbell had the best of the fighting

       Bobby Dobbs                Ogden, Ut                        LK  2
Sep 29 -Campbell was challenged by Joe Bowers to a bout if Campbell would fight 
          at 165 pounds; (Campbell usually fought at 165-170 lbs)
Dec 28 Jim Corbett                Portland, Or                      D 10
          -Corbett won easily on skills but failed to score
          a knockout; Some sources report 7/29/89

         -Campbell traveled with the "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey Combination

May 16 "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey   Seattle, Wa                      EX   
May 29 Charles Hadley             Spokane Falls, Wa                 W  4
Jun 20 Mike Brennan               Salt Lake City, UT               EX   
Jun 27 Mike Brennan               Aspen, Co                        EX  3
Jul  2 -Campbell was scheduled to appear in Hutchinson, Ks
Jul 11 Mike Brennan               Milwaukee, Wi                    EX  4
Jul 28 Paddy Brennan              Buffalo, NY                      EX  4
Aug  4 Paddy Gorman               Syracuse, NY                     EX  3
Aug 25 Tom McCarthy               Brooklyn, NY                     EX   

Jan 16 Larry Sullivan             Portland, Or                     KO  3
          -Some sources report 12/27/90

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

May    Mike Daly                  Boston, Ma                        L  6
          -This reported bout is very likely an error;
            Daly fought Walter Campbell in May 1887

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