The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia -- Lineal Champion

Joe Gans
(Joseph Gant; the "Old Master")

BORN   November 25, 1874; Baltimore, Maryland
(Gans claimed he did not know exact date of his birth)
DIED August 10, 1910; Baltimore, Maryland
HEIGHT 5-6 1/2
WEIGHT 131-138 lbs
MANAGER Al Herford
Gans was one of the all-time ring greats; He had fast hands and was quick on his feet like a cat; On offense, he hit with both hands but mostly utilized a long, straight left accompanied by a stiff right; He also had a great left hook; According to old-timers, he threw nearly every punch perfectly

On defense, he guarded himself well; His quickness and ducking ability made him a difficult target to strike; News accounts assert that nobody was better at picking off punches

Nat Fleischer ranked Gans as the #1 All-Time Lightweight; Charley Rose ranked him as the #2 All-Time Lightweight; Herb Goldman ranked him as the #2 All-Time Lightweight; Gans was elected to the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1954 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990

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1893
Oct 23 Buck Myers                 Baltimore, Md                    ND   
Nov 27 William Jones              Baltimore, Md                    TK  6

1894
Feb 12 William Evans              Baltimore, Md                    KO  4
Mar 26 Charles de Haneo           Baltimore, Md                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
          De Haneo failed to appear
Apr 19 David Horn                 Baltimore, Md                    ND  3
       -Police intervened
Apr 25 Harry Brian                Baltimore, Md                     W   
May 21 Robert Cook                Baltimore, Md                    ND   
Jun 26 Gustav "Buck" Wilkie       Baltimore, Md                     W  4
          -Colored Lightweight Championship of Maryland
Jun 27 Paul Johnson               Baltimore, Md                     L  5
          -Colored Lightweight Championship of Maryland
Jul 10 Jackson                    Washington, DC                   TK  3
          -This bout was part of an Inter-City boxing tournament
Dec 17 Travis Brown               Baltimore, Md                     W  6
Dec 21 Frederick Sweigert         Baltimore, Md                    ND 10
Dec 27 John Coates                Baltimore, Md                     W 10
Dec 28 Young Fitzsimmons          Baltimore, Md                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
          Fitzsimmons failed to appear
Dec 28 Jack McDonald              Baltimore, Md                    TK  8

1895
Jan  1 Frederick Sweigert         Baltimore, Md                     W   
Jan  7 Samuel Allen               Baltimore, Md                    KO  3
Jan  7 Bud Brown                  Baltimore, Md                     W 10
Jan 11 Arthur Coates              Baltimore, Md                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
          Coates failed to appear
Jan 11 Paul Johnson               Baltimore, Md                     W 10
Jan 23 David Horn                 Baltimore, Md                     D 10
Feb  6 Frederick Sweigert         Baltimore, Md                     W 10
Feb  7 Sam Young                  Baltimore, Md                    KO  4
Feb 11 John Coates                Baltimore, Md                     W 11
Mar  4 Max Wirsing                Baltimore, Md                    TK  3
Mar  6 Solomon English            Baltimore, Md                    TK 10
          -Police intervened
Mar 18 Howard Wilson              Baltimore, Md                     D 10
Mar 20 Harry Hunt                 Baltimore, Md                    TK  4
          -Police intervened
Mar 22 Paul Johnson               Baltimore, Md                     W  6
Mar 25 James Henry Oble           Baltimore, Md                   SCH   
          -Oble was overweight; Gans' manager refused to let them fight
Apr  1 Kentucky Rosebud           Baltimore, Md                    ND  6
Apr 13 John Van Heest             Baltimore, Md                     L  9
Apr 15 Joseph Neal                Baltimore, Md                     D  3
          -This was a catch-as-catch-can wrestling match
Apr 18 David Armstrong            Baltimore, Md                    TK  3
Apr 25 Kentucky Rosebud           Baltimore, Md                    TK  8
May  4 George Peabody             Baltimore, Md                    TK  3
May  9 Howard Wilson              Baltimore, Md                     D  6
May 14 George Willis              Baltimore, Md                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
May 20 Benny Peterson             Baltimore, Md                    KO 17
May 28 Howard Wilson              Washington, DC                    W 10
Jul 15 George Siddons             Baltimore, Md                     D 20
Oct 21 Joe Elliott                Baltimore, Md                    KO  9
Nov 18 Young Griffo               Baltimore, Md                     D 10
Nov 28 George Siddons             Baltimore, Md                    KO  7

