Fistic History: Notes From 1893
The ninth year of PPU action completed with the end of 1893. A lot of changes to report in the champions roll call, as a big name went down to defeat to his main rival in December.
CHAMPIONS ROLL CALL AT THE END OF 1893
HEAVYWEIGHTS, Peter Jackson (31-0-1, 27 KO’s): Peter turned back the fifth challenge from James J, Corbett with another stoppage, and got off the deck twice to defeat John L. Sullivan (KO-14) in a brutal fight in September.
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS, Joe Choynski (22-2, 21 KO’s): Defeated Glen Jones to win the light heavyweight belt back a second time in Nebraska in December.
MIDDLEWEIGHTS, Jack Dempsey NP (33-6, 19 KO’s): Defeated Bob Fitzsimmons in their sixth meeting (TKO-6) to win the middleweight crown over in England. Fitzsimmons announced after the fight that he’s moving up to the light heavyweight division.
WELTERWEIGHTS, Tommy Ryan (26-2-2, 22 KO’s): Kept the belt throughout 1893, although Joe Walcott took the champ to a draw recently in Seattle.
LIGHTWEIGHTS, George Lavigne (31-7-1, 19 KO’s): Lavigne won the belt a second time, defeating Jack McAuliffe down in Texas (KO-4) to avenge losing the title to him in Philly two years earlier.
FEATHERWEIGHTS, Young Griffo (28-5-1, 6 KO’s): Griffo’s also a two time titleholder now, besting Dick Hollywood in Australia for the belt, also in December (UD-15).
BANTAMWEIGHTS, Ike Weir (28-5-4, 9 KO’s): Weir’s a first time champ, going over to Italy recently to stop Casper Leon (KO-5) to win the title.
FLYWEIGHTS, Robinson Ramos* (24-13-7, 4 KO’s): The battle tested Ramos became Flyweight champ defeating Sinfronio Unipeg* for the belt in Mexico this past September.
Fighter Of The Year: Peter Jackson (4th such award)
Contender Of The Year: Bob Fitzsimmons (#1 light heavyweight contender, 2nd award)
Prospect Of The Year: Tom Hyer (#10 heavyweight contender)
Rookie Of The Year: Tom Sharkey (6-0 as a heavyweight)