Charles Kid McCoy
Global ID39949
birthdate 1872-10-13
death date 1940-04-18 (67)
divisionlight heavyweight
height5′ 11½″   /   182cm
reach76″   /   193cm
aliasKid McCoy
country USA
residenceDetroit, Michigan, USA
birth placeWarsaw, Indiana, USA
birth nameNorman Selby
won 85 (KO 65) + lost 7 (KO 4) + drawn 10 = 107
rounds boxed 626
Newspaper Decisions won 5 : lost 1 : drawn 1
rounds boxed 42
Total Bouts 114 KO% 57.02

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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1914-08-02'P/O' Matthew 'Nutty' Curran39-24-2
The Ring, Blackfriars Road, Southwark, London, United KingdomWPTS2020x3
1912-01-20'P/O' Matthew 'Nutty' Curran28-9-2
Palais de la Jetée-Promenade, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, FranceWPTS2020
1912-01-10George Gunther8-9-6
Salle Wagram, Paris, Paris, FranceWPTS1010
Western Times - Friday 12 January 1912
1911-12-20Harry Croxon5-7-0
Salle Wagram, Paris, Paris, FranceWKO3
McCoy had fought a 10-round exhibition match with Hubert Roc on the previous November 22 at the Cirque de Paris.
1911-10-06Jim Savage10-5-0
Brown's Gym A.A., Far Rockaway, Queens, New York, USAWKO410
1911-09-22Kid Elle
Brown's Gym, New York, New York, USAWKO110
time: 1:00
1911-09-04Bob Day0-1-0
Island Stadium, Toronto, Ontario, CanadaWKO16
1911-03-20Jack Fitzgerald15-4-2
American A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision in favor of McCoy from both the Philadelphia Item and the Philadelphia Record. This was a very slow fight.
1908-10-16Jim Stewart8-1-0
National A.C., New York, New York, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision from the New York Times. This was a very tame affair.
1908-07-24Peter Maher132-18-4
Sulzer Park, New York, New York, USAWKO26
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1905-03-03Jack Crawford
Hot Springs, Arkansas, USAWKO1
1904-09-27Jack Twin Sullivan27-5-22
Hazard's Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS2020
referee: Charles Eyton
1904-05-14Philadelphia Jack O'Brien76-3-11
2nd Regiment Armory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USADNWS66
referee: Bert Crowhurst
"At the close of the bout it would have been a difficult task to pick the winner. McCoy had the best for the first and fourth rounds, while O'Brien had the Kid in trouble at the close of the fifth and also in the sixth round." (Atlanta Constitution) The Philadelphia Item reported the fight as clever and even, but dull. There were only three bouts on this program.
1904-04-05Henry JJ Placke0-1-0
Lenox A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO26
"Herr Placke, the champion of Holland, made a sorry spectacle of himself last night in a fight with Kid McCoy at the Lenox Club. Standing six inches taller and weighing over seventy pounds more than his pale-faced opponent, he was beaten almost insensible in less than four minutes. Placke never laid a glove on McCoy, except when the men clinched, and the cool, calculating McCoy darted in and out and around his burly opponent, almost like lightning. He would feint with his right and then drive his left to the face viciously, scarcely ever failing to bring the blood. Before the first round ended, Placke was covered with blood from his neck to the waist and both eyes were almost closed. Just before the gong sounded announcing the close of the first round, McCoy drove a vicious left flush to the chin, dropping Placke like a log. The gong saved him from being knocked out. He was carried to his corner, only to be knocked out ten seconds after the opening of the second round. McCoy feinted with the right and then drove his left square to the point of Placke's nose. The latter intuitively placed his left hand over the damaged organ and dropped to his knees. The blood was running from him in a stream. As he knelt by the ropes, the police appeared at the ringside and stopped the bout." (Daily Review)
1903-04-22Jack Root42-1-1
Light Guard Armory, Detroit, Michigan, USALPTS1010
referee: Bat Masterson
World Light-Heavyweight Title
Although billed merely for the American title, some recognize this bout as being the first World Light Heavyweight Title contest.
McCoy was floored in the 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 8th, and 9th rounds. In all he was down 7 times and saved by the bell at the end of the second round.
In the ninth, McCoy's brother sprayed Root in the face with ammonia while the two clinched near McCoy's corner.