1896
Jan 11 Benny Peterson             Philadelphia, Pa                  W  4
Jan 17 Joe Elliott                Baltimore, Md                    KO  7
Feb 22 William "Spike" Sullivan   Boston, Ma                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
          Sullivan was taken sick the day of the fight
Feb 22 Jimmy Kennard              Boston, Ma                       TK  6
Mar 12 Frank Erne                 New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled;
          Gans was several pounds over the agreed weight
Jun  8 Jimmy Watson               Paterson, NJ                      W 10
Jun 29 Tommy Butler               Brooklyn, NY                      W 12
Jul 27 Martin Flaherty            Baltimore, Md                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
          Flaherty turned up ill
Aug 20 "Professor" Jack Williams  Baltimore, Md                    TK  2
Aug 31 Danny McBride              Baltimore, Md                     D 20
          -The National Police Gazette (9/19/96) reported, “By terms of the
           agreement, if both men were on their feet at the end of the 
           twentieth round the contest was to be declared a draw ..."
Sep 28 John Ball                  Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  3
          -Gans was scheduled to meet two men;
          The second opponent failed to appear
Oct  6 Dal Hawkins                New York, NY                      L 15
Oct 19 "Professor" Jack Williams  Baltimore, Md                    TK  3
          -Police intervened
Nov 12 Jerry Marshall             Baltimore, Md                     W 20
Dec 14 Dal Hawkins                San Francisco, Ca               SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
          Hawkins backed out with a back injury
Dec 14 Charles Rochette           San Francisco, Ca                TK  4

1897
Apr  3 Harry Peterson             New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
          The day before the fight, Peterson was substituted by Howard Wilson
Apr  3 Howard Wilson              New York, NY                     KO  9
Apr 27 William "Spike" Sullivan   New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled
May 18 Mike Leonard               San Francisco, Ca                 W 20
Aug 24 Jack McCue                 Baltimore, Md                    TK  6
Aug 24 John Coates                Baltimore, Md                    TK  5
Aug 24 Jerry Marshall             Baltimore, Md                    TK  8
Aug 24 George Thomas              Baltimore, Md                    TK  3
Aug 24 August Stenzie             Baltimore, Md                    TK  3
          -Gans made a wager with his manager,
          that he'd stop five opponents in a row
Aug 25 Barney Connors             Baltimore, Md                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Aug 25 James Janey                Baltimore, Md                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Aug 30 Isadore Strauss            Baltimore, Md                    KO  5
Sep 21 Young Griffo               Athens, Pa                        D 15
Sep 27 Bobby Dobbs                Brooklyn, NY                      L 20
Nov  6 "Wilmington" Jack Daly     Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Nov 29 Stanton Abbott             Baltimore, Md                    TK  5

1898
Jan  3 Billy Young                Baltimore, Md                    TK  2
          -Police intervened
Jan 17 Frank Garrard              Cleveland, OH                    TK 15
Mar 11 Tommy Shortell             Baltimore, Md                    TK  6
Apr 11 Young Starlight            Baltimore, Md                    TK  3
          -The men boxed two-minute rounds
Apr 11 Young Smyrna               Baltimore, Md                    TK  3
          -Police intervened
Apr 28 Otto Sieloff               Chicago, Il                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled
May 11 Steve Crosby               Louisville, Ky                   TK  6
Jun  2 Joe "Kid" Roberson         Chicago, Il                      NC  3
          -The lights went out in the building and
          the bout had to be called off until next day
Jun  3 Joe "Kid" Roberson         Chicago, Il                       W  6
Jul  1 George "Monk" Brown        Baltimore, Md                    TK  6
Jul 29 James Curran               Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled
Aug  8 Billy Ernst                Brooklyn, NY                     KO 11
Aug 26 Young Smyrna               Baltimore, Md                    TK 15
Aug 31 Thomas Jackson             Easton, Md                       KO  3
Sep 26 Herman Miller              Baltimore, Md                     W  4
          -Gans began a "meet-all-comers tour"
Sep 27 "Buck" Baynor              Baltimore, Md                    TK  3
Sep 27 Joseph Barrett             Baltimore, Md                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
          Barrett claimed he was in no condition to fight
Sep 27 William Hinton             Baltimore, Md                    TK  1
Sep 27 Joseph Smith               Baltimore, Md                    TK  1
Sep 28 James Martin               Baltimore, Md                    TK  4
Sep 29 Frederick Sweigert         Baltimore, Md                     W  4
Sep 30 William Duke               Baltimore, Md                     W  4
Oct  1 Herman Miller              Baltimore, Md                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Nov  4 William "Kid" McPartland   New York, NY                      W 25
Dec 27 "Wilmington" Jack Daly     New York, NY                      W 25

