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James J. Jeffries

W L D
19 1 2
16 KOs 1 KOs
last 6


bouts 23 rating
rounds 215 ranking
KOs 70%
 
global ID 9022
birth nameJames Jackson Jeffries
aliasThe Boilermaker
born 1875-04-15
death date1953-03-03 / age 77
debut1895-10-29 / age 20
divisionheavyweight
stanceorthodox
height6′ 0″   /   183cm
reach
76½″   /   194cm
residence
Burbank, California, USA
birth place
Carroll, Ohio, USA

Career Record

23 total bouts, view in calendar
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Win
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Draw
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S/P
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Date lbs opponent
op. record 
lbs
result 
rounds location
227Jack Johnson
37
5
7
208
 L 
TKO15/45
Reno, Nevada, USA
 L 
TKO
15/45

Reno, Nevada, USA
World Heavyweight Title
Reportedly the first time a venue was constructed specifically for one boxing show. (Promoter & Referee: Tex Rickard. United States President Taft declined Rickard's telegraphed offer to referee.) Tommy Burns, Jake Kilraine, Abe Attell and others were introduced to the crowd of 16,528.
time: 2:20   referee: Tex Rickard
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224Jack Munroe
8
3
2
215
 W  
KO2/20
Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USA
World Heavyweight Title
time: 0:45   referee: Eddie Graney
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210James J. Corbett
11
3
3
183
 W  
TKO10/20
Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USA
World Heavyweight Title
Tommy Ryan, Corbett's chief second threw a large palm-leaf fan into the ring to alert Referee Graney that he should stop the fight. Weights listed based on official measurements posted in the NY Evening World the day after.
referee: Eddie Graney
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219Bob Fitzsimmons
57
4
3
172
 W  
KO8/20
The Arena, San Francisco, California, USA
World Heavyweight Title
referee: Eddie Graney
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218Gus Ruhlin
26
6
2
200
 W  
TKO5/20
Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USA
World Heavyweight Title
Claims that Ruhlin quit during the 5th round are incorrect. All of the local next day San Francisco sources agree that Ruhlin manager Billy Madden threw up the sponge to retire Gus during the one-minute interval between the 5th and 6th rounds.
referee: Harry Corbett
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Joe Kennedy
10
3
3
 W  
KO2/4
Reliance A.C., Oakland, California, USA
When Jeff realized that Kennedy could not hurt him he advanced openly and battered his man down. The end came in the second from a short left to the jaw that put Kennedy on the canvas and half through the ropes where he was counted out.
time: 2:00   referee: Eddie Smith
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220Hank Griffin
20
2
6
180
 N 
ND4/4
Hazard's Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, USA
Griffin went down from a push in the first round and was knocked down twice by clean punches in the second. From then on he was in survival mode to claim the $100 forfeit. One report, prior to the start of the bout, described Griffin looking like a "famine sufferer". Attendance: 5,000
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218James J. Corbett
10
2
3
188
 W  
KO23/25
Seaside A.C., Coney Island, New York, USA
World Heavyweight Title
"The finishing blow came suddenly and was a startling surprise. Corbett had been making a wonderful battle. His defense was absolutely perfect, and while he was lacking in strength, he had more than held his own and stood an excellent chance of winning the fight had it gone the limit. He had not been badly punished and had managed to mark his man severely. The winning punch was a short left to the jaw. Corbett dropped like weight and was clear out. Jeffries showed his ability to take punishment at any distance and hard. He was clearly outboxed and at times was made to look like a novice. The crowd, which numbered fully eight thousand, was with Corbett and his defeat fell upon a silent crowd. There were cheers for him when he revived and left the ring, and he was generally given more consideration than the victor. Corbett is still a factor in pugilistic fame. He has regained much of his old time form. The battle was clean and it is doubtful if there was a single infraction of the rules." (Durango Democrat)
time: 2:11   referee: Charlie White
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240John Finnegan
4
2
4
180
 W  
KO1/10
Cadillac A.C., Detroit, Michigan, USA
World Heavyweight Title
