Mexican Pete Everett
- To find the first Mexican heavyweight of real note one has to travel back to the days following the Spanish-American War. Mexican Pete Everett was a rough-and-ready warhorse during Colorado's mining boom and was the ace of the hard-rock brawlers.
- Pete was born in the little city of Saguache, Colorado, January 25, 1875. Fighting around camps like Cripple Creek, Victor and Aspen, by 1895 he was acknowledged the top hand of the mountain region in fistic circles. He tipped the beam at 190 pounds.
- Having disposed of such stars of the mining region as Jim Fraill, Frank Richards, Jack Davis and Mike Queenan, in 1898 he journeyed out to the Pacific Coast to meet a fast rising young heavyweight answering to the name of Jim Jeffries. But the assignment was too big for the Mexican and he bit the dust in three.
- In November 1900 he was acquitted of stealing a horse and wagon at Cripple Creek.
- Back at Cripple Creek he was matched with Tom Sharkey and was awarded the decision over the famous sailor on a foul in one round. Shortly after beating Sharkey, Everett was sentenced to a short stint on a chain gang in Cripple Creek for a minor violation of the law. After several knockout victories came his battle with tough old Billy Woods, Jim Corbett's favorite sparring partner and an internationally known cyclist. Pete halted him in four.
- In 1902 he fought Jack Johnson tangling over the twenty round route at Victor, Colo. It was one whale of a battle, with Johnson taking the decision.
- Joe Choynski, the old Frisco star, and Everett were brought together at Denver and after one of the most savage brawls ever staged in the mile-high city, Choynski was awarded the fight on a foul in the seventh round. Following bouts with Gus Ruhlin and Frank Childs, which he lost, Everett opened up a gymnasium in Pueblo, Colo., and still managed to get in a few fast rounds.
- In December 1903, Everett and Tommy Tracy were arrested for participating in a prizefight at Shawnee, OK in violation of Federal Law. On March 16, 1904, the two were sentenced to a year at Leavenworth. They were released Jan 17, 1905. Everett didn't fight again for six years.
- Everett made a comeback in 1911, and after several minor bouts was matched with Gunboat Smith who stopped him in two. He returned to Pueblo and ran his gymnasium until 1924.
The Ring, August 1952, by Johnny Salak