1899
Jan 13 Young Smyrna               Baltimore, Md                    KO  2
Jan 28 Martin Judge               Toronto, Ont, Canada              W 20
Feb  6 Billy Ernst                Buffalo, NY                      WF 10
Apr 14 George "Elbows" McFadden   New York, NY                     LK 23
Jul 24 Jack Dobbs                 Ocean City, Md                   TK  4
Jul 24 Herman Miller              Ocean City, Md                   EX  2
Jul 28 George "Elbows" McFadden   New York, NY                      D 25
Sep  1 Eugene Bezenah             New York, NY                     TK 10
Sep 15 Martin Judge               Baltimore, Md                     W 12
          -Police intervened
Oct  3 Jimmy "Spider" Kelly       New York, NY                      W 25
Oct  7 "Wilmington" Jack Daly     Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Oct 11 Martin Judge               Baltimore, Ma                     W 20
Oct 31 George "Elbows" McFadden   New York, NY                      W 25
Nov 24 Steve Crosby               Chicago, Il                       W  6
Dec 11 George "Kid" Ashe          Cincinnati, Oh                    W 15
Dec 22 William "Kid" McPartland   Chicago, Il                       D  6

1900
Feb  4 -At Lakewood, NJ, Gans sparred with James Murray
Feb    -At Lakewood, NJ, Gans sparred 8 rounds with George Dixon,
          10 rounds with Muldoon's "Pickaninny", 6 rounds with James Murray;
          Gans was also scheduled to spar 20 rounds with Jim Corbett
Feb  9 William "Spike" Sullivan   New York, NY                     TK 14
Mar 23 Frank Erne                 New York, NY                     LT 12
          -Lightweight Championship of the World;
          Gans asked to have the bout stopped because of an eye injury
Apr  2 "Chicago" Jack Daly        Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  5
Apr 30 Tom Cleary                 Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
Apr 30 Harry Berger               Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -The previous 2 bouts were scheduled but not held;
          There was not enough money and Gans refused to fight
May 25 Dal Hawkins                New York, NY                     KO  2
Jun 26 Barney Furey               Cincinnati, Oh                   KO  9
Jul 10 Young Griffo               Brooklyn, NY                     TK  8
Jul 12 Whitey Lester              Baltimore, Md                    KO  4
Aug 31 Dal Hawkins                New York, NY                     KO  3
Sep  7 George "Elbows" McFadden   Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Oct  2 George "Elbows" McFadden   Denver, Co                        D 10
Oct  5 Joe Youngs                 Denver, Co                        W 10
Oct 11 Alexander Johnson          Leadville, Co                    KO  1
Oct 11 "Birdlegs" Collins         Leadville, Co                    TK  4
Oct 16 Otto Sieloff               Denver, Co                       KO  9
Oct 19 Jimmy "Spider" Kelly       Denver, Co                       TK  9
Nov 16 William "Kid" Parker       Denver, Co                       KO  4
Dec 13 Terry McGovern             Chicago, Il                      LK  2
          -This bout was generally considered a fake

1901
Feb 13 "Wilmington" Jack Daly     Baltimore, Md                    WF  5
Apr  1 Martin Flaherty            Baltimore, Md                    TK  4
May 31 Bobby Dobbs                Baltimore, Md                    KO  7
Jul 15 Harry Berger               Baltimore, Md                    ND  6
Jul 15 Jack Donahue               Baltimore, Md                    TK  2
Jul 15 Kid Thomas                 Baltimore, Md                    ND  6
Aug 23 Steve Crosby               Louisville, Ky                    D 20
Sep 20 Steve Crosby               Baltimore, Md                    TK 12
          -Police intervened
Sep 30 Joe Handler                Trenton, NJ                      TK  1
Oct  4 Dan McConnell              Baltimore, Md                    KO  3
Nov 15 Jack Hanlon                Baltimore, Md                    KO  2
Nov 22 Billy Moore                Baltimore, Md                    KO  3
Dec 13 Bobby Dobbs                Baltimore, Md                    TK 14
Dec 30 Joe Youngs                 Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  4

