Boxing in San Francisco
During the California Gold Rush, amateur and professional boxing almost immediately gained a strong foothold in northern California, as the gold fields and mining camps provided both employment and a venue for these athletes. In these times, many of the world's best fighters made their way to the canvas squares of the Pacific coast where San Francisco served as the locus of championship title bouts that even today remain legendary. This volume spotlights such greats as Gentleman Jim Corbett, Joe Choynski, Jack Johnson, Battling Nelson, Stanley Ketchel, and 1904 Olympic heavyweight champion Sam Berger. Somrack explores San Francisco's boxing scene through the years, but also focuses in on weight classifications and ring records.
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20 rounds Abe Attell Ad Wolgast Alec Greggains Athletic Club Attell's bantamweight world Battling Nelson Berger Billy boxing career Boxing Hall brother California challenged Colma's Mission Street Courtesy of Gary Courtesy of J.J. decision Eddie Hanlon featherweight champion featherweight crown fight in San fighters fought four-round Frankie Neil Freddie Welsh Gary Phillips Gentleman Jim George Dixon Hall of Fame heavyweight champion heavyweight crown heavyweight title J.J. Johnston Jack Johnson James Jim Corbett Jim Jeffries Jimmy Britt Joe Choynski Joe Gans Joe Walcott Kaufman Kilbane knocked knockout in Round Lavigne light-heavyweight lightweight championship lightweight crown Little Champ lost match middleweight champion Mission Street Arena Monte Attell no-decision contest non-title Olympic Club Owen Moran Peter Jackson pounds punch Queensberry Rules referee rematch retired Round 11 San Francisco Sharkey Smith sparring sport Stanley Ketchel Sullivan title defense top contender Willie Ritchie winning Wolgast Woodward's Pavilion world champion world title Young Corbett