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Name: Jack McAuliffe
Career Record: click
Alias: The Napoleon of The Prize Ring
Nationality: Irish
Birthplace: Cork Ireland
Hometown: Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Born: 1866-03-24
Died: 1937-11-04
Age at Death: 71
Height: 5′ 6″
    Died in New York City of a reported "throat ailment." Buried in Albany, New York. One of the premiere lightweights of the 19th century, McAuliffe immigrated from Ireland to the United States at a young age, settling with his family in Maine. He began fighting in 1884, during the bare knuckle era. In 1886, he captured the American lightweight title by knocking out Billy Frazier in the 17th round. A protege of Jack "The Nonpariel" Dempsey, McAuliffe claimed the vacant world title by stopping Canadian Harry Gilmore in 1887. That match set up a confrontation against English champion Jem Carney.

Fighting in the United States on November 16, 1887, McAuliffe and Carney battled to a 72-round draw. The bout ended controverially when American fans stormed the ring after McAuliffe was dropped for the third time in the fight. When order was restored, both pugilists exited claiming they were world champion.

In 1889, McAuliffe battled to a 64-round draw with Billy Myer but managed to defeat Myer in two subsequent bouts. The final Myer win came in New Orleans on the Carnival of Champions card held September 5, 6, and 7 in 1892. On that card, George Dixon retained his featherweight crown but John L. Sullivan lost the heavyweigh title to James J. Corbett.

McAuliffe beat Young Griffo in 1894, retired shortly after, made a comeback in 1896, and retired for good after his 1897 battle against Philadelphia Tommy Ryan.


Jack McAuliffe ... "Quick As Greased Lightning"
By Tracy Callis

Jack McAuliffe boxed during the years when fighting was evolving from the use of bare knuckles to gloves. Bert Sugar (1982 p 31) wrote: "Jack McAuliffe was a lightweight superstar during the transitional period when boxing shifted from the bare knuckle era to adaptation of the Marquis of Queensberry rules."

He was one of a handful of men who retired with an "official" unbeaten record. The others were Young Mitchell, Jimmy Barry, and Rocky Marciano.

McAuliffe was a product of the "new school of pugilism" and an exponent of the more polished boxing style -- a heady, crafty, intelligent boxer who (like Gene Tunney years later) studied the every move, tactic, and tendency of his opponents. He was blessed with that wonderful, natural gift of extreme quickness, was light on his feet and employed springy, bouncy, brisk movements.

Jack was an active puncher who not only boxed cleverly but slugged it out with stiff punches too. He was a master strategist, not a terribly crunching, power-hitter but possessed a wicked, sharply-driven, straight left jab that cut opponents up much like Ezzard Charles could do to his foes in more recent times. Mee (1997 p 236) called Jack "Quick-thinking, sharp-punching, and an expert ring general."

Haldane (1967 p 168) described McAuliffe, "undoubtedly a sterling pugilist, who was not called the 'the Napoleon of the Ring' for nothing. He could fight as well as box and he was as hard and durable as any man of his time, for these were the days of two-ounce driving gloves."

McAuliffe was born in Ireland and moved to Bangor, Maine in this country as a young child. He grew up in a rough neighborhood and learned to scrap there. After a few years, his family moved to Williamsburg, a hamlet of brooklyn, NY and, as a youth, he worked as a cooper.

There, he met another young man who liked to box and became good friends with this fellow worker, who had a natural gift for the fistic game. His friend taught him many secrets about the sport. The name of this friend was Jack Dempsey, who went on to become one of the all-time greats of the ring as "the Nonpareil."

What the "Nonpareil" taught McAuliffe was invaluable and Jack often had Dempsey in his corner iving him advice during fights. Fleischer (1944 p 35) wrote that Jack "always trusted the Nonpareil's good judgment and felt the odds to be in his favor whenever Dempsey was in his corner."

Dempsey soon won the Lightweight Championship of America and, later, when he gave it up to fight at a heavier weight, he "named" McAuliffe as an outstanding claimant for the vacated title. This gesture gave credence to Jack's ability as a fighter and when he joined up with Billy Madden and toured the country, whipping many "comers", his claim of champion was enhanced.

Jack then proceeded to challenge Jimmy Mitchell, a talented and popular pugilist of the time, to fight for the crown, and when Mitchell refused, many acknowledged McAuliffe as champion. Victories over Jack Hopper, Billy Frazier, and the Canadian champion, Harry Gilmore, solidified Jack's claim as Lightweight Champion.

Johnston (1936 p 302) recorded that Jack "quickly demonstrated his right to the crown. He took on all the men in the class who challenged him and disposed of them all."

