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|death date||2004-10-28 (96)|
|height||5′ 6″ / 168cm|
|reach||67″ / 170cm|
|alias||Baby Face/Belfast Spider|
|residence||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|birth place||Hillsborough, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom|
|birth name||James Mc Larnin|
rounds boxed 463 KO% 30.43
|1936-11-20||Lou Ambers||60-3-5||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA||W||UD||10||10|
|McLarnin's final career bout.|
|1936-10-05||Tony Canzoneri||118-17-8||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA||W||UD||10||10|
| referee: Billy Cavanaugh |
|1936-05-08||Tony Canzoneri||117-16-8||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA||L||UD||10||10|
| referee: Arthur Donovan 2-8 | judge: Charley Lynch 2-8 | judge: Charley Devlin 2-8 |
|1935-05-28||Barney Ross||55-3-3||Polo Grounds, New York, New York, USA||L||UD||15||15|
| referee: Jack Dempsey 5-7 | judge: Abe Goldberg 6-8 | judge: George LeCron 4-9 |
World Welterweight Title
Many day-after newspapers reported that the jinx of the welterweight champion losing his first title defense had continued, for the 12th consecutive time. The official scoring was 7-5-3, 8-6-1, and 9-4-2, all in favor of Ross.
|1934-09-17||Barney Ross||52-2-3||Madison Square Garden Bowl, Long Island City, Queens, New York, USA||W||SD||15||15|
| referee: Arthur Donovan 10-5 | judge: Charley Lynch 6-8 | judge: Tommy Shawtell 6-5 |
World Welterweight Title
|1934-05-28||Barney Ross||51-2-3||Madison Square Garden Bowl, Long Island City, Queens, New York, USA||L||SD||15||15|
| referee: Eddie Forbes 2-11 | judge: Tom O'Rourke 9-1 | judge: Harold Barnes 1-13 |
World Welterweight Title
60,000 fans attended.
|1933-05-29||Young Corbett III||101-8-22||Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California, USA||W||TKO||1||10|
| time: 2:37 | referee: George Blake |
World Welterweight Title
|1932-12-16||Sammy Fuller||45-10-2||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA||W||KO||8||10|
| time: 2:58 | referee: Pete Hartley |
Fuller was knocked down in the 1st and 2nd, and twice in the 8th.
|1932-10-07||Benny Leonard||89-5-1||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA||W||TKO||6||10|
| time: 2:55 | referee: Arthur Donovan |
Leonard was down in the second round. "McLarnin, no respecter of persons or fistic kingdoms, hammered and battered Leonard pitilessly, while the veteran offered a weak resistance through five of the six rounds. When convinced that it was a futile undertaking by Leonard, Referee Donovan wisely stopped the struggle." James P. Dawson New York Times
|1932-08-04||Lou Brouillard||68-9-1||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USA||L||SD||10||10|
|The referee and one judge voted for Brouillard, the other judge for McLarnin. The New York Times noted that Brouillard "pounded and battered McLarnin through ten rounds of primitive fighting to gain a decision that met with the undivided support of the onlookers."|
|1931-08-20||Billy Petrolle||80-17-9||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USA||W||UD||10||10|
|1931-05-27||Billy Petrolle||79-16-9||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA||W||UD||10||10|
|1930-11-21||Billy Petrolle||76-15-9||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA||L||UD||10||10|
| referee: Patsy Haley |
"The greatest welterweight in America and believed heretofore to be the uncrowned world ruler of the class was knocked from his lofty perch last night in Madison Square Garden and supplanted by an overgrown lightweight. Billy Petrolle, Fargo veteran, who owns no respect for individual or ability, conquered Jimmy McLarnin, Coast Irishman with the devastating punch, in a 10 round battle which furnished one of the most exciting welterweight struggles seen in a local ring in years and provided about the biggest upset boxing has seen here in recent times. Battering and pounding away at his foe, whose hitting skills and strength have of late claimed victims with monotonous regularity, Petrolle, an ironman of the ring and a hitter of no mean ability himself, carried off the decision" and "did everything but knock-out McLarnin and missed that climax to a wonderful effort because of the Irish lad's recuperative powers". McLarnin was down twice in the 4th round for nine counts. His manager later claimed McLarnin injured his right hand in the 2nd round and "it was noted that he used his right hand seldom after the 4th session." (James P. Dawson, New York Times). McLarnin was unable to fight for months.
