"Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey
(John Edward Kelly)

BORN    December 15 1862; Curran, County Kildare, Ireland
DIED    November 1 1895; Portland, Oregon
HEIGHT  5-8
WEIGHT  128-152 1/4 lbs
RACE    White; Irish-American
MANAGERS John Shanley, Jake Stearns, Warren Lewis, Arthur T. Lumley, Gus Tuthill, Charley Dexter, Billy Madden, Denny Costigan
TRAINER Alf Power

Jack Dempsey is considered by many as one of the greatest boxers pound-for-pound who ever fought in the ring; He moved well and was extremely quick, agile and skillful

He was a two-handed fighter who could box or punch; His jab was quick and accurate; His right hand punch was stiff; He was game and cool under pressure; He could fight whatever style was needed to win; In short, he was a crafty boxer-puncher who was an excellent ring general

He often fought men 10-25 pounds heavier; Many felt that Jack would beat the Heavyweight Champion, John L. Sullivan, if he were only a little heavier

Dempsey was inducted into the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1954 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992

1883
Mar 15 Joe Ryan                   New York, NY                     EX   
          -This was a wrestling match
Apr  7 Edward "Rug" McDonald      Maspeth, NY                      KO 21
          -Some sources report "KO 27"
Aug 14 Jack Boylan                Flushing, NY                     KO 23
          -Some sources report "Robert 'Cocky' Turnbull" at "Newtown, NY"
Sep  3 Harry Force                Coney Island, NY                 NC 11
          -Police intervened
Sep 17 Thomas "Soap" McAlpine     New York, NY                      D  4
Oct 15 Jack Boylan                New York, NY                     ND  6
          -Some sources report "KO 6"
Nov 10 Billy Frazier                                                W  6
Nov 25 Robert "Cocky" Turnbull    New York, NY                      D  8
          -Dempsey was better; Some sources report "W 8"

1884
Jan  7 J.J. Bagley                Boston, Ma                       EX   
Jan  7 John McMahon's Unknown     Boston, Ma                       EX  3
          -This bout appears to be a boxer-wrestler contest;
          The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Jan    William Mahoney            New York, NY                     KO  3
Feb 10 Joe Heiser                 Williamsburg, NY                  D  8
Feb 14 Jim Fell                   New York, NY                     KO  2
          -Some sources report "W 2"
Feb 28 Jim Barry                  New York, NY                     KO  3
Mar  2 Joe Hennessey              New York, NY                     KO  4
Mar  4 Tom Sullivan               New York, NY                     KO  2
Mar  6 Billy Dacey                Coney Island, NY                 TK  9
          -Lightweight Championship of New York
Apr  2 Mike Mallory               Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3
Apr 14 Jim Sweeney                New York, NY                     EX  4
Apr 25 Joe Hayes                  New York, NY                      D  6
May  1 Jack Bowles                New York, NY                     KO  6
Jul  9 Tom Henry                  Far Rockaway, NY                 NC  3
          -Police intervened
Jul 14 George Fulljames           near Baltimore, Md              SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
           Authorities prevented it
Jul 22 George Fulljames           Oak Island, NY                  SCH   
          -Both men were present but Fulljames decided not to fight
           with such a strong Dempsey crowd on hand at the obscure
           site
Jul 30 George Fulljames           Great Kill, NY                   KO 22
          -Middleweight Championship of America
Aug  2 "Professor" Walter Watson  Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  4
Aug    Jimmy Hurst                                                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
           Hurst left town
Sep  4 Mike Dempsey               Rockaway, NY                     KO  7
Sep 15 Jimmy Ryan                 Philadelphia, Pa                 NC  7
Oct  6 Tom Ferguson               New York, NY                     EX  3
Oct  8 Robert "Cocky" Turnbull    New York, NY                      W  8
          -Dempsey knocked down Turnbull several times;
           Some sources report 10/23/84
Oct 24 Tom Henry                  New York, NY                      W  6
Nov  6 Tom Ferguson               New York, NY                      W  4
          -Many record books carry this bout;
           But, was it ever held? ;
           Perhaps, this is the Oct 6 1884 bout
Nov 20 Billy Frazier              New York, NY                     TK  5
          -Some sources report 1883;
          Some sources report "KO 4"
Nov 20 Jimmy Ryan                 New York, NY                      W  5
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Nov 30 Mike Mallon                Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  2
Dec  9 Denny Costigan             New York, NY                     EX  4
Dec 15 George Wilson              Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4

