Jan 1 - Kid McCoy inaugurates boxing in the 20th century by KOing Peter Maher
in five rounds, Coney Island.
Jan 9 - Terry McGovern, the former bantamweight champion and the last man to
win a word title in the 19th century, becomes the first to win a world
championship in the 20th century, flooring featherweight champion George Dixon
eight times and winning the crown when Dixon is unable to come out for the ninth
round, New York.
April 6 - James J. Jeffries, in the first heavyweight title fight of the
decade, sets a record that last the entire century. An overweight 235 pounds,
Jeff floors 185 pound Jack Finnegan four times with four punches in Detroit. The
KO comes at just :55 seconds of the first and only round for the quickest KO in
a heavyweight title fight.
May 11 - James J. Jeffries KOs James J. Corbett, 23 rounds, Coney Island to
retain the heavyweight title.
August 18 - A benefit for John L. Sullivan , now 41 and nearly broke, held at
Madison Square Garden, raises $15,000 for the one-time Champion of Champions
with James J. Corbett, Bob Fitzsimmons and heavyweight champ James J. Jeffries
all boxing exhibitions, Jeffries against the great John L.
August 24 - Bob Fitzsimmons gets up from a first round knockdown to KO Tom
Sharkey in two rounds, Coney Island, avenging a disputed loss on a foul to
Sharkey in 1896.
August 30 - James J. Corbett KOs Kid McCoy, five rounds, Madison Square
Garden. Rumors surface that McCoy took a dive. The question is never
satisfactorily answered. The same day the Horton law, governing boxing in New
York since 1896, is repealed by the Lewis Law. Boxing will continue in New York
on a club membership basis only until 1911.
Dec 14 - Ex-bareknuckle heavyweight champion Paddy Ryan who lost the title to
John L. Sullivan in 1892, dies in Green Island, new York.
Feb 18 - Future light heavyweight champion Paul Berlenbach born in New York
March 4 - Middleweight champion Tommy Ryan successfully defends his title
KOing Tommy West in the 17th round of a bloody brawl at Southern Athletic Club,
Lousiville. In 1892 Ryan, then the Welter champ, had stopped West in 14 rounds,
his repeat victory gives Ryan the distinction of being the only fighter to
defend two different titles against the same challenger in different
Oct 28 - With featherweight champion Terry McGovern no longer being able to
make the weight division limit of 122 pounds. Abe Attell defeats George Dixon in
15 rounds, St. Louis, to stake a claim to the title and is recognized by The
Police Gazette as champion, even though McGovern is universally recognized by
the public as champion.
Dec 18 - Joe Walcott (the man Jersey Joe Walcott was named after) KOs Rube
Ferns, five rounds, International Athletic Club, Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada, to
win welterweight title.
May 12 - Joe Gans KOs Johnny Gorman, three rounds, London, to retain
July 25 - James J. Jeffries KOs Bob Fitzsimmons, eight rounds, San Francisco,
to retain heavyweight title.
Sept 7 - Bill Squires KOs Peter Mills, two rounds, Narrabi, Australia. The
bout is the last recorded with bare knuckles under London Prize Ring Rules.
Oct 28 - Future heavyweight champion Jack Sharkey is born Joseph Paul
Cukoschay in Binghampton, New York.
Dec 26 - Battling Nelson, down seven times, floors Christy Williams 42 times,
finally KOing him in 17 rounds, Hot Springs, Ark. The 49 total knockdowns
remains and all-time record for a single bout.
Feb 3 - Jack Johnson defeats Ed Martin, 20 rounds, Los Angeles, to win Negro
July 4 - George Gardner KOs Jack Root, 12 rounds, Ontario, Canada, to win
recognition as light heavyweight champion.
Aug 14 - James J. Jeffries KOs James J. Corbett, 10 rounds, San Francisco, to
retain heavyweight title.
Nov 25 - Bob Fitzsimmons defeats George Gardner, 20 rounds, San Francisco, to
win light heavyweight title. Fitzsimmons, previously middleweight and
heavyweight champ, becomes boxing's first triple champ.
Dec 8 - Sam Langford defeats Joe Gans, 15 rounds, Boston, non-title.
Feb 1 - Abe Atell KOs Harry Forges, five rounds, St. Louis, to retain claim
to featherweight title.
April 30 - In a fight that welterweight champion Joe Walcott appears to be
winning easily, referee Jim (Duck) Sullivan declares the Dixie Kid winner on
foul, 20 rounds, San Francisco. Later it was found that Sullivan had bet on Kid.
When Kid outgrows division, Walcott reclaims the title.
June 1 - Young Gardner KOs Charley Goldman, 42 rounds, New York, the bout is
Goldman's pro debut. In later years Goldman will earn fame as trainer to Rocky
Sept 30 - Joe Walcott and Joe Gans fight to a draw, 20 rounds, San Francisco.
