Joe Butler
Global ID11624
birthdate 1866-05-18
death date 1941-01-01 (74)
height6′ 0½″   /   184cm
country USA
residencePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
birth placePaoli, Pennsylvania, USA
won 40 (KO 33) + lost 23 (KO 13) + drawn 3 = 78
rounds boxed 248
Newspaper Decisions won 3 : lost 4 : drawn
rounds boxed 40
Total Bouts 85 KO% 38.82

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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1911-11-02Mike Donovan81-14-45
Rochester, New York, USALNWS1010
Donovan won the "newspaper decision." (Lowell Sun).
1909-05-10Jack Fitzgerald5-3-0
West End A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALDQ36
Result from the Philadelphia Item, Butler being disqualified.
1905-10-27Charley Stevenson18-5-1
Frankford A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALDQ16
This fight may have been called "no contest," or perhaps a win by disqualification.
1905-04-27Peter Maher126-16-4
Broadway A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALKO16
Source Matt Donnellen, The Irish Champion Peter Maher. The source of this result is the Broadway A.C.,Philadelphia, April 27, 1905.
1905-03-02Ed Gross0-7-0
Broadway A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO16
Butler was an easy winner, stopping Gross in short order.
1905-01-06Jim Jeffords18-13-1
Kensington A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALKO26
1904-09-29Philadelphia Jack O'Brien77-4-11
Broadway A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALKO16
time: 1:54
(Philadelphia Inquirer) It was a quick and easy win for O'Brien over the veteran Joe Butler.
1904-04-07Young Peter Jackson59-12-19
Broadway A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALTKO56
Jackson stopped the veteran Butler according to the Philadelphia Item.
1903-10-02Fred Cooley3-0-0
State A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALDQ16
Result from the Philadelphia Record.
1903-06-27Al Weinig22-16-3
Southern A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO26
The police intervened to save Weinig. Reported in the Philadelphia Item.
1903-06-08Kid Carter36-19-8
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALKO16
1903-05-11Jack Johnson13-3-6
Washington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALKO36
referee: William H. Rocap
From the Philadelphia Item.
1903-04-21Jack Butler3-9-2
Southern A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Joe Butler was an easy winner of the Philadelphia Item's newspaper decision.
1902-02-06George Cole24-7-6
Hersker's Theatre, Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Item.
1900-12-15Frank Childs31-4-7
Chicago A.A., Chicago, Illinois, USALKO6
referee: George Siler
Childs defends 'black' Heavyweight title
1900-04-25Lon Beckwith14-16-7
Phillipsburg, New Jersey, USAWTKO1
1900-03-14Jack Stelzner8-4-5
Woodward's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USALDQ220
referee: Jack Welsh
Butler claimed he had knocked Stelzner down five times in two rounds, the referee would not count him out.
1900-01-09Jim Brown
West Oakland Club, Oakland, California, USALPTS?
1899-11-08Harry Marks1-0-0
Wilmington, Delaware, USAWKO2
1899-07-01Buffalo Giant
Exact date and location unknown.
1899-06-29Kid Moore2-0-0
Columbus, Ohio, USADPTS77
The police intervened.
1899-05-22Ed Dunkhorst11-4-3
Ariel A.C., Athens, Pennsylvania, USAWKO615
referee: Jack Fogarty
Dunkhorst outweighed Butler by at least 50 pounds.
1899-01-21Frank Childs20-4-2
Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, USALDQ26
1898-09-26James E (Doc) Payne11-4-1
Arena A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO2
"Butler gave an exhibition of the foulest kind of fighting, and it was only with the aid of the police that he got safely away from the crowd of 2000 that waited in front of the building. ...Payne was sent to the hospital. He was was feared that concussion of the brain had resulted and physcians would hold out no hope for his recovery. (Payne left the hospital the next day fully recovered.)
1898-08-05Harry Peppers5-3-1
Arena A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO16
1898-06-01Joe Wahlder
Hazleton, Pennsylvania, USANCND44
Date uncertain-Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1898-05-27Bob Armstrong8-4-4
Ahern A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALKO3
1898-02-28Mike Brennan1-8-2
Olympic A.C., Athens, Pennsylvania, USANCNC215
Butler knocked Brennan down, the cornermen and the police intervened.
Philadelphia Press March 1, 1898