As champion, he liked the high life, good food, and fine clothes. He also loved the race tracks and was addicted to gambling habits. McCallum (1975 pp 225 227) called him "the Dapper Dan of the ring" and "the Beau Brummel of the sports world". Accordingly, he did not take to training too well and never over trained. On a number of occasions he came in heavier than planned -- but he was such a talented fighter, it usually did not matter.

During his career, McAuliffe beat such talented fighters as Joe Ellingsworth, Billy Ellingsworth, Jack Hopper (twice), Charles "Bull" McCarthy (twice), Billy Frazier (twice), Harry Gilmore, Billy Dacey, Paddy Smith, Jimmy Carroll (twice), Austin Gibbons, Billy Myer (twice), and Horace Leeds. He also gained a controversial win over Young Griffo (see below).

In a nip-and-tuck battle with scrappy Harry Gilmore in January of 1887, McAuliffe knocked out the Canadian Champion in what many boxing veterans of that day called "the fiercest and most exciting fight they had ever seen between star lightweights" (see Fleischer 1944 p 34).

While McAuliffe officially had an unbeaten record during his career, there were three fights in which he may not have been the better man. In November of 1887, at Revere, Massachusetts, he fought Jem Carney of England in a 74-round contest. Jack was the much better boxer but Jem was aggressive and rough. The fight turned into a war of dirty tactics with several knockdowns and plenty of blood, kneeing, and eye-gouging.

Many feel that Carney was better in this fight and was proving to be stronger in the last few rounds that were fought. Jack appeared very tired when his supporters, tired of the questionable tactics by Carney, broke into the ring during the 74th round. The referee stopped the fight and promptly declared the fight a "draw" in a controversial decision.

Johnston (1936 p 305) described the fight, "For sheer bulldog courage it has seldom been equaled anywhere. It was brutal, if you will, but no one can deny the pluck and courage of the two lightweight champions."

In February of 1889, at North Judson, Indiana, against Billy Myer in their first bout, Jack broke a bone in an arm early in the contest but fought on. As the match continued, Jack's brilliance dimmed and Myer's stamina and tenacity began to catch up with the Champion. Johnston (1936 p 305) said Myer "had an unorthodox style, but he was a terrific puncher and could absorb a walloping."

The fight ended in a draw after 64 hard fought rounds but from all accounts, Myer was better. Billy once said "I know that I could have whipped him that night at North Judson [even though] he might now knock me silly in five minutes" (see Chicago Tribune, Feb 16 1889).

Jack later avenged himself in a second bout by knocking Myer out. Afterwards, in a third match, he convincingly whipped Billy again.

When Young Griffo came to America, Jack met him in a ten-rounder in August of 1892 and came away with the official decision. However, Jack afterwards said "he'd been beaten in the Coney Island set-to" (see McCallum 1975 p 263).

In 1890, McAuliffe took on Jimmy Carroll, who had backed George LaBlanche against the "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey when LaBlanche used the "pivot blow" to beat the outstanding Champion. Being a close and loyal friend of Dempsey, McAuliffe took the fight in a very personal way and poured it on Carroll, finally knocking him out (see Johnston 1936 p 306).

While working in the corner of the great John L. Sullivan at New Orleans against Jim Corbett in September of 1892, Sullivan told McAuliffe that everyone gets "his" sooner or later and advised Jack to retire before it happened to him. Jack wisely took his advice (see Johnston 1936 p 308).

Mee (1997 p 236) wrote, "Jack McAuliffe was a great lightweight although historians argue over his rightful status simply because of the chaotic nature of the sport when he was claiming to be champion of the world." He added, "Nobody denies that McAuliffe was extraordinarily talented."

Harry Gilmore, a great lightweight fighter of that day, Canadian Lightweight Champion, and "Professor of Boxing" in his Chicago school for many years once said, "To a greater degree than any other Lightweight Champion I have known, Jack McAuliffe outclassed the best men of his day." He went on to say, "On top of that, he was a lightning thinker, and as fine a general as ever performed between the ropes" (Fleischer 1944 p 6)

Stillman (1920 p 73) wrote of McAuliffe, "One of the best lightweights that the division has ever held. A wonderful two-handed fighter, who depended particularly upon his straight blows." Jack Curley, boxing and wrestling promoter, called Jack a "great fighting machine" (The Ring, Jun 1926 p 13). Dewitt Van Court, long time Los Angeles boxing instructor and promoter, ranked him as the #3 All-Time Lightweight (1926 p 108).

