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Rube Ferns
Global ID61842
sexmale
birthdate 1873-10-30
death date 1952-06-11 (78)
divisionwelterweight
height5′ 8″   /   173cm
country USA
residenceScammon, Kansas, USA
birth placePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
birth nameJames Ferns
won 45 (KO 33) + lost 19 (KO 9) + drawn 9 = 73
rounds boxed 667
Newspaper Decisions won 1 : lost : drawn
rounds boxed 15
Total Bouts 74 KO% 44.59
 
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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1910-04-05Wildcat Ferns6-0-0
Auditorium, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USALTKO415
referee: Frank Carsey
(Oklahoma City Daily Pointer)
1907-09-28Kid Farmer26-8-6
Springfield, Illinois, USALTKO6
1906-12-19John Dukelow2-5-0
Rochester, New York, USADPTS1010
referee: Tom McCarthy
A new bout for Ferns. Bout shortened to ten rounds by Ferns due to a small crowd. Syracuse Herald
1906-06-20Charley Sieger5-7-8
Lock City A.C., Lockport, New York, USADPTS2020
referee: Eddie McBride
1906-06-01Art Mason5-0-0
Ortner's Hall, Buffalo, New York, USAWPTS1515
Buffalo Express
1906-05-15Charlie Conkle1-0-0
Lyceum Theater, Niagara Falls, New York, USAWDQ310
referee: Jack Malone
1906-04-18Charley Hitte8-2-0
Albany, New York, USALDQ720
Fought in private, near Albany. Ferns fouled Hitte and the referee stopped the fight in the third round, but Hitte elected to continue.
1906-03-21Charley Sieger4-7-7
Miller's Hall, Buffalo, New York, USADPTS1515
referee: Eddie McBride
Buffalo Express
1906-03-17Mike Donovan61-12-32
18th Regiment Armory, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALPTS66
Sometimes recorded as a win for Ferns. Loss per Pittsburgh Press
1906-03-16Matty Matthews55-17-17
International A.C., Buffalo, New York, USAWKO915
referee: Eddie McBride
1906-02-22Billy Delaney0-1-0
Godfroy's Pavilion, Reed's Lake, Michigan, USAWKO415
Buffalo Express
1906-02-12Gus Gardner20-19-6
International A.C., Buffalo, New York, USAWNWS1515
"Ferns would have gained the decision hands down if one had been allowed to be given". Buffalo Enquirer
1905-09-24Billy Rhodes4-0-1
Island Park, Kansas City, Missouri, USALTKO320
1905-08-20Jack Dunleavy3-2-4
Island Park, Kansas City, Missouri, USADPTS1717
Kansas City Star
1904-03-31Eugene Bezenah26-16-29
Weir, Kansas, USADPTS2020
1904-02-26Martin Duffy28-5-4
Whittington Park, Hot Springs, Arkansas, USALPTS2020
referee: Pat Early
1903-12-19Dick O'Brien38-22-13
Parsons, Kansas, USADPTS1010
1903-05-28Martin Duffy25-5-2
Music Hall, Louisville, Kentucky, USALKO1320
Duffy claims to be World 'white' Champion at 145lbs
1903-04-27Matty Matthews49-11-15
International A.C., Fort Erie, Ontario, CanadaWTKO1920
Ferns claims to be World 'white' Champion at 145lbs. "Ferns was in fine condition and won all the way, Matthews going down sixteen times and taking hard punishment." - Globe & Mail.
1902-12-22Matty Matthews47-11-15
Kenyon's Hall, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USALPTS1010
Matthews claims to be World 'white' Champion at 145lbs
1902-11-27Hugo Kelly10-3-7
Kansas City, Missouri, USALPTS1010
1902-07-18Billy Emerson0-1-0
Eureka Springs, Arkansas, USAWPTS1010
This was previously incorrectly listed as Matty Matthews W10 Billy Emerson. James Rube Ferns is correct opponent. Dallas Morning News
1902-05-29Owen Ziegler36-20-18
Joplin, Missouri, USAWKO320
1902-03-21Al Neill15-2-7
Woodward's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USALKO1220
referee: Eddie Smith
Ferns was knocked down twice in the 5th round and once in the 10th.
1902-02-26Tom Tracey19-16-10
Exposition Building, Portland, Oregon, USALPTS2020
referee: Joe Acton
Fought at 142lbs, Ferns struggled to make weight.
1902-01-27Tim Draffin Murphy17-11-0
American A.C., Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS66
1902-01-03Jack Bennett36-10-6
Industrial A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO26
referee: Walter H. Schlichter
According to the Philadelphia Item, Bennett appeared to fake his knockout loss.
1901-12-18Joe Walcott71-9-8
International A.C., Fort Erie, Ontario, CanadaLTKO520
time: 2:50 | referee: Eddie McBride
Welterweight Championship of the World
"Walcott battered down Ferns with terrific body blows, and right and left swings to the head. To save Ferns from being completely knocked out, Referee McBride stopped the bout." - Toronto Star. Ferns down twice in the 5th round. "Well, he won, and I have nothing to say against it. I don't know anybody at the weight - no, nor a good deal above it - that can beat him." - Rube Ferns
"It is understood that a test case will be made, based on to-night's bouts, from which a decision as to the legality of these contests in Ontario will be had. A number of people in Fort Erie are opposed to them, but many others are quite satisfied to have them continue, and it is said that boxing or no boxing will be a principal issue at the coming elections." - Globe & Mail
The case against the International Athletic Club was dismissed on February 3, 1902. The club had been charged with "promoting a prize-fight." Police Magistrate Alexander Logan ruled that the bout was "a mere exhibition of skill in boxing or sparring, where the contestants agree to box a limited number of rounds in a friendly spirit with gloves."

