Texas Tommy Punch

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The "Texas Tommy Punch" was created and made famous by Seattle boxer Johnny O'Leary. He invented it after watching boys and girls doing the Texas Tommy Dance in San Francisco. The dance was based upon a dancer twirling his partner about by the arm. It had been a popular dance since at least 1912, along with the "Grizzly Bear" and "The Turkey Trot" [1].

In early 1916, at Philadelphia, O'Leary executed his "Texas Tommy Punch" three times in a row, to the amazement of all present. A. W. Maxwell, sports editor of the Philadelphia Evening Ledger, described it as the "cleverest ring trick" he had seen in years.

O'Leary's famous "Texas Tommy Punch" was executed as follows: When O'Leary clinched with an opponent, he did not wait to be parted by the referee. Instead, he would grasp his opponent by the back part of the arm nearest him, at a point above the elbow, and while stepping back he would turn his victim half-way around with force. As a result the opponent would be thrown off-balance. O'Leary then grasped the nearest arm again and this time he'd whirl the opponent completely around - whereupon, as the opponent was whirled face-to-face once again, O'Leary would flash a wallop to the jaw. Being able to hit effectively with either hand, O'Leary could spin his opponent in either direction. This description comes from the Spokane Spokesman-Review newspaper, June 18, 1916.