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Johnny Reagan

BORN   June 26 1866; New York, New York (4th Ward); Reports vary - 6/28/63 and 6/28/66
HEIGHT Reports vary - 5-6 1/2, 5-7, 5-8 3/4
WEIGHT 139-153 lbs

Reagan was a scrappy competitor but was called an ordinary boxer with plenty of strength and stamina by the Brooklyn (NY) Daily Eagle; During his career, he won the welterweight championship of America

1884
Aug    Charley Bogart             New York, NY                     EX   

1885
Mar    Charley Bogart             Brooklyn, NY                     KO  3
Mar 17 James Donnelly             Brooklyn, NY              (8:00) KO  3
          -Some sources report "New York, NY"
       James "Jack" Welch         Brooklyn, NY              (1:30) KO  1
       John "Jack" Farrell        New York, NY             (10:00) KO  3
       Bill Garrett               New York, NY             (11:00) KO  3
Nov 12 John McMahon               New York, NY                     EX  3
Dec 26 Fred Foy                   New York, NY                     KO  3
          -Various sources call this man by different names -
           Fred Ford, English Fay, English Foy;
           Some sources report 1886;
           Some sources report "KO 4"

1886
       Tom McCoy                  Philadelphia, Pa         (15:00) KO  4
          -Reagan broke his hand in the second round
       Dick Williams              New York, NY             (10:00) KO  3
       Mike Leary                 New York, NY                     KO  3
       Billy Tease                Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  4
       William Banks              New York, NY             (23:00) KO  6
          -Reportedly, Banks was the amateur heavyweight champion of America
Oct 23 -Reagan challenged any lightweight in America
Nov  4 John Spencer               Philadelphia, Pa                  D  4
Nov 17 William Ronkey             New York, NY                      W  6

1887
Jan 13 Fred Woods                 Boston, Ma                        D  7
          -Some sources report 1886; Some sources report "New York, NY"
Feb 11 Denny Butler               Philadelphia, Pa                 LF  3
Feb 17 Fred Woods                 Philadelphia, Pa                  D  4
          -Some sources report 1886
Apr  4 Fred Woods                 Long Island City, NY              L 10
          -Some sources report that Reagan was better;
           Some sources report 1886
Apr 21 "Brooklyn" Paddy Smith     Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
          -Some sources report "ND 4"
May 29 Jack Files                 near New York, NY               SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but did not take place;
           Delays in boating schedules, locations, times, etc.,
           led to confusion; Files was in Yonkers, NY but could 
           not be found later on
Jun  2 Jack Files                 near New York, NY      (2:56:00) KO 44
          -Welterweight Championship of America;
           Some sources report 1886;
           Some sources report 6/01/87
Jul 10 -Brooklyn (NY) Daily Eagle reported that Files recently defeated Reagan
Jul 18 Jack Files                 Brooklyn, NY                     EX  4
Aug  8 Tom Henry                  near New York, NY      (2:35:00)  D 39
          -Welterweight Championship of America;
           This bout was held 50 miles up the Hudson River;
           Some sources report "D 29"
Sep 12 "Brooklyn" Paddy Smith     Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Sep 12 Jack Files                 Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Sep 27 Jack Fallon                Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
           Reagan had an injured wrist
Dec 13 "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey   Manhasset, NY          (1:13:00) LT 45
          -Middleweight Championship of America;
           This bout was 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 29 Tom Henry                  Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held

1888
Jan 14 Jack Files                 Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Jan 14 Tom Henry                  Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Jan 14 James "Sparrow" Golden     Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
          -The previous 3 bouts were held the same date
Feb 25 Mike Donovan               Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Mar  6 Jack Files                 Boston, Ma                       EX   
Mar 12 Jack Files                 Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -Reagan and Files were scheduled to spar several
           times during the week of 3/12/88
Aug 26 Mike Donovan               Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -Some sources report 8/26/89
Aug 26 Frank Bosworth             Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
Aug 26 Billy Leedom               Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -The previous 3 bouts were scheduled for the same date;
            The outcomes are not known
Nov 27 Mike Cleary                Brooklyn, NY                     EX   

1889
Jan  3 Charlie Norton             Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jan 28 Dan Custy                  Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Feb 26 Jimmy McHale (Peter McCabe) Ashland, Pa                     LF 12
Feb 27 Jimmy Nelson               New London, Ct                   EX   
          -Some sources report 3/05/1889; Some report 2/26/1889
Jun 13 Mike Donovan               New York, NY                     EX   
Aug 26 Paddy Duffy                Brooklyn, NY                     ND  
          -Some sources report 8/26/88
Oct 29 Young Mitchell             San Francisco, Ca               SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held; Reagan was ill

1890
Feb 17 Jimmy Ryan                 Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Apr 17 Pete McCoy                 Long Island City, NY            SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but postponed
May  1 Pete McCoy                 Long Island City, NY              L 10

1891
Dec 28 Robert "Cocky" Turnbull    Rochester, NY                    KO  4

1892
Mar 12 Fred Woods                 Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Apr 30 Pete McCoy                 Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known;
           Some sources report "Philadelphia, Pa"
May 20 -Reagan was challenged by Pat Cahill to a bout 

1893
Jan 22 Gus LeClair                Long Island, NY                  KO  4
Dec 11 Jim Farrell                Newburgh, NY                     KO  4 

1896
Mar 17 -Reagan refereed some bouts in Brooklyn, NY

*** Much Data And Photo Provided By William Schutte ***

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