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Patsy Sheppard

BORN   October 9 1847; Ireland (fought out of Liverpool, England)
DIED December 27 1912; Boston, Massachusetts
HEIGHT 5-7 (One source reported 5-1)
WEIGHT 120-140 lbs

Sheppard was a tough and durable fighter, very scrappy; He was hard and firm and delivered solid blows; During his career, he managed Frank Murphy
 
He defeated such men as Con Riordan, Jim Murphy and Jack Conroy

The old reports are very contradictory; If anyone discovers conclusive data that disagrees with these results, please advise

1865 
Jan    Bill Matkins               near Liverpool, Eng              LT 27
          -Sheppard had broken his arm in the 20th round;
          Some sources report "W. Atkinson"
Jul 25 A. Mills                   near Liverpool, Eng      (35:00)  W 30
          -Some sources report "W 21" on 7/27/65

1866
Feb 22 Rooney Jones               near Liverpool, Eng              LK 47

1867
May 25 Con Riordan                near St. Louis, Mo     (1:05:00)  W  3
          -This bout was held on the Illinois shore;
          Some sources report "KO 3"

1868
Mar 23 Barney Aaron                                               SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but postponed until May 1868
May 27 Mike Coburn                Cold Springs, In                 NC  6
          -Some sources report Sheppard was scheduled to fight Barney Aaron;
          Some sources report he fought "Mickey Coburn" instead; 
          Sheppard and Coburn fought for nearly an hour; A riot broke out
          Some sources report "D 6"

1869
Sep  4 Jim Murphy                 near New Haven, Ct       (22:00) TK  6
Dec 22 -Sheppard was challenged by Billy Edwards to a bout

1875
       -Sheppard seconded Tom Denny vs William Miller in Boston, Ma

1878
Apr 29 an unnamed opponent        Boston, Ma                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Nov    Patsy Hogan                Boston, Ma                       EX   

1879
Feb  3 Arthur Chambers            Boston, Ma                       EX   

1880
Mar  1 James Gallagher            Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
          -Some source report 6/28/80
Mar 20 Frank Gormley              New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

1881
Jan  3 an unnamed opponent        Boston, Ma                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jan    Arthur Chambers            New York, NY                     EX  3
Jan 29 Tommy Drohan               Boston, Ma                       EX   

1882
Mar 27 Billy Madden               New York, NY                     EX   
May 11 Billy Madden               Boston, Ma                       EX   
May    Tim McCarthy               Boston, Ma                       EX   
May    Billy Madden               Lynn, Ma                         EX   

1883
Mar 19 Bob Farrell                Boston, Ma                       EX   
Mar 31 Jack Conroy                                                  W  5
Apr 20 Billy Frazier              Boston, Ma                       EX  3
Aug  1 Tim McCarthy               Highland Lake, Ma                EX   
          -This bout may have been held in "Highland Lake, NY"

1884
May  8 Arthur Chambers            Cambridge, Ma                    EX   
Jun 17 Tim McCarthy               Highland Lake, Ma                EX   
          -This bout may have been held in "Highland Lake, NY"
Aug 13 Barney Aaron               Boston, Ma                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Oct 21 -Sheppard seconded Jack Burke vs Charlie Mitchell in New York, NY
Nov    -Sheppard was training John L. Sullivan for his upcoming bout vs John Laflin

1885
Mar  7 -Sheppard was the trainer for John L. Sullivan
Jun  5 -Sheppard was called the backer of John L. Sullivan

1886
Mar    -Sheppard seconded George LaBlanche vs "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey
          near the Harrison, NY/NJ border
Jul 29 -Sheppard just returned from England

1887
Feb 14 -Sheppard trained Jem Carney in America
May  1 -Sheppard was the timer for the Ike Weir-Willie Clark bout
          at Long Island Sound, NY 
Nov 16 -Sheppard seconded Jem Carney vs Jack McAuliffe at Revere Beach, RI

1888
Aug  2 -Sheppard seconded Frank Murphy vs Jack Havlin near Peekskill, NY

1889
Jan 31 -Sheppard seconded Frank Murphy vs Johnny Griffin at Boston, Ma
Oct  4 -Phila (Pa) Item reported that Sheppard had been presented
          a large-sized portrait of John L. Sullivan in ring costume

1890
Nov 28 -Sheppard was contacted by Jack Fitzparick, Champion of Canada,
          regarding a fight with George Dixon or Cal McCarthy

1892
Jan 25 Arthur Chambers            Boston, Ma                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Feb 15 Arthur Chambers            Boston, Ma                       EX  3

1894
Jul  4 -Sheppard seconded Stanton Abbott vs Billy Myer in Boston, Ma

1895
Mar 18 -Sheppard refereed the Jake Kilrain-Steve O'Donnell bout in Boston, Ma

1896
Dec 14 -Sheppard was scheduled to spar in New York, NY

1899
Feb 20 -Sheppard was contacted by Dick Burge when he came to America;
          Patsy traveled around with him


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