1886-02-27 (130lbs) Jack McAuliffe w co 17 (finish) Jack Hopper, Cedarhurst Country Club, Long Island, New York, USA
1886-02-27 (130lbs) Jack McAuliffe w co 17 (finish) Jack Hopper, Cedarhurst Country Club, Long Island, New York, USA. Contested for the American and world 130lbs title, using kid gloves and under MoQ Rules, the fight took place in an open-air grandstand during a snowstorm with lanterns illuminating the ring. McAuliffe, who had been handed down the American lightweight title by Nonpareil Jack Dempsey at the beginning of the year, and Hopper were brought together after meeting earlier in a six-rounder in NYC on 13 January.
Although McAuliffe had won on points it was not without a scare or two, Hopper having dropped him for an eight count early on. With just a few people in attendance, in McAuliffe’s own words he was so cold that he could not feel whether he was landing or not. McAuliffe (130) went on to say: “We stood there in the snowstorm, hacking away at each other’s faces with long lefts and rights. By the 15th round Hopper (128) was getting arm weary and his guard was dropping lower and lower and in the 17th I nailed him. I’ll never forget the way Hopper lay there in the snow, his eyes peering blankly at something beyond the circle of yellow light made by the lanterns”.