“The Tommy Danforth is a native of Harlem, a suburb in NY. He was born in 1858, and the last fifteen years he has engaged in a number of battles all across the United States. His principal forte of late has been in training other pugilists, and at that he has received considerable success. He had charge of Andy Bowen the celebrated New Orleans lightweight when the latter was training for Billy Myer, ‘The Streator Cyclone.’ When Bowen refused to go on with the match Danforth offered, though handicapped by weight, to into the ring against Myer.
His principal matches have been with Paddy McGuigan, Jimmy Hogan of Philadelphia and Tommy Warren. He was beaten by George Siddons in three rounds, and Tommy Barnes in seventy-two rounds; after a most desperate sanguinary battle. Danforth’s best fighting weight was one hundred eighteen pounds.” – From the reverse side of an original 1894 halftone print portrait of Tommy Danforth.