Starlight
(Edward Rollins)

BORN   c. 1852; near Georgetown, British Guiana (on the
Demerara River) (Reports vary 1852-1854)
DIED February 1939
HEIGHT 6-0 (Reports vary - 5-10 to 6-0)
WEIGHT 150-165 lbs

Starlight was a clever boxer and a stinging hitter with fast hands; He was a top middleweight contender for the Australian Middleweight Championship during his career and fought for the title four times

During his career, Starlight defeated such men as Jack Malloy, "Black Chris" Smithers, Jim Barron, James "Tut" Ryan, Bill Heffernan, Jack Perryman, Charlie Woods and Ike Stewart

1885
       Moonlight (Charley Martin) Brisbane, Que, Aus                W   
          -This was a "street" fight
       Moonlight (Charley Martin) Brisbane, Que, Aus               KO  6

1886
       Dan Williams               Brisbane, Vic, Aus               TK  2
       Harry Stanley              Brisbane, Vic, Aus               KO   

1887
Apr 25 Jack Malloy                Brisbane, Que, Aus               KO   
       William Smith              Brisbane, Que, Aus                L   
       William Smith              Brisbane, Que, Aus                L   

1889
       "Black Chris" Smithers     Brisbane, Que, Aus               KO 13
          -Some sources report "KO 15"

          -Starlight became part of Larry Foley's Group at
           the "White Horse Club" in Sydney

       "Iron Bark" Jim Burge      Sydney, NSW, Aus                 LT  8
Apr 20 Jim Nolan                  Sydney, NSW, Aus                  D  8
          -Some sources name this man as "Bill Nolan";
           Some sources report "KO 8"
May  4 Jim Nolan                  Sydney, NSW, Aus                  D 15
          -Some sources report "L 15"
May  8 Jim Hall                   Sydney, NSW, Aus                 LK 20
          -Middleweight Championship of Australia;
            Some sources report "LK 22" on 6/08/89;
            Some sources report "LK 25";
            Police intervened
Jul  5 Jim Hall                   Sydney, NSW, Aus                 LK  5
          -Some sources report "LK 21" on 6/24/89
           Some sources report 7/10/89

1890
Feb  4 Bob Fitzsimmons            Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
          -Some sources report 2/10/90
Feb 22 Bob Fitzsimmons            Sydney, NSW, Aus                 LT  9
          -Middleweight Championship of Australia;
           Starlight knocked Fitzsimmons down in the 9th
           round but broke his right hand in doing so
Jun 21 -Starlight was given a benefit at Foley's Hall in Sydney, NSW, Aus
Jul 26 Jim Saxon                  Sydney, NSW, Aus                 KO  4
Aug  6 Jim Barron                 Sydney, NSW, Aus                 KO  3
Oct  8 Jim Barron                 Sydney, NSW, Aus                 ND  4
Dec 13 Jim Hall                   Melbourne, Vic, Aus              LT  5
          -Middleweight Championship of Australia
Dec 20 Tom Ryan                   Melbourne, Vic, Aus               W  8

1891
Jan 16 Jack Morris                Melbourne, Vic, Aus               L  8
          -Some sources report 1/17/91
Mar 13 James "Tut" Ryan           Melbourne, Vic, Aus               W  8
Apr  9 Jack Morris                Melbourne, Vic, Aus               W  8
May  1 James "Tut" Ryan           Melbourne, Vic, Aus               L  8
May 26 Molly Abrahams             Fitzroy, Vic, Aus                WF  3
Aug  3 Bill Heffernan             Melbourne, Vic, Aus               W  8
Aug 21 Harry Duggan               Melbourne, Vic, Aus               W  8
Sep 14 Harry Duggan               Melbourne, Vic, Aus              KO  8
          -Some sources report "W 8" on 9/16/91
Oct 17 Dan Creedon                Melbourne, Vic, Aus              LK  7
          -Middleweight Championship of Australia;
           Some sources report this bout held 10/16/91;
           Some sources report "LK 8"
Nov  4 Jim Barron                 Sydney, NSW, Aus                  L 15
          -Starlight undertook to stop Barron in 15 rounds;
           Barron lasted and was awarded the fight
Nov 18 Lou Hope                   Sydney, NSW, Aus                 KO  2
Nov 24 Martin "Buffalo" Costello  Ballarat, Vic, Aus               LK  6
          -Some sources report this bout held 11/30/91

1892
May 21 James "Tut" Ryan           Melbourne, Vic, Aus              LK  9
Sep 24 Charlie Woods              Melbourne, Vic, Aus              KO  3
Nov  5 Jack Perryman              Melbourne, Vic, Aus              KO 20
Dec 26 Jack Perryman              Melbourne, Vic, Aus              LF 14

1893
Feb 18 Jack Perryman              Melbourne, Vic, Aus               D 20
Sep  4 Harry Laing                Brisbane, Que, Aus               LF  2
          -Some sources reports "LK 2" on 9/05/93;
           Some sources report "LF 3" on 9/15/93
Oct 10 "Black Chris" Smithers     Townsville, Que, Aus             KO  1

