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John "Jack" Fogarty

BORN   December 24 1865; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DIED January 28 1921 (Some sources report February 4 1921)
HEIGHT 5-8
WEIGHT 140-142 lbs

 

Fogarty was very talented fighter; He was strong, boxed and wrestled well, had stamina and carried a solid punch; Jack was the middleweight champion of Pennsylvania during his career; Personally, he was a quiet, domestic type of man; He was a brother of Jimmy Fogarty

Fogarty worked as a packer and shipper of merchandise; He was a boxing enthusiast who attended fights regularly; He began fighting in 1885 by entering a tournament just to get into the building

During his career, he defeated such men as Joe Ellingsworth, Mike Boden, Fred Woods and Bill Gabig; He lost only three bouts during his career and two of those came against the magnificent "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey and George LaBlanche

Many old reports are very contradictory; If anyone discovers conclusive data that disagrees with these fight results, please advise Tracy Callis

Undated
       Harry Higgins                                                W   

1885
       Jim McGrannigan            Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  2
       Danny McLaughlin           Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  3
       Jack Cook                  Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  3
       Fred Woods                                                  KO  2
Feb  2 Bill Gabig                 Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  1
       -Sources report that Fogarty defeated eleven minor opponents 
          during this time
Sep  4 John Hughes                Troy, NY                         KO  2
Oct  6 Con Tobin                  Troy, NY                         KO  2
          -Reports vary - "Jun 1885" - "Jun 1886"
Nov 12 "Hartford" Dave Resler     Pleasure Island, NY              KO  5

1885-1886
       "Billson" Jack             Pittsburgh, Pa                    W  3
       Ed Delahanty               Pittsburgh, Pa                   KO  1
       Owney McCann                                                KO  4
          -The previous 3 bouts likely took place between Nov 12 1885 
           and Jan 1886 (in either Pittsburgh, Pa or Philadelphia, Pa)

1886
       Jack Kelly                                                 SCH   
          -This bout was tentatively scheduled but negotiations fell through
Feb  3 "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey   New York, NY                     LK 27
          -Middleweight Championship of America;
           Some sources report 2/02/86
Feb 25 Jimmy Ryan                 Jersey City, NJ                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Mar    Frank Siffel                                                 D   
Mar 27 Jimmy Ryan                 Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Apr 10 "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey   New York, NY                     EX  4
Apr 20 "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey   Newburg, NY                      EX   
Apr 24 "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey   Pittsburgh, Pa                   EX   
Apr 25 "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey   Pittsburgh, Pa                   EX   
Apr 27 George LaBlanche           New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled
May  3 Joe Ellingsworth           New York, NY                      W  4
          -Some sources report 5/31/86; Some sources report "EX 4"
Jun 10 Joe Ellingsworth           Jersey City, NJ                   D 10
          -Some sources report "Hoboken, NJ"
Jul    Denny Kelliher                                             SCH   
Sep    Denny Kelliher                                             SCH   
          -The previous 2 bouts were scheduled; The outcomes are not known
Oct  9 -Fogarty was challenged by Mike Daly to a bout
Nov 19 -Fogarty refereed the Jake Kilrain vs Denny Killen bout in Philadelphia, Pa
Dec 23 -Fogarty refereed the Bill Gabig vs Charley Scott bout in Philadelphia, Pa

          -About this time, Fogarty started getting into politics; 
           He also handled and trained boxers

1887
Mar 11 Jimmy Ryan                 Philadelphia, Pa                 EX    
Mar 13 George LaBlanche           Greenpoint, NY                   LK 11
Mar 21 Mike Boden                 Philadelphia, Pa                  W  4
Mar    Patrick "Reddy" Gallagher  Pittsburgh, Pa                  SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled;
            Fogarty broke his hand prior to the contest;
            There are reports that Gallagher defeated
            Fogarty at a later date
Apr    Mike Boden                 Cleveland, OH                    NC   

1888
       Dominick McCaffrey         Gloucester, Ma                  SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Dec  7 Dominick McCaffrey         Milwaukee, Wi                    EX  3

1889
Jan  3 Dominick McCaffrey         West Jersey, NJ                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Mar 15 -Fogarty seconded Ben Bailey vs Jake Carter in Camden, NJ
Dec  2 Tom McCauley               Philadelphia, Pa               ND-W   
Dec 28 Jimmy Ryan                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  3
          -These men were professionals; Ryan was graceful and showy;
           He scored several good hits; When Fogarty assumed the
           aggressor's role, Ryan became very defensive

1890
Jan 23 Jimmy Ryan                 Wilmington, De                   EX  3

1891
Nov 27 Frank Bosworth             New York, NY                     EX   

1892
May 20 -Fogarty was manager of the Ariel AC in Philadelphia, Pa

1893
Apr 26 -Fogarty refereed the Billy Plimmer vs Eddie Burke bout in Philadelphia, Pa
Jun 17 -Fogarty refereed the Frank Craig vs Jack Langdon bout in Philadelphia, Pa
Oct  6 -Fogarty was called "undoubtedly the best middleweight this city (Philadelphia) 
           ever produced" by the Philadelphia (Pa) Item
Dec    Charlie Mitchell           Boston, Ma                       EX   
Dec    Charlie Mitchell           Boston, Ma                       EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held during Dec 18-23

1894
Mar 22 Jimmy Ryan                 New York, NY                     EX   
Apr    -Fogarty's term as Constable in the Third Ward expired;
           He declined to remain in politics and went into private work
Sep 21 -Fogarty knocked out Young Griffo in a barroom fight in New York, NY
           at the Sixth Avenue resort; The men had been drinking
Oct 24 Jim Williams               Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Nov 15 -Fogarty was scheduled to spar in Philadelphia, Pa
Nov 29 -Fogary was called "better than any Chicago middleweight"
           by the Philadelphia (Pa) Item

1895
Jan 24 -Fogarty refereed the Charles McKeever vs Charles McCarthy bout 
           in Philadelphia (Pa); He was arrested and tried
Jan    -Fogarty and John H. Clark were tried for aiding and abetting prize
           fights during Jan-Feb
Mar 28 -Fogarty was found guilty of aiding and abetting prize fights
Jul  1 -Fogarty was challenged by Mike Boden to a bout


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

1886
Jun 14 "Hartford" Dave Resler     Pleasure Island, NY              KO  4
Jun 28 John Hughes                Troy, NY                         TK  3
Jul  6 Con Tobin                  Troy, NY                         TK  2

1888
Mar 11 Patrick "Reddy" Gallagher  near Pittsburgh, Pa (on a barge)  ?   
          -Reportedly, this bout was held; The outcome is not known

1899
May 15 Cyclone Morris             Philadelphia, Pa                 LK  2

1907
Mar 13 Young Bowen                Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  1
Apr 10 "Young" Joe O'Hara         Philadelphia, Pa               ND-W  6

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