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Frank Steele

BORN 1866; Fought out of Boston, Massachusetts
HEIGHT 5-6
WEIGHT 122-130 lbs

Steel was a scrappy fighter who was called the "Tony Shark"

1886
Sep    Isaac "Ike" O'Neil Weir                                       ?   
          -This bout was held; Weir was said to "walk around" Steele
Sep 22 -Steele challenged any 125-pound man in America to a bout
Nov  8 Young Riley                Boston, Ma                        EX   
Dec 17 Dick Cronin                Boston, Ma                        EX  3
Dec 30 Dick Cronin                Boston, Ma                        EX   

1887
Jan 21 Dick Cronin                East Weymouth, Ma                 EX   
Jan 24 Dick Cronin                Woburn, Ma                        EX   
Jan 24 Jake Tracy                 Woburn, Ma                        EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Mar  1 Jack Magee                 Brockton, Ma                       L  4
May 13 Jack Williams              Brockton, Ma                       L  6
May 27 Jim Furey                  Boston, Ma                        EX  3
Jun  6 Johnny Barry               Boston, Ma                        LF   
Oct    Con Dugan                  Troy, NY                           D   
Oct 13 Johnny Williams            Boston, Ma                        EX  3
Oct 24 Con Dugan                  Troy, NY                          LF 14
          -Some sources report 10/25/87 in "West Troy, NY"
Nov 18 Dick Cronin                Boston, Ma                       SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Dec  5 Jack Williams              Boston, Ma                        EX   
Dec 19 Jack Havlin                Boston, Ma                        EX  3

Undated (but prior to 5/01/88)
       Con Dugan                                                     D   

1888
Jan 17 Charles Barnes             Boston, Ma                        TK  5
Jan 23 Jack Havlin                Boston, Ma                        EX  3
          -Some sources report "ND 3"; Some sources report 1/21/88;
           This was a bloody bout
Feb  3 Jack Havlin                Woburn, Ma                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Mar  8 Jack Steele                Providence, RI                    EX   
Mar 20 Frank Maguire              Weymouth, Ma                      EX   
Mar 23 Sol Hall                   Boston, Ma                       SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Mar 29 Jack Havlin                Boston, Ma                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Apr 13 Jack Havlin                Boston, Ma                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Apr 13 Tommy Danforth             Boston, Ma                        LK  8
Sep 14 Tommy Danforth             Boston, Ma                         D 16
Oct 30 Johnny T. Griffin          Boston, Ma                         D  7
Nov 12 Jimmy Larkins              New York, NY                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Nov 15 Jimmy Larkins              near New York, NY                 LF  7

1889
Jan    Mike Allen                 Boston, Ma                       SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Mar 28 -Steele seconded George Godfrey vs Jack Wannop in Boston, Ma
Mar    Jack Havlin                Cambridge, Ma                     ND   
Apr 20 Jack Havlin                Peabody, Ma                       EX   
May 23 Jack Havlin                Cambridge, Ma                     EX   
          -Some sources report "ND"

Nov  7 -Steele seconded George Godfrey vs Jack Ashton in Boston, Ma

1890
Mar 27 Johnny T. Griffin          Boston, Ma                        LT  8
Nov 25 -Steele seconded George Godfrey vs Ed Smith in Hoboken, NJ
Dec 15 Johnny T. Griffin          Brockton, Ma                      EX   

1891
Sep 21 Barney Hubbard             Boston, Ma                        EX  3

1892
Jan 16 Mike Leonard               Brooklyn, NY                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Feb 15 Dick Cronin                Boston, Ma                        EX   
Feb 18 Isaac "Ike" O'Neil Weir    New Bedford, Ma                   LK 12
Mar 11 Dick Cronin                Nashua, NH                        EX   
Mar 11 -Steele and Dick Cronin seconded Patrick Downey vs Charles Delorey
            in Nashua, NH
Oct 21 -The Brooklyn (NY) Coney Island AC was trying to match Steele
            and Barney Hubbard
Nov 19 Willie Clark               New York, NY                       D  6

1893
Jan 16 Mike Leonard               Brooklyn, NY                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
            Leonard could not get down to 128 lbs
Jan 16 Billy Welch                Brooklyn, NY                    ND-W  6
Jan 18 -Steele was challenged to a bout by Tommy Danforth
Jan 18 Dan McGovern               Boston, Ma                         L  7
          -Some sources report "LT 7"
Feb    Harry Martin               Brooklyn, NY                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Mar 13 Harry Martin               Boston, Ma                       SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Apr 29 Johnny Gorman              New York, NY                       L  6
Jun  6 -Boston (Ma) Daily Globe reported that Steele and Andy Brown 
           were matched to a bout within two months
Sep 24 -A group of sporting men was trying to match Steele and Frank Kaveny
Dec 11 Dan McGivern               Boston, Ma                       SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

1894
Jan  7 -Philadelphia (Pa) Item reported the following article from the
          Boston (Ma) News: Steele and Frank Kerrigan, a brother of
          Patsy, had an argument in the street a few days ago, and a
          rough and tumble fight took place. During the scrimmage,
          Steele chewed off part of Kerrigan's thumb. The latter did
          not mind that for he managed to get his teeth inserted in
          Steele's nose and it took seven stitches to close the gap
          which Kerrigan made with his molars. When Steele bit Kerrigan,
          the latter did not make an outcry, but when he began to chew
          Steele, the latter could be heard for blocks around.
Aug    Jack McAuliffe             Long Island, NY                   EX  4
         -Some sources report "ND 4"; Some sources report 8/22/94

1895
Jan 28 Joe Flaherty               Boston, Ma                       SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Apr 16 Joe Mullen                 Boston, Ma                         D  4
May  1 Jerry Sullivan             Providence, RI                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
May 17 Joe Mullen                 Boston, Ma                        EX   
May 22 Joe Mullen                 Halifax, NS, Canada               EX   
Aug 12 -Steele seconded Marty McCue vs Joe Mullen at Providence, RI
Sep 11 Joe Mullen                 Boston, Ma                        EX   
Nov 22 -Steele was engaged as the Boxing Instructor of the Railroad
          Social and Athletic club of the Highlands

1899
Aug 29 Walter Jennings            Wallingford, Ct                    L  5
          -Some sources report "L 6"

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