"Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey
(John Edward Kelly)

BORN    December 15 1862; Curran, County Kildare, Ireland
DIED    November 1 1895; Portland, Oregon
HEIGHT  5-8
WEIGHT  128-152 1/4 lbs
MANAGERS John Shanley, Jake Stearns, Warren Lewis, Arthur T. Lumley, Gus Tuthill, Charley Dexter, Billy Madden, Denny Costigan
TRAINERS Denny Costigan, Alf Power

Jack Dempsey is considered by many as one of the greatest boxers, pound-for-pound, who ever fought in the ring; He moved well and was extremely agile and skillful. He was a two-handed fighter who could box or punch. His jab was quick and accurate. His right hand punch was stiff. His left was stiff too. He was game and cool under pressure. He could fight whatever style was needed to win. In short, he was a crafty boxer-puncher who was an excellent ring general.

Perhaps, the best way to describe Dempsey is "quick, quick, quick." While he was not a crushing, awesome power hitter, he did possess solid blows that stung and took their toll. In many a fight, his man was battered and bruised while Jack had hardly a mark.

He was a man that could truly handle himself. He often fought men 10-25 pounds heavier. During the early and mid 1880s, and even into the later years of that time period, he was spoken about as being as the equal of the great heavyweight champion, John L. Sullivan. Many people thought that if he were a larger man he could defeat Sullivan. In fact, lots of fans thought he could beat John L. as he was.

In July of 1944, old-time referee Billy Roche authored an article that appeared in The Miami (FL) Daily News. In it, Roche wrote, “Jack Dempsey, the original, was hailed by critics as the most perfect fighter of modern fisticuffs. At his peak he was without a peer; thus, the Nonpareil.”

Dempsey was inducted into the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1954 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992

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1883
Mar 15 Joe Ryan                   New York, NY                     EX   
          -This was a wrestling match
Apr  7 Edward "Rug" McDonald      Staten Island, NY                KO 21
Aug 14 Jack Boylan                Flushing, NY                     KO 23
          -Some sources report "Robert 'Cocky' Turnbull" at "Newtown, NY"
Sep  3 Harry Force                Brooklyn, NY                      D 11
          -Police intervened
Sep 17 Tom "Soap" McAlpine        New York, NY                      D  4
Oct  4 Jack Davis                 Long Island, NY                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held
Oct  4 Joe "Young" Nixey          Long Island, NY                   D  3
Oct 15 Jack Boylan                Flushing, NY                      W  6
Nov 10 Billy Frazier              New York, NY                      W  6
Nov 25 Robert "Cocky" Turnbull    New York, NY                      D  8
          -Dempsey was better; Some sources report "W 8"

1884
Jan  7 J.J. Bagley                Boston, Ma                        D  3
Jan  7 John McMahon's Unknown     Boston, Ma                       EX  3
          -This bout appears to be a boxer-wrestler contest;
           The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Jan 15 William Mahoney            New York, NY                     KO  3
Jan 26 Joe Hennessey              New York, NY                     TK  4
Feb 10 Joe Heiser                 Brooklyn, NY                      W  8
Feb 14 Jim Fell                   New York, NY                     KO  2
Feb 28 Jim Barry                  New York, NY                     KO  3
Mar  2 Joe Hennessey              New York, NY                     KO  4
Mar  4 Tom Sullivan               New York, NY                     KO  2
