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  • johndoe 7:31 am on February 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Fistic History: Notes From 1892 

    Back on top: Bob Fitzsimmons won his third Fighter Of The Year title in 1891.

    Back on top: Bob Fitzsimmons won his third Fighter Of The Year title in 1891.

    Despite a revamped contenders format used in 1892 that allowed 15 contenders a chance to fight for the crown every year, and the possibility of a champ making four defenses a year, the Professional Prizefighters Union continued to be dominated by the middleweight class.


    HEAVYWEIGHTS, Peter Jackson (27-0-1, 25 KO’s): Jackson is still the last of the original champions standing.  For the fourth straight year, he faced James Corbett for the title, with Jackson avenging his draw in 1891 with a TKO-12 win in 1892.

    LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS, Glen Jones* (26-9-3, 17 KO’s): Knocked out Joe Butler in Philadelphia in December of 1892 to win the belt for the first time.

    MIDDLEWEIGHTS, Bob Fitzsimmons (27-2, 23 KO’s): Fitzsimmons has won twelve straight bouts, turning back three Jack Dempsey NP challenges in yearly succession.  There’s continued talk of him moving up to Light Heavyweight or Heavyweight from his management team.

    WELTERWEIGHTS, Tommy Ryan (23-2-1, 20 KO’s): The welterweight belt keeps bouncing around amongst some skilled pugilists.  Ryan’s the champ a second time after beating Joe Walcott in New York recently, handing the “Barbados Demon” his first defeat.

    LIGHTWEIGHTS, Jack McAuliffe (29-1, 23 KO’s): After regaining the Lightweight championship in ’91, the Irish champ KO’ed all four of his opponents this year.

    FEATHERWEIGHTS, George Dixon (26-5, 13 KO’s): Dixon is the champion a second time after defeating Tommy White (TKO-11) in Indiana to regain the belt in another division with numerous champions.

    BANTAMWEIGHTS, Richard Goodwin (27-6-5, 7 KO’s): Goodwin’s first title shot in five years was a successful one, defeating Chappie Moran in a close fight (MD 15) in Missouri in December for his maiden voyage as the Bantamweight king.

    FLYWEIGHTS, Clancy Wallace* (23-5-4, 7 KO’s): Wallace only made three defenses this year do a 12-round draw between contenders Raul Cantu and Robinson Ramos in September that would have given a title shot to the winner.


    Fighter Of The Year: Bob Fitzsimmons (second FOTY award in a row, his fourth overall)

    Contender Of The Year: Jack Dempsey NP (his fifth COTY trophy, second in a row)

    Prospect Of The Year: Pat Killen (#14 heavyweight contender, 32-11-1 with 27 KO victories)

    Rookie Of The Year: Harry Peppers (6-0 in the middleweight class)

  • johndoe 11:08 pm on February 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Fistic History: Notes From 1891 

    Back on top: Bob Fitzsimmons won his third Fighter Of The Year title in 1891.

    Back on top: Bob Fitzsimmons won his third Fighter Of The Year title in 1891.

    Another year in the books in the PPU, so let’s see who the champions are at the end of 1891, which seemed to be a year dominated by middleweights…


    HEAVYWEIGHTS, Peter Jackson (23-0-1, 21 KO’s): Jackson’s still the only heavyweight champ in PPU history, but his reign may be showing signs of ending.  James J. Corbett held Jackson to a 15-round majority draw in their third championship meeting in November, and Corbett may be line for a fourth shot in 1892.

    LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS, Luke Keegan (11-11-3, 8 KO’s): Keegan pulled off one of the great upsets in the early history of PPU by knocking out Joe Choynski in July.

    MIDDLEWEIGHTS, Bob Fitzsimmons (23-2, 20 KO’s): Promoters are salivating at a possible Fitzsimmons-Jackson dream fight somewhere down the road.

    WELTERWEIGHTS, Paddy Duffy (25-3-1, 9 KO’s): Duffy became the first four-time PPU champion in a single weight class when he regained the belt from Charles Kemmic (SD 15) the exact same way he lost the belt one year prior.

