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Rube Ferns

W L D
45 19 9
33 KOs 9 KOs
last 6


bouts 73
rounds 667
KOs 45%
 
global ID 61842
birth nameJames Ferns
born 1873-10-30
death date1952-06-11 / age 78
debut1896-01-01 / age 22
divisionwelterweight
height5′ 8″   /   173cm
residence
Scammon, Kansas, USA
birth place
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

newspaper decisions
bouts rounds won lost drawn
74 15 1 0 0

Career Record

date lbs opponent lbs
record 
location
result 
rounds
1910-04-05
Wildcat Ferns6 0 0
Auditorium, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
LTKO4/15
 L 
TKO
4/15
  
referee: Frank Carsey
(Oklahoma City Daily Pointer)
1907-09-28
Kid Farmer26 7 7
Springfield, Illinois, USA
LTKO6/0
 L 
TKO
6/0
  
1906-12-19
John Dukelow2 5 0
Rochester, New York, USA
DPTS10/10
 D 
PTS
10/10
  
referee: Tom McCarthy
A new bout for Ferns. Bout shortened to ten rounds by Ferns due to a small crowd. Syracuse Herald
1906-06-20
Charley Sieger5 7 8
Lock City A.C., Lockport, New York, USA
DPTS20/20
 D 
PTS
20/20
  
referee: Eddie McBride
1906-06-01
Art Mason5 0 0
Ortner's Hall, Buffalo, New York, USA
W PTS15/15
 W  
PTS
15/15
  
Buffalo Express
1906-05-15
Charlie Conkle1 0 0
Lyceum Theater, Niagara Falls, New York, USA
W DQ3/10
 W  
DQ
3/10
  
referee: Jack Malone
1906-04-18
145Charley Hitte1558 2 0
Albany, New York, USA
LDQ7/20
 L 
DQ
7/20
  
Fought in private, near Albany. Ferns fouled Hitte and the referee stopped the fight in the third round, but Hitte elected to continue.
1906-03-21
143Charley Sieger1414 7 7
Miller's Hall, Buffalo, New York, USA
DPTS15/15
 D 
PTS
15/15
  
referee: Eddie McBride
Buffalo Express
1906-03-17
Mike Donovan61 12 32
18th Regiment Armory, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
LPTS6/6
 L 
PTS
6/6
  
Sometimes recorded as a win for Ferns. Loss per Pittsburgh Press
1906-03-16
Matty Matthews55 17 17
International A.C., Buffalo, New York, USA
W KO9/15
 W  
KO
9/15
  
referee: Eddie McBride
1906-02-22
Billy Delaney0 1 0
Godfroy's Pavilion, Reed's Lake, Michigan, USA
W KO4/15
 W  
KO
4/15
  
Buffalo Express
1906-02-12
Gus Gardner20 19 6
International A.C., Buffalo, New York, USA
W NWS15/15
 W  
NWS
15/15
  
"Ferns would have gained the decision hands down if one had been allowed to be given". Buffalo Enquirer
1905-09-24
Billy Rhodes4 0 1
Island Park, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
LTKO3/20
 L 
TKO
3/20
  
1905-08-20
Jack Dunleavy3 2 4
Island Park, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
DPTS17/17
 D 
PTS
17/17
  
Kansas City Star
1904-03-31
Eugene Bezenah26 16 29
Weir, Kansas, USA
DPTS20/20
 D 
PTS
20/20
  
1904-02-26
Martin Duffy28 5 4
Whittington Park, Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA
LPTS20/20
 L 
PTS
20/20
  
referee: Pat Early
1903-12-19
Dick O'Brien38 22 13
Parsons, Kansas, USA
DPTS10/10
 D 
PTS
10/10
  
1903-05-28
Martin Duffy25 5 2
Music Hall, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
LKO13/20
 L 
KO
13/20
  
Duffy claims to be World 'white' Champion at 145lbs
1903-04-27
Matty Matthews49 11 15
International A.C., Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada
W TKO19/20
 W  
TKO
19/20
  
Ferns claims to be World 'white' Champion at 145lbs. "Ferns was in fine condition and won all the way, Matthews going down sixteen times and taking hard punishment." - Globe & Mail.
1902-12-22
Matty Matthews47 11 15
Kenyon's Hall, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA
LPTS10/10
 L 
PTS
10/10
  
