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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