Paddy Duffy

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For the Irish nationalist politician, see Paddy Duffy (politician).
Paddy Duffy.

Paddy Duffy (born 1864-11-12 in Boston, MA — died 1890-07-19) was an Irish-American and the first World Welterweight champion of the gloved era of boxing.

Professional career[edit]

Duffy won his first fight by KO over Skin Doherty in 1884 at age nineteen. Duffy’s final fight was against Australian champion Tom Meadows. After 45 rounds Duffy won on a foul.


Duffy died of tuberculosis in 1890 at the age of 25, while still recognized as champion.


Duffy has been elected to the IBHOF.

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