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  • tbpauly 11:27 am on March 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Fistic History: Notes From 1896 

    He's still the man...Peter Jackson wins Fighter Of The Year a 7th time in 1896.

    He’s still the man…Peter Jackson wins Fighter Of The Year a 7th time in 1896.

    Another year passes in Professional Prizefighters Union, and the burning question as 1897 looms is a simple one: will anyone dethrone Peter Jackson before he retires?

    ROLL CALL OF CHAMPIONS AT THE END OF 1896

    HEAVYWEIGHTS, Peter Jackson (39-0-2, 33 KO’s): The champion began to show his age this year, only making two defense.  In his most recent defense  he faced James J. Corbett a sixth time, with the two fighters trading knockdowns in a 15-round draw.  That will trigger an automatic rematch with Corbett in early 1897, with many fight followers wondering if the seventh time could wind up being the charm.

    LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS, Joe Choysnki (36-3, 34 KO’s): After stunning Bob Fitzsimmons to win the Light Heavy title at the start of the year, Choysnki has defended the title against meager competition five times in 1896, all wins coming by way of knockout, four of the five coming within three rounds or less.

    MIDDLEWEIGHTS, Charles McCoy (27-3, 23 KO’s): McCoy stopped Jack Dempsey NP (KO-10) to win the middleweight title in May, successfully defending the belt against Charley Johnson (KO-14) with Johnson ahead on the scorecards at the time of the stoppage.  McCoy fights Light Heavyweight champ Joe Choysnki in what’s becoming an annual ritual of “title vs. title” bouts as of late.

    WELTERWEIGHTS, Joe Walcott (30-1-1, 21 KO’s): Walcott turned back four challenges to his title during the year, all coming by way of stoppages.

    LIGHTWEIGHTS, Young Griffo (38-5-2, 11 KO’s): Griffo became the first fighter in PPU history to hold two titles simultaneously in two different weight classes when he beat Bobby Dobbs in January to win the Lightweight title.  After vacating the Featherweight belt, he’s since turned back the challenges of Billy Dacey, Arthur Chambers, and Joe Gans to prove he’s not a one-hit wonder after stepping up in class.

    FEATHERWEIGHTS, Cal McCarthy (32-6-1, 11 KO’s): McCarthy lost to George Dixon to fill the vacancy in the Featherweight division in February, but Dixon lost the belt to Johnny T. Griffin in his subsequent defense.  McCarthy then beat Griffin to win the title a second time in August, and defended the title successfully against Fred Bogan in December.

    BANTAMWEIGHTS, Ike Weir (37-8-4, 14 KO’s): Weir defeated Jack Hare to win the Bantamweight crown a second time in a division that saw Hare, Pedlar Palmer, Tommy Kelly, and Chappie Moran all holding the belt at one point or another during the year.

    FLYWEIGHTS, Eddie Avery (22-8-4, 12 KO’s): All of Avery’s fights in 1896 were against Walter Croot.  He captured the title from Croot in March in a spilt decision, drew in the automatic rematch in July, then won the automatically triggered re-rematch against Croot in November (DQ-11).

    POUND FOR POUND TOP 10

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

    AWARDS

    Fighter Of The Year: Peter Jackson (7th such award, 4th in a row)
    Contenders Of The Year: Bob Fitzsimmons (3rd award)
    Prospect Of The Year: Yankee Sullivan (#29 heavyweight contender, 3rd straight award)
    Rookie Of The Year: Battling Nelson (6-0 lightweight)

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  • tbpauly 8:52 am on March 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Fistic History: Notes From 1895 

    It's a double three-peat for Peter Jackson, as he wins the PPU Fighter Of The Year trophy in 1895...

    It’s a double three-peat for Peter Jackson, as he wins the PPU Fighter Of The Year trophy in 1895…

    The Professional Prizefighters Union completed its 11th year in 1895, with Peter Jackson still reigning supreme in the heavyweight division.

    ROLL CALL OF CHAMPIONS AT THE END OF 1895

    HEAVYWEIGHTS, Peter Jackson (38-0-1, 32 KO’s): After turning back the challenge from Bob Fitzsimmons (TKO-7), Jackson went on to stop Peter Maher (KO-13) and decision John L. Sullivan (UD-15) to remain the PPU’s only heavyweight champion in its history.

    LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS, Bob Fitzsimmons (37-4, 33 KO’s): After the loss in March to Peter Jackson, Bob successfully defended the light heavy crown against Jason Whitney (KO-1), Charles Veeck (TKO-4), and Joe Butler (KO-11).

    MIDDLEWEIGHTS, Jack Dempsey NP (42-7, 24 KO’s): Dempsey seems to be flourishing with Bob Fitzsimmons moving up in class.  The three time champ defeated Jack Burke (TKO-5), Young Mitchell (UD-15), and Charles McCoy (MD-15), with the majority decision triggering a rematch in 1896.

