Fistic History: Notes From 1898

Corbett held on to the PPU Heavyweight title in 1898, good enough to earn "Gentlemen Jim" his 2nd Fighter Of The Year award.

Corbett held on to the PPU Heavyweight title in 1898, good enough to earn “Gentlemen Jim” his 2nd Fighter Of The Year award.

The 14th year of the Professional Prizefighting Union comes to a close, and the first Hall of Fame fighter has been enshrined.

ROLL CALL OF CHAMPIONS AT THE END OF 1898

HW: James J. Corbett, 48-5-2 (12 KO’s)
LHW: Frank Craig, 30-7 (22)
MW: Charley Johnson, 34-11-1 (29)
WW: George Cole, 21-1-1 (5)
LW: Young Griffo, 43-6-2 (14)
FW: George Dixon, 47-8 (20)
BW: Jimmy Barry, 24-2 (11)
FLY: Walter Croot, 24-7-1 (5)

TOP 10 POUND FOR POUND

1. Peter Jackson (#1 heavyweight)
2. James J. Corbett (heavyweight champion)
3. Bob Fitzsimmons (#2 heavyweight)
4. Jack McAuliffe (#1 lightweight)
5. Young Griffo (lightweight champion)
6. Jack Dempsey NP (#2 middleweight)
7. Tommy Ryan (#1 welterweight)
8. George Dixon (featherweight champ)
9. Joe Choynski (#1 light heavyweight)
10. Fred Morris (#3 middleweight)

AWARDS

Fighter Of The Year: James J, Corbett
Contender Of The Year: Peter Jackson
Prospect Of The Year: Dick O’ Brien (#10 middleweight)
Rookie Of The Year: George Gardiner

Hall Of Fame: Pat Killen (54-16-1 with 46 KO’s, lost to Peter Jackson for the heavyweight title in 1894, his 46 stoppage wins are the current all-time PPU record, his 54 wins currently tied for 3rd all-time)

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