Charles "Kid" McCoy
(Norman Selby)

BORN    October 13 1872; Rush County, Moscow, Indiana
DIED    April 18 1940; Detroit, Michigan (suicide)
HEIGHT  5-11
WEIGHT  142-185 lbs
MANAGERS Frank Kelly, Bob Benton


 

McCoy was one of the craftiest boxers to ever enter the ring; He was quick, agile, and slippery; His hands were fast and his blows were sharp and hard; He was often cruel in the ring and was famous for his "corkscrew" punch that ripped opponent's faces to shreds; At his peak, he was able to handle bigger and stronger men easily

The "Kid" led a controversial life outside the ring, was married many times, was convicted of killing a lady friend, served seven years in prison and eventually committed suicide

Many historians rate McCoy among the greatest fighters in boxing history; Nat Fleischer ranked him as the #1 All-Time Light-Heavyweight; He was inducted into the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1957 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1991



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1891
Jun  2 Peter Jenkins               St. Paul, Mn                      W  4

1892
Jun  6 Billy Barlow                Indianapolis, In                  W  6
Sep 14 Bob Lewis                   Indianapolis, In                 KO  1
Sep 29 Herb Hall                   Columbus, Oh                      D  8

1893
Jan 11 Jim Dickson                 Hot Springs, Ar                  KO  5
Jan 27 Jim Conners                 Hot Springs, Ar                  KO  3
Feb 12 an unknown opponent         Milen, Tn                        KO  2
Feb 22 Frank Lamode                New Orleans, La                  KO  3
May  4 Frank Murray                Indianapolis, In                 KO  2
Jul  6 Charles "Kid" McCarthy      Muncie, In                       KO  3
          -Some sources report "06/14/93"
Jul 23 Ike Boone                   near Muncie, In                   D 19
          -Some sources report "D 22" or "NC 22";
Jul 30 Dick Harris                 Marion, In                       KO  1
Aug 15 Frank Merritt               Indianapolis, In                 KO  2
Sep 26 George Bennett              Akron, Oh                         D  8
Oct 13 Jack Welsh                  Wheeling, WV                     KO  9
          -Some sources report "KO 8";
           Some sources report "NC 9
Oct 22 "Deaf Mute"                 Pittsburgh, Pa                   KO  4

1894
Jan  8 Pay Hayden                  Providence, RI                   KO  2
Feb 12 Joe Burke                   Fall River, Ma                   KO  2
Mar 13 Jim Scully                  New Bedford, Ma                   W  6
          -Some sources report "KO 6";
           Some sources report "KO 7"
May 10 Billy Steffers              Cleveland, Oh                    LK  1
May 18 Jim Barron                  Minneapolis, Mn                   D 10
Jun  1 Charles Maxwell             Akron, Oh                         W  6
Jun 24 Jack Grace                  Cleveland, Oh                    KO  7
          -Some sources report 8/12/94
Jul  2 Harry O'Connor              Cleveland, Oh                    KO  3
Aug 29 Billy Steffers              Cleveland, Oh                     W 10
Sep 25 Bob Fitzsimmons             New Orleans, La                  EX   
Oct 12 Al Roberts                  Cincinnati, Oh                    D 10
Oct 29 Al Roberts                  Cincinnati, Oh                    D 10

1895
Jan    Billy "Shadow" Maber        Cincinnati, Oh                  SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jan 19 Al Roberts                  Cincinnati, Oh                   KO  5
Mar 13 Billy "Shadow" Maber        Memphis, Tn                       W 10
Apr  1 Danny Needham               Little Rock, Ar                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Apr 15 Leslie Pearce               Boston, Ma                       EX   
Apr 19 Tom Tracey                  Boston, Ma                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Apr 19 Jack Wilkes                 Boston, Ma                       TK  2
May 20 Dick O'Brien                Boston, Ma                        D 25
Jun    Tom Tracey                  Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jun  8 Billy "Shadow" Maber        New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jun 14 -McCoy refereed the Stanton Abbott-Jack Burke bout
           at Montreal, Que, Can
Jul 27 Billy "Shadow" Maber        New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jul 27 Billy Vernon                New York, NY                     EX  3
Aug    Charles Siefert             Louisville, Ky                    W  3
Aug    Joe Sheers                  Louisville, Ky                    W  3
Aug    Joe Sheers                  Louisville, Ky                    W  3
Aug    Charles Siefert             Louisville, Ky                    W  3
Sep  2 Dick Moore                  Louisville, Ky                   KO  6
Oct  7 Abraham "Abe" Ullman        Baltimore, Md                    TK 13
Oct 13 Arthur Walker               Jersey City, NJ                  EX  3
          -Some sources report "ND 3"
Nov 25 Ted White                   London, Eng                       L 10