    WELTERWEIGHTS, Joe Walcott (26-1-1, 17 KO’s): Walcott defeated Tommy Ryan (SD-15) to win the title a second time, and beat Jim Franey (KO-3) and Dick Case (TKO-8) in defenses during the year.  Ryan will be cashing in his rematch clause in Walcott’s first defense in the new year, making for an interesting fight in February.

    LIGHTWEIGHTS, Bobby Dobbs (32-4, 16 KO’s): Dobbs made three defenses in 1895, scoring decision wins over Texas Jack Burke and Barney Malone before stopping Frank Erne (TKO-8).

    FEATHERWEIGHTS, Young Griffo (34-5-2, 9 KO’s): Griffo stopped Tommy Warren (TKO-14) before a draw against Solly Smith in July.  That triggered a mandatory rematch against Smith four months later, scoring a stoppage win (TKO-5).  Griffo will fight Bobby Dobbs for his lightweight title to start the year in another battle of champions.

    BANTAMWEIGHTS, Chappie Moran (25-10-1): Moran is the champ despite never having scored a stoppage win in 36 fights, defeating Jimmy Barry (UD-15) to win the Bantamweight title a second time.

    FLYWEIGHTS, Walter Croot (12-4, 1 KO): Croot vanquished Jimmy Gorman (UD-15) in Cincinnati this past October to win the title, his first run as flyweight titleholder.

    AWARDS

    Fighter Of The Year: Peter Jackson (6th award, 3rd straight award)
    Contender Of The Year: Jack McAuliffe (3rd award, 2nd straight)
    Prospect Of The Year: Yankee Sullivan (2nd straight award, #32 contender to the heavyweight crown)
    Rookie Of The Year: Young Peter Jackson (5-0 welterweight)

     
  • tbpauly 10:10 am on March 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Fistic History: Notes From 1894 

    Make it a three-peat for Peter Jackson, capturing his fifth PPU Fighter Of The Year crown in 1894.

    Make it another for Peter Jackson, capturing his fifth PPU Fighter Of The Year crown in 1894.

    Ten years of action and thousands of fights later, the Professional Prizefighters Union has completed its first decade.

    ROLL CALL OF CHAMPIONS AT THE END OF 1894

    HEAVYWEIGHTS, Peter Jackson (35-0-1, 30 KO’s): Peter is still the only heavyweight champ the PPU has known.  He had a lighter schedule in 1894, but made headline news as the year ended by announcing after defeating John P. Clow that he’s agreed to fight Light Heavyweight champion Bob Fitzsimmons on the neutral soil of the USA in March for his heavyweight title.

    LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS, Bob Fitzsimmons (34-3, 30 KO’s): Fitzsimmons won the title in September over two-time titleholder Joe Choynski, and now wants to prove he’s the best fighter in the world with a match against Peter Jackson.  His light heavyweight title will not be at stake, but will have to abdicate that belt if he wins against Jackson.

    MIDDLEWEIGHTS, Jack “The Irish Lad” Burke (35-10, 16 KO’s): Burke defeated Jack Bonner for the belt in New Orleans this past December, will have to make a mandatory defense Jack “Nonpareil” Dempsey in March, who lost the belt by KO in 7 to Charley Johnson this past June.

    WELTERWEIGHTS, Tommy Ryan (30-2-2, 25 KO’s): Ryan’s now won 15 fights in row, including winning the welterweight title a second time and successful in eight straight defenses.

    LIGHTWEIGHTS, Bobby Dobbs (29-4, 15 KO’s): Dobbs spilt decisioned George Lavigne to win the belt a second time in June in Providence, and has made two defenses since.

    FEATHERWEIGHTS, Young Griffo (32-5-1, 7 KO’s): Griffo kept the belt throughout 1894, making four defenses, only one win coming by way of knockout.

    BANTAMWEIGHTS, Jimmy Barry (13-1, 5 KO’s): Defeated Tommy Kelly for the belt in June, and has made two defenses since.  His only loss was to journeyman Walt Lafevbre in Barry’s third fight.

    FLYWEIGHTS, Jimmy Anthony (10-1-1, 5 KO’s): Won the belt by knocking out Robinson Ramos in Brisbane, drawing with Erasmus Keifer in September before decisioning him in Germany in a rematch in December.

    AWARDS

    Fighter Of The Year: Peter Jackson (5th award, 2nd in a row)
    Contender Of The Year: Jack McAuliffe (2nd award)
    Prospect Of The Year: Yankee Sullivan (#33 heavyweight contender)
    Rookie Of The Year: Jack Johnson (4-0 as a heavyweight)

     
  • tbpauly 8:05 am on March 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Fistic History: Notes From 1893 

    Peter Jackson picked up his 4th PPU Fighter Of The Year trophy in 1893.

    Peter Jackson picked up his 4th PPU Fighter Of The Year trophy in 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.

    AWARDS

    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)

     
  • tbpauly 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:

    CHAMPIONS

    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.

    AWARDS

    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)

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

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    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:

    CHAMPIONS

    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)

    HONORS

    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)

     
  • tbpauly 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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