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Danny McMahon

BORN c. 1877 (Fought out of Philadelphia and Detroit)
DIED February 17 1911; Detroit, Michigan (55 Grand Avenue; Gas Asphxiation)
WEIGHT 115-130 lbs

McMahon was a quick and clever scrapper who had an up-down career; He did not always win but he always gave it his all; Danny knew all the tricks of the ring; As a trainer and as a second in a bout, he was invaluable; Danny's brother, Hughey, was a trainer of Oscar "Battling" Nelson; Both Danny and Hughey contributed to Nelson's ring style

Oscar "Battling" Nelson had this to say about Danny --
 

Buffalo (NY) Enquirer, November 14 1905

During his career, he beat such men as Jack Lynch, Eugene Rowan, Paddy Gorman, Ole Oleson and Hiram "Hymie" Goldstein; Reportedly, he also beat Jack McKeck

1895
May 31 Billy Steffers               Dayton, Oh                       LK 12
Dec 31 "San Francisco" Paddy Smith  Cincinnati, Oh                    D 25
          -Police intervened

1896
Aug  8 Maxey Haugh                  Brooklyn, NY                      D 10
Aug 25 Charles Kelly                New York, NY                      D  2
          -McMahon floored Kelly two times and police intervened;
           Instead of "TK 2", the bout was declared "D 2"
           Some sources report 8/24/1896
Oct  5 Charles Leopold              New York, NY                      L  8

1897
Jan  4 Jack Ward                    Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jan 11 Cliff Valentine              Philadelphia, Pa                  W  6
Jan 18 Paddy McPhillips             Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jan 21 Joe Fairburn                 Philadelphia, Pa                  L  6
Feb  1 Joe Leonard                  Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Feb  8 "Torpedo" Billy Murphy       Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Feb  8 Billy Harper                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
          -Different sources report the previous 2 bouts held the same date
Feb 12 Joe Bernstein                Scranton, Pa                      L 20
Feb 15 George Holland               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Feb 27 Frank "Crocky" Boyle         Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Mar  1 Andy Rambo                   Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Mar 29 Jack Lynch                   Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  4
Apr  5 Maxey Haugh                  Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Apr 12 Frank "Crocky" Boyle         Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Apr 26 Frank Farley                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
May  3 Joe Riley                    Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jun  7 Frank "Crocky" Boyle         Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jun 28 Elwood McCloskey             Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Aug 31 Elwood McCloskey             Athens, Pa                       ND 10
Sep 21 "Philadelphia" Young Mahoney Athens, Pa                       ND 10
Oct 18 John Henry Johnson           Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Nov  1 "Philadelphia" Young Mahoney Athens, Pa                       ND  6
Nov 11 Elwood McCloskey             Philadelphia, Pa                 NC  1

1898
Apr 12 Hiram "Hymie" Goldstein      Cleveland, Oh                     D  8
          -Police intervened; McMahon fought dirty
Apr 14 Jimmy Reeder                 Altoona, Pa                       D  8
Jun 16 Johnny Lavack                Detroit, Mi                       D  8
Aug 24 Oscar Gardner                Toledo, Oh                       LK  5
Nov  5 Walter Edgerton              Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
          -Edgerton used the name Kentucky Rosebud
Nov 25 Eugene Rowan                 Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  3

1899
Jan 21 Joe Fairburn                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
          -Perhaps, this is a reference to the 1/21/1897 bout
Jun 23 Peter Boyle                  Chicago, Il                       L  6
Jul  7 Walter Bloom                 Chicago, Il                       D  6
Aug 11 Patrick "Paddy" Gorman       Chicago, Il                      TK  3
Aug 25 Ole Oleson                   Chicago, Il                       D  6
Dec  9 Ole Oleson                   Chicago, Il                       W  6
Dec 15 -McMahon seconded Billy Stift vs Jack McCormick in Chicago, Il
Dec 18 Harry Forbes                 Michigan City, In                ND  6
Dec 29 "Turkey Point" Billy Smith   Chicago, Il                       W  6

1900
Feb  9 Charles Mason                Chicago, Il                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held
Feb  9 Ole Oleson                   Chicago, Il                       L  6
Feb 15 Willie Fitzgerald            Brooklyn, NY                     LK  3
Feb 16 -McMahon seconded Peter Maher vs Joe Choynski in Chicago, Il
Mar 19 Ted Fenton                   Racine, Wi                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Mar 19 Jack Dougherty               Racine, Wi                       KO  2
Jul 10 Joe Hedmark                  Chicago, Il                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Oct 16 Harry Lyons                  Chicago, Il                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Nov 15 Johnny Burns                 Chicago, Il                       D  6
          -Reports vary - "L 5", "LT 5"
Nov 22 Kid Kelly                    Chicago, Il                       W  6
Dec  1 Oscar "Battling" Nelson      Chicago, Il                       D  4

1902
Jan 21 "Brooklyn" Tommy Sullivan    Jackson, Mi                      LK  5
Apr    Billy Moore                  West Pullman, Il                  D  6
Apr 12 Oscar "Battling" Nelson      West Pullman, Il                  D  6
Apr 26 Tony Moran                   Chicago, Il                       D  6
          -Some sources report "Tommy Moran"
May    -McMahon opened a physical culture and boxing school in Chicago, Il
May 24 Joe Sherlock                 Harvey, Il                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held
Jun  6 Tony Moran                   Chicago, Il                       D  6
Jun 13 Barney "Kid" Abel            Chicago, Il                       D  6
Jul  3 Kid Herman [Landfield]       Chicago, Il                      LF  6
Sep  5 Joe Sherlock                 Chicago, Il                       W  6

1903
Feb 27 John Whittaker               Detroit, Mi                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Feb 27 -McMahon seconded Andrew Tokell vs Harry Forbes in Detroit, Mi
Apr 22 Bert Collins                 Detroit, Mi                      KO  2
          -Some sources report "W 10" vs "Bert Williams"
Oct 14 -McMahon was scheduled to box in Detroit, Mi

1904
Mar 10 "Brooklyn" Tommy Sullivan    Jackson, Mi                      LK  6
Nov 25 -McMahon seconded Harry Forbes vs Joe Cherry in Saginaw, Mi
Dec 14 Pete Zoltowsky               Detroit, Mi                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held
Dec 14 Commodore                    Detroit, Mi                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Dec 28 "Young" Kid McCoy            Detroit, Mi                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

1905
Jan 31 Art Black                    Detroit, Mi                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held; McMahon did not fight
Aug    -McMahon and Billy Gaffney (former boxers) were partners in a 
           real estate company in Detroit, Mi

1909
Mar  3 Curley Gerhardt              Windsor, Ont, Canada              D   

1910
Feb  2 Paddy Bedler                 Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
Oct 10 Mike Malone                  Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
Dec 19 Oscar "Battling" Nelson      Detroit, Mi                      EX  3
1911
Feb 17 -McMahon died in Detroit, Mi

Chicago (Il) Tribune, February 18 1911


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

1896
Aug 25 Jack McKeck                  Brooklyn, NY                     TK  2

1898
Jul  3 Oscar Gardner                                                  L  6

Undated (Prior to Sep 1898)
       "Rough House" Charles Burns                                    L 20

1899
Jun 24 Jack Lowry                   New York, NY                      D   

1899-1901
       Elwood McCloskey             Philadelphia, Pa                 LK  3

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