1901-11-28Charles Dutch Thurston8-3-2
Light Guard Armory, Detroit, Michigan, USAWPTS1515
referee: John Hagen
Welterweight Championship of the World
Differing reports on this fight with the Chicago Tribune saying Ferns made a successful defence while the Philadelphia Item makes no mention of the title being at stake. UPDATE: Title Fight at 145lbs according to Detroit newspaper. Both fighters easily made 145lbs, with Ferns a pound lighter.

1901-09-23Frank Erne25-3-16
International A.C., Fort Erie, Ontario, CanadaWKO920
Welterweight Championship of the World
Erne down in round 1 from a right to the mouth. Though pressing the fight, Ferns was bleeding badly over the last few rounds. "A right to the jaw that seemed to daze Erne, followed by a hard left swing full on the unprotected jaw, put the Buffalo boy down and out. The bout proved a great drawing card, the clubhouse being packed to the rafters, and many of those who crossed the river were unable to gain admittance. It is estimated that 4,500 persons saw the fight." - Toronto Star

1901-05-24Matty Matthews42-7-15
Mutual Street Rink, Toronto, Ontario, CanadaWKO1020
referee: Marve Smith
Welterweight Championship of the World
"On points, Matthews was a winner up to the time that the bout came to an unexpected termination. In the tenth and final round he lost a little of his caution and left an opening, which the Rube availed himself of. A left to the jaw dazed the champion, another another on the same spot floored him. Disdaining to take the count he got up quickly to his feet, but he was all at sea and when he stabbed blindly at Ferns with a left the latter stepped back, and as Matthews stumbled towards him crossed the right to the jaw and the champion went down for the long count." - Globe & Mail
Billed World & American 142 lbs Title
BBBC Boxing Yearbook 2004

1900-10-16Matty Matthews39-7-15
Light Guard Armory, Detroit, Michigan, USALPTS1515
referee: George Siler
Welterweight Championship of the World
The fighters weighed in at 3 PM. Ferns entered the bout with sores on his shoulder that had become infected a couple weeks earlier - these opened up and bled during the fight. "It was a hammer-and-tongs affair, in which Matthews not only outgeneraled, but outfought the champion, and barring a protest by Chaley Wilson, manager of Ferns, the verdict was generally accepted as the only one it was possible for the referee to give. During the progress of the fight there were but two rounds in which the champion could be said to have the better of the fistic argument, while in eight rounds Matty clearly outpointed and outfought his man. The other five were very even." - Detroit Free Press.

1900-08-30Matty Matthews39-6-15
Light Guard Armory, Detroit, Michigan, USAWPTS1515
referee: Malachy Hogan
Welterweight Championship of the World
"...Rube Ferns demonstrated that he is a hard hitting, game and dangerous man and clearly entitled to the honor which he now holds, that of welterweight champion. While he failed to put Matty Matthews away and did not win by as large a majority as his supporters desired, he had the better of the bout, beyond doubt, and now stands at the head of the welter list with his claim to the title of champion clearly established... Ferns was the aggressor all through the fight, did most of the leading and all of the forcing, in addition to landing frequently on Matthews' body. As limited-round bouts are to be decided on points, Ferns clearly won, although Johnny Dunn, manager of Matthews, raced around the city declaring that his man had been robbed. The honesty of Malachy Hogan is unquestioned, so even if Matthews was entitled to a draw, Dunn did not pursue a wise course, to say the least." Bo Needham, Detroit Free Press, September 2, 1900

1900-08-13Eddie Connolly22-8-15
Olympic A.C., Buffalo, New York, USAWTKO1525
World Welterweight Title
Connolly's seconds threw in the sponge. Buffalo Times

