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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
Jan 15 Jimmy Nelson               New York, NY                     EX  3
Feb 24 Jimmy Nelson               Jersey City, NJ                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
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    Jimmy Nelson                                                EX   
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
Apr 16 Jimmy Nelson               New York, NY                     EX  3
May 31 Jimmy Nelson               Troy, NY                        SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jun 15 "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey   Newburgh, NY                     EX  4
Jun 18 "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey   Buffalo, NY                      EX  4
Jun 28 "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey   Hoboken, NJ                      EX  4
Oct  3 Jem Carney                 New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but postponed;
           McAuliffe did not feel well
Oct    "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey   New Bedford, Ma                  EX  4
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  3
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  3
 
1888
Jan 16 -Some sources report that McAuliffe boxed "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey in Boston, Ma
Jan 16 Mike Daly                  Boston, Ma                       EX  4
          -Some sources report "ND 4"; Police intervened;
           The previous 2 bouts are reported for the same date
Sep 26 Patsy Kerrigan             Boston, Ma                        D 10
Oct 10 Billy Dacey                Dover, NJ                        TK 11
          -Lightweight Championship of the World
Nov 10 Jimmy Nelson               Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
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 "Brooklyn" 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 gave sparring exhibitions during mid-December 1890
 
1891
Jan 12 "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey   New Orleans, La                  EX  4
Jan 14 -McAuliffe seconded "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey vs Bob Fitzsimmons in New Orleans, La
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
Nov  2 Jimmy Nelson               Richmond, In                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
1890-1892
       George Siler                                                EX   
          -McAuliffe received a puffed eye but took it easy
           on the old-timer
 
1892
Jan 10 -Brooklyn (NY) Daily Eagle reported that McAuliffe would be going to Europe
          in the future with Jimmy Nelson
Feb    -McAuliffe was in Canada with Jimmy Nelson
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 bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Sep 17 Jimmy Nelson               New York, NY                     EX   
Sep 30 Jimmy Nelson               Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Oct  2 Jimmy Nelson               Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; 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 bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Nov 27 Jimmy Nelson               Chicago, Il                      EX  3
Dec  3 Dick Burge                 in America                      SCH   
          -This bout was tentatively scheduled but cancelled
Dec  7 Jimmy Nelson               Chicago, Il                      EX  6
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 14 Jimmy Nelson               Boston, Ma                       EX   
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  2 Jimmy Nelson               St. Louis, Mo                    EX   
Mar  3 Charles Daly               St. Louis, Mo                    EX  1
          -McAuliffe knocked Daly out
Apr  1 Horace Leeds               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
Apr 10 Jimmy Nelson               Wilmington, De                  SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled as part of a play, "The King of the Turf";
           The outcome is not known
Apr 23 Jimmy Nelson               Davenport, Ia                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled as part of an afternoon play, "The King of the Turf";
           The outcome is not known
Apr 23 Jimmy Nelson               Davenport, Ia                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled as part of an evening play, "The King of the Turf";
           The outcome is not known
Sep 29 Mike Leonard               Brooklyn, 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 to be held during Oct-Nov 1893;
           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
Jan 12 "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey  Brooklyn, NY                      EX  6
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   
Feb    -McAuliffe sparred often with Jimmy Nelson in preparation for his upcoming
          bout with George "Kid" Lavigne during Feb-Mar
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  6 Sam Rodgers                Louisville, Ky                   EX  3
May  7 Sam Reuff                  Louisville, Ky                   EX  3
May  8 Sam Rogers                 Louisville, Ky                   KO  3
May  9 James Hartigan             Louisville, Ky                  SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jul  4 Jimmy Nelson               Hartford, Ct                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
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
1901
Apr  2 -Buffalo (NY) Enquirer reported that Otto Floto said that
          Jack McAuliffe and Jimmy Nelson put up the hardest set-to
          of any two men who traveled together and appeared each night
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
Apr 30 Benny Leonard              New York, NY                     EX  2
May  8 Jack Britton               New York, NY                     EX   
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

*** The Following Bout Is Reported But Not Confirmed ***

1885
       Bob Farrell                Kings County, NY                  W   
         -McAuliffe fought a "Bob Farrell"; Was he the well-known sparring man ?

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

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