Matthews claims to be World 'white' Champion at 145lbs
1902-11-27
Hugo Kelly10 3 7
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
LPTS10/10
 L 
PTS
10/10
  
1902-07-18
Billy Emerson0 1 0
Eureka Springs, Arkansas, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
This was previously incorrectly listed as Matty Matthews W10 Billy Emerson. James Rube Ferns is correct opponent. Dallas Morning News
1902-05-29
145Owen Ziegler14536 20 18
Joplin, Missouri, USA
W KO3/20
 W  
KO
3/20
  
1902-03-21
Al Neill15 2 7
Woodward's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USA
LKO12/20
 L 
KO
12/20
  
referee: Eddie Smith
Ferns was knocked down twice in the 5th round and once in the 10th.
1902-02-26
Tom Tracey14119 16 10
Exposition Building, Portland, Oregon, USA
LPTS20/20
 L 
PTS
20/20
  
referee: Joe Acton
Fought at 142lbs, Ferns struggled to make weight.
1902-01-27
Tim Draffin Murphy17 11 0
American A.C., Chicago, Illinois, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
1902-01-03
Jack Bennett36 10 6
Industrial A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
W KO2/6
 W  
KO
2/6
  
referee: Walter H. Schlichter
According to the Philadelphia Item, Bennett appeared to fake his knockout loss.
1901-12-18
142Joe Walcott14271 9 8
International A.C., Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada
LTKO5/20
 L 
TKO
5/20
  
time: 2:50   referee: Eddie McBride
Welterweight Championship of the World
"Walcott battered down Ferns with terrific body blows, and right and left swings to the head. To save Ferns from being completely knocked out, Referee McBride stopped the bout." - Toronto Star. Ferns down twice in the 5th round. "Well, he won, and I have nothing to say against it. I don't know anybody at the weight - no, nor a good deal above it - that can beat him." - Rube Ferns
"It is understood that a test case will be made, based on to-night's bouts, from which a decision as to the legality of these contests in Ontario will be had. A number of people in Fort Erie are opposed to them, but many others are quite satisfied to have them continue, and it is said that boxing or no boxing will be a principal issue at the coming elections." - Globe & Mail
The case against the International Athletic Club was dismissed on February 3, 1902. The club had been charged with "promoting a prize-fight." Police Magistrate Alexander Logan ruled that the bout was "a mere exhibition of skill in boxing or sparring, where the contestants agree to box a limited number of rounds in a friendly spirit with gloves."
1901-11-28
Charles Dutch Thurston8 3 2
Light Guard Armory, Detroit, Michigan, USA
W PTS15/15
 W  
PTS
15/15
  
referee: John Hagen
Welterweight Championship of the World
Differing reports on this fight with the Chicago Tribune saying Ferns made a successful defence while the Philadelphia Item makes no mention of the title being at stake. UPDATE: Title Fight at 145lbs according to Detroit newspaper. Both fighters easily made 145lbs, with Ferns a pound lighter.
1901-09-23
Frank Erne25 3 16
International A.C., Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada
W KO9/20
 W  
KO
9/20
  
Welterweight Championship of the World
Erne down in round 1 from a right to the mouth. Though pressing the fight, Ferns was bleeding badly over the last few rounds. "A right to the jaw that seemed to daze Erne, followed by a hard left swing full on the unprotected jaw, put the Buffalo boy down and out. The bout proved a great drawing card, the clubhouse being packed to the rafters, and many of those who crossed the river were unable to gain admittance. It is estimated that 4,500 persons saw the fight." - Toronto Star
1901-05-24
Matty Matthews42 7 15
Mutual Street Rink, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
W KO10/20
 W  
KO
10/20
  
referee: Marve Smith
Welterweight Championship of the World
"On points, Matthews was a winner up to the time that the bout came to an unexpected termination. In the tenth and final round he lost a little of his caution and left an opening, which the Rube availed himself of. A left to the jaw dazed the champion, another another on the same spot floored him. Disdaining to take the count he got up quickly to his feet, but he was all at sea and when he stabbed blindly at Ferns with a left the latter stepped back, and as Matthews stumbled towards him crossed the right to the jaw and the champion went down for the long count." - Globe & Mail
Billed World & American 142 lbs Title
BBBC Boxing Yearbook 2004
1900-10-16
141½Matty Matthews141½39 7 15
Light Guard Armory, Detroit, Michigan, USA
LPTS15/15
 L 
PTS
15/15
  
