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Clarence Forbes

BORN   May/June 1881; Rockford, Illinois
DIED February 13 1918; Elgin, Illinois
(State Hospital)
HEIGHT 5-5
WEIGHT 110-130 lbs


Clarence was a brother of Harry Forbes

1898
Nov  9 an unnamed opponent        Chicago, Il                       W   
Nov 12 Kid Lindberg               Chicago, Il                       W  6
Nov 14 Charlie "Kid" Taylor       Chicago, Il                       D  4
Nov 16 Belfield Walcott           Chicago, Il                       W  6
Nov 19 Kid Lindberg               Chicago, Il                      KO  6
Dec  3 Belfield Walcott           Chicago, Il                       D  6
Dec 21 Charlie "Kid" Taylor       Chicago, Il                      KO  4
Dec 24 Morris Rauch               Chicago, Il                       D  6

1899
Jan  2 Jack Ryan                  Elgin, Il                         D  6
Jan  9 Charlie "Kid" Taylor       Chicago, Il                      KO  2
Jan 28 Joe Hugelett               Chicago, Il                      KO  4
Jan 30 Barney "Kid" Abel          Chicago, Il                       W  6
Feb  3 Ned Hanlon                 Chicago, Il                      TK  3
Feb  8 Jimmy Cummings             Chicago, Il                      KO  2
Feb  9 Belfield Walcott           South Bend, In                    W  6
Feb 25 Joe Bertrand               Chicago, Il                       W  6
Mar 11 Morris Rauch               Chicago, Il                       W  6
Mar 13 Jack Ryan                  Chicago, Il                       D  6
Mar 16 Kid Gleason                Springfield, Il                  KO  3
Mar 25 Young Redmond              Chicago, Il                       W  6
Apr 19 Billy Boyd                 Springfield, Il                  KO  2
Apr 22 Frank Kromers              Chicago, Il                       W  6
          -Some sources report "Frank Kommer"
Apr 29 Sigmund "Sig" Hart         Chicago, Il                       W  6
May  6 Johnny Gallagher           Chicago, Il                      KO  2
May 15 Morris Rauch               St. Louis, Mo                     D 20
Jun  9 Casper Leon                St. Louis, Mo                     W 12
          -Some sources report Bantamweight Championship of America
Jun 23 Casper Leon                St. Louis, Mo                     D 12
          -Some sources report Bantamweight Championship of the World
Aug 29 Con Suffield               Dubuque, Ia                      KO 11
Nov  3 Con Suffield               Chicago, Il                      KO  4
          -Some sources report "W 6"
Nov  6 Spider Kelly               Chicago, Il                      KO  3
          -This man was not the famous ex-Champion
Nov 11 Danny Dougherty            Chicago, Il                      KO  6
Nov 18 Tim Ryan                   Chicago, Il                      KO  1
Dec  2 Kid O'Brien                Chicago, Il                      KO  5
Dec 11 Mike Riley                 Chicago, Il                      KO  3

1900
Jan  4 Jack Ryan                  Springfield, Il                  KO  3
Jan  5 Morris Rauch               Chicago, Il                       D  6
Feb 16 William "Buddy" Ryan       Chicago, Il                       D  6
Mar  2 Mike Bartley               Chicago, Il                       W  6
          -Some sources report "KO 2"
Mar 17 William "Buddy" Ryan       Chicago, Il                      LF  1
Apr  6 William "Buddy" Ryan       Chicago, Il                       W  6
Apr 14 Walter Bloom               Chicago, Il                       W  6
Apr 21 Jimmy Smith                Toronto, Ont, Canada             KO  2
May  4 Morris Rauch               Chicago, Il                       D  6
May 25 Jack Kelly                 Chicago, Il                      TK  4
Jun 14 Jack Ryan                  Des Moines, Ia                    D  6
Jul 24 Johnny Reagan              Brooklyn, NY                      L 20
Sep 11 Johnny Reagan              Chicago, Il                       L  6
Oct  2 Hugh McPadden              Chicago, Il                       D  6
Oct 19 Walter Bloom               Chicago, Il                      ND  6
Oct 22 Jack Garner                Chicago, Il                       W  6
Oct 29 Charlie "Kid" Taylor       Chicago, Il                      KO  2
Oct 30 Walter Bloom               Chicago, Il                       W  6
Nov 27 Harry Harris               Chicago, Il                       W  6


