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)