|Real name||Andy Bowen|
May 3, 1867|
New Orleans, LA, U.S.
|Died||December 15, 1894(aged 27)|
|Wins by KO||7|
Andy Bowen (May 3, 1867 – December 15, 1894) was an American boxer from New Orleans. His promising career was cut short due to in ring injuries suffered in a fight against Kid Lavigne in his home town of New Orleans. He was 27.
Andy Bowen was undefeated going 13-0-2 in his first 15 fights.
On April 6. 1893 Andy Bowen and Jack Burke were involved in the longest fight in history. The fight lasted 111 rounds (consisting of 3 min rounds each), it took 7 hours and 19 mins until referee John Duffy called "no contest" after both men were too dazed and tired to come out of their corners. Jack Burke broke all the bones in both of his hands and considered retiring after the fight but chose to continue competing. Andy Bowen fought a few fights afterward.
The injury that killed Andy came from when "Kid" Lavigne knocked Bowen down and he hit his head on the wooden canvas. He died the next morning having never woken up. At first Lavigne was arrested for the death of Bowen but was found to be innocent of any wrongdoing. The actual article from 1894 is provided by the New York Times below.
- ""PUT TO SLEEP" FOR ALL TIME; ANDY BOWEN KILLED IN THE RING BY "KID" LAVIGNE. The Knock-Out Blow Probably Not Responsible for the Death -- Other Fights Declared Off.". New York Times. December 16, 1894. p. 16. Retrieved 2008-10-18.