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Pete McCoy

BORN   October 15 1856; Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland (Fought out of Jersey City, New Jersey; Also fought out of Boston, Massachusetts)
DIED November 8 1893; near New London, Connecticut (Drowned in Long Island Sound; possible suicide)
HEIGHT 5-10 1/2 (Reports vary, 5-9 to 5-11)
WEIGHT 145-165 lbs

McCoy was naturally quick and agile, had fast hands and carried a good right hand punch; In addition, he could shift his feet quickly and fight handily with either hand; He never cared about how strong his opponent was and was not averse to giving away pounds of weight

The Brooklyn (NY) Daily Eagle described McCoy as one of the most scientific and shiftiest pugilists that ever entered the ring in this country; Harry Hill once commented, "I think Pete McCoy, the middle-weight, is the cleverest man in the country"

It was reported that McCoy had over 100 exhibition bouts fought mainly when he toured with John L. Sullivan - against men like Sullivan, Mike Donovan, Dominick McCaffrey, Billy Edwards, Jake Kilrain, Herbert Slade and others; The Chicago (Il) Tribune (11/22/86) reported that Pete was a cousin to Charles McCoy

During his career, McCoy defeated such men as Mike Donovan, Jim Popp, Martin "Fiddler" Neary, Duncan McDonald, Jack Langdon, Jack Files, Johnny Reagan, Jake Pitz and Charles Gleason

Undated
       Jake Kilrain                                                EX   
       George "Deacon" Smith                                        D  6
       Punch Jones                Youngstown, Oh                   KO  2
       Tom McGuire                                                 KO   
       John Cash                                                  SCH   
       John Cash                                                  SCH   
       Jim Carroll                                                SCH   
          -Perhaps, this man was "Brooklyn Jimmy Carroll";
           The previous 3 bouts were scheduled and held;
           The outcomes are not known
       George Mulholland                                           KO   
          -This fight was in a barroom prior to 11/20/89

1879
Jan  1 Edward McGlinchey          New York, NY                     EX  3
Mar 10 Edward McGlinchey          New York, NY                     EX   
Mar 27 Mike Gillespie             New York, NY                     EX    
Apr 21 Edward McGlinchey          New York, NY                     EX   
       Ed Davis                   New York, NY                     KO  9
Jun 26 Jack Gallagher             New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jun 26 Billy Fields               New York, NY                      W   
       Billy Fields               New York, NY                      W   
          -Some sources report that McCoy beat Fields several times
Sep 18 Professor Austin           New York, NY                     ND   
          -This man was from London, England; Was he "Alf Austin"?
Sep 29 William "Dooney" Harris    Brooklyn, NY                     EX   

1880
Jan 19 Mike Malloran              Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3
Mar  1 Billy Madden               Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3
Mar 20 Edward McGlinchey          New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Nov 24 Billy Madden               Bridgeport, Ct                   EX  3
Nov 29 Billy Edwards              New York, NY                     EX  3
Dec    Edward McGlinchey          New York, NY                     EX  4

1881
Feb    -McCoy appeared in private sparring exhibitions in Boston, Ma
Feb    -Sportsmen wanted to match McCoy against Pete Lawler
          for the lightweight championship of America
Mar 16 Mike Donovan               Boston, Ma                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held; Donovan could not appear
Sep  9 Bob Farrell                Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Nov 16 Bob Farrell                Buffalo, NY                      EX   
Nov 16 John L. Sullivan           Buffalo, NY                      EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Nov 28 John L. Sullivan           Cincinnati, Oh                   EX   
Nov 28 Bob Farrell                Cincinnati, Oh                   EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Nov 29 John L. Sullivan           Cincinnati, Oh                   EX   
Nov 29 Bob Farrell                Cincinnati, Oh                   EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Dec  9 John L. Sullivan           Chicago, Il                      EX   
Dec  9 Bob Farrell                Chicago, Il                      EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Dec 10 John L. Sullivan           Chicago, Il                     SCH   
Dec 10 Bob Farrell                Chicago, Il                     SCH   
          -The previous 2 bouts were scheduled; The outcomes are not known
Dec 11 John L. Sullivan           Chicago, Il                     SCH   
Dec 11 Bob Farrell                Chicago, Il                     SCH   
          -The previous 2 bouts were scheduled; The outcomes are not known
Dec 24 John L. Sullivan           New Orleans, La                  EX   
Dec 24 Bob Farrell                New Orleans, La                  EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date

