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Bob Fitzsimmons

W L D
63 8 4
59 KOs 7 KOs
last 6


bouts 82
rounds 330
KOs 58%
 
global ID 10552
birth nameRobert James Fitzsimmons
aliasRuby
born 1863-05-26
death date1917-10-22 / age 54
debut1885-03-01 / age 21
divisionheavyweight
stanceorthodox
height5′ 11½″   /   182cm
reach
71½″   /   182cm
residence
Timaru, New Zealand
birth place
Helston, Cornwall, United Kingdom

newspaper decisions
bouts rounds won lost drawn
101 79 6 4 9

Career Record

date lbs opponent lbs
record 
location
result 
rounds
1914-02-20
Jersey Bellewdebut
South Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
NND6/6
 N 
ND
6/6
  
Bellew was down in the second round. Reading Eagle
1914-01-29
169KO Sweeney182debut
Athletic Club, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA
W NWS6/6
 W  
NWS
6/6
  
Newspaper decision from the Wiliamsport Gazette and Bulletin, which reported that Fitzsimmons won easily and sent his opponent to the canvas in each of the last three rounds.
1909-12-27
156Bill Lang187½19 5 1
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
LKO12/20
 L 
KO
12/20
  
referee: Arthur Scott
Australian heavyweight title
Sydney Morning Herald December 28, 1909
1908-09-22
Jim Pauldebut
Benson Mines, New York, USA
DPTS3/3
 D 
PTS
3/3
  
1907-07-17
Jack Johnson31 5 7
Washington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
LKO2/6
 L 
KO
2/6
  
referee: Billy McCarney
Result from both the Philadelphia Item and the Philadelphia Record.
1906-01-31
Charlie Haghey18 9 7
Webster, Massachusetts, USA
W KO4/6
 W  
KO
4/6
  
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1905-12-20
165Philadelphia Jack O'Brien16483 5 12
Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USA
LRTD13/20
 L 
RTD
13/20
  
referee: Eddie Graney
World 170 lbs Light-Heavyweight title
Although listed as a world light heavyweight title fight it was in reality just an eliminator for the world heavyweight title. The bout was fought at catchweights.
1904-07-23
Philadelphia Jack O'Brien75 3 11
Baker Bowl, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
W TKO6/6
 W  
TKO
6/6
  
time: 1:22
Captain Hamm stopped the fight after Fitzsimmons caught O'Brien with a straight left hand punch to the chin that floored him in the sixth and last round. The timekeeper clanged the bell ending the fight as soon as he saw the Captain. It was said that the officials stopped the fight to prevent O'Brien getting knocked out. Watches around ringside noted there were 1 minute and 38 seconds left in the round. New York Times The Philadelphia Item said that "O'Brien outboxed Bob Fitzsimmsonl" It would appear that Fitzsimmons won.
1903-11-25
168George Gardner16838 4 2
Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USA
W PTS20/20
 W  
PTS
20/20
  
World 170lbs Light Heavyweight Title
1903-10-14
Joe Grim14 4 1
Southern A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
W NWS6/6
 W  
NWS
6/6
  
Newspaper decision for Fitzsimmons from the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Record, in favor of Grim. "Grim was down twice in the second round, once in the third (an accidental fall), three times in the fourth, six times in the fifth and eight times in the sixth." (Philadelphia Record). Despite his numerous trips to the canvas, Grim did not seem to be badly hurt until the last round, most of the knockdowns seeming to be "strategic." The results of the other bouts on the program were not reported.
1903-09-30
Con Coughlin1 4 0
Washington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
W TKO1/6
 W  
TKO
1/6
  
time: 2:52
Coughlin died of injuries sustained during this bout.
1902-12-27
Mike Ranke190debut
Bozeman, Montana, USA
W KO2/4
 W  
KO
2/4
  
time: 0:15
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1902-12-19
? Stewarddebut
Butte, Montana, USA
W KO1/4
 W  
KO
1/4
  
