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John "Jack" Files

BORN c. 1855; (Fought out of New York and Chicago, Illinois)
HEIGHT 5-7 (Some sources report 5-9)
WEIGHT 130-144 lbs

Files had a lithe, sinewy frame but was tough and could take punishment;
He had a "bad" ear that bled often

During his career, he battled such men as Tommy Chandler, Johnny Reagan
and Pete McCoy

1882
Feb 25 William Sanders              Chicago, Il                      EX   
Apr  7 Owen McManus                 near Chicago, Il                 WF  3
          -Some sources report "Oscar McManus";
           Some sources declare McManus the winner;
           He scored three knockdowns;
           There was disagreement since McManus struck Files when he was down;
           Some sources report "WF 2"
Dec 10 Tommy Chandler               Chicago, Il                       W  4

1883
Jan    Mike Mulvey                  New York, NY                     EX   
Jun 30 -Files was scheduled to spar in Logansport, In
Jul 29 Paddy Norton                 Chicago, Il                       D 11
       -Files was better; Some sources report 7/30/83
Aug 24 -Files claimed to have Paddy Ryan "in custody" and that Ryan 
           had not injured himself in a drunken fit 
Sep 13 Denny Costigan               New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

1884
Jan  7 -Files was scheduled to spar in Revere, Ma
Feb 26 -Files seconded Eddie Connors vs Tug Ryan in Hoboken, NJ
Mar  6 Denny Costigan               New York, NY                     EX   
          -Some sources report 3/16/84
Apr  2 "New York" Tom Allen         Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3
Jun 26 "New York" Tom Allen         New York, NY                     EX   
Jun 30 "New York" Tom Allen         New York, NY                     EX   
Jul 28 "New York" Tom Allen         New York, NY                     EX   
Aug 26 Tommy Chandler               Chicago, Il                      LK  3
          -Reports vary - "L 5" - "LK 4"

1885
Dec 31 Jimmy Murray                 Brooklyn, NY                     EX   

1886
Feb 12 -Files refereed the Denny Kelliher-Jack Fallon bout in Philadelphia, Pa
Feb 26 -Files refereed the Jack Fallon-Jack Dougherty bout in Philadelphia, Pa
Feb 27 -Files refereed the John Loughlin-Ned Pluckefeller bout in Philadelphia, Pa

1887
Jan 27 -Files was called to court regarding the boxing charges against him,
           Pete McCoy and Patrick "Reddy" Gallagher; He pleaded guilty and 
           was fined $50 plus 30 days in jail; While out on bail, McCoy and 
           Files skipped town
Apr 22 -Files attended the Benefit for Paddy Smith in Brooklyn, NY
May 29 Johnny Reagan                near New York, NY               SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but did not take place;
           Delays in boating schedules, locations, times, etc.,
           led to confusion; Files was in Yonkers, NY but could 
           not be found later on
Jun  2 Johnny Reagan                near New York, NY      (2:56:00) LK 44
          -Welterweight Championship of America;
           Some sources report 1886;
           Some sources report 6/01/87
Jul 10 -Brooklyn (NY) Daily Eagle reported that Files recently defeated Reagan
Jul 18 Johnny Reagan                Brooklyn, NY                     EX  4
Sep 12 Johnny Reagan                Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Nov 12 -Files seconded Patrick Curtin vs Paddy Smith in Jersey City, NJ
Nov 14 Billy Dacey                  Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
           -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Nov 30 George LaBlanche             New York, NY                     EX  4
Dec 12 Tom Henry                    Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Dec 22 "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey     Williamsburg, NY                SCH   
           -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

1888
Jan 14 Johnny Reagan                Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Jan 27 Pete McCoy                   Bridgeport, Ct                   EX   
Feb 25 Mike Gillespie               Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
           -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Feb 25 Tom Green                    Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Mar  6 Johnny Reagan                Boston, Ma                       EX   
Mar 12 Johnny Reagan                Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -Files and Reagan were scheduled to spar several
           times during the week of 3/12/88
May  4 -Files seconded Mike Burns vs Pat Sutton in Bridgeport, Ct
Dec 17 -Files attended the Jack McAuliffe-Sam Collyer bout in Brooklyn, NY
Dec 26 Tom Green                    Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
          -Green looked like George LaBlanche physically and
           he could deliver "trip hammer blows" like lightning

1889
Jan 13 -Philadelphia (Pa) Item reported that Files and Tom Green, 
           boxers, appeared in a play "Jack the Ripper" in Brooklyn
           last week
Jan 28 Tom Green                    Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Mar  9 Pete McCoy                   New York, NY                      L  4
          -Some sources report 3/08/89
Apr 24 Pete McCoy                   Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
May    -Files was scheduled to spar at Brooklyn, NY several times

1890
Feb  7 Tom Green                    Newark, NJ                       ND   
Feb  8 Jack Fallon                  Hoboken, NJ                      ND  3
          -Some sources report "Flatbush, NY"   
Mar  4 Jimmy Lynch                  Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Apr 14 Johnny Green                 Brooklyn, NY                     ND  3
Apr    Martin "Fiddler" Neary                                       SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Aug 25 -Files attended the Benefit for "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey in Brooklyn, NY
Sep 24 Pete McCoy                   Sag Harbor, NY                  SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Dec  9 -Files attended the funeral of Joe Coburn

1891
Apr    Patsy Kerrigan               Hot Springs, Ar                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
May  1 -Files' apartment (#45) on the top floor of the Rochester Hotel,
          112 Bleecker Street, New York, caught fire; Files and others 
          escaped except for Mary Tieg, in apartment #44, next to Files';
          She was carried out by firemen but died; Files was said to have
          been drinking
Nov 24 Tom Green                    Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Nov 27 Pete McCoy                   New York, NY                     EX   

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

1885
Apr    "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey     Chicago, Il                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

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