1896
Jan  8 Charles Johnson             Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
Jan  9 Steve O'Donnell             Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
          -Some sources report this bout held at 
           New York, NY with an "EX 4" verdict
Jan 31 Tommy West                  New York, NY                     KO  2
          -Some sources report McCoy as "Kid Morrow"
Mar  2 Tommy Ryan                  Maspeth, NY                      KO 15
Mar 21 Joe Choynski                New York, NY                     EX  4
          -Police intervened and allowed only sparring
Apr 22 Frank Bosworth              Memphis, Tn                      KO  2
May  7 Jim Daly                    New York, NY                     TK  3
May 18 "Mysterious" Billy Smith    Boston, Ma                       WF  6
May 30 Dick Moore                  Brooklyn, NY                     TK 10
Oct 10 James Fox                   Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
Dec 26 Bill Doherty                Johannesburg, Trans, SA          KO  9
          -Middleweight Championship of South Africa

1897
Jan 23 Bill Doherty                Cape Town, Cape, SA              ND  6 
May  7 Mike Creedon                Pittsburgh, Pa                   KO  2
May  7 Mike O'Hara                 Pittsburgh, Pa                   KO  1
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
May 19 Con Riley                   New York, NY                     EX   
May 26 Dick O'Brien                New York, NY                     TK 10
May 31 Jack Bonner                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jul  5 Nick Burley                 Troy, NY                         KO  3
Jul 21 Dick Moore                  Buffalo, NY                      KO  2
Aug  9 Jim Franey                  Cincinnati, Oh                   EX  4
Aug 14 Dan Bayliff                 Dayton, Oh                       KO  3
          -Some sources report 8/13/97
Sep  8 Tommy Ryan                  Syracuse, NY                     NC  5
          -Police intervened; Some sources report "D 5"
Oct 18 Jim Hall                    Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
          -This bout was an "obvious" fake; 
           The referee stopped it;
           Some sources report "NC 4"
Oct 23 Con Riley                   Chicago, Il                      EX  4
Nov 12 George LaBlanche            Dayton, Oh                       KO  1
Nov 12 Beach Ruble                 Dayton, Oh                       KO  1
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Nov 15 "Texas" Billy Smith         Chicago, Il                      TK  2
          -Some sources call this man "Australian" Billy Smith;
           Police intervened
Dec 17 Dan Creedon                 Long Island City, NY             TK 16
          -Middleweight Championship of the World;
           Some sources report "TK 15"

1898
Jan 10 James "Doc" Payne           Louisville, Ky                   KO  4
Feb 15 H. Long                     Dayton, Oh                       KO  2
Mar  4 Nick Burley                 Hot Springs, Ar                  KO  2
Mar  7 James Blackwell             Indianapolis, In                 KO  2
Mar  7 John Tierney                Indianapolis, In                 KO  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Mar 11 Jim Bates                   Fort Wayne, In                   KO  1
Mar 11 Vern Hardenbrook            Fort Wayne, In                    W  4
          -Some sources report "L 4";
           The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Mar 17 -McCoy refereed the "Wilmington" Jack Daly-Kid Lavigne bout
           at Cleveland, Oh
Mar 18 Bert Bolby                  Springfield, Oh                  KO  1
          -Some sources call this man "Dick Boldy"
           and report this bout held at "Defiance, Oh"
Apr  4 Dan Molson                  Indianapolis, In                 KO  1
Apr  5 Tom Shea                    Dayton, Oh                       KO  2
May 20 Gus Ruhlin                  New York, NY                      W 20
          -Some sources report "Syracuse, NY"
Jul 28 James "Doc" Payne           Saratoga Lake, NY                EX   
Aug  7 James "Doc" Payne           Saratoga Lake, NY                EX   
Aug  7 Jim Daly                    Saratoga Lake, NY                EX  4
Aug  7 Len Wagner                  Saratoga Lake, NY                EX   
Aug  7 an unnamed opponent         Saratoga Lake, NY                EX   
          -The previous 4 bouts were held the same date
Aug  9 James "Doc" Payne           Saratoga Lake, NY                EX  2
Aug 10 James "Doc" Payne           Saratoga Lake, NY                EX  3
Aug 10 Jim Daly                    Saratoga Lake, NY                EX  4
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Aug 11 Jim Daly                    Saratoga Lake, NY                EX  4
Sep 10 Jim Corbett                 Buffalo, NY                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled due to 
           the deaths of Jim Corbett's parents
Sep 28 -McCoy and Jim Corbett got into an altercation at 
           the "Gilsey House" on Broadway Avenue in New York; 
           Corbett injured a leg
Dec 16 Joe Goddard                 Philadelphia, Pa                 WF  5

