Arthur Pelkey
Global ID10593
birthdate 1884-10-27
death date 1921-02-18 (36)
height6′ 1½″   /   187cm
reach77″   /   196cm
aliasAndrew Arthur Peltier
country Canada
residenceChatham, Ontario, Canada
birth placeChatham, Ontario, Canada
won 24 (KO 19) + lost 23 (KO 17) + drawn 3 = 54
rounds boxed 381
Newspaper Decisions won 6 : lost 2 : drawn 3
rounds boxed 110
Total Bouts 65 KO% 29.23

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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1920-12-10Young Peter Jackson1-0-0
Ford City, Ontario, CanadaDPTS1010
Jackson is said to be "the coloured heavyweight from Detroit..."
1920-08-20Cleve Hawkins11-18-3
Hermann Hall, Adams, Massachusetts, USALPTS1010
1920-05-24Leo Gates3-0-0
Sherbrooke, Quebec, CanadaDPTS1010
Though the North Adams Transcript confirmed a fight between the two for this date and location - with Gates fighting as 'Joe Wilson' - , it only reported that the fight went the distance and that Gates didn't win. The listed outcome is from an undated 1920 fight in the Everlast Boxing Record Book.
1920-02-09Cleve Hawkins11-18-3
Ford City, Ontario, CanadaWNWS1010
Popular verdict - a win for Pelkey, billed as the heavyweight champion of Canada. (World Almanac)(Ford City was a company town built by the Ford Motor Company on the outskirts of Windsor.)
1919-12-16Bob Martin7-1-0
Saint Louis, Missouri, USALKO38
(Boston Globe)
1919-10-11Soldier Jones3-3-0
Sherbrooke, Quebec, CanadaWKO110
Soldier Jones started out at a whirlwind pace, but a right swing which caught him behind the ear put him down and out.
1919-08-09Jack Renault6-1-1
Sherbrooke, Quebec, CanadaNCND1010
1918-05-29Jack Dempsey36-3-9
Stockyards Stadium, Denver, Colorado, USALKO115
time: 1:00
37 year old Pelkey stumbled and fell before a blow was landed. He regained his feet and immediately clinched. Dempsey landed a right and Pelkey went down for a count of six. He again rose and Dempsey landed a left hook to the jaw that knocked him out.
1917-02-11Kid Norfolk24-10-4
Vista Allegre Bull Ring, Panama City, PanamaLKO1315
Arthur Pelkey, one time aspirant for the world's heavy weight championship, was knocked out in thirteen rounds by a negro pugilist named "Kid" Norfolk, who claims the championship of the canal region. The bout was staged at Panama, and for the first nine sessions Pelkey's superior generalship gave him a big lead. In the seventh he almost dropped his opponent, but Norfolk, with remarkable ringcraft, weathered the round, and thereafter had all the advantage. In the thirteenth he sent Pelkey down for the count with a vicious right blow to the jaw. (Salt Lake Telegram, 1917-01-23) By coincidence, this was Norfolk's second 13-round knockdown of Pelkey in Panama. They also met on December 17, 1916, with the same outcome. After this fight, Norfolk sailed for the United States and never returned to Panama.
1916-12-17Kid Norfolk23-10-4
Santa Ana Plaza, Panama City, PanamaLKO1320
Panamanian heavyweight title
From the Panama Star & Herald. Pelkey dominated the fight for the first 10 rounds, before Norfolk took over.
1916-11-30Fitz Breathwaite0-5-0
Santa Ana Plaza, Panama City, PanamaWKO26
From the Panama Star & Herald. This was the first of two fights for Pelkey on this program.
1916-11-30Joe Archer0-7-1
Santa Ana Plaza, Panama City, PanamaWTKO36
From the Panama Star & Herald. This was the second fight for Pelkey on this date.
1916-06-07Gunboat Smith46-11-5
Phoenix A.C., Memphis, Tennessee, USALPTS88
1916-02-11Carl Morris31-3-1
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USALKO515
Pelkey knocked down twice in the 5th round. (The Gleaner)
1915-10-28Fred Fulton17-3-0
Armory B, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USALTKO510
Pelkey was knocked down an astonishing 12 times in the 5th round before the fight was stopped.
1915-08-27Fred Fulton16-3-0
Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Milwaukee Free Press. Pelkey was floored four times in the fourth round, twice for a count of nine.Edmonton Bulletin
1915-08-09Joe Cox7-5-1
Joplin, Missouri, USALKO910
This is the correct date and result of the Pelkey-Cox fight held in August 1915, source Pueblo Star-Journal (Herb Goldman). Pelkey was finally knocked out by a hard blow to the stomach.