referee: George Siler
Welterweight Championship of the World
The fighters weighed in at 3 PM. Ferns entered the bout with sores on his shoulder that had become infected a couple weeks earlier - these opened up and bled during the fight. "It was a hammer-and-tongs affair, in which Matthews not only outgeneraled, but outfought the champion, and barring a protest by Chaley Wilson, manager of Ferns, the verdict was generally accepted as the only one it was possible for the referee to give. During the progress of the fight there were but two rounds in which the champion could be said to have the better of the fistic argument, while in eight rounds Matty clearly outpointed and outfought his man. The other five were very even." - Detroit Free Press.
1900-08-30
Matty Matthews39 6 15
Light Guard Armory, Detroit, Michigan, USA
W PTS15/15
 W  
PTS
15/15
  
referee: Malachy Hogan
Welterweight Championship of the World
"...Rube Ferns demonstrated that he is a hard hitting, game and dangerous man and clearly entitled to the honor which he now holds, that of welterweight champion. While he failed to put Matty Matthews away and did not win by as large a majority as his supporters desired, he had the better of the bout, beyond doubt, and now stands at the head of the welter list with his claim to the title of champion clearly established... Ferns was the aggressor all through the fight, did most of the leading and all of the forcing, in addition to landing frequently on Matthews' body. As limited-round bouts are to be decided on points, Ferns clearly won, although Johnny Dunn, manager of Matthews, raced around the city declaring that his man had been robbed. The honesty of Malachy Hogan is unquestioned, so even if Matthews was entitled to a draw, Dunn did not pursue a wise course, to say the least." Bo Needham, Detroit Free Press, September 2, 1900
1900-08-13
Eddie Connolly22 8 15
Olympic A.C., Buffalo, New York, USA
W TKO15/25
 W  
TKO
15/25
  
World Welterweight Title
Connolly's seconds threw in the sponge. Buffalo Times
1900-07-19
Otto Knop6 4 4
Ortner's Hall, Buffalo, New York, USA
W KO4/10
 W  
KO
4/10
  
Ferns fought Reptie and Knopp on the same day.
1900-07-19
Joe Reptie1 2 1
Ortner's Hall, Buffalo, New York, USA
W TKO2/10
 W  
TKO
2/10
  
referee: Eddie McBride
1900-05-24
Jack Bennett30 6 6
Mutual Street Rink, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
W KO1/20
 W  
KO
1/20
  
time: 2:20   referee: Jack Sheehan
Bennett quickly recovered after being dragged to his corner, and confronted the referee, claiming that he had been hit on the break. He then confronted Ferns, and challenged him to another fight right there and then for a wager as large as Ferns might like. The offer was refused.
Billed World & American 142 lbs Welterweight Title
BBBC Boxing Yearbook 2004
1900-03-20
Jack Hanley10 17 3
Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada
W KO6/0
 W  
KO
6/0
  
1900-02-22
Mike Donovan33 1 11
Hawthorne A.C., Buffalo, New York, USA
W PTS20/20
 W  
PTS
20/20
  
referee: Eddie McBride
Advertised as a World Welterweight title fight at 145lbs (accepted weight limit was 142lbs)
Donovan down in the 19th round.
1900-01-15
Mysterious Billy Smith29 10 19
Hawthorne A.C., Buffalo, New York, USA
W DQ21/25
 W  
DQ
21/25
  
referee: Eddie McBride
Welterweight Championship of the World
Smith knocked Ferns down 15 times before fouling him.
1899-12-28
Walter Burgo6 7 4
Lake City A.C., Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
W KO2/15
 W  
KO
2/15
  
1899-11-30
146¾Sammy Callahan1356 3 4
Hawthorne A.C., Buffalo, New York, USA
W KO1/0
 W  
KO
1/0
  
time: 1:35   referee: Walter C Kelly
1899-09-29
Bobby Dobbs67 13 21
Hawthorne A.C., Buffalo, New York, USA
W PTS20/20
 W  
PTS
20/20
  
1899-07-18
Bert Youngdebut
Hartford, Connecticut, USA
LTKO9/20
 L 
TKO
9/20
  
The date and location of this fight, mentioned in the 1941 All-Time Ring Record Book, is uncertain.
1899-06-22
Shorty Ahearn7 5 6
Chicago, Illinois, USA
W KO6/0
 W  
KO
6/0
  
