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Jack Hopper

BORN   c. 1859-1860; (Fought out of Brooklyn, New York and Providence, Rhode Island)
DIED December 3 1899; New York, New York (tuberculosis)
HEIGHT 5-6 1/2
WEIGHT 124-160 lbs

Hopper was a talented lightweight who went against the best men of his day; He was the 126 Pound Champion of America during his career

Hopper defeated such men as Mike Cushing, Tommy Clark, "Brooklyn" Paddy Smith, Jim McHugh and Denny Shea

1884
Mar 14 George "Monk" Young        New York, NY                     EX  3
Oct 22 Jack "Brocky" Dillon       New York, NY                     KO  6
          -Some sources report "KO 8"
Dec 17 Billy Dalton               New York, NY                     TK  5
          -Some sources report "W 6"

1885
Feb 10 Walter DeBaum              Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3
Mar 24 Alex Shields               New York, NY                     TK  3
Apr 28 Jack Boylan                New York, NY                     EX  3
May  9 "Brooklyn" Paddy Smith     Jersey City, NJ                  TK 12
          -Some sources report "New York, NY"
       Walter DeBaum              New York, NY                      W 12
       Tony Mellon                New York, NY                     TK 13
       Tony Mellon                Providence, RI                   TK  2
          -This bout was held 2 weeks after the first bout;
           Some sources report "W 7"
       Sam Johnson                                                  W  4
       Jim Manning                                                  W 17
       Harry Stroets              New York, NY                      W  8

1886
Jan 13 Jack McAuliffe             New York, NY                      L  6
Feb 27 Jack McAuliffe             Cedarhurst, NY                   LT 17
          -Lightweight Championship of America;
           Some sources report "Rockaway Beach, NY"
Apr 10 Young Madden               New York, NY                     EX   
Apr 20 -Hopper seconded Joe Heiser vs. Jack McAuliffe in New York, NY
May 10 Jimmy Nelson               Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Dec 27 John Mack                  near New York, NY                TK  4
          -Some sources report 12/28/86;
           Some sources report "Charlie Mack"

1883-1887
       Jack Harding               Philadelphia, Pa                  W   
          -Some sources report "ND"
       Botts                                                       KO  1

1887
Feb 15 Jimmy Nelson               Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3
Feb 21 Jimmy Nelson               Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3
Apr 25 Mike Cushing               Eureka Spring, NY                KO 25
          -126 lb Championship of America;
           Some sources report "TK 26"
Jul 19 Billy Dacey                Hempstead, NY                    LK  4
Oct 20 Billy Dacey                Hoboken, NJ                       L  5
          -Some sources report 10/19/87
Dec 12 Jimmy Nelson               Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Dec 12 Jack McAuliffe             Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Dec 22 Jack Boylan                Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3
          -Some sources report "W 3"
Dec 29 Eugene Hornbacher          Brooklyn, NY                     EX   

1887-1888
          -Hopper challenged Jack Harding to another bout; Harding refused

1888
Mar  6 Bill Lurney                Pleasant Valley, NY              LT 17
          -Hopper broke two bones in his right arm but fought
           on; He could not continue past round 17; Lurney
           called himself "California Jack Dempsey";
           Some sources report "LK 16";
           Some sources report "Pleasant Valley, Ct";
           Some sources report "KO 17" on 3/26/87
Jul    Sidney Mallock                                             SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled for Jul-Aug 1888;
           The outcome is not known
Aug 26 Frank Connelly             Brooklyn, NY                     EX  4
          -Some sources report "EX 3"
Nov 27 Tommy Clark                Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Dec  3 Tommy Clark                Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Dec 22 -Hopper seconded Jim Bates vs. Jack Mullen in Brooklyn, NY

1889
Mar 11 Denny Shea                 New York, NY                     ND   
Mar 16 Jim McHugh                 Troy, NY                         TK 10
Apr 24 Denny Shea                 Brooklyn, NY                     ND  3
          -This bout was held either 4/23/89, 4/24/89, 5/01/89
May  2 -Hopper seconded Billy Murray vs Jack Lyman in "East" New York, NY
May  8 Denny Shea                 Brooklyn, NY                     TK 16
          -Some sources report "EX 3"
May 21 Mike Cushing               Brooklyn, NY                     ND  4
          -Some sources report "L 3"
May 29 Billy Myer                 New York, NY                     LK  2
Jun 13 -Hopper was scheduled to spar in New York, NY
Jun 25 an unnamed opponent        Binghamton, NY                   EX  3
Aug 26 Frank Connelly             Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3
Sep  9 Paddy Lee                  New York, NY                     EX  4
Oct 24 Jack Hanley                Buffalo, NY                      LK 26
          -Some sources report "KO 26";
           Some sources report "KO 6"
Nov    -Hopper seconded Pete Mace vs. Eddie Donnelly near Scotch Plains, NY

1890
Feb 18 -Hopper was scheduled to spar Billy Myer in New York, NY at shows 
          during Feb 18-21 1890
Mar  4 -Hopper was scheduled to spar in Brooklyn, NY
Mar 12 Walter Campbell            Philadelphia, Pa                  L  4
Apr 30 Billy Myer                 Alexandria, Va                   LK  6
          -Some sources report 5/02/90
Oct    Mike Breslin               New York, NY                     EX  3
Nov 24 Mike Cushing               Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known;
           Some sources report "L"
Nov 24 Danny Cunningham           Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Dec  1 Mike Cushing               Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Dec 21 Tom Mulvey                 New York, NY                     EX  3

1891
Feb  7 Paddy McGuigan             Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Feb 25 Denny Shea                 Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3
Mar  7 Billy Dacey                New York, NY                     LK  3
Nov 27 Mike Gillespie             New York, NY                     EX   

1892
Feb 15 -Hopper was scheduled to spar in Brooklyn, NY
May  4 Billy Bedell               New York, NY                     LK  2
Aug 24 Jack Barry                 New York, NY                     EX  3
          -Some sources report "Jimmy Barry"

1893
Mar  6 Jimmy Barry                Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Apr 29 Stanton Abbott             New York, NY                     LK  2

1894
Feb    Jack Dorsey                                                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known;
           Dorsey called himself the "Baltimore Spider"
Dec  2 James Newby                near Caldwell, NJ                 D  6


1895
Jun 27 Joe Martin                 New York, NY                     EX  3
Jun 27 Joe Craig                  New York, NY                     EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date


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

1883-1889
       Tommy Clark                New York, NY                     TK  7
       Mike Breslin                                                KO  1

Undated
       Mike Cushing                                                 L  3
       Mike Cushing                                                 L  1
       Bob Haight                                                   L   
*** Much Data Was Provided By William Schutte ***


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

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