"Finnegan landed the first blow as they came to the center of the ring, and Jeffries then put his left on the Pittsburgh man's jaw and he went to the floor. Finnegan came up in a few seconds only to be sent to the floor again with a blow in the same place. He stayed down longer this time and when he again rose he was in visible distress. He had hardly assumed a fighting position before the champion put his left in the pit of his stomach and Finnegan went down completely out. Referee Siler counted the seconds off and when he stepped back it was seen that Finnegan was crying. He staggered to his feet, reeled against the ropes and his seconds rushed into the ring and carried him to his corner. It was several minutes before he recovered sufficiently to leave the ring. Jeffries said he weighed 220, but he looked 30 pounds heavier. Finnegan weighed but 180, and he looked like a boy beside the champion." (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
time: 0:55   referee: George Siler
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215Tom Sharkey
30
2
6
183
 W  
PTS25/25
Coney Island A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USA
World Heavyweight Title
"From the first round to the twenty-fifth the sailor put up a battle that plainly demonstrated that he was a 'pug' of no mean ability, and the greater science, alone, of his opponent is all that won him the big fight on points. The club house was filled to its utmost capacity, and with few exceptions the decision was considered fair and equitable." (Breckenridge Builletin)
referee: George Siler
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206Bob Fitzsimmons
52
3
3
167
 W  
KO11/20
Coney Island A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USA
World Heavyweight Title
referee: George Siler
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212Bob Armstrong
10
5
4
187
 W  
PTS10/10
Lenox A.C., New York, New York, USA
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205Tom Sharkey
26
1
6
 W  
PTS20/20
Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USA
Sharkey was down in the 11th round.
referee: Alec Greggains
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216Mexican Pete Everett
21
3
0
190
 W  
TKO3/20
Olympic A.C., San Francisco, California, USA
Everett was down twice in the 2nd round, and one more time in the 3rd when the referee stopped the fight.
"Their meeting proved to be a veritable farce, for Everett was completely outclassed by his burly opponent. He never had a chance to strike an effective blow and only Jeffries' good nature saved him from being thoroughly whipped before Referee Ward stopped the proceedings by awarding the fight to Jeffries." (Cripple Creek Morning Times)
referee: Phil Ward
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218Peter Jackson
43
3
3
195
 W  
TKO3/20
Woodward's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USA
Jackson down twice in the 2nd round.
Reported weight of Jeffries varies: 210 (SF Call), 215 (wire), Jackson's - 195 (SF Call), 200 (Jackson's own words quoted in NY Journal; wire).
referee: Jim McDonald
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201Joe Goddard
31
6
7
194
 W  
TKO4/15
Hazard's Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, USA
"Goddard's seconds threw up the sponge at the close of the third round, but upon the announcement by Referee John Brink that no money would be paid unless the fight proceeded, Goddard came up in the fourth round and was severely punished. The referee stopped the fight in the middle of the round and gave the decision to Jeffries." (Wire in San Francisco Call)
referee: John Brink
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219Joe Choynski
35
6
2
167
 D 
PTS20/20
National A.C., San Francisco, California, USA
Noted baseball umpire Jim McDonald was selected by both parties to act as referee. Jeffries dropped Choynski with a left hook just before the bell ending round 3. It was the only knockdown in the fight. Joe drew first blood in the 11th. Choynski landed more often, especially with the straight left, but Jeffries landed the heavier blows.
referee: Jim McDonald
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212Gus Ruhlin
6
2
0
200
 D 
PTS20/20
Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USA
Guhlin down and "almost out by a terrific right swing on the jaw and only the call of time saved him. The referee declared the fight a draw, a decision which was received with mingled cheers and hisses." Brooklyn Daily Eagle
referee: Phil Wand
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Henry Baker
8
6
4
 W  
TKO9/20
Olympic A.C., San Francisco, California, USA
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210Theodore Van Buskirk
4
0
2
 W  
KO2/0
National A.C., San Francisco, California, USA
This bout is reported to be Jeffries pro debut. Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Hank Griffin
6
0
1
 W  
KO14/0
Los Angeles, California, USA
Exact date is uncertain. This fight was listed in Griffin's record in Oakland Tribune.
referee: John Brink
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Dan Longdebut
 W  
KO2/10
Occidental A.C., San Francisco, California, USA
Long was knocked down twice in the 1st round.
referee: Joe Choynski
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Hank Lorrainedebut
 W  
KO2/4
Los Angeles Athletic Club, Los Angeles, California, USA
Results from the Los Angeles Times.
referee: John Brink
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