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The Boxing Biographies Newsletter

Volume 6 – No 1 - 5 Feb , 2010

Floyd Patterson

May 11th saw the passing of former heavyweight champion of the world, Floyd Patterson, who passed away at his home in upstate New York. He was 71 years old. Never a true heavyweight by today’s standards, Floyd fought at exactly 13 stone, he was possessed of lightning speed of punch, and was a great combination puncher. Born on 4th January 1935 at Waco, N.C., Floyd spent his amateur fighting career in the middleweight division. He won the 1951 New York Golden Gloves 160 lb Open title. He was also the Eastern Golden Gloves 160 lb Open Champion, and that same year he was beaten for the Inter City Golden Gloves title by Richard Guerrero. He was just 16 years old when winning those titles.

 John C. Hurley

Manager, Promoter, and Matchmaker

Birth Name: John C. Hurley

Born: December 9, 1897 in Fargo, North Dakota

Died: November 17, 1972 in Seattle, Washington


As a boxing man, the iconoclastic "Deacon" Jack Hurley was one of the most colorful and

fascinating characters in the sport. In addition to being regarded as one of the great masters of

his day as a promoter, a manager, a trainer, and a cornerman, Hurley also had few peers when it

came to cultivating sportswriters with his unique personality, strong opinions, and fascinating

stories. The great sportswriter, W.C. Heinz, based one of the major characters in his highly

regarded boxing novel, THE PROFESSIONAL, on Hurley.


The Nebraska State Journal– March1910



By favor of popular demand and common consent among pugilists "Tom" Cribb, the Quld

Champion," was allowed to hold the title long after his fighting days had passed. When he

formally retired the honor was left open to competition and was contested by "Tom" Spring and

"Bill" Neat as the two most promising candidates. Spring capped a long uphill career by winning

handily in eight rounds.


A new challenger was found in the person of John Langan, a courageous Irishman who held

the title for his own country. Spring defeated him at Worcester in the presence of 50,000

spectators after a fight of seventy-seven rounds, which was marred by constant interference from

the crowd

The Boxing Biographies Newsletter

Volume 6 – No 2 - 27th May , 2010


Cuddy DeMarco

It requires an amazing fellow to compile such an amazing fight record, but Cuddy DeMarco, certainly one of Pittsburgh’s greatest men of the ring, fits the character perfectly. He started boxing at the tender age of 6. He fought for three and a half years, winning 112 fights in a row before he as much as suffered a draw. Then he ran the string to138 bouts without a reverse. 

In 12 years as a pro, he climbed in and out of the ring for 339 fights. He lost only 24 and was held to a draw in but 15. Most of his defeats came near the end of his turbulent and quite profitable career, when he admits he was through but hanging on for the purse.

 Syracuse Herald  5 June 1926

Followers of Ruby Goldstein Hail Him as a Benny Leonard

I s Goldstein headed for the lightweight pinnacle – or is he sooner or later to founder on

Pugilistica’s jagged coast. Young Goldstein is one of the most talked of “comers” that Gotham

has housed in many a day. Ruby has a host of enthusiastic admirers , along with dispassionate ,

cold blooded analysts of ring form who are not so certain that Ruby is the phenomenon many

herald him.


These latter explain that Ruby has yet to face a real tough un, and that until he does no accurate

line on his ability can be obtained. He’s coming fast, and not been overmatched has done

exceedingly well. His talents so far eclipse youngsters of similar experience that Godstein

appears in the light of a second Benny Leonard. Though he is still but a boy, that is what the East

side like to regard Ruby – a second Benny Leonard.


Manitoba Free Press  Dec 24, 1927

New York Boxer Qualifies

For Battle With McLarnin

Flying Fists and Dancing Legs of Gotham Lightweight Prove To Much for Courageous

McGraw— Result Settles Argument as to Superiority— Terris to Meet McLarnin

February 6. Madison Square Garden, New York, Dec. 23.—


The flying fist find dancing legs of Sid Terris. Of New York, earned him to a sensational victory

over Phil McGraw, of-Detroit, in a ten-round bout here tonight.

The Boxing Biographies Newsletter

Volume 6 – No 3 - 8th June , 2010


The World - 23 November 1896

Jem Mace and Donovan, Veterans  of the Ring, Shake Hands,


Meanwhile They Exchange Grandisonian Courtesies and Size Each Other Up,


Jem Mace, of England, arrived Saturday on the Etruria. There was a time when this simple

announcement would have blocked Broadway with a hurrying crowd, eager to look at the

champion pugilist of the world; the shiftiest man who ever put up his hands in the

twenty-four-foot ring'.


But no crowd impeded his progress now, for Jem has not fought anybody for years. He has

devoted himself to the gentle art of how to grow old and look young. He is as great a master at

this as he was at his earlier art of putting men to sleep with his fists.

