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Patsy Kerrigan

BORN   April 7 1867; Glasgow, Scotland
DIED November 23 1901; Boston, Massachusetts (Died at home, Pitts Street, West End)
WEIGHT 125-135 lbs

Kerrigan was a natural athlete and a scrappy, very capable fighter; John L. Sullivan once said he thought Patsy could beat any lightweight in the world, including Jack McAuliffe; He was a popular sparring partner of Paddy Duffy and is most famous for his 100 round draw against Danny Needham in 1890

Patsy defeated such men as Jack Havlin, Harry Tracey and Tommy McManus

Undated
       Tom Flaherty                                                 W  3
       Young Reddy                 Lowell, Ma                      KO  1
       Charlie Davis               New York, NY                     W  4
       Patsy Gallagher             New York, NY                     W 12
       Tug Collins                 Boston, Ma                       D  4
          -The previous 5 bouts were held around 1885

1884
       Baldy Clark                 New York, NY                     D   

1885
Jan 21 Young McDonald              Lawrence, Ma                    EX   
          -Some sources report 5/22/85
Sep 15 McDonald                    Quincy, Ma                      EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date 
Nov  6 George LaBlanche            Boston, Ma                      EX  1

1886
Mar    Johnny Green                Boston, Ma                       W  6
          -Some sources report "Young Jack Green"
Mar 16 Johnny Murphy               Boston, Ma                      ND  4
Mar 17 Johnny Murphy               Philadelphia, Pa                 D  4
          -Are the previous 2 bouts actually the same ?
Mar 27 Martin Snee                 Haverhill, Ma                  SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Mar  4 Sullivan                    Boston, Ma                      EX  3
May 28 Jack Havlin                 Boston, Ma                       W  4
Aug 20 J.H. McDonald               Nantasket, Ma                   EX  3
Sep 24 -Kerrigan wanted to fight Frank Steele at 125 lbs
Oct 29 Paddy Duffy                 Boston, Ma                      EX   
Oct 29 -Kerrigan seconded James Fuhry vs Ike Weir in Boston, Ma
Dec  7 Henry McGlone               Boston, Ma                       D  8
          -McGlone received a broken arm
Dec 10 Paddy Duffy                 South Boston, Ma                EX   
Dec 13 Harry Tracey                Somerville, Ma                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Dec 13 Paddy Duffy                 Somerville, Ma                  EX  3
Dec 17 Paddy Duffy                 Boston, Ma                      EX   
Dec 23 -Kerrigan was scheduled to appear before the "South Boston Cribb Club "
Dec 29 Paddy Duffy                 Boston, Ma                      EX  3
Dec 29 Billy Frazier               Boston, Ma                      EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date

1887
Jan  5 -Kerrigan was scheduled to attend a gathering of the "Welcome
          Associates" in East Boston, Ma; Other boxers were also attending;
          There may have been sparring
Jan 13 Billy Frazier               Brockton, Ma                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jan 13 Paddy Duffy                 Brockton, Ma                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jan 14 Paddy Duffy                 Natick, Ma                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jan 14 Jack Green                  Natick, Ma                      EX   
Jan 14 Young Smith                 Natick, Ma                      EX   
       -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Feb 12 -Kerrigan was scheduled to appear in Franklin, NH;
          Some sources report "Nashua, NH"
Feb 19 Harry Tracey                Boston, Ma                       W  5
          -Some sources report 2/18/87
Feb 25 Doc O'Connell               Natick, Ma                      EX   
Feb 28 Young McDonald              Lynn, Ma                        EX  3
Mar 17 Dick Morehouse              Boston, Ma                       D  5
Apr 12 Barney Smith                Boston, Ma                      EX   
Apr 25 Paddy Duffy                 Lowell, Ma                      EX  3
Apr 25 Isaac "Ike" O'Neil Weir     Lowell, Ma                      EX  4
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Apr 27 Paddy Duffy                 Boston, Ma                      EX  4
          -Some sources report 4/28/87
Jun  7 Dick Cronin                 Boston, Ma                      EX   
Jun  7 George LaBlanche            Boston, Ma                      EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date;
           Some sources report "Lowell, Ma"
Jun  9 Dick Cronin                 Brockton, Ma                    EX  4
Jun  9 George LaBlanche            Brockton, Ma                    EX  4
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Jun 20 -Kerrigan was scheduled to spar in Boston, Ma
Jul 16 Paddy Duffy                 Boston, Ma                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Aug  8 Paddy Duffy                 Boston, Ma                      EX  3
Aug  8 George LaBlanche            Boston, Ma                      EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Aug 18 un unnamed opponent         Nantasket, Ma                  SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Sep 19 Paddy Duffy                 Boston, Ma                      EX  3
Oct 13 Johnny Murphy               Boston, Ma                      EX   
Oct 17 Jack Williams               Quincy, Ma                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Oct 18 Jimmy Carroll               Boston, Ma                       D  5
          -Some sources report "D 6"
Nov  7 Paddy Duffy                 Boston, Ma                      EX  3
Nov 14 Jimmy Carroll               Boston, Ma                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Nov 25 Billy McMillan              Boston, Ma                      EX  3
Nov    Martin Snee                 near Boston, Ma                SCH   
          -This bout was to be held within a day or two of 11/27/1887
           (late Nov or early Dec)
Dec 15 Jack McGinty                Boston, Ma                       D  6
          -Reports vary - "D 7" - "D 8" 
Dec 19 George LaBlanche            Boston, Ma                      EX   
Dec 28 George LaBlanche            Boston, Ma                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

