Terry McGovern
Global ID9044
birthdate 1880-03-09
death date 1918-02-22 (37)
height5′ 3″   /   160cm
reach65″   /   165cm
country USA
residenceBrooklyn, New York, USA
birth placeJohnstown, Pennsylvania, USA
birth nameJoseph Terrence McGovern
won 59 (KO 44) + lost 5 (KO 2) + drawn 4 = 68
rounds boxed 465
Newspaper Decisions won 6 : lost 1 : drawn 5
rounds boxed 76
Total Bouts 80 KO% 55

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1908-05-26Spike Robson12-5-0
National A.C., New York, New York, USADNWS66
The fight was a draw according to The New York Times. McGovern won, but it was a "hollow victory", according to Robert Edgren in The Evening World. Oakland Tribune (wire) reported Robson beat McGovern. A different edit of the same wire (in multiple newspapers), reported "No decision was rendered, but under any conditions the fight would probably would have been declared a draw, although Robson had the better of it toward the end."
1908-05-16Young Loughrey20-3-0
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USADNWS66
Newspaper decision in favour of McGovern from the Philadelphia Item. The Philadelphia Record picked Loughrey as winner. The Washington Times gave a round by round report and declared the fight a draw.
1906-10-17Young Corbett II56-9-11
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USADNWS66
Draw: Philadelphia Record, Philadelphia Ledger, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Telegraph, Philadelphia Bulletin, Philadelphia Item, TAD (New York Journal), New York Telegraph, New York Globe, New York Evening Journal, Robert Edgren (New York Evening World), Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Thomas S. Rice (Washington Times), AP ("When the gong announced the close of the battle there was little to choose between the fighters"), Scripps Telegraph Service ("it was a toss up as to whose damage had been the greater").
Corbett: Philadelphia North American, Philadelphia Press, New York Press, New York Mail.
McGovern: New York World.
McGovern was down in the 2nd round.

1906-05-28Jimmy Britt11-3-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USADNWS1010
referee: Tim Hurst
Ny Times, NY Evening World and NY Sun all called it a draw
McGovern down in fifth

1906-03-14Battling Nelson40-10-13
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
referee: Jack McGuigan
Newspaper decision for Nelson from Philadelphia Item, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Record, Robert Edgren (New York Evening World), Left Hook (New York Morning Telegraph, 4-0-2 by rounds), New York Sun (3-1-2 by rounds), TAD (New York Journal), Pittsburgh Gazette, John T. Smith (Hearst Service), AP ("Battling Nelson had the advantage over Terry McGovern").
A draw from William Rocap (Philadelphia Public Ledger).
Weigh-in at 133 pounds at ringside.

