Fistic History: Notes From 1886

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Bob Fitzsimmons

The year of 1886 has come and gone, and the inaugural champions of the PPU have been found.

They are (with RFG fighters denoted with an asterisk):

HEAVYWEIGHTS: Peter Jackson (9-0, defeated John L. Sullivan)

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS: Joe Butler (9-0, defeated Antony Aston*)

MIDDLEWEIGHTS: Bob Fitzsimmons (9-0, defeated Charles Turner)

WELTERWEIGHTS: Paddy Duffy (9-0, defeated Bob Smith)

LIGHTWEIGHTS: Jack McAuliffe (9-0, defeated Barney Donovan)

FEATHERWEIGHTS: Young Pluto (8-1, defeated George Seddons)

BANTAMWEIGHTS: George Holden (7-2, defeated Nunc Wallace)

FLYWEIGHTS: Erasmus Keifer* (8-1, defeated Clancy Wallace*)

The 1886 awards went to:

FIGHTER OF THE YEAR: Bob Fitzsimmons (9-0, PPU Middleweight Champion)

CONTENDER OF THE YEAR: Jack “Nonpareil” Dempsey (11-1, #1 Middleweight Contender)

PROSPECT OF THE YEAR: Jack “Nonpareil” Dempsey

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Charles Gleason (6-0 welterweight)

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