A Man of the World

     Sailor Tom Sharkey Career Replay (Page 2)

 

 

                                     May 14th, 1894

                    Sailor Tom Sharkey vs Rough Thompson

Honolulu, Hawaii

Rough Thompson, a Honolulu local, is more of a thug than a pug.  Occassionally he likes to enter the prize ring to release his pent-up aggression.  Thompson has yet to lose and, due his jealousy over the growing notoriety of Tom Sharkey, has challenged young Sailor Tom to a fight.  Tom gladly accepts the challenge.  Working in Sharkey's corner is none other than his two-time opponent Jack Langley.  Sharkey and Langley have apparently struck up a strong friendship since their second meeting in the ring in which Langley courageously lasted the distance against a dominant Tom Sharkey.  Thompson is not impressed and swears that he will knock Sharkey off of his winning track.  This bout is scheduled for 10 rounds.

 

                                        The Fight

 

During the first round Rough Thompson landed several good blows to the chin of Tom Sharkey.  However, Sharkey carried the round by landing a greater quantity of punches.  At the 1:27 mark of round two, Sharkey landed a beautiful three punch combo that put Thompson on unsteady legs.  Sharkey followed up with a big left hook flush on the jaw of Thompson, followed by a crushing right hook to the body.  Sharkey pursued Thompson to the ropes and unleased a series of damaging blows that went unanswered by his opponent.  Finally, after a sharp six punch combination, the referee pulled Sharkey off of Thompson and stopped the fight.  It was a good stoppage as Thompson was clearly out on his feet and could have been seriously hurt if Sharkey had been allowed to continue his onslaught.  This is the first loss of Rough Thompson's fighting career, while Sailor Tom remains undefeated.

Tom Sharkey TKO Rough Thompson at 2:55 of round 2

(Real-life result: Sharkey KO 2 Thompson)

Tom Sharkey professional record: 8-0-0, 7 KOs 

 

                                      May 28th, 1894

                 Sailor Tom Sharkey vs Rough Thompson II

Honolulu, Hawaii

Proving to be a poor loser, Rough Thompson immediately began to taunt Sailor Tom... claiming that Sharkey got lucky in their first fight and that he would knock Tom out in a rematch.  So Sharkey, anxious to prove him wrong and shut his mouth for good, meets Thompson in the ring again, just 14 days after their first constest.  This bout is scheduled for 10 rounds.

 

                                          The Fight

 

Both men came out swinging to open the bout, with each landing clean powerful shots.  At 2:14 of the round, Thompson landed consecutive blows to Sharkey's midsection which caused Tom to step back.  However, when he lunged at Sharkey to follow up his advantage, Sailor Tom connected with a thundering left hook that dropped Thompson to the canvas for a two count.  Although he survived the knockdown, the round ended with Thompson cowering against the ropes as Sharkey landed a barrage of unanswered punches.  Thompson's eyes appeared to be clear as he came out for round two and proceeded to give as good as he took for the entire round, which left the crowd on it's feet as the two warriors returned to their corners to get ready for round three.  Just 11 seconds into round three, Thompson fired a vicious straight right hand right down the pipe that caught Sailor Tom flush.  Rather than retreat, Sharkey leaned in and landed a terrific left hook to the ribs that doubled Thompson up.  Seeing an opening, Sharkey then threw a beautiful uppercut that caught Thompson flush, dropping him onto his back in the middle of the ring.  Although unnecessary, as Thompson was clearly unconscious, the referee completed the 10 count and raised Sharkey’s hand in victory at 1:55 of round three. 

Tom Sharkey KO Rough Thompson at 1:55 of round 3

(Real-life result: Sharkey KO 1 Thompson)

Tom Sharkey professional record: 9-0-0, 8 KOs 

 

                                       June 14th, 1894

                       Sailor Tom Sharkey vs Nick Burley

Honolulu, Hawaii

Having signed to fight Canadian Nick Burley, Tom Sharkey faces the biggest test of his young fighting career.  Burley enters the ring with a professional record of 15-1, with his only loss coming to the highly regarded Peter Maher.  Burley possesses tremendous power in both hands, with all 15 of his victories coming by way of knockout.  His only weakness appears to be a suspect chin, which was easily exploited by Maher in his first round knockout win over Burley.  Still, many of Sharkey's supporters feel that he may be biting off more than he can chew this early in his career.  Sailor Tom, unfazed, is eager to prove that he belongs in the ring with the best the heavyweight division has to offer.  This bout is scheduled for 10 rounds. 

