Robert James "Bob" Fitzsimmons (26 May 1863 – 22 October 1917) was a British professional boxer who was the sport's first three-division world champion. He also achieved fame for beating Gentleman Jim Corbett (the man who beat John L. Sullivan), and he is in The Guinness Book of World Records as the lightest heavyweight champion. Nicknamed Ruby Robert and The Freckled Wonder, he took pride in his lack of scars and appeared in the ring wearing heavy woollen underwear to conceal the disparity between his trunk and leg-development.
Fitzsimmons in 1891
|Real name||Robert James Fitzsimmons|
|Height||5 ft 11 1⁄2 in (182 cm)|
|Reach||71 1⁄2 in (182 cm)|
|Born||26 May 1863|
Helston, Cornwall, England
|Died||22 October 1917 (aged 54)|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Wins by KO||79|
Robert James Fitzsimmons was born on 26 May 1863 in Helston, Cornwall, England, the youngest of seven boys and five girls born to James and Jane (née Strongman) Fitzsimmons. Not long before his birth, his parents had moved from his father's native Ireland to Cornwall, where his mother came from, in order for his father to find work as a policeman. Fitzsimmons received his early education at the National school in Helston. In 1873, the family moved again; James, Jane and their youngest five children sailed on the Adamant for the 93 day journey to Lyttelton, New Zealand.
They settled in Timaru, a town 147 km (91 miles) south-west of Lyttelton populated mainly by Cornish immigrants, and James Fitzsimmons established a blacksmith's forge in the town. Once Fitzsimmons had completed his education at the Timaru Main School, he took on a range of jobs. He wanted to join the crew of the Isabella Ridley, and do some service as a sailor, hoping that it would toughen him up for a career in boxing, but the ship was badly damaged in storms while still docked in Timaru. Instead, he took on a range of jobs; as a butcher's delivery boy, a carriage painter, striker at an iron foundry, and a decorator, before becoming an apprentice at his family's blacksmith's forge with his brother Jarrett. His time working in the blacksmith's forge helped to develop his upper body, particularly his arms and shoulders. During his time working in the blacksmith's forge, there are stories that Fitzsimmons was not averse to fighting quarrelsome, often drunk, customers, and it was suggested that this even boosted business, as customers returned to the forge, hoping to see a fight.
In the early 1880s Jem Mace, an English bare-knuckle boxer, travelled to New Zealand, and Timaru hosted both his boxing school, and the first boxing championships held in New Zealand. Fitzsimmons entered the tournament, and knocked out four opponents on his way to winning the competition. He successfully defended his title in the subsequent competition.[a] During one of these tournament, it is often suggested that Fitzsimmons defeated Herbert Slade, a professional heavyweight boxer who was touring with Mace, but Slade was touted as being undefeated in 1883, and it is possible that it was Slade's brother that Fitzsimmons beat. After these tournaments, Fitzsimmons boxed at least six times in New Zealand, including some bare knuckle bouts, but it is unclear if he received payment for his fights during this time.
Move to AustraliaEdit
Boxing record books show Fitzsimmons officially began boxing professionally in 1883, in Australia. He beat Jim Crawford there by getting a knockout in three rounds. Fitzsimmons had his first 28 definite professional fights in Australia, where he lost the Australian middleweight title to Mick Dooley (rumours spoke of a fixed bout) and where he also won a fight by knockout while on the floor: when Edward Starlight Robins dropped Fitzsimmons to the canvas in round nine of their fight, he also broke his hand and could not continue, therefore the referee declared Fitzsimmons the winner by a knockout.
By this stage, Fitzsimmons had established his own style. He developed a certain movement and caginess from one of the greatest bare-knuckle fighters, Jem Mace. Mace encouraged Fitzsimmons to develop his punching technique, drawing on the enormous power he had gained from blacksmithing. Fitzsimmons delivered short, accurate and occasionally conclusive punches. He soon built up a reputation as by far the hardest puncher in boxing.
