Spike Carney was the most popular boxer of the greater Yakima/Wenatchee, Washington region during his day. According to the June 10, 1922, edition of the Wenatchee Daily World newspaper, at p. 15, Carney's record was 55 total, with 51 wins (21 by KO), 1 loss, and 5 draws. According to that article, he had started his career 1913 in Joplin, Missouri. He was "raised in Wenatchee," and came to Yakima in 1916, having quit boxing for awhile. In 1917 he resumed professional boxing, "meeting all bantams." That June article also mentioned that he had knocked out two men within 20 minutes in Waitsburg "the other night" and was scheduled to fight in Great Falls, Montana, on July 4th.
The article also records some of his previous bouts as follows:
- 1913 @ Spokane, Washington, twice beating Joe Benjamin. (This year seems suspect, if he was in Missouri at the time. Maybe this was a typo and should be 1918.)
- 1914 knocking out Kid Hutsell, bantamweight champion of Idaho, in the third round.
- 1915 @ Joplin, knocking out Eddie LaPonte in the first.
- Unknown year: drawing with Mike Mitchell.
- Unknown year: beating Anacortes/Everett bantam Eddie Neil on points @ Bellingham, Washington.
- 1921-22: twice beating Young Casteel.
- Also beating Billy Vetro and Charles Davidson.