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James J. Jeffries
Global ID9022
sexmale
birthdate 1875-04-15
death date 1953-03-03 (77)
divisionheavyweight
stanceorthodox
height6′ 0″   /   183cm
reach76½″   /   194cm
aliasThe Boilermaker
country USA
residenceBurbank, California, USA
birth placeCarroll, Ohio, USA
birth nameJames Jackson Jeffries
won 19 (KO 16) + lost 1 (KO 1) + drawn 2 = 23
rounds boxed 215 KO% 69.57
 
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1910-07-04Jack Johnson37-5-7
Reno, Nevada, USALTKO1545
time: 2:20 | referee: Tex Rickard
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.

1904-08-26Jack Munroe8-3-2
Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USAWKO220
time: 0:45 | referee: Eddie Graney
World Heavyweight Title
1903-08-14James J. Corbett11-3-3
Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USAWTKO1020
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.

1902-07-25Bob Fitzsimmons57-4-3
The Arena, San Francisco, California, USAWKO820
referee: Eddie Graney
World Heavyweight Title
1901-11-15Gus Ruhlin26-6-2
Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USAWTKO520
referee: Harry Corbett
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.

1901-09-24Joe Kennedy10-3-3
Reliance A.C., Oakland, California, USAWKO24
time: 2:00 | referee: Eddie Smith
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.
1901-09-17Hank Griffin20-2-6
Hazard's Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, USANCND44
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
1900-05-11James J. Corbett10-2-3
Seaside A.C., Coney Island, New York, USAWKO2325
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)

1900-04-06John Finnegan4-2-4
Cadillac A.C., Detroit, Michigan, USAWKO110
time: 0:55 | referee: George Siler
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)

1899-11-03Tom Sharkey30-2-6
Coney Island A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS2525
referee: George Siler
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)

1899-06-09Bob Fitzsimmons52-3-3
Coney Island A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO1120
referee: George Siler
World Heavyweight Title
1898-08-05Bob Armstrong10-5-4
Lenox A.C., New York, New York, USAWPTS1010
1898-05-06Tom Sharkey26-1-6
Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USAWPTS2020
referee: Alec Greggains
Sharkey was down in the 11th round.
1898-04-22Mexican Pete Everett21-3-0
Olympic A.C., San Francisco, California, USAWTKO320
referee: Phil Ward
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)

1898-03-22Peter Jackson43-3-3
Woodward's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USAWTKO320
referee: Jim McDonald
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).

1898-02-28Joe Goddard31-6-7
Hazard's Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, USAWTKO415
referee: John Brink
"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)
1897-11-30Joe Choynski35-6-2
National A.C., San Francisco, California, USADPTS2020
referee: Jim McDonald
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.
1897-07-16Gus Ruhlin6-2-0
Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USADPTS2020
referee: Phil Wand
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
1897-05-18Henry Baker8-6-4
Olympic A.C., San Francisco, California, USAWTKO920
1897-04-09Theodore Van Buskirk4-0-2
National A.C., San Francisco, California, USAWKO2
This bout is reported to be Jeffries pro debut. Brooklyn Daily Eagle
1896-12-01Hank Griffin6-0-1
Los Angeles, California, USAWKO14
referee: John Brink
Exact date is uncertain. This fight was listed in Griffin's record in Oakland Tribune.
1896-07-02Dan Long
Occidental A.C., San Francisco, California, USAWKO210
referee: Joe Choynski
Long was knocked down twice in the 1st round.
1895-10-29Hank Lorraine
Los Angeles Athletic Club, Los Angeles, California, USAWKO24
referee: John Brink
Results from the Los Angeles Times.

 
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