1900-07-19Joe Reptie1-2-1
Ortner's Hall, Buffalo, New York, USAWTKO210
referee: Eddie McBride
1900-07-19Otto Knop6-4-4
Ortner's Hall, Buffalo, New York, USAWKO410
Ferns fought Reptie and Knopp on the same day.
1900-05-24Jack Bennett30-6-6
Mutual Street Rink, Toronto, Ontario, CanadaWKO120
time: 2:20 | referee: Jack Sheehan
Bennett quickly recovered after being dragged to his corner, and confronted the referee, claiming that he had been hit on the break. He then confronted Ferns, and challenged him to another fight right there and then for a wager as large as Ferns might like. The offer was refused.
Billed World & American 142 lbs Welterweight Title
BBBC Boxing Yearbook 2004

1900-03-20Jack Hanley10-17-3
Fort Erie, Ontario, CanadaWKO6
1900-02-22Mike Donovan33-1-11
Hawthorne A.C., Buffalo, New York, USAWPTS2020
referee: Eddie McBride
Advertised as a World Welterweight title fight at 145lbs (accepted weight limit was 142lbs)
Donovan down in the 19th round.

1900-01-15Mysterious Billy Smith29-10-19
Hawthorne A.C., Buffalo, New York, USAWDQ2125
referee: Eddie McBride
Welterweight Championship of the World
Smith knocked Ferns down 15 times before fouling him.

1899-12-28Walter Burgo6-7-4
Lake City A.C., Erie, Pennsylvania, USAWKO215
1899-11-30Sammy Callahan6-3-4
Hawthorne A.C., Buffalo, New York, USAWKO1
1899-09-29Bobby Dobbs67-13-21
Hawthorne A.C., Buffalo, New York, USAWPTS2020
1899-07-18Bert Young
Hartford, Connecticut, USALTKO920
The date and location of this fight, mentioned in the 1941 All-Time Ring Record Book, is uncertain.
1899-06-22Shorty Ahearn7-5-6
Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO6
1899-05-27Shorty Ahearn7-4-6
Howard Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS66
Chicago Daily Tribune.
1899-04-05Otto Minke
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO6
1899-02-09Shorty Ahearn4-4-5
Calhoun Madison AC, Chicago, Illinois, USADPTS66
referee: George Siler
Chicago Daily Tribune.
1899-02-07Charlie McKeever22-5-5
Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, USALPTS66
referee: George Siler
1898-12-23Spot Robinson
WKO2
Exact location unknown.
1898-12-11Walter Montgomery0-1-0
WKO9
Exact location unknown.
1898-11-30Paddy Purtell15-7-4
Weir, Kansas, USAWKO5
1898-10-06Ben Smith
Carnival AC, Kansas City, Kansas, USADPTS1212
referee: Jimmie Whitfield
Kansas City Journal
1898-07-11George Fitzgerald1-0-0
Sapp's Opera House, Galena, Kansas, USAWKO3
referee: Jimmie Whitfield
Kansas City Journal
1898-06-08Frank 'Dutch' Neal6-6-1
Galena, Kansas, USAWKO7
1898-05-02George Fitzgerald
Weir, Kansas, USALKO3
1898-04-01Frank 'Dutch' Neal6-5-1
Galena, Kansas, USAWKO6
1898-03-15Billy Emerson
WKO10
Location unknown.
1897-12-13Hugh McManus0-1-0
Weir, Kansas, USAWKO23
1897-09-17Walter Montgomery
USAWPTS1010
location unknown.
1897-07-02Bobby Dobbs49-11-20
Hartford, Connecticut, USALPTS88
1897-06-07Lou DeMonge1-0-0
Greenpoint S.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO8
Ferns substituted for Tommy McGirr after the club physicians refused to let him go on. He out-weighed DeMonge by about thirty pounds.
1897-06-04Izzy Strauss10-4-3
Broadway A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USALDQ110
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
1897-03-22Bill Mahan5-8-1
Weir, Kansas, USAWTKO6
1897-02-01Kid Gardner
Chicago, Illinois, USADPTS66
Exact date unknown.
1897-01-23Scaldy Bill Quinn11-6-11
Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS66
1897-01-01Bill Mahan5-7-1
Weir, Kansas, USAWTKO6
1896-11-09Paddy Purtell13-3-3
Galena, Kansas, USALKO3
1896-09-27Fred Ross2-1-3
USAWKO13
Exact date and location unknown.
1896-09-25Ed Doyle
Opera House, Weir, Kansas, USAWKO13
Kansas City Daily Journal
1896-09-15Cass Whitman
USAWKO3
location unknown.
1896-07-29Harry Pigeon4-3-4
Sapp's Opera House, Galena, Kansas, USAWKO18
referee: John Hamilton
Baxter (Kansas) Springs News
1896-06-29Tom Mackey
Chicopee, Kansas, USAWKO10
1896-05-25Jack Dougherty0-3-1
USAWKO2
location unknown.

 
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