Haldane (1967 p 225) ranked McAuliffe along with Joe Gans, Benny Leonard, and Battling Nelson as the greatest lightweights who ever fought while Jimmy Johnston, President of the National Sports Alliance, named Jack as the #1 All-Time Lightweight (The Ring, May 1926 pp 12 13).

Spider Kelly, oldtime trainer (The Ring, Oct 1924 p 14) said, "Jack McAuliffe was the best lightweight that ever lived. I've seen them all and boxed with Gans, Everhardt, Lavigne, Griffo, and many others, but to my way of thinking McAuliffe was far above any of them. He was as strong as a bull, clever, could hit like a middleweight, and had a great head on him."

In an article in The Ring by Tom Ephrem (June 1939), Billy Myer, having seen all the lightweights up to that time, still rated "McAuliffe as the greatest of all lightweights, past or present."

In the opinion of this writer, McAuliffe was the #6 All-Time Lightweight, perhaps a shade below the likes of Benny Leonard, Joe Gans, Roberto Duran, Henry Armstrong, and Aaron Pryor. "Napoleon Jack" is in a class with Packey McFarland, Barney Ross, Tony Canzoneri, and Pernell Whitaker. Not bad company!

The following is a tribute to McAuliffe (from Fleischer 1944 p 1):

Napoleon, war-master, was a terror to his foes,
A general of generals, as everybody knows;
And Jack McAuliffe, lightweight king, who many battles won,
Was tagged by his admirers - "The Ring Napoleon!"

It was a fitting sobriquet for one whose clever wits
Were ever on the keen alert to back his fighting mitts,
But, unlike Bonaparte the Great, our champion never knew
The stigma of defeat, Jack didn't "meet his Waterloo!"


A special thanks to Mark Dunn (of Bloomington, Illinois) for supplying pertinent data related to Jack McAuliffe. His tedious and thorough search of the Chicago (Il) Tribune, the Bloomington (Il) Bulletin and Daily, the Peoria (Il) Daily Transcript, Herald-Telegraph, and Journal, and the St. Louis (Mo) Post-Dispatch newspapers of the 1880s and 1890s is greatly appreciated.


Chicago Tribune. Feb 16 1889. "Myer Anxious to Fight" (contained in the Chicago Tribune, Feb 16 1889 issue)

Curley, J. Jun 1926. "Tommy Ryan Greatest Fighter of All Time ..." (contained in The Ring, Jun 1926 pp 4, 5, 13).

Ephrem, T. Jun 1939. "Billy Myer, The Streator Cyclone" (contained in The Ring magazine, Jun 1939 issue). The Ring Publishing Corp.

Fleischer, N. 1944. Jack McAuliffe (The Napoleon of the Prize Ring). New York: The Ring Publishing Corp.

Haldane, R.A. 1967. Champions and Challengers. London: Stanley Paul and Co.

Johnston, A. 1936. Ten - And Out! New York: Ives Washburn, Publisher

Johnston, J. May 1926. "Jimmy Johnston Names Greatest Fighters of All Time ..." (contained in The Ring, May 1926 pp 12, 13).

Kelly, S. Oct 1924. "Greatest Fighters as Viewed by a Veteran" (contained in The Ring, Oct 1924 p 14).

McCallum, J. 1975. The Encyclopedia of World Boxing Champions. Radnor, Pa: Chilton Book Company

Mee, B. 1997. Boxing: Heroes & Champions. Edison, NJ: Chartwell Books, Inc.

Sugar, B. 1982. 100 Years of Boxing. New York: Gallery Press

Stillman, M. 1920. Great Fighters and Boxers. New York: Marshall Stillman Association.

Van Court, D. 1926 The Making of Champions in California. Los Angeles: Premier Printing Company


The Syracuse Herald
11 December 1918
Jim Corbett’s column

Thirty.years ago next February Jack McAuliffe battled with Billy Meyers in a contest that had a 'life or death aspect for, McAuliffe.

Jack at the time, held title as the lightweight champion of the world He had defended his crown against all comers and had whipped every formidable foe in the country—with one execution. And that was Billy Meyer; the "Streator Cyclone. The men finally were matched for a finish contest and it was put on in North Judson Ind A large portion of the crowd came from Meyer's home town -Streator - and this faction, together with several hundred toughs from Chicago, had vowed that: "Meyers won’t lose while a bullet is left in .our guns”.

Just to show they  meant business that crowd arrived on the-battle scene armed with knives and revolvers while about  two dozen carried sawed  off shotguns "If you get rough with  Billy I'll drill, you." shouted a man from the crowd.  His sentiments were those of many of the spectators. those men had bet their last dollar on "the Streator Cyclone." - and they were there to cash their bets.

