Andy Bowen

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Andy Bowen
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Real nameAndy Bowen
NationalityUnited States American
Born(1867-05-03)May 3, 1867
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
DiedDecember 15, 1894(1894-12-15) (aged 27)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Boxing record
Total fights27
Wins by KO7
No contests1

Andy Bowen (May 3, 1867 – December 15, 1894) was an American boxer from New Orleans. He died at age 27, as a result of a head injury sustained in a bout against Kid Lavigne.

Bowen's first fight was in 1887. He was undefeated in his first 14 fights, with 12 wins and two draws. In September 1890, he successfully defended his title against Jimmy Carroll at the Olympic Club, New Orleans.

On April 6, 1893, Bowen and Jack Burke were involved in the longest fight in history. The fight at New Orleans' Olympic Club lasted 110 rounds over seven hours and 19 minutes (each round lasting three minutes) before referee John Duffy declared a "no contest", both men having become too dazed and tired to come out of their corners. Burke broke all the bones in both of his hands and considered retiring after the fight but chose to continue competing. Bowen fought four more times.

Bowen's fight against Lavigne was his 27th fight. The injury that killed him was inflicted in the 18th round, when Lavigne knocked him down and he hit his head on the wooden canvas. He died the next morning having never regained consciousness. At first Lavigne was arrested for the death of Bowen, but was found to be innocent of any wrongdoing following a coroner's inquest.

External links[edit]

  • ""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.