 

                                          The Fight

 

It was obvious from the outset that this was going to be a no holds barred war.  Tom Sharkey took the early advantage in the first round by planting a right cross to Burley's ribcage, followed by a vicious left hook to the jaw that had Burley stumbling backwards.  When he pushed Burley up against the ropes, in an effort to deliver the finishing blow, Burley ducked under and connected with a crushing left hook that buckled the knees of Sailor Tom, causing him to stumble back to ring center.  Both men traded terrific shots until the bell sounded to end the round.  Round one was too close to call.  Round two was more of the same, with Nick Burley taking the round by landing the more telling blows.  Early in round three, Sharkey connected with a strong combination that stopped Burley cold.  But Burley came right back with a smashing hook that had Sharkey in trouble.  Sharkey took the round by landing another violent combination of punches just before the bell sounded.  Neither fighter slowed down for rounds four and five, with each fighter absorbing tremendous punishment at the hands of the other.  Burley had the edge in round four, while Sharkey clearly took round 5.  Nick Burley came out for round six looking visibly tired and basically took the round off.  Sharkey, winded himself, took advantage by landing just enough good punches to win the round.  Both men looked refreshed as they approached each other to initiate action in the seventh round.  It was a close round until, at the 2:15 mark, Sharkey scored with a tremendous right just above the waistline of Burley that had him gasping for air.  Burley gallantly survived the round.  Burley looked to be in good form as he started off round eight by connecting with a good right cross, followed by a terrific left uppercut that buckled the knees of Sailor Tom.  Sensing that this was his chance, Burley unleashed a flurry of lefts and rights that backed Tom up against the ropes.  In the midst of this onslaught, however, Sharkey threw a desperation right cross that landed flush on the chin of his opponent, dropping him to the canvas for a seven count.  Sharkey immediately followed up by connecting with a sharp three punch combination to the head that floored Burley a second time.  Burley sprang back up to his feet at the count of three, but had a very vacant look in his eyes.  Sharkey pounced upon his man and buried a left hook deep into Burley's ribs.  That was enough for the referee and he immediately jumped between the two warriors, raising Sharkey's hand in victory.  Sailor Tom Sharkey passed this first real test of his fighting career, but he absorbed a tremendous amount of punishment in the proccess.  Many ringside spectators left agreeing that this one begs for a rematch.   

        Tom Sharkey TKO Nick Burley at 2:47 of round 8

(Real-life result: Sharkey KO 8 Burley)

Tom Sharkey professional record: 10-0-0, 9 KOs 

 

 

                                       July 4th, 1894

               Sailor Tom Sharkey vs George Washington

Honolulu, Hawaii

In a rather odd and ironic matchup, Sailor Tom signs to fight a man named George Washington on Independence Day.  Washington is a well-rounded fighter, but is much smaller than Sharkey...perhaps more suited to fighting lightweights.  This bout is scheduled for 10 rounds. 

 

                                           The Fight

 

Sailor Tom was simply too much for the smaller Washington.  Sharkey started off the first round rushing at his opponent, as is his custom.  Just 14 seconds into the round, Sharkey landed a powerful right cross that hurt Washington.  Washington tried to get away, but Sharkey trapped him in the corner and connected with a left hook that had Washington out on his feet.  Sharkey followed up with a nasty left hand to the body, followed by a terrific right cross to the jaw.  With Washington's arms down at his sides and an empty look in his eyes, Sailor Tom actually motioned to the referee to stop the fight.  The referee obliged and the fight was over at 2:12 of the very first round.  Even though he earned the victory, Sharkey looked a bit disappointed as the crowd jeered, voicing it's displeasure over the brevity of the encounter. 

Tom Sharkey TKO George Washington at 2:12 of round 1

(Real-life result: Sharkey KO 2 Washington)

Tom Sharkey professional record: 11-0-0, 10 KOs 

 

                                       July 18th, 1894

                         Sailor Tom Sharkey vs Billy Tate

Honolulu, Hawaii

Since his last fight with George Washington didn't last even one full round, Sailor Tom was anxious to get some more work in, so he accepted an offer to fight Billy Tate just two weeks later.  Tate, a local Honolulu resident, is known to have had some success in bar room fights, but his ability inside the prize ring is unknown.  This bout is scheduled for 10 rounds.

