Joe Choynski
(Joseph Bartlett Choynski)
("Chrysanthemum Joe")

BORN    November 8 1868; San Francisco, California
DIED    January 24 1943; Cincinnati, Ohio
HEIGHT  5-10 1/2 (Some sources report 5-11 3/4)
WEIGHT  162-178 lbs
MANAGERS  Charles E. "Parson" Davies, Tim McGrath

Choynski was a clever, well-coordinated fighter who hit hard with each fist and moved well on his feet; He was one of the outstanding light heavyweights at the turn of last century; He also fought as a heavyweight, despite weighing less than 180 pounds

Joe was most famous for his battles with Jim Corbett, Jim Jeffries, and Bob Fitzimmons; His greatest victory came though in 1901 when he knocked out future Heavyweight champion Jack Johnson; The two men were arrested and jailed; While in jail, Choynski tutored Johnson in many tricks of the trade; Ironically, it was Choynski who helped train Jim Jeffries for his comeback fight against Johnson

In retirement, Choynski toured with Peter Jackson in a production of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and consulted on the production of the Jim Corbett biopic "Gentleman Jim"

Choynski was inducted into the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1960 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1998

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*** IMPORTANT AMATEUR BOUTS ***

1884
       Jim Corbett                 San Francisco, Ca                ND  1
       Tom Moran                                                    TK  2
          -Some sources report 1887

1887
Mar 23 Jim Corbett                 San Francisco, Ca                EX  5
          -Corbett was better (L 5)
Jun    Jack McAuley                San Francisco, Ca                TK  2
       Pat O'Sullivan              San Francisco, Ca                 W  3
       Joe Connelly                San Francisco, Ca                TK  2
Nov 29 Billy Keneally              San Francisco, Ca                KO  4
          -Amateur Heavyweight Championship of the Pacific Coast

1888
Feb 14 Jack McAuley                San Francisco, Ca                EX  3
Apr 13 Joe Bowers                  San Francisco, Ca                EX   
Apr 13 -Choynski refereed the Joe Mahan-George Smith bout
          in San Francisco, Ca; The previous 2 bouts were held
          the same date
Jun 26 Peter Jackson               San Francisco, Ca                EX  4
Jul 20 -Choynski was timekeeper for the Jack McAuley-Edward Cuffe
          bout in San Francisco, Ca
Aug  7 Ed Cuffe                    San Francisco, Ca                EX   
Aug 13 -Choynski seconded Dan Mahoney vs Jerry Haley in San Francisco, Ca
Aug 13 -Choynski seconded Young Brady vs Joe Soto in San Francisco, Ca
          The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Aug 14 George Bush                 San Francisco, Ca                EX  3
Sep 28 Jim Hall                    San Francisco, Ca                EX   
          -This man was not the famous white fighter; This man was black
Oct 26 W. Cantwell                 San Francisco, Ca                EX  4
          -This man is also called "Frank Cantwell";
          Reports vary - "KO 1" - "ND 4" - "TK 5"


*** PROFESSIONAL BOUTS ***

1888
Nov 14 George Bush                 San Francisco, Ca                KO  2
Dec 26 J.E. McDonald               San Francisco, Ca                 W  3
          -Some sources report "H. McDonald"

1889
Feb 26 Frank Glover                San Francisco, Ca                KO 14
Mar 13 -Choynski seconded Sailor Brown vs Young Mitchell in San Francisco, Ca
Apr 26 Con Riordan                 San Francisco, Ca                EX  4
May 30 Jim Corbett                 San Anselmo, Ca                  NC  4
          -This bout was held near "Fairfax, Ca";
          Gloves were used for this bout;
          Police intervened; Corbett was better (L 4)
Jun  5 Jim Corbett                 Carquinez Straits, Ca            LT 27
          -This bout was fought on a barge in "Benecia Harbor, Ca";
          Corbett wore 2-ounce gloves;
          Choynski wore skin gloves with seams;
          Some sources report 6/08/89
Jul 15 Jim Corbett                 San Francisco, Ca                 L  4
          -Some sources report "EX 4"
Aug  6 Gus Keen                    San Francisco, Ca                EX  4
Aug 27 Billy McCarthy              San Francisco, Ca                EX  4
Sep 24 Thomas McCarty              San Francisco, Ca                EX   
Oct 14 Fred Woods                  San Francisco, Ca                EX  3
Nov 30 Hennessey                   San Francisco, Ca                EX   

