1886-02-02 (150lbs) Nonpareil Jack Dempsey w rtd 27 (finish) Jack Fogarty, Clarendon Hall, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA
1886-02-02 (150lbs) Nonpareil Jack Dempsey w rtd 27 (finish) Jack Fogarty, Clarendon Hall, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA. Referee: Chris Fitzgerald. With just one reporter present, from the New York World, and set for a finish under London Prize Ring Rules at 150lbs in kid gloves, MoQ Rules seem to have applied. Well on top for much of the time, Dempsey (146) gave Fogarty (140½) a real pounding, which saw his face and body badly lacerated and his nose broken in two places before he was pulled out. Fogarty, who had been knocked down in the 11th and battered continuously while growing weaker and weaker, was retired by his corner at the end of the 27th after being smashed down again in that session. Although he had regained his feet and was trying to fight back, by this time Fogarty was almost insensible and he was pulled out by his seconds when it was apparent that he was through for the night. The finish was timed at 107 minutes.
Prior to this, the only fight of any significance at the weight had taken place in England on 21 May 1878, when Pat Condon had won a 150lbs championship competition when outpointing Andy Elms over three rounds at The Peacock Tavern, Bethnal Green, London.