1888-08-18 (107lbs) Jack Dinan w co 8 (finish) Frank Donovan, Westchester, New York, USA

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1888-08-18 (107lbs) Jack Dinan w co 8 (finish) Frank Donovan, Westchester, New York, USA. Held in a barn and waged in skin-tight gloves, it was bloody and brutal while it lasted according to the Salt Lake Daily Tribune. In the first round Dinan (106½) tore into Donovan (106), and before too long the latter’s right eye was damaged. In the second session Donovan came back trading blow for blow before opening up a gash over Dinan’s right eye in the third. Despite both of his eyes being almost closed by the fourth Donovan attacked Dinan non-stop, but after swinging wildly he cut his head badly when coming into contact with a broken tumbler on a ledge above the ring. From there on Donovan began to weaken, continually losing a lot of blood, and in the eighth he was forced to the ropes and dropped for the full count by a heavy right to the jugular. Dinan claimed the American 107lbs title on the result.

Some records have the 18-year olds meeting in a return on 25 November 1889, with Dinan again knocking out Donovan, this time in the seventh round. However, after much researching I have been unable to come up with anything and it may well have been a duplication of the above contest. Dinan was reported to have gone blind a short while later.