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Nonpareil Jack Dempsey
Global ID17958
sexmale
birthdate 1862-12-15
death date 1895-11-02 (32)
divisionmiddleweight
stanceorthodox
height5′ 8″   /   173cm
country Ireland
residenceWilliamsburg, New York, USA
birth placeCurran, Ireland
birth nameJohn Edward Kelly
won 50 (KO 23) + lost 4 (KO 3) + drawn 11 = 66
rounds boxed 470
Newspaper Decisions won 1 : lost : drawn
rounds boxed 4
Total Bouts 67 KO% 34.33
 
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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1895-01-18Tommy Ryan26-0-6
Sea Side A.C., Coney Island, New York, USALTKO315
referee: Tim Hurst
Billed as a catchweight bout
1894-09-05Billy McCarthy18-10-10
Auditorium Club, New Orleans, Louisiana, USADPTS2020
referee: Professor John Duffy
1893-02-28Billy Keough3-1-0
Pastime A.C., Portland, Oregon, USAWPTS44
Dempsey was outweighed by fifty pounds and had not fought in two years. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
Daily Inter Ocean reported weights as 148 and 190.

1891-01-14Bob Fitzsimmons19-2-2
Olympic Club, New Orleans, Louisiana, USALRTD13
referee: Col. A. Brewster
World Middleweight Title
A finsish fight
The Daily Picayune January 16, 1891

1890-02-18Billy McCarthy8-2-8
California A.C., San Francisco, California, USAWTKO28
referee: Hiram Cook
World 158lbs Middleweight Title
1889-08-27George LaBlanche35-4-10
California A.C., San Francisco, California, USALKO32
referee: Hiram Cook
A finish fight
1889-08-22Mike Dempsey0-1-0
San Francisco, California, USAWKO7
1888-11-15Mike Donovan19-3-5
Palace Rink, Williamsburg, New York, USADPTS66
referee: Billy O'Brien
1888-04-23James Stevens
Grand Theater, Williamsburg, New York, USAWPTS44
1888-02-18Billy Baker4-0-0
Adelphia Theatre, Buffalo, New York, USAWPTS44
referee: Mike O'Leary
Buffalo Daily Courier
1888-01-31Dominick McCaffrey8-4-2
Pavonia Rink, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWPTS1010
referee: Jere Dunn
1887-12-13John Reagan6-1-3
Long Island, New York, USAWTKO45
Promoted by Police Gazette as Middleweight Championship of America, 154 lbs ringside, with winner to receive its diamond belt. Rules were of London Prize Ring and skin tight gloves.
Reagan and Dempsey fought in two locations, reached by tug on the shore of Long Island Sound. After 15 minutes of fighting, a rising tide at the site of the bout forced the spectators and fighters to move 25 miles away. Reagan's seconds tossed in the sponge after the 44th round.
Dempsey's leg ripped open by Reagan's spiked shoes. Dempsey blamed Donovan for the spiking. Brooklyn Daily Eagle

1887-11-05Bill Gabig11-17-7
Grand Central Theater, Wilmington, Delaware, USAWPTS44
1887-11-03Denny Kelliher8-6-10
Grand Central Theater, Wilmington, Delaware, USAWPTS44
1887-11-01Frank Bosworth1-2-2
Grand Central Theater, Wilmington, Delaware, USAWPTS44
1887-10-31Ned McCann2-1-0
Grand Central Theater, Wilmington, Delaware, USAWPTS44
1887-10-15Bill Dacey1-2-1
Hoboken Casino, Hoboken, New Jersey, USAWPTS44
1887-10-13Jim McHugh0-1-0
Hoboken Casino, Hoboken, New Jersey, USAWPTS44
1887-10-10Eddie Reede
Hoboken Casino, Hoboken, New Jersey, USAWPTS44
1887-05-02Reddy Gallagher
Frankfort St. Gym, Cleveland, Ohio, USADPTS66
Dempsey broke left arm below the elbow in the 2d round
1887-04-09Billy Baker1-0-0
Adelphia Theatre, Buffalo, New York, USALPTS44
referee: Charles Perkins
Failed to score KO as agreed.
Buffalo Express

1887-02-05Denny Killen3-3-0
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS44
1887-02-02Jack Langdon2-2-0
Theatre Comique, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS44
referee: Billy McLean
1887-01-31Mike Boden5-11-5
Theatre Comique, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS44
referee: Sparrow Golden
Results from the Philadelphia Record. Boden had an estimated 20-plus pounds weight advantage on Dempsey.
1886-11-22Jack Burke35-3-16
Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USADPTS1010
Frank Crockett and Jack Hallinan served as joint referees; they could not agree on a decision so a draw was called.
1886-05-20Paddy Norton0-2-2
Exposition Rink, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USAWTKO45
referee: Patsy Mellen
Norton was reported to be "twice as old as Dempsey". 8 oz gloves used.
1886-04-30Jimmy Ryan0-2-1
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS44
1886-04-28Charles McCarthy
Theatre Comique, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS44
referee: James Dawson
Results from the Philadelphia Record.
1886-04-26Ned McCann1-0-0
Comique Theatre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO44
referee: Dominick McCaffrey
1886-03-14George LaBlanche14-3-5
Larchmont, New York, USAWTKO13
referee: James O'Neil
American version of World Middleweight title
LaBlanche was down in the 10th and 13th rounds, last time he asked his seconds to throw up the sponge. (NY Tribune) Weigh-in weights from the Salt Lake Herald.

1886-02-24Pete McCoy3-2-3
Oakland Avenue Rink, Jersey City, New Jersey, USAWPTS66
referee: Mike Cleary | judge: Jimmy Ryan
Police Gazette Rules
Mike Cleary and Jimmy Ryan served as joint referees.