1890
Jan 25 James McClarney             Portland, Or                     KO  2
          -Some sources report "Frank McLarney";
          Some sources report 1/07/90
Mar 26 Billy Wilson                San Francisco, Ca                KO  2
May    Bob Fitzsimmons             San Francisco, Ca                EX   
May 26 "Omaha" Jack Davis          San Francisco, Ca                KO  9
Jul  9 Bob Fitzsimmons             San Francisco, Ca                EX  4
          -Some sources report "ND 4"
Aug 14 Evan "Strangler" Lewis      San Francisco, Ca                EX   
          -This was a "catch-as-catch-can" wrestling match;
          Choynski lost; Falls: 0-1; Time: 8:00 minutes
Aug    Wilson                      Honolulu, Oahu, Hi               KO  1
Sep 20 -Choynski refereed the Jim Barron vs Jim Saxon bout in 
          Sydney, NSW, Aus
Nov 25 Jim Fogarty                 Sydney, NSW, Aus                 KO 10
Nov 27 Jack Fuller                 Sydney, NSW, Aus                 EX   
          -The men sparred in full dress clothes

1891
Feb 10 Joe Goddard                 Sydney, NSW, Aus                 LT  4
          -Heavyweight Championship of Australia
May 16 -Choynski refereed the Maxwell vs Burke bout in Sydney, NSW, Aus
May 25 Mick Dooley                 Melbourne, Vic, Aus              KO  2
Jun  3 Martin "Buffalo" Costello   Melbourne, Vic, Aus              EX  4
Jun 20 Owen Sullivan               Melbourne, Vic, Aus              KO  2
Jul 20 Joe Goddard                 Melbourne, Vic, Aus              LK  4
          -Heavyweight Championship of Australia
Sep 14 Joe Goddard                 Melbourne, Vic, Aus              EX  3
       Steve O'Donnell             Melbourne, Vic, Aus              EX   
       an unknown opponent         Honolulu, Oahu, Hi               KO  2
Nov  5 -Choynski refereed the O'Brien vs. James Kelly bout in San Francisco, Ca
Nov 13 Bob Fitzsimmons             San Francisco, Ca                EX  4
Dec 17 Billy Woods                 San Francisco, Ca                KO 34
Dec 20 John L. Sullivan            San Francisco, Ca                EX  3

1892
Feb    Bob Fitzsimmons             Bay St. Louis, Ms                EX   
Feb 28 Bob Fitzsimmons             Bay St. Louis, Ms                EX  4
Feb 29 Bob Fitzsimmons             Bay St. Louis, Ms                EX   
Mar 10 Bob Fitzsimmons             New Orleans, La                  EX   
Mar 29 Jim Hall                    Detroit, Mi                      EX  4
Apr  2 Jim Hall                    Chicago, Il                      EX   
Apr  2 John Dalton                 Chicago, Il                      EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were scheduled; 
          Some sources report police intervened
          and prevented the bouts
Apr  8 Jack Martin                 Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled
Apr  9 Jack Fallon                 Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Apr  9 Joe Godfrey                 Philadelphia. Pa                 TK  1
Apr 11 Jim Hall                    New York, NY                     EX  3
          -Some sources report "ND 3"
Apr 13 Jim Hall                    New York, NY                     EX  3
          -Some sources report "ND 3"
Apr    -Choynski and Hall sparred often in New York during April
Apr 19 Charles Blockey             New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled
Apr 19 Jerry Slattery              New York, NY                     KO  2
Apr 21 Charles McCarthy            New York, NY                     KO  2
Apr 22 Tom Ryan                    New York, NY                     KO  2
          -This was not the Champion, Tommy Ryan
Apr 25 "Denver" Ed Smith           Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  3
          -Some sources report "TK 4" on 4/30/92
May 23 -Choynski and Jim Hall gave boxing exhibitions
           in London, Eng during May 23-29
May 24 Mike Horrigan               London, Eng                      KO  1
May 25 Jack Hart                   London, Eng                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
May 27 William Patmore             London, Eng                      KO  1
May 29 Jack Hart                   London, Eng                       W  3
Sep  5 -Choynski seconded Jack McAuliffe vs Billy Myer in New Orleans, La
Sep  6 -Choynski seconded Jack Skelly vs George Dixon in New Orleans, La
Sep 12 Jin Corbett                 New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Sep 26 -Choynski seconded Jimmy Lynch vs Johnny Griffin in Coney Island, NY
Oct 13 an unnamed opponent         Atlantic Highlands, NJ           EX   
Oct 29 Bob Fitzsimmons             Navesink Highlands, NJ          SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Oct 29 John Cattanach              Red Bank, NJ                     EX  3
Oct 31 George Godfrey              Coney Island, NY                 KO 15
Nov 21 C.A.C. Smith                Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  4
Nov 23 Denny Kelliher              Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  2
          -Some sources report "W 2" on 11/24/92
Nov 26 Jack Fallon                 Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  4
          -Some sources report "TK 1"; Some sources report 11/24/92
Nov 26 Joe Butler                  Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Nov 28 -Choynski seconded Martin "Buffalo" Costello vs Alec Greggains at 
          Coney Island, NY
Nov 30 Martin "Buffalo" Costello   Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Dec  3 Jack Fallon                 Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3
          -Fallon lasted and claimed a win;
           Fallon went down often in order to last;
           Some sources report "EX 4";
           Some sources report "Philadelphia, Pa"
Dec    -Choynski was scheduled to spar all-comers in New York, NY
Dec 29 Bob Ferguson                Chicago, Il                       W  4
Dec 29 Mike Boden                  Chicago, Il                      KO  4
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date;
          Some sources report that both bouts lasted four rounds;
          Some sources report that both bouts were "friendly set-tos"