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1902-07-25
172James J. Jeffries21916 0 2
The Arena, San Francisco, California, USA
LKO8/20
 L 
KO
8/20
  
referee: Eddie Graney
World Heavyweight Title
1900-08-24
Tom Sharkey36 4 6
Coney Island A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USA
W KO2/25
 W  
KO
2/25
  
time: 2:06   referee: Charlie White
1900-08-10
158Gus Ruhlin19526 5 2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
W KO6/25
 W  
KO
6/25
  
time: 2:10   referee: Charlie White
Ruhlin drew first blood from Bob's nose with several stiff lefts in the first round. The tide turned in the second when Fitzsimmons landed a terrific shot to the body that hurt Ruhlin and put him on the defensive. A left hook off the jaw put Gus down in round 6, and when he rose, a right swing on the jaw finished him.
1900-04-30
170Ed Dunkhorst26014 7 5
Hercules A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USA
W KO2/25
 W  
KO
2/25
  
time: 2:25   referee: Charlie White
Weights an estimate from ringside reporter. NE State J. (wire)
1900-03-27
Jim Daly40 13 8
First Regiment Armory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
W TKO1/6
 W  
TKO
1/6
  
Daly down three times before bout was stopped. Fitzsimmons was the former heavyweight champ. From the Philadelphia Item.
1899-10-28
Geoff Thorne2 1 0
Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W KO1/6
 W  
KO
1/6
  
referee: Malachy Hogan
Thorne thoroughly outclassed and knocked out cold in a minute.
1899-06-09
167James J. Jeffries20610 0 2
Coney Island A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USA
LKO11/20
 L 
KO
11/20
  
referee: George Siler
World Heavyweight Title
1897-06-05
Lew Joslindebut
Leadville, Colorado, USA
W KO2/4
 W  
KO
2/4
  
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1897-03-17
167James J. Corbett18410 0 3
The Race Track Arena, Carson City, Nevada, USA
W KO14/0
 W  
KO
14/0
  
referee: George Siler
World Heavyweight Title
1896-12-02
173½Tom Sharkey18220 1 3
Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USA
LDQ8/10
 L 
DQ
8/10
  
referee: Wyatt Earp
This bout was promoted as for the World Heavyweight Title The ref's decision was hotly criticized.
1896-02-21
165Peter Maher180103 4 2
near Langtry, TX, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico
W KO1/0
 W  
KO
1/0
  
time: 1:35   referee: George Siler
Rematch Billed as for the World Heavyweight Title This fight was recreated in an episode of the Annie Oakley tv series titled "Annie Rings The Bell" from 1956.
1895-04-19
Mike Connorsdebut
New York, New York, USA
W KO1/4
 W  
KO
1/4
  
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1895-04-16
Al Allichdebut
New York, New York, USA
W KO3/4
 W  
KO
3/4
  
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1894-09-26
156½Dan Creedon15719 0 5
Olympic A.C., New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
W KO2/20
 W  
KO
2/20
  
referee: Professor John Duffy
World 158lbs Middleweight title
BBBC Boxing Yearbook 2005
1894-07-28
168Frank Kellar1873 4 4
Driving Park, Buffalo, New York, USA
W KO2/4
 W  
KO
2/4
  
referee: Billy Madden
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1894-06-18
175Joe Choynski16223 3 0
Boston Theater, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W TKO5/5
 W  
TKO
5/5
  
The police intervened. Choynski was down and bloodied when the police stepped in and would have been knocked out had the fight continued.
1893-09-05
Jack Hickey1 1 1
Caledonian Park, Newark, New Jersey, USA
W TKO3/4
 W  
TKO
3/4
  
Fitzsimmons played with Hickey in the second round and in the third knocked him down once or twice to see how hard he would fall. Hickey's friends threw in the sponge. Brooklyn Daily Eagle
1893-05-30
Dan Conerdebut
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
W KO1/4
 W  
KO
1/4
  
