Johnny T. Griffin

BORN   October 16 1869; Braintree, Massachusetts
DIED March 12 1899; Brooklyn, New York
HEIGHT 5-5
WEIGHT 119-124 lbs
MANAGER Nat C. Goodwin
BACKER Jimmy Carroll

Griffin was a red-headed boxer who carried a stiff right hand punch and a good left hand too; He hit with straight, hard blows; Johnny was often described as having all the qualities that make up a great fighter - clever, active, scientific, game, strong and a terrific hitter

Griffin defeated such men as "Torpedo" Billy Murphy, Tommy Danforth, Eugene Hornbacher, Jack Havlin, Frank Steele, Jimmy Larkins, Jimmy Lynch and Barney Hubbard

Undated
       Benny Peterson             Philadelphia, Pa                 LT  1

1887
Mar 26 George Badger              North Weymouth, Ma               LK  4
          -Kid gloves were used
       Jack Creede                Boston, Ma                        W  3
Sep 26 Jack Curley                Brockton, Ma                     KO  3
          -Two ounce gloves were used
Oct 28 Alf Parton                 Brockton, Ma                      D  6
          -Two ounce gloves were used

1888
Feb 17 Charles Collins            Boston, Ma                        W  4
Mar 20 James Carrigan             Weymouth, Ma                     EX   
Apr 10 Frank Maguire              Brockton, Ma                     KO 12
          -Two ounce gloves were used
Apr 13 Eugene Hornbacher          Boston, Ma                        W  7
May 10 Johnny Aaron               Boston, Ma                        W  7
Jun 26 Jack Kenny                 Boston, Ma                        W  5
          -Queensberry rules and two ounce "regulation" gloves 
           were used; Some sources report 6/20/88
Oct 30 Frank Steele               Boston, Ma                        D  7
Dec 14 George Badger              Boston, Ma                        W  4
          -Two ounce gloves were used
Dec 28 Tommy Danforth             Boston, Ma                       KO  4

1889
Jan  7 Tommy Danforth             Boston, Ma                        D  3
          -Some sources report 1/08/88
Jan 19 Tommy Coburn               Manchester, NH                    W   
Jan 31 Frank Murphy               Boston, Ma                        L 18
          -This was an "unfair" verdict;
           Small gloves were used;
Apr 30 Jack Havlin                Brockton, Ma                     ND  3
May 19 Dick Moore                 St. Paul, Mn                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
May 31 Jack Havlin                Boston, Ma                       TK  4
          -Griffin was seconded by Tom Hyams and Jimmy Connolly;
           Havlin was seconded by Young Mitchell and Tom O'Rourke;
           Griffin knocked down Havlin three times; The bout started
           off cautiously in round one which ended with fierce fighting;
           Griffin had the advantage; In round two, Griffin gained first
           blood and first knockdown; He downed Havlin a second time in
           this round; Round three found Havlin weak and Griffin scoring
           three blows to one; In round four, Griffin downed Havlin with
           blows to the ribs and then the neck; Havlin retired at this point;
           Two ounce gloves were used
Jun 28 Tommy Warren               San Francisco, Ca               SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but postponed
Jul 11 Tommy Warren               San Francisco, Ca               SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
           Warren sprained an ankle and could not fight
Jul 12 "Torpedo" Billy Murphy     San Francisco, Ca                LK  3
Oct 25 William "Hippy" Homer      Boston, Ma                        D 42
          -This was a "rattling", scientific fight; Homer was about
           gone in round eighteen but rallied and fought on savagely;
           Medium sized gloves were used; Some sources report "D 25";
           Some sources report "Providence, RI"

1890
Feb 17 Billy Mahan                San Francisco, Ca                LK 27
Mar 27 Frank Steele               Boston, Ma                       TK  8
May  9 Austin Gibbons             Brockton, Ma                     ND  4
Nov 18 Barney Hubbard             Boston, Ma                       TK 10
       Harry Ring                 New Brunswick, NJ                 W  4
Dec 15 Frank Steele               Brockton, Ma                     EX   

1891
Apr 25 Isaac "Ike" O'Neil Weir    Nantasket, Ma                     D  4
          -Some sources report "Nantucket, Ma ";
           Police intervened
Nov 19 Jimmy Larkins              New Orleans, La                  KO  4
          -St. Louis (Mo) Post reported this bout was scheduled for 11/17/91
Nov    an unnamed opponent        New Orleans, La                  KO  1
Dec 12 Jimmy Carroll              Bay St. Louis, Ms                EX  3

1892
Jan 20 -Griffin challenged Fred Johnson (England) to a bout
Feb 15 Jimmy Lynch                Boston, Ma                       EX   
Jun    -Griffin challenged Danny McBride to a bout at 105 lbs
Aug 31 Jack Skelly                Bay St. Louis, Ms                EX   
          -Some sources report "L 6" at "New Orleans, La"
Sep 21 Jimmy Carroll              near Bath Beach, NY              EX  8
Sep 26 Jimmy Lynch                New York, NY                     KO  5
          -Some sources report "Billy Lynch";
           Some sources report "Coney Island, NY"
Oct  3 Jimmy Carroll              Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

1893
Jan 22 -Philadelphia (Pa) Item reported that Griffin defeated Jimmy Larkins
Feb  6 "Torpedo" Billy Murphy     Coney Island, NY                 KO  7
         -Featherweight Championship of the World
Feb 10 -Philadelphia (Pa) Item reported that Griffin defeated Jimmy Larkins
           in New Orleans; It also reported that Larkins, 122-lb pugilist of 
           Jersey City, wants a fight with any man in America, Johnny Griffin 
           preferred
Feb 28 Fred Iscosee               New York, NY                     TK  1
Mar  6 Jack Lynch                 Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled;
           Griffin's mother died
Apr 17 Billy Peterson             Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but was not held;
           Griffin did not show
Jul 10 Solly Smith                Roby, In                         LK  4

1894
Feb  1 Tony Moran                 New York, NY                     EX  4
Feb  1 Jack McGrath               New York, NY                      W  2
          -Some sources report "Joe McGrath";
           Different sources reported the previous 2 bouts
           on the same date
Feb  5 Jack Lyman                 Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  3
Feb  6 Jack Lyman                 Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled for the afternoon;
           The outcome is not known
Feb  6 Jack Lyman                 Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled for the evening;
           The outcome is not known
Feb  9 -Jack McGrath challenged Griffin and Jack Skelly to a bout
Feb 12 -Griffin appeared in "Boston, Ma"
Apr 23 Young Griffo               Boston, Ma                        D  8
Oct 29 George "Kid" Lavigne       New York, NY                     LT 15
          -Police intervened; Some sources report "L 15";
           Some sources report "Coney Island, NY"
Dec 13 Eddie Connolly             St. John, NB, Can                 L  6
          -Some sources report "W 6"

1895
Feb 27 -Sources reported that Griffin, boxing instructor at the
           Boxing Cribb AC had completed arrangements to leave for
           Europe on May 1; Nat C. Goodwin, his manager, will accompany
           him; He is going with the purpose of making a match with 
           Fred Johnson, English Champion, at 122 lbs to be fought at
           the London National Sporting Club
Aug 27 George Dixon               Boston, Ma                        L 25
          -Featherweight Championship of the World

1897
Apr 26 George Dixon               Brooklyn, NY                      L 20
May 22 Jack Delaney               Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held
Aug 20 Solly Smith                San Francisco, Ca                LT  7
          -Some sources report "Roby, In"


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

1889
May    Eddie Connolly             Cambridge, Ma                    ND   
          -This man was not the famous welterweight fighter

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