Dick Matthews
(the "Pacific Coast Wonder")

BORN   March 1 1858; San Bernardino, California
DIED (Reportedly shot and killed in May 1893; Southern California)
HEIGHT 5-11 1/2
WEIGHT 160-180 lbs

Matthews was lean and muscular and carried plenty of firepower; Charlie Mitchell said that Matthews was tough, rugged and could take punishment; He was the Heavyweight Champion of New Zealand during his career; William Naughton wrote that Matthews' brother was owner of the California Athletic Club in San Francisco

During his career, Godfrey defeated such men as Jim Pettengell, Jack O'Neill, Bill Wilkinson, Charles Lange, Jack Brady and Charlie Richardson

1877
       -Matthews won the Maynard Cup as best boxer
           taught by Harry Maynard in New York, NY

1880
       -Matthews went to Australia where he began
           boxing after a period of time

1882 
Feb 11 James McNulty               Adelaide, SA, Aus                KO 16

1883 
Nov 23 Frank Gear                  Bombala, Vic, Aus                KO  9

1884 
Apr  4 Patrick Walsh               Newcastle, NSW, Aus              KO 14

1885 
Mar 16 Jim Pettengell              Dunedin, NZ                      KO  2
          -Heavyweight Championship of New Zealand
Jun  1 Barney Donovan              Auckland, NZ                     KO  3
Jun 20 Billy Hurcombe's Unknown    Christchurch, NZ                 KO  2
Jun 25 William Bowie               Timaru, NZ                       KO  3
Jul  4 William Flynn               Dunedin, NZ                      KO  7
Jul 25 Jack O'Neill                Hokitika, NZ                     KO  7
          -Heavyweight Championship of New Zealand
Aug  1 Mike O'Loughlin             Greymouth, NZ                    KO  2
Aug 19 Bill Wilkinson              Auckland, NZ                     KO  5
          -Heavyweight Championship of New Zealand
Oct  9 Bill Wilkinson              Auckland, NZ                     KO  1
Oct 31 Jim Burke                   Thames, NZ                       KO  4

1886 
Jan  4 -Matthews left on SS Alameda for San Francisco, Ca 
Feb 26 Charles Lange               San Francisco, Ca                KO  6
Apr  9 Jack Brady                  Oakland, Ca                      KO  7
          -Heavyweight Championship of the Pacific Coast
May 29 "Denver" Ed Smith           Alameda, Ca                      LT  6
          -Police intervened
Jul  9 Joe McAuliffe               San Francisco, Ca                LK  7
          -Some sources report 9/17/86;
           Some sources report "LK 8"
Jul    Jack McAuley                San Francisco, Ca                 LK   
          -Perhaps, this bout was confused with the 7/09/86 bout between
           Matthews and Joe McAuliffe
Sep 17 -Matthews arrived in Auckland, NZ from America

1887 
Apr  9 Paddy Clune                 Auckland, NZ                     KO  1
Jun  4 Charlie "Darkie" Richardson Auckland, NZ                     KO  3
          -Heavyweight Championship of New Zealand
Jul 20 Charlie "Darkie" Richardson Wellington, NZ                   WF 10
          -Heavyweight Championship of New Zealand
Jul 28 Charlie "Darkie" Richardson Christchurch, NZ                 EX  4

1888
Jan  5 Harry Laing                 Wanganui, NZ                     LK  4
          -Heavyweight Championship of New Zealand;
           Some sources report 1/06/88 in "Wellington, NZ"
Mar 29 Harry Laing                 Otahuhu, NZ                      LT  2
          -Heavyweight Championship of New Zealand;
           Police intervened; The win was awarded to Laing
           the next day; Some sources report "Auckland, NZ"
Jun  9 John Gallagher              Thames, NZ                       TK  2
Jun 30 William Long                Gisborne, NZ                     TK  4
Jul 21 Frank Newton                Gisborne, NZ                     NC  4
          -This bout stopped by the referree because
           both fighters were using illegal methods;
           Some sources report "D 4"
Sep 15 William Donald              Featherstone, NZ                 KO  2
Sep 15 Alan Bale                   Featherstone, NZ                 KO  3
Sep 15 Speakman                    Featherstone, NZ                 KO  2
Sep 15 Sid Burt                    Featherstone, NZ                 KO  3
          -The previous 4 bouts were held the same date
Nov 17 an unnamed opponent         Denniston, NZ                    KO  1
Nov 17 an unnamed opponent         Denniston, NZ                    KO  1
Nov 17 an unnamed opponent         Denniston, NZ                    KO  3
          -The previous 3 bouts were held the same date
Dec  1 Burke                       Westport, NZ                     KO  3
Dec  1 Smith                       Westport, NZ                     KO  3 
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Dec  8 J. McGregor                 Greymouth, NZ                    EX  4
Dec  8 Goodall                     Greymouth, NZ                    EX  4
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date

1889 
Jan 21 an unnamed opponent         Hokitika, NZ                     EX  4
Mar  1 an unnamed opponent         Nelson, NZ                       EX  4
Mar  9 an unnamed opponent         Blenheim, NZ                     KO  1
Mar  9 an unnamed opponent         Blenheim, NZ                     KO  1
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Apr  5 R. Watson                   Blenheim, NZ                     EX  4
May 25 an unnamed opponent         Blenheim, NZ                     KO  1

1890 
Jun 21 Jim Pettengell              Greymouth, NZ                    LK  3

1892 
Jun 11 Reeve                       Kingston, Jam                    EX  3
Jun 18 Patsy Burke                 Kingston, Jam                    KO  2
Nov    Tom McCoy                   Trinidad, Co                     KO  4

1893 
May    -Matthews was reportedly shot and killed while 
           working as a bartender in Southern California 


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

Undated
       Harry Laing                 in New Zealand                  L  4
       Harry Laing                 in New Zealand                  L  3

Record courtesy of Tracy Callis and Mike Attree, Historians, International Boxing Research Organization
 
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