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Charley Kelly

BORN   New York, New York (Fought out of Staten Island, NY)
WEIGHT 105-118 lbs

Kelly was lanky and wiry but agile and quick - and a strong hitter; Some sources report Kelly was the Bantamweight Champion of America in 1894

During his career, Kelly defeated such men as "Brooklyn" Tommy Sullivan, Jimmy Larkins, George Wright, Jimmy Kaveney, Connie Sullivan, Maxey Haugh and Billy O'Brien

1891
Jan 13 Mike Bent                  Brooklyn, NY                      W  4
Mar  2 Jimmy Larkins              Brooklyn, NY                      W  3
Apr 13 Al Clarke                  Brooklyn, NY                      W  3
May  5 Mike "Kid" Hogan           Brooklyn, NY                      L  4
May 18 -Kelly was scheduled to spar in Brooklyn, NY
May 29 Jim Shea                   Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Oct 27 Eddie Curry                Brooklyn, NY                      W  4
Oct 29 Connie Sullivan            Brooklyn, NY                      W  4
Nov 28 Connie Sullivan            Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

1892
Jan  8 Frank McHugh               Baltimore, Md                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known;
           McHugh was to knockout Kelly in four rounds
Apr  9 Billy O'Brien              New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Apr 16 Hughey Boyle               New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known;
           New York (NY) Sun reported Boyle claimed a win
Apr 28 James Duffy                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND   
Jun 27 Connie Sullivan            Brooklyn, NY                      L 10
          -Some sources report "L 4"; Some sources report "W 10"
Aug  6 -Sam Cohen (of Boston) accepted a challenge by Kelly to a bout
Oct  3 George Wright              New York, NY                     TK  3
          -Wright was an ex-Bantamweight Champion of Canada;   
           He could not come out for round three;
           Some sources report "W 3"

1893
Jan 20 an unnamed opponent        Philadelphia, Pa                 ND   
Feb  4 Dick Connors               Hoboken, NJ                       D  4
          -Some sources report "D 5"
Feb 20 Charley Moore              New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held; Moore was ill
Feb 20 Harry Meyers               New York, NY                     KO  1
Feb 25 Thomas Fannasy             Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  3
          -This was a 115-pound Boxing Competition Championship
Mar  1 Billy Murray               Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Mar  1 Danny McCarthy             Brooklyn, NY                      D  3
          -Police intervened; Some sources report "Dan McCarty"
Mar 25 Phil McReavy               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Mar 27 James "Brickey" Norton     Brooklyn, NY                     TK  7
Nov 27 Young Cook                 Brooklyn, NY                     KO  3
Dec  9 Jimmy Kaveney              Boston, Ma                       LK  1
          -Kaveney was the Bantamweight Champion of New England;
           Several knockdowns were scored

1894
Feb 12 Jimmy Kaveney              Boston, Ma                       KO  1
          -Kelly knocked down Kaveney for ten seconds in round one;
           But, fighting continued and Kelly finished Kaveney for
           good with a stomach blow
Feb 24 Jack Carroll               New York, NY                     EX  3
Mar 10 -Police Gazette reports Kelly had 27 bouts as of this date
          with only one loss (PG 3/10/1894 p 11)

          -Kelly was recognized as the 105-lb Amateur Champion of America
           and sometimes referred to as the 110-lb Champion of America

May 28 -Kelly was scheduled to spar in Philadelphia, Pa
Oct 26 -Kelly was scheduled to spar at Philadelphia, Pa
Nov 26 Billy Plimmer             Brooklyn, NY                      LT  3
          -Police intervened
Dec    -There were proposed fights between Kelly and George Corfield
           (of England) and Jimmy Barry (Chicago)
Dec 19 Billy Duke                Baltimore, Md                      D  4

1895
Mar 18 -Kelly was scheduled to spar in Brooklyn, NY
May 20 -Kelly was scheduled to spar in Brooklyn, NY
May 30 Frank Zimpher             Brooklyn, NY                       D  4
          -Police intervened; Some sources report "D 3"
Jun 22 -Kelly was scheduled to spar in New York, NY
Jun 27 Casper Leon               New York, NY                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Oct 14 -Kelly was scheduled to spar at Jersey City, NJ
Oct 22 -Kelly was scheduled to spar at New York, NY
Dec 23 Maxey Haugh               New York, NY                       L  4
          -Some sources report "L 6"