1885
Jan 12 Billy Frazier              New York, NY                     ND  4
          -Reports vary - "ND 5" - "EX 4"
Jan 12 Jimmy Ryan                 New York, NY                     ND  4
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
       John Banks                 New York, NY                      W   
Jan 22 Jim Fell                   New York, NY                      W  4
Mar 19 Charles Bixamos            New Orleans, La                  KO  5
Mar 25 -Dempsey refereed the Charles Lang-George Fryer bout in New Orleans, La
       Jim Corbett                San Francisco, Ca                EX   
May  4 Tom Barry                  San Francisco, Ca                KO  5
       George LaBlanche           Boston Ma                       SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled
May 11 Tom Cleary                 San Francisco, Ca                KO  5
May 22 -Dempsey seconded Mike Cleary vs Charlie Mitchell in San Francisco, Ca
Jun  5 Jim Carr                   San Francisco, Ca                KO  9
Jul  4 James Rodda                Nevada City, Nv                   W  2
Jul 20 Jack Keenan                San Francisco, Ca                KO  2
Jul 22 -Dempsey seconded Tom Cleary vs Jim Carr in San Francisco, Ca
Aug    John Clow                  Rawlings, Wy                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled to be held during Aug-Sep 1885;
          The outcome is not known
Aug 29 Billy Manning              Los Angeles, Ca                  KO  7
Sep 12 Tom Norton                 Sacramento, Ca                   KO  4
Nov  2 Dave Campbell              Washington Territory             KO  3
Dec 14 Tom Barry                  Portland, Or                     KO  6

1886
Jan 13 Mike Mullery               New York, NY                     EX   
Jan 15 Jimmy Murray               New York, NY                      W  4
Jan 15 Tom Henry                  New York, NY                      W  4
Jan 15 Mike Donovan               New York, NY                     EX  4
          -The previous 3 bouts were held the same date
Feb  3 Jack Fogarty               New York, NY                     KO 27
          -Middleweight Championship of America;
           Some sources report 2/02/86
Feb  9 -Dempsey refereed the Jack Fallon-John Banks bout in New York, NY
Feb 24 Pete McCoy                 Jersey City, NJ                   W  6
Mar  3 Joe Denning                Newark, NJ                       EX  3
Mar 14 George LaBlanche           Larchmont, NY                    KO 13
          -Middleweight Championship of America; 
           Some sources report Middleweight Championship
           of the World; Some sources report 3/04/86; 
           Some sources report "Long Island, NY"
Apr 10 Mike Cleary               New York, NY                      EX  3
Apr 10 Jack Fogarty              New York, NY                      EX  4
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date;
           Dempsey was presented with the Police Gazette
           Championship Belt
Apr 26 Ned McCann                 Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  3
          -Some sources report "KO 4"
Apr 28 Charles "Bull" McCarthy    Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
Apr 30 Jimmy Ryan                 Philadelphia, Pa                  W  4
May 20 Paddy Norton               St. Paul, Mn                      W  4
          -Some sources report 5/12/86
May 31 John L. Sullivan           Chicago, Il                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
           Chicago authorities banned sparring matches 
Jun  1 Patsy Cardiff              Minneapolis, Mn                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled
       Ed Moehler                 Minneapolis, Mn                   W  4
Nov 22 Jack Burke                 San Francisco, Ca                 D 10
Dec 20 Jack Keenan                Cheyenne, Wy                     EX  3
Dec 27 Denny Costigan             Milwaukee, Wi                    EX  3