1901
Feb  5 "Kid" Garfield             Memphis, Tn                      TK  8
Feb  6 Joe Kirkwood               Springfield, Il                  KO  3
Feb 26 Tommy Cody                 Lyons, Il                        ND 10
          -Several sources report Forbes defeated Cody
Mar 12 Young Edwards              Springfield, Il                  KO  5
Apr  2 Arizona Kid                South Bend, In                   KO  2
Jun 14 Ed McFarland               Kansas City, Mo                  TK  9
Jul  8 Andy Travers               Hammond, In                       W  6
Jul 15 Jack O'Keefe               Kansas City, Mo                   D 15
Aug    Tommy Dixon                Joplin, Mo                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled
Aug 31 Jack "Kid" Madden          Kansas City, Mo                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Oct  8 Oscar Gardner              Kansas City, Mo                  TK  9
Oct 18 Jack O'Keefe               Kansas City, Mo                   D 15
Nov 13 Billy Finucane             St. Joseph, Mo                   TK  7
Dec  5 Barney "Kid" Abel          Chicago, Il                       D  6
Dec  7 Kid Herman [Landfield]     Chicago, Il                       W  6
Dec 19 Jack O'Keefe               Kansas City, Mo                   D 20
Dec 30 Barney "Kid" Abel          Chicago, Il                       D  6

1902
Jan  3 Maurice Sayers             Milwaukee, Wi                     W  6
Jan  7 Billy Rotchford            South Bend, In                    D 10
Jan 14 Billy Finucane             St. Louis, Mo                     W  7
Feb  3 Billy Finucane             Chicago, Il                       W  6
Feb  7 Billy Finucane             Chicago, Il                      TK  4
Feb 15 Billy Finucane             Chicago, Il                       D  6
Mar 27 Jack Ryan                  Peoria, Il                       WF  9
Apr 18 Jack Ryan                  Peoria, Il                        W 10
          -Some sources report "Jack Ryder"
May 15 Jack Ryan                  Indianapolis, In                  D 10
May 29 Jack O'Keefe               Chicago, Il                       W  6
Jun  2 Eddie Brinker              Chicago, Il                      KO  1
Jul  3 Kid Wall                   Chicago, Il                      KO  2
Jul 25 Billy Rotchford            Indianapolis, In                  W 10
Sep  8 Kid Herman [Landfield]     Chicago, Il                       W  6
Sep 22 Tony Moran                 Chicago, Il                       W  6
Oct  6 Jack Dorman                Chicago, Il                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held; Dorman was ill
Oct  6 "Original" Kid Farmer      Chicago, Il                       L  6
Nov 14 Walter "Kid" Parker        Chicago, Il                      KO  1
Nov 17 Johnny Reagan              Chicago, Il                       W  6
Dec  3 Larry Donovan              Chicago, Il                      KO  1
Dec 18 Jack Kelly                 Springfield, Oh                  KO  5

1903
Jan  8 Kid Herman [Landfield]     Chicago, Il                       D  6
Jan 15 Frankie Neil               San Francisco, Ca                LK  6
          -Neil was scheduled to fight Harry Forbes;
           Clarence took the place of Harry;
           Some sources report "LK 7";
           Some sources report the fight was fake
Apr 18 George Henning             Milwaukee, Wi                    TK  4
Apr 23 "Brooklyn" Tommy Sullivan  St. Louis, Mo                     L 20
May 14 Tommy Feltz                St. Louis, Mo                    LK  1
Jun  4 Tommy Feltz                St. Louis, Mo                    LT 11
          -Some sources report "L 11"
Jun 30 Johnny Reagan              Memphis, Tn                      LT  7
Oct  1 Maurice Sayers             Aurora, Il                        W  6
Oct  7 "Brooklyn" Tommy Sullivan  Omaha, Ne                        LK  5
Oct 21 Kid Lepper                 Battle Creek, Mi                  W  8
Oct 30 Maurice Sayers             Milwaukee, Wi                     W  6
Nov 16 Kid Herman [Landfield]     Chicago, Il                       D  6
Dec  3 Tony Moran                 Chicago, Il                       W  6

