Sunday, May 31, 2020

Pro Boxing from the Parish Hall: Sacred Heart Parish in South Amboy

By Matt Ward
South Amboy, New Jersey is a Middlesex County town that is situated across the Raritan Bay from New York City. The town, like most New Jersey communities, witnessed an increase in European immigrants from Ireland, Italy, and Poland during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These immigrants brought with them a devotion to the Roman Catholic faith. As a result, new Catholic parishes began to spring up in the area during this time. One of these parishes was Sacred Heart Parish, which was built in 1895. In 1926, two professional boxing cards were hosted in the parish’s hall. The first professional boxing card took place on February 23rd, and featured seven bouts. The main event was a matchup between two undefeated fighters, Johnny Hossie of Perth Amboy and Stanley Mankus of Elizabeth. Hossie trained out of the Red Star A.C., and had fought a majority of his professional fights in Perth Amboy, South Amboy, and the Atlantic Highlands. Hossie had fought to a draw against another local fighter, Sailor Andrews, for the light heavyweight championship of Perth Amboy in 1925. The local fighter, Hossie, had a large group of supporters from Perth Amboy that evening. He won by a South Amboy Citizen newspaper decision in the eight round bout. Popular Perth Amboy fighters, Eddie Marks and Kid Karslick also fought and won on the card. The second bout was held on April 12th, and featured five bouts. In the main event, Seaman Jack Mallon squared off against Eugenio Fernandez. Mallon, an English veteran boxer, stepped into the ring against a Cuban fighter of Spanish origin, Fernandez. The lightweights fought in an eight round contest that ended in favor of Mallon, who won by a South Amboy Citizen newspaper decision. This was the second newspaper decision that Mallon had won over Fernandez. The first came a month earlier in Perth Amboy, where he defeated the Cuban in a six round bout. After this bout, Mallon returned to fighting in Europe, with a majority of his remaining matches being fought in his native Liverpool, England. Fernandez, who appears to have fought until 1928, returned to the area to fight a few more contests on the Jersey Shore in both Long Branch and Perth Amboy.

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