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Name: Bartley Madden
Career Record:
Nationality: Irish
Hometown: New York, New York, USA
Born: 1890-09-01
Died: 1930-03-05
Age at Death: 39
Height: 5′ 10″

Madden died at a Washington, D.C., USA, hospital from injuries received in a 20-foot fall from a landing at the Treasury Building. His wife had died only three weeks earlier

                                                                                   The Bridgeport Telegram

23 May 1918


Heavyweight Scrapsters have Clashed Twice

Will Be First Bout In Some Months For Each

The battlers on the fistic card of the Laksco Club for Monday night are tuning up for the conflicts and all promise to be in the right shape when the gong sounds for the start of the bouts.

Bartley Madden of New York who will toe the mark against Battling Levinsky in the main event of 15 rounds seems confident according to the word from New York that he will have the good fortune to stop Levinsky. He seems to be inclined to the view says the report that he has boxed Levinsky twice and knows the latter's style so thoroughly that he anticipates little trouble in reaching Levinsky with some hard punches and he figures that Levinsky is unable to assimilate much punishment.

 Consequently Madden looks to halt Levinsky before the end of the fifteen rounds have been reached. Of course Levinsky will have the opportunity of balking the kayo and will be the favorite to outpoint Madden but the New Yorker is liable to crop in with a surprise and hand Levinsky awalloping. Neither Levinsky nor Madden have appeared in the ring for several months and both are eager to get back in the harness where the money lies. Both will weigh between 180 and 190 pounds and  consequently there will not be more than10 pounds difference in their weights at the most, it is more than likely.

 Levinsky is working out every afternoon at the Laksco club on.Seaview  avenue utilizing the gymnasium there for the purpose. Joe Smith, trainer of Levinsky, says the battler will be in grand shape for the bout with Madden and incidentally for the bout at the Red Cross show in Madison Square Garden tomorrow night with Jim .Coffey who was kayoed by Madden. in the bout in New York on August 10, 1914, Madden was credited with holding Levinsky even by some of those at the ringside and with outpointing; Levinsky bya narrow margin by others.  

About five months ago Levinsky and Madden met in Boston and the referee's decision was a draw. The award did not meet with the approval of the boxing writers of the Boston papers who stated that the decision should have gone to Levinsky.



The Lincoln Star

10 June 1924

Negro Unable To Kayo Irishman

Wills Gives Madden Severe Beating, But Latter On Feet At Finish

Judges Award The Decision To Black Fighter

At End Of fifteen Rounds


The prestige of Harry Wills as a contender for the heavyweight title is materially diminished today as a result of his failure to obtain no better than a judges verdict over Bartley Madden. New York Irishman with whom he fought a  colorless, though bloody, 15-round  bout in the Queensboro A. C. stadium. Long Island City, last night.

 Wills victory was decisive enough and as clean cut as a point verdict could be. The game Irishman took all that his massive negro opponent could send. Madden fought a purely defensive fight. He was loudly cheered by the spectators for his gameness. 


 Harry Wills. the negro challenger of Jack Dempsey is slowly giving  quarter to that  invisible fighter. Father Time. Wills even his staunchest admirers admitted today, is slowing  down under the burden or years. He failed to knock out Bartley Madden, the fighting  Irishman in fifteen rounds here last night and suffered an almost irreparable loss of prestige

 The negro, 6 feet 3 inches and weighing 213 pounds, was as menacing a looking physical specimen  as ever crawled through the ropes. He seemed in superb condition. Long, lean race horsey, splendidly proportioned, with long, powerful arms tremendous shoulders and slim waist, he looked a 100 per cent better fighter than pudgy 185 pound Bartley Madden.

Not The Wills Of Old

But something was wrong with Wills, despite his splendid appearance. He had speed, but not the flashing speed of old. He had agility, but not any more than Bartley. He had power but not enough to put Bartley away. And he seemed to tire easily. The brown panther, his body steaming with perspiration and his face in perpetual scowl, tried round after round, to shoot through a knockout punch, but Madden was in there to stay the limit and he stayed.

Irishman Game Receiver.

 Wills discarded his long range punching and attempted to beat Madden with short, rapid jolts to the face or slashing blows to the body. He cut Madden's face to ribbons. He rocked him almost off his feet on several occasions. He pounded and mauled and slashed and held and scowled, but he couldn't subdue the fighting Irishman. He won thirteen of the fifteen rounds — all but the tenth and eleventh.

 But the bloody faced Madden wouldn't go down. He had faced men almost as good as Wills, but none of them ever put him down . He had stayed ten rounds with Fred Fulton, three times he had gone the limit with Bill Brennan and he had held off for ten rounds the challenger of Dempsey,  Tommy Gibbons.

 Crowd Cheers Madden.

And when the gong rang at the end of the fifteen Madden stood there in the center of the ring, his bloody face wreathed  smiles bowing to he cheering throng, a hero in defeat. Wills, tired, crawled through the ropes. He had won yet he had lost. Father Time seemed close upon him as he strode, with slightly  bent shoulders and bowed  head, to his dressing room.