Mar  6 Billy Dacey                Brooklyn, NY                     KO  9
          -Lightweight Championship of New York
Apr  2 Mike Mullery               Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3
Apr 14 Jim Sweeney                New York, NY                     EX  4
Apr 25 Joe Heiser                 New York, NY                      D  6
May  1 Jimmy Hurst                New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held; Hurst left town
May  1 Jack Bowles                New York, NY                     KO  6
May 12 Mike Mullery               New York, NY                     EX  3
Jul  9 Tom Henry                  Far Rockaway, NY                  D  4
          -Police intervened
Jul 14 George Fulljames           near Baltimore, Md              SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held; Authorities prevented it
Jul 22 George Fulljames           Oak Island, NY                  SCH   
          -Both men were present but Fulljames decided not to fight
           with such a strong Dempsey crowd on hand at the obscure
           site
Jul 30 George Fulljames           Staten Island, NY                KO 22
          -Lightweight Championship of America
Aug  2 "Professor" Walter Watson  Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  4
Aug 29 -Dempsey refereed the Joe Martin vs Jim Collins bout in New York, NY
Sep  3 -Dempsey seconded Jim McHugh vs Dave Fitzgerald in New York, NY
Sep  4 Mike Dempsey               Rockaway Beach, NY               KO  7
Sep 15 Jimmy Ryan                 Philadelphia, Pa                  D  7
          -Police intervened
Sep 23 -Dempsey refereed the Tommy Barnes vs Jem Mace's "Stiff Un" bout in New York, NY
Oct  6 Tom Ferguson               New York, NY                     EX  3
Oct  8 Robert "Cocky" Turnbull    New York, NY                      W  8
          -Dempsey knocked down Turnbull several times;
           Some sources report 10/23/84
Oct 21 Tom Ferguson               New York, NY                     EX   
Oct 24 Tom Henry                  New York, NY                      W  6
Nov  6 Tom Ferguson               New York, NY                      W  4
          -Many record books carry this bout; Perhaps, this is the Oct 6 1884 bout
Nov 10 Tom Ferguson               New York, NY                     EX  4
Nov 20 Billy Frazier              New York, NY                     TK  5
Nov 20 Jimmy Ryan                 New York, NY                      W  5
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Nov 30 Mike Mallon                Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  3
          -Lightweight Championship of Philadelphia
Dec  9 Denny Costigan             New York, NY                     EX  4
Dec 15 George Wilson              Philadelphia, Pa                  D  4
Dec 19 Tom Ferguson               New York, NY                     EX  3

1885
Jan 12 Billy Frazier              New York, NY                      D  4
          -Reports vary - "ND 5" - "EX 4"
Jan 13 Jimmy Ryan                 New York, NY                      D  4
Jan 21 John Banks                 New York, NY                      W   
Jan 22 Jim Fell                   New York, NY                      W  4
Jan 26 Jack Fay                   New York, NY                      W  3
Jan 30 -Dempsey refereed all bouts on a boxing card in New York, NY
Feb 10 Joe Heiser                 Brooklyn, NY                      W  8
Feb 19 -Dempsey refereed all bouts of an amateur lightweight tournament
           in New York, NY; The tournament was held Feb 19-20 1885
Mar  2 -Dempsey seconded Frank Glover vs Tommy Chandler in Chicago, Il
Mar 19 Charles Bixamos            New Orleans, La                  KO  5
