Cyber Boxing Zone -- Torpedo Billy Murphy
"Torpedo" Billy Murphy
(Thomas William Murphy)
 
BORN November 3 1863; Auckland, New Zealand
DIED July 26 1939; Auckland, New Zealand
HEIGHT 5-6 1/2
WEIGHT 116 1/2-118 lbs
Murphy was a scrappy fighter and a sharp hitter who possessed a devastating punch; He had a very long reach for a man of his size and hit hard with swings and uppercuts

Murphy was not a great defensive fighter but was game and possessed good recuperative powers after being hit
1881
       Jack O'Meara              Auckland, NZ             (45:00) KO   
          -London prize ring rules were used

1882
May  2 Sammy Heckles             Auckland, NZ                     KO  2
May  4 Walter Evans              Auckland, NZ                     KO  3
May  4 Jim Gardiner              Auckland, NZ                     KO  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
May  5 Hill                      Auckland, NZ                      L   
          -The previous 3 bouts were part of a Jem Mace
           Lightweight Tournament
May  8 William Burns             Thames, NZ                       KO  3
May  9 Charles Carter            Thames, NZ                       KO  3

1883
Jul 14 Frank Burns               Auckland, NZ                     KO 25

1884
Jan  9 Mick O'Brien              Auckland, NZ                     KO  4
Feb    Tony Hogan                Auckland, NZ                     LF  3
Mar 15 Tony Hogan                Auckland, NZ                     KO  3
May  2 J. Eccles                 Auckland, NZ                     KO  2

1885
Apr 25 Barney Donovan            Auckland, NZ                     LK  7
Aug 24 Richard "Deerfoot" Rose   Auckland, NZ                      D  6
          -Featherweight Championship of New Zealand
Oct  5 Dick Sandal               Auckland, NZ                      D  3
Oct 31 Andy Dawson               Auckland, NZ                     KO  2
Dec  5 Jack Nicolson             Auckland, NZ                     KO  4
Dec 23 Johnny, the Stranger      Onehunga, NZ                     KO  8

1886
Jan  2 "Hobart" Jack Gallagher   Auckland, NZ                     WF 12
Feb 13 -Murphy arrived in Sydney, NSW, Aus
Feb 13 Walter                    Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
Mar 13 Jack Hall                 Sydney, NSW, Aus                 LK  1
Mar 20 Walter                    Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
Mar 27 Frank King                Sydney, NSW, Aus                 KO  1
May  1 Davis                     Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
May  8 Jack Hall                 Sydney, NSW, Aus                 LK  2
May 17 Nipper Peakes             Sydney, NSW, Aus                  D 17
          -The crowd broke into the ring
May 29 Richard "Deerfoot" Rose   Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
Jun  5 Bert Johnstone            Sydney, NSW, Aus                 KO  3
Jun 19 Richard "Deerfoot" Rose   Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
Jun 26 Richard "Deerfoot" Rose   Sydney, NSW, Aus                 KO  4
Jul 10 Will "Brummy" Fuller      Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
Jul 14 Peter Newton              Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
Aug 14 Jim Burge                 Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
Aug 21 Sam Stewart               Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
Aug 28 Will "Brummy" Fuller      Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
Sep  4 Will "Brummy" Fuller      Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
Sep 11 Kelly                     Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
Oct  2 Will "Brummy" Fuller      Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
Oct  4 Will "Brummy" Fuller      Sydney, NSW, Aus                 KO 13
Oct 30 Jack Fuller               Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
Nov  6 Frisco McCaull            Sydney, NSW, Aus                 KO  2
Nov 13 George Mulholland         Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
Nov 27 Will "Brummy" Fuller      Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
Dec    Scott                     Sydney, NSW, Aus                 KO  2

1887
Jan  8 Jack Fuller               Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
Jan 15 Stevens                   Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
Jan 22 Jack Fuller               Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
Jan 24 Sam Stewart               Sydney, NSW, Aus                 KO 18
       Pennington                Parramatta, NSW, Aus             KO  3
Jan 31 Williams                  Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
Feb  5 George Mulholland         Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
Feb 12 Young Aitken              Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
Feb 15 Jim Burge                 Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
Feb 19 Jim Burge                 Sydney, NSW, Aus                  D 36
Feb 23 Will "Brummy" Fuller      Sydney, NSW, Aus                 KO 13
Mar 14 Young Mitchell            Sydney, NSW, Aus                 LK  5
May  7 Charlie Taylor            Auckland, NZ                     KO 12
May 21 Nat Brooks                Wellington, NZ                   KO  9
Jun  6 Harry Laing               Wanganui, NZ                     LK  3
          -Weights: 116.2 - 173.6
Jul 26 Richard Allen             Wellington, NZ                   KO  7
          -Lightweight Championship of New Zealand
Jul 28 Fred Bruce                Christchurch, NZ                 KO  7
Aug 10 Ed Burgess                Dunedin, NZ                      KO  4
Aug    Bill Mitchell             Dunedin, NZ                      KO  4
Aug 20 John "Scotty" Faddes      Dunedin, NZ                      KO  2
Sep 12 Ike Fake                  Wellington, NZ                   KO  3
Oct  4 "a 13 Stone Maori"        Napier, NZ                       KO   
Nov 24 Ike Fake                  Wellington, NZ                   LF  6
          -Lightweight Championship of New Zealand
Dec 23 Jack Hall                 Wellington, NZ                   LF  6

