Jimmy McLarnin
Global ID9024
birthdate 1907-12-19
death date 2004-10-28 (96)
height5′ 6″   /   168cm
reach67″   /   170cm
aliasBaby Face/Belfast Spider
country Canada
residenceVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
birth placeHillsborough, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
birth nameJames Mc Larnin
won 55 (KO 21) + lost 11 (KO 1) + drawn 3 = 69
rounds boxed 463 KO% 30.43

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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1936-11-20Lou Ambers60-3-5
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1010
McLarnin's final career bout.
1936-10-05Tony Canzoneri118-17-8
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Billy Cavanaugh
1936-05-08Tony Canzoneri117-16-8
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALUD1010
referee: Arthur Donovan 2-8 | judge: Charley Lynch 2-8 | judge: Charley Devlin 2-8
1935-05-28Barney Ross55-3-3
Polo Grounds, New York, New York, USALUD1515
referee: Jack Dempsey 5-7 | judge: Abe Goldberg 6-8 | judge: George LeCron 4-9
World Welterweight Title
Attendance: 35,000
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.

1934-09-17Barney Ross52-2-3
Madison Square Garden Bowl, Long Island City, Queens, New York, USAWSD1515
referee: Arthur Donovan 10-5 | judge: Charley Lynch 6-8 | judge: Tommy Shawtell 6-5
World Welterweight Title
1934-05-28Barney Ross51-2-3
Madison Square Garden Bowl, Long Island City, Queens, New York, USALSD1515
referee: Eddie Forbes 2-11 | judge: Tom O'Rourke 9-1 | judge: Harold Barnes 1-13
World Welterweight Title
60,000 fans attended.

1933-05-29Young Corbett III101-8-22
Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California, USAWTKO110
time: 2:37 | referee: George Blake
World Welterweight Title
1932-12-16Sammy Fuller45-10-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWKO810
time: 2:58 | referee: Pete Hartley
Fuller was knocked down in the 1st and 2nd, and twice in the 8th.
1932-10-07Benny Leonard89-5-1
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWTKO610
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
1932-08-04Lou Brouillard68-9-1
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USALSD1010
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."
1931-08-20Billy Petrolle80-17-9
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USAWUD1010
1931-05-27Billy Petrolle79-16-9
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1010
1930-11-21Billy Petrolle76-15-9
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALUD1010
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.
1930-09-11Al Singer52-6-2
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USAWKO310
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.
1930-03-28Young Jack Thompson65-23-12
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Jim Crowley
Attendance: 16,798
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.

