Patsy Cardiff
(Patrick Carda; Patrick Sexton Cardiff)

BORN   March 16 1863; Gratton, Renfrew County, Ontario, Canada (Some sources report 1864)
DIED April 20 1917; Salem, Oregon
HEIGHT 6-0 (Reports vary between 5-10 1/2 and 6-0)
WEIGHT 173-190 lbs

Cardiff was strong, tough and durable; He was a spoiler; Many a top man ran into a surprise when fighting the man from Canada who settled in Illinois; During 1887, two of the most dangerous hitters of the era - John L. Sullivan and Pat Killen - only managed "draws" against Patsy; During his career, he won the Heavyweight Championship of the Northwest and Heavyweight Championship of Illinois

He defeated such men as Jem Goode, Bill Bradburn, Denny Kelliher, Bill Gabig, Billy Wilson, John Donaldson, "Captain" James Dalton, George Rooke and Jim Fell

          -Cardiff left Eganville, Ontario, Can and ended up
           in Toledo, Ohio where he worked for two years

          -Cardiff went to Chicago, Illinois and worked for a year

          -Cardiff migrated to Peoria, Illinois where he
           attended Charlie Flynn's gym and met Kid Simpson

       Kid Simpson                Bloomington, In                  EX   
          -Perhaps, this bout was held in "Bloomington, Il"

May  3 Richard Dunn               Bloomington, Il                   W  3
May 25 Jem Goode                  Peoria, Il                       KO  3
          -Police intervened; Some sources report "Chicago, Il"
May    -Cardiff challenged John L. Sullivan
       Ed Crooks                  Chicago, Il                      TK  4
          -Some sources report "KO 3"
Jul  3 James McClarney            Chicago, Il                       W  4
          -Heavyweight Championship of Illinois
Jul 26 James McClarney            Chicago, Il                      KO  6
          -Some sources report "D 5"
Aug 25 Bill Bradburn              Chicago, Il                      TK  4
          -Police intervened several times
Sep 22 Jack King                  St. Louis, Mo                     W  4
          -Police intervened
Nov  7 O.H. Smith                 St. Paul, Mn                      L  4
          -Smith lasted and claimed win;
           Some sources reports "W 4"
Nov 14 Barnes                     St. Paul, Mn                     EX   
Nov 21 Tom Anderson               Peoria, Il                       EX   
Dec 22 John Flood                 Bloomington, Il                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Dec 24 an unnamed opponent        Bloomington, Il                  EX   

          -Cardiff and Dominick McCaffrey toured the eastern
           United States and gave boxing exhibitions

Jan  7 Bill Gabig                 Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  4
          -Some sources report "W 4"
Jan    Dominick McCaffrey         Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
          -Cardiff and McCaffrey sparred during Jan 9-14 1885
Jan 31 Denny Kelliher             Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  4
          -Some sources report "W 4"
       Tom Hinch                  Bloomington, In                   D  6
Jun 12 Bill Bradburn              Minneapolis, Mn                   D  4
Jun 14 Billy Wilson               St. Paul, Mn                     KO  9
          -Heavyweight Championship of the Northwest;
          Some sources report this bout held 6/17/85

          -Cardiff defeated several minor opponents
           during Jun-Aug

Sep 24 John Donaldson             Minneapolis, Mn                   W  4
       "Captain" James Dalton                                       W   
Oct 16 John Donaldson             Milwaukee, Wi                    EX   
Oct 23 Jim Brady                  St. Paul, Mn                     ND  4
          -Some sources report 10/24/85;
           Reports vary - "W 4" - "L 4"
       Harry McCrossen                                              W   
Nov  5 Billy Wilson               Minneapolis, Mn                   D  4
          -Some sources report "Billy Watson"
Nov    John W. Curtis             Eau Claire, Wi                    L   
          -Some sources report "LF 1"

       Tom Baldwin                                                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

Jan  4 Jim Brady                  Fargo, ND                         D  4
          -Some sources report 1/05/86;
           Reports - "D 7" - "L 7"
Jan 22 Jack Colwell               Minneapolis, Mn                   W  4
Mar  5 George Rooke               Minneapolis, Mn                   W  6
          -Some sources report "New York, NY"
Jun  1 "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey   Minneapolis, Mn                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled
Jun 11 Charlie Mitchell           Minneapolis, Mn                   D  5
          -Cardiff knocked Mitchell down; 
           Most observers thought Cardiff won 
Jun    -Cardiff challenged Jack Burke; Burke refused
Jun 25 Billy Wilson               St. Paul, Mn                     KO  7
          -Some sources report "W 7"
Sep 30 -Cardiff refereed the Tommy Danforth-Tommy Warren
           bout in Minneapolis, Mn

Jan 18 John L. Sullivan           Minneapolis, Mn                   D  6
          -Sullivan broke a bone in his right arm
Aug  5 Pat Killen                 Minneapolis, Mn                   D 10
          -Heavyweight Championship of the Northwest
Dec 23 "Captain" James Dalton     Milwaukee, Wi                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled; 
           Cardiff was trying for a fight with Jake
           Kilrain and did not want to risk loss or

Jan 23 Paddy Ryan                                                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known;
Feb    O.H. Smith                 Peoria, Il                       EX  3
Jun 26 Pat Killen                 Minneapolis, Mn                  LK  4
          -Heavyweight Championship of the Northwest;
           Some sources report 6/28/88;
           Some sources report "LK 5"

       George Godfrey             Boston, Ma                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

Jan 18 Paddy McDonald             Duluth, Mn                       KO  7
Jan 21 Jim Fell                   Minneapolis, Mn                   W 15
          -Gloves were used for this bout;
           Some sources report "WF 15" on 1/22/89
Mar    John Donaldson             Helena, Montana Territory        EX   
Apr 26 Peter Jackson              San Francisco, Ca                LT 10
          -Jackson knocked Cardiff down in the 6th and 7th rounds;
           The bout was stopped due to arm injury to Cardiff
Jun 17 Peter Jackson              Minneapolis, Mn                  EX  4
Jun 26 Pat Killen                 St. Paul, Mn                     EX  4
Aug 30 Danny Needham              Ashland, Wi                      EX  3
Sep  7 Mike Conley                Ashland, Wi                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held; Police intervened
Sep 14 Danny Needham              Hurley, Wi                       EX  3
Sep 18 Frank Tebo                 Hurley, Wi                       EX  3
Sep 20 Frank Tebo                 Eagle River, Wi                  EX  3
Sep 24 Frank Tebo                 Wausau, Wi                       EX  4
Sep 24 Billy Woodson              Wausau, Wi                       EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Oct  5 Frank Tebo                 Iron Mountain, Mi                EX  3
Oct 12 Jack King                  Red Jacket, Mi                    L  4
          -King lasted and claimed win
Nov 16 Frank Lewis                Red Wing, Mn                      W  3

Mar  8 George Godfrey             Providence, RI                   LK 16
Oct    Dan Hart                   in Texas                        SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

Dec 29 Joe McAuliffe              San Francisco, Ca                LT 15

Feb  4 Pat McHugh                 Portland, Or                     EX  4
Apr 26 Billy Keough               Portland, Or                     LK 13
          -Some sources report "Billy Kehoe";
           Some sources report 4/27/92
Nov 11 -Cardiff kept a saloon in Portland, Or;
          He had recently been ill with typhoid

Feb 10 -Cardiff was alive and prospering financially
          in the house-moving business in Portland, Or

*** Much Data Was Provided By William Schutte ***

*** Some Data Was Provided By Jake Wegner ***

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