James J. Jeffries vs. James J. Corbett (1st meeting)

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James J Corbett 188 lbs lost to James J Jeffries 218 lbs by KO at 2:11 in round 23 of 25

  • Date: 1900-05-11
  • Location: Seaside A.C., Coney Island, New York, USA
  • Referee: Charlie White


  • Jeffries was a 3 to 1 favorite to win the fight and a 2 to 1 favorite to end the fight inside of ten rounds.
  • The New York Times reported that there were 7,000 spectators, while the Reading Eagle placed the number at 10,000.
  • The Reading Eagle reported that Jeffries weighed 208 pounds and Corbett 180, while the Daily True American stated that Jefries was 200 and Corbett 182.
  • Gate receipts were about $34,000.
  • Jeffries received about $15,300 and Corbett $5,100.
  • The fight was briefly held up because Referee Charley White refused to enter the ring until he was paid his fee of $500.
  • The Atlanta Constitution reported the following:
Corbett emerged from a year's retirement from the ring rejuvenated and fresh. He was as fast and clever as back in the days when people marveled at his skill. His footwork was wonderful and his defense perfect. He outboxed his man at both long and short range, and if he had the strength necessary he would have gained an early victory. A hundred times he ducked the punch that knocked him out. At times he made the massive Jim look like a beginner in the art of offense and defense with his hands. It was a clean knockout that came so quickly that it dazed the thousands of keen spectators, and left them in doubt as to just how the winning blow was delivered. It was avowed that it was a left hand jolt to the jaw but Jeffries himself and Referee Charley White, who stood at his side, say it was a right hand swing.
  • The Durango Democrat reported the following:
The finishing blow came suddenly and was a startling surprise. Corbett had been making a wonderful battle. His defense was absolutely perfect, and while he was lacking in strength, he had more than held his own and stood an excellent chance of winning the fight had it gone the limit. He had not been badly punished and had managed to mark his man severely. The winning punch was a short left to the jaw. Corbett dropped like weight and was clear out. Jeffries showed his ability to take punishment at any distance and hard. He was clearly outboxed and at times was made to look like a novice. The crowd, which numbered fully eight thousand, was with Corbett and his defeat fell upon a silent crowd. There were cheers for him when he revived and left the ring, and he was generally given more consideration than the victor. Corbett is still a factor in pugilistic fame. He has regained much of his old time form. The battle was clean and it is doubtful if there was a single infraction of the rules.

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