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Bob Fitzsimmons
Global ID10552
sexmale
birthdate 1863-05-26
death date 1917-10-22 (54)
divisionheavyweight
stanceorthodox
height5′ 11½″   /   182cm
reach71½″   /   182cm
aliasRuby
country United Kingdom
residenceTimaru, New Zealand
birth placeHelston, Cornwall, United Kingdom
birth nameRobert James Fitzsimmons
won 63 (KO 59) + lost 8 (KO 7) + drawn 4 = 82
rounds boxed 330
Newspaper Decisions won 6 : lost 4 : drawn 9
rounds boxed 79
Total Bouts 101 KO% 58.42
 
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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1914-02-20Jersey Bellew
South Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USANCND66
Bellew was down in the second round. Reading Eagle
1914-01-29KO Sweeney
Athletic Club, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
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.
1909-12-27Bill Lang19-5-1
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaLKO1220
referee: Arthur Scott
Australian heavyweight title
Sydney Morning Herald December 28, 1909
1908-09-22Jim Paul
Benson Mines, New York, USADPTS33
1907-07-17Jack Johnson31-5-7
Washington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALKO26
referee: Billy McCarney
Result from both the Philadelphia Item and the Philadelphia Record.
1906-01-31Charlie Haghey18-9-7
Webster, Massachusetts, USAWKO46
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1905-12-20Philadelphia Jack O'Brien84-5-12
Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USALRTD1320
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.

1904-07-23Philadelphia Jack O'Brien76-3-11
Baker Bowl, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO66
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.
1903-11-25George Gardner38-4-2
Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USAWPTS2020
World 170lbs Light Heavyweight Title
1903-10-14Joe Grim14-4-1
Southern A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
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.
1903-09-30Con Coughlin1-4-0
Washington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO16
time: 2:52
Coughlin died of injuries sustained during this bout.
1902-12-27Mike Ranke
Bozeman, Montana, USAWKO24
time: 0:15
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1902-12-19? Steward
Butte, Montana, USAWKO14
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1902-07-25James J. Jeffries16-0-2
The Arena, San Francisco, California, USALKO820
referee: Eddie Graney
World Heavyweight Title
1900-08-24Tom Sharkey36-4-6
Coney Island A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO225
time: 2:06 | referee: Charlie White
1900-08-10Gus Ruhlin26-5-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWKO625
referee: Charlie White
1900-04-30Ed Dunkhorst14-7-5
Hercules A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO225
time: 2:25 | referee: Charlie White
Weights an estimate from ringside reporter. NE State J. (wire)
1900-03-27Jim Daly40-13-8
First Regiment Armory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO16
Daly down three times before bout was stopped. Fitzsimmons was the former heavyweight champ. From the Philadelphia Item.
1899-10-28Geoff Thorne2-1-0
Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO16
referee: Malachy Hogan
Thorne thoroughly outclassed and knocked out cold in a minute.
1899-06-09James J. Jeffries10-0-2
Coney Island A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USALKO1120
referee: George Siler
World Heavyweight Title
1897-06-05Lew Joslin
Leadville, Colorado, USAWKO24
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1897-03-17James J. Corbett10-0-3
The Race Track Arena, Carson City, Nevada, USAWKO14
referee: George Siler
World Heavyweight Title
1896-12-02Tom Sharkey20-1-3
Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USALDQ810
referee: Wyatt Earp
This bout was promoted as for the World Heavyweight Title The ref's decision was hotly criticized.
1896-02-21Peter Maher103-4-2
near Langtry, TX, Coahuila de Zaragoza, MexicoWKO1
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.
1895-04-19Mike Connors
New York, New York, USAWKO14
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1895-04-16Al Allich
New York, New York, USAWKO34
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1894-09-26Dan Creedon19-0-5
Olympic A.C., New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWKO220
referee: Professor John Duffy
World 158lbs Middleweight title
BBBC Boxing Yearbook 2005

1894-07-28Frank Kellar3-4-4
Driving Park, Buffalo, New York, USAWKO24
referee: Billy Madden
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1894-06-18Joe Choynski23-3-0
Boston Theater, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWTKO55
The police intervened. Choynski was down and bloodied when the police stepped in and would have been knocked out had the fight continued.
1893-09-05Jack Hickey1-1-1
Caledonian Park, Newark, New Jersey, USAWTKO34
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
1893-05-30Dan Coner
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO14
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1893-05-06Mike Brennan1-5-1
Boston, Massachusetts, USAWKO44
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1893-04-21Joe Godfrey2-7-4
Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO14
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1893-04-21Mike Monoghan4-2-1
Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO14
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1893-04-21Alexander Kilpatrick0-1-0
Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO44
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1893-04-15Jack Sheridan
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO14
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1893-04-12Dan Curry
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO24
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1893-04-12Hank Smith0-1-0
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO14
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1893-04-12Alexander Kilpatrick
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO34
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1893-03-31Jack Warner
Baltimore, Maryland, USAWTKO14
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1893-03-25Phil Mayo
2nd Regiment Armory, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO24
"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
1893-03-15Dan Bayliff1-0-0
Indianapolis, Indiana, USADPTS44
Fitzsimmons undertook to stop Bayliff in 4 rds-failed-fight declared a draw
Date uncertain Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher

