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Philadelphia Jack O'Brien
Global ID10817
sexmale
birthdate 1878-01-17
death date 1942-11-12 (64)
divisionlight heavyweight
height5′ 10½″   /   179cm
aliasJames Francis Hagen
country USA
residencePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
birth placePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
won 92 (KO 56) + lost 8 (KO 5) + drawn 14 = 118
rounds boxed 757
Newspaper Decisions won 56 : lost 9 : drawn 11
rounds boxed 457
Total Bouts 194 KO% 28.87
 
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1912-06-17Ben Koch1-0-0
American A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
(Trenton Evening Times) The Philadelphia Record had the result as a newspaper draw, but the Item considered Koch to be the winner. O'Brien was attempting a comeback.
1911-11-27Harry Ramsey6-3-1
American A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
According to the Philadelphia Item "Ramsey gave old Philadelphia Jack O'Brien a sound licking." The Philadelphia Record called the fight a draw. Results of the other bouts on the card are presently unavailable.
1911-08-15Sam Langford68-6-19
Twentieth Century A.C., New York, New York, USALTKO510
referee: Charlie White
"Sam Langford, of Boston, with an advantage of about ten pounds in weight, fought 'Philadelphia' Jack O'Brien to a standstill in four and one-half rounds at the Twentieth Century Club in New York. Referee White prevented a knockout when he stopped the bout in the middle of the fifth round. O'Brien was practically out from the effects of a hard left hook to the jaw and had to be helped to his corner." (San Juan Prospector)
1910-05-02Mike Schreck63-11-24
Lexington Opera House, Lexington, Kentucky, USAWNWS1010
referee: E.R. Sweetland
"Philadelphia Jack O'Brien clearly outpointed Mike Schreck." (Reno Evening Gazette)(Lexington Herald)
1910-04-21Al Kaufman18-1-0
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post, which reported that O'Brien suffered a bad licking.
1910-01-19Al Kaufman18-1-0
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
O'Brien down in the 4th round. Kaufman gave O'Brien a "fearful beating." Pittsburgh is the correct location of this fight, as reported in both the Pittsburgh Post and the Philadelphia Record.
1909-11-29Charley Stevenson22-5-1
West End A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision reported by Philadelphia Item. The Philadelphia Record also considered O'Brien to be the winner. O'Brien thrashed Stevenson.
1909-07-30Fireman Jim Flynn34-11-14
City Auditorium, Denver, Colorado, USAWNWS66
"O'Brien's margin was not great as Flynn was finishing stronger." (Associated Press)
1909-06-09Stanley Ketchel46-3-4
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALTKO36
Result from the Philadelphia Item. Ketchel overwhelmed the aging O'Brien.
1909-05-19Jack Johnson36-5-7
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USADNWS66
referee: Jack McGuigan
World Heavyweight Title was at risk because this was a no-decision bout. "Three or four times during the mix-ups, O'Brien was roughed to the floor, and once he got tangled in the ropes." (Philadelphia Inquirer). The Philadelphia Inquirer scored for Johnson. Wilkes-Barre Times Leader had O'Brien winning three rounds, with two even, and 5th round to Johnson (same report was printed in NY Sun and Washington Herald). The NY Times ruled it a draw. Wire reports in multiple newspapers (for example, San Francisco Call) had it a draw. Trenton Times reported that the referee stated he thought O'Brien the winner by a shade. The Sports editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer in May 23 issue wrote: "A half dozen writers, for instance, gave Johnson the credit of having won the bout, but no two of them agreed as to the distance by which he won, and if you read all these accounts you must have come to the conclusion that he won at any distance from a whisker to a city block. And it was the same with the able gentlemen who espoused the O'Brien cause. Some declared that he won all the way, and that but for his willingness to take the initiative there would have been no milling at all, while others gave him the decision solely for the splendid showing he made against such a tremendous physical handicap." The Philadelphia Item stated that O'Brien soundly out-boxed Johnson. All-in-all, it seems that the best choice would be to show it as a draw.
1909-03-26Stanley Ketchel45-3-4
National A.C., New York, New York, USALNWS1010
referee: Tim Hurst
1908-11-09George Cole41-11-9
West End A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Item and the Philadelphia Record in favor of O'Brien. Cole took a bad whipping.
1908-09-25Tom Lenihan3-7-0
Ontario A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO46
Result from the Philadelphia Item.
1908-09-07Larry Temple15-8-6
West End A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Item and the Philadelphia Record. O'Brien won handily.
1908-08-29Jack Rush
Clarksburg, West Virginia, USAWKO7
1908-06-10Jack Blackburn38-3-12
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
"Jack O'Brien tonight defeated Jack Blackburn, colored, in a six round bout before the National Athletic Club. O'Brien knocked Blackburn down in the opening round and in the final round had the colored man hanging on to avoid punishment. The bout was one of the fastest ever seen in this city." (Nevada State Journal)) The Philadelphia Item also reported that O'Brien was the winner, but the Record inexplicably called it a draw.
1908-03-02Jack Bonner44-17-19
West End A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
referee: Billy McCarney
Both the Philadelphia Record and the Philadelphia Item gave the newspaper decision to O'Brien.
1908-02-11Bob Ward3-0-0
Charleston, West Virginia, USADPTS1010
Boston Globe
1907-12-13Bill Heveron3-4-2
Industrial Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO16
Result from the Philadelphia Item.
1907-05-08Tommy Burns33-2-8
Naud Junction Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, USALPTS2020
referee: Charles Eyton
World Heavyweight Title
1907-02-22Abdul 'The Turk' Malgan4-2-1
Naud Junction Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, USAWDQ56
referee: Gus Herget
1906-11-28Tommy Burns33-2-7
Naud Junction Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, USADPTS2020
referee: James J. Jeffries
World Heavyweight Title
Shortly before the day of the fight, Jeffries was interviewed and asked who he thought would win. Amazingly, he publicly stated that he thought O'Brien was the better man. Burns bloodied O'Brien's nose early and the latter literally ran away for the remainder of the 20 rounds.