1897-12-23George Kerwin7-1-2
Chicago A.A., Chicago, Illinois, USALDQ34
Results from the Chicago Daily Tribune.
1897-11-13Jack Bonner24-5-8
Quaker City A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALDQ2
Butler claimed he had knocked Bonner down three times when the referee stepped in and gave him a chance to recover. The police intervened and Bonner was taken to the hospital.
1897-11-01Jack Bonner23-5-8
Quaker City A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALKO2
Butler claimed he had Bonner almost out in the first round when the referee stepped in and gave him a chance to recover. In the second round Bonner had knocked Butler down for three seconds when the referee stopped the fight.
1897-10-01Jack Bubbles Davis6-6-2
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO1
The police intervened, exact date unknown.
1897-09-06Tom Carey1-1-0
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO5
1897-05-31Frank Slavin37-8-6
California A.C., San Francisco, California, USAWTKO1
1897-05-03George Williams0-0-0
Winter Circus, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO1
referee: Bert Crowhurst
1897-03-29Jack Cattanach1-3-0
Arena A.C., New York, New York, USAWKO1
1897-03-06Bob Armstrong4-1-3
Broadway A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USALTKO6
referee: Dick Roche
Billed for the 'colored' Heavyweight title
1897-02-06Adolphus McCabe8-2-3
Nonpareil A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USANCNC36
Results from the Philadelphia Inquirer. The referee stopped the bout due to the rowdy crowd. Butler was having the better of the action, having floored McCabe in the first round.
1897-01-30Henry Baker8-6-4
Exact date unknown.
1897-01-23Henry Baker8-5-4
Nonpareil A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO1
time: 1:45 | referee: McDonald
1897-01-01Bob Armstrong4-0-3
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO2
This bout is reported but not confirmed, exact date unknown.
1896-12-12Adolphus McCabe8-2-3
Nonpareil A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
Results from the Sun.
1896-11-23Adolphus McCabe7-2-3
Hesse`s Pavilion, Highlandtown, Maryland, USALPTS66
Results from the Sun.
1896-10-15Charley Strong3-2-3
Buffalo, New York, USALKO120
1896-08-31Ben Coleman
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO5
1896-08-17Walter Johnson3-0-2
Trenton A.C., Trenton, New Jersey, USANCNC1010
Both fighters were accused of faking.
1896-08-12Billy Payne16-4-12
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS44
Results from the Boston Daily Globe.
1896-07-13Frank Slavin34-6-4
Philadelphia Caledonian Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALKO16
time: 1:00
The Sportsman August 25, 1896
1896-06-27Henry Baker7-3-3
Unique A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USALKO1
1896-03-07Jack McCormick0-1-0
Globe Theater, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS44
This is from the Philadelphia Item. It is not clear if the decision was official or decided by newspapermen.
1895-10-22Jack McCormick
Kensington Theater, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USANCND44
The Philadelphia Item reported that McCormick and Butler boxed four rounds, but no indication of the winner was mentioned.
1895-07-20Dick Burns
Sea Isle City, New Jersey, USAWKO2
1895-05-01Bobby Dobbs36-8-11
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USANCND44
Date uncertain-Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1895-03-20Dick Baker1-1-0
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO2
1894-12-29Billy Hennessey4-2-2
Winter Circus, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS44
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1894-10-20Pat Cleary0-1-0
Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, USAWKO3
Results from the Philadelphia Record.
1894-07-21Peter Maher56-4-1
Ariel A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALNWS44
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1894-04-01Denny Kelliher11-15-12
Location unknown. Date: 1894-1900.
1894-03-23Jim Daly31-10-8
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USANCND44
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1894-02-20Frank Craig16-8-3
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALPTS44
Colored Middleweight Championship
1894-01-01Levi Thomas
Location unknown. Date: 1894-1900
1893-12-20Jack Wildey
1893-12-15George Godfrey22-5-12
Boston, Massachusetts, USADPTS44
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1893-12-10George Williams0-0-0
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USANCND44
Exact date unknown.
1893-12-05Jack Glynn0-0-1
Exact date and location unknown.
1893-12-01Bob Baker1-0-0
Exact date and location unknown.
1893-11-30Billy Yeager
Exact date and location (probably Pennsylvania) unknown.
1893-11-25Joe Stafford
Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS66
1893-06-22Jim Daly31-9-8
Coney Island A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO6
referee: John P. Eckhardt
Daly was flabby and appeared that he had not trained a day in preparation for the fight. After the first round Butler made a chopping block of him and he was floored approximately forty times. Brooklyn Daily Eagle
1893-03-18Frank Craig10-3-2
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO2
Colored Middleweight Championship
1893-01-14Alec Greggains6-1-2
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS44
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1892-11-13Ed Binney16-1-4
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO2
Colored Middleweight Championship
1892-10-05C.C. Smith27-5-4
Washington, District of Columbia, USAWKO3
Date uncertain-Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1892-09-21Joe Goddard22-1-4
Ariel A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USANCNC3
The police intervened. This was not a stoppage win for Goddard. Butler had the best of the bout.
The Oregonian September 22, 1892. They traded knockdowns in the first, Butler did the trick again in the second, but Goddard caught him in the third round and had him groggy when the fight was stopped.

1892-03-26Jack Houghey
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO2
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