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Jess Willard
Global ID10602
sexmale
birthdate 1881-12-29
death date 1968-12-15 (86)
divisionheavyweight
stanceorthodox
height6′ 6½″   /   199cm
reach83″   /   211cm
aliasPottawatomie Giant
country USA
residencePottawatomie, Kansas, USA
birth placeSt. Clere, Kansas, USA
won 22 (KO 20) + lost 5 (KO 3) + drawn 1 = 28
rounds boxed 200
Newspaper Decisions won 3 : lost 2 : drawn 1
rounds boxed 62
Total Bouts 34 KO% 58.82
 
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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1923-07-12Luis Angel Firpo21-2-0
Boyle's Thirty Acres, Jersey City, New Jersey, USALKO812
time: 1:55 | referee: Harry Lewis
Labeled as "The Battle of the Giants." Firpo was a 5:3 favorite. Willard fought mostly on the defensive, later claiming he'd injured his left arm in training.
1923-05-12Floyd Johnson30-2-7
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USAWTKO1115
referee: Jack Appell | judge: Charles F. Mathison | judge: Patsy Haley
1919-07-04Jack Dempsey47-4-9
Bay View Park Arena, Toledo, Ohio, USALRTD312
referee: Ollie Pecord | judge: Tex Rickard | judge: Anthony Drexel Biddle
World Heavyweight Title
Timekeeper: Warren Barbour; Willard was down seven times in the first round, but kept his feet afterwards until the fight was stopped. He suffered a terrible beating and was cut up badly.

1916-03-25Frank Moran25-7-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWNWS1010
referee: Charlie White
World Heavyweight Title
Willard won the newspaper decision. (Washington Post)
Tex Rickard's debut as a New York promoter. This match was originally scheduled for New Orleans, but the promotion fell apart over personal differences, and the fact that promoter Tommy Burns had doubts the public would buy a 10 round No Decision title fight. Willard explained his failure to kayo Moran by saying he had broken all the bones in his right hand in the third round, but Dr. Lewis Morris examined the champion after the bout and said Willard had a slight fracture of the joint of his right index finger. Most papers gave Willard almost every round. Gate receipts were announced at $151,254. Willard received his guaranteed $47,500, Moran $23,750. Willard was said to have signed a contract with a circus worth $150,000. Both wore seven ounce gloves.

1915-04-05Jack Johnson41-5-8
Oriental Park, Havana, CubaWKO2645
time: 1:26 | referee: Jack Welsh
World Heavyweight Title
1914-04-28George Rodel20-9-1
Orpheum Theater, Atlanta, Georgia, USAWKO610
1914-04-13Dan Daily12-1-0
Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USAWKO910
Daily was hurt by a hard uppercut to the jaw in the 2nd round and never recovered.
1914-03-27Tom McMahon11-4-2
Grand Opera House, Youngstown, Ohio, USALNWS1212
referee: Walter C Kelly
Newspaper decision from the Youngstown Vindicator
Willard was a late replacement for an ill Battling Levinsky. Willard refused to release his weight. Referee was "Kelly". New Castle News had it 8-2-2 for McMahon; Wisconsin State Journal (wire)also for McMahon. The Pittsburgh Postalso had McMahon as the winner. McMahon took the fight directly to Willard, evading the giant's clinches and striking often to the head and body, especially the liver. Willard seemed content to box using a long left jab to keep McMahon at bay, but the Newcastle boy was relentless.

