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John "Jack" Fogarty

BORN   December 24 1865; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DIED January 28 1921 (Some sources report February 4 1921)
WEIGHT 140-142 lbs


Fogarty was very talented fighter; He was strong, boxed and wrestled well, had stamina and carried a solid punch; Jack was the middleweight champion of Pennsylvania during his career; Personally, he was a quiet, domestic type of man; He was a brother of Jimmy Fogarty

Fogarty worked as a packer and shipper of merchandise; He was a boxing enthusiast who attended fights regularly; He began fighting in 1885 by entering a tournament just to get into the building

During his career, he defeated such men as Joe Ellingsworth, Mike Boden, Fred Woods and Bill Gabig; He lost only three bouts during his career and two of those came against the magnificent "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey and George LaBlanche

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

       Harry Higgins                                                W   

       Jim McGrannigan            Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  2
       Danny McLaughlin           Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  3
       Jack Cook                  Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  3
       Fred Woods                                                  KO  2
Feb  2 Bill Gabig                 Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  1
       -Sources report that Fogarty defeated eleven minor opponents 
          during this time
Sep  4 John Hughes                Troy, NY                         KO  2
Oct  6 Con Tobin                  Troy, NY                         KO  2
          -Reports vary - "Jun 1885" - "Jun 1886"
Nov 12 "Hartford" Dave Resler     Pleasure Island, NY              KO  5

       "Billson" Jack             Pittsburgh, Pa                    W  3
       Ed Delahanty               Pittsburgh, Pa                   KO  1
       Owney McCann                                                KO  4
          -The previous 3 bouts likely took place between Nov 12 1885 
           and Jan 1886 (in either Pittsburgh, Pa or Philadelphia, Pa)

       Jack Kelly                                                 SCH   
          -This bout was tentatively scheduled but negotiations fell through
Feb  3 "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey   New York, NY                     LK 27
          -Middleweight Championship of America;
           Some sources report 2/02/86
Feb 25 Jimmy Ryan                 Jersey City, NJ                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Mar    Frank Siffel                                                 D   
Mar 27 Jimmy Ryan                 Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Apr 10 "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey   New York, NY                     EX  4
Apr 20 "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey   Newburgh, NY                     EX  3
Apr 24 "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey   Pittsburgh, Pa                   EX  4
Apr 25 "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey   Pittsburgh, Pa                   EX  4
Apr 27 George LaBlanche           New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled
May  3 Joe Ellingsworth           New York, NY                      W  4
          -Some sources report 5/31/86; Some sources report "EX 4"
Jun 10 Joe Ellingsworth           Jersey City, NJ                   D 10
          -Some sources report "Hoboken, NJ"
Jun 14 "Hartford" Dave Ressler    Pleasure Island, NY              ND   
          -Some sources report "KO 4"
Jul    Denny Kelliher                                             SCH   
Jul 26 Mike Lucie                 Trenton, NJ                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Sep    Denny Kelliher                                             SCH   
          -The previous 2 bouts were scheduled; The outcomes are not known
Oct  9 -Fogarty was challenged by Mike Daly to a bout
Nov 19 -Fogarty refereed the Jake Kilrain vs Denny Killen bout in Philadelphia, Pa
Dec 23 -Fogarty refereed the Bill Gabig vs Charley Scott bout in Philadelphia, Pa

          -About this time, Fogarty started getting into politics; 
           He also handled and trained boxers

Mar 11 Jimmy Ryan                 Philadelphia, Pa                 EX    
Mar 13 George LaBlanche           Greenpoint, NY                   LK 11
Mar 21 Mike Boden                 Philadelphia, Pa                  W  4
Mar    Patrick "Reddy" Gallagher  Pittsburgh, Pa                  SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled;
            Fogarty broke his hand prior to the contest;
            There are reports that Gallagher defeated
            Fogarty at a later date
Apr    Mike Boden                 Cleveland, OH                    NC   

Jan 17 Denny Kelliher             Boston, Ma                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
       Dominick McCaffrey         Gloucester, Ma                  SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Dec  7 Dominick McCaffrey         Milwaukee, Wi                    EX  3

Jan  3 Dominick McCaffrey         West Jersey, NJ                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Mar 15 -Fogarty seconded Ben Bailey vs Jake Carter in Camden, NJ
Dec  2 Tom McCauley               Philadelphia, Pa               ND-W   
Dec 28 Jimmy Ryan                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  3
          -These men were professionals; Ryan was graceful and showy;
           He scored several good hits; When Fogarty assumed the
           aggressor's role, Ryan became very defensive

Jan 23 Jimmy Ryan                 Wilmington, De                   EX  3

Nov 27 Frank Bosworth             New York, NY                     EX   

May 20 -Fogarty was manager of the Ariel AC in Philadelphia, Pa

Apr 26 -Fogarty refereed the Billy Plimmer vs Eddie Burke bout in Philadelphia, Pa
Jun 17 -Fogarty refereed the Frank Craig vs Jack Langdon bout in Philadelphia, Pa
Oct  6 -Fogarty was called "undoubtedly the best middleweight this city (Philadelphia) 
           ever produced" by the Philadelphia (Pa) Item
Dec    Charlie Mitchell           Boston, Ma                       EX   
Dec    Charlie Mitchell           Boston, Ma                       EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held during Dec 18-23

Mar 22 Jimmy Ryan                 New York, NY                     EX   
Apr    -Fogarty's term as Constable in the Third Ward expired;
           He declined to remain in politics and went into private work
Sep 21 -Fogarty knocked out Young Griffo in a barroom fight in New York, NY
           at the Sixth Avenue resort; The men had been drinking
Oct 24 Jim Williams               Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Nov 15 -Fogarty was scheduled to spar in Philadelphia, Pa
Nov 29 -Fogary was called "better than any Chicago middleweight"
           by the Philadelphia (Pa) Item

Jan 24 -Fogarty refereed the Charles McKeever vs Charles McCarthy bout 
           in Philadelphia (Pa); He was arrested and tried
Jan    -Fogarty and John H. Clark were tried for aiding and abetting prize
           fights during Jan-Feb
Mar 28 -Fogarty was found guilty of aiding and abetting prize fights
Jul  1 -Fogarty was challenged by Mike Boden to a bout

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

Jun 28 John Hughes                Troy, NY                         TK  3
Jul  6 Con Tobin                  Troy, NY                         TK  2

Mar 11 Patrick "Reddy" Gallagher  near Pittsburgh, Pa (on a barge)  ?   
          -Reportedly, this bout was held; The outcome is not known

May 15 Cyclone Morris             Philadelphia, Pa                 LK  2

Mar 13 Young Bowen                Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  1
Apr 10 "Young" Joe O'Hara         Philadelphia, Pa               ND-W  6

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