The Corsicana Daily Sun 25 July 1933

ONLY a few weeks ago, Mickey Walker took on Lou Brouillard up in Boston as a tune-up match for his scheduled light heavyweight title go with Maxie Rosenbloom. Something

must have gone wrong, however, for the fight actually turned out to be a tune-up bout for Mr. Brouillard, who is shortly to clash with Ben Jeby for the New York commission's version

of the ' middleweight title.


Winnipeg 23 Sept 1933


Middleweight Champion .Forces German to Quit-at End of

Eighth Round



Boston, Sept. 23.—Stepping out of his class, . Lou Brouillarcl. French- Canadian middleweight

champion of the world, last night gave AdolphHeuser, of Germany, such a terrific beating that

the ranking light heavyweight defaulted at the end of the eighth round of the Boston Garden's 10

round feature bout.

 Published approx 1998

Thomas "Bucky" Lawless always loved Auburn, and Auburn loved him. He lived at 46 Perrine

St with his sister, Carol Prystal. Bucky had two other sisters, Margaret Fahey and Elizabeth

Price, and a half-brother, Bernard Lawless. They are all dead.


His nephews are Tom Prystal of 51 Lansing St., who was a former star athlete at Mount Carmel

High, and Ted Prystal, who now lives in Virginia, and a niece, Carol, who lives in Nashville,



Bucky graduated from Holy Family School, and was a communicant of Holy Family Church.

Bucky fought as a top-ranked welterweight and middleweight in the 1920s and early 1930s. He

was known as "The Terror." He possessed a hair-trigger, left-hand punch, with quick hands and

.clever boxing ability, and almost always was the aggressor in his bouts.




Hammering Henry Puts Tippy Larkin To Sleep In Second Round Of Fight

Negro Veteran Prepares For Invasion Of East


United Press Staff Correspondent

San Francisco, March 9 - Armstrong, the little negro veteran from Los Angeles, prepared today

for an invasion of the east after knocking out, Tippy Larkin of Garfield, N. J., in the second

round of a scheduled 10-round main event at Civic auditorium last night.

The Boxing Biographies Newsletter

Volume 6 – No 4 - 18th July , 2010


Story Of Three Friends

Nel Tarleton – Dick Burke – Dom Volante


The Boxing Biographies Newsletter

Volume 6 – No 5 - 18th August , 2010



BEGINNING today, the Journal-Gazette with the New York World will

print a series of ring stories, written by Robert Edgren, under the title



This series will deal with famous ring contests, some of which will stir up memories of the old

sport and be of interest to the fight followers of the present day.


Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

26 September 1915

This is the story of two of the greatest fighting men of fifteen years ago, matched to fight twenty

rounds tor a purse that amounted to about 3 per cent, of the money paid Mike Gibbons and

Packey McFarland for their skilful ten round exhibition. It is a story of a fight that was a fight—

a fight in which each of the principals, without the slightest timidity over loss o£ reputation or

prestige, went in to win with a knockout. Incidentally, it is the story of the quickest knockout ever known in the ring.


The Syracuse Herald 10 March 1915


Jess Willard Was A Terror When He Stopped Smiling

In McCarty Bout

Not long ago, only two and a half years to be exact, a lanky, gawky giant lumbered up the steps

at the side of the ring in Madison Square Garden, parted the ropes with a pair of hands like hams,

tripped over the bottom rope and nearly fell into the ring. The crowd began to laugh

uproariously. The giant walking to the middle of the ring and holding his broad rimmed hat

behind him with both hands – to hide them – looked up at the galleries and smiled a smile a foot




Ritchie Once Won Fight After Being

Knocked Out In The Opening Round

Sometimes it is necessary to go back fifteen or twenty years to find a fight. Willie Ritchie the

American lightweight champion is one fellow who, like the old timers, never disappoints those

who expect to see action when he steps into the ring. Willie Ritchie has shown some fighting in

New York. Once, just after becoming champion, he boxed Leach Cross

here and just to show his goods stepped into Leachie and slugged all the way. |


Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

4 October 1915


Part 4

Fitzsimmons Didn’t Get Cent When

He Defeated Jim Corbett For Title

Winner of One of Greatest Ring Battles Became Partner of

Promoter and Was Compelled to Contribute His

$15,000 Purse to General Expenses and Losses of Fight

Conducted by Dan Stuart in 1897.

How one of the world's greatest championship battles was fought for nothing.

The fight between Bob Fitzsimmons and Jim Corbett for the heavyweight championship of the

world was worked up for years. There was deadly rivalry between the two. Fitzsimmons had

repeatedly challenged John L Sullivan ( whom he could undoubtedly have beaten in a few

rounds then ) and Corbett was the lucky one to get the Sullivan match. Fitzsimmons,

disappointed in the Sullivan matter, camped right on Corbett’s trail and annoyed Corbett

exceedingly with challenges.

 The Boxing Biographies Newsletter

Volume 6 – No 6 -  20th Sept, 2010


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