Winning the Middleweight titleEdit
Moving on to the United States, Fitzsimmons fought four more times in 1890, winning three and drawing one.
Then, on 14 January 1891, in New Orleans, he won his first world title from Jack (Nonpareil) Dempsey. Fitzsimmons knocked out Dempsey (from whom the later Jack Dempsey took his name) in the 13th round to become the World Middleweight Champion. Fitzsimmons knocked Dempsey down at least 13 times and by the finish left him in such a pitiable condition that he begged him to quit. Since Dempsey would not do so, Fitzsimmons knocked him out and then carried him to his corner. On 22 July, police broke off his fight with Jim Hall after he had knocked Hall down several times.
Fitzsimmons spent the next two years fighting non-title bouts and exhibitions until giving Hall a chance at the title in 1893. He retained the crown by a knockout in round four. He spent the rest of that year doing exhibitions, and on 2 June, he had scheduled a two-way exhibition where he would demonstrate in public how to hit the boxing bag and then how to box against a real opponent. Reportedly, two freak accidents happened that day: Fitzsimmons hit the bag so hard that it broke, and then his opponent of that day allegedly slipped, getting hit in the head and the boxing exhibition was cancelled.
At a public sparring performance on 16 November 1894 at Jacob's Opera House, Syracuse, New York, Fitzsimmons knocked out sparring partner Con Riordan, who was carried off unconscious and died several hours later. Two months later Fitzsimmons was charged with manslaughter but was acquitted.
Fitzsimmons vs. SharkeyEdit
After vacating the Middleweight title, Fitzsimmons began campaigning at heavyweight (the light heavyweight division did not exist at that time). On 2 December 1896, the San Francisco Athletic Club sponsored a fight at the Mechanics' Pavilion in San Francisco between Fitzsimmons and Tom Sharkey. Unable to find a referee, they called on former lawman Wyatt Earp. He had officiated 30 or so matches in earlier days, though not under the Marquess of Queensberry rules. The fight may have been the most anticipated fight on American soil that year. Fitzsimmons was favoured to win, and bets flowed heavily his way. Earp entered the ring still armed with his customary Colt .45 and drew a lot of attention when he had to be disarmed. He later said he forgot he was wearing it. Fitzsimmons was taller and quicker than Sharkey and dominated the fight from the opening bell. In the eighth round, Fitzsimmons hit Sharkey with his famed "solar plexus punch," an uppercut under the heart that could render a man temporarily helpless. The punch caught Sharkey, Earp, and most of the crowd by surprise, and Sharkey dropped, clutched his groin, and rolled on the canvas, screamed foul.
Earp stopped the bout, ruling that Fitzsimmons had hit Sharkey when he was down. His ruling was greeted with loud boos and catcalls. Earp based his decision on the Marquess of Queensberry rules, which state in part, "A man on one knee is considered down and if struck is entitled to the stakes." Very few witnessed the foul Earp ruled on. He awarded the decision to Sharkey, who attendants carried out as "...limp as a rag.".
Winning the heavyweight titleEdit
In 1896, Fitzsimmons won a disputed version of the World Heavyweight Championship in a fight in Langtry, Texas, against the Irish fighter Peter Maher. On 17 March 1897, in Carson City, Nevada, he knocked out American Jim Corbett, generally recognised as the legitimate World Heavyweight Champion (having won the title from John L. Sullivan in 1892) in round 14. This constituted a remarkable achievement, as Jim Corbett, a skilled boxer, weighed one stone 3 pounds (17 lb) more than Fitzsimmons. He out-boxed Fitzsimmons for several rounds, knocked him down in the sixth round and badly damaged his face with his jab, left hook and right hand, but Fitzsimmons kept coming and Corbett began to tire. In the 14th round, Fitzsimmons won the title with his "solar plexus" punch. Corbett collapsed in agony. Fitzsimmons' "solar plexus" punch became legendary, although he himself may never have used the phrase. The entire fight was filmed by Enoch J. Rector and released to cinemas as The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight, the longest film ever released at the time. Using her maiden name, it was covered by Nellie Verrill Mighels Davis, the first woman to report a prize fight.