1887
Jan 31 Mike Boden                 Philadelphia, Pa                  W  4
Feb  2 Jack Langdon               Philadelphia, Pa                  W  4
Feb  5 Denny Killen               Philadelphia, Pa                  W  4
Mar 15 Denny Costigan             Rochester, NY                    EX   
Mar 22 Denny Costigan             Detroit, Mi                      EX   
Apr  9 Billy Baker                Buffalo, NY                      ND  4
May  2 Patrick "Reddy" Gallagher  Cleveland, Oh                     D  6
          -Dempsey broke his left arm just below the elbow 
           in the secnd round but finished the bout
Jul  4 Jack Ashton                Providence, RI                   EX   
Oct 10 Eddie Reede                Hoboken, NJ                       W  4
          -Some sources report "W 6"
Oct 13 Jim McHugh                 Hoboken, NJ                       W  4
Oct 15 Billy Dacey                Hoboken, NJ                       W  4
Oct 31 Ned McCann                 Wilmington, De                    W  4
Nov  1 Frank Bosworth             Wilmington, De                    W  4
Nov  3 Denny Kelliher             Wilmington, De                    W  4
Nov  5 Bill Gabig                 Wilmington, De                    W  4
Nov    Joe Ellingsworth           Wilmington, De                  SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled
Nov    Pete McCoy                 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 13 Johnny Reagan              Manhasset, NY          (1:13:00) TK 45
          -Middleweight Championship of America;
           This bout was held at "Manhasset";
           London rules and gloves were used;
           The bout was fought in two rings, 18 minutes 
           in the first ring, 55 minutes in the second; 
           Rising water around the first ring caused the 
           move; Reagan put a four-inch gash in Dempsey's 
           shin with his spikes; Some sources report the 
           bout held on 12/13/82 with a duration of 1:08:00
Dec 22 Jack Files                 Williamsburg, NY                SCH   
           -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Dec 22 Joe Denning                Brooklyn, NY                     EX  2
Dec 22 Tom Henry                  Brooklyn, NY                     EX  2
Dec 22 Jack McAuliffe             Brooklyn, NY                     EX  2
          -The previous 3 bouts were held the same date
Dec 29 Tom Henry                  Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3