Mar 25 -Dempsey refereed the Charles Lang-George Fryer bout in New Orleans, La
Mar    -Dempsey seconded Frank Ward vs Joe Weidner near Milwaukee, Wi
Apr    Jim Corbett                San Francisco, Ca                EX   
May  4 Harry Downie               San Francisco, Ca               SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held; Downie left the building
May  4 Tom Barry                  San Francisco, Ca                KO  5
       George LaBlanche           Boston Ma                       SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled
May 11 Tom Cleary                 San Francisco, Ca                KO  5
May 22 -Dempsey seconded Mike Cleary vs Charlie Mitchell in San Francisco, Ca
Jun  5 Jim Carr                   San Francisco, Ca                KO  9
Jul  4 James Rodda                Nevada City, Nv                  KO  2
Jul 20 Jack Keenan                San Francisco, Ca                KO  2
Jul 22 -Dempsey seconded Tom Cleary vs Jim Carr in San Francisco, Ca
Aug    John Clow                  Rawlings, Wy                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled to be held during Aug-Sep 1885;
           The outcome is not known
Sep  2 Billy Manning              Los Angeles, Ca                  KO  8
Sep 12 Tom Norton                 Sacramento, Ca                   TK  4
Nov  2 Dave Campbell              Washington Territory             KO  3
Nov 21 Tom Cleary                 Astoria, Or                      EX  4
Dec 14 Tom Barry                  Portland, Or                     TK  6

1886
Jan 13 Mike Mullery               New York, NY                     EX  3
Jan 15 Jimmy Murray               New York, NY                      W  4
Jan 15 Tom Henry                  New York, NY                      W  4
Jan 15 Mike Donovan               New York, NY                     EX  4
          -The previous 3 bouts were held the same date
Feb  3 Jack Fogarty               New York, NY                     KO 27
          -Middleweight Championship of America;
           Some sources report Middleweight Championship
           of the World; Some sources report 2/02/86
Feb  9 -Dempsey refereed the Jack Fallon-John Banks bout in New York, NY
Feb 24 Pete McCoy                 Jersey City, NJ                   W  6
Mar  3 Joe Denning                Newark, NJ                       EX  3
Mar 14 George LaBlanche           Larchmont, NY                    KO 13
          -Middleweight Championship of America; 
           Some sources report Middleweight Championship
           of the World; Some sources report 3/04/86; 
           Some sources report "Long Island, NY"
Apr 10 Mike Cleary                New York, NY                     EX  3
Apr 10 Jack Fogarty               New York, NY                     EX  4
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date;
           Dempsey was presented with the Police Gazette
           Championship Belt
Apr 20 Jack Fogarty               Newburgh, NY                     EX  3
Apr 24 Jack Fogarty               Pittsburgh, Pa                   EX  4
Apr 25 Jack Fogarty               Pittsburgh, Pa                   EX  4
Apr 26 Ned McCann                 Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  4
Apr 28 Charles "Bull" McCarthy    Philadelphia, Pa                  D  4
Apr 30 Jimmy Ryan                 Philadelphia, Pa                  W  4
May  3 John L. Sullivan           Chicago, Il                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held
May 20 Paddy Norton               St. Paul, Mn                      W  4
May 25 Ed Moehler                 Minneapolis, Mn                   W  4
May 31 John L. Sullivan           Chicago, Il                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