1915-07-08Soldier Delaney6-10-0
Western Gateway A.C., North Adams, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1212
1915-06-21Jack McGrath
Chicopee A.C., Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1212
referee: Phil Gleason
McGrath was a wrestler billed as The Irish Giant (North Adams Transcript).
1915-04-30Battling Jim Johnson20-8-5
Sohmer Park, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaLKO710
1915-04-09Joe Jeannette71-9-7
Sohmer Park, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaLTKO810
referee: Battling Levinsky
Jeannette was a last day subsitute for Battling Levinsky, who instead acted as referee
1915-03-24Al Reich12-1-0
Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York, USALTKO310
Reich took the first round and Pelkey the second, but shortly into round 3 Reich connected with a hook to the jaw and followed with a one-two to the head and Pelkey was out.
1915-03-04Jim Coffey23-1-0
Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York, USALTKO210
1915-01-22Dan McGoldrick9-5-3
Cosmopolitan Gymnasium, Plymouth, Devon, United KingdomLPTS2020x3
Date supplied by Miles Templeton.
1914-11-13Harry Smith16-18-4
Cosmopolitan Gymnasium, Plymouth, Devon, United KingdomWPTS1515x3
referee: JT Hulls
"This is Pelkey's second win since arriving in England in late August...Harry Smith is the South Afrikan champion." The Canadian knocked Smith down with a right hand in the 6th round. In the 12th, Pelkey received a nasty cut over the eye. Wire report carried in the Calgary Herald. J. T. Hulis is from The Sporting Life
1914-10-27Bandsman Dick Rice19-5-1
Premierland, Whitechapel, London, United KingdomLPTS2020x3
Report carried in the Sydney Morning Herald.
1914-10-09Frank Hagney
Cosmopolitan Gymnasium, Plymouth, Devon, United KingdomWKO?
Number of rounds unreported.Edmonton Bulletin
1914-06-13Sam McVea50-9-4
Baker's Pavilion, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaLKO420
1914-04-04Bill Lang26-12-1
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaLKO1920
1914-01-24Kid Kenneth5-2-2
R & W Athletic Club, Taft, California, USALKO620
referee: George Blake
Kenneth had Pelkey down three times in the sixth, the first a hard right uppercut. Pelkey's best punches seemed to have little effect on the smaller man.(Was Pelkey pulling his punches?)
1914-01-01Gunboat Smith41-6-4
Coffroth's Arena, Daly City, California, USALTKO1520
referee: Jim Griffin
White Heavyweight Championship of the World
The bout was stopped after Pelkey rose at nine at unsteady from a knockdown. According to a story in a Calgary paper, Pelkey's wife asserted that he took this fight only because he was bankrupted by legal fees stemming from the hearings into the death of McCarty.

1913-05-24Luther McCarty15-0-1
Tommy Burns's Arena, Calgary, Alberta, CanadaWKO110
referee: Edward W. Smith
White Heavyweight Championship of the world
McCarty was pronounced dead about eight minutes after the knockout, which came after about 2 minutes of fighting. The coroner's jury decided that no blow had been responsible for McCarty's collapse, but that death was due to a hemorrhage of the brain, probably caused by a previous injury. When told in his hotel room that McCarty had died, Pelkey broke down and cried like a child. The next day Tommy Burns's Arena was destroyed by fire; arson was suspected. Calgary Herald.

1913-05-01Andy Morris16-14-5
Manchester Arena, Calgary, Alberta, CanadaWTKO812
referee: Tommy Burns
Former World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns stopped the bout with Morris groggy and taking a hammering from Pelkey. Not much later Burns became Pelkey's manager.
1913-04-02Tommy Burns44-3-8
Manchester Arena, Calgary, Alberta, CanadaDNWS66
referee: Bob MacDonald
Prior to the match, Pelkey promised to finish Burns inside the six rounds. Burns said if he could go six fast ones with Pelkey he'd be ready to fight McCarty or Palzer. After a quick start, Pelkey was dropped for a count of seven in round 2. He rose rapidly. In the fourth round Pelkey nailed Burns with a left hook and Burns went down, but he jumped back to his feet and landed a left to Pelkey's midsection. In round five Burns put Pelkey down for a count of four. The final bell sounded with both exchanging punches. Charlie Robinson the Winnipeg coloured heavweight who claimed the Canadian title challenged both men from ringside.Calgary Daily Herald
1913-02-27Fred McKay4-3-0
Forty-Fourth Street A.C., New York, New York, USADNWS1010
The pair hugged and waved their arms like flails, few clean blows were landed in the entire match. The judgement was that the "honors" were even. New York Times Buffalo Times reports win for McKay.
