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William "Hippy" Homer
 

BORN Birmingham, England
WEIGHT 122 lbs

Homer had a bad leg and could not move well; He was a clever boxer but not a hard hitter; Philadelphia (Pa) Item reports "Homer gets his nickname from his deformed leg (which does not affect his hitting)"; Later, the Item reports "Homer is called clever but not a punishing hitter"

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

1886
Feb 17 Frank Murphy               Maison-Lafitte, France          SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled to be held near Paris
           but the bout was postponed; They never met

1888
Jul 11 Fred Atkinson              Liverpool, England                W  3 
Nov  8 Fred Johnston              Liverpool, England                L  4
          -The previous 2 bout were part of Paddy Gill's English Silver Championship
            Belt Competition

1889
Jan 31 Bob McCluskey              Boston, Ma                        W  7
Jul  2 Denny Sullivan             Blackstone, Ma                   EX  6
Jul 26 Joe Flaherty               Woonsocket, RI                   TK 32
          -For twenty rounds, honors were even; After that, 
           Homer had things his way; Flaherty deliberately 
           fouled during rounds 29 and 30 but the referee 
           made the men fight it out; A right uppercut put
           Flaherty out in round 32
Oct 25 Johnny T. Griffin          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"
Nov 11 -Henry McGlone, who recently challenged John Wallace (Waltham) 
           and Jack Havlin (Charlestown) is out with another challenge - 
           this time to either Johnny Griffin or Hippy Homer for a bout

1890
Feb 14 -Steve McCue, the Providence sporting man, challenged
           Jimmy Lynch on behalf of Hippy Homer
Jun 23 -Homer arrived in England from America and challenged
           any man in England to a bout

*** Photo Was Provided By William Schutte ***

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