1930-03-01Sammy Mandell66-6-5
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWUD1010
1929-12-13Ruby Goldstein39-3-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWKO210
referee: Lou Magnolia
1929-11-04Sammy Mandell63-5-4
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWSD1010
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.
1929-10-09Sergeant Sammy Baker88-17-4
New York Coliseum, Bronx, New York, USAWKO110
time: 2:01
Baker was knocked down twice. A right hand to the jaw was the finishing blow.
1929-03-22Ray Miller45-14-4
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1010
Promoter: Tom McArdle. Gross Receipts: $83,000.00. Former champion Jack Dempsey was in the audience.
1929-03-01Joe Glick101-30-17
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWKO210
time: 1:37
Gross Receipts: $71,797.81; Attendance: 19,000; Promoter: Tom McArdle.
1929-01-11Joe Glick101-29-17
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1010
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.
1928-11-30Ray Miller42-14-4
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USALRTD710
"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.)
1928-08-02Stanislaus Loayza46-7-3
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWKO410
1928-06-21Phil McGraw23-14-5
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWTKO110
time: 2:45 | referee: Jack Dorman
McGraw was knocked down four times.
1928-05-21Sammy Mandell53-4-4
Polo Grounds, New York, New York, USALUD1515
referee: Lou Magnolia
World Lightweight Title
1928-02-24Sid Terris85-6-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWKO110
time: 1:47
Attendance: 18,000. McLarnin was carried back to his dressing room on the shoulders of his cheering admirers.
1927-11-23Billy Wallace60-17-23
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWPTS1010
"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)
1927-10-18Louis 'Kid' Kaplan71-13-13
Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO810
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.
1927-09-23Don Long25-18-11
Coliseum, San Diego, California, USAWKO310
1927-09-09Charlie McBride0-2-2
Coliseum, San Diego, California, USAWKO210
referee: William Lovejoy
1927-06-24Lope Tenorio45-14-6
Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, USAWPTS1010
referee: Freddie Gilmore
Tenorio boxed as "Tenorio Pelkey" in this bout.
1927-05-27Johnny Lamar61-20-22
Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, USAWPTS1010
1927-05-06Freeman Black2-9-1
Coliseum, San Diego, California, USAWKO310
1927-04-05Tommy Cello57-22-26
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS1010
1927-02-22Tommy Cello56-22-25
Recreation Park, San Francisco, California, USADPTS1010
referee: Bobby Johnson
1926-10-15Doc Snell32-17-16
Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, USALPTS1010
Based upon this victory, Snell claims the Pacific Coast Featherweight Title. Tacoma Daily Ledger, Dec. 31, 1926.
1926-09-07Joe Glick75-17-14
Arena, Vernon, California, USAWPTS1010
Sometimes incorrectly attributed to Sidney Glick. McLarnin fought at 130 lbs., the first time in his career. The Los Angeles Times
1926-03-17Johnny Farr24-9-8
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USALPTS1010
referee: Benny Whitman
McLarnin took a six-month layoff after this bout. Los Angeles Times
1926-03-03Joey Sangor9-9-0
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWKO310
"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)
1926-01-12Bud Taylor37-5-3
Arena, Vernon, California, USALPTS1010
1925-12-08Bud Taylor37-4-3
Arena, Vernon, California, USAWDQ210
referee: Benny Whitman
1925-11-12Jackie Fields5-0-1
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWKO210
1925-07-04Pancho Villa78-3-4
Oaks Ballpark, Emeryville, California, USAWPTS1010
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.
1925-06-02Bud Taylor32-3-3
Arena, Vernon, California, USALPTS1010
1925-04-18Eddie Spec Ramies17-10-16
Recreation Park, San Francisco, California, USAWKO66
Sometimes reported as a six-round decision. Ramies was down twice in the 6th round.
1925-04-11Young Farrell59-50-63
Lyceum A.C., Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS66
Often incorrectly recorded in McLarnin's record as occurring Sunday, April 5.
1925-03-24Teddy Silva25-12-20
Arena, Vernon, California, USAWPTS1010
Silva down in 4th and 8th
1925-01-13Fidel LaBarba2-1-1
Arena, Vernon, California, USAWPTS1010
referee: Toby Irwin
By virtue of this bout, McLarnin claimed the Pacific Coast Flyweight Title.
1924-12-09Memphis Pal Moore88-14-19
Arena, Vernon, California, USADPTS44
1924-11-11Fidel LaBarba1-1-0
Arena, Vernon, California, USADPTS44
1924-10-28Fidel LaBarba1-0-0
Arena, Vernon, California, USAWPTS44
referee: Harry Lee
1924-10-14Young Nationalista18-6-7
Arena, Vernon, California, USAWPTS44
1924-10-07Frankie Dolan60-19-36
Arena, Vernon, California, USAWPTS44
Reported as occurring on October 7 in Boxing Blade, October 25, 1924, page 7.
1924-09-30Benny Diaz18-16-7
Arena, Vernon, California, USAWPTS44
1924-08-15Mickey Gill10-1-5
Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaWMD1010
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.
1924-05-14Abie Gordon22-24-12
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWKO24
time: 3:00 | referee: George Brown
1924-05-02Jimmy Griffiths2-7-3
L-st Arena, Sacramento, California, USAWPTS44
1924-04-30Jockey Joe Dillon15-19-6
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWPTS44
1924-04-23Johnny 'Jockey' Lightner0-1-0
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWPTS44
1924-04-09Frankie Grandetta18-7-10
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWPTS44
1924-04-02Jimmy Griffiths2-6-3
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWPTS44
Often recorded incorrectly as a "KO 2"
1924-03-26Sam Lee6-13-2
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWPTS44
1924-03-19Frankie Sands14-4-6
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWPTS44
1924-03-05Joe Conde
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWTKO34
Not Joe Conde from San Francisco by way of Mexico, who began in 1928
1924-02-22Eddie Collins0-1-0
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWTKO34
1924-02-13Frankie Sands14-3-5
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWPTS44
1923-12-28Mickey Gill0-0-2
Hastings Gym, Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaWMD77
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.

1923-12-19Young Fry
Hastings Gym, Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaWKO14
"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).


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