As Jack McAuliffe answered the gong for the first round of that fight he was faced by a situation such as few men ever have known in the prize ring. He never .had been defeated and he wanted to keen his record; clean: Yet. If h e won  the chances were that he might be killed or seriously wounded. He had bet considerable money on the outcome of the bout himself and  he knew his friends had backed  him : to the extent of more than $100.000. Jack knew that by "laying down he would be saved from maltreatment by the crowd, but if he battled to the limit of  his  endeavors the chances were that with victory would come to him-:shooting - and perhaps  death.

Game, courageous Jack McAuliffe walked into that ring  faced every man in that hostile crowd .and. then sneered in a way that said, to every man:  "Go as far as you like boy but you can't stop me from trying to win this fight." Mike McDonald of Chicago was the referee of that contest. No squarer, gamer and cleaner sportsman ever lived. McDonald knew what conditions confronted McAuliffe and he was aware also that if he gave McAuliffe the best of it that he too might “get his”.

But. unafraid. McDonald announced; "I'm here to see that both men" get a fair deal in this contest, I want the crowd to know that I won't stand for any monkey  business from either side from the crowd. And that goes.

Meyers, and McAuliffe started off rather slowly, devoting the early  rounds to feeling each other out. Then both fighters cut .loose for a dozen rounds, only to rest for six or-seven rounds. After that McAuliffe took the offensive and kept it up for more than ten rounds. Time and again he had Meyer’s in a bad way but whenever he backed Meyers up  against the ropes, one or another of  the Streator thugs who had ringside seats, began to interfere with McAuliffe.

Frequently  Jack's legs were grabbed A weight was dropped on his foot or Sharp pointed  instruments  were stuck into his legs whenever  he got near the ropes. Naturally  Jack kept away from the ropes as much as, possible thereafter realizing that continued, interference by the Streator men: might handicap him seriously.

Meyers, after that, continued backing near to the ropes. He knew that McAuliffe wouldn't  press, him too closely there.  As round after round went by non-partisan members; of the crowd became disgusted with Meyers's tactics. McAuliffe tried in various ways to lure, Meyers near to the center of the ring but the "Streator Cyclone." Spent .most of his time in the vicinity of the ropes.  When McAuliffe occasionally .chased him to them, Meyers  dodged by simply circling  the ring on the ropes. Referee McDonald cautioned Meyers frequently, about his dilatory  tactics.

When the twenty-third round, ended, without any real action having taken place in nearly  ten rounds, McDonald said  to Meyers: 'If you don't do some -fighting in the next round. I'll stop this fight and call it a draw.

 A draw was the best thing that Meyers had. been hoping for. Undoubtedly the action in the first twenty rounds convinced him that in a stand up fight with the wonderful McAuliffe he had but little chance. So with the beginning of the twenty fourth  round. Meyers  began skipping around the ring again avoiding McAuliffe in even possible way. Finally McDonald sent both men back to their corners and announced to the crowd “This fight is a draw”.

After the fight McAuliffe said “the luckiest thing that could have happened To me. That Streator crowd bet Practically every dollar they had on Meyers to win .and I guess if I'd had beaten him and they'd have gone broke, there certainly would have been quite a bit of of shooting around there”.

  The Syracuse Herald
21 April 1911

Inside the Ring With
the Great Fighters
Charley While, America's Premier Referee,
Tells How Jack McAuliffe Won a
Fortune in the Ring and Lost it
in the Racing Game.

This is the third of a series of  stories by a man who has won  International fame, not only as a referee but as a judge of fighters. It Is the first story ever told from the inside of the roped arena, and by  one who Took an active part  in many famous championship battles. The story Is told in narrative form and contains many interesting incidents never before disclosed. It also includes a comparison of the fighters in the good old Horton Law  days and those of to-day.


No. 3 - Jack McAuliffe, the Greatest Lightweight of Them All:

After the terrible battle with Jem Carney, the English champion, champion. McAuliffe  became more careless about his physical condition than he had ever before been. and it ca be said that he never again devoted the amount of time to training  that, was necessary.

When Mac retired from the game we all realised that lie had been the best betting proposition the ring had ever seen, but it was extremely hard to realize that a man could do the things he did and always make good. Why, there's many a time I’ve been around where he was training and watched him do queer things. Say  there’d  be a fight on and he was within a few days of entering the ring., On just such occasions  I've seen Jack  come into a hotel where his backers were assembled and sitting down at a near table, order a pint of wine for himself. And  he'd drink it right before their eyes. McAuliffe did that thing time and time again just to "Kid" the men who were backing him with their money.

