TBC History – The Illustrated Record Jan 28 1911
Feb 14 2018 4:27 AM

TBC History – The Illustrated Record Jan 28 1911 – In thi latest look back at history’s The Illustrated Record, we meet Packey McFarland, a then undefeated lightweight who carved out a unique place in the annals of our great sport.

McFarland’s name always comes up among boing historians when the discussion turns to who was the greatest fighter to never win a world championship. McFarland’s complete record may never be known but he is credited with 69 or 7o career wins, no defeats and 5 draws. In 1911, McFarland was already fiercely chasing the world lightweight championship and though the story tells of matches being signed and then falling apart, McFarland would nevergo on to win the belt.

The coverage over the last few weeks has concentrated on heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, and this week the magazine puts the Chicago lightweight McFarland on the cover as he knocked out veteran Jack Goodman in the fifth round of their scheduled 10 rounder in New York City on January 17th, 1911. It is from The Illustrated Record’s coverage of that fight that this week’ reading comes from.


Also covered in the Jan 28 1911 edition of The Record:

  • TIL has been following the exploits of heavyweight Dan “Porky” Flynn and this week we find the veteran in Syracuse where he fought a “no contest” with Con O’Kelly.
  • Legendary Sam Langford was in action, taking out Fred Atwater, also in upstate New York.
  • Tireless Tex Rickard continued to work on a Jack Johnson vs Jm Jeffries rematch, commenting he wanted a stipulation that Jeffries would “train under orders, not to suit himself.”


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Illustrated Record Jan 28 1911