George Holden

BORN   Feruary 8 1842; Wallsend, Staffordshire, England (Fought out of Manchester, England)
DIED March 16 1916
HEIGHT 5-8 1/2
WEIGHT 112-131 lbs

Holden was an Englishman who, in 1861, won the Bantamweight Championship of England and claimed the Bantamweight Championship of the World against Charles Lynch; He lost those titles in 1862 to Peter Morris and subsequently challenged for those titles three times - losing to Jack Lead in 1863 and reportedly fighting two "draws" with Peter Morris in 1866

Holden came to America in 1881 and engaged in some fights and was "awarded" the 131-Pound Championship of America by Richard K. Fox in 1885 for his win against Ike Weir; His last fight is thought to be in 1889

Fox (of the Police Gazette) had a way of selecting different men and proclaiming them as World Champion if he thought they were the best - or if he didn't like, for whatever reasons, the commonly recognized champion at any weight; For example, he and the great heavyweight champion, John L. Sullivan, disliked each other very much and Fox designed the Heavyweight Championship Belt and presented it to Jake Kilrain

So, it could be that Fox recognized Holden for his skills and used the fact that he had been champion in England as a reason for presenting him with the medal; Since it was presented in 1882, it may have honored him since he (Holden) had just come over in 1881

During his career, George defeated such men as Charles Lynch, Ike Weir and Johnny Morley

1857 
       Eli Jukes                  Staffordshire, Eng                W   
          -Some sources report "Shire Oak, Eng"

1861
Dec 24 Charles Lynch              London, Eng                       W 54
          -Bantamweight Championship of the World;
           Bantamweight Championship of England;
           The weight limit was 112 lbs; 
           Some sources report 1860

1860-1862
       Dollar White                                               SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
           White failed to show; Holden claimed a "win"
       Dollar White                                               SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
           White failed to show; Holden claimed a "win"
       Dollar White                                               SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
           White failed to show; Holden claimed a "win"
         Mick (the Grecian)         Staffordshire, Eng                W   
          -Some sources report "Four Crosses, Eng"

1862
Aug 28 Peter Morris               Kent, Eng                         L 64
          -Bantamweight Championship of the World;
           Bantamweight Championship of England

1863
Sep  2 Jack Lead                  Kentish Marshes, Eng              L   
          -Bantamweight Championship of England;
           Lead was called "Jem Mace's Stiff 'Un";
           Some sources report "D" in London, Eng and say 
           Holden was paid to settle for a draw;
           Other sources report 1860-1862

1864
Jul  5 Mic Moran                  Garthief, Eng (near Cannock)      W 20 

1865
       Jerry Hawkes                                               SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
           Hawkes failed to show; Holden claimed a "win"

1866
Nov 27 Peter Morris               Staffordshire, Eng               ND  8
          -Bantamweight Championship of the World;
           Bantamweight Championship of England;
           Some sources report "D 34";
           This bout was fought in two rings on two days, Nov 27-28;
           (Perhaps, it should be considered as two bouts)

1881
Nov 16 Frank White                Conneaut, Oh                      D  4
          -Some sources report "W 6" in Jefferson, Oh;
           Police intervened

1882
Mar 27 Frank White                New York, NY                     EX   
Apr 24 Frank White                New York, NY                     EX   
May  1 Frank White                Boston, Ma                       EX   
Aug 21 Arthur Chambers            Bridgeport, Ct                   EX  3
Aug 21 Joe "Tug" Wilson           Bridgeport, Ct                   EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date

1885
Dec 14 Ike Weir                   Manchester, Eng                   W   
         -This bout was part of a 131-Pound Competition and All-Weights
           Competition; Richard Fox (Police Gazette) recognized Holden as
           131-Pound Champion of America

1889
Dec 27 Johnny Morley              Manchester, Eng                  TK  9


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

1888-1889
       Young Griffo                                                 L 12

1898
       Dick Keyes                 Brooklyn, NY                      L 12
       Tim Kearns                 Brooklyn, NY                      L 10

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