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Michael "Chappie" Moran

BORN December 12 1868; Birmingham, England
(Some sources report 1869; Manchester, England; Fought out of Jersey City, New Jersey, Birmingham, England and Coventry, England)
DIED April 3 1896; Sheffield, England
HEIGHT 5-1 (Some sources report 5-2)
WEIGHT 104-110 lbs

 

 

Moran was a scrappy competitor who came to fight; Moran's muscles stood out like whipcords; He was quick in ducking punches, was an excellent infighter and was game; Moran threw "rib-buster" inside blows; He was described as a "miniature Charlie Mitchell" in build with as clever a head as any veteran (New York Illustrated News - Oct 19 1889)

During his career, Moran defeated such famous men as Tommy "Spider" Kelly, Frank Donovan, Sid Phillips and Tom Fitzpatrick

1884-1886
          -Moran first arrived to America; Later, returned to England

1887
          -Moran began boxing in Birmingham, Eng
Jul  5 -Moran arrived in America and joined the Jersey City, NJ
          Scottish-American AC; (Some sources report he first arrived
          in America in 1884)
       G. Denham                                                      W   
       F. Donovan                                                     W   
          -The previous 2 bouts were part of an Amateur Bantamweight
          Championship of America competition; Moran won

1888
       G. Denham                                                      W   
       D. O'Brien                                                     W   
          -The previous 2 bouts were part of an Amateur Bantamweight
          Championship of America competition; Moran won
       Tommy "Spider" Kelly         Hoboken, NJ                       L  4
          -Some sources report 6/05/1888

1889
       D. O'Brien                                                     L   
          -Amateur Bantamweight Championship of America;
          Some sources report that Moran was better
Jan    Jim Watson                   Jersey City, NJ                   W  4
       Tom Fisher                   London, England        (1:33:00)  W  5
          -London Rules were used for this fight
       Fred Brown                   London, England                   W  4
          -Small gloves were used; Brown weighed 126 lbs
       Sam Toge                     in England                        W  3
       Tom Warley                   in England                        W  9
       S. Cooper                    in England                        W  4
       C. Gower                     in England                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held
Mar    Billy Plimmer                Birmingham, Eng                  LK  3
          -Some sources report "LK 4"
Mar    Billy Plimmer                Birmingham, Eng                   L  8
Apr    Patsy Sheehan                London, Eng                       L   
Apr    Tom Varley                   Birmingham, Eng                  TK  9
          -Some sources report "W 9"; Varley weighed 126 lbs
Mar    -Moran went to America
Apr 12 -Moran challenged any 105-lb man in the world to a bout
Apr 14 -Moran challenged Frank Donovan to a bout at 105 lbs
Apr 19 -Moran was challenged by Tommy Russell to a bout
Apr    Tommy "Spider" Kelly         Hoboken, NJ                       L  4
          -This out was promoted as a Bantamweight Championship
          of the World contest; It was held during Mar-Jun 1889
May 21 Frank Donovan                Staten Island, NY                TK 14
          -This bout was promoted as a Bantamweight Championship 
          of the World contest; Skin-gloves were used; Some sources 
          report 105-lb Championship of America
Jun  4 -Moran was challenged by Jack Lyman to a bout at 105 lbs
Jun  5 Tommy "Spider" Kelly         Brooklyn, NY                      W 10
          -Some sources report Bantamweight Championship of the World;
          Some sources report Bantamweight Championship of America
Jun 24 -Moran was challenged by Hughey Boyle (Elizabethport, NJ) to a bout
Jun 27 -Moran seconded Jimmy Larkins vs Bill Hook at New York, NY
Jul 29 Peter Sherry                 Jersey City, NY                  ND  4
          -Some sources report "EX 4"
Aug    Bill Hensall                 New York, NY                      W  3
Sep    Cal McCarthy                                                  EX   
          -This bout was held during the first week of Sep
Sep    Jack Lynch                   Philadelphia, Pa                  W  4
Sep    Tommy "Spider" Kelly                                         SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but fell through
Sep 14 -Moran reportedly skipped a rope 1,156 times in seven minutes
Sep 23 Spider Miller                New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but fell through
Sep 26 Cal McCarthy                 Fishkill, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Oct    Hughey Boyle                 Hoboken, NJ                     SCH   
          -Moran was scheduled to spar with Boyle during the
          week of Oct 7-12 1889
Oct 14 -Moran was challenged by Billy Murray to a bout at 105 lbs
Oct 28 Jack Lynch                   Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
          -Some sources report "W 6"
Nov    Jim Watson                   Jersey City, NJ                   W  6
          -Some sources report "Paterson, NJ"
Nov 11 Jack Lynch                   Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Nov 13 -Moran was challenged by Johnny Dinan to a bout
Dec 23 Cal McCarthy                 New York, NY                     EX   
Dec 24 Martin Neary                 Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Dec 28 Cal McCarthy                 Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  3
Dec 30 -Moran was challenged by Peter Callan (Nibs, the Newsboy)
          to a bout