1899
Jan 10 Tom Sharkey                 New York, NY                     LK 10
Mar 24 Joe Choynski                San Francisco, Ca                 W 20
Aug 10 Tom Duggan                  Dubuque, Ia                      TK  2
Aug 10 Jack Graham                 Dubuque, Ia                      KO  4
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date;
           Some sources report "Davenport, Ia"
Aug 14 Jim Carter                  Joplin, Mo                       KO  5
Aug 18 Jim "Jack" McCormick        Chicago, Il                      LK  1
Sep  5 Geoff Thorne                Brooklyn, NY                     KO  3
Sep 19 Steve O'Donnell             Brooklyn, NY                     KO  6
          -Some sources report "KO 5"
Sep 26 Jim "Jack" McCormick        New York, NY                     TK  8
          -Some sources report 9/27/99
Oct  6 Joe Choynski                Chicago, Il                       D  8
          -This bout was a "Pre-Arranged Draw";
           Some sources report that McCoy was better;
           Others report a "W 6" verdict
Oct 27 Billy Stift                 St. Louis, Mo                    KO 13
Nov  9 Jack McDonough              Buffalo, NY                      KO  4

1900
Jan  1 Peter Maher                 Brooklyn, NY                     KO  5
Jan 12 Joe Choynski                Brooklyn, NY                     TK  4
          -Some sources report "TK 3"
May 18 Dan Creedon                 New York, NY                     TK  6
May 29 Tommy Ryan                  Chicago, Il                       W  6
          -This was the referee's decision;
           The verdict was later changed to "D 6"
Jun  1 Jack Bonner                 New York, NY                     TK 13
Aug 30 Jim Corbett                 New York, NY                     LK  5
          -It appeared that McCoy was faking to win bets;
           Some sources report "LK 6"

1901
Dec  2 Dave Barry                  London, Eng                      KO  2
Dec  2 Jack Scales                 London, Eng                      KO  2
          -Some sources report 12/03/01 for this bout
Dec  2 Jack Madden                 London, Eng                      KO  2
          -The previous 3 bouts were held the same date

1902
May  2 Fred Russell                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
May 19 Kid Carter                  Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6

1903
Feb 23 Jim "Jack" McCormick        Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Apr 22 Jack Root                   Detroit, Mi                       L 10
          -Light Heavyweight Championship of the World

1904
Apr  5 Henry Placke                Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  2
May 14 "Philadelphia" Jack O'Brien Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Sep 27 Jack "Twin" Sullivan        Los Angeles, Ca                   W 20

1905
Mar  3 Jack Crawford               Hot Springs, Ar                  KO  1

1908
Jul 24 Peter Maher                 New York, NY                     KO  2
          -Some sources report 7/25/08
Oct 16 Jim Stewart                 New York, NY                     ND  6

1911
Mar 20 Jack Fitzgerald             Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Sep  4 Bob Day                     Toronto, Ont, Can                KO  1
Sep 22 Kid Ely                     New York, NY                     KO  1
Oct  6 Jim Savage                  Far Rockaway, NY                 KO  4
Nov 23 Hubert Roc                  Paris, Fr                         W 10
          -Some sources report 11/22/11
Dec 20 Harry Croxon                Paris, Fr                        KO  3

1912
Jan 10 George Gunther              Paris, Fr                         W 10
Feb 21 Matthew "P.O." Curran       Nice, Fr                          W 10
          -Some sources report "W 20"

1914
Aug  2 Matthew "P.O." Curran       London, Eng                       W 20

1916
Aug  4 Artie Sheridan              Mission, Tx                       W  4


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

1912
Jan 19 Matthew "P.O." Curran       Paris, Fr                         W 12

1914
Nov 12 Fred Fulton                 San Francisco, Ca                EX  4


*** NCR ALL-TIME MIDDLEWEIGHT COMPUTER TOURNAMENT ***
1969
       Emile Griffith                                               L 15


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

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