1888
Jan  9 Roy Brooks                Wellington, NZ                   KO  1
Jan  9 Ed Parker                 Wellington, NZ                   KO  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Jan 12 Jerry Ford                Wellington, NZ                   KO 11
Jan 29 Mannix                    Wellington, NZ                    D   
          -Police intervened
Feb 19 Tony Hogan                Napier, NZ                       KO  7
Apr 14 Frank Newton              Napier, NZ                       KO  4
Apr 28 W. Edwards                Gisborne, NZ                     KO  3
May 24 Frank Newton              Napier, NZ                       LF  3
Jun    Dick Ellis                Christchurch, NZ                 KO   
Jun 23 Joe Molloy                Dunedin, NZ                      KO  5
Jul    E. Jones                  Invercargill, NZ                 KO  5
          -Lightweight Championship of New Zealand
Jul 28 John "Scotty" Faddes      Dunedin, NZ                      KO  3
Aug  4 F. Logie                  Dunedin, NZ                      KO  3
Aug  8 Billy Baster              Dunedin, NZ                      KO  3
Aug    -Murphy returned to Sydney, NSW, Aus
Sep  1 Jim Saxon                 Sydney, NSW, Aus                 KO  4
Sep 29 Jack Hall                 Melbourne, Vic, Aus               D  8
Oct 27 Jerry Marshall            Melbourne, Vic, Aus              KO  1
Nov 26 Ben Seth                  Melbourne, Vic, Aus              LK  6
Dec 10 Young Griffo              Melbourne, Vic, Aus              ND  4
          -Murphy was to knockout Griffo inside four rounds;
           Griffo lasted and claimed the win

1889
Feb  2 Tommy Williams            Dunedin, NZ                      LF  4
Mar  4 James Smith               Dunedin, NZ                      KO  8
Jun  7 -Murphy arrived in San Francisco, Ca on the ship "Zelandia"
Jul 12 Johnny Griffin            San Francisco, Ca                KO  3
          -Weights: 117-120
Jul 29 Frank Murphy              San Francisco, Ca                 D 27

1890
Jan 13 Ike Weir                  San Francisco, Ca                KO 14
          -Fox Featherweight Championship of the World;
           Weights: 118-124
Mar 14 Tommy Warren              San Francisco, Ca                KO  4
Apr 21 Tommy White               Chicago, Il                       W  4
May 29 Ed Graney                 San Francisco, Ca                 W  4
Jun 28 -Murphy arrived in New Zealand
Sep  2 Young Griffo              Sydney, NSW, Aus                 LK 15
          -Featherweight Championship of the World
Sep 20 Nipper Peakes             Melbourne, Vic, Aus               D 10
Sep 29 Jack Krosen               Melbourne, Vic, Aus              ND  4
Nov 10 Harry "Dummy" Mace        Melbourne, Vic, Aus               W  8
Dec  8 Pat Carroll               Broken Hill, NSW, Aus            KO  4

1891
Jan 18 Jim Burge                 Broken Hill, NSW, Aus            LK 30
Mar 23 Nipper Peakes             Broken Hill, NSW, Aus            KO  5
May  4 Artie Tully               Melbourne, Vic, Aus               L  8
Jul 22 Young Griffo              Sydney, NSW, Aus                 LF 22
          -Featherweight Championship of the World
Oct 19 Bill Jennings             Sydney, NSW, Aus                 KO  2
Nov 23 Jim Burge                 Sydney, NSW, Aus                 NC 29
Dec 26 Chris Cunningham          Newcastle, NSW, Aus              KO  3

1892
Feb 16 Jim Barron                Sydney, NSW, Aus                 LK  3
May 31 Johnny Murphy             San Francisco, Ca                 D 40
Jul 25 Spider Kelly              New York, NY                      L  6
       Jack Downey                                                 D  4
Dec 28 Tommy White               San Francisco, Ca                NC 33

1893
Feb  6 Johnny Griffin            New York, NY                     LK  7
Apr 29 Jerry Barnett             New York, NY                      L  4
May 30 John Van Heest            Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  3
Jul 17 Dick Listman              Newark, NJ                       ND  3
Sep 12 Jack Collins              Brooklyn, NY                     KO  2
Sep 22 Jack Grace                Brooklyn, NY                     TK  4
Nov  2 Ike Weir                  Boston, Ma                       LK  6
          -Weights: 116 1/2 - 118 1/4
Nov  7 Ed Gorman                 Rock Springs, WV                 LK  9
Dec 15 George Dixon              Paterson, NJ                     LF  3
Dec 22 Jack Woods                Boston, Ma                       KO  2