Despite suffering a broken left elbow, Walcott retains welter title although
many at ringside judged Gans the winner.
Oct 31 - Joe Gans wins on foul over Jimmy Britt, five rounds, San Francisco,
to retain lightweight title. A month later Gans, saying he no longer can make
the weight, gives up the title.
Nov 29 - Battling Nelson stops Young Corbett II, 10 rounds, San
March 28 - Marvin Hart takes disputed 20 round decision from Jack Johnson,
May 2 - While appearing onstage as "Davy Crockett:, heavyweight champion
James J. Jeffries announces his retirement from boxing.
July 3 - Marvin Hart, saved by bell ending round seven, KOs former light
heavy champ Jack Root, 12 rounds, Reno, to claim vacant heavyweight title.
Sept 28 - Future heavyweight champion Max Schmeling born in Brandenburg,
Nov 25 - Joe Jeanette defeats Jack Johnson on foul, two rounds, Philadelphia.
the loss will be Johnson's last until 1915.
Dec 20 - Philadelphia's Jack O'Brien stops Bob Fitzsimmons, 14 rounds, San
Francisco, to win light heavyweight title.
Feb 23 - Tommy Burns defeats Marvin Hart, 20 rounds, Los Angeles, to win
March 14 - Jack Johnson defeats Joe Jeannette, 15 rounds, Baltimore.
April 26 - Jack Johnson defeats Sam Langford, 15 rounds, Chelsea, Mass.
Langford outweighed by Johnson 185 to 158, gets off the deck twice to give
Johnson one of the toughest fights of his career.
June 7 - Future heavyweight champion James J. Braddock is born in New York
Sept 3 - Joe Gans defeats Battling Nelson on foul, 42 rounds, Goldfield,
Nevada, to regain lightweight title. The bout represents Tex Rickard's
Oct 26 - Future heavyweight champion Primo Carnera is born in Sequals,
Nov 28 - Tommy Burns draws with Philadelphia jack O'Brien, 20 rounds, Los
Angeles, to retain heavyweight title.
Jan 1 - Joe Gans KOs Kid Herman eight rounds, Nevada, to retain lightweight
April 23 - Mike (Twin) Sullivan defeats Honey Mellody, 20 rounds, Los
Angeles. Despite being over the weight limit, Sullivan claims welterweight
Sept 2 - In one of boxing's epics, Stanley Ketchel, floored in the 27th and
badly battered, comes back to floor Joe Thomas three times before finally
knocking him out, 32 rounds, Colma, California.
Sept 7 - In the only 45 round bout to go the distance, middleweights Montana
Jack Sullivan and Nat Dewey fight to a draw, Crawford, Neb.
Nov 12 - Sam Langford defeats Young Peter Jackson, 20 rounds, Los
Jan 1 - In one of the greatest battles in that division's history. Abe Attell
defends his featherweight title in 25 round draw with Owen Moran, Colma,
March 31 - Abe Attell and Battling Nelson battle to a draw, 15 rounds, San
July 4 - Battling Nelson KOs Joe Gans, 17 rounds, colma, Calif, to win
Sept 1 - Tommy Burns KOs Bill Lang, 6 rounds, Melbourne. The knockout is
Burns' eight consecutive in heavyweight title defense, a record tied by Larry
Holmes in 1981 but still unbroken.
Nov 1 - George Carpentier, just 14 years old, fights in his first recorded
pro bout winning on foul over Ed Salmon, 13 rounds, Mais-Laffitte, France.
Dec 21 - Sam Langford KOs Fireman Jim Flynn, one round, San Francisco.
Dec 26 - Jack Johnson becomes first African-American to win the heavyweight
title when he stops Tommy Burns, 14 rounds, Sydney.
Feb 11 - Future heavyweight champion Max Baer is born, Omaha, Neb
March 26 - Stanley Ketchel fights 10 rounds, no decision with Philadelphia
Jack O'Brien., new York. At the final bell, O'Brien is out cold, his head
resting in the resin box in his own corner.
April 17 - In the longest fight of the 20th century, Joe Jeannette and Sam
McVey, two veteran black heavyweights, battle to finish in Paris. Jeannette wins
when McVey is unable to come out for round 50.
June 19 - Monte Attell KOs Frankie Neil, 18 rounds, Colma, Calif. to win
vacant bantamweight title. Monte's older brother is featherweight champion Abe
Attell, making the Attells the first brothers to hold boxing titles at the same
Oct 16 - Jack Johnson, floored in 12th round by Stanley Ketchel, gets up,
then flattens the middleweight champion to retain his heavyweight title, Colma,
Calif. Afterwards, Ketchel's two front teeth are found embedded in Johnson's
Dec 27 - Bill Lang KOs Bob Fitzsimmons, 12 rounds, Sydney, to retain
Australian heavyweight title. The 46 year old Fitzsimmons had been winning the
fight when Lang, baldy cut over the left eye, rallied for the KO.