Fitzsimmons spent the rest of 1897 and 1898 doing stage tours.[clarification needed] In 1899, Fitzsimmons fought James J. Jeffries at the Coney Island Athletic Club near Brooklyn, New York. Most people gave Jeffries little chance, even though at over 15 stones (95 kg) he massively outweighed his opponent and was far younger, but Jeffries lifted the World Heavyweight Championship from Fitzsimmons with an 11th-round knockout.
In 1901 he published a book Physical Culture and Self-Defense (Philadelphia: D. Biddle). In 1902, he and Jeffries had a rematch, once again with the World Heavyweight Champion at stake. Fitzsimmons battered Jeffries, who suffered horrible punishment. With his nose and cheek bones broken, most would have sympathized with Jeffries had he quit, but he kept going until his enormous strength and youth wore down Bob and he knocked him out cold in round eight.
Winning the Light Heavyweight titleEdit
In November 1903, Fitzsimmons made history by defeating World Light Heavyweight Champion George Gardiner (also known as Gardner) by a decision in 20 rounds, becoming the first boxer to win titles in three weight-divisions.
Soon afterward, he went back to the Heavyweights, where he kept fighting until 1914, with mixed results. In 1907 at age 44, Fitzsimmons fought much younger Jack Johnson, during the time period in which reigning champion James J. Jeffries refused to fight Johnson. The bout between Johnson and Fitzsimmons ended in victory for Johnson with a second round knockout.
Although Fitzsimmons became a world champion in each of the Middleweight, Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight divisions, historians do not consider him the first world Light Heavyweight Champion to become World Heavyweight Champion, because he won the Heavyweight title before winning the Light Heavyweight belt. Michael Spinks counts as the first Light Heavyweight World Champion to win the Heavyweight belt as well. However, Fitzsimmons was the first Middleweight Champion to win the Heavyweight title and the only Heavyweight Champion to drop down and win the Light Heavyweight title. Fitzsimmons and later Henry Armstrong were the only men to win undisputed world championships in three different weight classes.
Fitzsimmons had a final professional record of 66 wins with 59 by knockout, 8 losses, 4 draws, 19 no contests and 2 no decisions (Newspaper Decisions: 2–0–0).
Fitzsimmons's exact record remains unknown, as the boxing world often kept records poorly during his era, but Fitzsimmons said he had had more than 350 fights (which could have involved exaggeration on his part). It's also possible that Bob may have included his many exhibition bouts in his total.
Death and legacyEdit
Fitzsimmons died of pneumonia on 22 October 1917 in Chicago, survived by his fourth wife. His grave lies in the Graceland Cemetery, Uptown. Having four wives, a gambling habit and a susceptibility to confidence tricksters, he did not hold on to the money he made.
The statue Peace on the Dewey Arch was modelled on Fitzsimmons by the sculptor Daniel Chester French. A statue of Fitzsimmons has also stood in the city centre of Timaru, New Zealand, since 1987. It was commissioned by New Zealand millionaire boxing fan Bob Jones and sculpted by Margriet Windhausen.
The International Boxing Hall of Fame has made Fitzsimmons a member in its "Old Timer" category.
Fitzsimmons married four times and had six children, four of whom survived infancy.