1906-10-16Fred Cooley9-9-1
Naud Junction Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, USAWKO310
1906-10-16Jim Tremble14-8-5
Naud Junction Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, USAWKO910
O`Brien fought Cooley and Tremble on the same day.
1906-08-20Ted Beecham
New Castle, Pennsylvania, USAWKO2
1906-07-16Sam Berger5-1-1
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspapers split as to the result: Elyria Reporter saw Berger winning, Trenton Times scored it for O'Brien; Washington Post called it a draw yet also reported that Bob Edgren and TAD both called the bout for Berger. UPDATE: Newspaper decision from Philadelphia Inquirer and a win for O'Brien according to the Philadelphia Item.
1905-12-20Bob Fitzsimmons62-5-3
Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USAWRTD1320
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.

1905-10-27Al Kaufman4-0-0
Woodward's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USAWKO1720
time: 2:46
1905-09-09Bill Bates0-3-0
Fairbanks, Alaska, USAWDQ6
1905-08-31Bill Bates0-2-0
Dawson City, Yukon Territory, CanadaWPTS1010
Bates knocked O`Brien down in the 2nd round; Bates was 30 lbs. heavier than O`Brien.
1905-07-04Jack Twin Sullivan30-6-23
Dawson City, Yukon Territory, CanadaDPTS2020
1905-04-25Hugo Kelly23-6-11
Auditorium, Indianapolis, Indiana, USALPTS1010
Kelly takes over O'Brien's World 158lbs Middleweight title claim
BBBC Boxing Yearbook 2005

1905-04-07Young Peter Jackson67-13-20
4th Regiment Armory, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWPTS1010
referee: Charlie White
For O'Brien's World 158lbs Middleweight title claim
BBBC Boxing Yearbook 2005