About that time Mac began to look around town and pick up all the new wrinkles in fancy clothes. He became known as a man a-bout town and one of the swellest  dressers in his line of business . Like many of the old-time champions, he took to the high hat. And in short order he was a well-known personage along  Broadway and in the Theatrical  district.

But. like other professional men. It was up to him to get the coin and he went out on the road. He boxed Patsy Kerrigan ten rounds at Boston for a $250 side bet. Next, he returned to Greenpoint  and knocked out Billy Dacey  in eleven rounds.

McAuliffe. Kept Busy.

McAuliffe’s entire ring career was full of fighting. At. the Palace Rink. Grand street. Williamsburg . Jack knocked out Jake Hyams in the ninth round of a hard fight. Hyams, an English lightweight who had been defeated by  Jem Carney for the British title, was a first rate man.

While the men were fighting a whole, section of the gallery fell through onto the heads of those below. Fully twenty people were seriously hurt, but the boxers kept going us If nothing had happened. Even as the injured were being packed out McAulllfe was trying for a knockout.

Billy Myers was considered one of the best fighters in the West. He was a Chicago boy. McAuliffe was matched to fight Meyers in the vicinity of Chicago' and went West to do a little training The match called for two ounce gloves  and a $2.500 side bet.

As it  was impossible to hold the battle near the Stock Yards town the sports who were to witness the fight accompanied the boxers on a midnight pilgrimage to a little town called North  Judson. It was In Illinois State.

The manager of the local opera, house allowed the affair to take place in his building. When it came to selecting the referee there seemed no one present who would suit both men. However. Mike McDonald, a Western Rambler, was finally chosen. He had bet a lot of money  on Meyers and told McAuliffe so. Mac was satisfied that McDonald would give him a square deal and the fight commenced.

Famous Connelly There

The bout had hardly got under way .when there was a terrific crash of glass and a brick dropped into the center of the ring. Everybody thought the village constables were breaking In, but Parson Davies manager of the show, knew what had happened. Quickly jumping into the ring he picked up the brick and announced: "Gentlemen, don't be alarmed; this Is my old friend. One-eyed Connelly's calling card." And  he straight away gave orders that Connelly, ticket less as he was should be admitted.

At daylight the men were still boxing on an equal footing and the fight was stopped. They had fought for over four hours .

McAuliffe returned to his home in Brooklyn, went to Boston and fought Mike Daly a 15-round draw. At the time San Francisco was the very center of the fighting game. .Jimmy Carroll, who was then considered the best .Briton, lightweight, had beaten all the good men In the West and had trimmed a number of Eastern men who were very classy. McAuliffe was offered a chance to meet him in a  finish fight there and accepted. Arriving in Frisco Jack set out to try and find out if the Western city was any faster than old New York. And  he spent some of his time around the sporting places of the town. He expressed the Idea that Mr. Carroll would prove an easy mark.

.In Poor Condition.

On the night of the right Jack was far from being in good condition. He found Carroll a very clever, hard hitting man. and after a few rounds McAuliffe became leg weary, .Even his sturdy legs began to give out, and at the end of one of the rounds his thighs became swollen that his trunks wore Interfering with the circulation and it became .necessary to rip them away from both legs.  Mac's hands were not conditioned for A  fight with skin-tight gloves, and they were soon in a battered condition. His backers thought he was losing and many of them started to leave the hall. Suddenly  and most unexpectedly. McAuliffe put over the knockout. It happened in the forty-seventh round.

McAuliffes next big fight was with Billy Meyers. They met in New Orleans and fought their  for a $5,000 side bet and a $10,000 purse. McAuliffe winning the bout in the 15th round.
A while before the fight with Meyers I had watched Jack getting into condition for a fight with Austin Gibbons and I can truthfully say that I have never since seen a fellow taking things as easy as did  Jack at that time.

At one time McAuliffe had about $75,000 I n the bank. He liked the horses and It was only a short time when the bookies cleaned him out. Jack couldn't tell  favorite from a dead one. bookmakers laid prices for Mac and the sharpshooters took him in. He tried bookmaking and failed. He bought  a few skates and tried running and Training  a stable. but Jack trained his horses like he trained himself. Went to bed last' and got up last. Consequently the plugs always ran last.

.Suddenly he got the bug to be an actor. He was engaged to play the hero in a melodrama called “The King Of The Turf”. It was somewhat of a success but as soon as McAuliffe had saved a little money he returned to the race track.

Jack’s last fight was with Owen Ziegler of Philadelphia. They fought at Coney Island, McAuliffe broke his right arm and the police stopped the bout.The referee called it a draw. Jack was through with the game and he retired in favour of Kid Lavigne. In my opinion Jack McAuliffe was the classiest champion that ever held the lightweight title. He had everything that goes to make a real champion, strength, skill, cleverness, a cool head and a hard punch in either hand.


