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Jack Fallon
(John W. Fallon)
(the "Brooklyn Strong Boy")

BORN   December 1 1863; Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York
(Reports vary - 1867 - 1868)
HEIGHT 5-10
WEIGHT 162-185 lbs (One source reports 280 lbs for a bout)

Fallon was a scrappy, willing fighter; He entered the ring against any challenger and was a sparring partner for Peter Jackson during his career; Jack was a brother of Patsy Fallon

During his career, he battled such men as Joe Choynski, Peter Maher, Dominick McCaffrey, Jack Ashton, Denny Kelliher, George LaBlanche and Pete McCoy

The old reports are very contradictory; If anyone discovers conclusive data that disagrees with these results, please advise Tracy Callis

1884 
Jun 15 James Maugher              Flatbush, Long Island, NY         D  8
Jul    Mike McAuliffe             New York, NY                     KO  1
       Frank B. Patterson         New York, NY                      W  4
       Pat Brennan                New York, NY                      W  3

1884-1885
       Billy Leedom               Philadelphia, Pa                  L   
          -Some sources report "D" in "New York, NY" in 1888

1885
Mar 26 -Fallon won the Amateur Championship of New York
Mar 28 George Lambert             New York, NY                      W  4
          -Amateur Championship; Some sources report 3/28/84
Jul 11 Tom Kelly                  Brooklyn, NY                     KO  2
          -Some sources report "W 2";
           Some sources report 6/11/84 in "New York, NY"
Nov 26 Alf Powers                 East New York, NY                 D  7
          -Reports vary - "ND 7" - "W 7" - "KO 7"; Police intervened; 
           Some sources report 11/02/85

1886
Jan 16 Alex McDicken              Brooklyn, NY                     ND  1
          -Fallon knocked McDicken around; 
           Some sources report "KO 1"; 
           Police intervened
Feb  9 John Banks                 New York, NY                      D  6
          -Some sources report "D 5"
Feb 12 Denny Kelliher             Philadelphia, Pa                  D  4
Feb 24 Bill Dunn                  Philadelphia, Pa                  D  4
Feb 26 Jack Dougherty             Philadelphia, Pa                  W  4
Mar  9 John Dillon                Philadelphia, Pa                  L  6
Mar 22 Roger McCluskey            Philadelphia, Pa                  W  3
          -Some sources report "KO 3"
Mar 23 Denny Kelliher             Philadelphia, Pa                  W  4
          -Some sources report "KO 2"; Perhaps, this is the 2/12/86 bout?
Mar 24 Bill Dunn                  Philadelphia, Pa                  W  4
          -Some sources report "D 4"; Perhaps, this is the 2/24/86 bout ?
Mar 25 Jack Dougherty             Philadelphia, Pa                  W  3
          -Some sources report 3/26/86; Perhaps, this is the 2/26/86 bout?
Apr    Jack Ashton                New York, NY                     EX   
May  3 "Harlem" Jack Smith        New York, NY                      W  3
          -Some sources report "W 4"
Jun 21 -Fallon trained Mike Conley for his bout vs Frank Herald in New York, NY
Sep 12 -Fallon refereed the Eddy Joyce-Billy Knight bout in Long Island, NY
Sep 30 John Spencer               Philadelphia, Pa                  L  4

1887
Mar  9 Dominick McCaffrey         Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
          -Reports vary - "W 4" - "L 4"
Mar 19 Jack Dougherty             Philadelphia, Pa                  D  4 
Apr 11 Mike Donovan               New York, NY                     EX   
Apr 26 Mike Donovan               Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
May 23 an unnamed opponent        Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Jun  2 Patsy Kruse                New York, NY                     TK  7
          -Some sources report "Emile Krause";
           Some sources report 1888
Sep 10 Joe Denning                Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3
          -This bout was part of a Benefit for "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey;
           Fallon was better; Some sources report "W 3" in "New York, NY"
Sep 27 Johnny Reagan              Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
           Reagan had an injured wrist
Sep 27 Jim Glynn                  Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
           The men could not agree on money
Oct  3 Pete McCoy                 Hoboken, NJ                      ND  4
Oct 12 Billy Gilford              Hoboken, NJ                      KO  4
Nov 19 LaBlanche's Unknown        Hoboken, NJ                       W  4
          -The "Unknown" was "James Sherwood";
           Sherwood was bigger than Fallon and 
           resorted to wrestling tactics in round 
           three; Fallon punished him throughout
           the fight
Dec  3 "Harlem" Jack Smith        Yonkers, NY                       W  3
          -Smith was better in the first two rounds;
           Fallon pounded him in round three; 
           Both men were punished;
           Some sources report "New York, NY"
Dec 22 George LaBlanche           Hoboken, NJ                       D  6
          -Some sources report 12/12/86
           Some sources report 12/22/86;
           Some sources report "D 4";
           Some sources report "Wilmington, De";
           Police intervened
Dec 27 Pete McCoy                 Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
          -Some sources report 12/27/86

