Edward "Eddie" Connolly (D)
From 1890 to 1900, Eddie Connolly established a reputation as one of boxing’s most respected competitors.This Saint John native, who fought in the United States and Overseas, began his fistic career as a Featherweight, graduated to the Lightweight division, and achieved his greatest success as a Welterweight. In 1896, he captured the British Empire Lightweight championship and four years later, he decisioned Matty Mathews in twenty-five gruelling rounds to lay claim to the World Welterweight crown. Connolly’s ear in the fight game was highlighted by marathon bouts, when a boxer’s ability was measured in terms of courage and durability. Enrolled in the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, June 8th, 1974.
Won the British Lightweight Championship in 1896
Won the World Welterweight Championship in 1900