1886-02-02Jack Fogarty7-0-0
Clarendon Hall, New York, New York, USAWTKO27
referee: Al Smith
1886-01-15Jimmy Murray1-1-1
Germania Assembly Rooms, New York, New York, USAWPTS44
1886-01-15Tom Henry1-3-1
Germania Assembly Rooms, New York, New York, USAWPTS44
1886-01-15Mike Donovan19-2-5
Germania Assembly Rooms, New York, New York, USAWPTS44
1885-12-14Tom Barry0-1-0
Turn Verein Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USAWTKO610
referee: Jack Keenan
1885-11-02Dave Campbell
Portland, Oregon, USAWKO38
Fought with hard gloves. The knockout was the only knockdown of the fight.
1885-09-12Tom Norton
Armory Hall, Sacramento, California, USAWTKO46
Referee stopped the fight in the fourth and awarded it to Dempsey.
1885-08-29Young Billy Manning
Turnverein Hall, Los Angeles, California, USAWTKO8
Fight to the finish with gloves. Manning was heavily punished and repeatedly knocked down in the fight. The police captain stopped the fight in the fifth, but then said the fight could go on if larger gloves were used. The delay gave Manning time, but Dempsey again knocked him down several times once the fight commenced. In the eighth round, after another knockdown, the police captain steeped in and stopped the fight. New York Sun Sept. 13, 1885
1885-07-20Jack Keenan0-5-1
San Francisco, California, USAWKO2
This was a bareknuckle fight and will be deleted -- fought outside city limits
1885-06-05Jim Carr
Wigwam Theatre, San Francisco, California, USAWKO9
Carr could not come to scratch after being knocked down in the ninth round.
1885-05-11Tommy Cleary0-0-1
Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USAWKO5
referee: Frank Crockett
1885-05-04Tom Barry
Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USAWKO5
Dempsey knocked Barry clear through the ropes in the second round.
1885-03-19Charles Bixamos
Sportsmen's Park, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWKO5
referee: Jere Dunn
Fought with 2oz hard gloves, $250 a side. Bixamos was counted out. New Orleans Daily Picayune
1885-01-22Jim Fell1-1-0
Athletic Hall, New York, New York, USAWPTS44
referee: Billy Madden
Fought with soft gloves.
1885-01-12Bill Frazier0-1-0
New York, New York, USADPTS44
Honors about evenly divided, although Frazier was the weaker man of the two at the finish. NY Sun 1/13/85
1885-01-12Jimmy Ryan0-1-1
New York, New York, USAWTKO44
referee: Billy Madden
Time was called to prevent a knockout. Ryan was punished in the third and fourth rounds. NY Sun 1/13/85
1884-12-15George Wilson2-0-0
Clarks Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS44
Failed to score a KO as agreed.
1884-11-30Mike Malone
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO2
referee: Henry Rice
1884-11-20Bill Frazier
New York, New York, USAWTKO4
referee: Ed Plummer
Fought with small hard gloves, M of Q rules. Frazier's second, Nobby Clark, stopped the fight after round four in the break. Billy Frazier stated, "He's too big for me. I've got to give up." NY Sun
1884-11-06Tom Ferguson
Harry Hill's, New York, New York, USAWPTS44
Marquis of Queensberry rules, for the light weight championship and $200 gold medal. (NY Sun)
1884-10-24Tom Henry1-1-1
Eighth-Street Theatre, New York, New York, USAWPTS66
referee: Al Smith
Dempsey down in the 1st round. Henry down once in the 2nd round, twice in the 3rd, once in the 4th.
Henry is 25 years of age.

1884-10-08Bob Turnbull0-1-1
Billy Madden's Athletic Hall, New York, New York, USAWPTS88
referee: Ed Plummer
1884-09-15Jimmy Ryan0-1-0
Clark's Theatre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USADPTS77
referee: Tom Ray
Fans demanded and got an extra round of fighting after a tame six rounds. Dempsey had the better of the sparring and the impression was that he could have knocked out Ryan if he desired. The referee decalred the bout a draw.
1884-09-04Mike Dempsey
Rockaway, New York, USAWKO7
NY Times
1884-07-09Tom Henry
Rockaway Beach, Queens, New York, USADPTS44
Referee called the fight a draw when the police intervened; hard gloves used
1884-04-25Jack Hayes0-0-1
New York, New York, USADPTS66
Fought with soft gloves. Referee declared it a draw.
1884-03-06Bill Dacey0-1-0
Campbell's Hotel, Coney Island, New York, USAWTKO9
Lightweight Championship of New York
Queensberry Rules & hard gloves

1884-03-04Tommy Sullivan
New York, New York, USAWPTS22
1884-03-02Joe Hennessey
New York, New York, USAWPTS44
1884-02-28Jim Barry
Billy Madden's Athletic Hall, New York, New York, USAWTKO34
referee: Bob Smith
Barry was forced to quit before time was called. NY Sun
1884-02-14Jim Fell
New York, New York, USAWPTS22
1884-02-10Joe Heiser
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, USADPTS88
1884-01-15William Mahoney
New York, New York, USAWKO3
time: 2:45
1883-10-25Bob Turnbull0-1-0
Clarendon Hall, New York, New York, USADPTS74
referee: Billy Edwards
As John Dempsey, of Brooklyn. (NY Sun, NY Tribune)
1883-09-17Tom McAlpine5-1-1
Harry Hill's, New York, New York, USADPTS44
referee: Harry Hill
Benefit for Tom McAlpine.
Dempsey was to spar Harry Force, but the latter was under arrest and could not appear, so McAlpine offered to face Dempsey himself. (NY Herald, NY Sun)

1883-09-03Harry Force
Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, USANCNC11
Police intervened at Blissville (now part of Long Island City) and fight moved to Coney Island. It was never completed.

 
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