|1930-09-11||Al Singer||52-6-2||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USA||W||KO||3||10|
| time: 2:21 |
A right to the jaw floored Singer for the count; he had been down earlier in the round for a nine-count.
|1930-03-28||Young Jack Thompson||65-23-12||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA||W||UD||10||10|
| referee: Jim Crowley |
McLarnin broke his right hand in the first round, and was nearly disqualified after being warned by Referee Crowley six times for low blows and back-hand punches. Thompson had McLarnin in a bad way in the fifth round and Jimmy hit him low three times in that round alone. The Associated Press gave McLarnin five rounds (1,3,4, 8, 9), Thompson three (2,5.7) and had the 6th and 10th even. Thompson went to McLarnin's dressing room after the bout and congratulated him. McLarnin was expected to be out of commission for two months because of his injury.
|1930-03-01||Sammy Mandell||66-6-5||Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA||W||UD||10||10|
|1929-12-13||Ruby Goldstein||39-3-0||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA||W||KO||2||10|
| referee: Lou Magnolia |
|1929-11-04||Sammy Mandell||63-5-4||Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA||W||SD||10||10|
|Attendance: 22,812. From the Chicago Tribune (Bob Soderman). McLarnin fought from a crouch "to offset Mandell's stabbing lefts, and then kept Sammy in retreat as he moved in close to hammer away at the body." Walter Eckersall of the Tribune scored it five rounds for McLarnin, two for Mandell, and three even. It was an excellent, action-packed fight.|
|1929-10-09||Sergeant Sammy Baker||88-17-4||New York Coliseum, Bronx, New York, USA||W||KO||1||10|
| time: 2:01 |
Baker was knocked down twice. A right hand to the jaw was the finishing blow.
|1929-03-22||Ray Miller||45-14-4||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA||W||UD||10||10|
|Promoter: Tom McArdle. Gross Receipts: $83,000.00. Former champion Jack Dempsey was in the audience.|
|1929-03-01||Joe Glick||101-30-17||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA||W||KO||2||10|
| time: 1:37 |
Gross Receipts: $71,797.81; Attendance: 19,000; Promoter: Tom McArdle.
|1929-01-11||Joe Glick||101-29-17||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA||W||UD||10||10|
|Gross receipts: $63,574.80. McLarnin's nose was broken. Jack Dempsey was in attendance. Prior to the bout, the house lights were dimmed in tribute to recently-deceased promoter Tex Rickard.|
|1928-11-30||Ray Miller||42-14-4||Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USA||L||RTD||7||10|
|"McLarnin took a severe beating and was in such condition that he was unable to respond for the eighth round. His seconds tossed a towel into the ring." (The Ring, January 1929, page 33.)|
|1928-08-02||Stanislaus Loayza||46-7-3||Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USA||W||KO||4||10|
|1928-06-21||Phil McGraw||23-14-5||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA||W||TKO||1||10|
| time: 2:45 | referee: Jack Dorman |
McGraw was knocked down four times.
|1928-05-21||Sammy Mandell||53-4-4||Polo Grounds, New York, New York, USA||L||UD||15||15|
| referee: Lou Magnolia |
World Lightweight Title
|1928-02-24||Sid Terris||85-6-2||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA||W||KO||1||10|
| time: 1:47 |
Attendance: 18,000. McLarnin was carried back to his dressing room on the shoulders of his cheering admirers.
|1927-11-23||Billy Wallace||60-17-23||Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USA||W||PTS||10||10|
|"Jimmy came from behind to punch out his victory. Carrying the milling to his foe in the early rounds, Wallace was weakened considerably in the closing rounds due to the terrific right hooks to the head, and his lead slipped. Neither fighter backed up an inch throughout, and the final bell found them slugging toe to toe in one of the furious exchanges that marked the contest from the starting gong." (AP)|
|1927-10-18||Louis 'Kid' Kaplan||71-13-13||Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, USA||W||KO||8||10|
|McLarnin was down for 1-counts in rounds 1 and 2. Kaplan was down for "3" in the 4th and "9" in the in the 5th, before being floored for the count.|
|1927-09-23||Don Long||25-18-11||Coliseum, San Diego, California, USA||W||KO||3||10|
|1927-09-09||Charlie McBride||0-2-2||Coliseum, San Diego, California, USA||W||KO||2||10|
| referee: William Lovejoy |
|1927-06-24||Lope Tenorio||45-14-6||Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, USA||W||PTS||10||10|
| referee: Freddie Gilmore |
Tenorio boxed as "Tenorio Pelkey" in this bout.