1888
Jan 17 James Sherwood             Hoboken, NJ                       W  6
          -Some sources report "Jersey City, NJ"
Jan 26 Denny Kelliher             Hoboken, NJ                       W  6
          -Steve O'Donnell was the referee
Feb  7 Denny Kelliher             New York, NY                     EX  3
          -Reports vary - "ND 3" - "EX 4";
           Some sources report this as a wrestling match
Feb  7 James "Sparrrow" Golden    New York, NY                     EX  3
          -Some sources report "ND 3"
Feb  7 Joe Denning                New York, NY                     EX  4
          -Reports vary - "ND 4" - "ND 3";
           The previous 3 bouts were held the same date
Feb  8 -Fallon, Billy Dacey, Tom Henry and Denny Costigan left for Troy, NY
          to participate in a sparring exhibition; The outcomes are not known                             
Feb  8 Bill Dunn                  New York, NY                      W  6
Feb 13 Denny Kelliher             New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Mar 22 Jim "Reddy" Smith          New York, NY                     KO 74
          -London Rules and gloves were used for this bout;
           This bout was to be held "up the Hudson, within 250 
           miles of New York"; Reports vary - "KO 72" - "KO 73" - "KO 84"
Jun 14 -Fallon challenged Peter Nolan (Cincinnati) and Mike Cleary (New York)
           to bouts
Jul 14 -Brooklyn (NY) Daily Eagle reported that Fallon had boxed 
           Patsy Kruse [Krause] two times in the past
Aug 20 -Fallon seconded Jack Collins vs Richard Vanderheyden near Brooklyn, NY
Sep  5 Charlie Marks              Buffalo, NY                      KO  3 
Sep  6 Jack Leonard               Buffalo, NY                      KO  4 
Sep  7 Paddy Brennan              Buffalo, NY                      KO  4 
Sep  8 Paul Patillo               Buffalo, NY                      KO  1
Sep  8 Billy Baker                Buffalo, NY                      ND    
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date 
Sep  9 Joe Vanderbush             Buffalo, NY                      KO  2 
Sep 10 Pat Hackford               Buffalo, NY                      KO  5 
Sep 10 Billy Baker                Buffalo, NY                      TK  4 
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Sep 13 -Brooklyn (NY) Daily Eagle reported that Fallon spent last week 
           in Buffalo, NY taking on all-comers
Oct  8 -Brooklyn (NY) Daily Eagle reported there was talk of a 
           Fallon-Jim Glynn bout
Nov 13 "Harlem" Jack Smith        New York, NY                     EX  4
          -Some sources report "W 4" on 11/14/88
Dec  3 Tom Lees                   Brooklyn, NY                      W  3
          -Some sources report "W 10"
Dec 10 -Brooklyn (NY) Daily Eagle reported that efforts were underway 
           to match Fallon against Jack Fogarty (Philadelphia)
Dec 14 -Brooklyn (NY) Daily Eagle reported that "Sailor" Brown wanted 
           a bout with Fallon
Dec 21 -Fallon refereed the Monte Lewis vs. Sam Collins bout in Brooklyn, NY

1889
Jan  3 Tom Lees                   New York, NY                      W  8
          -Reports vary - "KO 8" - "W 10"
Jan 12 Jim Glynn                  Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3
          -Some sources report "ND 3" in "New York, NY"
Jan 15 Jack Ashton                Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jan 25 George LaBlanche           Boston, Ma                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held; Fallon did not show
Feb  8 Dominick McCaffrey         Hoboken, NJ                       L  4
          -Some sources report this bout was cancelled
Apr 24 -Fallon attended the benefit for John L. Sullivan in Brooklyn, NY
       Mike Lucie                 Troy, NY                        SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
May 23 -Fallon refereed the Jack O'Brien-Jack Grace bout near Corona, LI, NY
       Louis Franchi                                              SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jul 15 Jim Daly                   Philadelphia, Pa                  D  6
Aug  9 -Fallon refereed the Peter Jackson-James "Ginger" McCormick bout
          in New York, NY
Aug 18 -Fallon married Miss Mack of Jersey City, NJ
Aug 19 Peter Jackson              New York, NY                     LT  2
          -Reports vary- "L 4" - "EX 4"
Aug 21 -Fallon sailed for England on the steamer "City of New York" 
          with his wife, Charles "Parson" Davies and Peter Jackson
Oct  2 Peter Jackson              Westminster, England             EX  3
Oct  3 Peter Jackson              Westminster, England             EX  3
Oct    Ted Pritchard              in England                        W   
Oct    Tom Matthews               in England                        W   
Oct    Bill "Chesterfield" Goode  in England                        W   
Oct    Jack Davis                 in England                        W   
Oct    Tom Lees                   in England                        W   
Oct    Alf Mitchell               in England                       KO   
Oct    Alf Ball                   in England                       KO   
          -The previous 7 bouts were reported by Fallon;
           He stated he "bested" the first five men and
           knocked out the last two
Nov 11 -Fallon seconded Peter Jackson vs Jem Smith at London, England
Nov 11 Jack Wannop                New Cross, England              SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held; Authorities prevented it
Nov    Jem Smith                  in England                        W   
Nov 15 Jack "Baby" Partridge      Westminster, England             KO  2
Dec 13 Jack Hickey                Dublin, Ireland                  EX  6
          -Some sources report "W 6"
Dec    an unnamed opponent        Belfast, Ireland                 EX   
Dec    an unnamed opponent        Belfast, Ireland                 EX   
Dec 23 Peter Jackson              Dublin, Ireland                  EX  3
Dec 24 Peter Jackson              Dublin, Ireland                  EX  3

