Walter Monoghan (also spelled Monaghan and Monahan) was a Pittsburgh
middleweight boxer who fought Harry Greb twice.
His christened name was Earl Monoghan but he went by the name Walter
in his adult life. His parents names were Alphonse and Margaret Monoghan.
Walter and his family lived in New York City since his birth there, until
he was about 4 years old. Then the family moved to Canton, Ohio where his
father was in charge of the Manhattan Hotel in the Ohio burg. Two years
later Walter's dad died leaving his mom a widow with 2 children, Walter
and his brother William. To supply her children with a good education, Walter's
mother placed the 2 lads in care of relatives in the Pittsburgh area. The
2 brothers used to sell The Pittsburgh Press newspaper. Because of Walter's
hard work selling newspapers, Irving Ebner, a confectioner, gave him a job
in his store. From there Walter started boxing.
Around 1912 Walter lived in New York to box for more money there.
But he found there was less of a payout there, than in Pittsburgh. After
fighting a near main event there and only getting $9 he was fed up and moved
back to Pittsburgh in July 1912.
Here is a 1914 Pittsburgh Press article about Walter written by Jim Jab.
The triple photo above was taken from the same newspaper page:
PITTSBURGH IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR MONOGHAN
Rugged Battler Has Done His Best Work in Ring Here and Plans Future
Back to the scene of old triumphs comes Walter Monoghan, battler, making
a solemn resolve never again to desert town. "If anyone gets me out
of Greater Pittsburgh, I hope a commitee of doctors asks me to say 'Truly
Rural' and a few more speech tests for feeble-minded yaps," declares
Walter. Once away from steel city charms, "Mon" ran up against
hard luck in swatsdom. Tar ends of the stick awaited him on every side and
he is happy as a lark to ejaculate, "No place like home."
Walter, though a native of Canton, Ohio, was raised a Pittsburgher, and
claims this spot as the one to hang up his hat, coat and shoes. Returning
to his stamping ground, he proposes to get busy at box fighting. A winter
and spring campaign is laid out that will make all middle weighters sit
up and take notice.
It's been told several times but will bear retelling that Walter Monnin,
for that's his blown-in-the-bottle cognomen, became a glover by the merest
accident. January 17, 1911, the Fort Pitt A.C. of this city was entertaining
members by a boxing gain. Walter got by the stage door tender through being
a satchel carrier and towel chaser for one of the entrants. Battling Schmidt,
an entry, suddenly conceived a notion that fighting was a cruel sport, that
no young men ambitious to become cheif executive of the United States of
America would descend to it's doubtful level, etc.
This left the club shy one battler. "Mon" chanced to be nearby
and heard of the incident. Schmidt's flunk angered him. Like Henry Clay,
"Mon" would rather be right than president. It wasn't a square
deal for Schmidt to break up the card by a selfish futurity fantasy.
"I'll put 'em on if you say the word." So spake Monnin to the
clerk of course. The speakers confident declarations and his rugged physique
did the rest. Five minutes later the M.C. strode to the ropes and blurted,
"In this corner Walter Monoghan, of Bayardstown. In the other corner,
"Walter Woodson, of Soho." History informs us that the flurry
was a brilliant success, weighed up in slams and stabs. Woodson had the
experience but the boring-in proclivities of "Mon" succumbed to
the incessant headlong plunges of the substitute. The sixth round was well
under way when the referee waved Monoghan to his corner.
This "kayo" inaugurated the career of a famous trial horse.
More than once since Walter began to exchange swats he has gathered around
him a clientele of pals long in the belief that championship honors awaited
their comrade. Less than a year ago Lawrenceville sent a delegation of rooters
to the Southside market house, every man imbued with the idea that "Mon"
would put the cleaner on George Chip, and prove his right to be numbered
among the claimants for the middleweight rank. This happened to be an offnight
for Walter. He didn't display his usual speed. Spells of that nature effect
men in the mix game and are unaccountable. "Can't just get going right"
is the only excuses irate handlers recieve when they start to jacket a battler
who is fighting far below his form.
