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James J. Corbett
Global ID9021
sexmale
birthdate 1866-09-01
death date 1933-02-18 (66)
divisionheavyweight
stanceorthodox
height6′ 1″   /   185cm
reach73″   /   185cm
aliasGentleman Jim
country USA
residenceSan Francisco, California, USA
birth placeSan Francisco, California, USA
birth nameJames John Corbett
won 11 (KO 5) + lost 4 (KO 3) + drawn 3 = 21
rounds boxed 240 KO% 23.81
 
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1903-08-14James J. Jeffries17-0-2
Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USALTKO1020
referee: Eddie Graney
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.

1900-08-30Charles Kid McCoy71-5-10
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWKO525
referee: Charlie White
It seems certain that McCoy faked the knockout loss to win bets
1900-05-11James J. Jeffries13-0-2
Seaside A.C., Coney Island, New York, USALKO2325
time: 2:11 | referee: Charlie White
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)

1898-11-22Tom Sharkey27-2-6
Lenox A.C., New York, New York, USALDQ920
referee: Honest John Kelly
"Corbett had all the worst of the encounter, when one of his seconds, 'Connie' McVey, jumped into the ring, appealing to the referee, thus violating the rules, and the referee, 'Honest' John Kelly, had no alternative but to disqualify Corbett and award the bout to Sharkey." (Summit County Journal)
1897-03-17Bob Fitzsimmons50-3-3
The Race Track Arena, Carson City, Nevada, USALKO14
referee: George Siler
World Heavyweight Title
1896-06-24Tom Sharkey20-1-2
Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USADPTS44
referee: Frank Carr
1894-01-25Charlie Mitchell27-2-11
Duvall Athletic Club, Jacksonville, Florida, USAWKO3
referee: Honest John Kelly
World Heavyweight Title
5-oz. gloves; winner's share $20,000.

1892-09-07John L. Sullivan38-0-1
Olympic Club, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWKO21
time: 1:30 | referee: Professor John Duffy
World Heavyweight Title
1891-10-08Ed Kinney
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USAWPTS44
1891-05-21Peter Jackson39-3-3
California A.C., San Francisco, California, USANCNC61
referee: Hiram Cook
NC-61 -- 5-oz gloves
At stake was a purse of $10,000, with $1,500 going to the loser. After the 61st round, Cook announced "It is evident that this contest is unsatisfactory to the members if this club and I declare it no contest." The fighters were paid $2,500 each. Daily Nevada State Journal

1890-04-14Dominick McCaffrey9-5-2
Fifth Avenue Casino, Brooklyn, New York, USAWTKO44
referee: Steve O'Donnell
8-oz. gloves. Officially a no decision bout, although the master of ceremonies awarded it to Corbett in the 4th round when McCaffrey had enough and the bout was prematurely terminated to save him from a knockout, which was not allowed there. Also, the bout was halted at various intervals rather than set rounds. 1st round: 2min 7s. 2nd round: 1min 20s. 3rd round: 2min 30s. 4th round: 1min 13s. The three "rests" between rounds occupied 5min 10s. San Francisco Call
1890-02-18Jake Kilrain19-0-9
Southern A.C., New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWPTS66
referee: Edward Violett
1889-12-28Dave Campbell3-2-2
Mechanics' Pavilion, Portland, Oregon, USADPTS1010
referee: Prof. John Donaldson
5oz gloves were used. Corbett got first blood in the sixth round. Referee Donaldson declared the bout a draw, saying that both men were equally fresh. His decision was received with hisses from the crowd. San Francisco Chronicle
1889-12-12Australian Billy Smith9-7-9
Portland, Oregon, USAWPTS66
No knockout or slugging allowed there.
1889-12-11Australian Billy Smith9-6-9
Portland, Oregon, USAWPTS66
No knockout or slugging allowed.
1889-06-05Joe Choynski1-0-0
Benicia Harbor, California, USAWKO27
referee: Patsy Hogan
This bout was fought on a barge in the harbor near near Fairfax, Ca. Pollack: It was fought on a barge anchored off Dillon's Point, opposite Benicia, in the Carquinez Straits.
1889-05-30Joe Choynski1-0-0
Fairfax, California, USANCNC4
Bout stopped by the police.
1887-11-01William Miller1-0-1
San Francisco, California, USAWPTS66
Date Uncertain
1887-08-27Jack Burke38-4-17
Olympic A.C., San Francisco, California, USANCND88
1886-07-14Duncan McDonald6-1-3
Opera House, Salt Lake City, Utah, USADPTS66
Corbett used the alias "Jim Dillon." Fight may have been a hippodrome.
1886-07-03Frank Smith1-1-0
Pavilion, Salt Lake City, Utah, USAWDQ3
Fight to the finish. Smith disqualified for excessive holding and wrestling. Corbett was posing as "Jim Dillon."

 
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