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1893-05-06
Mike Brennan1 5 1
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W KO4/4
 W  
KO
4/4
  
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1893-04-21
Alexander Kilpatrick0 1 0
Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
W KO4/4
 W  
KO
4/4
  
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1893-04-21
Mike Monoghan4 2 1
Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
W KO1/4
 W  
KO
1/4
  
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1893-04-21
Joe Godfrey2 7 4
Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
W KO1/4
 W  
KO
1/4
  
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1893-04-15
Jack Sheridandebut
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
W TKO1/4
 W  
TKO
1/4
  
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1893-04-12
Alexander Kilpatrickdebut
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
W KO3/4
 W  
KO
3/4
  
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1893-04-12
Hank Smith0 1 0
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
W KO1/4
 W  
KO
1/4
  
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1893-04-12
Dan Currydebut
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
W KO2/4
 W  
KO
2/4
  
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1893-03-31
Jack Warnerdebut
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
W TKO1/4
 W  
TKO
1/4
  
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1893-03-25
Phil Mayodebut
2nd Regiment Armory, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W KO2/4
 W  
KO
2/4
  
"In the second, Mayo was aggressive. He landed hard on Fitzsimmons's stomach, evidently angering the lanky man. Fitzsimmons then feinted a left and followed like lightning with his right, catching Mayo with frightful force on the chin. Mayo fell like a dead man, his head striking the boards with a crash and he lay senseless until counted out." They used 8oz. gloves. Mayo had trained for two weeks. Attendance: About 8,000 Ogden Standard
1893-03-15
Dan Bayliff1 0 0
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
DPTS4/4
 D 
PTS
4/4
  
Fitzsimmons undertook to stop Bayliff in 4 rds-failed-fight declared a draw
Date uncertain Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1893-03-08
163Jim Hall167½41 9 4
Crescent City Club, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
W KO4/0
 W  
KO
4/0
  
referee: Professor John Duffy
A fight to a finish
Billed as a World Middleweight title fight both men weighed in well above the limit
The Daily Picayune March 9, 1893
1892-12-10
Jack Brittondebut
Newark, New Jersey, USA
W RTD2/4
 W  
RTD
2/4
  
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1892-09-03
160Millard Zender300debut
Anniston, Alabama, USA
W KO1/4
 W  
KO
1/4
  
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1892-05-11
Jerry Slattery6 4 1
Miners 8th St Theater, New York, New York, USA
W KO2/4
 W  
KO
2/4
  
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1892-05-06
Joe Godfrey2 6 4
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
W RTD2/4
 W  
RTD
2/4
  
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1892-04-29
155James Farrelldebut
Newark, New Jersey, USA
W PTS2/4
 W  
PTS
2/4
  
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1892-04-28
155Tom Burnsdebut
Newark, New Jersey, USA
W RTD3/4
 W  
RTD
3/4
  
Fitzsimmons offered $50 to anyone who could last 4 rds
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1892-04-28
155Thomas Robbins180debut
Newark, New Jersey, USA
W RTD3/4
 W  
RTD
3/4
  
Fitzsimmons offered $50 to anyone who could last 4 rds
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1892-04-27
155James Malonedebut
Newark, New Jersey, USA
W RTD2/4
 W  
RTD
2/4
  
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1892-04-26
155Charles Puff230debut
Newark, New Jersey, USA
W KO2/4
 W  
KO
2/4
  
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1892-03-02
165Peter Maher17843 2 0
Olympic Club, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
W RTD12/0
 W  
RTD
12/0
  
referee: Professor John Duffy
This was a fight to the finish
The Daily Picayune March 3,1892
1891-05-01
Harris Martin45 2 11
Washington Rink, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
NND4/4
 N 
ND
4/4
  
