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Robert Fitzsimmons
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Fitzsimmons in 1891
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Real name Robert James Fitzsimmons
Nickname(s)
  • Bob
  • Ruby Rob
  • The Freckled Wonder
  • The Fighting Blacksmith
Rated at
Height 5 ft 11+1/2 in
Reach 71+1/2 in
Born (1863-05-26)26 May 1863
Helston, Cornwall, England
Died 22 October 1917(1917-10-22) (aged 54)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 125
Wins 89
Wins by KO 79
Losses 12
Draws 14
No contests 9

Robert James "Bob" Fitzsimmons (26 May 1863 – 22 October 1917) was a British professional boxer who was the sport's first three-division world champion. He also achieved fame for beating Gentleman Jim Corbett (the man who beat John L. Sullivan), and he is in The Guinness Book of World Records as the lightest heavyweight champion, weighing just 165 pounds when he won the title. Nicknamed Ruby Robert and The Freckled Wonder, he took pride in his lack of scars and appeared in the ring wearing heavy woollen underwear to conceal the disparity between his trunk and leg-development.

Considered one of the hardest punchers in boxing history, Fitzsimmons is ranked as No. 8 on The Ring magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time.

Early life

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The birthplace of Bob Fitzsimmons in Helston, Cornwall

Robert James Fitzsimmons was born on 26 May 1863 in Helston, Cornwall, England, the youngest of seven boys and five girls born to James and Jane (née Strongman) Fitzsimmons. Not long before his birth, his parents had moved from his father's native Ireland to Cornwall, where his mother came from, in order for his father to find work as a policeman. Fitzsimmons received his early education at the National school in Helston. In 1873, the family moved again; James, Jane and their youngest five children sailed on the Adamant for the 93 day journey to Lyttelton, New Zealand.

They settled in Timaru, a town 147 km (91 miles) south-west of Lyttelton populated mainly by Cornish immigrants, and James Fitzsimmons established a blacksmith's forge in the town. Once Fitzsimmons had completed his education at the Timaru Main School, he took on a range of jobs. He wanted to join the crew of the Isabella Ridley, and do some service as a sailor, hoping that it would toughen him up for a career in boxing, but the ship was badly damaged in storms while still docked in Timaru. Instead, he took on a range of jobs; as a butcher's delivery boy, a carriage painter, striker at an iron foundry, and a decorator, before becoming an apprentice at his family's blacksmith's forge with his brother Jarrett. His time working in the blacksmith's forge helped to develop his upper body, particularly his arms and shoulders. During his time working in the blacksmith's forge, there are stories that Fitzsimmons was not averse to fighting quarrelsome, often drunk, customers, and it was suggested that this even boosted business, as customers returned to the forge, hoping to see a fight.

Amateur career

In the early 1880s Jem Mace, an English bare-knuckle boxer, travelled to New Zealand, and Timaru hosted both his boxing school, and the first boxing championships held in New Zealand. Fitzsimmons entered the tournament, and knocked out four opponents on his way to winning the competition. He successfully defended his title in the subsequent competition. During one of these tournament, it is often suggested that Fitzsimmons defeated Herbert Slade, a professional heavyweight boxer who was touring with Mace, but Slade was touted as being undefeated in 1883, and it is possible that it was Slade's brother that Fitzsimmons beat. After these tournaments, Fitzsimmons boxed at least six times in New Zealand, including some bare knuckle bouts, but it is unclear if he received payment for his fights during this time.

Professional career

Move to Australia

Boxing record books show Fitzsimmons officially began boxing professionally in 1883, in Australia. He beat Jim Crawford there by getting a knockout in three rounds. Fitzsimmons had his first 28 definite professional fights in Australia, where he lost the Australian middleweight title to Mick Dooley (rumours spoke of a fixed bout) and where he also won a fight by knockout while on the floor: when Edward Starlight Robins dropped Fitzsimmons to the canvas in round nine of their fight, he also broke his hand and could not continue, therefore the referee declared Fitzsimmons the winner by a knockout.

By this stage, Fitzsimmons had established his own style. He developed a certain movement and caginess from one of the greatest bare-knuckle fighters, Jem Mace. Mace encouraged Fitzsimmons to develop his punching technique, drawing on the enormous power he had gained from blacksmithing. Fitzsimmons delivered short, accurate and occasionally conclusive punches. He soon built up a reputation as by far the hardest puncher in boxing.

