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The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia -- Old Timer

David "Funny" Cook
(H. Davies)

BORN   circa 1857; Birmingham, England
WEIGHT Lightweight


Cook was a scrappy and talented fighter; He was Lightweight Champion of the Midlands in England during his career
The old reports are very contradictory; If anyone discovers conclusive data that disagrees with these results, please contact Tracy Callis

Undated (Prior to 1879)
       Alf Foster (Chang)                                   (55:00) W   
       Pat Perry                  Cudworth, England       (1:05:00) D   
       Jenks                      West Bromwich, England     20:00) W   
       Pippin                     Birmingham, England       (35:00) W   
          -Queensberry rules were used for this fight
       Thumby Evans               Litchfield, England       (21:00) D   
       Tom Smith                                          (2:15:00) W   
          -Queensberry rules were used for this fight

Dec 22 Billy McLeod               Manchester, England             SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
           Both men were arrested on the day of the fight

Oct  5 -Cook was present at the death of Jimmy Highland in Birmingham
Dec 26 Thumby Evans               in England                        D      
          -Reportedly, this bout lasted 3 hours 20 minutes

Jun  5 -Cook and Thumby Evans arrived in New York on the steamer, Arizona
Jun 20 Denny Costigan             New York, NY                      D  4
Jul 17 Thumby Evans               New York, NY                     EX   
Nov 10 Young English              New York, NY                     EX  3
Nov 29 Dan Dougherty              New York, NY                     EX  3

Mar 13 Young English              New York, NY                     EX   
Apr  9 Dan Dougherty              New York, NY                     EX  3
Apr 12 Dan Dougherty              Long Island City, NY             EX  3
          -This was a "rattling" bout

Aug 12 -Cook seconded Jumper Howe vs Fred Johnson at London
Oct    -Cook was training Lachie Thomson for his upcoming fight vs Arthur Akers
           in England

Jul    -Cook seconded Dick Burge vs Lachie Thomson at London

*** Photo Provided By William Schutte ***

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