John Shanssey

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John Shanssey (March 23, 1848 – 1919?) was an American boxer, gambler, saloon owner, and Mayor of Yuma, Arizona. He fought Mike Donovan in a bout refereed by a young 21-year-old Wyatt Earp[1] on July 4, 1868 or 1869 in Cheyenne, Wyoming.[2]


  1. ^ Jeffrey T. Sammons (1990). Beyond the Ring: The Role of Boxing in American Society. University of Illinois Press. p. 22. ISBN 0252061454.
  2. ^ ""Professor" Mike Donovan". Retrieved 1 November 2014.