Winning the Middleweight title

Moving on to the United States, Fitzsimmons fought four more times in 1890, winning three and drawing one.

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Fitzsimmons knocks down Dempsey in New Orleans, 1891.

Then, on 14 January 1891, in New Orleans, he won his first world title from Jack (Nonpareil) Dempsey. Fitzsimmons knocked out Dempsey (from whom the later Jack Dempsey took his name) in the 13th round to become the World Middleweight Champion. Fitzsimmons knocked Dempsey down at least 13 times and by the finish left him in such a pitiable condition that he begged him to quit. Since Dempsey would not do so, Fitzsimmons knocked him out and then carried him to his corner. On 22 July, police broke off his fight with Jim Hall after he had knocked Hall down several times.

Fitzsimmons spent the next two years fighting non-title bouts and exhibitions until giving Hall a chance at the title in 1893. He retained the crown by a knockout in round four. He spent the rest of that year doing exhibitions, and on 2 June, he had scheduled a two-way exhibition where he would demonstrate in public how to hit the boxing bag and then how to box against a real opponent. Reportedly, two freak accidents happened that day: Fitzsimmons hit the bag so hard that it broke, and then his opponent of that day allegedly slipped, getting hit in the head and the boxing exhibition was cancelled.

At a public sparring performance on 16 November 1894 at Jacob's Opera House, Syracuse, New York, Fitzsimmons knocked out sparring partner Con Riordan, who was carried off unconscious and died several hours later. Two months later Fitzsimmons was charged with manslaughter but was acquitted.

Fitzsimmons vs. Sharkey

After vacating the Middleweight title, Fitzsimmons began campaigning at heavyweight (the light heavyweight division did not exist at that time). On 2 December 1896, the San Francisco Athletic Club sponsored a fight at the Mechanics' Pavilion in San Francisco between Fitzsimmons and Tom Sharkey. Unable to find a referee, they called on former lawman Wyatt Earp. He had officiated 30 or so matches in earlier days, though not under the Marquess of Queensberry rules. The fight may have been the most anticipated fight on American soil that year. Fitzsimmons was favoured to win, and bets flowed heavily his way. Earp entered the ring still armed with his customary Colt .45 and drew a lot of attention when he had to be disarmed. He later said he forgot he was wearing it. Fitzsimmons was taller and quicker than Sharkey and dominated the fight from the opening bell. In the eighth round, Fitzsimmons hit Sharkey with his famed "solar plexus punch," an uppercut under the heart that could render a man temporarily helpless. The punch caught Sharkey, Earp, and most of the crowd by surprise, and Sharkey dropped, clutched his groin, and rolled on the canvas, screamed foul.

Earp stopped the bout, ruling that Fitzsimmons had hit Sharkey with a low blow. His ruling was greeted with loud boos and catcalls. Very few witnessed the foul Earp ruled on. He awarded the decision to Sharkey, who attendants carried out as "...limp as a rag."

Winning the heavyweight title

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March 1897 Fitzsimmons–Corbett boxing match

In 1896, Fitzsimmons won a disputed version of the World Heavyweight Championship in a fight in Langtry, Texas, against the Irish fighter Peter Maher. On 17 March 1897, in Carson City, Nevada, he knocked out American Jim Corbett, generally recognised as the legitimate World Heavyweight Champion (having won the title from John L. Sullivan in 1892) in round 14. This constituted a remarkable achievement, as Jim Corbett, a skilled boxer, weighed one stone 3 pounds (17 lb) more than Fitzsimmons. He out-boxed Fitzsimmons for several rounds, knocked him down in the sixth round and badly damaged his face with his jab, left hook and right hand, but Fitzsimmons kept coming and Corbett began to tire. In the 14th round, Fitzsimmons won the title with his "solar plexus" punch. Corbett collapsed in agony. Fitzsimmons' "solar plexus" punch became legendary, although he himself may never have used the phrase. The entire fight was filmed by Enoch J. Rector and released to cinemas as The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight, the longest film ever released at the time. Using her maiden name, it was covered by Nellie Verrill Mighels Davis, the first woman to report a prize fight.