1903-02-23Jack McCormick9-17-2
Washington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Item. It was an easy win for McCoy.
1902-05-19Kid Carter32-15-8
Industrial Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
Carter was better. Knocking McCoy down 5 times during the bout. McCoy was recovering from a hand injury sustained in his fight with Fred Russell.
1902-05-02Fred Russell14-7-3
Industrial A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
McCoy won the newspaper decision according IBRO record compiled by Tracy Callis. Neither man appeared to take the exhibition seriously until the 5th round when Russell struck a low blow and McCoy retaliated. McCoy proceeded to batter the bigger man at his ease and, according to the Washington Evening Star would have won a decision if one had been permitted.
1901-12-02Dave Barry9-5-4
Wonderland, Whitechapel Road, Mile End, London, United KingdomWTKO24x3
referee: Bob Watson
McCoy fought Barry, Scales and Madden on the same day.
1901-12-02Jack Scales10-6-0
Wonderland, Whitechapel Road, Mile End, London, United KingdomWKO1
McCoy fought Barry, Scales and Madden on the same day.
1901-12-02Jack Madden
Wonderland, Whitechapel Road, Mile End, London, United KingdomWKO4
McCoy fought Barry, Scales and Madden on the same day.
1900-08-30James J. Corbett10-3-3
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALKO525
referee: Charlie White
It seems certain that McCoy faked the knockout loss to win bets
1900-06-01Jack Bonner38-9-14
Broadway A.C., New York, New York, USAWTKO1325
Billed World & American 158lbs Middleweight Titles
BBBC Boxing Yearbook 2005

1900-05-29Tommy Ryan56-1-8
Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, USADPTS66
referee: Malachy Hogan
Referee originally ruled for McCoy, but decision was changed to a draw
1900-05-18Dan Creedon34-8-10
Broadway A.C., New York, New York, USAWTKO620
BBBC Boxing Yearbook 2005
1900-01-12Joe Choynski44-8-5
Broadway A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWRTD425
referee: Johnny White
A right-hand swing to the jaw by McCoy landed just as the bell sounded to end the third round and Choynski was knocked cold. Joe was unable to answer the bell for the start of the 4th round. After the bout he and McCoy signed articles to meet again under the same conditions.
1900-01-01Peter Maher118-6-4
Coney Island Stadium, Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO525
referee: Charlie White
Maher down in 1st, 2d & 5th
1899-11-09Jack McDonough8-5-2
Hawthorne A.C., Buffalo, New York, USAWKO4
referee: Walter C Kelly
1899-10-27Billy Stift18-5-4
Coliseum, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWKO1320
1899-10-06Joe Choynski40-8-4
Star Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USADPTS66
Amid cries of "fake" Referee Hogan announced both had a agreed to a draw if no knockout at end of six rounds. Boston Globe. McCoy however, scored the only knockdown of the fight, putting Joe down in the 3rd, and most believed the Kid had done enough to deserve the decision.
1899-09-27Jack McCormick8-10-2
Lenox A.C., New York, New York, USAWTKO820
time: 2:51 | referee: Charlie White
From the Philadelphia Item.
1899-09-19Steve O'Donnell21-7-6
Broadway A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO6
O'Donnell was bruised and bleeding when McCoy got through with him in the fifth round, but he was game and went on for the sixth. After two minutes and forty eight seconds of the round, McCoy, with several left and right hand swings to the jaw knocked him out. New York Times
1899-09-05Geoff Thorne1-0-0
Broadway A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO320
time: 2:02 | referee: Johnny White
BBBC Boxing Yearbook 2005
1899-08-18Jack McCormick7-10-2
Star Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USALKO16
referee: Malachy Hogan
From the (Paul Zabala).
1899-08-14Jim Carter
Joplin, Missouri, USAWKO5
Carter is billed as the Heavyweight Champion of Alabama. Brooklyn Daily Eagle
1899-08-10Tom Duggan17-7-5
Saengerfest Hall, Davenport, Iowa, USAWTKO210
1899-08-10Jack Graham
Saengerfest Hall, Davenport, Iowa, USAWKO4
Record indicates McCoy fought Dugan and Graham on the same card. Some sources incorrectly report these bouts held at Dubuque, IA Brooklyn Daily Eagle
1899-03-24Joe Choynski36-7-4
Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USAWPTS2020
referee: Professor Jim Kennedy
St. Paul Globe
1899-01-10Tom Sharkey28-2-6
Lenox A.C., New York, New York, USALKO1020
referee: Tim Hurst
McCoy sent Sharkey to the floor twice in the second round. Sharkey ko'd McCoy in the 10th with a left hook. After the count, Sharkey attacked McCoy again thinking the bout still on and dropped him with another left.
1898-12-16Joe Goddard32-8-7
Arena A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWDQ56
referee: Walter H. Schlichter
Goddard floored for a 9-count in the 5th round.
1898-05-20Gus Ruhlin13-2-1
Alhambra, Syracuse, New York, USAWPTS2020
referee: George Siler
1898-04-05Tommy Shea
Dayton, Ohio, USAWKO2
1898-04-04Dan Molson
Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWKO1
1898-03-18Bert Bolby
Springfield A.C., Springfield, Ohio, USAWKO1
time: 1:10
Some sources call this man "Dick Boldy" or "Dick Bolby"
1898-03-11Jim Bates
Princess Rink, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USAWKO1
1898-03-11Vern Hardenbrook
Princess Rink, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USALPTS44
Record indicates McCoy fought Bates and Hardenbrook on the same day 1898/03/11
Usually reported as win for McCoy. McCoy signed a contract to KO Hardenbrook in 4. He didn't and Hardenbrook was awarded the decision. Hardenbrook knocked McCoy down during the fight. Hardenbrook was the Indiana state champ at this time.