Professional boxing recordEdit
|124 fights||89 wins||12 losses|
|125||Win||90–12–14 (9)||Jersey Bellew||NWS||6||20 Feb 1914||Municipal Hall, South Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|124||Win||89–12–14 (9)||Dan Sweeney||NWS||6||29 Jan 1914||Athletic Club, Williamsport, Pennyslvania, U.S.|
|123||Loss||88–12–14 (9)||Bill Lang||KO||12 (20)||27 Dec 1909||Sydney Stadium, Sydney, Australia||For Australian heavyweight title|
|122||Loss||88–11–14 (9)||Jack Johnson||KO||2 (6)||17 Jul 1907||Washington Sports Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|121||Win||88–10–14 (9)||Charlie Haghey||KO||4 (6)||31 Jan 1906||Webster, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|120||Loss||87–10–14 (9)||Philadelphia Jack O'Brien||RTD||13 (20)||20 Dec 1905||Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, U.S.||Lost lineal light-heavyweight title|
|119||Win||87–9–14 (9)||Philadelphia Jack O'Brien||NWS||6, 1:22||23 Jul 1904||Baker Bowl, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|118||Win||86–9–14 (9)||George Gardiner||PTS||20||25 Nov 1903||Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, U.S.||Won lineal light-heavyweight title|
|117||Win||85–9–14 (9)||Joe Grim||NWS||6||14 Oct 1903||Southern Athletic Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|116||Win||84–9–14 (9)||Con Coughlin||TKO||1 (6), 2:52||30 Sep 1903||Washington Sporting Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|115||Win||83–9–14 (9)||Mike Ranke||KO||2 (4), 0:15||27 Dec 1902||Bozeman, Montana, U.S.|
|114||Win||82–9–14 (9)||Steward||KO||1 (4)||19 Dec 1902||Butte, Montana, U.S.|
|113||Loss||81–9–14 (9)||James J. Jeffries||KO||8 (20)||25 Jul 1902||San Francisco Athletic Club, San Francisco, California, U.S.||For lineal heavyweight title|
|112||Win||81–8–14 (9)||Tom Sharkey||KO||2 (25), 2:06||24 Aug 1900||Coney Island Athletic Club, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.|
|111||Win||80–8–14 (9)||Gus Ruhlin||KO||6 (25), 2:10||10 Aug 1900||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|110||Win||79–8–14 (9)||Ed Dunkhorst||KO||2 (25), 2:25||30 Apr 1900||Hercules Athletic Club, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.|
|109||Win||78–8–14 (9)||Jim Daly||TKO||1 (6)||27 Mar 1900||First Regiment Armory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|108||Win||77–8–14 (9)||Geoff Thorne||KO||1 (6)||28 Oct 1899||Tattersalls, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|107||Loss||76–8–14 (9)||James J. Jeffries||KO||11 (20), 1:32||9 Jun 1899||Coney Island Athletic Club, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.||Lost lineal heavyweight title|
|106||Win||76–7–14 (9)||Lew Joslin||KO||2 (4)||5 Jun 1897||Leadville, Colorado, U.S.|
|105||Win||75–7–14 (9)||James J. Corbett||KO||14||17 Mar 1897||The Race Track Arena, Carson City, Nevada, U.S.||Won lineal heavyweight title|
|104||Loss||74–7–14 (9)||Tom Sharkey||DQ||8 (10)||2 Dec 1896||Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California U.S.|
|103||Win||74–6–14 (9)||Peter Maher||KO||1 (?), 1:35||21 Feb 1896||Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico|
|102||Win||73–6–14 (9)||Mike Connors||KO||1 (4)||19 Apr 1895||New York City, New York, U.S.|
|102||Win||72–6–14 (9)||Al Allich||KO||3 (4)||16 Apr 1895||New York City, New York, U.S.|
|100||Win||71–6–14 (9)||Dan Creedon||KO||2 (25), 1:40||26 Sep 1894||Olympic Club, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.||Retained lineal middleweight title|
|99||Win||70–6–14 (9)||Frank Kellar||KO||2 (4)||28 Jul 1894||Buffalo Driving Park, Buffalo, New York, U.S.|