    LIGHTWEIGHTS, Jack McAuliffe (25-1, 19 KO’s): A year and eight months after being handed his first loss, McAuliffe is back to being the Lightweight kingpin after stopping George Lavigne (KO 6).

    FEATHERWEIGHTS, Young Griffo (21-4, 6 KO’s): In 1891, he won three fights by decision; a split decision win over St. John Tommy Kelly, then a majority verdict over Dal Hawkins, and most recently a unanimous win over former champ Cal McCarthy.

    BANTAMWEIGHTS, Nunc Wallace (24-3-1, 9 KO’s): Knocked out Tommy Kelly in just two rounds in Detroit in November to become a two-time champ.

    FLYWEIGHTS, Clancy Wallace* (20-5-4, 7 KO’s): Also a two-time champ, defeating Raul Cantu* for the crown out in California.



    FIGHTER OF THE YEAR: Bob Fitzsimmons (third time he’s won the award)

    CONTENDER OF THE YEAR: Jack “Nonpareil” Dempsey (4th time he’s won the award, #1 contender, 1-3 vs. Fitzsimmons)

    PROSPECT OF THE YEAR: Fred Morris (#6 contender for the middleweight crown)

    ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Charles McCoy (7-0 in 1891 as a middleweight)

  • johndoe 11:16 am on February 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Fistic History: Notes From 1890 

    He's still the man...Peter Jackson was named PPU Fighter Of The Year a 3rd straight time in 1890...

    He’s still the man…Peter Jackson was named PPU Fighter Of The Year a 3rd straight time in 1890…

    The Professional Prize Fighters Union entered the the decade of the 1890’s, and here’s how the honor roll ended up:


    HEAVYWEIGHTS, Peter Jackson (21-0, 19 KO’s): Peter is the last of the originally crowned PPU champs back in 1886 still holding the belt four years later.  Only James J. Corbett and Mike Cleary have gone the full 15 rounds with him.  Corbett earned the right to a rematch this past November, with Jackson dominating on his way to a TKO-13 win.

    LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS, Joe Choynski (12-0, 11 KO’s): Only Jason Sargent took Joe the distance so far.  Defeated Andrew Widdop for the belt in July, and barring an upset, he doesn’t look like he’ll relinquish the title anytime soon.

    MIDDLEWIGHTS, Bob Fitzsimmons (20-2, 18 KO’s): The road back to the title had bumps in it, as Young Mitchell scored a TKO-10 win over Bob in July of 1889.  Fitzsimmons beat George LaBlanche for the title, and avenged his title defeat in London in November, stopping the “Nonpareil” Jack Dempsey in the 15th round of their third fight.  Rumor has it Fitzsimmons may move up to light heavyweights should he drop the middleweight strap again.

    WELTERWEIGHTS, Charles Kemmic (18-4-6, 7 KO’s): The third time was the charm for Kemmic, defeating three-time champ Paddy Duffy (SD-15) to capture the title up in Michigan in November.

    LIGHTWEIGHTS, Bobby Dobbs (15-0, 8 KO’s): Dobbs handed Jack McAuliffe his first defeat back in March, coming back from being knocked down twice in the 3rd to break Jack’s jaw in the 4th for the TKO win.  Wouldn’t be shocked to see these two warriors fighting against each other sometime in 1891.

    FEATHERWEIGHTS, Young Griffo (18-4, 6 KO’s): Griffo tried twice to win the belt against George Dixon, losing each time, once in 1888, again in 1889.  His third shot came in his native Australia in November against Dick Hollywood, with Griffo surviving a flash knockdown in the 8th to win the fight by knockout in the 10th.

    BANTAMWEIGHTS, Tommy Kelly (15-2-1, 11 KO’s): The “Harlem Spider” won the belt in 1889 with a win in West Virginia over Jose Guiterrez, and hasn’t looked back since.  Ike Weir got a 15-round draw against him later in ’89, with Kelly avenging the stalemate with a KO-10 win in Indiana in November.