1890
Jan 17 -Fallon and Frank Faber were to appear for a week in Brooklyn, NY
           at the Gaiety Theatre
Jan 19 -Fallon and Peter Jackson appeared in Brooklyn, NY (Gaiety Theatre)
Feb  5 Pat Farley                 Hoboken, NJ                      KO  2 
Feb  6 Frank Faber                Hoboken, NJ                      ND  3 
Feb  7 Bill Gabig                 Hoboken, NJ                      KO  3 
Feb  8 Jack Files                 Hoboken, NJ                      ND  3
          -Some sources report "Flatbush, NY"   
Mar  4 Peter Jackson              Brooklyn, NY                     LT  2
          -Some sources report "EX 2"
Mar  4 Jack Ashton                Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3
          -Some sources report "D 2"; Police intervened;
Mar  4 Billy Myer                 Brooklyn, NY                     EX  4
          -The previous 3 bouts were held the same date
May  5 Joe McAuliffe              Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3
          -Some sources report "L 3"
Sep 27 Jim Smith                  Flatbush, Long Island, NY       SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Nov    Mike Brennan                                               SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Nov 19 Pete McCoy                 Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known;
           Some sources report 11/24/90
Nov 24 Jack Harris                Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3
          -Some sources report "ND 3"

1891
Mar  8 -Fallon seconded one of the men in the Billy Hill-Jack Brunek bout 
          at Coney Island, NY (report was not clear which one)
Jun 10 -Fallon appeared before Justice Sweeney at the Flatbush
          Town Hall on a charge of assault against Thomas Britton;
          Fallon pleaded not guilty; His trial was set for June 15 
          (no results were reported)
Oct 31 Peter Maher                New York, NY                     LT  2
          -Some sources report "L 2"; Police intervened
Nov 27 Peter Maher                New York, NY                     EX   
Dec 19 Peter Maher                Washington, DC                   ND  3 

1892
Mar 28 Christie McManus           Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Apr  9 Joe Choynski               Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jun 28 Charles "Sailor" Brown     Coney Island, NY                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Aug 17 -Fallon challenged Mike Brennan to a bout
Aug 29 Christie McManus           Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Sep 24 Charlie Mitchell           Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
          -This was a wrestling contest
Oct  3 Young Horace               Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Oct    -Fatty Langtry challenged Fallon; Fallon accepted;
          Langtry weighed 250 lbs; Fallon reportedly weighed 280
Nov 26 Joe Choynski               Philadelphia, Pa                 LT  4
          -Some sources report "LT 1"; Some sources report 11/24/92
Dec    -Fallon seconded Mike Hughes vs Billy Ernst in Brooklyn, NY
Dec  2 Peter Jackson              Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Dec  3 Joe Choynski               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 10 Bob Fitzsimmons            Newark, NJ                       EX  4
          -Reportedly, Fitzsimmons injured (or broke) his hand on Fallon's head

1893
Jan    Jim Dougherty              Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jan 19 an unnamed opponent        Philadelphia, Pa                 ND   
Jan 28 Fatty Langtry              New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
May 15 Billy Wilson               Boston, Ma                        L  6
          -Some sources report 5/16/93
Sep 18 Fred Neilson               Boston, Ma                       TK  1 

1895
Feb 13 Billy Vernon               Boston, Ma                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

1897
Nov 25 Fred Surrett               Bridgeport, Ct                   TK  2
 
Undated
          -Fallon retired to serve on the Police Force of Gravesend, Long Island, NY


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

1887-1889
       C.A.C. Smith                                                 L  1
          -Smith fought the "Brooklyn Strong Boy";
           Perhaps, this man was "Jack Fallon" ;
           Some sources report "LK 1" in Jun 1887
       Jim Daly                                                     D   
       Jake Kilrain                                                 L   
       Mike Costello                                              SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

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