1882
Jan 29 Bob Farrell                New Orleans, La                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Feb  2 Bob Farrell                New Orleans, La                  EX  3
Feb 11 Bob Farrell                Chicago, Il                      EX   
Feb 13 John L. Sullivan           Detroit, Mi                      EX   
Feb 13 Bob Farrell                Detroit, Mi                      EX  4
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Feb    -McCoy was scheduled to appear in Troy, NY
Feb 15 -McCoy was scheduled to appear in Cleveland, Oh
Feb 18 -McCoy was scheduled to appear in Cincinnati, Oh
Feb 25 Bob Farrell                Buffalo, NY                      EX   
Mar 28 Bob Farrell                Jersey City, NJ                  EX   
Apr 19 John L. Sullivan           Hoboken, NJ                      EX   
Apr 20 -McCoy appeared in Rochester, NY
Apr 24 Dick Yarwood               New York, NY                      W  6
Apr 28 John L. Sullivan           Boston, Ma                       EX   
Jun  8 Bob Farrell                Hartford, Ct                     EX   
Jul 17 -McCoy and Billy Madden seconded John L. Sullivan vs Tug Wilson
Sep  8 Bob Farrell                Reading Pa                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Sep  9 Bob Farrell                Allentown, Pa                    EX   
Sep 23 William Baker              Buffalo, NY                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Oct 26 Bob Farrell                Bloomington, Il                  EX  3
Oct 26 John L. Sullivan           Bloomington, Il                  EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Oct 30 John L. Sullivan           Chicago, Il                      EX  3
Oct 31 John L. Sullivan           Chicago, Il                      EX  3
Nov 13 John L. Sullivan           Washington, DC                   EX  3
Nov 17 John L. Sullivan           Washington, DC                   EX  3
Dec 14 Bob Farrell                New York, NY                     EX   
Dec    Charles Norton             New York, NY                     EX   
Dec 28 Bob Farrell                New York, NY                     EX   

1880-1883
       Martin "Fiddler" Neary                                       W   
          -This bout was likely held during the early 1880's 

1883
Jan 11 John L. Sullivan           Boston, Ma                       EX  3
Jan 15 Jim Popp                   Toronto, Ont, Canada             KO  3
Jan 20 Bob Farrell                Buffalo, NY                      ND  3
Jan 20 John McGuire               Buffalo, NY                      ND   
          -The previous 2 bouts were reported for the same date
Feb 22 John L. Sullivan           Boston, Ma                       EX  3
Mar  1 Mike Gillespie             Boston, Ma                       EX   
Mar  6 John L. Sullivan           New York, NY                     EX  3
Mar 13 Mike Donovan               New York, NY                     EX   
Mar 13 Paddy McDermott            New York, NY                     KO  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were reported for the same date
Apr  6 -McCoy refereed the Harry Woodson (Black Diamond)
          vs Jim McLaughlin bout in Long Island, NY
Apr 12 John Cash                  Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Apr 20 Mike Mullery               New York, NY                     EX   
Apr 21 Mike Donovan               New York, NY                      W  3
          -Some sources report "EX 3"
Apr 28 George Rooke               New York, NY                     EX  3
May 14 Mike Mullery               New York, NY                     EX   
May 16 Mike Cleary                New York, NY                     EX   
Aug  1 John L. Sullivan           Highland Lake, Ma                EX   
          -This bout may have been held in "Highland Lake, NY"
Aug  6 Mike Mullery               New York, NY                     EX  1
          -McCoy knocked Mullery out
Oct 19 Herbert Slade              Allegheny City, Pa               EX   
Oct 24 an unnamed opponent        Newark, Oh                       EX   
Dec 17 Frank Moran                Atchison, Ks                     EX  4
Dec 17 Mike Gillespie             Atchison, Ks                     EX  4
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Dec 18 an unnamed opponent        Leavenworth, Ks                 SCH   
          -The previous bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Dec 29 an unnamed opponent        Denver, Co                       EX   

1884
Jan 10 Herbert Slade              Helena, Mt                       EX  3
Jan 10 Mike Gillespie             Helena, Mt                       EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Jan 11 an unnamed opponent        Helena, Mt                       EX   
Jan 12 an unnamed opponent        Butte, Mt                        EX   
Jan 13 Dave Cusick                Butte, Mt                        KO  2
Jan 17 an unnamed opponent        Reno, Nv                         EX   
Jan 23 Herbert Slade              Reno, Nv                         EX   
Jan 23 Mike Gillespie             Reno, Nv                         EX  4
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Mar  6 Young Dutchy               San Francisco, Ca               SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known;
           Police intervened - stopped or prevented the bout
Mar 21 John L. Sullivan           Tucson, Az                       EX  3
Apr  9 John L. Sullivan           Galveston, Tx                    EX  3
Apr 12 John L. Sullivan           New Orleans, La                  EX  2
Apr 13 John L. Sullivan           New Orleans, La                  EX   
Apr 23 Mike Donovan               Atlanta, Ga                      EX  4
Apr 23 Mike Gillespie             Atlanta, Ga                      EX  4
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
May  9 Herbert Slade              Portland, Or                     EX  3
May  9 Mike Gillespie             Portland, Or                     EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date;
           They may have been held 3/09/84
May 18 Duncan McDonald            Butte City, Mt                   TK 31
          -McDonald broke his hand but continued fighting;
           This bout may have been held 3/18/84
Jun 30 John Bagley                New York, NY                     EX   
Jun 30 Charles Hadley             New York, NY                     EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Jul 17 Jack Stewart               Arlington, Ma                    KO  1
Jul 29 Ned Craig                  Springfield, Ma                  TK  4
          -Some sources report "Boston, Ma";
Aug 25 Dominick McCaffrey         Boston, Ma                        D  3
          -Some sources report 1886; Police intervened several times;
          John L. Sullivan was the referee
Oct  6 Denny Costigan             New York, NY                     EX   