 

                                          The Fight

 

Just 11 seconds into the first round, Billy Tate scored with a right cross that just missed landing flush.  Sailor Tom smiled and motioned for Tate to bring it on.  Billy considered doing just that, but thought better of it and backpeddled instead.  At the halfway point of the round, Sharkey caught Tate with a good left cross to the jaw that had him staggered.  Sharkey punctuated the round by landing another left cross just before the bell sounded.  Early in round 2, Sailor Tom connected with a crushing cross followed by a paralyzing left uppercut.  As he was retreating, in an attempt to regain his senses, Tate did manage to get in a left hook to the ribs.  Sharkey immediately responded with a beautiful left hook to the chin that knocked Tate to the canvas.  Tate tried to get back up, but was only able to get to one knee as the referee completed the 10 count at 2:18 of round 2. 

Tom Sharkey KO Billy Tate at 2:18 of round 2

(Real-life result: Sharkey KO 2 Tate)

Tom Sharkey professional record: 12-0-0, 11 KOs 

 

                                      July 21st, 1894

                        Sailor Tom Sharkey vs Jim Dunn

Honolulu, Hawaii

Tom Sharkey is back in the ring just three days after his two round stoppage of Billy Tate.  His opponent, Jim Dunn, is an interesting character.  There is little known of his recent ring exploits, but it is widely known that he took part in a 40 plus round epic contest way back in 1865 verses Bill Davis in New York.  Born in 1842, Dunn is 51 years old; 31 years Sharkey's senior.  Apparently Jim Dunn is looking for one last shot at glory inside the prize ring.  This bout is scheduled for 10 rounds.

 

                                         The Fight

 

Jim Dunn's one last shot at ring glory didn't last long.  Just 44 seconds into round one, Sharkey landed a strong right cross to the body that dropped Dunn to his knees for a 5 count.  Dunn looked to be obviously hurt as he regained his feet and backed up against the ropes.  Sailor Tom pursued and, after taking a right hook to the jaw from Dunn, unloaded with everything he had.  Finally, at the 2:55 mark, Sharkey landed a devastating right uppercut to the head of Dunn that sent him crashing to the canvas.  The referee moved into position over Dunn and counted him out as the round expired.  Jim Dunn, lying on his stomach, was obviously in dreamland and the fight was over.  This result, and the crowd's negative response, cemented Sailor Tom's plans to relocate to the mainland to seek out bigger and better things for his boxing career.  But first, there will be one last fight in Honolulu. 

 

Tom Sharkey KO Jim Dunn at end of round 1

(Real-life result: Sharkey KO 1 Dunn)

Tom Sharkey professional record: 13-0-0, 12 KOs 

 

 

                                       July 28th, 1894

                      Sailor Tom Sharkey vs Jack McAuley

Honolulu, Hawaii

Jack McAuley, hailing from San Francisco, California, has not been a terribly active fighter during his career.  But he is well known for his 55th round TKO victory over Dan Connors in a bout that took place two years ago in Los Angeles.  His other notable win is a 7th round knockout over Ed Cuffe in 1888.  While not a particularly hard puncher, McAuley possesses a decent chin and some solid defensive skills.  He is definitely the best opponent  Sharkey has faced since Nick Burley.  This bout, scheduled for 10 rounds, will prove to be Sailor Tom Sharkey's final fight in Honolulu. 

 

                                           The Fight

 

Jack McAuley started off round one in fine fashion, landing some solid jabs and a good right cross to the head of Tom Sharkey.  However, at the one minute mark, Sharkey dipped down as if to launch a body shot, but instead went upstairs with a quick hook that put McAuley back on his heels.  McAuley was hurt and Sharkey proceded to chase him around the ring for the remainder of the round, connecting with several powerful shots to the head and body in the process.  Just before the bell sounded to end the round, McAuley answered with a very good left, right, left combination.  Round two opened with Sailor Tom landing a perfect right cross at the 17 second mark that dropped McAuley to the canvas for a 3 count.  Sensing that his opponent was in serious trouble, Sharkey waded in swinging with both arms, finally connecting with a smashing right cross to the jaw that again felled McAuley.  To his credit, McAuley again got to his feet at the count of 3, but was now bleeding from a nasty cut above his left eye.  Unable to move away due to his wobbly legs, McAuley then walked into a huge combination of punches from Sharkey that dropped him for the third time in the round.  McAuley lurched to his feet at the count of 6, but then immediately fell back to his knees and was counted out at 1:43 of round 2.  Although the crowd at ringside had no clue, Sailor Tom had already realized prior to this contest that he could no longer advance his career in Honolulu and has decided to relocate to mainland USA to seek bigger purses and greater glory.  Sharkey's fans left for their homes dubious to the fact that this was the last time they'd be present at ringside to cheer on their hero. 

Tom Sharkey KO Jack McAuley at 1:43 of round 2

(Real-life result: Sharkey KO 1 McAuley)

Tom Sharkey professional record: 14-0-0, 13 KOs