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Cal McCarthy
(the "Wonder")

BORN   1869; McClintockville, Pennsylvania
DIED November 27 1895; Hoboken, New Jersey
HEIGHT 5-2 1/2
WEIGHT 110-121 1/2 lbs
MANAGERS William Vallette, Joe Early, Billy Madden

McCarthy was quick and "cat-like" in his movements and possessed a great left-hand jab; He used a cautious, deliberate style of fighting but quickly took advantage of openings; In his day, he was called a "Wonder" and the most accomplished little man since Dick Hollywood

He fought two great fights with George Dixon - a 70-round draw followed by a hard fought 22-round loss; McCarthy has been vastly underrated over the years

During his career, McCarthy defeated such men as Joe Flaherty, Eugene Hornbacher, Matt McCarthy, Johnny Murphy, Jimmy Larkins, Tommy Warren, Tommy Danforth and Clifford Valentine

1887
          -McCarthy won the Amateur 110-lb Championship of America

1888 
Feb 16 Joe Flaherty                New York, NY                     D  6
Mar    Joe Flaherty                New York, NY                    KO 15
May 10 Joe Flaherty                Boston, Ma                      KO  7
May 28 Silvie Burns                Boston, Ma                       D 16
          -McCarthy did all the fighting and was not marked up;
           Burns was punished
Jun 26 Paddy Kearny                Jersey City, NJ                  D 10
          -This was an "Agreed Draw" if no knockout
            was scored within 10 rounds
Jul    Dudley Russell              New York, NY                    KO  3
Jul    Bill Baird                  New York, NY                    KO  3
Jul    Morris Boland               New York, NY                    KO  3
Jul    M. Cahill                   New York, NY                    KO  3
Aug    Billy Golden                New York, NY                    KO  6
Aug    Jack Healey                 New York, NY                    KO 30
Sep    W. Skillman                 New York, NY                    KO  3
Sep 17 Eugene Hornbacher           New York, NY                    WF 21
          -McCarthy claimed the Featherweight Championship of America
Oct    Joe Carr                    New York, NY                    KO  4
Oct 24 Tommy "Spider" Kelly        New York, NY                     D  8
          -Some 
				sources report Bantamweight 
				Championship
           of the World
; Some sources report "LK 4"
Oct Jimmy Larkins New York, NY D 10 Oct J. McCormick New York, NY KO 4 Nov Frank Naegel New York, NY KO 4 Nov Dave Benjamin New York, NY KO 4 Nov 21 George "Monk" Young Long Island, NY KO 9 Dec Jimmy Lynch New York, NY KO 4 Dec Bobby Burns New York, NY D 8 1889 Jan 15 John Carey Hoboken, NJ EX 3 Jan Eugene Hornbacher SCH -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known Jan 25 Harry Walton Gloucester, NJ KO 5 -Bantamweight Championship of America; Some sources report "Trenton, NJ" Jan 28 John Carey Brooklyn, NY EX 3 -Brooklyn (NY) Daily Eagle reported that Carey defeated McCarthy in a competition during 1888, the previous year Feb 11 Joe Clarkson Hoboken, NJ ND 3 Feb 19 Joe Saunders Staten Island, NY ND Feb 23 Hal Morgan Wilkes-Barre, Pa TK 4 -Police intervened Feb 25 Harry Walton Hoboken, NJ EX 4 Mar 9 Tom Collins New York, NY ND 3 Mar 16 Tommy "Spider" Kelly Elizabeth, NJ EX 5 Apr 5 Matt McCarthy Long Island, NY TK 6 -This bout was promoted for the Featherweight Championship of America Apr 26 Johnny Murphy Boston, Ma TK 4 -Featherweight Championship of America May 20 -McCarthy was scheduled to spar in Brooklyn, NY Jun Jimmy Larkins Jersey City, NJ W 6 Jun 13 -McCarthy was scheduled to spar in New York, NY at a Benefit for victims of the Johnstown flood Jul 29 Morris Boland Jersey City, NJ ND Sep Michael "Chappie" Moran EX -This bout was held during the first week of Sep Sep Jimmy Hagan Hoboken, NJ EX -The men sparred several times during the first week of September Sep Tommy "Spider" Kelly EX -The men sparred almost every night during September Sep McBride Hoboken, NJ EX 4 Sep 16 Mike Cushing Brooklyn, NY SCH -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known Sep 23 Eugene Hornbacher New York, NY SCH -This bout was scheduled but postponed Sep 23 Isaac "Ike" O'Neil Weir Brooklyn, NY SCH -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known Sep 26 Michael "Chappie" Moran Fishkill, NY SCH -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known Oct 22 Paddy McGuiggan Hoboken, NJ EX 3 Nov 6 Lol White New York, NY EX Nov 27 Mike Nolan New York, NY TK 7 -This bout was promoted for the Featherweight Championship of the World Dec 23 Michael "Chappie" Moran New York, NY EX Dec 28 Michael "Chappie" Moran Philadelphia, Pa EX 3 1890 Jan 31 Johnny Murphy New York, NY SCH -This bout was scheduled but cancelled; Murphy had an injured arm Feb 7 George Dixon Boston, Ma D 70 -Featherweight Championship of America Feb 28 Paddy McBride Philadelphia, Pa ND Mar 3 Michael "Chappie" Moran Brooklyn, NY SCH -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known May 12 Eugene Hornbacher Brooklyn, NY EX 3 Mar 28 Matt McCarthy Philadelphia, Pa ND 4 Apr 26 M. Martin Jersey City, NY ND Jul Mike McGoff New York, NY W Jul 24 -McCarthy was scheduled to spar in Brooklyn, NY 1891 Feb 1 Andy Hart Jersey City, NJ EX Mar 31 George Dixon Troy, NY LT 22 -Featherweight Championship of America Apr 27 George Dixon Brooklyn, NY EX 3 Apr 29 -McCarthy challenged Edwin "Nunc" Wallace to a bout Jul 24 Tommy Warren Coney Island, NY D 4 Sep 4 Bobby Burns Olneyville, RI D 15 Sep 22 Tommy Warren New Orleans, La KO 21 -Some sources report "KO 22"; Some sources report "W 22" 1892 Jan 27 Tommy Callaghan New Orleans, La KO 14 May 30 Bobby Burns Brooklyn, NY LT 8 Jul 23 Robert Wilson Jersey City, NJ L 3 -A riot almost broke out Sep 27 Sim Collins New York, NY SCH -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known Oct 21 Tommy Danforth New York, NY TK 16 Oct 22 George Davenport New York, NY SCH -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known Oct Tommy Danforth EX -McCarthy and Danforth boxed several exhibitions during Oct-Nov 1892 Nov 19 Kentucky Rosebud SCH -This bout was scheduled but cancelled; This man was "Walter Edgerton" 1893 Jan 28 Tommy Danforth New York, NY SCH -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known Feb 7 Clifford Valentine Newark, NJ W 7 Sep 19 Willie Kenny Jersey City, NJ SCH -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known 1887-1894 Hughey Boyle SCH -The previous bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known 1894 Jan 18 Fred Precious Birmingham, England LK 1 1895 Feb 18 Joe Craig Jersey City, NJ D 10 Mar 1 Robert Wilson Jersey City, NJ SCH -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known Jul 31 -McCarthy applied to St. Mary's Hospital and was described as "a complete wreck" *** The Following Bouts Are Reported But Not Confirmed *** Undated John Carey L -Nassau Boxing Championship 1887 Tommy "Spider" Kelly W 3 1888 Dec 24 Tommy "Spider" Kelly Harlem, NY D 8 -Bantamweight Championship of America

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