|1927-05-27||Johnny Lamar||61-20-22||Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, USA||W||PTS||10||10|
|1927-05-06||Freeman Black||2-9-1||Coliseum, San Diego, California, USA||W||KO||3||10|
|1927-04-05||Tommy Cello||58-22-25||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA||W||PTS||10||10|
|1927-02-22||Tommy Cello||57-22-24||Recreation Park, San Francisco, California, USA||D||PTS||10||10|
| referee: Bobby Johnson |
|1926-10-15||Doc Snell||32-17-16||Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, USA||L||PTS||10||10|
|Based upon this victory, Snell claims the Pacific Coast Featherweight Title. Tacoma Daily Ledger, Dec. 31, 1926.|
|1926-09-07||Joe Glick||75-17-14||Arena, Vernon, California, USA||W||PTS||10||10|
|Sometimes incorrectly attributed to Sidney Glick. McLarnin fought at 130 lbs., the first time in his career. The Los Angeles Times|
|1926-03-17||Johnny Farr||24-9-8||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA||L||PTS||10||10|
| referee: Benny Whitman |
McLarnin took a six-month layoff after this bout. Los Angeles Times
|1926-03-03||Joey Sangor||9-9-0||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA||W||KO||3||10|
|"A short left hook to the button after they had been exchanging punches to the head and body did the work. Sangor went down and out." (AP)|
|1926-01-12||Bud Taylor||37-5-3||Arena, Vernon, California, USA||L||PTS||10||10|
|1925-12-08||Bud Taylor||37-4-3||Arena, Vernon, California, USA||W||DQ||2||10|
| referee: Benny Whitman |
|1925-11-12||Jackie Fields||5-0-1||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA||W||KO||2||10|
|1925-07-04||Pancho Villa||78-3-4||Oaks Ballpark, Emeryville, California, USA||W||PTS||10||10|
| referee: Bobby Johnson |
Pancho Villa had an ulcerated tooth extracted earlier on the day of the fight, July 4, 1925. A few days later, on July 14, he died from Ludwig's angina resulting from an infection that spread to his throat. The Flyweight World Title became vacant with the death of its reigning champion--Pancho Villa. The next day William Muldoon of the NYSAC proclaimed Frankie Genaro Pancho's "legitimate successor." But it was Fidel LaBarba who would become the next Undisputed Flyweight Champion of the World.
|1925-06-02||Bud Taylor||32-3-3||Arena, Vernon, California, USA||L||PTS||10||10|
|1925-04-18||Eddie Spec Ramies||17-10-16||Recreation Park, San Francisco, California, USA||W||KO||6||6|
|Sometimes reported as a six-round decision. Ramies was down twice in the 6th round.|
|1925-04-11||Young Farrell||59-50-63||Lyceum A.C., Los Angeles, California, USA||W||PTS||6||6|
|Often incorrectly recorded in McLarnin's record as occurring Sunday, April 5.|
|1925-03-24||Teddy Silva||25-12-20||Arena, Vernon, California, USA||W||PTS||10||10|
|Silva down in 4th and 8th|
|1925-01-13||Fidel LaBarba||2-1-1||Arena, Vernon, California, USA||W||PTS||10||10|
| referee: Toby Irwin |
By virtue of this bout, McLarnin claimed the Pacific Coast Flyweight Title.
|1924-12-09||Memphis Pal Moore||88-14-19||Arena, Vernon, California, USA||D||PTS||4||4|
|1924-11-11||Fidel LaBarba||1-1-0||Arena, Vernon, California, USA||D||PTS||4||4|
|1924-10-28||Fidel LaBarba||1-0-0||Arena, Vernon, California, USA||W||PTS||4||4|
| referee: Harry Lee |
|1924-10-14||Young Nationalista||18-6-7||Arena, Vernon, California, USA||W||PTS||4||4|
|1924-10-07||Frankie Dolan||60-19-36||Arena, Vernon, California, USA||W||PTS||4||4|
|Reported as occurring on October 7 in Boxing Blade, October 25, 1924, page 7.|
|1924-09-30||Benny Diaz||18-16-7||Arena, Vernon, California, USA||W||PTS||4||4|
|1924-08-15||Mickey Gill||10-1-5||Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada||W||MD||10||10|
| referee: George Addison | judge: Al Hardy | judge: Charlie Thompson |
According to contemporary reports, this was McLarnin’s fourth win over Gill in four bouts (a couple were amateur affairs). “Four times these boys have met. McLarnin has piled up a lead each time. It would be unwise to rematch them. Gill is quite unable to hurt McLarnin and only rare courage and gameness carried him through last night.” — Andy Lytle, Vancouver Sun, Aug. 16, 1924. “Fighting at 112 pounds, both boys showed class, and are undoubtedly well matched. McLarnin gave signs of greater experience and more strength, but he is no more willing than Gill.” — Vancouver Province.