1905-03-24Young Peter Jackson67-12-20
4th Regiment Armory, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWDQ215
referee: James O'Hara
Billed World & American 158lbs Middleweight Title
"After less than a minute's fighting in the second round, Young Peter Jackson knocked out 'Philadelphia Jack' O'Hara (sic) and lost the decision by doing it on a foul. The agreement was that the fighters should break clean. While the referee was between the men, who had clinched, Jackson's right arm shot around O'Hara's body and landed on his haw, putting him to sleep." (Durango Democrat)

1905-02-01John Wille7-4-5
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
"Although the contest went the limit and O'Brien had the better of the struggle on points, he did not display his real form until the fifth round. In this round and in the sixth O'Brien fairly smothered the Westerner with blows and had Wille in a bad way at the final bell." (Trenton Times) The Philadelphia Item stated that O'Brien "clearly beat John Wille."
1904-12-19Morris Harris7-0-0
Washington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
The Philadelphia Item reported that O'Brien was an easy winner on newspaper decision.
1904-12-10Larry Temple10-3-1
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Item, which reported that Temple received a trouncing.
1904-11-18Black Bill9-1-2
Manhattan A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision as given in the Philadelphia Item. O'Brien won easily.
1904-11-12Dixie Kid28-6-4
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision for O’Brien from Philadelphia Inquirer and from the Philadelphia Item. O'Brien won decisively.
1904-11-09John Wille7-3-5
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Item. O'Brien put up a clever exhibition of boxing.
1904-10-21Jim Jeffords16-12-1
Eureka A.C., Baltimore, Maryland, USAWKO315
1904-10-07Tommy Burns26-1-4
Panorama Building, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USAWNWS66
Match made at 158 lbs. Newspaper decisions were given in Wisconsin at this time.
1904-09-29Joe Butler39-18-3
Broadway A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO16
time: 1:54
(Philadelphia Inquirer) It was a quick and easy win for O'Brien over the veteran Joe Butler.
1904-09-23Billy Stift33-19-15
Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWKO215
1904-09-13Hugo Kelly22-6-10
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
"It was O'Brien's bout from end to end, and after the fourth round he appeared to let up. Kelly was outclassed." Chicago Tribune The Philadelphia Item also gave its newspaper decision to O'Brien..The results of other bouts on the program were not reported in the Item.
1904-07-23Bob Fitzsimmons61-5-3
Baker Bowl, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALTKO66
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.
1904-05-25George Cole37-10-9
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Item. O'Brien gave Cole a severe beating.
1904-05-14Charles Kid McCoy75-7-10
2nd Regiment Armory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USADNWS66
referee: Bert Crowhurst
"At the close of the bout it would have been a difficult task to pick the winner. McCoy had the best for the first and fourth rounds, while O'Brien had the Kid in trouble at the close of the fifth and also in the sixth round." (Atlanta Constitution) The Philadelphia Item reported the fight as clever and even, but dull. There were only three bouts on this program.
1904-04-26Kid Carter38-24-8
Webster, Massachusetts, USAWTKO3
Police intervened.
1904-04-14Jack Twin Sullivan24-4-21
West End Club, Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWKO320
For O'Brien's World 158lbs Middleweight title claim
BBBC Boxing Yearbook 2005

1904-03-18Hugo Kelly19-4-9
Battery D Armory, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS66
1904-03-10Mike Schreck42-5-18
West End A.C., Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWPTS1515
"...Schreck fought gamely from start to finish and took enough punishment to knock out three men." (Trenton Times)
1904-02-22Charles Mack3-3-2
Watita Hall, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO3
1904-01-27Tommy Ryan78-2-10
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USADNWS66
referee: Bert Crowhurst
For Ryan: Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia North American, Philadelphia Public Ledger, Robert Edgren (New York Evening Journal), Left Hook (New York Morning Telegraph), New York Sun. For O'Brien: Philadelphia Press, AP ("the Philadelphian had a slight advantage"). For a Draw: Philadelphia Record, Jim Jeffries (Philadelphia Inquirer), Knockout (New York Evening World), Kid McCoy (New York Evening World), Trenton Times ("the spectators were of the opinion that the verdict should have been a draw"). Both men weighed in under 158lbs.
1903-12-29Hugo Kelly18-4-8
Vineyard's Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, USADPTS1010
1903-12-24Jim Jeffords14-10-1
Broadway A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
The Philadelphia Record reported that O'Brien had the better of this fight.
1903-12-22Jack Twin Sullivan22-2-21
Criterion A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1515
referee: Eugene Buckley
World 158lbs Middleweight title claim
BBBC Boxing Yearbook 2005