1894
Feb 19 Johnny Breslin            Boston, Ma                       KO  2
Apr 23 Peter Manning             Boston, Ma                       KO  4
May  7 Young Griffo              Boston, Ma                        L  8
          -Some sources report 5/05/94
Nov  5 Jack McCabe               Cincinnati, Oh                   KO  2
Nov 12 Anthony Lefevre           Cincinnati, Oh                   KO  2
Nov 19 Jerry Barnett             New York, NY                      D 10
Dec  8 Walter Edgerton           Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4

1895
Jan  3 Frank Maciewski           Cincinnati, Oh                   KO  9
Feb  6 Kid McGraw                Cincinnati, Oh                   KO  4
Feb 26 "Pittsburgh" Kid Hogan    Cincinnati, Oh                    L 10
May  6 Jack Dougherty            Cincinnati, Oh                    D 10
May 30 Jack Dougherty            Cincinnati, Oh                   KO  6
Jul 11 Tommy White               Columbus, Oh                      D 20
Aug  6 Billy Sheldon             Louisville, Ky                   KO  5
Aug 22 Billy Sheldon             Louisville, Ky                   KO  3
Nov 13 Jack Dougherty            Lexington, Ky                     W 10
Dec 23 Solomon "Solly" Smith     New Orleans, La                  LK 14

1896
Jan 21 Mike Crotty               Cincinnati, Oh                   KO  1
Feb 11 Jimmy Devers              Jackson, Ms                       W 10
Mar 17 Paddy Smith               Cincinnati, Oh                   KO  7
Apr 29 James Connors             Jackson, Ms                      KO  4
Oct  8 Johnny Lavack             Lexington, Ky                     D 20

1897
Jan 22 George Dixon              New York, NY                     LK  6
Jan 30 Jack Delaney              New York, NY                     LK  5
Feb  6 Dave Wall                 New York, NY                      D 10
Feb  8 Danny McMahon             Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Feb 15 Bill Barbeck              Dayton, Oh                       KO  2
Mar 13 Austin Rice               New York, NY                      D 20
Apr 10 Oscar Gardner             New York, NY                      L 20
Jul 19 Billy Rotchford           Albany, NY                        D  3
          -Police intervened
Sep 13 Elwood McCloskey          Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6

1898
Feb 25 Will Curley               Newcastle, Eng                   LK 12
Apr 12 Yock Henninger            Pittsburgh, Pa                   LF  4
Nov 26 Eddie Santry              St. Louis, Mo                    LK  4

1899
Jan 16 Casper Leon               Cincinnati, Oh                    L 10
Feb 15 Walter Burbeck            Springfield, Oh                  KO  2
Mar  7 John Van Heest            Dayton, Oh                       LK  6
Apr    Kid Moore                 Mansfield, Oh                     L 15
Apr 11 Frank Stackhouse          Detroit, Mi                       D  8
Apr 29 Harry Forbes              Chicago, Il                      LK  4
May 19 Harry Harris              Chicago, Il                      LK  4
Aug 11 Patsy Mager               Sioux City, Ia                   NC  2
Sep 14 Sig Hart                  Sioux City, Ia                    L 15
Oct 20 Sig Hart                  Sioux City, Ia                    D 20
Nov 14 Larry Gleason             Sioux City, Ia                   LK  6

1900
Sep 13 Harry Smith               Omaha, Ne                        LK  1

1902
Jan 21 Bert Cassell              O'Neill, Ne                      KO  4
Apr  3 Clarence English          Carroll, Ia                      LK  3
Aug  4 John Van Heest            Sioux City, Ia                   KO  4
Sep  7 Dave Donovan              Sioux City, Ia                   KO  2
       Patsy Hogan                                                 L 10

1903
Oct  8 Teddy Peppers             Kansas City, Mo                  WF  2
Dec 29 Jack Evans                San Francisco, Ca                 D  6

1904
Aug  2 Tim Hegarty               Sydney, NSW, Aus                 LK  3
Sep 13 Peter Toohey              Sydney, NSW, Aus                 LK  2
Oct    Walter Doman              Sydney, NSW, Aus                 KO  1

1905
Jul 21 Jack Clarke               Wellington, NZ                   LK  5
Dec 23 Tom Tracey                Stratford, NZ                    LK  5

1906
Apr 28 Jimmy Ross                Auckland, NZ                      D  4

1907
Jun  3 Jim Griffin               Hastings, NZ                      W  8
Aug  8 Tom Toohey                New Plymouth, NZ                 KO  1
Sep 12 Jimmy Ross                Auckland, NZ                      D  4
Oct    Jim Morris                Palmerstown North, NZ            LK  3

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

1898
Mar  9 Bill Baxter               London, England                  ND  4



*** Assistance Provided By Mike Attree ***


Prepared by John Hogg, Historian, International Boxing Research Organization

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