    FLYWEIGHTS, Erasmus Kiefer* (15-4-3, 6 KO’s): Raul Cantu took Keifer to back-to-back consecutive draws in 1889, but lost in the Contenders Group in 1890 that would have earned him an eventual rematch.  Division in a state of flux with no real talent in it at this time.


    Fighter Of The Year: Peter Jackson
    Contender Of The Year: Jack McAuliffe (22-1, 18 KO’s)
    Prospect Of The Year: George Lavigne (22-5-1, #6 ranked lightweight)
    Rookie Of The Year: Joe Walcott (5-0)

  • johndoe 9:34 am on February 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Fistic History: Notes From 1889 


    Peter Jackson repeated as fighter of the year once more in 1889..

    Here’s the honor roll after the 1889 season of the Professional Prizefighters Union:


    HEAVYWEIGHTS: Peter Jackson (18-0, 16 KO’s, 9 successful title defenses)
    LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS: Andrew Widdop* (13-7-1, 4 KO’s, defeated Ashton Robinson* to win title in Nov.)
    MIDDLEWEIGHTS: Young Mitchell (17-4, 15 KO’s, defeated John Banks to win the title in Nov.)
    WELTERWEIGHTS: Tommy Ryan (14-0, 12 KO’s, 2 successful title defenses)
    LIGHTWEIGHTS: Jack McAuliffe (18-0, 15 KO’s, 9 successful title defenses)
    FEATHERWEIGHTS: George Dixon (16-2, 8 KO’s, 5 successful title defenses)
    BANTAMWEIGHTS: Tommy Kelly (12-2-1, 8 KO’s, 1 successful title defense)
    FLYWEIGHTS: Erasmus Keifer (13-4-2, 6 KO’s, 2nd reign as champ, 3 successful title defenses in the current reign)


    FIGHTER OF THE YEAR: Peter Jackson (Heavyweight Champion)
    CONTENDER OF THE YEAR: Jack Dempsey NP (#1 Middleweight Contender, third time he’s won this award)
    PROSPECT OF THE YEAR: George LaBlanche (#4 Middleweight Contender)
    ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Jim Holloway (5-0 Lightweight)

  • johndoe 11:12 am on February 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Fistic History: Notes From 1888 

    Peter Jackson, the 1888 PPU Fighter Of The Year

    Peter Jackson, the 1888 PPU Fighter Of The Year..15-0, all 15 wins coming by KO.

    The year of 1888 came and went in the Professional Prizefighters Union.

    As the year ended, here were the champions in the various weight classifications:

    HEAVYWEIGHTS: Peter Jackson (15-0, 15 KO’s, 6 title defenses)
    LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS: Doug Andrews* (11-7-1, 6 KO’s, just defeated Joe Butler in November to win the title)
    MIDDLEWEIGHTS: Jack Dempsey NP (18-2, 14 KO’s, just defeated Bob Fitzsimmons in November to win the title)
    WELTERWEIGHTS: Paddy Duffy (16-1-1, 6 KO’s, 2nd reign as champ, just defeated Dick Sandall in November)
    LIGHTWEIGHTS: Jack McAuliffe (15-0, 13 KO’s, 6 title defenses)
    FEATHERWEIGHTS: George Dixon (13-2, 7 KO’s, 2 title defenses)
    BANTAMWEIGHTS: Nunc Wallace (15-1-1, 4 KO’s, 3 title defenses)
    FLYWEIGHTS: Erasmus Keifer* (12-4, 5 KO’s, 2nd reign as champ, just defeated Donald Dorsey in November)

    And the award winners were:

    FIGHTER OF THE YEAR: Peter Jackson (Heavyweight Champion, 15-0, all wins by knockout)
    CONTENDER OF THE YEAR: Bob Fitzsimmons (#1 Middleweight Contender, 14-1, only loss by knockout to Jack Dempsey NP)
    PROSPECT OF THE YEAR: James J. Corbett (#1 Heavyweight Contender, 15-1, has won nine fights in a row, only loss to Mervine Thompson in 1886 by DQ for excessive fouling)
    ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Cal McCarthy (6-0 as a featherweight in his rookie year)

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