On This Day: September 5th

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1892: Cork’s Jack McAuliffe defended his World lightweight title against Billy Myer at the Olympic Club in New Orleans. Napolean Jack had controversially drawn after 64 rounds with Myer three years previously, but would solidify his claim as champion in Louisiana with a fifteenth round knockout.

That December McAullife would convincingly beat Myer again. The Maine-based boxer is one of the few World champions to have retired undefeated.

47 years later in Ring magazine Myer would name McAuliffe as the best lightweight the World had ever seen.

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie