Name: Jim Coffroth
Alias: Sunshine Jim
Birth Name: James Wood Coffroth
Died: 1943-00-00 (Age:71)
Nationality: US American
Hometown: San Francisco, California, USA
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Jim Coffroth is generally recognized as America's first big-time boxing promoter.
'Sunshine Jim' Coffroth worked as a clerk at Surrogate Court in San Francisco, destined to become a lawyer. He was a big boxing fan and would often travel back east to catch major bouts. During one of these visits, he became acquainted with the well-known New York promoter Jim Kennedy. At this time, New York's Horton Law expired, so the two agreed, at Kennedy's suggestion, to start promoting shows in the San Francisco Bay Area. 
The first notable bout that Kennedy and Coffroth put on was the 1901 heavyweight title bout between James J. Jeffries and Gus Ruhlin. Kennedy died in 1903.
In the November 1914 election, California voters passed a bill that banned boxing in California, but allowed for "amateur" bouts over a four-round limit, with the boxers being awarded medals. The advent of the "Four-Round Era" marked the end of Coffroth's career as a boxing promoter, as California's importance in boxing was greatly diminished by its inability to lure top boxers to the state on a regular basis. By 1917 the four-round game was suffering in the San Francisco area and promoters were losing money. 
During the end of World War I in 1918, he headed the boxing division of the United War Work Council in New York.
Coffroth used the wealth he had acquired from promoting to buy a string of horse racing tracks, which he continued to run with success until he died in 1943.
There was a Colma area boxing venue that became known as "Coffroth's Arena."
- James J. Jeffries vs. James J. Corbett (2nd meeting)
- Bob Fitzsimmons vs. George Gardner
- Battling Nelson vs. Joe Gans
- Jack Johnson vs. Stanley Ketchel