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The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia -- Old Timer

Martin Dempsey

BORN Fought out of Brooklyn, New York
WEIGHT 112-130 lbs

Dempsey was called the 125 lbs Wrestling Champion of America in many articles; He was a brother to "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey and Tom Dempsey

 

1884
Mar  6 -Dempsey was umpire for "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey vs Billy Dacey bout 
           at Coney Island, NY (Campbell's Hotel)
Aug 11 William Leahy              New York, NY                       D   
          -This was a wrestling match; Falls: 1-1
Aug 14 Dan Cuatax                 Brooklyn, NY                       L   
Aug 28 William Leahy              Brooklyn, NY                       W   
          -This was a wrestling match; Falls: 2-1; Weights: 130-157

1886
Apr  6 John Mott                  Brooklyn, NY                       W   
          -This was a wrestling match; Falls: 2-1
Apr 10 Young Sheridan             Brooklyn, NY                       W   
          -This was a wrestling match; Falls: 2-1
Apr 24 George Kline               Brooklyn, NY                      EX   
          -This was a boxing contest
Apr 24 Young Sheridan             Brooklyn, NY                       D   
          -This was a wrestling match; Falls: 1-1;
           The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
May 10 Young Sheridan             New York, NY                      TK   
          -This was a boxing contest
Jun  8 Tommy Barnes               Brooklyn, NY                       L   
Jun 29 Billy Peterson             Philadelphia, Pa                   D  4
Jun 30 an unnamed opponent        Philadelphia, Pa                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jul  2 Eddie Harris               Philadelphia, Pa                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jul  3 Jack Harding               Philadelphia, Pa                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jul    Billy Peterson             Philadelphia, Pa                   D  4
Jul    Eddie Harris               Philadelphia, Pa                   W  3
Jul    Hardie                     Philadelphia, Pa                   W   
Jul    Jim Howie                  Philadelphia, Pa                  KO  2
Jul 15 -Dempsey challenged any featherweight to a bout under London Ring rules
Jul 19 Harry Walton               Philadelphia, Pa                   L  4
Aug 24 -Dempsey said he has no takers for his challenge to any featherweight
Nov  9 Frank Crysler              Brooklyn, NY                      EX   
Nov  9 Phil Flood                 Brooklyn, NY                      EX   
          -This was a wrestling match; Flood won; Falls: 0-2
Nov  9 Sam McDonald               Brooklyn, NY                      EX   
          -This was a wrestling match; Dempsey won; Falls: 2-1;
           The previous 3 bouts were held the same date

1887
Jan 29 -Dempsey refereed the wrestling match between Larry Heslin and Joseph Lawler
           in Brooklyn, NY (Flynnís Rotunda, Coney Island)
Feb    Phillip Carey                                               SCH   
          -This wrestling match was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Feb 15 John Mott                  Brooklyn, NY                       W   
          -This was a wrestling match; Falls: 2-1
Mar 14 Phillip Carey              Brooklyn, NY                       L   
          -Lightweight Wrestling Championship of America
Mar 21 Phillip Carey              Brooklyn, NY                       D   
          -This was a wrestling match; Falls: 1-1
Apr 26 Charlie Rogers             New York, NY                       L   
          -This was a wrestling match; Falls: 1-2
Apr 26 Tom Martin                 New York, NY                      EX  3
          -This boxing match was part of a Benefit for Martin Dempsey;
           The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
May  5 Jim McDermott              Brooklyn, NY                       W   
          -This was a wrestling match; Falls: 2-1
May  6 -Brooklyn (NY) Daily Eagle reported that Dempsey tried to teach
           Jack McAuliffe how to wrestle (to help him against Jem Carney)
Jul 18 Bill Flood                 Brooklyn, NY                       D   
          -This wrestling match was part of a Benefit for Jack Files
Sep 27 Phillip Carey              Brooklyn, NY                       D   
          -This was a wrestling match; Falls: 1-1
Dec 22 Phillip Carey              Brooklyn, NY                      EX   
          -This was a wrestling match; Falls: 1-1