1885
Jan 19 Mike Gillespie             New York, NY                     EX  3
          -Some sources report 1/20/85
Jan 29 Mike Cleary                New York, NY                     EX  4
Apr 17 George LaBlanche           Boston, Ma                        D  2
          -Some sources report "D 8"; Police intervened
Apr 28 George Rooke               New York, NY                     EX  3
          -This bout was hotly contested
Aug  6 George LaBlanche           Fall River, Ma                    D  4
          -Some sources report "LK 4"; Some sources report "L 4";
           Police intervened
Aug    Denny Kelliher             near Boston, Ma                 SCH 
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Sep 15 George LaBlanche           Saugus Center, Ma                 D  5
          -Some sources report "Lynn, Ma"; Some sources report "D 6"
Dec 22 Tim Ashford                Flushing, NY                      D   

1883-1886
       Joe McAuliffe                                               LK   
          -McCoy used the name "Tom Harrigan";
           Some sources report "LK 9" in "San Francisco, Ca" on 10/15/85

1886
Jan 26 Alf Powers                 Hoboken, NJ                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Feb  8 Mike Boden                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
          -Some sources report 2/14/86; Some sources report Mar 1886
Feb 24 "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey   Jersey City, NJ                   L  6
Apr 26 Denny Kelliher             Boston, Ma                       EX  4
May  4 Denny Kelliher             Boston, Ma                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
May 17 George "Deacon" Smith      Boston, Ma                       EX  3
Jul 27 Jack Ashton                Bridgeport, Ct                  SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Aug 20 Jack Ashton                Nantasket, Ma                    EX  3
          -Some sources report 8/24/86
Aug 20 Denny Kelliher             Nantasket, Ma                    EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held on the same date
Aug 27 Denny Kelliher             Nantasket, Ma                    EX  3
       Fred Woods                                                   D  4
Oct 30 Frank Burke                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
Nov 20 Jim Daly                   Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
          -Some sources report "Jimmy Dailey"
Nov 26 Jack Langdon               Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  3
          -Some sources report 11/27/86
Nov 30 -McCoy refereed the Mike Boden-Tom Kelly bout in Philadelphia, Pa
Dec 11 Jack McGinley              Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  2

1887
Jan 14 Jack Kelly                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
Jan 25 Patrick "Reddy" Gallagher  Cleveland, Oh                     D  6
          -Police intervened and stopped the fight in the sixth round
Jan 27 -Jack Files was called to court regarding the boxing charges against
           him, Pete McCoy and Patrick "Reddy" Gallagher; He pleaded guilty 
           and was fined $50 plus 30 days in jail; While out on bail, McCoy 
           and Files skipped town
Feb 28 -McCoy refereed the Jack McAuliffe-Walter Campbell bout
           in Philadelphia, Pa
Mar 20 Frank Bosworth             Wilmington, De                   EX   
Jun 27 Denny Kelliher             Boston, Ma                        D  8
          -Some sources report 6/22/87
Aug  8 Mike Donovan               Boston, Ma                       EX   
Aug 29 Denny Kelliher             Boston, Ma                        D  8
          -Some sources report 8/30/87
Oct  3 Jack Fallon                Hoboken, NJ                      ND  4
Oct 13 Denny Kelliher             Boston, Ma                       EX  3
Oct 17 Denny Kelliher             Quincy, Ma                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Nov    "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey   Boston, Ma                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled for the first week
           of Nov 1887 but was cancelled; McCoy became
           barred from fighting at the club
Dec 27 Jack Fallon                Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
          -Some sources report 12/27/86
Dec 28 Steve Taylor               Boston, Ma                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; he outcome is not known