"Mon" vows he will atone for misdeeds, when he gets started
in the New Year. Up in 1913 it is hardly possible that any slammer in the
states chalked down a better "kayo kount" than Walter Monoghan.
Thirty five engagments and 19 of 'em sleepers. This is Mon's dandy record
for 1911 and 1912. Don't imagaine that the game was the easiest either.
Reference to the lad's list of spats will bear out this claim. Nineteen
thirteen found the ex-Cantonite going against fellows who have outfought
champions in their time. Naturally slumber seances grow fewer and farther
between. Just the same, Mon wasn't disgraced. In only one encounter, that
with Jack Dillon, was the sign of distress waved over the Greater Pittsburgher.
Some real tough guys were faced by "Mon" with splendid results
for the local middleweight. Walter may not have proven championship calibre,
but he gave ample demonstration that he isn't an also-ran by any means.
Considering his age, 20 years-old Dec 28. 1913, the career of Walt is surely
studded with brilliancy. Walter scales 5 feet 8 3/4 inches in size and beams
157 pounds. He makes no pretentions to cleverness, but will agree to put
a bow knot on the scientific stunts of any man of his poundage.
Walter Monoghan sparred with Jess Willard in 1919 when
Walter was on a furlough from the Army. The photo's and newspaper clipping
are shown below.
Tale Of The Tape
Born: Dec 28, 1893
Birth Place: New York City
Real Name: Earl Monoghan
Height: 5 feet, 8 3/4 inches
Weight: 157 pounds (middleweight)
Dec 21 1910 George Kid Cotton Pitts. ND 6 (loss)
Jan 17 1911 Walter Woodson Pitts KO 6 (win)
Feb 28 1911 Al Grayber Penns. KO'd by 3 (loss)
Mar 15 1911 Gunboat Smith Calif. KO'd by 4 (loss)
May 22 1911 Red Robinson Pitts. Loss (on undercard of the Buck Crouse-Mike Glover fight)
Dec 5 1911 Al Grayber Pitts. ND 6 (draw)
PRE-April 1912 (exact dates are unknown)
unknown 19?? Bill Adams unknown unknown
unknown 19?? Red Robinson unknown unknown
unknown 19?? Red Raven unknown unknown
unknown 19?? Swats Adamson Pitts. unknown (At Old City Hall)
May 16 19?? Swats Adamson unknown unknown
Jan 22 1912 Al Grayber Pitts. ND 6 (loss)
Feb 5 1912 Al Grayber Pitts. ND 6 (loss)
Mar 23 1912 Kid Smith Pitts. KO 2 (win) -Kid Smith was a black fighter who was a last minute substitute for Kid Gorgas.
Mar 28 1912 Hooks Evans Pitts. KO 3 (win)
Apr 8 1912 Tony Bernardi Pitts. KO 3 (win)
Apr 15 1912 Eddie Revoire Penns. ND 6 (loss)
Apr 27 1912 Young Olcott Pitts. TKO 4 (win)
May 17 1912 Chicago "KO" Brown Ill. TKO'd (loss) The referee stopped the fight.
July ?? 1912 Tommy Teague unknown loss or draw
July 23 1912 Jim Perry Pitts. ND 6 (loss)
Mar 17 1913 George Chip Pitts. ND 6 (loss)
Apr 19 1913 Al Grayber Pitts. ND 6 (win)
Oct 14 1913 Jack Dillon Ohio TKO'd by 4 (loss)
Jun 15 1914 Harry Greb Pitts. ND 6 (L news)
Mar 2 1915 Mike O'Dowd Wisc. ND 10 (loss)
Sep 23 1915 Mike O'Dowd Minn. ND 10 (no contest)
Feb 26 1916 Harry Greb Pitts. ND 6 (L news)
Mar 11 1916 Al Grayber Pitts. KO'd by 2 (loss)
Mar 25 1916 Al Grayber Pitts. TKO'd by 1 (loss)
June 4 1919 Jess Willard Ohio Sparring Exhibition (Took place in Maumee, Ohio)
***-The Monoghan/Willard items were from the The Antek Prize Ring.
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