1893
Jan  2 Frank Fitzgerald            Salt Lake City, Ut               EX  4
Jan 11 Peter Jackson               San Francisco, Ca                EX  3
Feb  6 Tommy West                  Portland, Or                      W  3
Mar 17 Peter Jackson               San Francisco, Ca                EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Mar 19 Peter Jackson               San Francisco, Ca                EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Apr  4 Peter Jackson               Cheyenne, Wy                     EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Apr  8 Peter Jackson               Kansas City, Mo                  EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Apr  9 Peter Jackson               Kansas City, Mo                  EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Apr 10 Peter Jackson               Kansas City, Mo                  EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Apr 11 Peter Jackson               Kansas City, Mo                  EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Apr 12 Peter Jackson               Kansas City, Mo                  EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Apr 13 Peter Jackson               Kansas City, Mo                  EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Apr 14 Peter Jackson               Kansas City, Mo                  EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Apr 20 Peter Jackson               Omaha, Ne                        EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Apr 21 Peter Jackson               Omaha, Ne                        EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
May  1 Peter Jackson               St. Louis, Mo                    EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
May  2 Peter Jackson               St. Louis, Mo                    EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
May  3 Peter Jackson               St. Louis, Mo                    EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
May  4 Peter Jackson               St. Louis, Mo                    EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
May  5 Peter Jackson               St. Louis, Mo                    EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
May  6 Peter Jackson               St. Louis, Mo                    EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
May  7 Peter Jackson               Chicago, Il                      EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
May 14 Peter Jackson               Chicago, Il                      EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
May 15 Peter Jackson               Chicago, Il                      EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
May 16 Peter Jackson               Chicago, Il                      EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
May 17 Peter Jackson               Chicago, Il                      EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
May 18 Peter Jackson               Chicago, Il                      EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
May 19 Peter Jackson               Chicago, Il                      EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
May 20 Peter Jackson               Chicago, Il                      EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Jul 10 Solly Smith                 Roby, In                         EX   
          -This was a wrestling session of 30 minutes or more
Jul    -Choynski trained Paddy Smith for his George Green (Young Corbett) bout
          at Cedar Lake, In
Jul 31 Paddy Smith                 Cedar Lake, In                   EX  4
Aug 31 Peter Jackson               Newark, Oh                       EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Sep  4 Peter Jackson               Cincinnati, Oh                   EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Sep  5 Peter Jackson               Cincinnati, Oh                   EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Sep  6 Peter Jackson               Cincinnati, Oh                   EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Sep  7 Peter Jackson               Cincinnati, Oh                   EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Sep 14 Peter Jackson               Olean, NY                        EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Sep 18 Peter Jackson               Syracuse, NY                     EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Sep 19 Peter Jackson               Syracuse, NY                     EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Sep 20 Peter Jackson               Syracuse, NY                     EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Oct  2 Peter Jackson               Kingston, NY                     EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Oct 15 Peter Jackson               New York, NY                     EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Oct 16 Peter Jackson               New York, NY                     EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Oct 17 Peter Jackson               New York, NY                     EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Oct 18 Peter Jackson               New York, NY                     EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Oct 19 Peter Jackson               New York, NY                     EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Oct 20 Peter Jackson               New York, NY                     EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Oct 21 Peter Jackson               New York, NY                     EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Oct 22 Peter Jackson               New York, NY                     EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Oct 24 Peter Jackson               Lawrence, Ma                     EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Oct 27 Peter Jackson               Bangor, Me                       EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Nov  3 Peter Jackson               New Brunswick, Me                EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Nov  4 Peter Jackson               Lowell, Ma                       EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Nov 14 Peter Jackson               Holyoke, Ma                      EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Nov 15 Peter Jackson               New Haven, Ct                    EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Nov    Peter Jackson               Hartford, Ct                     EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Dec  4 Peter Jackson               Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Dec 14 Peter Jackson               Worcester, Ma                    EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Dec 15 Peter Jackson               Worcester, Ma                    EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Dec 18 Peter Jackson               New York, NY                     EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Dec 19 Peter Jackson               New York, NY                     EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Dec 20 Peter Jackson               New York, NY                     EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Dec 21 Peter Jackson               New York, NY                     EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Dec 22 Peter Jackson               New York, NY                     EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Dec 23 Peter Jackson               New York, NY                     EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin

1894
Jan    Peter Jackson               New York, NY                     EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Feb  3 Peter Jackson               Logansport, In                   EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Feb  4 Peter Jackson               Milwaukee, Wi                    EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Feb  5 Peter Jackson               Milwaukee, Wi                    EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Feb 13 Peter Jackson               Kalamazoo, Mi                    EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Mar  4 Peter Jackson               Washington, DC                   EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Mar  5 Peter Jackson               Washington, DC                   EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Mar  6 Peter Jackson               Washington, DC                   EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Mar  7 Peter Jackson               Washington, DC                   EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Mar  8 Peter Jackson               Washington, DC                   EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Mar  9 Peter Jackson               Washington, DC                   EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Mar 15 Peter Jackson               Richmond, In                     EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Mar 17 Peter Jackson               Decatur, Il                      EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Mar 18 Peter Jackson               St. Louis, Mo                    EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Mar 18 Peter Jackson               St. Louis, Mo                    EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Mar 19 Peter Jackson               St. Louis, Mo                    EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Mar 20 Peter Jackson               St. Louis, Mo                    EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Mar 21 Peter Jackson               St. Louis, Mo                    EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Mar 22 Peter Jackson               St. Louis, Mo                    EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Mar 23 Peter Jackson               St. Louis, Mo                    EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Mar 24 Peter Jackson               St. Louis, Mo                    EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Apr 30 Peter Jackson               Boston, Ma                       EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
May  1 Peter Jackson               Boston, Ma                       EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
May  2 Peter Jackson               Boston, Ma                       EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
May  3 Peter Jackson               Boston, Ma                       EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
May  4 Peter Jackson               Boston, Ma                       EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
May  5 Peter Jackson               Boston, Ma                       EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
May  6 Peter Jackson               Boston, Ma                       EX  3
          -This bout was held between acts of the play, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Jun 15 Martin Whalen               Worcester, Ma                    EX  2
Jun 15 Tommy West                  Worcester, Ma                    EX  2
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Jun 18 Bob Fitzsimmons             Boston, Ma                        D  5  
          -Police intervened; Some sources report 6/17/94
Jun 26 -Choynski refereed the Tommy Ryan-"Mysterious Billy Smith
           bout in Minneapolis, Mn
Aug 14 Steve O'Donnell             Chicago, Il                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Sep 15 Harry Miller                Cincinnati, Oh                    W  3
Sep 17 Mike Boden                  Chicago, Il                      TK  3
Sep 22 Joe Tansey                  Jackson, Mi                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled; 
           Choynski accidently shot himself in the 
           right hand with a pistol
Oct  1 Jim Hall                    Chicago, Il                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Oct 16 -Choynski refereed the Tom Tracey-"Australian" Billy Murphy
           bout in Madison, Il
Nov  5 Billy Stift                 Chicago, Il                      EX   
Nov    Tommy Ryan                  Chicago, Il                      EX   
          -Public exhibitions were given nearly every day during November
       Bob Armstrong               Chicago, Il                       D  6
Dec 13 Tommy Ryan                  New Orleans, La                  EX   
Dec 19 Tommy Ryan                  Chicago, Il                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known;
          Ryan and Choynski were scheduled for some exhibition
          bouts in Chicago