Newark Daily Advocate
17 November 1887

Seventy Four Rounds
Between Jem Carney, of England, and Jack McAuliffe

For $5,000 and the Lightweight Championshop – They Fight Four Hours
Fifty-Eight Minutes—Neither Declared
a Victor—The Fight Postponed.

BOSTON, Nov. 17.—After meetings at Providence,  South Framingham, Mass.. Alston and Boston, the light-weight Champions Jem Carney, of Birmingham, England, and Jack  McAuliffe, of New York, met at 1 o'clock yesterday morning in a ring pitched in a stable near Revere Beach.  Seventy-four rounds were contested in four hours and fifty-eight minutes and fifteen seconds, and the battle was not concluded.

The men were to weigh not more than 133 pounds each eight hours before entering the ring and scaled on Tuesday. Carney weighed 129 pounds and McAuliffe131 pounds. Delays in getting the people who were to see the battle, and efforts at shutting out as many undesirable as possible, kept the men from stripping for the fray till after midnight. This was so much the better for McAuliffe, who was running up in weight every moment.

Carney, closely followed by Patsy Shepard, Arthur Chambers and Nobby Clark, was first over the ropes. McAuliffe was handled by Dempsey and Con McAuliffe. The tossed for corners was made with a. $20 gold piece, and Dempsey won it.

Carney was dressed in white drawers, white socks and wore black fighting boots. McAuliffe wore his usual blue fighting breeches and shoes. Carney's colors were the blue birds-eye, and McAuliffe's big blue silk handkerchief. McAuliffe was all that has been said of him recently and his condition reflected great credit on Trainer Jack Dempsey. He is an inch the superior of the Englishman in height and ten years younger than his opponent. Carney looked very fit, but showed as soon as he put his hands up he was a trifle stale and not so good a man as  when he beat Jimmy Mitchell last summer. Mike Bradley and Billy Daley were chosen time keepers.

It was 1 o'clock when the fight began. Both were careful at first,  McAuliffe receiving the first blow over the eye,  but in turn knocking Carney down, and a few seconds later coloring his right eye. Carney had the advantage at in-fighting, but McAuliffe pluckily grabbed the Englishman whenever he they got near, and held fast, as no fighting was allowed  during a clinch. McAuliffe seemed to have the better of the straight left hand  out fighting, and when Carney impatiently tried to coax him "to ' 'fight a round or so," he responded: "I'll give you enough by and by."

Clever work was done by both in the tenth round, and in the eleventh both drew blood, Carney knocked  McAuliffe to the ropes in the sixteenth, and in the eighteenth as McAuliffe led off the Briton exclaimed "Ha, a fighting round at last," and, clapping his hands, sailed in. Carney is one of the wickedest fighters in the world, and once killed a man in the ring. As he grew angrier at having to chase McAuliffe his seconds had all they could do to stop him from striking the "dodging American”,  McAuliffe appeared weak at the  end of the fortieth, but came up for the next round at strong as his opponent Honors were evenly divided for the next eighteen rounds, but at the end of the sixty-eighth McAuliffe wanted to quit badly, and from that time to the finish Carney everlastingly pounded him.

The giving way of a stake in McAuliffe's corner, as McAuliffe was banged against it by the Englishman, gave the ten-men-aside present, and some thirty more who managed to get there, an excuse for breaking into the ring for the third time. Referee Frank Stevenson was appealed to by the McAuliffe party on a claim that Carney was fouling their man by  hitting him below the belt on his tender groin. Stevenson would not allow the claim any more than he would the Carney people's claim to the battle and stakes.

When Stevenson gave his order to postpone the fight until further notice because the owner of, the stable wouldn't let the noisy wrangle it had become proceed any further  on his premises, Carney, with a blackened left eye, was standing in the center begging  McAuliffe to come on, while Con McAuliffe and Jack Dempsey were holding the American on his chair. McAuliffe has an ear on him as large as an English walnut, an injured nose, but his eyes nearly closed and lumps and swellings on forehead and ribs.

The battle was a slow and careful one for $4,500. The match was originally for $5,000, but McAuliffe's illness and the anxiety of Carney to get the whole of the money made them accept  $500 out of the stakes and agree to a postponement of six weeks.

Sporting men generally approved referee  Stevenson's decision. Carney, when seen last night, seemed uninjured save a few scratches and bruises, he was in good spirits and said he was willing to renew the contest any time. McAuliffe is reported badly used up and weak. He is under medical treatment outside the city. No date is yet talked of for the continuance of the fight.


