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Mike Gillespie

BORN Fought out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Cincinnati, Ohio
WEIGHT 135-155 lbs

Gillespie was a bouncy fighter known primarily for his sparring sessions with prominent fighters

Mike had a good reputation as a fighter but some data is contradictory; If anyone comes across conclusive data, please contact Tracy Callis

1876
       Patsy O'Hara                                                   D   
Jul    Martin "Fiddler" Neary       Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Aud 23 Martin "Fiddler" Neary       near Wilmington, De              TK 21
          -Some sources report "KO 19"; Some sources report "KO 20"

1878
May 13 Arthur Chambers              Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Sep  6 -Gillespie was scheduled to spar in Philadelphia, Pa
Sep 23 John Clark                   Morris Island, NJ                EX   
Dec 23 John Connelly                Boston, Ma                       EX   
Dec 31 Patsy Sheppard               New York, NY                     EX   

1879
Jan  1 Warwick Edwards              New York, NY                     EX   
Jan  3 Johnny Reilly                New York, NY                     ND   
          -Some sources report the previous 2 bouts held the same date
Mar 27 Pete McCoy                   New York, NY                     EX   
Apr  5 Johnny Reilly                Reading, Pa                     SCH   
Apr  7 Johnny Reilly                Reading, Pa                     SCH   
Apr  8 Johnny Reilly                Reading, Pa                     SCH   
Apr  9 Johnny Reilly                Reading, Pa                     SCH   
          -The previous 4 bouts were scheduled; The outcomes are not known

1880
Jan 19 Billy Madden                 Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3

1882
Jun  8 Patsy O'Hara                 Hartford, Ct                     EX   

1883
Jan 18 Patsy O'Hara                 Boston, Ma                       EX   
Jan 25 Patsy O'Hara                 Boston, Ma                       EX   
Mar  1 Pete McCoy                   Boston, Ma                       EX   
Mar 19 Martin "Fiddler" Neary       Boston, Ma                       EX  3
          -Police intervened; Some sources report 3/18/83; Some sources report "L 3"
Aug  3 Patsy O'Hara                 Boston, Ma                       EX   
Sep 28 -Gillespie was scheduled to spar in Baltimore, Md (evening)
Sep 29 -Gillespie was scheduled to spar in Baltimore, Md (afternoon)
Sep 29 -Gillespie was scheduled to spar in Baltimore, Md (evening)
          -The previous 3 bouts were scheduled; The outcomes are not known
Oct  6 -Gillespie was scheduled to spar in Washington, DC
Oct  8 Steve Taylor                 Harrisburg, Pa                   EX   
Oct  9 -Gillespie was scheduled to spar in Reading, Pa
Oct 12 Steve Taylor                 Wilkes-Barre, Pa                 EX   
Oct 13 -Gillespie was scheduled to spar in Scranton, Pa
Oct 17 Steve Taylor                 McKeesport, Pa                   EX   
Oct 19 Steve Taylor                 Allegheny City, Pa               EX   
Oct 20 -Gillespie was scheduled to spar in Allegheny City, Pa (Pittsburgh, Pa)
Dec 17 Pete McCoy                   Atchison, Ks                     EX  4

1884
Jan 10 Pete McCoy                   Helena, Mt                       EX  3
Jan 23 Pete McCoy                   Reno, Nv                         EX  4
Apr 12 Steve Taylor                 New Orleans, La                  EX   
Apr 23 Steve Taylor                 Atlanta, Ga                      EX   
Apr 23 Pete McCoy                   Atlanta, Ga                      EX  4
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
May  9 Pete McCoy                   Portland, Or                     EX  3
          -This bout may have been held 3/09/84
May 10 Steve Taylor                 Peoria, Il                       EX   
May 10 Mike Donovan                 Peoria, Il                       EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date;
           Some sources report "Bloomington, Il"

1885
Jan 12 Johnny Reilly                New York, NY                     EX   
Jan 19 Pete McCoy                   New York, NY                     EX  3
          -Some sources report 1/20/85
Apr 24 Johnny Saunders              New York, NY                     EX   
          -This bout was part of a benefit for Joe Goss' widow
Jul 11 Jack Donnelly                Paterson, NJ                      D  4

1886
May  3 Johnny Saunders              New York, NY                     EX   

1887
Oct 24 George LaBlanche             Hoboken, NJ                      LK  4

1888
Jan 31 Denny Kelliher               Jersey City, NJ                  EX   
Feb 25 Jack Files                   Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Feb 25 Mike Donovan                 Brooklyn, NY                     EX   

1889
Mar 13 -Gillespie seconded Mike Cahill vs Dominick Fitzpatrick near Stamford, Ct

1891
Nov 14 Thomas Burke                 Cincinnati, Oh                   ND   
          -Police intervened
Nov 27 Jack Hopper                  New York, NY                     EX   

1893
Jan 12 Abe Floyd                    Newport, Ky                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held; Police intervened
Apr 16 George Dixon                 Cincinnati, Oh                   EX  4
Apr 29 Billy Burnett                Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

1884-1894
       Jack Bolan                   Cincinnati, Oh                    L  8

1894
Mar 19 Billy Plimmer                Cincinnati, Oh                    L  3
Jun 10 -Gillespie refereed the Yank Matthews-Al Roberts bout in Cincinnati, Oh
Oct 20 John Van Heest               Cincinnati, Oh                   LT  1

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