1888
Jan 16 Dan Foley                  Boston, Ma                       EX   
Jan 20 Dan Foley                  Boston, Ma                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; he outcome is not known
Jan 23 Jack Kirwin                Boston, Ma                       EX   
Jan 24 Denny Kelliher             Boston, Ma                       EX   
Jan 27 Paddy Duffy                Bridgeport, Ct                   EX   
Jan 27 Jack Files                 Bridgeport, Ct                   EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Mar    Billy Madden               Brooklyn, NY                      L   
Mar 20 John Rudderham             Weymouth, Ma                     EX   
Apr  9 Dennis Mahoney             Providence, RI                    W   
Apr 12 Denny Kelliher             Providence, RI                   EX   
May  1 Denny Kelliher             Boston, Ma                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
May 15 Jimmy Carroll              Boston, Ma                       EX   
Aug 18 Denny Kelliher             Nantasket, Ma                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Oct 16 Patsy Kerrigan             Quincy, Ma                       EX   
Dec 20 -McCoy seconded Denny Kelliher vs Jim Daly in Boston, Ma

1889
Feb  4 -McCoy seconded George Godfrey vs Joe Lannon in Boston, Ma
Mar  9 Jack Files                 New York, NY                      W  4
          -Some sources report 3/08/89
Apr 22 -McCoy seconded Denny Kelliher vs Jim Daly in Boston, Ma;
           Some sources report 2/18/89
Apr 24 Jack Files                 Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Apr 24 Frank Faber                Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
May 14 Gus Lambert                Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
          -Some sources report "ND"
May    Frank Faber                Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
May 27 Jim Butler                 Cambridge, Ma                    ND  4
Oct 31 Ed Cuffe                   Los Angeles, Ca                  KO  2
          -Some sources report 10/29/89; Some sources report 11/01/89;
           Some sources report "San Francisco, Ca"
Dec 23 -McCoy seconded Danny Needham vs Paddy Smith in San Francisco, Ca

1890
Jan    Tom Cleary                 San Francisco, Ca               SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Feb 12 Charles Gleason            San Francisco, Ca                KO  6
          -Some sources report 2/12/89
Mar  4 Charlie Norton             Elizabeth, NJ                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Mar    James Gleason              San Francisco, Ca               SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled for Mar-Apr 1890;
          The outcome is not known
Apr 17 Johnny Reagan              Long Island City, NY            SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but postponed
May  1 Johnny Reagan              Long Island City, NY              W 10
Sep 19 -McCoy was teaching boxing at Greenpoint, NY
Sep 24 Jack Files                 Sag Harbor, NY                  SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Nov 19 Jack Fallon                Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known;
           Some sources report 11/24/90
Nov 24 "Brooklyn" Paddy Smith     Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Dec 21 "Brooklyn" Jimmy Carroll   New York, NY                     EX   

1891
Feb 17 Jack Magee                 Boston, Ma                       LT 20
          -Some sources report "L 20"
Jun  1 Bill Dunn                                                    D  9
Nov 27 Jack Files                 New York, NY                     EX   
Nov 28 Frank Myers                New York, NY                      W  6

1892
Apr  2 William Wallace            New York, NY                      D  6
          -Some sources report "Willy Hall"; Some sources report "W 6"
Apr 30 Johnny Reagan              Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known;
           Some sources report "Philadelphia, Pa"
Jun 20 Pat Cahill                 New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jul 23 an unnamed opponent        Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Nov 26 Jake Pitz                  New York, NY                      W  6 

1893
Mar  6 Paddy Gorman               Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Nov 10 -In a report given yesterday by Captain Daniel McNulty
           of the ocean tug Scranton, bound from Hoboken to Boston,
           he describes Pete McCoy as having either fallen or 
           jumped overboard from the tug; This took place four 
           miles this side of Cornfield Point Lightship on Wed (Nov 8)


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

Undated
       Bill Dunn                  Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held; Dunn had a broken hand

1880-1883
       Martin "Fiddler" Neary                                       W   
       Dick Yarwood               Boston, Ma                        W  3

1883
Nov 29 Billy Edwards              New York, NY                     EX   

1882-1884 
       Charlie Clark                                               KO  6
       Jim Riley                                                   LK  7

1884
Feb    Jack O'Brien               Victoria, BC, Canada              W   
       Patsy McGrath              Victoria, BC, Canada              W   
       Tom Heenan                 in Oregon                         W   
       Billy Lynn                 in Arizona                       KO  2
       Tim Collins                in Washington (state)            KO  2

1886
Jul    Duncan McDonald                                              W   
          -This fight reportedly was held during Jul-Sep 1886;
           Perhaps, it is the same as the 5/18/84 bout
       Dominick McCaffrey         Boston, Ma                        D  4
          -Police intervened;
           Perhaps, this is the same as the 8/25/84 bout

1890-1891
       Paddy Gorman               Providence, RI                  SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled

*** Much Data Was Provided By William Schutte and Mike DeLisa ***

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