|1924-05-14||Abie Gordon||22-23-12||Auditorium, Oakland, California, USA||W||KO||2||4|
| time: 3:00 | referee: George Brown |
|1924-05-02||Jimmy Griffiths||2-7-3||L-st Arena, Sacramento, California, USA||W||PTS||4||4|
|1924-04-30||Jockey Joe Dillon||15-18-6||Auditorium, Oakland, California, USA||W||PTS||4||4|
|1924-04-23||Johnny 'Jockey' Lightner||0-1-0||Auditorium, Oakland, California, USA||W||PTS||4||4|
|1924-04-09||Frankie Grandetta||17-7-10||Auditorium, Oakland, California, USA||W||PTS||4||4|
|1924-04-02||Jimmy Griffiths||2-6-3||Auditorium, Oakland, California, USA||W||PTS||4||4|
|Often recorded incorrectly as a "KO 2"|
|1924-03-26||Sam Lee||6-13-2||Auditorium, Oakland, California, USA||W||PTS||4||4|
|1924-03-19||Frankie Sands||14-4-6||Auditorium, Oakland, California, USA||W||PTS||4||4|
|1924-03-05||Joe Conde||Auditorium, Oakland, California, USA||W||TKO||3||4|
|Not Joe Conde from San Francisco by way of Mexico, who began in 1928|
|1924-02-22||Eddie Collins||0-1-0||Auditorium, Oakland, California, USA||W||TKO||3||4|
|1924-02-13||Frankie Sands||14-3-5||Auditorium, Oakland, California, USA||W||PTS||4||4|
|1923-12-28||Mickey Gill||0-0-2||Hastings Gym, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada||W||MD||7||7|
| referee: Perry Queenan | judge: Johnny Lees | judge: Harry Anderson |
As of year 2010, this was believed to be future World Champion Jimmy McLarnin's professional debut.
Other of his Vancouver bouts of this era, such as listed in Boxing Register--the International Boxing Hall of Fame's Official Book--are amateur bouts, according to BoxRec research to date.
"After seven rounds of furious milling, at the conclusion of which there was little advantage to either boy, Jimmy McLarnin, former amateur flyweight champion of British Columbia, was given a majority decision over Mickey Gill in the feature event at the Hastings gym last evening. It was one of the cleverest exhibitions seen here in many moons and the little fellows received a big hand from the packed house for their pains. For some unknown reason the youngsters were sent an extra round. They had shaken hands at the end of the sixth, but were allowed to go to their corners when some fan called out 'Another round yet,' and they came together for the seventh. Gill lost the seventh round without a question and the extra distance undoubtedly worked against him in the call. Perry Queenan refereed and Johnny Lees and Harry Anderson acted as Judges." Source: Vancouver Daily World, December 29, 1923. Courtesy John Ochs and J.J. Johnston (IBRO).
This was Gill's pro debut according to the paper (although he already had some bouts south in Bellingham WA as "Homer Smith"). McLarnin had fought Gill twice before as amateurs.
|1923-12-19||Young Fry||Hastings Gym, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada||W||KO||1||4|
|"Jimmy McLarnin, flyweight amateur champion of British Columbia, jumped into the pro ranks last night and clipped Young Fry under the chin for the count in the first round. Jimmy showed class and made a big hit. He challenged the winner of the Duncan-Robinson bout. McLarnin, who made such a good showing as an amateur turned professional because no bouts were offering in the ranks of the simon-pures, and someone induced a lad named Bill Fry to go on with aforementioned Mick. Jimmy had him groggy with the first punch, worked round him once or twice, then laid him sedately away. McLarnin looked in good shape, but this boy was not Fry but a pouched egg, and only medium at that. The venue Jim Tracey's Hasting street gym. George Paris did the refereeing, George McLaughlin and Ralph Young, the judging, Tom Sullivan the announcing and J.W. Ward the time keeping." Source: Vancouver Daily World, December 20, 1923. Courtesy, John Ochs and J.J. Johnston (IBRO).|