Fitzsimmons spent the rest of 1897 and 1898 doing stage tours. In 1899, Fitzsimmons fought James J. Jeffries at the Coney Island Athletic Club near Brooklyn, New York. Most people gave Jeffries little chance, even though at over 15 stones (95 kg) he massively outweighed his opponent and was far younger, but Jeffries lifted the World Heavyweight Championship from Fitzsimmons with an 11th-round knockout.

In June 1901 Fitzsimmons took part in a wrestling match against Gus Ruhlin. He lost and went back to boxing. He then enjoyed legitimate boxing knockouts of leading contenders Ruhlin and Tom Sharkey.

In 1901 he published a book Physical Culture and Self-Defense (Philadelphia: D. Biddle). In 1902, he and Jeffries had a rematch, once again with the World Heavyweight Champion at stake. Fitzsimmons battered Jeffries, who suffered horrible punishment. With his nose and cheek bones broken, most would have sympathized with Jeffries had he quit, but he kept going until his enormous strength and youth wore down Bob and he knocked him out cold in round eight.

Winning the Light Heavyweight title

In November 1903, Fitzsimmons made history by defeating World Light Heavyweight Champion George Gardiner (also known as Gardner) by a decision in 20 rounds, becoming the first boxer to win titles in three weight-divisions.

Soon afterward, he went back to the Heavyweights, where he kept fighting until 1914, with mixed results. In 1907 at age 44, Fitzsimmons fought much younger Jack Johnson, during the time period in which reigning champion James J. Jeffries refused to fight Johnson. The bout between Johnson and Fitzsimmons ended in victory for Johnson with a second round knockout.

Retirement

Although Fitzsimmons became a world champion in each of the Middleweight, Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight divisions, historians do not consider him the first world Light Heavyweight Champion to become World Heavyweight Champion, because he won the Heavyweight title before winning the Light Heavyweight belt. Michael Spinks counts as the first Light Heavyweight World Champion to win the Heavyweight belt as well. However, Fitzsimmons was the first Middleweight Champion to win the Heavyweight title and the only Heavyweight Champion to drop down and win the Light Heavyweight title. Fitzsimmons and later Henry Armstrong were the only men to win undisputed world championships in three different weight classes.

Fitzsimmons had a final professional record of 66 wins with 59 by knockout, 8 losses, 4 draws, 19 no contests and 2 no decisions (Newspaper Decisions: 2–0–0).

Fitzsimmons's exact record remains unknown, as the boxing world often kept records poorly during his era, but Fitzsimmons said he had had more than 350 fights (which could have involved exaggeration on his part). It's also possible that Bob may have included his many exhibition bouts in his total.

Death and legacy

Fitzsimmons died of pneumonia on 22 October 1917 in Chicago, survived by his fourth wife. His grave lies in the Graceland Cemetery, Uptown. Having four wives, a gambling habit and a susceptibility to confidence tricksters, he did not hold on to the money he made.

The statue Peace on the Dewey Arch was modelled on Fitzsimmons by the sculptor Daniel Chester French. A statue of Fitzsimmons has also stood in the city centre of Timaru, New Zealand, since 1987. It was commissioned by New Zealand millionaire boxing fan Bob Jones and sculpted by Margriet Windhausen.

The International Boxing Hall of Fame has made Fitzsimmons a member in its "Old Timer" category.

In 2003 The Ring named Fitzsimmons number eight of all time among boxing's best punchers.

Personal life

Fitzsimmons married four times and had six children, four of whom survived infancy.

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
101 fights 61 wins 8 losses
By knockout 57 7
By decision 4 0
By disqualification 0 1
Draws 4
No contests 6
Newspaper decisions/draws 22

All Newspaper decisions are regarded as “no decision” bouts as they have “resulted in neither boxer winning or losing, and would therefore not count as part of their official fight record."