1903-12-18Diamond Dick Torpey0-0-1
Chicago A.A., Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS66
referee: Frank Tyrrell
1903-12-12Mike Schreck41-4-16
Chicago A.A., Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS66
1903-12-05Jack Williams7-5-3
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO36
Result is from the Philadelphia Item.
1903-11-18Jack Twin Sullivan22-2-21
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
O'Brien clearly defeated Jack (Twin) Sullivan, according to the Philadelphia Item.
1903-10-26Bill Heveron2-0-1
Ginnetts Circus, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, United KingdomWKO515x3
Sheffield Daily Telegraph - Tuesday 27 October 1903
1903-10-12Jack Mullen3-2-0
Ginnetts Circus, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, United KingdomWKO920x3
1903-09-21Charlie Haghey13-3-6
Ginnetts Circus, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, United KingdomWKO320x3
time: 2:30
Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Tuesday 22 September 1903
1903-07-21Paddy Sheehan3-3-3
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
O'Brien won the newspaper decision. (Trenton Times)
1903-07-11Jim Jeffords13-9-1
Southern A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
The Philadelphia Item reported that O'Brien gave Jeffords a thorough beating.
1903-07-01Kid Carter37-19-8
Industrial Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
O'Brien "made a punching bag out of Kid Carter." (Daily Northwestern) Also, result is from the Philadelphia Record.
1903-06-24Jack Bonner43-16-18
Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS1010
O'Brien "had a shade the best." (Trenton Times)
1903-06-11Al Limerick
Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, USALKO3
O'Brien tried to toy with the big fellow. Limerick put him down twice in the third round before knocking him out cold.
1903-05-26Jack Williams6-5-3
Southern A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision provided by Philadelphia Item in favor of O'Brien, who handed Williams a trouncing.
1903-05-23George Byers17-7-19
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision provided by Philadelphia Item. O'Brien was floored in round one but came back to give Byers a whipping.
1903-05-14George Feeley
Broadway A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO36
Feeley was also called "George Esher" less frequently.
1903-05-05Marvin Hart19-2-0
Penn Art Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
Philadelphia Record gave bout to O'Brien." O'Brien was giving a wonderful exhibition for four rounds, but in the middle of the fifth round he nearly went out and was knocked down for a count in the same round, and then knocked down again for another count in the middle of the sixth round." After final bell O'Brien went to his corner and "fell into it with a thud" (Philadelphia Inquirer). The Item said that Hart gave O'Brien a licking.
1903-04-20Joe Walcott79-11-11
Health & Physical Culture A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, USADPTS1010
referee: Rube Waddell
Pre-arranged draw if lasting the distance.
1903-03-30Joe Choynski54-13-5
Washington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
"Jack O'Brien,of this city, last night outpointed Joe Choynski in a six-round bout. Choynski was no match for O'Brien, whose failure to score a knockout was due to the lack of force behind his blows. Choynski started well, but appeared to lose heart under O'Brien unceasing rain of left-hand jabs. From the second until the last round, Choynski's only object seemed to be to stay the limit. The third and fourth rounds were particularly tame and the referee warned the men. In the sixth O'Brien was more aggressive and subjected his opponent to a severe drubbing, but his jabs and punches lacked the power to put Choysnki to sleep." (Fort Wayne News)
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