1894
Aug 10 M. McInerney               Melbourne, Vic, Aus              NC  2

1895
Jan  7 Charlie Woods              Melbourne, Vic, Aus               W 10
          -Some sources report Collingwood, ---, Aus
Jan 21 Charlie Woods              Melbourne, Vic, Aus               W 10
Feb  9 Bill Doherty               Melbourne, ViC, Aus               L 10
          -Some sources report "L 12"
Jun 20 Joe Goddard                Melbourne, Vic, Aus              LT  5
          -Some sources report 6/22/95;
           Reports vary - "L 5" - "LK 5" - "LK 4" - "LT 3"
Oct 16 T.B. Bax                   Blenheim, NZ                     ND  4
Nov 20 Charlie Richardson         Wellington, NZ                    D  8
Dec 14 Tommy Williams             Auckland, NZ                      D 10

1896
Jan 15 -Starlight toured New Zealand and took on 
           all-comers in exhibition bouts
Mar 21 Herb "Kid" McKell          Wellington, NZ                    D  8
          -Some sources report 3/27/96
Oct 10 Peter Felix                Melbourne, Vic, Aus               L 15
Dec  5 Bill Jennings              Melbourne, Vic, Aus               L 15

1897
Apr    J. Sealy                   London, Eng                      ND  3
Jun 23 George Crisp               Newcastle-on-Tyne, Eng           LF 12
          -Some sources report "L 12"
Nov 11 Fred Morris                London, Eng                      LK 10
          -Some sources report "LK 20" on 11/09/97

1899
May  8 R. Jordan                  London, Eng                       L  6

1900
Apr 28 Fred Preston               Melbourne, Vic, Aus               L 20
Jun 16 Fred Preston               Melbourne, Vic, Aus              LT  6
Aug 27 Ike Stewart                Sydney, NSW, Aus                 LF  3
Sep 17 Ike Stewart                Sydney, NSW, Aus                  L 20
Oct 16 Ike Stewart                Sydney, NSW, Aus                  W 20

1901
Jan 15 Phillips                   Sydney, NSW, Aus                 KO 11
Jan 29 John Conlon                Sydney, NSW, Aus                 LT  4
Apr 27 George Ruenauf             Sydney, NSW, Aus                 LK 16
May 18 Bill McColl                Sydney, NSW, Aus                 LK  1
Nov 30 Ike Stewart                Sydney, NSW, Aus                  W 20
Dec 16 Jim Scanlon                Sydney, NSW, Aus                  D 20

1902
Feb 24 Jim Scanlon                Sydney, NSW, Aus                 LK  7
May 12 Jack Willis                Sydney, NSW, Aus                 LK  2
Jul  3 Bill Squires               Melbourne, Vic, Aus              LF  4

1903
Jun  6 Jim Higgins                Melbourne, Vic, Aus              LT 16
Oct 26 Jim Higgins                Melbourne, Vic, Aus              TK  7

1904
Jan  4 Jack Willis                Sydney, NSW, Aus                 LK 10
Jan 11 Jack Willis                Sydney, NSW, Aus                  D  8
Feb 29 Jack Willis                Melbourne, Vic, Aus              LF 17
          -Middleweight Championship of Victoria
May  2 Bill Squires               Melbourne, Vic, Aus              LF  4
Sep  3 Alf James                  Broken Hill, NSW, Aus            LT  2
          -Some sources report "LF 2" on 9/07/04;
           Some sources report "Melbourne, Vic, Aus"

1905
Jan  9 Bill Lang                  Melbourne, Vic, Aus               D  5

1908
       Joe Lee                    Melbourne, Vic, Aus             SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

1909
Jan 26 Dave Smith                 Sydney, NSW, Aus                 LT  8
          -Some sources report "L 8";
           Some sources report "L 7"
Aug  2 Joe Lee                    Melbourne, Vic, Aus               L 20

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

1894
       Bill Doherty                                                 L 12

1896
Apr 23 -Starlight and Herb "Kid" McKell left New Zealand for England
       Jack Steel                 London, Eng                      KO 17
       Frank Craig                London, Eng                       W 20
          -Middleweight Championship of Europe

1899
       Jim Fogarty                in Australia                    SCH   
       Billy Smith                in Australia                    SCH   
       Fred Preston               in Australia                    SCH   
       Jack Lees                  in Australia                    SCH   
       Charlie Woods              in Australia                    SCH   
          -The previous 5 bouts were scheduled and held;
           The outcomes are not known

1904
Jul  4 Bill Squires               Melbourne, Vic, Aus              LK  3

1911
Nov 10 Dan Creedon                Melbourne, Vic, Aus              KO  3

Record courtesy of Tracy Callis and Jan Skotnicki, Historians,
International Boxing Research Organization
 
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