1913-02-22Jim Coffey11-1-0
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALTKO26
From the Philadelphia Public Ledger and the Philadelphia Record.
1913-01-02Bob Williams3-5-0
Chicopee, Massachusetts, USAWKO3
1912-12-26Jeff Madden1-6-1
Augusta, Maine, USANCND1212
Wire service report in the Salt Lake Tribune said "...Pelkey looked to outweigh Madden twenty pounds and hit oftener than the Boston boy..."
1912-12-20Jack Garrity
Chicopee, Massachusetts, USAWKO3
1912-11-28Sailor White13-9-0
Chicopee, Massachusetts, USAWNWS1010
"Pelkey won the popular decision over Sailor White of New York in a 10-round bout here in Chicopee, Massachusetts. Pelkey had the better of the fight from the start and had White going in the final round." Wire Service Bulletin.
1912-11-01Andy Morris15-12-5
Chicopee, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1010
1912-10-12Buck Harris
Chicopee, Massachusetts, USAWKO2
1912-08-26Sailor White11-9-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWNWS1010
referee: Billy Joh
(New York Times)White, a late sub for Luther McCarty, took tremendous punishment to the body from the Canadian slugger round after round. Pelkey used a short left hook with great effect. White blamed his poor performance on a recent neck operation.
1912-08-23Soldier Kearns10-2-0
New York, New York, USAWTKO6
1912-08-19Soldier Kearns10-2-0
New York, New York, USANCND10
1912-07-29Jess Willard9-2-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision for Willard from NY Sun and Washington Post. According to the NY Tribune, Pelkey couldn't figure a way to get past Willard's left jab and "...Willard deserved what little honours there were at the end."
1912-05-27George McDermott0-2-0
New York, New York, USANCND1010
1912-05-23Fred Atwater0-1-0
North Adams, Massachusetts, USAWKO2
1912-05-09Andy Morris15-9-4
Odd Fellows Hall, North Adams, Massachusetts, USADPTS1212
1912-05-02Jack McDonough9-7-2
Northern Berkshire A.C., Adams, Massachusetts, USAWKO312
1912-04-08Jeff Madden1-3-1
Whip City A.C., Westfield, Massachusetts, USADNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the North Adams Transcript
1912-03-28Soldier Kearns9-1-0
Odd Fellows Hall, North Adams, Massachusetts, USAWKO512
referee: Jack Kennedy
1912-03-14Ray Simons0-1-0
Odd Fellows Hall, North Adams, Massachusetts, USAWNWS1212
Newspaper decision from the North Adams Transcript
1912-01-25Charlie Haghey19-16-7
Northern Berkshire A.C., Adams, Massachusetts, USAWTKO412
1912-01-18Tug Kennedy1-0-0
Northern Berkshire A.C., Adams, Massachusetts, USAWKO912
Kennedy fought as 'Tommy Ryan of New York.' This prompted an angry letter to the North Adams Transcript from Gus King, who was manager of the 'real' Tommy Ryan.
1912-01-11Bob McAvery
Northern Berkshire A.C., Adams, Massachusetts, USAWTKO312
1911-12-28Jack Winrow
Northern Berkshire A.C., Adams, Massachusetts, USAWKO112
1911-12-14Ken Salisbury1-3-0
Northern Berkshire A.C., Adams, Massachusetts, USAWNWS1212
Newspaper decision from the North Adams Transcript
1911-09-15Jim Barry20-10-3
Chatham, Ontario, CanadaWKO5
Exact date unknown.
1911-07-27Tim Sullivan4-5-3
Northern Berkshire A.C., Adams, Massachusetts, USAWNWS1010
referee: Fred Harrington
Sullivan was 35 pounds lighter (North Adams Transcript).
1911-05-26Al Benedict3-3-0
National S.C., New York, New York, USALPTS55
Part of a white hope elimination tournament. Judges' decision. (New York Times). After 4 rounds, most in the crowd felt Pelkey had won, but the judges asked for one more round. In the 5th Pelkey won most of the exchanges and dropped Benedict to his knees, but the judges gave it to Benedict amid a chorus of catcalls.
1911-04-01Ken Salisbury1-1-0
Westfield, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1010
Exact date unknown.
1911-01-23Tom Tracy
Westfield, Massachusetts, USAWKO2
1911-01-21George Christian
Westfield, Massachusetts, USALKO1
1910-12-06Ken Salisbury
Armory, Boston, Massachusetts, USALPTS66
Pro debut for Pelkey.


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