Dubuque Daily Herald
21 November 1896


Jack McAuliffe Again Defeats Jimmy

Carroll  in a Ten Round Match.

San Francisco, Nov. 20.—Jack McAuliffe, light-weight champion pugilist of the world, and Jimmy Carroll, his old-time rival and three times antagonist in fights for that honor, met tonight before the St. George's club in a ten- round bout to forever settle the question of superiority. In all their previous battles McAuliffe has been victor, though never without a hard fight.  Although Carroll has passed his fortieth year he is a well preserved man and trained long and faithfully for this, perhaps his last fight. It may be said, he has been in training for years to defeat McAuliffe and entered tonight in prime condition.

McAuliffe arrived from New York in rather high flesh. Here he put in some hard training-, and has taken off considerable flesh. Yet his condition was not as good as Carroll's. Betting on the fight has been brisk, with McAuliffe the ruling favorite at odds of 10 to 9, though considerable money changed hands at even. The expectations of a hard scientific fight drew a crowd of 5,000 people.

The first attraction was a ten-round contest between Dai. Hawkins and Joe Finnick, the "Arkansas Kid." It was stopped in the middle of the second round, and the decision awarded to Hawkins. It was too one-sided to be of interest.

Carroll appeared first and was well received, but judging by the enthusiastic reception given McAuliffe he is still a favorite with the patrons of boxing. Carroll looked fit to make the battle of his life. Jack's flesh was white and appeared to be soft. Very little time was wasted in fiddling for an opening. A number of blows were struck and the round closed with the men clinched. McAuliffe had a little the best of the round.

In the second, both landed hot lefts on the face followed by left swings and clinched. Both appeared tired. Carroll put a light left on Jack's face but got a hot left over the kidneys in return. Mc forced Carroll to the ropes and landed his left twice on the face. Carroll clinched. Honors even.

In the third round, Carroll's blows lacked steam. McAuliffe rushed Carroll to the ropes, but the latter clinched. Mc. ducked a vicious right swing and landed his left on the face. Caroll landed left and right to the face, Jack clinched. McAuliffe was tired But ducked left leads. Mc puts left in face, but is staggered by a left swing.  Carroll swung right and left. Carroll forced the fighting ,and McAuliffe was winded for a time. Carroll's round.

Fourth—McAuliffe was winded and gave ground, but landed a hard right over the heart and a left on his face just as the gong- sounded.

Fifth—Carroll was forced to the ropes, but landed a right and left over Mac's kidneys. McAuliffe rushed the fighting-, and landed a right over Carroll's heart, cleverly ducking- a hard left swing. At the call of time McAuliffe landed a right swing on Jimmy's ribs. McAuliffe's  round.

Sixth—McAuliffe recovered wonderfully and came up fresh. He landed a left on the wind, forcing Carroll to the ropes. Carroll landed a light left on McAuliffe's head and clinched. Jack landed a straight left on the chin, staggering- Carroll, but missed a right swing- for the head. Both men were winded. Carroll landed his left on the wind and put a right on the head. Seventh—McAuliffe seemed fresher, but Carroll forced the fighting and landed two left swings on the face. Carroll landed heavily with his right on the ribs, but got a hot left in the face. Carroll again landed his left on McAuliffe's face twice. Mc was apparently weak. McAuliffe landed his left on the heart but at the call of time he swung wildly right and left.

Eighth—In ducking- both exchanged hot left swings on the head. McAuliffe landed a hard right and left on Carroll's face and ribs. Both weak. Carroll uppercut   McAuliffe. but went down with a right swing- on the jaw as the round closed.

In the ninth Carroll was very weak, and McAuliffe forced the fighting. The round closed with Jack forcing Carroll to the ropes with a blow.

Tenth—McAuliffe forced the fighting. Carroll clinched. Exchanged right swings on the head followed and Mc.landed his left on the wind. Jack jabbed his left in Carroll's face and then swung his right on Carroll's face. The last round was a series of clinches, neither striking an effective blow.

Referee Armstrong gave the fight to McAuliffe.


Daily Nevada State Journal
22 March 1890


SAN FRANCISCO, March 21.—The pugilistic contest between Jack McAuliffe and Jimmie Carroll took place at the California Athletic Club  to-night. The purse offered by the club amounted to $3,000, of which $500 was to go to the loser. In addition to this each principal had posted $5,000 on the  fight, making a total sum which would fall into the hands of the winner of $12,500. Carroll selected Martin Murphy and  Barrett, and McAuliffe announced that Billy Madden and  Jack Dempsey would be in his corner. Hiram Cook was selected as referee. Owing to rumors afloat yesterday that the contest was not to be genuine, President Falda last night informed Carroll and McAuliffe that if at any time daring the contest there was evidence of "faking," the fight would be stopped and the men thrown out of the ring.