1899-05-27
Shorty Ahearn7 4 6
Howard Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
Chicago Daily Tribune.
1899-04-05
Otto Minkedebut
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
W KO6/0
 W  
KO
6/0
  
1899-02-09
Shorty Ahearn4 4 5
Calhoun Madison AC, Chicago, Illinois, USA
DPTS6/6
 D 
PTS
6/6
  
referee: George Siler
Chicago Daily Tribune.
1899-02-07
Charlie McKeever22 5 5
Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, USA
LPTS6/6
 L 
PTS
6/6
  
referee: George Siler
1898-12-23
Spot Robinsondebut
W KO2/0
 W  
KO
2/0
  
Exact location unknown.
1898-12-11
Walter Montgomery0 1 0
W KO9/0
 W  
KO
9/0
  
Exact location unknown.
1898-11-30
Paddy Purtell15 7 4
Weir, Kansas, USA
W KO5/0
 W  
KO
5/0
  
1898-10-06
139Ben Smith135debut
Carnival AC, Kansas City, Kansas, USA
DPTS12/12
 D 
PTS
12/12
  
referee: Jimmie Whitfield
Kansas City Journal
1898-07-11
George Fitzgerald1 0 0
Sapp's Opera House, Galena, Kansas, USA
W KO3/0
 W  
KO
3/0
  
referee: Jimmie Whitfield
Kansas City Journal
1898-06-08
Frank 'Dutch' Neal6 6 1
Galena, Kansas, USA
W KO7/0
 W  
KO
7/0
  
1898-05-02
George Fitzgeralddebut
Weir, Kansas, USA
LKO3/0
 L 
KO
3/0
  
1898-04-01
Frank 'Dutch' Neal6 5 1
Galena, Kansas, USA
W KO6/0
 W  
KO
6/0
  
1898-03-15
Billy Emersondebut
W KO10/0
 W  
KO
10/0
  
Location unknown.
1897-12-13
Hugh McManus0 1 0
Weir, Kansas, USA
W KO23/0
 W  
KO
23/0
  
1897-09-17
Walter Montgomerydebut
USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
location unknown.
1897-07-02
Bobby Dobbs49 11 20
Hartford, Connecticut, USA
LPTS8/8
 L 
PTS
8/8
  
1897-06-07
Lou DeMonge1 0 0
Greenpoint S.C., Brooklyn, New York, USA
W KO8/0
 W  
KO
8/0
  
Ferns substituted for Tommy McGirr after the club physicians refused to let him go on. He out-weighed DeMonge by about thirty pounds.
1897-06-04
Izzy Strauss10 4 3
Broadway A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USA
LDQ1/10
 L 
DQ
1/10
  
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
1897-03-22
Bill Mahan5 8 1
Weir, Kansas, USA
W TKO6/0
 W  
TKO
6/0
  
1897-02-01
Kid Gardnerdebut
Chicago, Illinois, USA
DPTS6/6
 D 
PTS
6/6
  
Exact date unknown.
1897-01-23
Scaldy Bill Quinn11 6 11
Chicago, Illinois, USA
W PTS6/6
 W  
PTS
6/6
  
1897-01-01
Bill Mahan5 7 1
Weir, Kansas, USA
W TKO6/0
 W  
TKO
6/0
  
1896-11-09
Paddy Purtell13 3 3
Galena, Kansas, USA
LKO3/0
 L 
KO
3/0
  
1896-09-27
Fred Ross2 1 3
USA
W KO13/0
 W  
KO
13/0
  
Exact date and location unknown.
1896-09-25
Ed Doyledebut
Opera House, Weir, Kansas, USA
W KO13/0
 W  
KO
13/0
  
Kansas City Daily Journal
1896-09-15
Cass Whitmandebut
USA
W KO3/0
 W  
KO
3/0
  
location unknown.
1896-07-29
Harry Pigeon4 3 4
Sapp's Opera House, Galena, Kansas, USA
W KO18/0
 W  
KO
18/0
  
referee: John Hamilton
Baxter (Kansas) Springs News
1896-06-29
Tom Mackeydebut
Chicopee, Kansas, USA
W KO10/0
 W  
KO
10/0
  
1896-05-25
Jack Dougherty0 3 1
USA
W KO2/0
 W  
KO
2/0
  
location unknown.
W
Win
L
Loss
D
Draw
N
No Contest
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Scheduled/Pending
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