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Mike Cushing

BORN   August 6 1865; Elizabethport, New Jersey (Fought out of Brooklyn, New York)
DIED September 1 1892; Village View Park, near Fort Hamilton, New York (Dyspepsia); Some sources report August 31 1892; Some report 28 years of age
HEIGHT 5-6 (Some sources report 5-5)
WEIGHT 125-128 lbs
BACKER Dick Roche (of St. Louis, Missouri)

Cushing was wiry and quick and carried a stinging punch; He looked more like a school-teacher than a fighter but he could handle himself well; He was a brother of Tom Cushing, who did some fighting; Mike was the 126 Pound Champion of America during his career

During his career, Cushing defeated such men as Jack Hopper, Harry Bartlett, James Liddy, Dan O'Hara and Billy Ellingsworth

1883 
Mar 17 James Clark                Staten Island, NY                KO 10
          -Some sources report "W 10"

1884
Feb  7 Joe Harris                 Elizabeth, NJ                    KO  2
Apr 12 Ned Hannigan               New York, NY                     TK  3
          -Some sources report "W 3"

1885
          -Cushing defeated several men in Billy Madden's Lightweight
           Tournament and "drew" Jack McAuliffe in the Finals
May 12 Jack McAuliffe             New York, NY                     LF  5
          -This bout was part of a Billy Madden Tournament;
           Cushing was disqualified for frequent clinching
Jul 25 James Liddy                Coney Island, NY                 KO  5
          -Some sources report "W 5"
Aug  3 James Liddy                Fort Hamilton, NY                 D  5
          -An extra round was fought
       Tom Dugan                                                    W   
       Tom Green                                                    W   

1886
Feb 27 J.F. Day                   New York, NY                      W   
Feb 27 Jack Barry                 New York, NY                      W   
          -Some sources report "Jim Barry"
Feb 27 Jack Horton                New York, NY                      W   
Feb 27 Billy Ellingsworth         New York, NY                      W  3
          -The previous 4 bouts were held the same date;
           as part of the New York Athletic Club (NYAC)
           Amateur Lightweight Competition
Apr 24 Joe Heiser                 Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3
Jul    -Cushing trained Tommy Danforth for his bout against
           Tommy Warren
       Joe Heiswell               Brooklyn, NY                     TK  3
       Edward Nichols                                              TK  3
          -London rules were used
       Edward Harrigan            Staten Island, NY                 W 36
Dec  1 Tommy Danforth             New York, NY                      D  8
Dec 25 Tommy Danforth             New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

1886-1887
       Billy Hoy                  Albany, NY                       KO   
       Jack Dugan                 near Saratoga, NY                KO   

1887
Apr 25 Jack Hopper                Eureka Spring, NY                LK 25
          -126 lb Championship of America;
           Some sources report "LT 26"

1888
Feb 23 James Liddy                Troy, NY                         KO  8
Apr 10 Dan O'Hara                 Harlem, NY                       KO  5
          -O'Hara used the name "Dan Gallagher";
           Some sources report "New York, NY";
           Some sources report "KO 6";
           Some sources report 4/11/88
Jun 30 Dan O'Hara                 Keyport, NJ                      KO 20
          -Some sources report "KO 22";
           Some sources report 7/01/88
Nov 11 James Liddy                Long Island, NY                   W 10
          -Liddy used the name "Paddy Welsh"
Nov 13 Tom Allen                  New York, NY                     EX  4

1889
Jan  7 -Cushing was seriously ill with pneumonia at Elizabethport, NJ
Jan 15 Dan O'Hara                 Hoboken, NJ                      ND   
Jan 28 Walter Halligan            Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jan 28 Con Dugan                  Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3
Feb  4 -Cushing was scheduled to spar at Hoboken, NJ
Feb 23 Harry Bartlett                                             SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but postponed
Mar  5 Harry Bartlett             Hoboken, NJ                      TK 14
          -126 Pound Championship of America
Mar 10 Tommy Barnes                                               SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Mar 13 -Cushing seconded Domonic Fitzpatrick vs Mike Cahill
           near Stamford, Ct
Mar 20 Jack Farrell               New York, NY                     EX   
Apr  4 Paddy Smith                Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Apr  8 -Cushing was challenged by Jack Dougherty to a bout at 126 lbs
May 14 Con Dugan                  Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
          -Some sources report "ND"
May 21 Jack Hopper                Brooklyn, NY                     ND  4
          -Some sources report "W 3"
Jun 10 -Cushing was scheduled to spar at Greenpoint, NY
Sep 23 Con Dugan                  Coney Island, NY                 EX   
Nov 12 Con Dugan                  Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Dec 18 Austin Gibbons             Hoboken, NJ                      LK 24
          -126 Pound Championship of America;
           Some sources report 130 lb Championship;
           Some sources report "Stamford, Ct";
           Some sources report "LK 32"

1890
May  6 Jack McAuliffe             Brooklyn, NY                     EX  6
Nov  7 Austin Gibbons             Oakland Beach, RI                LK 19
          -132 Pound Championship of America;
           Some sources report "Warwick, RI"
Nov 24 Jack Hopper                Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known;
           Some sources report "W"
Dec  1 Jack Hopper                Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

1891
Feb  7 Tommy Danforth             Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Feb  7 Jack McAuliffe             Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Dec 28 Walter Campbell            Philadelphia, Pa                  L  4

1892
Jan    an unnamed opponent        Philadelphia, Pa                  L   
          -This bout was held during Jan-Mar 1892
Apr  4 Willie Clark               Brooklyn, NY                      L 10
          -Some sources report "KO 1"
May 27 J. Watson                  Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known;

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

Undated
       Jack Lynch                                                   W   
       Jack Hopper                                                  W  3
       Jack Hopper                                                  W  1


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

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