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Kentucky Rosebud
(Walter Edgerton)

BORN   November 18 1856; Raleigh, North Carolina (Some sources report November 18 1854; Raleigh, North Carolina; Some sources report November 18 1868; Norfolk, Virginia)
DIED   May 4 1930; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Some sources report c. 1923)
HEIGHT 5-4
WEIGHT 115-128 lbs
MANAGER Jimmy McHale
Edgerton, the "Rosebud", was a clown in the ring; He was very well built and possessed a good left hook; His greatest asset as a fighter was his willingness and ability to take punishment

Although he spoofed while fighting, he was "dead serious" about winning; During his career, he defeated such men as George Strong, Eugene Hornbacher, Billy Peterson, Jack Levy, Elwood McCloskey and John Henry Johnson
1882
Aug 31 John Banks                  Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4

1883
       Jeff Williams                                                KO  7
          -Bare Knuckles were used for this bout

1883-1886
       Sam Robinson                Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  2
       John Taylor                 Philadelphia, Pa                  W  4
       Bill Davis                  Philadelphia, Pa                  W  3
          -Some sources report "KO 3"
       Paddy Duffy                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND 20
          -This was a "private" fight

1886
Aug  3 John Banks                  Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
Sep 11 John Banks                  Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4

1889
       Tom Edwards                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
          -Some sources report "1891"

1889-1891
       Paddy Carroll               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
       Jimmy Boyle                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
       Jimmy Hagen                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
       Lee Damro                   Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
          -Some sources report "1891" for the previous 4 bouts
       Jess Moulton                                                  W  4
       Martin Neary                                                  W  4
       Young Shanklin                                                W  4
       George Strong               Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  2

1891
       Bobby Burns                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
       Jimmy Johnson               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
May  9 Ike Weir                    Philadelphia, Pa                 LK  3
Jul 11 Yates Clark                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4

1892
Jan  2 Ike Weir                    Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  4
          -Some sources report "ND 4";
          Some sources report "W 4";
          Rosebud knocked Weir down three times
Jan  9 Jimmy Patton                Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Feb  5 Frank O'Brien               Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Feb  6 Eugene Hornbacher           New York, NY                      W  6
Mar 26 Billy Peterson              New York, NY                     WF  2
Oct  8 Bobby Burns                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
Oct 29 George Dixon                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
Nov 11 George Dixon                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
Nov 19 Cal McCarthy                                                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Nov 24 Ike Weir                    Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

1893
Jun 30 George Dixon                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
Jul  1 George Dixon                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
Oct 23 Billy Peterson              New York, NY                      W  6
Oct  9 Barney Hubbard              Boston, Ma                      SCH   
         -This bout was scheduled but cancelled (monetary problems)
Nov  2 Billy Peterson              New York, NY                      L  4

1894
Feb 28 Eddie Pierce                New York, NY                      D  4
Mar 22 George Dixon                Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  3
          -Rosebud knocked Dixon out
Apr 28 Eddie Pierce                New York, NY                      D  4
Jun 13 George Dixon                Boston, Ma                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
          Rosebud backed out of this contest
Aug    George Holland              Philadelphia, Pa                  D  6
Nov 19 Young Starlight             Lynn, Ma                          D  8
Nov 20 Young Starlight             Boston, Ma                        D  8
Nov 29 Young Griffo                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
Dec  5 Jack Levy                   Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  4
Dec  8 "Torpedo" Billy Murphy      Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
          -Some sources report 12/01/94

1894-1895
       Barney Blythe               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
       Jack Carter                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  3
       Jimmy Fox                   Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
       Jack Randall                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
       Fred Morris                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
Dec    Joe Leonard                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
          -Some sources report "Dec 1895"

1895
Jan 12 John Van Heest              Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
Jan 19 Benny Peterson              Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
Feb 27 Lee Damro                   Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Apr  2 Joe Gans                    Baltimore, Md                    LT  7
          -Some sources report "D 6" on 4/01/95
Apr 25 Joe Gans                    Baltimore, Md                    LT  6
          -Some sources report "LT 8"

1896
Mar 19 Barney Reilly               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
Mar 28 Barney Reilly               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
Apr    John Henry Johnson          Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Apr    Jack Smith                  Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
May  4 George Dixon                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
Dec 11 Jack Smith                  Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
       Elwood McCloskey            Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
       Elwood McCloskey            Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
       Elwood McCloskey            Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
       Elwood McCloskey            Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4

1897
Jan  1 John Henry Johnson          Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Feb 17 Jimmy Reeder                Altoona, Pa                      LK  6
Mar 17 Jerry Marshall              Baltimore, Md                     L 20
Jun 21 George Dixon                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Aug  2 Frank Childs                St. Joseph, Mo                   LK  3
Oct 18 John Ball                   Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Nov  7 John Henry Johnson          Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6

1898
Jan  4 Harry Smith                 Chester, Pa                       L  6
Oct 22 Elwood McCloskey            Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6

1899
Jan 14 Young Starr                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Feb  4 Young Starr                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Feb 16 Kid Sopperstein             Indianapolis, In                  D   
Mar 19 Joe Fairburn                Philadelphia, Pa                 LK  4
May 13 Young Starr                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jul 28 "Young" Jack Farrell        Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Sep  5 Johnny "Midget" Glynn       Wilmington, De                    L 10
Sep 12 "Young" Jack Farrell        Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  1
          -There was a power outage; The lights went out
Sep 14 Jack McKeever               Harrisburg, Pa                    D  8
Sep 27 Elwood McCloskey            Philadelphia, Pa                 WF  2
Oct 14 Mike Kearns                 Hazleton, Pa                      D 10
Dec 26 "Cyclone" Jack O'Brien      Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6

1900
Feb 17 Elwood McCloskey            Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Mar  5 Lew Ryall                   Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
Mar 24 John Henry Johnson          Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Mar 31 Elwood McCloskey            Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Apr 21 John Henry Johnson          Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
May 12 Lew Ryall                   Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jul 30 Frankie Gordon              Windber, Pa                       D 10
Aug 10 Jimmy Simister              Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Sep  3 Solly Stroup                Johnstown, Pa                     D 15
Oct  6 Jimmy Simister              Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Oct 27 Charles Mulhall             Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Nov 23 John Henry Johnson          Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Nov 30 John Henry Johnson          Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Nov 30 John Henry Johnson          Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
          The previous 2 bouts were scheduled the same date
Dec  6 Elwood McCloskey            Philipsburg, NJ                  LK  5
          -Some sources report "LK 4"

1902
Jan 17 Kid Fitzgerald              Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jan 20 Joe Sullivan                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Feb  1 Herman "Kid" Stein          Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Feb 15 John Loxley                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Mar 24 Kid Terrill                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jun  3 "Brooklyn" Kid Griffo       Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jun  5 Wilbur Gross                Bridgeton, NJ                    KO  4
Jun 21 Wilbur Gross                Bridgeton, NJ                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jul 26 Frank Bradley               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
          -Some sources report "LK 6" during "Aug 1902"

1915
Jun 11 Battling Holmes             New York, NY                     LK  4
Jun 28 John Henry Johnson          Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6

1916
Jan 27 John Henry Johnson          Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  4
Feb  4 John Henry Johnson          New York, NY                     KO  4
Aug 23 John Henry Johnson          Philadelphia, Pa                 LK  6


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

1894
Oct 29 Young Griffo               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4

1901
Jan  1 Ike Weir                   New York, NY                     LK  1


*** Much Data Was Provided By Bill Schutte ***

*** Some Data Provided By Kevin Smith ***

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