1888
Feb  7 Gus Hill                   Brooklyn, NY                       W   
          -This was a wrestling match; Falls: 2-1
Feb  9 Jimmy Murray               Brooklyn, NY                       W   
          -This was a wrestling match
Feb 10 Gus Hill                   Brooklyn, NY                     SCH   
          -This was a scheduled wrestling match; The outcome is not known
Mar 26 -Dempsey refereed the wrestling match between William Muldoon and Jack Carkeek
           in Brooklyn, NY (Grand Theater)
May 21 Tooling                    Woonsocket, RI                     ?   
          -This wrestling match was held on Decoration Day; The outcome is not known
Nov 15 an unnamed opponent        Brooklyn, NY                       W   
          -This was a wrestling match
Dec  2 -Brooklyn (NY) Daily Eagle reported that Dempsey was scheduled to wrestle at
           Woodhaven in the future
Dec 30 -Brooklyn (NY) Daily Eagle reported that Dempsey would accept a position in the
           cooperage business in New Orleans, La

1890
Jan 13 Tom Dempsey                Philadelphia, Pa                  ND   
          -This was a wrestling match
Feb    -Dempsey trained Jimmy Nelson at Providence, RI for his bout against Doc O'Connell
Feb 17 Tom Dempsey                Philadelphia, Pa                 SCH   
          -This was a scheduled wrestling match; The outcome is not known
Mar  3 Tom Dempsey                Brooklyn, NY                       W   
          -This was a wrestling match; Falls: 2-1
Mar  9 -Dempsey and brother, Tom, seconded Fred McDermott vs Paddy Stapleton at Long Island, NY
Mar 26 Tom Dempsey                Greenpoint, NY                     L   
          -This was a wrestling match; Falls: 1-2
May  5 Jim McDermott              Brooklyn, NY                       W   
          -This was a wrestling match; Falls: 2-1
May 28 -Brooklyn (NY) Daily Eagle reported that Dempsey was scheduled to wrestle 
           William McGuiness (Dublin, Ire) for the Lightweight Wrestling Championship
           of the world
Aug 25 -Dempsey attended the Benefit for "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey at Brooklyn, NY (Palace)
Nov 24 Tom Dempsey                Brooklyn, NY                     SCH   
          -This was a scheduled wrestling match; The outcome is not known
Nov 24 Jack Hanley                Brooklyn, NY                      EX   
          -This wrestling match was part of a Benefit for "Brooklyn" Paddy Smith
Sep 12 -Dempsey seconded Mike Brennan vs "Woburn" Tom McCarthy in Hoboken, NJ

1891
Feb  7 Tom Hanley                 Brooklyn, NY                     SCH   
          -This wrestling match was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Nov 24 Dan Custy                  Brooklyn, NY                      EX   
          -This wrestling match was part of a Benefit for Billy Dacey

1892
Oct  4 Tom Dempsey                Brooklyn, NY                       L   
          -This was a wrestling match: Falls: 2-1;
           Some sources report 10/03/92
Nov  5 Tom Dempsey                Brooklyn, NY                      EX   
          -This was a wrestling match

1893
Dec 19 -Dempsey was scheduled to meet all comers in wrestling
          (collar and elbow style) at the People's Theatre

1896
Feb 15 -Brooklyn (NY) Daily Eagle reported that Dempsey said a
           number of "Nonpareil" Jack's friends are determined to
           move Jack's remains from Portland, Oregon to Calvary
           Cemetery, Long Island City, NY
Oct 19 -Dempsey refereed the Jacob Fifer-Charles Kessler wrestling
           match at West Hoboken, NJ

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

1887
Apr 11 Charlie Rogers             New York, NY                       L    
          -This was a wrestling match; Falls: 1-2

Compiled By Tracy Callis, Historian, International Boxing Research Organization