1896-03-02 (154/156lbs) Charles Kid McCoy w co 15 (20) Tommy Ryan, Empire AC, Maspeth, Queens, NYC, New York, USA

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1896-03-02 (154/156lbs) Charles Kid McCoy w co 15 (20) Tommy Ryan, Empire AC, Queens, NYC, New York, USA. Referee: Tim Hurst. This fight was made famous by the fact that McCoy, Ryan’s old sparring partner, tricked the welterweight champion into taking him on at 154lbs by claiming he was out of condition. To add insult to injury, the Brooklyn Eagle tells us that McCoy was a pound over the articled weight at 155lbs to Ryan’s 148. Following this, the famous expression: ‘The Real McCoy’ was probably coined, but with Bob Fitzsimmons still considered champion in some quarters the winner would not be generally recognised, despite the fact that the contest was billed as being for the championship. The fight reports stated that Ryan, giving away height and weight, proved himself as great in defeat as in victory when getting up again and again to battle on. McCoy did little of the leading early on but after the seventh round he concentrated on the body, Ryan being floored in the eighth, ninth and 12th before being opened up in the 15th. After some body work early in the session, Ryan was dropped by a heavy left to the jaw and on just about getting to his feet on time he was sent down for the full count, completed at 1.54, by a right-left to the jaw.

Although McCoy claimed the 154lbs title on winning he had no right to as he had come in above that weight.