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Austin Gibbons

BORN   August 19 1870; Liverpool, England
DIED December 9 1907; Paterson, New Jersey (Some sources report December 8 1907; Some report  New York, NY)
HEIGHT 5-8 1/2 (Some soures report 5-7 1/2)
WEIGHT 125-140 lbs

Gibbons was an outstanding lightweight of his day; Some sources report that he started boxing at 14 years old; He won the 126 Pound Championship of America during his career; He was a brother of James Gibbons, a boxer

During his career, Gibbons defeated such men as Bobby Dobbs, Frank Craig, Mike Daly, Andy Bowen, Mike Cushing, Jimmy Liddy, Jack Kenny, Jim Verrall, Jimmy McHale, Martin Snee and Wiley Evans

1885
          -Gibbons won a Bantamweight Competition in Paterson, NJ

1887
          -Gibbons started boxing as a Professional
May  7 Luke Clark                 near Paterson, NJ                 D  7
          -Some sources report "D 10";
           Some sources report "W 6"
Dec    George Young                                                 W 10
          -Some sources report "KO 3"

1885-1888
       Jim Green                                                    W  3
       Abe Fernandez                                                W  3
       Tommy Barnes                                                 D  8

1888
       Frank Allen                                                  D 10
       Jim Leahy                  Paterson, NJ                     KO  5
          -Some sources report "KO 11"
May 14 George Butler              Paterson, NJ                     TK 12
       Jim Liddy                                                   TK  5
          -Reports vary - "W 5" -"W 7" -"KO 7"
       Harry Martin               New York, NY                      W  3
          -Some sources report "KO 3"
Nov 23 Frank Moore                Long Island, NY                  KO  9

1889
Jan 26 Oscar Gibbons              New York, NY                     EX  4
          -Some sources report "ND 4"
Mar  1 Paddy Kearney              Paterson, NJ                     ND  4
          -Police intervened;
           Some sources report 3/02/89
Mar 19 Jack Kenny                 Long Island, NY                  WF 10
Dec 18 Mike Cushing               Hoboken, NJ                      KO 24
          -126 Pound Championship of America;
           Some sources report 130 lb Championship;
           Some sources report "Stamford, Ct";
           Some sources report "KO 32"

1890
Feb 18 Eddie Graney               San Francisco, Ca                EX  4
Apr 30 Billy Murphy               Springfield, Ma                  EX  3
May  9 Johnny T. Griffin          Brockton, Ma                     ND  4
Jun 20 Billy Mahan                in California                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Nov  7 Mike Cushing               Oakland Beach, RI                KO 19
          -132 Pound Championship of America;
           Some sources report "Warwick, RI"
Dec    -Businessmen in New York, NY were trying to arrange
           a fight between Gibbons and Billy Dacey

1891
Jun 16 Jim Verrall                London, Eng                      KO  4
          -Some sources report "KO 5"
Sep 11 Jack McAuliffe             Hoboken, NJ                      LT  6
          -Some sources report Lightweight Championship of the World;
           Police intervened
Dec 12 Bob Fitzsimmons            Bay St. Louis, La                EX  3
Dec 13 Bob Fitzsimmons            Bay St. Louis, La                EX  4
Dec 29 Andy Bowen                 New Orleans, La                  KO 48
          -Time: 3 hours 41 minutes;
            Some sources report "LT 48"

1892
Jan 20 -Gibbons challenged Jem Carney to a bout at 134 lbs
Jan 25 Jimmy McHale               Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  2
          -Some sources report "EX 2"
Jan 26 Jersey Gordon              Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  2
          -Police intervened
Feb 20 Walter Campbell            Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
Mar  4 Frank Craig                New York, NY                     TK  1
Apr  2 Martin Snee                New York, NY                      W  6
          -Some sources report "KO 5"
       Frank Maciewski            Passaic, NJ                      EX  4
Nov    Dick Burge                 Leeds, Eng                       EX  4

1893
Mar  7 Mike Daly                  New Orleans, La                  TK 31
Apr 29 Aaron Whitefleet           New York, NY                     TK  1
Jul 16 Charles "Bull" McCarthy    Orange, NJ                        W  4
          -Gibbons lasted and claimed the win;
           Some sources report "ND 4"
           Some sources report "D 4"
Jul 29 Billy Vernon               Philadelphia, Pa                  D  4
Dec  6 Jimmy Murphy               Chicago, Il                       W  6

1894
Jan   -Gibbons and his brother assailed Frank Craig
          (the Harlem Coffee Cooler); Gibbons was arrested
          and charged with assault; He was later acquitted
          of the assault charge but ordered to pay a fine
          which he refused to do; He was then jailed
May 31 Charles Johnson            Norfolk, Va                       D 24
          -Police intervened;
           Some sources report "NC 24"
Oct 15 Joe Walcott                Coney Island, NY                 LK  4

1895
Mar 14 -Gibbons refereed the Paddy Farrell-Danny Walker
           fight at Pelhamville, NY

1896
Feb  3 Bobby Dobbs                Paterson, NJ                      W  6
Apr 24 Charles Johnson            Philadelphia, Pa                 LK  6

1897
Jan 18 Wiley Evans                Paterson, NJ                     KO  2
          -Some sources report 1/19/97
Jan 30 Bobby Dobbs                Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  3
Feb 22 Jimmy Handler              Brooklyn, NY                     LK 15
          -Some sources report "LK 13";
           Some sources report "New York, NY"

1898
Mar 31 William "Matty" Matthews   Paterson, NJ                      L 10

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