|98||Draw||69–6–14 (9)||Joe Choynski||PTS||5 (8)||18 Jun 1894||The Boston Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|97||Win||69–6–13 (9)||Jack Hickey||TKO||3 (4)||5 Sep 1893||Caledonian Park, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|96||Win||68–6–13 (9)||N/A||KO||1||Jun 1893||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|95||Win||67–6–13 (9)||Paul Loeser||KO||2||Jun 1893||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|94||Win||66–6–13 (9)||Bill Collins||KO||2||Jun 1893||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|93||Win||65–6–13 (9)||Wyoming||KO||3||Jun 1893||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|92||Win||64–6–13 (9)||Charlie Biehle||KO||5||Jun 1893||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|91||Win||63–6–13 (9)||George Dobson||KO||3||Jun 1893||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|90||Win||62–6–13 (9)||Louis, "the Giant"||KO||3||Jun 1893||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|89||Win||61–6–13 (9)||Paul Loeser||KO||5||Jun 1893||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|88||Win||60–6–13 (9)||Dan Coner||KO||1 (4)||30 May 1893||Philadelphia Athletic Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|87||Win||59–6–13 (9)||Mike Brennan||KO||4 (4)||6 May 1893||Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|86||Win||58–6–13 (9)||Joe Godfrey||KO||1 (4)||21 Apr 1893||Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|85||Win||57–6–13 (9)||Mike Monoghan||KO||1 (4)||21 Apr 1893||Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|84||Win||56–6–13 (9)||Alexander Kilpatrick||KO||4 (4)||21 Apr 1893||Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|83||Win||55–6–13 (9)||Jack Sheridan||TKO||1 (4)||15 Apr 1893||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|82||Win||54–6–13 (9)||Dan Curry||KO||2 (4)||12 Apr 1893||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|81||Win||53–6–13 (9)||Hank Smith||KO||1 (4)||12 Apr 1893||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|80||Win||52–6–13 (9)||Alexander Kilpatrick||KO||3 (4)||12 Apr 1893||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|79||Win||51–6–13 (9)||Jack Warner||TKO||1 (4)||31 Mar 1893||Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|78||Win||50–6–13 (9)||Phil Mayo||KO||2 (4)||25 Mar 1893||2nd Regiment Armory, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|77||Draw||49–6–13 (9)||Dan Bayliff||PTS||4||15 Mar 1893||Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.|
|76||Win||49–6–12 (9)||Jim Hall||KO||4||8 Mar 1893||Crescent City Club, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.||Retained lineal middleweight title|
|75||Win||48–6–12 (9)||Jack Britton||RTD||2 (4)||10 Dec 1892||Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|74||Win||47–6–12 (9)||Millard Zender||KO||1 (4)||3 Sep 1892||Anniston, Alabama, U.S.|
|73||Win||46–6–12 (9)||Jerry Slattery||KO||2 (4)||11 May 1892||Miners 8th St Theater, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|72||Win||45–6–12 (9)||Joe Godfrey||RTD||2 (4)||6 May 1892||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|71||Win||44–6–12 (9)||James Farrell||KO||2 (4)||29 Apr 1892||Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|70||Win||43–6–12 (9)||Thomas Robbins||RTD||3 (4)||28 Apr 1892||Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|69||Win||42–6–12 (9)||Tom Burns||RTD||3 (4)||28 Apr 1892||Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|68||Win||41–6–12 (9)||James Malone||RTD||2 (4)||27 Apr 1892||Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|67||Win||40–6–12 (9)||Charles Puff||KO||2 (4)||26 Apr 1892||Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|66||Win||39–6–12 (9)||Peter Maher||RTD||12||2 Mar 1892||Olympic Club, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.|
|65||NC||38–6–12 (9)||Harris Martin||ND||4||1 May 1891||Washington Rink, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.|
|64||Win||38–6–12 (8)||Abe Coughle||TKO||2 (3)||27 Apr 1891||Battery D Armory, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|63||Win||37–6–12 (8)||Nonpareil Dempsey||RTD||13||14 Jan 1891||Olympic Club, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.||Won lineal middleweight title|
|62||Win||36–6–12 (8)||Arthur Upham||KO||9||28 Jul 1890||Audubon Athletic Club, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.|