1902
Jan  3 Tommy Broderick            Baltimore, Md                    KO  6
Jan  5 -At Catonsville, Md, Gans sparred 10 rounds with Young Peter Jackson
Jan  6 Eddie Connolly             Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  5
Feb 10 Frank Erne                 Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
          Erne failed to appear
Feb 17 George "Elbows" McFadden   Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Mar  7 Jack Ryan                  Allentown, Pa                    NC  3
Mar 27 Jack Bennett               Baltimore, Md                    KO  5
May 27 Joe Burke                  Baltimore, Md                    TK  2
May 28 Charles Boyer              Baltimore, Md                    TK  2
May 28 Edward Snowden             Baltimore, Md                    KO  2
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
May 29 St. Mary's County Bully    Baltimore, Md                    WF  3
May 12 Frank Erne                 Fort Erie, Ont, Canada           KO  1
          -Lightweight Championship of the World
Jun 27 George "Elbows" McFadden   San Francisco, Ca                TK  3
          -Lightweight Championship of the World
Jul 24 Rufe Turner                Oakland, Ca                      KO 15
          -Lightweight Championship of the World
Sep 17 Gus Gardner                Baltimore, Md                    KO  5
          -Lightweight Championship of the World
Sep 22 Jack Bennett               Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  2
Oct 13 William "Kid" McPartland   Fort Erie, Ont, Canada           KO  5
          -Lightweight Championship of the World
Oct 14 Dave Holly                 Lancaster, Pa                    ND 10
Nov 14 Charley Seiger             Baltimore, Md                    KO 15
          -Lightweight Championship of the World;
          Some sources report "KO 14"
Dec 19 Howard Wilson              Providence, RI                   TK  3
Dec 31 Charley Seiger             Boston, Ma                        D 10

1903
Jan  1 Gus Gardner                New Britain, Ct                  WF 11
          -Lightweight Championship of the World
Jan 26 Mathewson                  Toronto, Ont, Canada             EX   
Jan 27 Art Edmonds                Toronto, Ont, Canada             EX   
Jan 27 Jack Daly                  Toronto, Ont, Canada             EX   
Jan 28 O'Donohue                  Toronto, Ont, Canada             EX   
Jan 29 Joe O'Neill                Toronto, Ont, Canada            SCH   
          -This exhibition bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jan 30 Jack Tobin                 Toronto, Ont, Canada            SCH   
          -This exhibition bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Mar 11 Steve Crosby               Hot Springs, Ar                  TK 11
          -Lightweight Championship of the World
Mar 23 Jack Bennett               Allegheny, Pa                    KO  5
May 13 Tommy Tracey               Portland, Or                     TK  9
May 29 Willie Fitzgerald          San Francisco, Ca                KO 10
          -This bout was billed for the Lightweight Championship
          of the World, but Gans weighed above the stipulated weight
Jul  4 Frank "Buddy" King         Butte, Mt                        KO  5
          -Lightweight Championship of the World
Oct 19 Joe Grim                   Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Oct 20 Eddie Kennedy              Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Oct 23 Dave Holly                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Nov  2 Jack Blackburn             Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Dec  7 Dave Holly                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Dec  8 Sam Langford               Boston, Ma                        L 15