1895
Jan    Tommy Ryan                  New York, NY                     EX   
          -Choynski and Ryan sparred nearly every day during
          the first 2 weeks of January prior to Ryan's bout 
          with "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey
Jan 26 -Choynski married Louise Anderson Miller in Cincinnati, Oh
Mar 5  Jack Douglas                Chicago, Il                       W  3
          -Some sources report "Jim Douglas" on 2/25/95
Mar 10 Mike Madden                 Kansas City, Mo                   W  4
Mar 21 Dan Creedon                 Chicago, Il                       D  6
May    Tommy Ryan                  Deal Lake, NJ (near Asbury Park) EX   
Jun  3 John Cattanach              Baltimore, Md                    KO  2
Jun  8 Bob Armstrong               New York, NY                     EX  3
Jun 27 Bob Armstrong               New York, NY                     EX  6
Aug 20 Dick Wilson                 Louisville, Ky                   KO  2
Nov  3 Will Mayo                   Chicago, Il                      EX  3
Nov  3 Will Mayo                   Chicago, Il                      EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date as part
          of the play, "My Uncle"; Choynski and Mayo sparred during
          the week of Nov 3 1895
Nov  6 Tom Silverthorn             Chicago, Il                      EX  3
Nov  9 Al Tulrock                  Chicago, Il                      EX  3
Nov 13 Billy Stift                 Chicago, Il                      EX  3
Nov 15 Charley O'Connor            Chicago, Il                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Nov 15 Frank Childs                Chicago, Il                      KO  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were scheduled the same date
Nov 16 Willie Phelon               Chicago, Il                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Dec 27 John "Spider" Kelly         San Francisco, Ca                EX   

1896
Jan    Mike Donovan                New York, NY                     EX   
          -Choynski sparred regularly with Donovan in preparation for the Hall bout;
          He also sparred others - three on one day, six on another and twelve on
          yet another
Jan 20 Jim Hall                    Maspeth, NY                      KO 13
Mar 22 Charles "Kid" McCoy         New York, NY                     EX  4
          -Some sources report 3/21/96; Some report "EX 3"
Apr  9 Theodore Van Buskirk        San Francisco, Ca                EX  2
Apr 16 Alec Greggains              San Francisco, Ca               SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled
Apr 16 Tom Sharkey                 San Francisco, Ca                 L  8
          -Sharkey lasted and claimed the win
Apr 30 Eddie Graney                San Francisco, Ca               SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
May 18 Frank Chance                Fresno, Ca                       EX  3
May 18 E.W. Bradstreet             Fresno, Ca                       EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Jun 24 -Choynski refereed the Charles Rochette vs Jack Howard bout 
          in San Francisco, Ca; Then, he refereed the “Australian” Billy 
          Smith vs Jack Davis bout that followed on the same card
Jul  2 -Choynski refereed the Jim Jeffries vs Dan Long bout in 
          San Francisco, Ca
Jul  5 Joe King                    San Francisco, Ca               SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled
Jul  5 Lon Agnew                   San Francisco, Ca                EX  3
Aug 20 Joe McAuliffe               San Francisco, Ca                KO  4
          -Some sources report 8/28/96
Sep  8 Patrick "Reddy" Gallagher   Denver, Co                       EX   
Nov 16 Peter Maher                 New York, NY                     LK  6
Dec 26 Peter Maher                 Pittsburgh, Pa                   EX  3

1897
Jan  2 Frank Dwyer                 Pittsburgh, Pa                    W  4
Jan  3 Wilson                      Pittsburgh, Pa                   EX  3
Jan 14 -Choynski refereed the Billy Leedom-"Australian" Billy McCarthy
          bout in Brooklyn, NY
May 10 "Denver" Ed Smith           New York, NY                     WF  4
          -Some sources report "San Francisco, Ca"
May    Tom Sharkey                 Southfield, NY                   EX   
Aug  6 Bob Armstrong               Chicago, Il                      EX   
Sep 13 Al Schrosbee                Chicago, Il                      EX   
Sep 16 Dan Creedon                 St. Louis, Mo                    EX  3
Oct  9 Herman Bernau               Galveston, Tx                     W  4
          -Some sources report 10/11/97
Nov 30 Jim Jeffries                San Francisco, Ca                 D 20

