Bareknuckle Champions since 1840
English Championship
Date Champion Defeated
2/12/1839 William Thompson James Burke W-10
3/15/1839 Vacant
9/22/1840 Nick Ward James Burke W-17
5/11/1841 Ben Caunt Nick Ward W-35
2/27/1844 William Perry Tass Parker W-133
9/9/1845 William Thompson Ben Caunt W-93
9/29/1851 Harry Broome William Perry W-15
5/19/1856 Tom Paddock Harry Broome W-51
6/16/1857 Tom Sayers William Perry W-10
5/20/1860 Vacant
11/5/1860 Sam Hurst Tom Paddock W-5
6/18/1861 Jem Mace Sam Hurst W-8
11/26/1862 Tom King Jem Mace W-21
4/4/1864 Vacant
8/6/1866 Jem Mace Joe Goss W-21
11/30/1872 Vacant
9/4/1877 Jack Knifton Tom Scrutton W-9
10/29/1877 Tom Allen Tompkin Gilbert KO-7
4/22/1879 Vacant
7/10/1884 Jack Knifton Jack Massey W-38
12/16/1885 Jem Smith Jack Davis
7/27/1891 Ted Pritchard Jem Smith KO-3
5/10/1895 Jem Smith Ted Pritchard W-2
1/27/1896 Dan Creedon Jem Smith KO-2
U.S. Championship
Date Champion Defeated
9/9/1841 Tom Hyer George McChester W-101
6/30/1851 Yankee Sullivan
10/12/1853 John Morrissey Yankee Sullivan W-37
4/4/1859 Vacant
5/5/1863 Joe Coburn Mike McCoole W-67
9/19/1866 Mike McCoole Bill Davis W-34
5/10/1870 Jem Mace Tom Allen W-10
9/23/1873 Tom Allen Mike McCoole W-7
9/7/1876 Joe Goss Tom Allen DQ-14
5/30/1880 Paddy Ryan Joe Goss W-87
2/7/1882 John L. Sullivan Paddy Ryan W-9
9/7/1892 Jim Corbett John L. Sullivan KO-21
World Championship
Date Champion Defeated Nat.
5/10/1870 Jem Mace Tom Allen W-10 ENG
11/30/1872 Vacant
9/23/1873 Tom Allen Mike McCoole W-7 ENG
9/7/1876 Joe Goss Tom Allen L-14 ENG
5/30/1880 Paddy Ryan Joe Goss W-87 IRE
2/7/1882 John L. Sullivan Paddy Ryan W-9 USA