1888
Jan  5 -Kerrigan was scheduled to spar in Boston, Ma
Jan  9 Paddy Duffy                 Boston, Ma                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jan 16 Paddy Duffy                 Boston, Ma                      EX   
Jan 23 Paddy Duffy                 Boston, Ma                      EX   
          -Some sources report 1/21/88
Jan 23 -Kerrigan seconded Denny Kelliher vs "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey
           in Boston, Ma
Jan 24 Paddy Duffy                 Boston, Ma                      EX   
Jan 25 -Kerrigan was scheduled to appear in Boston, Ma
Jan 27 George LaBlanche            Bridgeport, Ct                  EX   
Jan 27 Charlie Norton              Bridgeport, Ct                  EX  4
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Feb  1 -Kerrigan was scheduled to spar in Milford, Ct
May  7 -Kerrigan and George LaBlanche appeared in Brooklyn, NY
           during the week May 7-11
May 15 George LaBlanche            Boston, Ma                      EX   
Jun 11 Paddy Duffy                 Boston, Ma                     SCH   
Jun 11 Barney Smith                Boston, Ma                     SCH   
          -The previous 2 bouts were scheduled for the same date;
          The outcomes are not known
Sep 26 Jack McAuliffe              Boston, Ma                       D 10
Oct 11 Jack Kirwin                 Boston, Ma                      EX   
Oct 12 -Kerrigan seconded Tim Sullivan vs Dan Sweeney in Boston, Ma
Oct 16 Pete McCoy                  Quincy, Ma                       EX   

1889
Jan 28 -Kerrigan was scheduled to appear in Fitchburg, Ma
Apr 24 Paddy Duffy                 Cambridge, Ma                   EX   
Sep 19 -Kerrigan traveled with the John L. Sullivan Combination to New York
Sep 23 Paddy Smith                 Brooklyn, NY                    EX   
Oct 24 John Wallace                Boston, Ma                      KO  1
Dec 30 Ralph Lord                  Boston, Ma                      EX  3

1890
Feb 27 Danny Needham               San Francisco, Ca      (6:39:00) D100
          -Kerrigan challenged Needham to a rematch
           but it never materialized

          -Kerrigan traveled with the John L. Sullivan Combination 
           across America and met all-comers

May 15 Ralph Lord                  Waltham, Ma                     EX   
Jun 16 an unnamed opponent         New York, NY                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Aug  1 -The New Orleans (La) Audubon Club was trying to match 
           Kerrigan and Doc O'Connell in a bout
Oct 30 -The Boston (Ma) Pelican AC was trying to match Kerrigan
           and Andy Bowen in a bout

1891
Feb 17 -Kerrigan seconded Pete McCoy vs Jack Magee in Boston, Ma
Apr  2 Tommy McManus               Hot Springs, Ar                 KO  9
          -Some sources report this bout held 4/01/91;
           Later reports cite a "fake fight" between Kerrigan
           and McManus
Apr    Jack Files                  Hot Springs, Ar                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

1892
Feb 15 Ralph Lord                  Boston, Ma                      EX   
Aug 29 Tommy McManus               Brooklyn, NY                    EX   

1893
Jan 13 Billy Frazier               Boston, Ma                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jan 13 Tommy McManus               Boston, Ma                      EX  3
Jan 14 Billy Frazier               Boston, Ma                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jan 28 Jack McAuliffe              New York, NY                    EX  3
          -Kerrigan was taller and heavier than McAuliffe
Feb 18 Mike Daly                   Bangor, Me                      EX  4
Mar  1 Frank Kerrigan              Boston, Ma                      EX   
Mar 29 -Harry McCoy wanted a bout with Kerrigan
Apr 23 an unknown opponent         Salisbury Beach, Ma              D 50
Apr 25 -Kerrigan was willing to fight Harry McCoy
Nov  7 -Kerrigan feels he can defeat Dick O'Brien

1894
Apr 16 Tommy McManus               Worcester, Ma                   EX   
May 21 Jack McAuliffe              Boston, Ma                      EX  3
Jul 16 -Kerrigan seconded Peter Maher vs Frank Craig in Boston, Ma

1895
Jun 24 -Kerrigan seconded Billy Hennessey vs Dan Creedon in Boston, Ma 
Jun 25 -Kerrigan seconded Dick O'Brien vs Jack McDonough in Lowell, Ma
Jun 27 Mike McManus                New York, NY                    EX  3

1896
Feb 28 -Kerrigan was scheduled to appear in a barrel contest against Jimmy Kelly
Mar  3 Tommy McManus               Lynn, Ma                        EX   
Mar 17 -Kerrigan seconded Jerry Marshall vs George Dixon in Boston, Ma 
Apr  6 -Kerrigan seconded Dick O'Brien vs James "Doc" Payne in New York, NY
Apr 11 -Boston (Ma) Daily Globe reported that an Australian boxer named Patsy 
           Kerrigan arrived in San Francisco, Ca
Jun  3 "Mysterious" Billy Smith    San Francisco, Ca                L  6
          -Some sources report "LK 6"

1897
Dec 31 -Kerrigan attended the benefit for George Dixon in Boston, Ma

1898
May 18 -Kerrigan refereed the bouts at the Lynn, Ma North Shore AC


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

1887
       Mike Lucie                                                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

1892
Sep    Tommy Ryan                  New Orleans, La                 EX   
          -Reportedly, Kerrigan sparred with Ryan a few days
           before the Jim Corbett-John L. Sullivan bout

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