Some history of Bordesley Street
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"A large circle sportsmen, not only in England, but throughout the United States, will regret to hear that Frank Murphy, the well-known light-weight pugilist, died at his residence, Bordesley Street, Birmingham, yesterday [Wednesday] morning. Frank had been unwell for some time, and had a complication of ailments. His death was hastened by a cold which he caught while standing about the chilly Altcar Flats at Waterloo Coursing Meeting. He managed to keep up, however, until about a week ago, when he felt unable to rise from his bed. Frank never rallied, dying at ten minutes to four o'clock yesterday [Wednesday] morning.
"Frank Murphy, as his name indicates, was of Irish origin. He was born in Lench Street, Birmingham, in the early part of 1864. He always had
a taste for boxing. When about eighteen years of age he joined the boxing class held at Tom Palmer's, the Coopers' Arms. Moland Street, Birmingham, and there he
displayed the raw qualities of patience and gameness, to which, after being at Mr. Palmer's class for a short time, he added science of no mean order. Perhaps his
first match was with Bill James [brother of Harry James], for a purse. In this encounter he beat his opponent in the second round. Then he met Alf Howe [better
known as "Titty"] at Brighton in an engagement with the knuckles. This fight took place in 1882 or 1883, and was for a purse given by Bob Habbijam. The battle
lasted about three-quarters of an hour, when the police interfered. Murphy, however, was clearly having the best of it when this interruption took place, and he was
awarded two-thirds of the contents of the purse. His next match was with the recently deceased Jem Walder, for £20. The fight took place in a wood near the Boot
Inn at Lapworth, and was in the old style. Murphy was able to dispose of his clever opponent in 57 minutes. After this Murphy met Bill Rose [alias Horner] in the
old style, for a purse given by Arthur Cooper. On this occasion he was giving about 2 stone away, but after the contest had lasted a little over an hour Frank obtained
the victory. His next meeting was with Enoch Thomas, of Birmingham. in a six rounds glove contest at Nottingham, for a cup and a purse. Here again he was victorious. Then
he fought Jem Lane [a son of old Jem Lane, brother of "Hammer" Lane], of Birmingham, for a purse. Lane weighed nearly 140lb. while Murphy only scaled 116lb.
Two-ounce gloves were used. The fight was a good one, and Lane went down in nearly every round. After the contest had gone on about half an hour the contributors to
the purse asked that it should declared a draw. Both were severely punished. About this time, John L. Sullivan paid a visit to England, and saw Murphy spar at his great
assault at arms at Bingley Hall, and at once formed a high opinion of him, the result being that Frank was engaged to accompany Sullivan on his sparring tour throughout
the country. After suffering from a severe illness Tom Palmer issued on his behalf a challenge to any man in the world at 8st 4lb. "Hippy" Homer, Birmingham, was
the first to take the challenge, but the affair fell through. Then April, 1888, Edward Holske imported Frank to the States. Frank had only been there about three weeks
when he met Jack Williams in a glove fight, for a purse, in Boston. Murphy knocked his man out in the fifth round, and at once firmly established himself in the good opinion
of Boston ring-goers. Then he was matched with Jack Havlin, of Boston, for £1,000 dollars a-side, the New York Police Gazette Diamond-studded
Feather-weight Belt, and the Championship of World. The fight came off at New Jersey, and forty-nine rounds were contested, but the result was a draw. However,
he was matched with Havlin again. The second contest came off at Oak Island on the 27th of August, 1888. It was a great battle, though only twelve rounds were fought,
Frank gaining the verdict, being afterwards presented by Mr. Spencer Williams with a handsome gold watch. In the following January Frank met Jimmy Hogan, the clever
Philadelphian bantam, in Pennsylvania, being awarded the fight after ten rounds. Then he met Jemmy Frazer, whom Jem Carney had undertaken to beat in fifteen rounds, but
had failed to do so, some time previously. Murphy beat Frazer in nine rounds, the stake being 2,500 dollars. After this Frank travelled the country into Canada. There
he met Collins, whom he beat in thirteen rounds, the stake in this case also being 2,500 dollars. Then he was matched to fight the "Belfast Spider" for a purse
of 1,500 dollars offered by Charles E. Davies, the loser to take 250 dollars, and the winner to be declared the holder of the Richard K. Fox feather-weight champion
belt. The match was broken off, however, no fewer than three limes. In the interval the two men met in a saloon, and Murphy taunted the Spider with not wanting to fight,
whereupon the Spider struck Frank in the face. Frank beat his opponent and threw him down on the ground, and held him there until the spectators pulled him away. The
match shortly afterwards came off Kouts, Indiana, before a company of only about 120 persons. It was a record glove fight both as regards the number of rounds and the
time it lasted, no fewer than eighty rounds being fought in 5 hours 19 minutes. After this Frank was matched with Billy Murphy, of Australia, in a contest for 2,500
dollars, and the championship, but the fight did not come off. Then he met Johnny Griffin, and beat him in eighteen rounds. His last fight in America was with Warren,
in San Francisco. Forty-six rounds were fought, when the referee stopped the battle and declared it a draw. Altogether, Murphy fought twenty-one battles in
America, and was never beaten. On coming home he was matched with Fred Johnson, but it came to nothing. John Brown, of the Minerva Tavern, Bordesley Street, also
deposited £50 with us in the year 1892 for a match between Murphy and Dixon, but this also came to nothing. His last fight of all, therefore, was his fight with
Warren in San Francisco. Throughout his career Frank was always renowned for his gameness. The Americans, indeed, looked upon him as the beau ideal of a fighter in the
old school, and a few months ago Mr. Palmer, his old supporter, received an offer of a purse of £900 for a fight between Murphy and Billy Griffin. This offer Murphy
was ready to take up; but on account of his failing health was persuaded not to do so. Frank had received great kindness from many of his friends during the period
of his failing health. Mr. J. Brown obtained the best medical advice for him, and helped him in every way possible."
"Death of Frank Murphy of Birmingham"
Sporting Life : March 16th 1893 Page 4.