No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
101 Win 61–8–4 (28) United States Jersey Bellew NWS 6 20 Feb 1914 United States Municipal Hall, South Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, U.S.
100 Win 61–8–4 (27) United States Dan Sweeney NWS 6 29 Jan 1914 United States Athletic Club, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, U.S.
99 Loss 61–8–4 (26) Australia Bill Lang KO 12 (20) 27 Dec 1909 Australia Sydney Stadium, Sydney, Australia For Australian heavyweight title
98 Loss 61–7–4 (26) United States Jack Johnson KO 2 (6) 17 Jul 1907 United States Washington Sports Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
97 Win 61–6–4 (26) United States Charlie Haghey KO 4 (6) 31 Jan 1906 United States Webster, Massachusetts, U.S.
96 Loss 60–6–4 (26) United States Philadelphia Jack O'Brien RTD 13 (20) 20 Dec 1905 United States Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, U.S. Lost world light-heavyweight title
95 Win 60–5–4 (26) United States Philadelphia Jack O'Brien NWS 6 23 Jul 1904 United States Baker Bowl, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
94 Win 60–5–4 (25) United States George Gardiner PTS 20 25 Nov 1903 United States Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, U.S. Won world light-heavyweight title
93 Win 59–5–4 (25) United States Joe Grim NWS 6 14 Oct 1903 United States Southern Athletic Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
92 Win 59–5–4 (24) Republic of Ireland Con Coughlin TKO 1 (6), 2:52 30 Sep 1903 United States Washington Sporting Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
91 Win 58–5–4 (24) United States Mike Ranke KO 2 (4), 0:15 27 Dec 1902 United States Bozeman, Montana, U.S.
90 Win 57–5–4 (24) United States Steward KO 1 (4) 19 Dec 1902 United States Butte, Montana, U.S.
89 Loss 56–5–4 (24) United States James J. Jeffries KO 8 (20) 25 Jul 1902 United States San Francisco Athletic Club, San Francisco, California, U.S. For world heavyweight title
88 Win 56–4–4 (24) Republic of Ireland Tom Sharkey KO 2 (25), 2:06 24 Aug 1900 United States Coney Island Athletic Club, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
87 Win 55–4–4 (24) United States Gus Ruhlin KO 6 (25), 2:10 10 Aug 1900 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
86 Win 54–4–4 (24) United States Ed Dunkhorst KO 2 (25), 2:25 30 Apr 1900 United States Hercules Athletic Club, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
85 Win 53–4–4 (24) United States Jim Daly TKO 1 (6) 27 Mar 1900 United States First Regiment Armory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
84 Win 52–4–4 (24) United Kingdom Geoff Thorne KO 1 (6) 28 Oct 1899 United States Tattersalls, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
83 Loss 51–4–4 (24) United States James J. Jeffries KO 11 (20), 1:32 9 Jun 1899 United States Coney Island Athletic Club, Brooklyn, New York, U.S. Lost world heavyweight title
82 Win 51–3–4 (24) United States Lew Joslin KO 2 (4) 5 Jun 1897 United States Leadville, Colorado, U.S.
81 Win 50–3–4 (24) United States James J. Corbett KO 14 17 Mar 1897 United States The Race Track Arena, Carson City, Nevada, U.S. Won world heavyweight title
80 Loss 49–3–4 (24) Republic of Ireland Tom Sharkey DQ 8 (10) 2 Dec 1896 United States Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California U.S.
79 Win 49–2–4 (24) Republic of Ireland Peter Maher KO 1 (?), 1:35 21 Feb 1896 Mexico Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico
78 Win 48–2–4 (24) United States Mike Connors KO 1 (4) 19 Apr 1895 United States New York City, New York, U.S.
77 Win 47–2–4 (24) United States Al Allich KO 3 (4) 16 Apr 1895 United States New York City, New York, U.S.
76 Win 46–2–4 (24) New Zealand Dan Creedon KO 2 (25), 1:40 26 Sep 1894 United States Olympic Club, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. Retained world middleweight title
75 Win 45–2–4 (24) United States Frank Kellar KO 2 (4) 28 Jul 1894 United States Buffalo Driving Park, Buffalo, New York, U.S.
74 Draw 44–2–4 (24) United States Joe Choynski PTS 5 (8) 18 Jun 1894 United States The Boston Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
73 Win 44–2–3 (24) United States Jack Hickey TKO 3 (4) 5 Sep 1893 United States Caledonian Park, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
72 Win 43–2–3 (24) United States Dan Coner KO 1 (4) 30 May 1893 United States Philadelphia Athletic Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