1898-03-07James Blackwell
Tomlinson Hall, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWKO2
1898-03-07Jack Tierney0-1-0
Tomlinson Hall, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWKO3
Record indicates McCoy fought Tierney and Blackwell on the same day 1898/03/07
1898-03-04Nick Burley37-9-5
Whitington Park, Hot Springs, Arkansas, USAWKO2
referee: Bat Masterson
1898-02-15H Long
Dayton, Ohio, USAWKO2
1898-01-10James E (Doc) Payne7-2-0
Buckingham Theater, Louisville, Kentucky, USAWKO4
This was an exhibition according to NY Journal.
1897-12-17Dan Creedon31-1-7
Long Island City AC Arena, Long Island City, Queens, New York, USAWRTD1525
referee: Sam C Austin
Billed World 158lbs Middleweight Title
Creedon not out for 16th. After the fight McCoy announced his intention to campaign amongst the heavyweights
Tommy Ryan claimed the title
BBBC Boxing Yearbook 2005

1897-11-15Australian Billy Smith26-14-10
2nd Regiment Armory, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO26
referee: George Siler
Smith was down twice in the first and four times in the second when the police intervened. Brooklyn Daily Eagle
1897-11-12George LaBlanche41-21-13
Opera House, Dayton, Ohio, USAWKO1
1897-11-12Beech Ruble
Opera House, Dayton, Ohio, USAWKO1
Record states McCoy fought LaBlanche and Ruble on the same day.
1897-10-18Jim Hall43-13-6
Quaker City A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USANCNC56
This bout was scheduled for six rounds but was such a palpable fake the referee stopped it and declared it a no-contest. Brooklyn Daily Eagle
1897-09-08Tommy Ryan41-1-7
Alhambra, Syracuse, New York, USADPTS55
Referee George Siler said there was no reason for the police to have intervened in this bout. Both men were strong and could have finished. There was only one decision possible under the circumstances, and I gave it. Brooklyn Daily Eagle
1897-08-13Dan Bayliff1-0-1
Casino Hall, Dayton, Ohio, USAWKO3
1897-07-22Dick Moore46-15-18
Olympic A.C., Buffalo, New York, USAWKO220
referee: Walter C Kelly
1897-07-05Nick Burley34-7-4
Manhattan A.C., Troy, New York, USAWKO320
1897-05-31Jack Bonner21-5-8
Quaker City A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
McCoy defeated Bonner easily.
1897-05-26Dick O'Brien18-5-5
Palace A.C., New York, New York, USAWTKO1025
1897-05-07Mike Creedon3-1-0
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWKO2
One of two bouts McCoy fought on the same day.
1897-05-07Mike O`Hara
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWKO1
One of two bouts McCoy fought on the same day.
1897-01-23Bill Doherty21-5-2
Good Hope Hall, Cape Town, Western Cape, South AfricaNCND88
referee: JF Kendrick
The Referee
1896-12-26Bill Doherty21-4-2
The Amphitheatre, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South AfricaWKO920
referee: Clem.D. Webb
South African middleweight title
World 158lbs Middleweight title
BBBC Boxing Yearbook 2005

1896-10-10Jimmy Fox2-3-0
Art A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USANCND44
1896-05-30Dick Moore44-11-13
Empire Theater, Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS1010
1896-05-18Mysterious Billy Smith15-3-8
Newton Street Armory, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWDQ615
referee: Bill Daly
Smith fouled on a break. It had been reported that McCoy would claim the "middleweight championship" if he won. The Los Angeles Times
1896-05-07Jim Daly39-10-8
New Manhattan A.C., New York, New York, USAWTKO3
Daly, once Jim Corbett's sparring partner, was down twice during the first round, three times in the second, and at least another three more times in the third round. The Los Angeles Times
1896-04-22Frank Bosworth1-4-3
Memphis, Tennessee, USAWKO2
1896-03-02Tommy Ryan30-0-7
Empire A.C., Maspeth, Queens, New York, USAWKO15
Billed American/World 154lbs Middleweight Title
McCoy claimed the World Middleweight title at 154lbs

1896-01-31Tommy West4-2-3
New Manhattan A.C., New York, New York, USAWKO2
1896-01-09Steve O'Donnell12-3-6
Grand Palace AC, New York, New York, USANCND44
Some sources report this bout was at New York, NY. with an "EX 4" verdict.
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher

1896-01-08Charles Johnson1-0-1
Caledonian A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USANCND44
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