1905-10-18Harlem Tommy Murphy8-0-2
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO16
time: 2:08 | referee: Jack McGuigan
A right to the jaw put Murphy down for "3." When he arose another right sent him down and he took another "3" count. McGovern then landed a left to Murphy's jaw and he was down again, at which point the referee stopped the fight. One source fof this fight is the Philadelphia Item.
1904-10-10Eddie Hanlon8-2-5
Industrial Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO46
Both McGovern and Hanlon went down in the third round. Hanlon was getting punished against the ropes when the police stopped the fight.
1904-04-10George Barton0-0-1
Saint Paul, Minnesota, USALPTS66
1904-01-01Yock Henniger14-11-18
Allentown, Pennsylvania, USAWKO2
A right to the body ended the fight. Henninger was several pounds heavier than Terry and from the very beginning of the first round Leo tried to use it to his advantage. Time and again Henninger went straight at McGovern, which was met with hard shots to the stomach and head and by rounds end Henninger was ducking, dodging and holding on for survival. McGovern came out with a vengeance and a snarl in the second and was on top of Henninger before he could get his hands up. A feint to the body gave Terry the opening he was looking for and viscous right cross to the chin dropped Henninger for a nine count. As he staggered to his feet Leo was met with a savage barrage of punches and was soon hung over the ropes by a quick one-two punch. As Henninger bounced off the ropes Terry had him measured and cut loose a long right which crashed home with telling effect and McGovern watched as his opponent was counted out in the second round. (Police Gazette)
1903-12-19Billy Willis12-2-0
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Item in favor of McGovern.
1903-10-20Jimmy Briggs45-9-21
Criterion A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1515
McGovern down in the 4th round (semi-local The Worcester Spy reports one more knockdown in the 9th).
1903-10-03Billy Willis12-2-0
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
According to the Philadelphia Item McGovern had the edge, but it was a close fight.
1903-09-26Lew Ryall2-5-4
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
referee: William H. Rocap
The Philadelphia Inquirer. The Philadelphia Item stated that McGovern gave Ryall a bad beating.
1903-03-31Young Corbett II40-4-8
Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USALKO1120
referee: Eddie Graney
World Featherweight Title, 127 lbs.
1903-02-25Billy Maynard5-6-3
Penn Art Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO46
Result from the Philadelphia Item.
1903-02-06Joe Bernstein23-17-25
Industrial Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
After a year out of the ring, McGovern returned to the ring wars to face an old rival in Joe Bernstein this being their third bout against one another; Terry won the previous two, the last by knockout. Industrial Hall was packed long before the main bout came on. At no point during the bout did Bernstein have an advantage and although he finished on his feet through six rounds McGovern gave Bernstein considerable punishment and beat him decisively. Joe did land some hard shots on occasion, but he always took a drubbing in return. Terry did most of his work to the body and it was evident that the “old power” still lingered in McGovern’s lethal fists and had any of the vicious body blows landed to Bernstein’s head he would have surely took a nap on the canvas. Joe was down for a nine-count in the fifth round, but Terry was unable to put him away as Bernstein still possessed the heart of a winner although he lost. Not being able to put Bernstein away also may have been because of McGovern’s lengthy hiatus out of the ring, but Terry was in splendid condition physically and he fought fast throughout all six rounds and looked as though he could have went several more rounds had the occasion called for it. (Philadelphia Evening Bulletin)
1902-02-22Dave Sullivan24-8-16
Southern A.C., Louisville, Kentucky, USAWTKO1525
referee: Bob Fitzsimmons
1901-11-28Young Corbett II35-4-7
Coliseum, Hartford, Connecticut, USALKO2
time: 1:44 | referee: Charlie White
World Featherweight Title, 126 lbs
McGovern down in 2d, rose and droped Corbett to one knee. McGovern then knocked down again for the count.

1901-05-29Aurelio Herrera30-0-2
Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USAWKO520
referee: Phil Wand
World Featherweight Title, 126 lbs.
Herrera later claimed he had been doped by one of his seconds. Seattle Post-Intelligencer, April 14, 1927.

1901-04-30Oscar Gardner85-13-31
Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USAWKO4
referee: Harry Corbett
World Featherweight Title, 124 lbs.
1900-12-13Joe Gans91-6-12
Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO26
time: 2:05 | referee: George Siler
Gans agreed to make 133 at 7 pm -- agreement provided that if McGovern lasted distance he would get winner's end of the purse.
1900-11-13Kid Broad15-7-11
Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS66
referee: George Siler
1900-11-02Joe Bernstein16-10-20
Nonpareil A.C., Louisville, Kentucky, USAWKO725
time: 2:05 | referee: George Siler
World Featherweight Title
1900-07-16Frank Erne25-2-15
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWTKO310
time: 2:18 | referee: Charlie White
McGovern down in the 1st round. Erne down two (The Evening World and New-York Daily Tribune) or three (The Sun) times in the 3rd round. Erne's seconds threw up the sponge.
1900-06-23George Dixon56-6-27
Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS66
referee: Malachy Hogan
1900-06-12Tommy White36-6-31
Seaside A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO325
referee: Johnny White
World Featherweight Title, 128 lbs
McGovern did not require White to shed the 1/2-pound overage stating "what's the differnece in a pound or two either way?"

