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Jack McAuliffe
("Napoleon of the Ring")

BORN     March 24 1866; Cork, Ireland
DIED     November 5 1937; Forest Hills, New York
HEIGHT   5-6
WEIGHT   112-141 lbs
RACE     White; Irish-American
MANAGERS Billy Madden (Some sources name Arthur Lumley as manager, backer)
McAuliffe fought out of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York and was one of the best lightweights ever; He was one of only nine men to retire unbeaten over his entire career; The others were Young Mitchell, Jimmy Barry, Rocky Marciano, Laszlo Papp, Terry Marsh, Ji Won Kim, Ricardo Lopez and Sven Ottke

Jack
was a wonderful two-handed fighter who depended upon straight blows; A wicked, hard-driven left jab and a left-right combination were his best punches; He was also "cat-quick" on his feet

In his early ratings, Nat Fleischer ranked McAuliffe as the #5 All-Time Lightweight; Jack was inducted into the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1954 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1995


McAuliffe-Burge 1914 Video Clip (McAuliffe is the shorter man, from the right)

McAuliffe-Carpentier, Dempsey 1919-1921 Video Clip

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1884
Mar 28 Joe Ellingsworth           New York, NY                      W  3
Jul  1 Bob Mace                   New York, NY                      W  3
Aug  2 Mike Leary                 New York, NY                      W  4
          -Leary knocked McAuliffe down in round 2
Aug  3 J.J. McGinty               New York, NY                      W  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were part of Billy Madden's
           Amateur Featherweight Championship
Aug 28 Patsy Hogan                New York, NY                     TK  1
Aug 28 William Whitney            New York, NY                     TK  1
Aug 28 George Kline               New York, NY                      W  4
          -The previous 3 bouts were held the same date 
            as part of Billy Madden's Amateur Featherweight 
              Competition
Oct 19 Jake Karcher               Brooklyn, NY                     KO 17
Dec 17 James Patterson            Brooklyn, NY                     TK  2
 
1885
Feb 21 Harry Isaacs               New York, NY                      W  4
Feb 21 Jack Ruddy                 New York, NY                      W  5
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date 
                as part of Billy Madden's Amateur 124-Pound 
           Championship
       Bob Farrell                Kings County, NY                  W   
Mar 28 John Ellingsworth          New York, NY                      W  3
Mar 28 John Sperry                New York, NY                      W  3
Mar 28 William Ellingsworth       New York, NY                      W  3
          -The previous 3 bouts were held the same date
           as part of Billy Madden's Amateur Lightweight
           Championship
Apr 15 John Sperry                New York, NY                      W  3
Apr 15 Harry White                New York, NY                      W  4
Apr 15 Ed Wagner                  New York, NY                      W  3
          -The previous 3 bouts were held the same date
           as part of DeBaum's Championship Tournament
Apr 24 Mike McAuliffe             New York, NY                     EX   
          -Some sources report 4/24/1884
May 11 Harry White                New York, NY                      W  3
May 11 -McAuliffe challenged Jimmy Mitchell for the 
           Professional Lightweight Championship
           Mitchell refused; McAuliffe claimed the title
May 12 Mike Cushing               New York, NY                     WF  5
          -This bout was part of Billy Madden's Tournament
Jul 25 Joe Milletechia            Jersey City, NJ                  TK  2
Nov 19 Billy Young                Washington, DC                   WF  4
          -Some sources report "TK 4"
Dec  7 Buck McKenna               Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  2
 
1886
Jan 13 Jack Hopper                New York, NY                      W  6
Feb 27 Jack Hopper                Cedarhurst, NY                   TK 17
          -Lightweight Championship of America;
           Some sources report "Rockaway Beach, NY"
Apr  1 Andy Drumm                 New York, NY                     TK  3
Apr 21 Joe Heiser                 Brooklyn, NY                      W  4
Jul 24 Ed Carroll                 Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  1
Jul 24 Charles "Bull" McCarthy    Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
          -Sources vary as to whether the previous 2 bouts
           were held the same date
Jul 31 Charles "Bull" McCarthy    Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  3
Oct 26 Billy Madden               Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled as part of a Benefit for McAuliffe;
           The outcome is not known
Oct 29 Billy Frazier              Boston, Ma                       KO 21
          -Lightweight Championship of the World;
           Lightweight Championship of America
Dec 15 Billy Frazier              Boston, Ma                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held; 
           McAuliffe "won" by forfeit; Frazier
           claimed a stomach illness
 