Harris Martin, aka The Black Pearl, agreed to stay 4 rounds with Fitzsimmons, hence no decision was rendered. Bismarck Daily Tribune
Minneapolis Tribune May 2, 1891
1891-04-27
160Abe Coughle230debut
Battery D Armory, Chicago, Illinois, USA
W TKO2/3
 W  
TKO
2/3
  
Cougle down in the 2nd round.
1891-01-14
150½Nonpareil Jack Dempsey147½50 2 10
Olympic Club, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
W RTD13/0
 W  
RTD
13/0
  
referee: Col. A. Brewster
World Middleweight Title
A finsish fight
The Daily Picayune January 16, 1891
1890-07-28
153Arthur Upham153½0 0 1
Audubon Club, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
W KO9/0
 W  
KO
9/0
  
referee: Robert Lynd
A fight to a finish
Daily Picayne July 29, 1890
1890-05-29
154Billy McCarthy1608 3 8
California A.C., San Francisco, California, USA
W KO5/0
 W  
KO
5/0
  
referee: Hiram Cook
A fight to a finish
San Francisco Chronicle May 30, 1890
1890-05-17
Frank Allendebut
California A.C., San Francisco, California, USA
W RTD1/3
 W  
RTD
1/3
  
Allen broke his wrist and could not continue
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1890-03-01
Professor Jack West0 2 0
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
W KO1/4
 W  
KO
1/4
  
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
Fight not confirmed from local sources
1890-02-22
Edward Starlight Rollins6 2 3
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
W TKO9/0
 W  
TKO
9/0
  
A fight to a finish
The Daily Telegraph February 23, 1890
1890-02-11
Jim Hall17 4 4
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
LKO4/20
 L 
KO
4/20
  
referee: A.G. Hales
Australian middleweight title
The Dialy Telegraph February 12, 1890
1890-02-10
Edward Starlight Rollins6 2 3
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
DNWS4/4
 D 
NWS
4/4
  
Referee, Sydney February 12, 1890
1890-02-01
Dave Conwaydebut
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
W KO4/15
 W  
KO
4/15
  
Daily Telegraph February 3, 1889
1889-12-16
148Dick Ellis1783 4 1
Royal Standard Theatre, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
W RTD3/20
 W  
RTD
3/20
  
The Sportsman December 18, 1889
Referee, Sydney December 18, 1889
1889-11-30
Professor Jack West0 1 0
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
W KO1/8
 W  
KO
1/8
  
Fitzsimmons undertook to stop West in 8 rds
The Sportsman December 4, 1889
1889-11-26
Pat Kiely1 1 0
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
DNWS4/4
 D 
NWS
4/4
  
The Sportsman December 4, 1889
1889-01-19
Jim Hall3 1 2
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
W RTD5/8
 W  
RTD
5/8
  
referee: Sid Bloomfield
Australian middleweight title
The Sportsman January 23, 1889
Daily Telegraph January 21, 1889
1888-12-01
McEwandebut
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
W NWS3/3
 W  
NWS
3/3
  
The Bulletin December 3, 1888
1888-11-24
Jim Hall3 1 2
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
DNWS4/4
 D 
NWS
4/4
  
Referee, SDydney November 27, 1888
1888-11-10
Jim Hall3 1 2
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
W NWS4/4
 W  
NWS
4/4
  
Daily Telegraph November 12, 1888
1888-05-08
Mick Dooley12 4 3
Amateur Athletic Club, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
NND4/4
 N 
ND
4/4
  
1888-04-17
Bill Slavin0 4 0
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
DNWS4/4
 D 
NWS
4/4
  
referee: Jack Thompson
Referee ,Sydney Thursday 19 April 1888 P 2
1888-03-17
Bill Slavin0 4 0
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
DNWS4/4
 D 
NWS
4/4
  
Daily Telegraph March 19, 1888
1888-03-05
Bill Slavin1620 3 0
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
W TKO7/8
 W  
TKO
7/8
  