1900-05-21Ellwood McCloskey17-15-6
Penn Art Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
"McGovern had the better of it, and was the aggressor throughout, administering severe punishment to the local man, who, however, proved himself a game fighter." Brooklyn Daily Eagle. McCloskey was down in the third round Wilkes-Barre Times. The Philadelphia Item gave the newspaper decision to McGovern.
1900-04-20Tommy Warren23-4-6
Broadway A.C., New York, New York, USAWTKO125
referee: Johnny White
"When the match was made, Sam Harris, the champion's manager, did not know anything about Warren, or the bout never would have taken place. When Harris did learn about him he tried to have the match declared off, but the club insisted that he carry out his contract. At 8:30 o'clock last evening he again asked that it be canceled, but had to live up to the articles. Warren, who is about 45 years old, weighed fully 140 pounds, but did not look to be in any kind of shape. Terry was afraid to hit him hard and only tapped him lightly. Twice Warren went down from right hand swings and he was weak when the round closed. The crowd began hooting when they saw what Warren really was and the club officials decided to call it off." (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
1900-04-17Tommy White36-6-31
Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, USADNWS66
referee: George Siler
match made at 130 lbs, both under although exact weights not announced. Source: Davenport Daily Republican
1900-03-15Eddie Lenny13-2-11
Industrial Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO26
1900-03-09Oscar Gardner67-8-23
Broadway A.C., New York, New York, USAWKO325
time: 0:19 | referee: Johnny White
World Featherweight Title, 122 lbs
McGovern down in 1st but given controversial 16 second long count, as he held onto Gardner's leg for 6 seconds while Gardner struggled to pull away to allow the referee begin counting. Gardner down 3 times in 2d and once more in 3d.

1900-02-01Eddie Santry23-4-5
Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO56
referee: George Siler
McGovern consolidates his title claim as Santry had been claiming the Feather title by virtue of his kayo of Ben Jordan
1900-01-29Jack Ward16-8-13
North Avenue Rink, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWKO120
time: 2:05 | referee: Al Herford
McGovern fully 10lbs heavier than Ward.
1900-01-09George Dixon56-5-26
Broadway A.C., New York, New York, USAWTKO825
referee: Johnny White
World Featherweight Title, 118 lbs
1899-12-22Harry Forbes37-3-12
Broadway A.C., New York, New York, USAWTKO225
time: 1:33
billed for the World title at 118lbs
1899-12-18Charlie Mason1-2-0
People's A.C., Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWKO210
1899-12-18Freckles O'Brien9-0-2
People's A.C., Cincinnati, Ohio, USAWKO110
1899-12-12James J Corbett Jr
Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO2
1899-11-30Eddie Sprague1-4-3
Coliseum, Hartford, Connecticut, USAWKO210
time: 1:00 | referee: Charlie White
Sprague down three times in the 1st round.
1899-11-18Patsy Haley22-13-11
Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO16
time: 1:40 | referee: George Siler
1899-11-18Turkey Point Billy Smith3-7-4
Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO36
time: 1:00
1899-10-09Billy Rotchford12-3-5
Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO16
referee: Paddy Carroll
1899-09-29Fred Snyder3-1-1
Industrial Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO26
referee: Charlie White
Snyder was down twice in the 1st round, and five or six times in the 2nd, when the police stopped the bout.
1899-09-12Pedlar Palmer23-0-1
Westchester A.C., Tuckahoe, New York, USAWKO125
time: 2:32 | referee: George Siler
World 116lbs Bantamweight Title
First world championship bout, Queensberry Rules, to end by a one-round KO. McGovern would abandon the title in 1900. Harry Harris would then claim it, but his claim was disputed until he defeated Thomas Pedlar Palmer. Then Harris, too, would abandon the title. Danny Dougherty would win the vacant title on May 26, 1900.
Attendance: 10,000