           Chicago authorities banned sparring matches 
Jun  1 Patsy Cardiff              Minneapolis, Mn                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled; Some sources report 6/07/1886
Nov 22 Jack Burke                 San Francisco, Ca                 D 10
Dec  6 Denny Costigan             Portland, Or                     EX  3
Dec 13 Jack Keenan                Helena, Mt                       EX  3
Dec 15 McAuley                    Butte City, Mt                   EX  3
          -Some sources report "KO"
Dec 18 Charles Lange              Salt Lake City, Ut               EX  4
Dec 20 Jack Keenan                Cheyenne, Wy                     EX  3
Dec 23 McAuley                    Butte City, Mt                   EX  3
Dec 27 Denny Costigan             Milwaukee, Wi                    EX  3

1887
Jan 31 Mike Boden                 Philadelphia, Pa                  W  4
Feb  2 Jack Langdon               Philadelphia, Pa                  W  4
Feb  5 Denny Killen               Philadelphia, Pa                  W  4
Mar 15 Denny Costigan             Rochester, NY                    EX  4
Mar 15 Jack Coyle                 Rochester, NY                    EX  4
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Mar 21 Tom McMahon                Detroit, Mi                      EX  4
          -Some sources report "W 4"
Mar 22 Denny Costigan             Detroit, Mi                      EX  4
Apr  6 Sandy Banister             Buffalo, NY                      EX  3
          -Some sources report "California" Jack Dempsey fought Banister
Apr  9 Billy Baker                Buffalo, NY                      ND  4
May  2 Patrick "Reddy" Gallagher  Cleveland, Oh                     D  6
          -Dempsey broke his left arm just below the elbow 
           in the secnd round but finished the bout
Jun  2 -Dempsey seconded Jack Files vs Johnny Reagan near New York, NY 
Jun 15 Jack McAuliffe             Newburgh, NY                     EX  4
Jun 18 Jack McAuliffe             Buffalo, NY                      EX  4
Jun 28 Jack McAuliffe             Hoboken, NJ                      EX  4
Jul  4 Jack Ashton                Providence, RI                   EX  4
Jul 25 Jim Gibbons                Patterson, NJ                    EX  4
Aug 20 Jake Kilrain               North Adams, Ma                  EX  4
Oct    -Dempsey trained Jack McAuliffe at Rockaway Beach during October-November
           for his upcoming fight vs Jem Carney
Oct    Jack McAuliffe             New Bedford, Ma                  EX  4
Oct 11 Eddie Reese                Hoboken, NJ                       W  4
          -Some sources report "W 6"
Oct 13 Jim McHugh                 Hoboken, NJ                       W  4
          -Some sources report "W 5"
Oct 15 Billy Dacey                Hoboken, NJ                       W  4
Oct 31 Ned McCann                 Wilmington, De                    W  4
Nov  1 Frank Bosworth             Wilmington, De                    W  4
Nov  3 Denny Kelliher             Wilmington, De                    W  4
Nov  5 Bill Gabig                 Wilmington, De                    W  4
Nov  6 Mike Boden                 Wilmington, De                  SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled
Nov    Joe Ellingsworth           Wilmington, De                  SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled
Nov    Pete McCoy                 Boston, Ma                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled for the second week
           of Nov 1887 but was cancelled; McCoy became
           barred from fighting at the club
Nov 16 -Dempsey seconded Jack McAuliffe vs Jem Carney at Revere Beach, Ma
Dec 13 Johnny Reagan              Lloyd's Neck, NY/Sands Point, NY TK 45
