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Mickey Walker

Mickey Walker (Boxing.  Born, Elizabeth, NJ, July 13, 1901; died, Freehold, NJ, Apr. 28, 1981.)  A local favorite who began a professional boxing career in his hometown, Edward Patrick Walker became the world middleweight champion.  Walker, known as “the Toy Bulldog,” reigned from 1926-31.  Of his first 23 bouts, 19 were in Elizabeth (the other […]

Jack Kearns

Jack Kearns (Boxing.  Born, Waterloo, MI, July 17, 1883; died, Miami Beach, FL, June 17, 1963.)  One of the celebrated characters of boxing for decades, Jack Kearns (born John Leo McKernan) managed six world champions.  Kearns managed heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey for eight years (1917-25) and combined with Tex Rickard to promote Dempsey into a million-dollar gate […]

Mike McTigue

Mike McTigue (Boxing. Born, County Clare, Ireland, Nov. 26, 1892; died, New York, NY, Aug. 12, 1966.) Mike McTigue was among the most popular fighters during the great days of boxing after the Walker Law legalized the sport in 1920. McTigue began boxing in Ireland in 1909 and first fought in New York in 1916, […]

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