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Esdras "Gus" Lambert

BORN   December 5 1860; St. Guillaume, Quebec, Canada (went to New York in 1879); Fought out of Norwich, Connecticut
DIED May 6 1930
HEIGHT 5-9 (Reports vary - 5-8 - 5-10)
WEIGHT 180-200 lbs

Lambert was a boxer-wrestler who reportedly performed lifts of a 200-pound dumbbell with one hand; He was not such a good boxer type but was "tough as nails;" Gus won a number of wrestling titles and some minor boxing titles

Undated
          -Lambert took on all-comers at Harry Hill's in New York, NY
          -Lambert took on all-comers at Owney Geoghegan's in New York, NY
       James "Sparrow" Golden                                      LK  4

1880
Dec 24 James H. McCormick         New York, NY                      D  6 

1882
Mar 27 Viro Small                 New York, NY                      W   
          -This bout was a "catch-as-catch-can" wrestling match;
           There is some question about the date;
           Small was known as "Black Sam"; 
May  5 Charley Jones              New York, NY                     KO  1 
          -Some sources report 5/05/82
May 10 Billy McCullough           New York, NY                      L  4 
Jun  7 Billy McCullough           New York, NY                     KO  3 
Nov 16 Morris Grant               New York, NY                     ND  4
Dec 28 Viro Small                 New York, NY                      D   
          -This was a wrestling match; Falls: 1-1;
           Small was known as "Black Sam"
Dec 28 John McMahon               New York, NY                      W   
          -This wrestling match is also reported on this date

1883
       John McMahon                                                 L   
       John McMahon                                                 L   
       Sam Cooley                 in Connecticut                    W   
          -This bout could have been held in New York;
           The previous 3 bouts were wrestling contests

Jan  4 John Hughes                Troy, NY                         KO  3
Jan    Walter Watson              New York, NY                     EX   
Feb  8 George Rooke               New York, NY                      D  4 
          -The previous 3 bouts were boxing contests
Feb 22 Viro Small                 New York, NY                      D   
          -This was a wrestling match; Falls: 1-1;
           Small was known as "Black Sam"
Mar 10 John Keefe                 New York, NY                     KO  2
Apr  9 Harry Woodson              New York, NY                     EX   
           -Woodson was known as the "Black Diamond";
            Some sources report "ND 4"
Apr 15 Dominick McCaffrey         New York, NY                      W  4
           -Some sources report "L 4"; Lambert denied that McCaffrey
            ever defeated him
Aug 15 Jack Davis                 New York, NY                      W  4
          -Davis was from England
Oct    McHenry Johnson            New York, NY                     EX  3
          -Johnson was called the "Minneapolis Star"
Nov 10 Billy McMullen             New York, NY                     EX   
          -The previous 8 bouts we boxing contests

1884
Mar 15 John Hughes                New York, NY                     KO  3
May  5 James "Sparrow" Golden     New York, NY                     KO 20
          -The previous 2 bouts were boxing contests

Aug  1 Dick Pennell               Philadelphia, Pa                  W   
          -This bout was a "catch-as-catch-can" wrestling match
Aug    -Lambert took on all-comers at John Clark's in Philadelphia, Pa 
          during Aug-Nov 1884; Lambert offered to beat anyone in fifteen
          minutes of wrestling
Aug    Mike Welch                 in Canada                         W   
          -This was a scheduled wrestling match; Lambert won by forfeit

1885
Oct 26 Jim Fell                   Montreal, Que, Canada            KO  2
          -Boxing Championship of Canada

1886
Jan 20 Leopold Arnade             Montreal, Que, Canada             W   
          -Wrestling Championship of Canada;
           This bout was a "catch-as-catch-can" wrestling match
Apr 10 Andre Cristal              Montreal, Que, Canada             W   
          -Wrestling Championship of Canada;
           This bout was a "catch-as-catch-can" wrestling match
Jun 22 David Michand              Montreal, Que, Canada             W   
          -Wrestling Championship of Canada;
           This bout was a "catch-as-catch-can" wrestling match

1888
Apr  6 -Lambert seconded Harry Woodson vs Jim McLaughlin in Long Island City, NY

1889
Jan    -Lambert opened a sporting house in Brooklyn, NY
May    Tom Allen                  Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
May 14 Pete McCoy                 Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
          -Some sources report "ND"
Jun  7 John McGrath               Troy, NY                         KO  1 
Jul 15 Mike Boden                 Cohoes, NY                       KO 12
          -Some sources report "KO 13" in "New York, NY"
       James C. Dailey                                            SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled as a "mixed" wrestling contest; 
           The outcome is not known

1890
Feb 15 Johnny Saunders            New York, NY                     KO   
Mar  5 Peter Jackson              Troy, NY                         ND  4
          -Police intervened; This was a rough bout;
           Lambert mauled and wrestled Jackson;
           Some sources report "LK 4"
Jun 26 Jim Daly                   New Orleans, La                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Nov  7 Teddy O'Neill              London, England                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
           Police intervened and arrested the men

1891
Feb  7 Peter Maher                London, England                  LK  1
         -Lambert was reportedly the heavyweight champion of Canada
Feb 12 Teddy O'Neill              Dublin, Ireland                   L  3 
Apr 23 Teddy O'Neill              Dublin, Ireland                   W 12

*** Much Data And Photos Provided By William Schutte ***

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