1896
Jan 25 George Justice            New York, NY                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled
Jan 29 Billy O'Brien             New York, NY                      KO  1
Feb  1 Dave Wall                 New York, NY                      LK  8
Apr  4 -Kelly refereed the Eddie Curry-Marty McCue bout in New York, NY
Apr 13 Tim Murphy                New York, NY                       D  8
          -Some sources report 4/14/1896
May  7 -Kelly seconded Jim Daly vs Charles "Kid" McCoy in New York, NY
May  8 Maxey Haugh               Brooklyn, NY                      TK  5
Jun 13 Maxey Haugh               Brooklyn, NY                       D  6
          -Some sources report 6/14/1896 in "New York, NY";
           Some sources report 6/12/1896
Jul 14 Sammy Kelly               Albany, NY                       SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled;
           An agreement could not be reached on weights
Jul 20 Paddy McGuigan            New York, NY                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Aug 17 Joe Bernstein             New York, NY                       D  8
Aug 25 Danny McMahon             New York, NY                       D  2
          -McMahon floored Kelly two times and police intervened;
           Instead of "LT 2", the bout was declared "D 2"
Oct 19 Charles Leopold           New York, NY                      TK  2
Nov  9 Mike Sears                New York, NY                       L 10

1897
Jan 11 Yock Henniger              New York, NY                     LT  4
          -Some sources report "L 4"; Some sources report "Jack Hannigan"
Feb 16 Billy Burris               Lancaster, Pa                     D  4
Mar  8 Luke Burke                 Lowell, Ma                       KO  1
Mar 22 Luke Burke                 Buffalo, NY                      LK  3
May  8 Hugh Smith                 New York, NY                     LT  1

1898
Jan 11 Jim Canfield               New Haven, Ct                    TK  3
Jan 20 Billy Barrett              Waterbury, Ct                    KO  1
Mar 28 Jack Leonard               New Haven, Ct                    TK  2
Aug 25 "Brooklyn" Tommy Sullivan  Brooklyn, NY                     WF  6
Oct 14 Patsy Haley                New York, NY                     LK  2
Oct 29 Billy "Kid" Trueman        Brooklyn, NY                      W 10 

1899
Mar 25 Dan Carey                  Brooklyn, NY                     KO  3
          -Some sources report "Denny Carey"
May 29 Luke Burke                 Buffalo, NY                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

1900
Jun 23 Harry Grenay               Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jul  7 Charles Gerard             Brooklyn, NY                      D 10 

*** Did The Older Charley Kelly Fight The Following Bouts ***

1902
Feb  3 Abe "Kid" Goodman          Hartford, Ct                     LK  1
Feb 17 Eddie Rocap                Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held
Feb 17 Spotty Clifford            Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Aug 11 Dave Wolff                 Savannah, Ga                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Oct  6 Johnny Moran               Chicago, Il                      LK  3

1904
Feb 11 Mike O'Brien               Philadelphia, Pa                 LT  2

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

Undated
       Mike Curley                                                  W  8
       Sam Jackson                                                  W  8
       Bob O'Toole                                                  W  3
       Jim Bagley                                                   W  3
       Martin Joyce                                                 W  4
       Charley Moore                                                W  3

1892
       William O'Brien                                              W  4
       Joe Ross                                                     W  3
       William O'Brien            Albany, NY                       KO  1

1893
       Benny Leon                 New York, NY                     KO  2

1895
Jun  3 Solomon English           Baltimore, Md                     LK  5
Jun  6 Michael Sullivan          Baltimore, Md                      L  6
          -Sullivan defeated "Bat Kelly"
Jul    Jack Brooks               Slatington, Pa                    LK  9
Oct 21 Jack Ward                 Baltimore, Md                      D  6
          -Sources report Ward fought "Charles Kelly" of Cincinnati, Oh

1904
Mar 17 Rosario "Kid" Locke        Philadelphia, Pa                 LT  5
Nov 23 Jimmy Kelly                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND 10
*** Photo And Much Data Provided By William Schutte ***

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