1904
Feb 10 Kid Herman [Landfield]     Kansas City, Mo                  LK  6
Feb 29 Johnny Reagan              Kansas City, Mo                   D 20
Mar 21 Austin Rice                Peoria, Il                        D 10
Mar 28 Mickey Riley               Chicago, Il                       W  6
Apr  9 Abe "Kid" Goodman          Chicago, Il                       D  6
Apr 15 Harry Cobb                 Chicago, Il                      WF  5
Apr 20 Kid Ross                   St. Louis, Mo                    KO  3
Jun  6 "Young" Kid Farmer         Chicago, Il                      KO  1
Jun 21 Kid Ross                   Chicago, Il                      KO  3
Oct 26 Dennis Sullivan            Indianapolis, In                 TK  2
Oct 26 Kid Dalton                 Indianapolis, In                 EX  2
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Oct 29 Paddy Nee                  Chicago, Il                       W  6
Nov  4 Harry Cobb                 Detroit, Mi                       D 10
Nov 12 Patsy "Kid" Hogan          Indianapolis, In                  W 10
Nov 25 Martin "Young" Devaney     Denver, Co                        D 10
Dec 22 Harry Cobb                 Kalamazoo, Mi                     D 10

1905
Feb  3 Paddy Nee                  Indianapolis, In                  W 10
Feb 10 Harry Cobb                 Albion, Mi                        D 10
Feb 14 Chester Goodwin            Chelsea, Ma                       L 15
Feb 22 Young Kenny                Lawrence, Ma                      D 12
Feb 25 Young Erne                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jun 16 Johnny Morrison            St. Joseph, Mi                   LK  6
Aug 24 Joe Green                  Dubuque, Ia                       W 10

1906
Jan 24 Jack Durane                New York, NY                     ND  3
Jan 29 Tony Bender                Philadelphia, Pa                 LF  3
          -Forbes accidently fouled Bender
Jan 29 Eddie Lenny                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Feb  9 Matty Baldwin              New York, NY                      L  3
Feb 13 Jack Durane                New York, NY                     ND  3
Feb 20 Harry Hafner               New York, NY                     KO  1
Feb 21 Howard Smith               Newark, NJ                        D  3
Mar  5 Emergency Kelly            Sharon, Pa                       TK  6
Mar 26 Artie Edmunds              New York, NY                     ND  3
Mar 28 George Hoey                New York, NY                     ND  3
Apr  3 Robert "Bert" Keyes        Tuckahoe, NY                     ND 10
          -Some sources report 4/4/1906
Apr  4 George Hoey                New York, NY                     ND  3
Apr  9 Larry McGrath              New York, NY                     ND  3
Apr 16 Battling Kelly             New York, NY                     ND  3

1907
Sep 22 Freddie Green              Springfield, Il                  LF  5
Oct  4 Art Simms                  Springfield, Il                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

1908
Apr 13 Jimmy Dunn                 Hot Springs, Ar                  LK  9
May 18 Art Simms                  Canton, Oh                       TK  4

1910
Jan 10 Art Simms                  Canton, Oh                        W  4

1912
Jan 22 Charlie "Kid" Taylor       Kenosha, Wi                      ND  8
Feb 14 Steve Ketchel              South Bend, In                   ND  8
Feb 21 Special Delivery Hirsch    Kenosha, Wi                      TK  6
Mar 28 Danny Goodman              Indiana Harbor, In               ND 10
          -Some sources report "L 10"
Apr 12 Charles Pierson            Kansas City, Mo                   D 10
Aug 18 George Stevens             Dubuque, Ia                       D 10
Dec 10 Jeff O'Connell             Kalamazoo, Mi                    LK  5

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

1899
May  6 Jack Ahearn                Chicago, Il                      KO  3

1901
Feb 26 Joe Bertrand               Chicago, Il                       W  6
       Morris Rauch               Chicago, Il                       D  6

1902
Feb 15 "Brooklyn" Tommy Sullivan  St. Louis, Mo                     L 20
       Billy Finucane             Chicago, Il                       D  6

1906
Jan 25 Terry Young                New York, NY                     ND  3
Feb  1 Artie Edmunds              New York, NY                     ND  3
          -Some sources report "Alex Dunsheath"
Feb 17 Howard Smith               New York, NY                     ND  3
Feb 19 Howard Smith               New York, NY                     ND  3
Feb 21 Tony Bender                New York, NY                     ND  3
Apr 17 Robert "Bert" Keyes        New York, NY                     ND  3

1907
May 30 Robert "Bert" Keyes        New York, NY                      L  6
Aug  7 Robert "Bert" Keyes        Tuckahoe, NY                     ND 15

1908
Sep 13 Jimmy Dunn                 Hot Springs, Ar                  LK  9

1909
Aug 30 Frankie White              Memphis, Tn                       L  8
Dec  8 Billy Johnson              Saginaw, Mi                       D  6

*** Photos Provided By William Schutte ***

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