1888
Jan  3 Billy Madden               New York, NY                     EX  3
          -Dempsey appeared in the play, "Around New York"
           during Jan 3-7 and sparred three rounds with Madden
Jan    Billy Madden               Baltimore, Md                   SCH  3
          -Dempsey was to spar 3 rounds nightly with Madden
in the play, "Around New York" during Jan 1888
Jan    Billy Madden   Washington, DC                  SCH  3        -Dempsey was to spar 3 rounds nightly with Madden
in the play, "Around New York" during Jan 1888
Jan 23 Denny Kelliher Boston, Ma EX 3 Jan 31 Dominick McCaffrey Jersey City, NJ W 10 Feb 1 -Dempsey was scheduled to spar in Milford, Ct Feb 7 Denny Costigan Rochester, NY SCH -Dempsey and Costigan were scheduled to spar in Madden's play during the week; Then, tour the "Middle States" and be on the road until Spring Feb 9 Tom Henry Troy, NY EX Feb 18 Billy Baker Buffalo, NY ND 4 -Some sources report "ND 1" Mar 26 Denny Costigan Brooklyn, NY EX Apr 3 Joe Denning Brooklyn, NY EX 4 Apr 9 Joe Coburn Boston, Ma EX Apr 23 James Stevens Williamsburg, NY W 4 Jun 4 John L. Sullivan New York, NY EX -Some sources report that Dempsey failed to show up Nov 15 Mike Donovan Williamsburg, NY D 6 Dec 9 Denny Costigan Brooklyn, NY EX -Dempsey and Costigan were scheduled to spar several times during the week 1889 Feb 4 Denny Costigan Buffalo, NY EX 3 Feb 10 -Dempsey and Costigan made provisions to go to San Francisco, Ca with a variety show and give sparring exhibitions Mar 18 Jim Daly Houtzdale, Pa SCH -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known Apr -Dempsey was scheduled to spar all week in Brooklyn, NY from Apr 15-20 Apr 24 Denny Costigan Brooklyn, NY SCH -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known Jun 10 Mike Lucie San Francisco, Ca EX 3 Aug 22 Mike Dempsey San Francisco, Ca KO 7 Aug 27 George LaBlanche San Francisco, Ca LK 32 -This bout was originally called a Middleweight Championship of the World contest; But, when LaBlanche weighed in at 161 lbs, it was declared a non-title bout; Also, LaBlanche was accused of using an illegal punch, the "pivot" blow; LaBlanche claimed the title as a result of the win Oct 8 -Dempsey drubbed the featherweight boxer, Tommy Warren, in a "barroom" fight at San Francisco, Ca 1890 Jan 20 -Denny Kelliher accompanied Dempsey to his camp in Alameda, Ca; Dempsey was reportedly near death's door Feb 18 "Australian" Billy McCarthy San Francisco, Ca TK 28 -Middleweight Championship of the World Feb 26 -Some sources report that Dempsey and LaBlanche attended a meeting of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco California AC; LaBlanche turned down $1,000 for a rematch Mar 13 John Clark Seattle, Wa ND 4 May 16 Dave Campbell Seattle, Wa EX Jun 7 -Dempsey appeared in Boise City, Id Jun 20 Paddy Gorman Salt Lake City, Ut EX 3 Jun 21 Paddy Gorman Salt Lake City, Ut EX Jun 27 Paddy Gorman Aspen, Co EX Jul 2 -Dempsey was scheduled to appear in Hutchinson, Ks Jul 4 Paddy Gorman St. Louis, Mo EX Jul 28 Mike Brennan Buffalo, NY EX Jul 31 Paddy Gorman Bradford, Pa EX Jul 31 Mike Brennan Bradford, Pa EX -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date Aug 4 Paddy Gorman Syracuse, NY EX 3 Aug 25 "Brooklyn" Jimmy Carroll Brooklyn, NY EX Sep "Brooklyn" Jimmy Carroll Pittsburgh, Pa SCH -Dempsey and Carroll were scheduled to spar for a week 1891 Jan 14 Bob Fitzsimmons New Orleans, La LT 13 -Middleweight Championship of the World "Mysterious" Billy Smith San Francisco, Ca EX Oct 16 Young Mitchell San Francisco, Ca EX 4 Nov 9 Young Mitchell Portland, Or EX 6 -This bout was held during Nov 9-12 1891 Nov 16 Young Mitchell Brooklyn, NY EX Nov 16 Young Mitchell Brooklyn, NY EX -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date Nov 18 Young Mitchell Brooklyn, NY SCH Nov 19 Young Mitchell Brooklyn, NY SCH -The previous 2 bouts were scheduled but not held; Dempsey was ill 1892 Aug 16 "Mysterious" Billy Smith Portland, Or EX Sep 20 -Dempsey refereed the "Mysterious" Billy Smith vs. Billy "Shadow" Maber bout at Portland, Or; Some sources report 9/21/92 1893 Mar 1 Billy Keough Portland, Or W 4 -Weights: 148-190 Jul 30 -Dempsey refereed the Spider Kelly-Eddie Morrissey bout at Tacoma, Wa Sep 4 Bob Fitzsimmons New York, NY EX 3 Sep 25 Denny Costigan Philadelphia, Pa EX 3 Oct 7 John Clark Philadelphia, Pa SCH -This bout was scheduled but not held; It was cancelled due to the small crowd Nov 9 Denny Costigan Buffalo, NY EX Nov -Dempsey was scheduled to spar all week in New York, NY from Nov 13-18 Dec Denny Costigan Boston, Ma EX Dec 14 Dick Moore Boston, Ma EX 3 Dec 30 Joe Fielden Washington, DC EX 3 1894 Jan 7 Denny Costigan Brooklyn, NY SCH -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known Apr 7 Harry Wyatt Buffalo, NY SCH -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known Sep 4 Bob Fitzsimmons New Orleans, La EX Sep 5 "Australian" Billy McCarthy New Orleans, La D 20 Nov 7 Tommy Ryan New Orleans, La SCH -This bout was scheduled but not held Dec 6 Andy Bowen Savannah, Ga EX Dec 11 Tommy Ryan New Orleans, La SCH -This bout was scheduled but not held 1895 Jan 18 Tommy Ryan Coney Island, NY LT 3 -Welterweight Championship of the World Jun 8 John L. Sullivan New York, NY EX *** The Following Bout Is Reported But Not Confirmed *** 1885 Apr Jack Files Chicago, Il SCH -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
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       "Sugar" Ray Robinson                                        LT 11


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