James J. Corbett
Name: James J. Corbett
Alias: Gentleman Jim
Birth Name: James John Corbett
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA
Died: 1933-02-18 (Age:66)
Nationality: US American
Hometown: San Francisco, California, USA
Height: 6′ 1″ / 185cm
Reach: 73″ / 185cm
Boxing Record: click
Trainers: Willam Delaney, Con McVey, William Ruhlins
Managers: William A. Brady, Charles Stenzel, Parson Davies, George Considine, and James J. McDevitt
James J. Corbett Gallery
James John Corbett has been called the "Father of Modern Boxing" because of his innovations that changed prize-fighting from a brawl to a scientific art-form.
Corbett won the World Heavyweight Boxing Championship by knocking out John L. Sullivan in the 21st round. His victory made him the first heavyweight boxer to win a championship under the Marquess of Queensberry Rules which, among other things, established fights of three-minute rounds and boxers to wear leather boxing gloves.
Corbett eventually lost the Heavyweight Title to Bob Fitzsimmons on March 17, 1897, in Carson City, Nevada.
Following his retirement from boxing, Corbett returned to acting, appearing on stage and in film. He authored his autobiography under the title The Roar of the Crowd. It was serialized by the Saturday Evening Post in six weekly installments during October/November of 1924. The following year, G. P. Putnam's Sons published it in book form, marketing it under the title of True Tale of the Rise and Fall of a Champion. In 1942, the story was made into a Hollywood motion picture entitled Gentleman Jim, starring Errol Flynn as Corbett.
Corbett died of liver cancer, say some. Newspaper accounts of the day report, however, that he died of a "glandular [thyroid] disorder which induced heart disease." He died at 2:10 p.m. at his home in Bayside, Long Island, NY, USA. Dr. G. Willard Dickey was his attending physician. He was reported by these newspaper accounts as being 67-years-old.
Corbett was interred in the Cypress Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.
John L. Sullivan
| World Heavyweight Champion
1892 Sep 7 – 1897 Mar 17