71 Win 42–2–3 (24) United States Mike Brennan KO 4 (4) 6 May 1893 United States Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
70 Win 41–2–3 (24) United States Joe Godfrey KO 1 (4) 21 Apr 1893 United States Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
69 Win 40–2–3 (24) United States Mike Monoghan KO 1 (4) 21 Apr 1893 United States Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
68 Win 39–2–3 (24) United States Alexander Kilpatrick KO 4 (4) 21 Apr 1893 United States Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
67 Win 38–2–3 (24) United States Jack Sheridan TKO 1 (4) 15 Apr 1893 United States Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
66 Win 37–2–3 (24) United States Dan Curry KO 2 (4) 12 Apr 1893 United States Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
65 Win 36–2–3 (24) United States Hank Smith KO 1 (4) 12 Apr 1893 United States Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
64 Win 35–2–3 (24) United States Alexander Kilpatrick KO 3 (4) 12 Apr 1893 United States Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
63 Win 34–2–3 (24) United States Jack Warner TKO 1 (4) 31 Mar 1893 United States Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
62 Win 33–2–3 (24) United States Phil Mayo KO 2 (4) 25 Mar 1893 United States 2nd Regiment Armory, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
61 Draw 32–2–3 (24) United States Dan Bayliff PTS 4 15 Mar 1893 United States Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
60 Win 32–2–2 (24) Australia Jim Hall KO 4 8 Mar 1893 United States Crescent City Club, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. Retained world middleweight title
59 Win 31–2–2 (24) United States Jack Britton RTD 2 (4) 10 Dec 1892 United States Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
58 Win 30–2–2 (24) United States Millard Zender KO 1 (4) 3 Sep 1892 United States Anniston, Alabama, U.S.
57 Win 29–2–2 (24) United States Jerry Slattery KO 2 (4) 11 May 1892 United States Miners 8th St Theater, New York City, New York, U.S.
56 Win 28–2–2 (24) United States Joe Godfrey RTD 2 (4) 6 May 1892 United States Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
55 Win 27–2–2 (24) United States James Farrell KO 2 (4) 29 Apr 1892 United States Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
54 Win 26–2–2 (24) United States Thomas Robbins RTD 3 (4) 28 Apr 1892 United States Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
53 Win 25–2–2 (24) United States Tom Burns RTD 3 (4) 28 Apr 1892 United States Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
52 Win 24–2–2 (24) United States James Malone RTD 2 (4) 27 Apr 1892 United States Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
51 Win 23–2–2 (24) United States Charles Puff KO 2 (4) 26 Apr 1892 United States Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
50 Win 22–2–2 (24) Republic of Ireland Peter Maher RTD 12 2 Mar 1892 United States Olympic Club, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
49 NC 21–2–2 (24) United States Harris Martin ND 4 1 May 1891 United States Washington Rink, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
48 Win 21–2–2 (23) United States Abe Coughle TKO 2 (3) 27 Apr 1891 United States Battery D Armory, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
47 Win 20–2–2 (23) Republic of Ireland Nonpareil Dempsey RTD 13 (?) 14 Jan 1891 United States Olympic Club, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. Won world middleweight title
46 Win 19–2–2 (23) United States Arthur Upham KO 9 28 Jul 1890 United States Audubon Athletic Club, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
45 Win 18–2–2 (23) Australia Billy McCarthy RTD 10 29 May 1890 United States California Athletic Club, San Francisco, California, U.S.
44 Win 17–2–2 (23) United States Frank Allen RTD 1 (3) 17 May 1890 United States California Athletic Club, San Francisco, California, U.S.
43 Win 16–2–2 (23) Australia Professor Jack West KO 1 (4) 1 Mar 1890 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia
42 Win 15–2–2 (23) Australia Edward Starlight Rollins TKO 9 (?) 22 Feb 1890 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia
41 Loss 14–2–2 (23) Australia Jim Hall KO 4 (20) 11 Feb 1890 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia For Australian middleweight title
40 Draw 14–1–2 (23) Australia Edward Starlight Rollins NWS 4 10 Feb 1890 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia
39 Win 14–1–2 (22) Australia Dave Conway KO 4 (15) 1 Feb 1890 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia
38 Win 13–1–2 (22) Australia Dick Ellis RTD 3 (20) 16 Dec 1889 Australia Royal Standard Theatre, Sydney, Australia
37 Win 12–1–2 (22) Australia Professor Jack West KO 1 (8) 30 Nov 1889 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia
36 Draw 11–1–2 (22) Australia Pat Kiely NWS 4 26 Nov 1889 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia
35 Win 11–1–2 (21) Australia Jim Hall RTD 5 (8) 19 Jan 1889 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia Won Australian middleweight title
34 Win 10–1–2 (21) Australia McEwan NWS 4 1 Dec 1888 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia
33 Draw 10–1–2 (20) Australia Jim Hall NWS 4 24 Nov 1888 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia
32 Win 10–1–2 (19) Australia Jim Hall NWS 4 10 Nov 1888 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia
31 NC 10–1–2 (18) Australia Mick Dooley ND 4 1 May 1888 Australia Amateur Athletic Club, Sydney, Australia
30 Draw 10–1–2 (17) Australia Bill Slavin NWS 4 17 Apr 1888 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia
29 Draw 10–1–2 (16) Australia Bill Slavin NWS 4 17 Mar 1888 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia
28 Win 10–1–2 (15) Australia Bill Slavin TKO 7 (8) 5 Mar 1888 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia
27 Draw 9–1–2 (15) Australia Billy McCarthy NWS 4 11 Feb 1888 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia
26 Draw 9–1–2 (14) Australia Tom Taylor NWS 4 26 Jan 1888 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia
25 Draw 9–1–2 (13) Australia Dan Hickey PTS 4 23 Jan 1888 Australia Centennial Hall, Sydney, Australia
24 NC 9–1–1 (13) Australia Frank Slavin ND 4 1 Jan 1888 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia
23 Win 9–1–1 (12) Australia Dave Travers KO 3 24 Sep 1887 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia
22 Loss 8–1–1 (12) Australia Jim Hall NWS 4 28 May 1887 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia
21 Win 8–1–1 (11) Australia George Eager KO 2 (4) 4 Apr 1887 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia
20 Win 7–1–1 (11) Australia Bill Slavin TKO 5 (8) 20 Mar 1887 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia
19 Win 6–1–1 (11) Australia Dick Sandall RTD 4 1 Mar 1887 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia
18 Win 5–1–1 (11) Australia George Seale PTS 4 15 Feb 1887 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia
17 Win 4–1–1 (11) Australia Jack Bonner NWS 4 12 Feb 1887 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia
16 Draw 4–1–1 (10) Australia Frank Slavin NWS 4 1 Jan 1887 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia
15 Draw 4–1–1 (9) Australia Jack Malloy PTS 4 4 Dec 1886 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia
14 NC 4–1 (9) Australia McArdle ND 4 9 Oct 1886 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia
13 NC 4–1 (8) Australia Australian Billy Smith ND 4 7 Oct 1886 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia
12 Loss 4–1 (7) Australia Tom Lees NWS 4 25 Aug 1886 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia
11 Win 4–1 (6) Australia McArdle NWS 4 7 Aug 1886 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia
10 Loss 4–1 (5) Australia Mick Dooley NWS 4 5 Jun 1886 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia
9 Loss 4–1 (4) Australia Mick Dooley NWS 4 2 Jun 1886 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia
8 NC 4–1 (3) Australia Steve O'Donnell ND 4 22 May 1886 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia
7 Loss 4–1 (2) Australia Mick Dooley RTD 3 (4) 15 May 1886 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia
6 Draw 4–0 (2) Australia Brinsley NWS 4 1 May 1886 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia
5 Draw 4–0 (1) Australia Pablo Fanque NWS 3 1 May 1886 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia
4 Win 4–0 Australia Pablo Fanque KO 2 (4) Feb 1886 Australia The Green, Sydney, Australia
3 Win 3–0 Australia Jack Greentree KO 3 (4) Mat 01, 1885 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia Exact date unknown
2 Win 2–0 Australia Alf Bramsmead KO 2 (4) Apr 01, 1885 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia Exact date unknown
1 Win 1–0 Australia Joe Riddle PTS 4 Mar 01, 1885 Australia Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia Exact date unknown

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