|61||Win||35–6–12 (8)||Billy McCarthy||RTD||10||29 May 1890||California Athletic Club, San Francisco, California, U.S.|
|60||Win||34–6–12 (8)||Frank Allen||RTD||1 (3)||17 May 1890||California Athletic Club, San Francisco, California, U.S.|
|59||Win||33–6–12 (8)||Professor Jack West||KO||1 (4)||1 Mar 1890||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|58||Win||32–6–12 (8)||Edward Starlight Rollins||TKO||9||22 Feb 1890||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|57||Loss||31–6–12 (8)||Jim Hall||KO||4 (20)||11 Feb 1890||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia||For Australian middleweight title|
|56||Draw||31–5–12 (8)||Edward Starlight Rollins||NWS||4||10 Feb 1890||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|55||Win||31–5–11 (8)||Dave Conway||KO||4 (15)||1 Feb 1890||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|54||Win||30–5–11 (8)||Dick Ellis||RTD||3 (20)||16 Dec 1889||Royal Standard Theatre, Sydney, Australia|
|53||Win||29–5–11 (8)||Professor Jack West||KO||1 (8)||30 Nov 1889||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|52||Draw||28–5–11 (8)||Pat Kiely||NWS||4||26 Nov 1889||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|51||Win||28–5–10 (8)||Jim Hall||RTD||5 (8)||19 Jan 1889||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia||Won Australian middleweight title|
|50||Win||27–5–10 (8)||McEwan||NWS||4||1 Dec 1888||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|49||Draw||26–5–10 (8)||Jim Hall||NWS||4||24 Nov 1888||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|48||Win||26–5–9 (8)||Jim Hall||NWS||4||10 Nov 1888||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|47||NC||25–5–9 (8)||Mick Dooley||ND||4||1 May 1888||Amateur Athletic Club, Sydney, Australia|
|46||Draw||25–5–9 (7)||Bill Slavin||NWS||4||17 Apr 1888||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|45||Draw||25–5–8 (7)||Bill Slavin||NWS||4||17 Mar 1888||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|44||Win||25–5–7 (7)||Bill Slavin||TKO||7 (8)||5 Mar 1888||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|43||Draw||24–5–7 (7)||Billy McCarthy||NWS||4||11 Feb 1888||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|42||Draw||24–5–6 (7)||Tom Taylor||NWS||4||26 Jan 1888||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|41||Draw||24–5–5 (7)||Dan Hickey||ND||4||23 Jan 1888||Centennial Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|40||NC||24–5–4 (7)||Frank Slavin||ND||4||1 Jan 1888||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|39||Win||24–5–4 (6)||Dave Travers||KO||3||24 Sep 1887||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|38||Loss||23–5–4 (6)||Jim Hall||NWS||4||28 May 1887||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|37||Win||23–4–4 (6)||George Eager||KO||2 (4)||4 Apr 1887||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|36||Win||22–4–4 (6)||Bill Slavin||TKO||5 (8)||20 Mar 1887||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|35||Win||21–4–4 (6)||Dick Sandall||RTD||4||1 Mar 1887||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|34||NC||20–4–4 (6)||N/A||ND||4||24 Feb 1887||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|33||Win||20–4–4 (5)||George Seale||PTS||4||15 Feb 1887||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|32||Win||19–4–4 (5)||Jack Bonner||NWS||4||12 Feb 1887||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|31||NC||18–4–4 (5)||N/A||ND||4||8 Jan 1887||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|30||Draw||18–4–4 (4)||Frank Slavin||NWS||4||1 Jan 1887||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|29||Draw||18–4–3 (4)||Jack Malloy||PTS||4||4 Dec 1886||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|28||NC||18–4–2 (4)||McArdle||ND||4||9 Oct 1886||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|27||NC||18–4–2 (3)||Australian Billy Smith||ND||4||7 Oct 1886||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|26||Loss||18–4–2 (2)||Tom