Charley Mitchell

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Class of 2002
Old Timer Category
Hall of Fame bio:click

Name: Charlie Mitchell
Alias: Charley
Birth Name: Charles Watson Mitchell
Born: 1861-11-24
Birthplace: Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom
Died: 1918-04-02 (Age:56)
Hometown: London, United Kingdom
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 5′ 9″   /   175cm
Boxing Record: click

Division: Middleweight
Managers: Pony Moore; Billy Thompson


Charley Mitchell (sometimes spelled "Charlie") was a crafty, feisty, scrappy competitor and one of the hardest hitters for his size the ring has ever known. As a middleweight, he was one of the best who ever fought. He had exceptional ability at using London Prize Ring Rules to his advantage.

During his career, he engaged in over 100 fights with both gloves and bare-knuckles, using the London Prize Ring Rules as well as the Queensberry Rules. He often fought men who outweighed him by 30 to 40 pounds. Mitchell took on all comers in London, often fighting as many as four bouts in one night.

In 1880 he became the boxing instructor for the International Athletic Club at the "White Rose" in London, and opened a boxing school at the "Palais Rubens" in Antwerp, Belgium. Mitchell toured the United States and Canada with Jake Kilrain, and later Frank (Paddy) Slavin, putting on exhibitions, sometimes daily and sometimes on the same day as one of his fights. Mitchell was in Kilrain's corner on July, 8, 1889 when he fought John L. Sullivan for the Heavyweight Championship of the world.

He died of what was called "locomotive ataxia" in Hove, England. Obituary: [1]


Mitchell's fight record is courtesy of Tracy Callis and Bill Matthews of the International Boxing Research Organization and the Cyber Boxing Zone.