- Older brother of Dave Barry.
- Held the World Bantamweight Championship from 1894 to 1899. The bantamweight limit at the time ranged from 100 to 112 pounds.
- Retired undefeated in 70 professional fights.
- In 1927, Joe Choynski said Barry was "the greatest fighter I ever saw. He had everything: speed, science, stamina, ring generalship, courage and uncanny punching power."