Titles: lightweight champion 1886-1897 Record: 30-0-5 with 1 ND Born: March 24, 1866 in Cork, Ireland Years active: 1884-1897 Nickname: The Napoleon of the Prize Ring McAuliffe was a impressive boxer for his time and his undefeated record attests to his abilities. A feat made even more impressive by the fact that Jack rarely trained and relied on natural stamina to get him through some lengthy battles. Jack was the lightweight superstar of his time which was during the transitional period between the bareknuckle era and the adoption of the Marquis of Queensbury rules. Of course it is impossible to compare him to latter day lightweights but his beautiful two-handed attacks which relied heavily on straight blows would do well against looping punchers of any era. McAuliffe's best punches were said to be a left-right combo which landed with great accuracy. Jack was also said to be nimble on his feet, which was not common for the age. It is told that Jack McAuliffe was a protégé of Jack "The Nonpariel" Dempsey which would account for his ring generalship and footwork. Standing 5 foot 6 inches tall and coming into most fights between 128-141 lbs he was average in this department but that is about all you can call him average at. While his record did show no losses towards the end of his career he was lucky to come away debatable decision wins by some accounts. He also boxer countless bouts against all comers when he toured the country. His early bouts before this are not well researched and hardly reported to my knowledge. McAuliffe immigrated from Ireland to the United States at a young age (not sure of his age?), settling with his family in Maine. At the age of 16 Jack became convinced he could become a boxer when he defeated a English sailor in a bare knuckle contest in the basement of a Bangor storehouse. Some writers claim McAuliffe learned to box under the tutelage of Jack "Nonpareil" Dempsey while employed at a barrel factory in New York. McAuliffe began to fight during the bare knuckle era at the age of 18 winning his debut fight against Jake Karcher. McAuliffe won his first title 2 years after he began to fight when he beat Jack Hopper in 17 rounds. This was for the American lightweight title by most accounts. His championship claim was reinforced when a top contender of the day Jimmy Mitchen refused to face him. Eight months later he retained this title with a 21st round knockout of Billy Frazier. Billy claimed there was a fast count but that would have been nullified by the reported 5 pounds that Frazier came in over the weight. The win was followed by another defense against Harry Gilmore which went 28 rounds. By beating Gilmoure Jack also claimed the vacant world title, this was in 1887. The win set up a confrontation against English champion Jem Carney in America. Fighting in Revere Massachusetts on November 16, 1887, McAuliffe and Carney battled to a 74-round, 4 hour draw. The bout started bad for McAuliffe when he was knocked down in the 7th and by the 60th round McAuliffe was tiring. The bout ended controversially 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. Only in boxing, even back then! (27 years later McAuliffe and Carney re-enacted the bout at a London theatre) Even though the referee declared a draw Carney got the better of Jack and should have been awarded the championship. Still held the official title and went on to defend it two more times. In 1889, McAuliffe battled to a 64-round draw with Billy "The Streator Cyclone" Myer. In the bout McAuliffe suffered a broken arm and remarkably continued to battle on for the draw and retain his title. Jack did manage 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. In the same year McAuliffe won a rematch with Billy Frazier. McAuliffe now past his prime and less in shape beat featherweight sensation Young Griffo in 1894, in a very controversial decision that most thought Griffo had won. McAuliffe retired shortly after, made a comeback in 1896, and retired for good (at age 31) after his 1897 battle against Philadelphia Tommy Ryan. Jack unfortunately for him was a very bad gambler and managed to loose all of his ring earnings after retiring, McAuliffe went into Vaudeville for a while doing monologues for a while to earn money. Still he liked to gamble and bet on horses and became a bookmaker in his later years.
1884 Oct 19 Jake Karcher Brooklyn, NY KO 17 Dec 17 James Patterson Brooklyn, NY TK 2 1885 Bob Farrell Kings County, NY W May 11 Harry White New York, NY W 3 Jul 25 Joe Milletechia Jersey City, NJ TK 2 Nov 19 Billy Young Washington, DC TK 4 Dec 7 Buck McKenna Philadelphia, Pa KO 2 1886 Jan 13 Jack Hopper New York, NY W 6 Feb 27 Jack Hopper Long Island, NY TK 17 Apr 1 Andy Drumm New York, NY TK 3 Apr 21 Joe Heiser Brooklyn, NY W 4 Jul 24 Ed Carroll Philadelphia, Pa TK 1 Jul 24 Charles "Bull" McCarthy Philadelphia, Pa ND 4 -Sources vary as to whether the previous 3 bouts were held the same date Jul 31 Charles "Bull" McCarthy Philadelphia, Pa KO 3 Oct 29 Billy Frazier Boston, Ma KO 21 -Lightweight Championship of the World; Lightweight Championship of America; 1887 Jan 14 Harry Gilmore near Lawrence, Ma TK 28 -Lightweight Championship of the World; Lightweight Championship of America; Mar 31 Billy Frazier Portland, Me W 4 Oct 3 Jem Carney New York, NY -This bout was scheduled but postponed; McAuliffe did not feel well Nov 16 Jem Carney Revere Beach, Ma (4:58:15) D 74 -Lightweight Championship of the World; Lightweight Championship of America; The crowd broke into the ring 1888 Sep 26 Patsy Kerrigan Boston, Ma D 10 Oct 10 Billy Dacey Dover, NJ (42:00) TK 11 -Lightweight Championship of the World; Dec 17 Sam Collyer Brooklyn, NY KO 2 Dec 26 Jake Hyams Brooklyn, NY (35:00) KO 9 -Weights: 135 - 139 1/2 1889 Feb 23 Billy Myer North Judson, Il (4:27:00) D 64 -Lightweight Championship of the World; Lightweight Championship of America Feb 28 Billy Boltz Elgin, Il KO 1 May 14 Paddy Smith Brooklyn, NY TK 1 Dec 5 Mike Daly Boston, Ma D 15 1890 Mar 21 Jimmy Carroll San Francisco, Ca KO 47 -Lightweight Championship of the World; 1891 Sep 11 Austin Gibbons Hoboken, NJ TK 6 -Police intervened 1892 Jun 22 Billy Frazier New York, NY KO 3 Sep 5 Billy Myer New Orleans, La KO 15 -Lightweight Championship of the World; Dec 16 Billy Myer Chicago, Il W 6 1893 Apr 1 Horace Leeds Philadelphia, Pa ND 4 Nov 19 Owen Ziegler Brooklyn, NY D 3 -The verdict was "Technical Draw"; McAuliffe broke a bone in his left arm; 1894 Jan 16 "Australian" Jim Ryan San Francisco, Ca W 6 Aug 27 Young Griffo Brooklyn, NY W 10 -Many observers thought Griffo won Nov 19 Charles McKeever Brooklyn, NY D 8 1896 Apr 6 Gus Brown Little Rock, Ar KO 2 Apr 9 Harry Pigeon Hot Springs, Ar KO 7 Nov 20 Jimmy Carroll San Francisco, Ca W 10 1897 Sep 30 "Philadelphia" Tommy Ryan Scranton, Pa W 10