          -Middleweight Championship of America;
           Some sources report this bout held at "Manhasset";
           London rules and gloves were used;
           The bout was fought in two rings, 18 minutes 
           in the first ring, 55 minutes in the second; 
           Rising water around the first ring caused the 
           move; Reagan put a four-inch gash in Dempsey's 
           shin with his spikes; Some sources report the 
           bout held on 12/13/82 with a duration of 1:08:00
Dec 22 Jack Files                 Williamsburg, NY                SCH   
           -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Dec 22 Joe Denning                Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3
Dec 22 Tom Henry                  Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3
Dec 22 Jack McAuliffe             Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3
          -The previous 3 bouts were held the same date
Dec 28 Denny Costigan             New Haven, Ct                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Dec 28 an unnamed opponent        New Haven, Ct                    EX   
Dec 29 Tom Henry                  Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3

1888
Jan  3 Billy Madden               New York, NY                     EX  3
          -Dempsey appeared in the play, "Around New York"
           during Jan 3-7 and sparred three rounds with Madden
Jan  5 Billy Madden               Baltimore, Md                    EX  3
          -Dempsey was to spar 3 rounds nightly with Madden
in the play, "Around New York" during Jan 1888
Jan 15 Denny Costigan Baltimore, Md EX 3 Jan 16 Denny Kelliher Boston, Ma EX 3 -Some sources report that Dempsey boxed Jack McAuliffe; Some sources report "EX 4" Jan 23 Denny Kelliher Boston, Ma EX 3 Jan 24 Billy Madden   Washington, DC                  EX  3        -Dempsey was to spar 3 rounds nightly with Madden
in the play, "Around New York" during Jan 1888
Jan 31 Dominick McCaffrey Jersey City, NJ W 10 Feb 1 -Dempsey was scheduled to spar in Milford, Ct Feb 7 Denny Costigan Troy, NY EX 4 -Some sources report "Rochester, NY"; Dempsey and Costigan were scheduled to spar in Madden's play during the week; Then, tour the "Middle States" and be on the road until Spring Feb 9 Denny Costigan Troy, NY EX 3 Feb 9 Tom Henry Troy, NY EX 3 -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date Feb 13 Denny Costigan Buffalo, NY EX 3 Feb 18 Billy Baker Buffalo, NY ND 4 -Some sources report "ND 1" Mar -Dempsey was in Pittsburgh, Pa and then on to Cincinnati, Oh to appear in Madden's play Mar 13 Peter Nolan Pittsburgh, Pa EX 4 Mar 15 Con Riley Cincinnati, Oh EX 4 May 23 -Dempsey seconded Jim Fell vs James "Sparrow" Golden in Providence, RI Mar 26 Denny Costigan Brooklyn, NY EX 4 Apr 3 Joe Denning Brooklyn, NY EX 4 Apr 9 Joe Coburn Boston, Ma EX Apr 16 Denny Costigan New York, NY EX 4 -This bout was part of a week-long engagement Apr an unnamed opponent Brooklyn, NY SCH Apr an unnamed opponent Brooklyn, NY SCH -The previous 2 bouts were scheduled; The outcomes are not known Apr 23 James Stevens Brooklyn, NY W 4 Jun 4 John L. Sullivan New York, NY EX -Some sources report that Dempsey failed to show up Mike Lucie Troy, NY EX -This bout was held during the summer Nov 15 Mike Donovan Brooklyn, NY D 6 Dec 9 Denny Costigan Brooklyn, NY EX 4 -Dempsey and Costigan were scheduled to spar several times during the week Dec 15 Denny Costigan Brooklyn, NY EX 4 Dec 31 George Northridge Washington, DC EX 3 1889 Jan 2 Jim McNamee Brooklyn, NY EX Jan 4 George Northridge Washington, DC EX Jan Denny Costigan Baltimore, Md EX Jan 14 Denny Costigan Pittsburgh, Pa EX 3 Jan 18 Denny Costigan