1890
Jan 31 Tommy "Spider" Kelly         New York, NY                    LK 10
          -This bout was promoted as a Bantamweight Championship 
          of the World contest; Queensberry rules were used; Some 
          sources report 105-lb Championship of the World; Some 
          sources report "Easton, Pa"
Feb  7 -Moran seconded Cal McCarthy vs. George Dixon in Boston, Ma
Mar  3 Cal McCarthy                 Brooklyn, NY                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jun  8 Sid Phillips                 London, England                  W 20
         -Promoted as a 7 St 9 lbs Championship of the World (107 lbs) contest
Jun 14 Charlie Smith                London, England                  W  6
Dec 20 Patsy Sheehan                London, England                  W  8
          -Some sources report 8/22/90; Small gloves were used

1891
Jun  8 Sid Phillips                 London, England       (1:20:00)  W 20
          -This bout was promoted as a Bantamweight Championship 
          of the World contest; Queensberry rules were used; Some 
          sources report 107-lb Championship of the World;
          Some sources report 6/10/91; Small gloves were used
       George Smith                 Birmingham, Eng                  W  6
          -Small gloves were used
Nov  7 -Moran went to America
Dec  4 Eddie Avery                  New York, NY                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
         Moran refused to fight because the purse 
         was not put up before the fight

1892
Jan 12 Benny Murphy                 Brooklyn, NY                    ND   
Feb  6 John Finley                  New York, NY                     W  6
          -Some sources report "KO 4"
Feb 27 Frank Donovan                New York, NY                    KO  5
          -Some sources report "Philadelphia, Pa"
Apr  2 Eddie Avery                  Brooklyn, NY                     D 10
          -This bout was promoted as a Bantamweight Championship 
          of the World contest; Queensberry rules were used; Some 
          sources report 108-lb Championship of the World;
          Other sources report 105-lb Championship of America;
          Skin-tight gloves were used; Moran was better; The 
          bout was declared a draw due to frequent fouling; 
          Police intervened in round eight when the men fell 
          to the floor; The crowd thought the fight had been 
          stopped; Reports vary - "D 9" - "NC 7" 
Apr  6 -Moran and Eddie Loeber were being promoted for a bout
Apr  7 -Moran and Andy Hart (boxer) sailed for England
Apr  9 -Moran and Kid Hogan were being promoted for a bout
May    Arthur Westley               London, Eng                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known;
          The weight limit was 104 lbs

1893
Jul 11 Fred Precious                London, Eng                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
          The weight limit was 104 lbs
Dec 11 George Corfield              Sheffield, Eng                   L 20
          -7 Stone 12 Pounds (110 lbs) Championship of England;
          Queensberry rules were used

1894
Jul 30 Tom Fitzpatrick              Sheffield, Eng        (1:18:00)  W 20
          -7 Stone 9 Pounds (107 lbs) Championship of England

1896
Mar 31 Maurer                       Sheffield, Eng                   L   
          -Moran died from injuries received in this fight;
          He complained of pain in groin and abdomen area


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

1887
       Tommy "Spider" Kelly         Gloucester, NY                   L 10


*** Photo Provided By Bill Schutte ***


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

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