Referee Sydney March 8, 1888 P 7
1888-02-11
Billy McCarthy5 1 3
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
DNWS4/4
 D 
NWS
4/4
  
referee: Jack Thompson
Referee ,Sydney Thursday 16 February 1888 P 7
1888-01-26
Tom Taylor0 3 2
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
DNWS4/4
 D 
NWS
4/4
  
Daily Telegraph January 27, 1888
1888-01-23
Dan Hickeydebut
Centennial Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
DPTS4/4
 D 
PTS
4/4
  
1888-01-01
Frank Slavin13 2 3
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
NND4/4
 N 
ND
4/4
  
1887-09-24
Dave Traversdebut
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
W KO3/0
 W  
KO
3/0
  
A finish fight
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1887-05-28
Jim Hall2 0 2
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
LNWS4/4
 L 
NWS
4/4
  
referee: Jack Thompson
Referee ,Sydney Thursday 2 June 1887 P 7
1887-04-04
George Eagerdebut
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
W KO2/4
 W  
KO
2/4
  
1887-03-21
Bill Slavindebut
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
W TKO5/8
 W  
TKO
5/8
  
referee: Jack Thompson
Referee ,Sydney Thursday 24 March 1887 P 7
1887-03-01
Dick Sandall3 0 2
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
W RTD4/4
 W  
RTD
4/4
  
1887-02-15
George Seale5 3 0
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
W PTS4/4
 W  
PTS
4/4
  
Seale undertook to stop Fitzsiommons in 4 rds-failed-fight awarded to Fitzsimmons
1887-02-12
Jack Bonnerdebut
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
W NWS4/4
 W  
NWS
4/4
  
referee: Jack Thompson
Referee ,Sydney Thursday 17 February 1887 P 3
1887-01-01
Frank Slavin8 0 1
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
DNWS4/4
 D 
NWS
4/4
  
Referee ,Sydney Thursday 6 January 1887 P 7
1886-11-01
Jack Malloy0 2 0
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
DPTS4/4
 D 
PTS
4/4
  
1886-10-09
McArdledebut
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
NND4/4
 N 
ND
4/4
  
1886-10-07
Australian Billy Smith1 3 0
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
NND4/4
 N 
ND
4/4
  
1886-08-25
Tom Lees1807 2 2
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
LNWS4/4
 L 
NWS
4/4
  
The Sydney Morning Herald Monday 26 August 1886 P 9
1886-08-07
McArdledebut
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
W NWS4/4
 W  
NWS
4/4
  
The Sydney Morning Herald Monday 9 August 1886 P 9
1886-06-05
Mick Dooley7 1 0
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
LNWS4/4
 L 
NWS
4/4
  
Daily Telegraph June 7, 1886
1886-06-02
Mick Dooley7 1 0
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
LNWS4/4
 L 
NWS
4/4
  
Daily Telegraph June 3, 1886
1886-05-22
Steve O'Donnell1 1 0
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
NND4/4
 N 
ND
4/4
  
1886-05-15
150Mick Dooley1705 1 0
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
LRTD3/4
 L 
RTD
3/4
  
Dooley undertook to stop Fitzsimmons within 4 rds
Daily Telegraph May 17, 1886
1886-05-08
Brinsleydebut
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
DNWS4/4
 D 
NWS
4/4
  
Daily Telegraph May 10, 1886
1886-02-02
Pablo Fanquedebut
The Green, Dawes Point, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
W KO2/4
 W  
KO
2/4
  
Date uncertain Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1885-05-01
Jack Greentreedebut
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
W KO3/4
 W  
KO
3/4
  
Exact date unknown
1885-04-01
148Alf Brinsmead170debut
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
W KO2/4
 W  
KO
2/4
  
Exact date unknown
1885-03-01
Joe Riddledebut
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
W PTS4/4
 W  
PTS
4/4
  
Exact date unknown
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Win
L
Loss
D
Draw
N
No Contest
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Scheduled/Pending
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