1893-03-08Jim Hall41-9-4
Crescent City Club, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWKO4
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

1892-12-10Jack Britton
Newark, New Jersey, USAWRTD24
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1892-09-03Millard Zender
Anniston, Alabama, USAWKO14
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1892-05-11Jerry Slattery6-4-1
Miners 8th St Theater, New York, New York, USAWKO24
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1892-05-06Joe Godfrey2-6-4
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWRTD24
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1892-04-29James Farrell
Newark, New Jersey, USAWPTS24
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1892-04-28Thomas Robbins
Newark, New Jersey, USAWRTD34
Fitzsimmons offered $50 to anyone who could last 4 rds
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher

1892-04-28Tom Burns
Newark, New Jersey, USAWRTD34
Fitzsimmons offered $50 to anyone who could last 4 rds
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher

1892-04-27James Malone
Newark, New Jersey, USAWRTD24
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1892-04-26Charles Puff
Newark, New Jersey, USAWKO24
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1892-03-02Peter Maher43-2-0
Olympic Club, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWRTD12
referee: Professor John Duffy
This was a fight to the finish
The Daily Picayune March 3,1892

1891-05-01Harris Martin45-2-11
Washington Rink, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USANCND44
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

1891-04-27Abe Coughle
Battery D Armory, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO23
Cougle down in the 2nd round.
1891-01-14Nonpareil Jack Dempsey50-2-10
Olympic Club, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWRTD13
referee: Col. A. Brewster
World Middleweight Title
A finsish fight
The Daily Picayune January 16, 1891

1890-07-28Arthur Upham0-0-1
Audubon Club, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWKO9
referee: Robert Lynd
A fight to a finish
Daily Picayne July 29, 1890

1890-05-29Billy McCarthy8-3-8
California A.C., San Francisco, California, USAWKO5
referee: Hiram Cook
A fight to a finish
San Francisco Chronicle May 30, 1890

1890-05-17Frank Allen0-0-0
California A.C., San Francisco, California, USAWRTD13
Allen broke his wrist and could not continue
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher

1890-03-01Professor Jack West0-2-0
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaWKO14
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
Fight not confirmed from local sources

1890-02-22Edward Starlight Rollins6-2-3
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaWTKO9
A fight to a finish
The Daily Telegraph February 23, 1890

1890-02-11Jim Hall17-4-4
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaLKO420
referee: A.G. Hales
Australian middleweight title
The Dialy Telegraph February 12, 1890
1890-02-10Edward Starlight Rollins6-2-3
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaDNWS44
Referee, Sydney February 12, 1890
1890-02-01Dave Conway
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaWKO415
Daily Telegraph February 3, 1889
1889-12-16Dick Ellis3-4-1
Royal Standard Theatre, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaWRTD320
The Sportsman December 18, 1889
Referee, Sydney December 18, 1889

1889-11-30Professor Jack West0-1-0
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaWKO18
Fitzsimmons undertook to stop West in 8 rds
The Sportsman December 4, 1889

1889-11-26Pat Kiely1-1-0
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaDNWS44
The Sportsman December 4, 1889
1889-01-19Jim Hall3-1-2
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaWRTD58
referee: Sid Bloomfield
Australian middleweight title
The Sportsman January 23, 1889
Daily Telegraph January 21, 1889

1888-12-01 McEwan
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaWNWS33
The Bulletin December 3, 1888
1888-11-24Jim Hall3-1-2
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaDNWS44
Referee, SDydney November 27, 1888
1888-11-10Jim Hall3-1-2
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaWNWS44
Daily Telegraph November 12, 1888
1888-05-08Mick Dooley12-4-3
Amateur Athletic Club, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaNCND44
1888-04-17Bill Slavin0-4-0
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaDNWS44
Daily Telegraph April 18, 1888
1888-03-17Bill Slavin0-4-0
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaDNWS44
Daily Telegraph March 19, 1888
1888-03-05Bill Slavin0-3-0
Foley's Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaWTKO78
Referee Sydney March 8, 1888 P 7
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