1913-12-29George Rodel18-7-1
Casino, New Haven, Connecticut, USAWKO920
time: 1:30
According to The Day [New London, Conn.]"The end came while they were in close quarters. Willard, with one arm around the Boer's neck, twisted him around until his face was in plain sight, hooked a short uppercut to the chin, stepped back and it was all over." Willard had put Rodel down for 9 counts in the 5th and 8th rounds.
1913-12-12George Davis11-2-0
Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USAWKO210
referee: Eddie McBride
1913-12-03Carl Morris20-3-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWNWS1010
referee: Billy Joh
The NY Sun called it a dull wrestling match with Willard, despite constant holding, winning 6 rounds, Morris two with 2 even. The NY Tribune gave it to Willard 9 rds. to 1 claiming the slowness of the contest was the fault of Morris, giving him no credit for his attack to Willard's body. The crowd jeered the pair throughout the slow ten rounds.
1913-11-24Jack Reed7-10-0
Princess Rink, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USAWTKO210
referee: Eddie Santry
Reed quit.
1913-11-17George Rodel18-7-1
Elite Rink, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USALNWS1010
referee: George Duffy
Milwaukee Free Press and Milwaukee Journal gave newspaper decision to Rodel; Cedar Rapids Gazette, Ft Wayne News & Anaconda Standard (wire reports) called it a draw.
Willard outweighed Rodel by approximately 50lbs mostly fat. Rodel earned the draw by sweeping the last three rounds decisively. The men used 7oz gloves.

1913-08-22John Young1-2-0
Pacific A.C., Vernon, California, USAWKO1120
referee: Charles Eyton
A right uppercut floored Young. He died the next day from surgery to help relieve pressure of a cerebral hemorrhage.
1913-07-04Al Williams1-8-0
Moana Springs Arena, Reno, Nevada, USAWTKO810
referee: Charles Murray
1913-06-27Charley Miller17-8-8
Dreamland Rink, San Francisco, California, USADPTS44
referee: Frank Schuler
1913-05-20Gunboat Smith34-6-4
Eighth Street Arena, San Francisco, California, USALPTS2020
referee: Benny Selig
1913-03-05Jack Leon1-1-0
Princess Rink, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USAWKO410
1913-01-22Frank Bauer0-1-0
Princess Rink, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USAWKO510
referee: Eddie Santry
1912-12-27Soldier Kearns12-3-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWKO810
referee: Billy Joh
1912-12-02Sailor White14-9-0
Miller's Hall, Buffalo, New York, USAWKO110
referee: Eddie McBride
NY Evening World. White was knocked down three times, all by right hands to the jaw. The club putting on the card later asked the NY State boxing commission to investigate rumours of a fix.
1912-08-19Luther McCarty11-0-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USADNWS1010
referee: Billy Joh
A draw from NY Sun, Chicago Tribune, Boston Daily Globe. Newspaper decision for Willard from NY Times. McCarty was originally scheduled to box Arthur Pelkey.
1912-07-29Arthur Pelkey10-3-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision for Willard from NY Sun and Washington Post. According to the NY Tribune, Pelkey couldn't figure a way to get past Willard's left jab and "...Willard deserved what little honours there were at the end."
1912-07-02John Young1-1-0
South Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO5
1912-06-29Frank Bauer
Saint Charles, Illinois, USAWKO3
1912-05-22John Young1-0-0
Princess Rink, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USAWKO610
1911-10-09Joe Cox2-3-0
Springfield A.C., Springfield, Missouri, USALTKO510
Willard quit near the end of the fifth round turning his back on Cox and climbing out of the ring, telling the referee, "I'm in no condition to fight." He later claimed his left cheekbone had been shattered but would not be examined.
1911-08-10Mike McKimminsky
Hammon, Oklahoma, USAWPTS1010
1911-07-04Frank Lyons
Elk City, Oklahoma, USAWPTS1010
1911-05-15William Schiller0-4-0
Outdoor Arena, near Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USAWKO415
Schiller took a knee, seemingly exhausted, and the bout was stopped. It's probable that this bout was fixed. The bout was fought between Oklahoma City and El Reno, due to difficulties that promoter J.D. Brock and Willard had been experiencing with authorities in Oklahoma City who were attempting to ban boxing.
1911-04-14Al Mandino0-1-0
Benevolent A.A., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USAWKO4
1911-03-24Lewis Fink2-0-0
Benevolent A.A., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USAWKO315
time: 1:13
1911-03-07Ed Burke
Jackson arena, El Reno, Oklahoma, USAWKO315
1911-02-15Lewis Fink1-0-0
Sapulpa, Oklahoma, USALDQ1015
time: 0:45 | referee: Al Venn
Willard's pro debut.
Fink was knocked down in the 3rd round. Willard was disqualified when he hit Fink in a clinch and threw him to the canvas.

 
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