Pittsburgh, Pa EX 3 Feb 4 Denny Costigan Buffalo, NY EX 3 Feb 10 -Dempsey and Costigan made provisions to go to San Francisco, Ca with a variety show and give sparring exhibitions Feb 23 -Dempsey was set to second Mike Cushing vs Harry Bartlett in Clifton, NJ; This contest was postponed to Mar 5 1889 Mar 18 Jim Daly Houtzdale, Pa SCH -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known Mar 18 -Dempsey refereed the Jimmy Murray vs Jim Christian bout near Altoona, Pa Mar 30 -Dempsey attended the Jack Ashton-Joe Lannon bout in Stillwater, RI (Some sources report 3/29/89 at Burrillville, RI) Apr -Dempsey was scheduled to spar all week in Brooklyn, NY from Apr 15-20 Apr 15 Denny Costigan Brooklyn, NY EX Apr 24 Denny Costigan Brooklyn, NY EX Apr 29 Denny Costigan San Jose, Ca EX May 16 Professor Murray Los Angeles, Ca EX 4 May 22 Denny Costigan Sacramento, Ca EX 4 May 23 Denny Costigan Sacramento, Ca EX 4 May 24 Denny Costigan Oakland, Ca EX May 25 Denny Costigan Oakland, Ca EX 4 Jun 5 -Dempsey seconded Joe Choynski vs Jim Corbett at Benicia Harbor, Ca Jun 10 Mike Lucie San Francisco, Ca EX 3 Aug 22 Mike Dempsey San Francisco, Ca KO 7 Aug 27 George LaBlanche San Francisco, Ca LK 32 -This bout was originally called a Middleweight Championship of the World contest; But, when LaBlanche weighed in at 161 lbs, it was declared a non-title bout; Also, LaBlanche was accused of using an illegal punch, the "pivot" blow; LaBlanche claimed the title as a result of the win Oct 8 -Dempsey drubbed the featherweight boxer, Tommy Warren, in a "barroom" fight at San Francisco, Ca 1890 Jan 20 -Denny Kelliher accompanied Dempsey to his camp in Alameda, Ca; Dempsey was reportedly near death's door Feb 18 "Australian" Billy McCarthy San Francisco, Ca TK 28 -Middleweight Championship of the World Feb 26 -Some sources report that Dempsey and LaBlanche attended a meeting of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco California AC; LaBlanche turned down $1,000 for a rematch Mar 11 Tom Cleary Tacoma, Wa EX 4 Mar 11 Jack Burke Tacoma, Wa EX 6 -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date Mar 13 "Australian" Billy McCarthy Portland, Or EX 4 Mar 13 John Clark Seattle, Wa ND 4 -Some sources do not believe Dempsey fought THE "John Clark"; Different reports report the same date for the previous 2 bouts May 2 Paddy Gorman Seattle, Wa EX 4 May 16 Dave Campbell Seattle, Wa EX May 27 Paddy Gorman Dalles, Or EX 3 Jun 7 -Dempsey appeared in Boise City, Id Jun 11 Paddy Gorman Butte, Mt EX 3 Jun 13 Paddy Gorman Butte, Mt EX 3 Jun 16 Paddy Gorman Anaconda, Mt EX 3 Jun 20 Paddy Gorman Salt Lake City, Ut EX 4 Jun 21 Paddy Gorman Salt Lake City, Ut EX 4 Jun Paddy Gorman Park City, Ut EX 4 Jun Paddy Gorman Denver, Co EX 4 Jun 27 Paddy Gorman Aspen, Co EX 4 Jun Paddy Gorman Colorado Springs, Co EX 4 Jun Paddy Gorman Pueblo, Co EX 4 Jun Paddy Gorman Dodge City, Ks EX 4 Jun Paddy Gorman Hutchinson, Ks EX 4 Jul 4 Paddy Gorman St. Louis, Mo EX 2 Jul 5 Charley Daly St. Louis, Mo EX 4 Jul 22 -Dempsey was to second Jim Hall vs. Bob Fitzsimmons in St. Paul, Mn (Bout was prevented by authorities) Jul 28 Mike Brennan Buffalo, NY EX 4 Jul 31 Paddy Gorman Bradford, Pa EX 4 Jul 31 Mike Brennan Bradford, Pa EX 4 -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date Aug 4 Paddy Gorman Syracuse, NY EX 3 Aug 25 "Brooklyn" Jimmy Carroll Brooklyn, NY EX Sep 1 "Brooklyn" Jimmy Carroll Pittsburgh, Pa EX 4 Sep 1 "Brooklyn" Jimmy Carroll Pittsburgh, Pa EX 4 -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date; Dempsey and Carroll were scheduled to spar for a week Sep 2 "Brooklyn" Jimmy Carroll Pittsburgh, Pa EX 4 Sep 4 "Brooklyn" Jimmy Carroll Pittsburgh, Pa EX 4 Sep 6 "Brooklyn" Jimmy Carroll Pittsburgh, Pa EX 4 