1898
Mar 11 Tom Sharkey                 San Francisco, Ca                 D  8
          -Police intervened; Sharkey should have been disqualified
Sep 12 Joe Goddard                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Nov  4 Gus Ruhlin                  Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Dec  9 Ed Dunkhorst                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Dec 19 Ed Dunkhorst                Chicago, Il                       W  6

1899
Jan 19 Jim Hall                    Galveston, Tx                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
           Authorities prevented it
Jan 26 -Isadore Chyonski died (cancer) in San Francisco, Ca;
           He was Joe's father and the Editor of a Jewish paper,
           Public Opinion
Mar 24 Charles "Kid" McCoy         San Francisco, Ca                 L 20
Apr 19 William Bean                Salt Lake City, Ut                D 10
          -Some sources report "Willard Bean"
Jul 21 Jack McCormick              Chicago, Il                       W  6
Aug  4 "Mexican" Pete Everett      Denver, Co                       WF  7
Aug 29 "Australian" Jim Ryan       Dubuque, Ia                       W 20
          -Some sources report 8/20/99
Sep 25 Jim Hall                    Louisville, Ky                   KO  7
          -Some sources report "KO 3"
Oct  6 Charles "Kid" McCoy         Chicago, Il                       D  8
          -Some sources report "D 6"
Oct 20 "Australian" Jim Ryan       Brooklyn, NY                     KO  7
Oct 23 Dick Moore                  St. Louis, Mo                    KO  3
Oct 27 Steve O'Donnell             Chicago, Il                      TK  5
Nov  4 Tom "Jabber" Carey          Cincinnati, Oh                   KO  2

1900
Jan 12 Charles "Kid" McCoy         Brooklyn, NY                     LT  4
          -Some sources report "LT 3"
Feb 11 M. Woods                    Chicago, Il                      KO  3
Feb 16 Peter Maher                 Chicago, Il                       W  6
Feb 23 Joe Walcott                 New York, NY                     LT  7
May  8 Tom Sharkey                 Chicago, Il                      LK  2
          -Some sources report "LT 3"
Aug  8 John Matthews               Dayton, Oh                        W  3
Aug  8 Jim Smith                   Dayton, Oh                       KO  2
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Nov  2 Fred Russell                Denver, Co                       WF  4

1901
Feb 25 Jack Johnson                Galveston, Tx                    KO  3
          -Both fighters were arrested and jailed after the fight
Mar 22 -Choynski and Johnson were released from jail after each
          posted a $1,000 bond

1902
Mar  7 "Wild" Bill Hanrahan        Louisville, Ky                   KO  5
Mar 24 Kid Carter                  Chicago, Il                      LK  1
May  2 Al Weinig                   Louisville, Ky                   KO  6 
          -Some sources report 5/02/03
Aug 29 Jim Driscoll                Chicago, Il                     SCH   
Aug 29 Jack Beauscholte            Chicago, Il                     SCH   
          -The previous 2 bouts were scheduled but not held;
           Authorities prevented them
Sep 29 "Philadelphia" Jack O'Brien Chicago, Il                       L  6
Oct  3 George Gardner              Los Angeles, Ca                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled
Dec  1 Frank Childs                Chicago, Il                       W  6

1903
Jan 26 Peter Maher                 Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  2
Mar 30 "Philadelphia" Jack O'Brien Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jun 15 Charley Carroll             Dawson City, Yukon, Can          EX  4
Jun 25 Nick Burley                 Dawson City, Yukon, Can          LK  2
Aug  7 Nick Burley                 Dawson City, Yukon, Can          KO  7
Nov 16 Marvin Hart                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6

1904
Jan 19 Kid Carter                  Boston, Ma                       LK  1
       Jim Jeffries                San Francisco, Ca                EX   
Nov 21 Jack Williams               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
          -Some sources report 11/24/04

1910
Jul    Jim Jeffries                Reno, Nv                         EX   


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

Undated
       C.A.C. Smith                                                  D   
       Jack Cattanach              San Francisco, Ca                EX  4

1892
Aug 27 Billy McCarthy              San Francisco, Ca                EX  4
          -This bout is reported but did not occur; Choynski was
          on a ship in the Atlantic Ocean returning to America 
          from England

1893
       Joe Butler                                                    D  4


*** Much Data Was Provided By Christopher LaForce ***

*** Assistance Was Provided By Sergei Yurchenko ***

*** Some Data Was Provided By Mark Dunn ***


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