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"Professor" William C. McClellan

BORN   1848; in New England; (Fought out of New York, New York)
HEIGHT 5-8 1/4
WEIGHT 145-155 lbs

McClellan was a capable fighter, schooled in boxing fundamentals; He could be very cagey and clever at times and was a hard, straight hitter; He was exceptionally well-developed about the arms, back, loins and legs and was said to have very strong hands
 
He defeated such men as Mike Donovan, Jimmy Murray and John Cash

The old reports are very contradictory; If anyone discovers conclusive data that disagrees with these results, please advise

Undated
       Professor Dole             New Haven, Ct                     W   

1876
Feb 11 Billy Madden               Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Apr 24 Professor Judd             Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Jun  5 Warwick Edwards            Brooklyn, NY                     EX  2
Aug 30 Peter Croker               New York, NY                     EX   

1877
Mar  3 John Cash                  New York, NY                     TK  9
Mar 19 Billy Edwards              New York, NY                     ND  4
          -This bout was part of a benefit for Edwards;
          Perhaps, the verdict was "EX 4"
May  3 Jimmy Murray               New York, NY                     TK 11
Nov 14 Harry Hicken               New York, NY                      D 20
          -Some sources report "D 14"
       Paddy McDermott            New York, NY                      W   
Dec  3 Professor Judd             Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This wrestling match was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Dec 31 John J. Dwyer              Boston, Ma                       EX   

1878
Mar 14 Thomas Adams               New York, NY                     EX   
Apr  6 Mike Donovan               New York, NY                     WF 14
          -Middleweight Championship of America;
          Some sources report "WF 13";
          Some sources report "San Francisco, Ca"
May  4 William "Dooney" Harris    New York, NY                    EX  3
May 18 Mike Donovan               New York, NY                     L  7
          -McClellan claimed a foul that was not allowed;
          He refused to continue fighting; The referee
          declared Donovan the winner; Some sources 
          report "LF 7" - some report "LF 8" 
Jun  1 Tom Adams                  New York, NY                    EX   
Jun 18 -McClellan was scheduled to appear in Boston, Ma

1879
Feb 25 Edward McGlinchey          New York, NY                    EX   
Aug 18 Mike Donovan               San Francisco, Ca                D 94
          -Some sources report "D 96"
Sep 29 Mike Donovan               Brooklyn, NY                    EX   

1880
Mar 20 Mike Donovan               New York, NY                    EX   

1881
Jan    Edward McGlinchey          New York, NY                    EX  3
Feb 25 an unnamed opponent        New York, NY                    EX   
Dec  1 George Rooke               Hunter's Point, NY              LT  3
          -Some sources report "LK 4"
Dec    Edward McGlinchey          New York, NY                    EX   

1882
Mar    Edward McGlinchey          Bridgeport, Ct                  EX   
Apr 11 Billy Edwards              New York, NY                    EX  3
          -Some sources report 4/11/83
Nov 10 Joe Pendergast             New York, NY                    EX   
Dec 20 Jerry Leary                New York, NY                    EX  3

1883
Mar 13 Bill McDonald              New York, NY                    EX  3
Apr 21 William Nevers             New York, NY                    EX  3

1884
Sep 15 Walter Watson              New York, NY                    LK  6
          -Some sources incorrectly report 1885

1888
          -McClellan beat up a couple of men in a saloon

1889
Jun 13 Mike Donovan               New York, NY                    EX   

1891
May  4 Mike Donovan               New York, NY                    LK  1

          -McClellan turned to teaching boxing and working as a
          boxing instructor at Wood's Gymnasium in New York, NY

1905
          -McClellan was residing in an Old Soldier's home in Virginia 

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

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