Dec -Dempsey trained Arthur Upham for his upcoming bout vs. Paul Pitzlin in Galveston, Tx 1891 Jan 2 -Dempsey seconded Arthur Upham vs. Paul Pitzlin in Galveston, Tx Jan 5 Mike Conley Dallas, Tx EX 3 Jan 12 Jack McAuliffe New Orleans, La EX 4 Jan 14 Bob Fitzsimmons New Orleans, La LT 13 -Middleweight Championship of the World Sep 21 -Dempsey refereed the "Denver" Billy Woods vs. "Omaha" Jack Davis bout in San Francisco, Ca Sep 23 -Dempsey seconded Young Mitchell vs. Patrick "Reddy" Gallagher in San Francisco, Ca Oct 5 "Mysterious" Billy Smith San Francisco, Ca EX Oct 16 Young Mitchell San Francisco, Ca EX 4 Nov 9 Young Mitchell Portland, Or EX 6 -This bout was held during Nov 9-12 1891 Nov 16 Young Mitchell Brooklyn, NY EX Nov 16 Young Mitchell Brooklyn, NY EX -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date Nov 18 Young Mitchell Brooklyn, NY SCH Nov 19 Young Mitchell Brooklyn, NY SCH -The previous 2 bouts were scheduled but not held; Dempsey was ill Nov 23 Young Mitchell Philadelphia, Pa EX 1892 Jan 13 -Dempsey refereed bouts in New York, NY Jan 14 Peter Maher New York, NY EX 2 -Sources report that Maher stopped Dempsey in 2 rounds; Jack's serious health problems had slowed his reflexes and weakened his ability to endure punches from a bigger man Jan 16 -Dempsey refereed bouts in New York, NY Mar 22 -Dempsey refereed the Tommy West-Charles Hall bout in Portland, Or; Mar 22 -Dempsey refereed the Charles Gleason-Ed Burke bout in Portland, Or Aug 16 "Mysterious" Billy Smith Portland, Or EX 4 Sep 5 -Dempsey was to second Jack McAuliffe vs. Billy Myer in New Orleans, La but did not show; Reports indicated Dempsey was having health problems Sep 20 -Dempsey refereed the "Mysterious" Billy Smith vs. Billy "Shadow" Maber bout in Portland, Or; Some sources report 9/21/92 1893 Feb 28 Billy Keough Portland, Or W 4 -Weights: 148-190 Jul 30 -Dempsey refereed the Spider Kelly-Eddie Morrissey bout at Tacoma, Wa Jul 31 an unnamed opponent St. Paul, Mn EX 3 -This man is believed to be "John Barnes" Sep 4 Bob Fitzsimmons New York, NY EX 3 Sep 25 Denny Costigan Philadelphia, Pa EX 3 Oct 2 Denny Costigan Philadelphia, Pa EX 3 Oct 7 John Clark Philadelphia, Pa SCH -This bout was scheduled but not held; It was cancelled due to the small crowd Nov 9 Denny Costigan Buffalo, NY EX Nov 10 Denny Costigan Buffalo, NY EX Nov 11 Denny Costigan Buffalo, NY EX Nov -Dempsey was scheduled to spar all week in New York, NY from Nov 13-18 Nov 13 Denny Costigan New York, NY EX Dec Denny Costigan Boston, Ma EX 3 Dec 14 Dick Moore Boston, Ma EX 3 Dec 30 Joe Fielden Washington, DC EX 4 1894 Jan 8 Denny Costigan Brooklyn, NY EX 3 Jan 27 Denny Costigan New York, NY EX 3 Feb 13 Denny Costigan Roanoke, Va EX 4 Feb 20 Denny Costigan Atlanta, Ga EX 4 Feb 21 Denny Costigan Atlanta, Ga EX 4 Apr 7 Harry Wyatt Buffalo, NY EX 8 Sep 4 Bob Fitzsimmons New Orleans, La SCH -This bout was scheduled but postponed Sep 5 "Australian" Billy McCarthy New Orleans, La D 20 Sep 26 -Dempsey seconded Bob Fitzsimmons vs. Dan Creedon in New Orleans, La Nov 7 Tommy Ryan New Orleans, La SCH -This bout was scheduled but not held Dec 6 Andy Bowen Savannah, Ga EX 4 Dec 11 Tommy Ryan New Orleans, La SCH -This bout was scheduled but not held; Some sources report Dec 15 1895 Jan 12 Jack McAuliffe Brooklyn, NY EX 6 Jan 18 Tommy Ryan Brooklyn, NY LT 3 -Welterweight Championship of the World Jun 8 John L. Sullivan New York, NY EX 3 *** The Following Bout Is Reported But Not Confirmed *** 1885 Apr Jack Files Chicago, Il SCH -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
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       "Sugar" Ray Robinson                                        LT 11
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