1887
Jan 14 Harry Gilmore              near Lawrence, Ma                TK 28
          -Lightweight Championship of the World;
           Lightweight Championship of America
Feb 15 Billy Frazier              Brooklyn, NY                     EX  4
Feb 15 Harry Gilmore              Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Feb 25 Jem Carney                 New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but fell through
Feb 26 Harry Gilmore              Boston, Ma                       EX  4
Feb 28 Walter Campbell            Philadelphia, Pa                  D  4
Mar  2 Billy Frazier              Philadelphia, Pa                  D  4
          -Some sources report "D 4"
Mar  4 Jimmy Mitchell             Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  4
          -McAuliffe knocked Mitchell down 2 times
Mar 26 Martin Snee                Haverhill, Ma                    EX  4
Mar 31 Billy Frazier              Portland, Me                      W  4
Oct  3 Jem Carney                 New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but postponed;
           McAuliffe did not feel well
Nov 16 Jem Carney                 Revere Beach, Ma                  D 74
          -Lightweight Championship of the World; 
          Lightweight Championship of America;
          Queensberry rules and gloves were used;
          This bout was held in a stable behind 
          the Atlantic hotel on Revere Beach,
          six miles from Boston; The crowd broke 
          into the ring; Carney had the best of 
          the fighting; Weights: 128-130 1/2;
          Some sources report 4:58:15
Dec 12 Jimmy Nelson               Brooklyn, NY                     EX  4
Dec 12 Jack Hopper                Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Dec 22 "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey   Brooklyn, NY                     EX  2
 
1888
Jan 16 Mike Daly                  Boston, Ma                       EX  4
          -Some sources report "ND 4"; Police intervened
Sep 26 Patsy Kerrigan             Boston, Ma                        D 10
Oct 10 Billy Dacey                Dover, NJ                        TK 11
          -Lightweight Championship of the World
Nov 22 Jack Boylan                Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Nov 22 Jack Ward                  Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Dec 17 Sam Collyer                Brooklyn, NY                     KO  2
Dec 26 Jake Hyams                 Brooklyn, NY                     KO  9
 
1889
Jan  5 Billy Madden               Braidwood, Il                    EX   
Jan  7 Billy Madden               Streator, Il                     EX  3
Jan 10 Billy Madden               Peoria, Il                       EX  4
Jan 10 Billy Myer                 Peoria, Il                       EX  4
          -Different reports give the same date for these bouts
Feb 13 Billy Myer                 North Judson, In                  D 64
        -Lightweight Championship of the World;
           Lightweight Championship of America;
           Some sources report 2/23/89;
           Some sources report "D 68"
Feb 16 Billy Madden               Milwaukee, Wi                    EX   
          -Some sources report 2/15/89
Feb 20 Billy Madden               Janesville, Wi                   EX  3
Feb 25 -McAuliffe was challenged by Mike Daly to fight for the lightweight championship
Feb 28 Billy Boltz                Elgin, Il                        KO  1
Mar 11 Billy Madden               Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Mar 11 -Richard K. Fox (of the National Police Gazette) stated that he would 
           declare Mike Daly champion unless McAuliffe fought him
May 14 Paddy Smith                Brooklyn, NY                     TK  1
Apr  1 Billy Madden               Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Jun 13 Billy Madden               New York, NY                     EX   
          -This bout was part of a Benefit for the Johnstown
           flood victims
Nov  5 Jimmy Nelson               Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Dec  5 Mike Daly                  Boston, Ma                        D 15
          -McAuliffe had the best of the fighting
Dec 26 Billy Madden               Hoboken, NJ                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Dec 30 Billy Madden               Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Dec 31 Billy Madden               Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
 
1890
Jan  1 Billy Madden               Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Jan  2 Billy Madden               Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Jan  4 Billy Madden               Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Jan  7 Billy Madden               Buffalo, NY                      EX   
Mar 21 Jimmy Carroll              San Francisco, Ca                KO 47
          -Lightweight Championship of the World
Apr    an unnamed opponent        San Jose, Ca                     EX   
Apr  5 Billy Madden               Salt Lake City, Ut               EX  2
Apr  7 -McAuliffe was scheduled to spar at Denver, Co         
May  5 Mike Cushing               Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3
May 19 Billy Madden               New York, NY                     EX   
May 19 Joe McAuliffe              New York, NY                     EX  1
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
May 20 Billy Madden               New York, NY                     EX  3
May 20 Joe McAuliffe              New York, NY                     EX  1
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Aug 25 Denny Costigan             Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Dec    Jimmy Nelson               Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
          -McAuliffe and Nelson sparred several times during
           mid-December 1890
 
1891
Jan 24 Walter Campbell            New York, NY                     EX
Apr 30 Charlie Mitchell           New York, NY                     EX   
Sep 11 Austin Gibbons             Hoboken, NJ                      TK  6
          -Some sources report Lightweight Championship of the World;
           Police intervened
 
1890-1892
       George Siler                                                EX   
          -McAuliffe received a puffed eye but took it easy
           on the old-timer
 