1899-07-01Johnny Ritchie8-2-4
Westchester A.C., Tuckahoe, New York, USAWKO325
referee: Jimmy Carroll
Billed for American Bantamweight Title, 118 lbs.
1899-06-08Billy Barrett12-3-10
Broadway A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO1025
1899-05-26Sammy Kelly16-4-1
Broadway A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO520
time: 0:38 | referee: Johnny White
1899-04-28Joe Bernstein11-4-16
Broadway A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS2525
1899-03-14Patsy Haley20-9-10
Lenox A.C., New York, New York, USAWKO1825
1899-02-18Fred Snyder3-1-0
Nonpareil A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
1899-01-30Casper Leon35-4-14
Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO1225
1898-12-31Austin Rice9-4-13
Pelican A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO1425
Rice down in second; McGovern down in 11th; Rice not out for 15th
1898-12-17Jimmy Rose1-3-5
Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO225
1898-11-26Patsy Donovan3-5-2
Nonpareil A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO36
1898-11-19Tim Callahan6-2-9
Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO1025
referee: Samuel C. Austin
Callahan down twice in the 10th round.
1898-10-01Harry Forbes18-2-4
Pelican A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO1525
1898-09-15Eugene Garcia4-3-5
Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO515
1898-08-20Tim Callahan5-2-7
Pelican A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USADPTS2020
1898-08-04George Monroe4-3-5
Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWDQ720
referee: Gus Peverelly
Monroe violated the "no punching" while in a clinch rule
1898-07-23Tim Callahan4-2-7
Pelican A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USALDQ1125
referee: Frank Herald
McGovern was disqualified for hitting in a clinch, after three previous warnings about this foul from the referee. In an article from the Pittsburgh Press (3/19/1944)penned by Billy Roche, who seconded Callahan, he (Roche) told Tim "to call McGovern an APA--an insult to an Irishman in those days--the next time they clinched. Tim did so. Terry lost his head, hit on the break and was disqualified."
1898-06-11George Monroe4-2-5
Greater New York A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO2425
The men weighed in at 112 pounds. Both looked fit to go the entire twenty-five rounds that was scheduled. The first round was a “feeling out” round in which no damaging blows were landed by either fighter. Monroe did most of the leading in the second, but was dropped for a count in the third. McGovern started fast in the fourth and did all of the leading and the fifth round was more of the same. McGovern was cautioned twice for using his head in close. In the sixth round, McGovern cut loose knocking his opponent all over the ring and by the end of the seventh it looked as though it would only be a matter of time until Monroe was knocked out. Monroe managed to gain a little measure on McGovern in the ninth and tenth rounds. Up to the thirteenth neither man had landed any real damaging blows. McGovern again cut loose in the fourteenth hitting hard and drawing blood for the first time in the fight. Monroe was weak at the end of the fifteenth and betting was 3 to 1 that he would not last two more rounds, but Monroe regained his energy and probably had the better of the mill in the two rounds that were supposed to be his last. The fight was nearly even at the end of twenty rounds. Monroe was downed again in the twenty-second round, but still managed to land as much as he took. The twenty-third was even, but in the twenty-fourth McGovern began to land often and land hard. Terry landed a hard shot and followed it up with another hard punch which sent Monroe down for the count, the result “KO 24.” (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
1898-05-05George Monroe4-2-4
Waverly A.C., Yonkers, New York, USADPTS2020
referee: George Edwards
The weight of both men scaled less than 112 pounds each. It was an excellent bout from the sound of the first gong until referee Edwards declared it a draw. Terry was the aggressor for most of the bout, but George was always ready to counter the attack. There were no knockdowns, but each man suffered eye cuts and they fought one another to a standstill and were punching out of clinches. Terry was just beginning to fall into the rushing style that would make him so popular and at times, just when the audience thought that McGovern was on the verge of knocking his man out, Monroe always came back with a viscous counter. (Unknown Newspaper Clip)
1898-04-15Fred Mayo10-0-3
Jacque's Auditorium, Waterbury, Connecticut, USAWTKO610
referee: Charlie White
1898-03-12Pinky Evans1-0-0
Waverly A.C., Yonkers, New York, USAWPTS88
1898-02-25Billy Maynard0-1-1
Waverly A.C., Yonkers, New York, USAWPTS88
referee: George Edwards
Fought at 120 pounds.
1897-12-31Jack Kelly0-2-1
National A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO210
1897-12-18Charles Roden1-5-0
Polo A.C., New York, New York, USAWPTS66
1897-11-13Harry Peterson6-3-3
Polo A.C., New York, New York, USAWPTS66
1897-10-23Eddie Goodbody2-3-1
Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USADPTS44
Police stopped the contest due to the serious condition of a boxer in the previous bout. Brooklyn Daily Eagle - This may be NC 1, better source needed
1897-10-09Jack Doyle2-1-2
Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWTKO710
The police intervened and the referee gave McGovern the decision. Brooklyn Daily Eagle
1897-10-02Johnny Reagan0-0-2
Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWTKO66
Police stopped the bout.
1897-09-18Jack Leon
Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWTKO710
1897-08-23Billy Barrett4-0-5
Greenpoint S.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS1010
McGovern substituted for Jimmy Gorman, who was ill
1897-08-16Eddie Goodbody2-2-1
Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS1010
1897-06-19Tommy Sullivan7-0-1
Greenwood A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USADPTS1010
Scheduled for ten rounds at 112 pounds McGovern and Sullivan went at one another at a fast and exciting pace and did everything except bite each other for ten rounds without a let-up. In the end the referee declared the fight a draw. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
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