Previous to the contest on effort was made to pass a resolution instructing the Board of Directors to arrange a match between Joe McAuliffe and Peter Jackson, but the club decided to leave the matter in the hands of the Directors. It was nearly nine o'clock when the contestant, accompanied by their seconds,  appeared  in the ring. McAuliffe was the first to step over the ropes. Both pugilists were received with enthusiasm. Time was called at 9.10 p. m

First round—McAuliffe opened with a rush, but Carroll escaped by dodging. McAuliffe reached  Carroll's neck several times with his right before the round closed.

Second round—Carroll opened by a rush, and jabbed McAuliffe's jaw several times. McAuliffe returned a hot right hand blow in Carroll's ribs and followed it up with a swing on his neck. Carroll countered with a hard left on Mc's jaw.

Third round—Mac led out with his left catching Carroll under the chin. He repeated this before Carroll had recovered from the first shock and  clinch followed. Carroll then tried hard to catch his opponent on a hard swing, but McAuliffe dodged.

Fourth round—McAuliffe reached Carroll's ear with his right and then gave him a vicious upper-cut with his left. McAuliffe made half a dozen terrific  lunges, all of which Carroll escaped, until just before the round closed, when he received a sharp tap in the ribs.

Fifth round—McAuliffe aimed for Carroll's jaw, but received a hard jab on the mouth, which sent him down on his knees.He rose at once and several rallies followed.

Sixth round—McAuliffe again caught Carroll on the jaw with a hard right hander. McAuliffe continued to play for his opponent's wind, and reached there several times with marvelous rapidity.

Seventh round—McAuliffe continued the same tactics and landed two more hard blows on Carroll's body.

Eighth round—There was little done till near the close when there was a sharp rally in which the latter received considerable pounding.

Ninth round—In this round, in which Carroll brought a little blood from McAuliffe's forehead,  McAuliffe  again rushed  the fighting.

Tenth round—McAuliffe landed on Carroll's ribs several times, though the blows were not hard. McAuliffe had a narrow escape from a swinging right hander, whichjust grazed his ear.

Eleventh round—McAuliffe opened the round with a hard left-hander on Carroll's stomach, but received in return a terrific jab in the mouth.

Twelfth round—This was the shortest round so far. There was a hot rally, followed by a clinch in which the  men fell heavily to the floor, McAuliffe on top Carroll rose and some terrific slogging at close quarters followed, but both men were very groggy. Carroll scored a clear knock down by landing on Mac.' jaw. In the 13th round both men fought hard for a knockout, though very tired. McAuliffe did most of the rushing.  Just before the round closed Carroll gave him a blow on the jaw which almost sent him to the floor. Carroll seemed to be fresher when the men came up for the 14th round. There was little done.

Fifteenth—McAuliffe again found Carroll's wind hard. Just before the round closed Carroll forced matters and caught McAuliffe heavily in the wind and again on the jaw. The latter saved himself  from further  punishment by clinching. Little done in the 16th.

The seventeenth opened with the honors about even Both men were evidently very tired. The men clinched in the eighteenth and as they broke away Carroll upper cut McAuliffe viciously and then gave him several right and left-handers which staggered him perceptibly.

In the nineteenth but little damage was done until just at the close when Mac reached Carroll's ribs three times and each time received a sharp counter in the neck which staggered him.

In the twentieth Mac resumed the punching operation on Carroll's body, with but little effect, however. Carroll feigned several timed but made little effort to lead.

In the twenty-eighth round there was some sharp fighting at close quarters, in which McAuliffe had the advantage. He pounded  Carroll about the neck and body, until the latter staggered under the blows.

In the next two rounds there was some more heavy  hitting with very little advantage to either man.

Up to the twenty-second round Carroll appeared to be getting u trifle the best of its opponent, but in this round he staggered from a right hander received on his cheek.

The next few rounds were generally in McAuliffe's favor, and at the close of the thirty-sixth round the men, while not strong, were both in fair condition, and there seemed to be every prospect that the fight would last some time longer.

McAuliffe recovered a little in the forty first round, but in the forty-second Carroll gave him an ugly upper-cut end then planted several more hard ones on his nose and face causing blood to flow freely and making  McAuliffe stagger.

In the forty-third round McAuliffe was plainly getting weaker and a number more blows on his jaw from Carroll's fists did not improve  his condition.

Carroll was knocked out in the forty seventh round.