1892
Apr 14 Bobby Burns                Hot Springs, Ar                  EX  3
Jun 22 Billy Frazier              New York, NY                     KO  3
          -Some sources report "KO 4"
Aug    Jimmy Nelson               Bay St. Louis, Ms                EX   
Aug    Jack Skelly                Bay St. Louis, Ms                EX   
Sep  5 Billy Myer                 New Orleans, La                  KO 15
          -Lightweight Championship of the World
Sep 10 Jimmy Nelson               New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This was a scheduled "exhibition";
           The outcome is not known
Sep 30 Jimmy Nelson               Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This was a scheduled "exhibition";
           The outcome is not known
Oct  2 Jimmy Nelson               Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This was a scheduled "exhibition";
           The outcome is not known
Oct  4 Hugh Winters               Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3
Oct  4 Billy McGarry              Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3
          -The previous 2 bout were held the same date
Nov  1 Jimmy Nelson               Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This was a scheduled "exhibition"; 
          The outcome is not known
Dec  3 Dick Burge                 in America                      SCH   
          -This bout was tentatively scheduled but cancelled
Dec    Harry Gilmore              Chicago, Il                      EX  3
Dec 10 Billy Myer                 Chicago, Il                      ND  6
          -Reports vary - "D 6" - "EX 6" - "W 6"
1893
Jan 13 Billy Frazier              Boston, Ma                       EX  3
Jan 16 Jimmy Nelson               Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  3
Jan 17 Harry McLaughlin           Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jan 19 John Clark                 Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  3
Jan 19 Jimmy Nelson               Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  1
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Jan 20 Jack McDonald              Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jan 28 Tommy McManus              New York, NY                     EX  3
          -McAuliffe had the better of the fighting;
           McManus weighed around 150 lbs
Jan 28 Billy Vernon               New York, NY                     EX  3
Jan 28 Patsy Kerrigan             New York, NY                     EX  3
          -Kerrigan was taller and heavier than McAuliffe;
           The previous 3 bouts were held the same date
Jan 30 Jimmy Nelson               Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Jan 30 Paddy Carroll              Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Jan 31 Jersey Gordon              Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Feb  3 Jack Donoghue              Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Feb  4 Jimmy McHale               Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Feb 25 Mike Mooney                Alton, Mo                        EX  4
Mar  3 Charles Daly               St. Louis, Mo                    EX  1
          -McAuliffe knocked Daly out
Apr  1 Horace Leeds               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
Sep 28 Mike Leonard               New York, NY                     EX  3
Sep 30 Charlie Mitchell           Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Oct  2 Charlie Mitchell           Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Oct    Stanton Abbott             Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Nov  1 Harry Tracy                Boston, Ma                       EX   
Nov  1 Charlie Mitchell           Boston, Ma                       EX  2
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Dec  1 -McAuliffe refereed the Young Mitchell-"Australian" 
          Jim Ryan bout at Oakland, Ca
 
1894
Jan 16 "Australian" Jim Ryan      San Francisco, Ca                 W  6
Feb  9 -McAuliffe and Young Mitchell got into a street fight
May 21 Patsy Kerrigan             Boston, Ma                       EX  3
Aug    Frank Steele               Long Island, NY                  EX  4
          -Some sources report "ND 4"; Some sources report 8/22/94
Aug 22 Eddie Loeber               Long Island, NY                  EX  4
Aug 22 Eddie Avery                Long Island, NY                  EX   
Aug 22 Kid Hogan                  Long Island, NY                  EX   
          -The previous 3 bouts were held the same date
Aug 27 Young Griffo               Brooklyn, NY                      W 10
          -Most observers thought Griffo won
Nov 16 Jimmy Nelson               Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Nov 19 Owen Ziegler               Brooklyn, NY                      D  3
          -The verdict was "Technical Draw";
           McAuliffe broke a bone in his left arm;
Dec    -McAuliffe announced his retirement from boxing
          (only to return later)
1895
Jun 27 Jimmy Carroll             New York, NY                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
1896
Jan 28 Jimmy Nelson               Brooklyn, NY                     EX  6
       Owen Ziegler                                                EX   
       Billy Madden               New York, NY                     EX   
Mar 11 George "Kid" Lavigne       New York, NY                     EX  6
          -Some sources report "NC 6"
Apr  6 Gus Brown                  Little Rock, Ar                  KO  2
Apr  9 Harry Pigeon               Hot Springs, Ar                  KO  7
May  8 Sam Rogers                 Louisville, Ky                   KO  3
Nov 20 Jimmy Carroll              San Francisco, Ca                 W 10
 
1897
Sep 30 "Philadelphia" Tommy Ryan  Scranton, Pa                      D 10
          -This was an "Agreed Draw" prior to the fight;
           Some sources report "W 10"; The referee 
           changed his decision twice
 
1912
       K.O. Brown                                                  EX   
          -This bout was part of a Benefit for Joe McGinn,
           an Associated Press writer who was ill
 
1913
Apr  4 Freddie Welsh              New York, NY                     EX  3
 
1914
Jan 15 Dick Burge                 London, Eng                      EX  3
Feb  4 Jem Carney                 London, Eng                      EX  3
 
1919
May 31 an unnamed opponent        Camp Upton                       EX  2
       Jack Dempsey               on the U.S. Training Ship,       EX   
                                  "Granite State"
          -Some sources report 1921 in "Jersey City, NJ"
 
1920
May  1 Benny Leonard              New York, NY                     EX  2
Oct    Georges Carpentier         Jersey City, NJ                  EX   
          -Some sources report 1921
 
Undated
 
       "Irish" Patsy Cline        Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
       Billy Ernst                                                 EX   
          -Ernst knocked McAuliffe down

*** Assistance Was Provided By Sergei Yurchenko ***

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