1904
Jan 12 Willie Fitzgerald          Detroit, Mi                       W 10
          -Some sources report this bout as a Lightweight
          Championship of the World contest
Jan 19 Clarence Connors           Mount Clemens, Mi                TK  2
Jan 22 Joe Grim                   Baltimore, Md                     W 10
Feb  2 Mike Ward                  Detroit, Mi                      TK 10
          -Police intervened
Mar 25 Jack Blackburn             Baltimore, Md                     W 15
Mar 28 Gus Gardner                Saginaw, Mi                       W 10
          -Some sources report this bout as a Lightweight
          Championship of the World contest
Apr 21 Sam Bolen                  Baltimore, Md                     W 15
May 18 Willie Fitzgerald          Weehawken, NJ                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled;
          The owner of the building refused to allow them to box
May 27 Jewey Cooke                Baltimore, Md                    TK  8
May 31 Charley Mulhall            Mauch Chunk, Pa                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled;
          It was said the receipts were not large enough;
          The bout was cancelled
Jun  3 Sam Langford               Baltimore, Md                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled;
          Langford couldn't reduce to stipulated 138 pounds
Jun  3 Kid Griffo (Harry Cohen)   Baltimore, Md                    TK  7
Jun 13 Sammy Smith                Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  4
Jun 27 Dave Holly                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Sep 30 Jimmy Gardner              San Francisco, Ca               SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled;
          Several weeks before the fight Gardner claimed he could not train
          because of an injury from his last fight
Sep 30 Joe Walcott                San Francisco, Ca                 D 20
          -It was announced before the fight that no title would be at stake
Oct 31 Jimmy Britt                San Francisco, Ca                WF  5
          -Lightweight Championship of the World;
          Britt gave Gans a terrific beating and knocked him down four times;
          The last time, he hit Gans when he was rising and was disqualified

1905
Mar 27 Rufe Turner                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Sep 15 Mike "Twin" Sullivan       Baltimore, Md                     D 15

1906
Jan 19 Mike "Twin" Sullivan       San Francisco, Ca                KO 15
          -Some sources report this bout as a Welterweight
          Championship of the World contest
Feb 17 -Gans claimed the fight with Jimmy Britt was a fake,
          which was arranged by the managers of the fighters
Mar 17 Mike "Twin" Sullvian       Los Angeles, Ca                  KO 10
May 18 Willie Lewis               New York, NY                     ND  6
Jun 15 Harry Lewis                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jun 29 Jack Blackburn             Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jul 23 Dave Holly                 Seattle, Wa                       W 20
Sep  3 Oscar "Battling" Nelson    Goldfield, Nv                    WF 42
          -Lightweight Championship of the World

1907
Jan  1 "Kid Herman" Landfield     Tonopah, Nv                      KO  8
          -Lightweight Championship of the World
Sep  9 Jimmy Britt                San Francisco, Ca                TK  6
          -Lightweight Championship of the World
Sep 27 George Memsic (Jimmie Burns) Los Angeles, Ca                 W 20
          -Lightweight Championship of the World

1908
Jan  3 Willie Fitzgerald          Baltimore, Md                   SCH   
          -Fitzgerald failed to appear
Jan  3 Bob Blackburn              Baltimore, Md                    KO  3
          -This bout was part of a benefit of Herman Miller;
          Some sources report "Bart Blackburn"
Apr  1 Frank "Spike" Robson       Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  3
May 14 Rudy Unholz                San Francisco, Ca                TK 11
          -Lightweight Championship of the World
Jul  4 Oscar "Battling" Nelson    Colma, Ca                        LK 17
          -Lightweight Championship of the World
Sep  9 Oscar "Battling" Nelson    Colma, Ca                        LK 21
          -Lightweight Championship of the World

1909
Mar 12 Jabez White                New York, NY                     ND 10


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

1891
       Dave Armstrong             Baltimore, Md                    KO 12
       Arthur Coates              Baltimore, Md                    KO 22
       Tommy Harden               Baltimore, Md                    KO  7

1892
       George Evans               Baltimore, Md                    KO  3
       Dave Armstrong             Baltimore, Md                    KO  3
       Jack Daly                  Pittsburgh, Pa                   KO 11

1893
       Dave Horn                  Baltimore, Md                    KO  2
       Bud Brown                  Baltimore, Md                    KO 10
       John Ball                  Baltimore, Md                    TK  6

1894
       Jack McDonald              Newark, NJ                       TK  7
       Dave Horn                  Baltimore, Md                    TK 11
       John Van Heest             Baltimore, Md                    TK  9

1895
Mar 16 Howard Wilson              Washington, DC                    W 10

1896
Jan 28 Howard Wilson              Baltimore, Md                    TK  8

1898
Jul 26 James Obey                 Baltimore, Md                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
          Police intervened

1906
Oct 25 Mickey Riley               Milwaukee, Wi                    EX  4
       George "Kid" Lavigne       Detroit, Mi                      EX  3

1907
Jan 16 George Green               Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  3
          -This man was "Young Corbett I"; 2-minute rounds


*** Some Data Was Provided By Doug Cavanaugh ***


Review courtesy of Sergei Yurchenko, Boxing Historian
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