Championship Fights

Middleweight

14-03-1886
Nonpareil Jack Dempsey TKO13 George LaBlanche
13-12-1887
Nonpareil Jack Dempsey TKO45 John Reagan
18-02-1890
Nonpareil Jack Dempsey TKO28 Billy McCarthy

14-01-1891
Bob Fitzsimmons TKO13 Nonpareil Jack Dempsey
26-09-1894
Bob Fitzsimmons KO2 Dan Creedon

Fitzsimmons vacated the middleweight championship in 1895 to compete as a heavyweight.

17-12-1897
Charles Kid McCoy TKO15 Dan Creedon

McCoy vacated the championship after the fight to compete as a heavyweight.

24-10-1898
Tommy Ryan PTS20 Jack Bonner
23-11-1898
Tommy Ryan TKO8 Johnny Gorman
23-12-1898
Tommy Ryan TKO14 Dick O’Brien
01-03-1899
Tommy Ryan KO8 Charley Johnson
31-08-1899
Tommy Ryan PTS20 Jack Moffat
18-09-1899
Tommy Ryan TKO10 Frank Craig
04-03-1901
Tommy Ryan TKO17 Tommy West
24-06-1902
Tommy Ryan KO3 Johnny Gorman
15-09-1892
Tommy Ryan KO6 Kid Carter

Tommy Ryan retired in December 1906. Ryan gave the title to Hugo Kelly, although Kelly was not accepted by the public as the new champion before Kelly lost his claim to Billy Papke. The title was also claimed by Jack Twin Sullivan and Stanley Ketchel. Stanley Ketchel defeated Joe Thomas, Jack Sullivan and Billy Papke to re-establish lineage. (see title fights)

04-06-1908
Stanley Ketchel PTS10 Billy Papke
31-07-1908
Stanley Ketchel KO3 Hugo Kelly

07-09-1908
Billy Papke TKO13 Stanley Ketchel

26-11-1908
Stanley Ketchel KO11 Billy Papke
05-07-1909
Stanley Ketchel PTS20 Billy Papke

Ketchel was murdered in October 1910. Papke had claimed the title in March 1910, thinking Ketchel had vacated, and he continued his claim after Ketchel’s death before losing to Cyclone Johnny Thompson, who lost to Frank Klaus. Georges Carpentier also claimed the title, before losing to Klaus. Papke re-claimed the title, after being recognised in Britain as world champion. Klaus defeated Papke in 1913 and is generally regarded as lineal champion from this win. Australia, however, recognised Eddie McGoorty after his win over Dave Smith. The lineage of McGoorty’s claim ended with Les Darcy’s death in 1917. (see title fights)

05-03-1913
Frank Klaus DQ15 Billy Papke

11-10-1913
George Chip KO6 Frank Klaus

07-04-1914
Al McCoy KO1 George Chip

14-11-1917
Mike O’Dowd KO6 Al McCoy
31-03-1920
Mike O’Dowd KO5 Joe Eagan

06-05-1920
Johnny Wilson PTS12 Mike O’Dowd
17-03-1921
Johnny Wilson PTS15 Mike O’Dowd
27-07-1921
Johnny Wilson DQ7 Bryan Downey
05-09-1921
Johnny Wilson D12 Bryan Downey

21-08-1923
Harry Greb PTS15 Johnny Wilson
03-12-1923
Harry Greb PTS10 Bryan Downey
18-01-1924
Harry Greb W15 Johnny Wilson
24-03-1924
Harry Greb KO12 Fay Keiser
26-06-1924
Harry Greb PTS15 Ted Moore
02-07-1925
Harry Greb PTS15 Mickey Walker

26-02-1926
Tiger Flowers PTS15 Harry Greb
19-08-1926
Tiger Flowers PTS15 Harry Greb

03-12-1926
Mickey Walker PTS10 Tiger Flowers
30-06-1927
Mickey Walker KO10 Tommy Milligan
05-06-1928
Mickey Walker PTS10 Jock Malone
21-06-1928
Mickey Walker PTS10 Ace Hudkins
29-10-1929
Mickey Walker PTS10 Ace Hudkins

Walker vacated middleweight championship in June 1931 to compete as a heavyweight.

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