Lees||NWS||4||25 Aug 1886||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|25||Win||18–3–2 (2)||McArdle||NWS||4||7 Aug 1886||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|24||Loss||17–3–2 (2)||Mick Dooley||NWS||4||5 Jun 1886||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|23||Loss||17–2–2 (2)||Mick Dooley||NWS||4||2 Jun 1886||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|22||NC||17–1–2 (2)||Steve O'Donnell||ND||4||22 May 1886||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|21||Loss||17–1–2 (1)||Mick Dooley||RTD||3 (4)||15 May 1886||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|20||Draw||17–0–2 (1)||Brinsley||NWS||4||1 May 1886||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|19||Draw||17–0–1 (1)||Pablo Fanque||NWS||3||1 May 1886||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|18||Win||17–0–0 (1)||Pablo Fanque||KO||2 (4)||Feb 1886||The Green, Sydney, Australia|
|17||NC||16–0–0 (1)||Larry Foley||ND||4||12 Dec 1885||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|16||Win||16–0||Jack Greentree||KO||3 (4)||1885||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|15||Win||15–0||Alf Bramsmead||KO||2 (4)||1885||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|14||Win||14–0||Joe Riddle||PTS||4||1885||Foley's Hall, Sydney, Australia|
|13||Win||13–0||Jim Crawford||TKO||3||1884||Theatre Royal, Timaru, New Zealand|
|12||Win||12–0||Jack Murphy||KO||4||1884||Theatre Royal, Timaru, New Zealand|
|11||Win||11–0||Arthur Cooper||KO||3||1883||Theatre Royal, Timaru, New Zealand|
|10||Win||10–0||Jack Murphy||TKO||8||14 Sep 1882||Theatre Royal, Timaru, New Zealand||Won New Zealand middleweight title|
|9||Win||9–0||Arthur Cooper||KO||3||14 Sep 1882||Theatre Royal, Timaru, New Zealand|
|8||Win||8–0||Pat McCarney||KO||11||14 Sep 1882||Theatre Royal, Timaru, New Zealand|
|7||Win||7–0||Slade||TKO||2||13 Sep 1882||Theatre Royal, Timaru, New Zealand|
|6||Win||6–0||Jim Crawford||TKO||3||13 Sep 1882||Theatre Royal, Timaru, New Zealand|
|5||Win||5–0||A.Abbott||KO||?||14 Jun 1882||Theatre Royal, Timaru, New Zealand||Won New Zealand lightweight title|
|4||Win||4–0||N/A||KO||?||14 Jun 1882||Theatre Royal, Timaru, New Zealand|
|3||Win||3–0||N/A||KO||?||13 Jun 1882||Theatre Royal, Timaru, New Zealand|
|2||Win||2–0||N/A||KO||?||13 Jun 1882||Theatre Royal, Timaru, New Zealand|
|1||Win||1–0||Tom Baines||KO||1||Jun 1881||Timaru, New Zealand|
- Fitzsimmons, Robert (1901). Physical Culture and Self-Defense. Philadelphia, PA: Drexel Biddle.
Notes and referencesEdit
- Most modern sources list these tournaments as happening a year apart, in 1880 and 1881. However, contemporary reports in the Timaru Herald suggest that they took place a few months apart in 1882.
- "The Lineal Boxing World Champions". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia.
- "Robert Fitzsimmons". Encyclopædia Britannica.
British boxer, the first fighter to hold the world boxing championship in three weight divisions.
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Jim Corbett was a bank clerk. He's an actor at present. Bob Fitzsimmons was a blacksmith. He is running a farm now, doing monologue turns and fighting between times.
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After all the contest on July 4 between Jeffries and Johnson will be a fight, and who better than a fighter can convey the idea of the intensity of the struggle, the courage that is required, the force that will be exerted and who better than Bob Fitzsimmons...
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died in a Chicago hospital early this morning of pneumonia
Nonpareil Jack Dempsey
| World Middleweight Champion
14 January 1891 – 26 September 1894
James J. Corbett
| World Heavyweight Champion
17 March 1897 – 9 June 1899
James J. Jeffries
| World Light Heavyweight Champion
25 September 1903 – 20 December 1905
Philadelphia Jack O'Brien
|Titles in pretence|
| World Heavyweight Champion
21 February 1896 – 2 December 1896