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Marvin Hart (September 16, 1876 – September 17, 1931) was the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion from July 3, 1905 to February 23, 1906.

Marvin Hart
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Marvin Hart in 1902, photo from the Chicago Daily News
Statistics
Nickname(s)The Louisville Plumber
Weight(s)Heavyweight
Height5 ft 11 12 in (1.82 m)
Reach74 in (188 cm)
NationalityUSA
Born(1876-09-16)September 16, 1876
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
DiedSeptember 17, 1931(1931-09-17) (aged 55)
Fern Creek, Kentucky, USA
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights41
Wins29
Losses7
Draws4

Boxing careerEdit

Hart, nicknamed "The Louisville Plumber" because of his former trade, gained considerable prominence after a 1905 win over future champion Jack Johnson. That year, the heavyweight title was left vacant as a result of the retirement of champion James J. Jeffries and Hart's record earned him a chance to fight for the championship against top-ranked Jack Root (1876–1963), a much more experienced boxer, who had already beaten Hart in November, 1902.

Jeffries, the retiring champ, refereed the championship fight on July 3, 1905 in Reno, Nevada. Hart knocked out Jack Root in the 12th round to win the vacant championship. After one successful exhibition match, Hart lost his championship to Canadian Tommy Burns on February 23, 1906 in Los Angeles. Burns won the 20-round fight by decision.

DeathEdit

Hart died the day after his 55th birthday of an enlarged liver and high blood pressure. He was interred in the Resthaven Memorial Park, in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.[1]

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
40 fights 29 wins 7 losses
By knockout 20 4
By decision 5 3
By disqualification 4 0
Draws 4
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
39 Loss 29–6–4   Carl Morris RTD 3 (12) Dec 20, 1910   Sapulpa
38 Loss 29–5–4   Mike Schreck TKO 4 (10) Jul 26, 1909   Lakeview Theater, Terre Haute
37 Win 29–4–4   Tony Ross DQ 13 (20) Mar 12, 1909   West Side A.C., Gretna
36 Win 28–4–4   Jack Twin Sullivan DQ 5 (12) Oct 20, 1908   Armory, Boston
35 Draw 27–4–4   Hugh McGann PTS 20 Oct 09, 1908   Opera House, Lexington
34 Win 27–4–3   John Willie DQ 4 (20) Mar 17, 1908   Hot Springs
33 Loss 26–4–3   Mike Schreck TKO 21 (?) May 30, 1907   Tonopah
32 Win 26–3–3   Peter Maher KO 2 (20) Apr 01, 1907   Whittington A.C., Hot Springs
31 Win 25–3–3   Harry Rogers KO 2 (20) Mar 15, 1907   Whittington A.C., Hot Springs
30 Loss 24–3–3   Tommy Burns PTS 20 Feb 23, 1906   Amphitheater, Reno Lost lineal heavyweight title
29 Win 24–2–3   Jack Root KO 12 (?) Jul 03, 1905   Amphitheater, Reno Won vacant lineal heavyweight title
28 Win 23–2–3   Jack Johnson PTS 20 Mar 28, 1905   Woodward's Pavilion, San Francisco
27 Draw 22–2–3   Gus Ruhlin PTS 12 May 20, 1904   Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore
26 Win 22–2–2   Sandy Ferguson PTS 20 Mar 15, 1904   Whittington Park A.C., Hot Springs
25 Win 21–2–2   John Willie PTS 6 Jan 15, 1904   Watita Hall, Chicago
24 Draw 21–2–1   George Gardner PTS 15 Jan 15, 1904   Criterion A.C., Boston
23 Win 21–2   Kid Carter TKO 15 Mar 1, 2014   Criterion A.C., Boston
22 Win 20–2   George Gardner PTS 12 May 13, 1903   Southern A.C., Louisville
21 Win 19–2   Jack Bonner DQ 4 (20) Apr 02, 1903   Louisville A.C., Louisville
20 Loss 18–2   Jack Root PTS 6 Nov 10, 1902   Lyceum A.C., Chicago
19 Win 18–1   Billy Stift PTS 6 Aug 18, 1902   America A.C., Chicago
18 Win 17–1   Kid Carter KO 9 (20) May 03, 1902   Southern A.C., Louisville
17 Win 16–1   Dick O'Brien KO 3 (20) Apr 07, 1902   Empire A.C., Louisville
16 Win 15–1   Billy Stift KO 3 (20) Jan 20, 1902   Music Hall, Louisville
15 Loss 14–1   Wild Bill Hanrahan KO 1 (25) Dec 17, 1901   Auditorium, Louisville
14 Win 14–0   Jack Beauscholte KO 10 (20) Nov 01, 1901   Music Hall, Louisville
13 Win 13–0   Dan Creedon KO 6 (20) May 24, 1901   Southern A.C., Louisville
12 Win 12–0   Tommy West TKO 16 (20) Mar 29, 1901   Southern A.C., Louisville
11 Win 11–0   Australian Jim Ryan KO 8 (20) Feb 25, 1901   Louisville
10 Win 10–0   Al Weining KO 11 (20) Jan 21, 1901   Music Hall, Louisville
9 Win 9–0   Peter Trainer KO 17 (20) Dec 12, 1900   Music Hall, Louisville
8 Win 8–0   Hugh McGann KO 6 (20) Aug 18, 1900   Music Hall, Louisville
7 Win 7–0   Hugh McGann DQ 6 (20) Aug 13, 1900   Nonpareil A.C., Louisville
6 Win 6–0   Harry Rogers KO 14 (20) Jun 26, 1900   Music Hall, Louisville
5 Win 5–0   Louis Seifker KO 2 (20) Jun 12, 1900   Music Hall, Louisville
4 Win 4–0   Tommy Williams KO 2 (20) May 10, 1900   Music Hall, Louisville
3 Win 3–0   Charles Meisner KO 1 (20) Apr 02, 1900   Music Hall, Louisville
2 Win 2–0   William Schiller KO 4 (?) Feb 12, 1900   Louisville
1 Win 1–0   William Schiller KO 7 (?) Dec 12, 1899   Louisville

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Marvin Hart - concept". concepts.org.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
James J. Jeffries
Retired
World Heavyweight Champion
July 3, 1905 – February 23, 1906
Succeeded by
Tommy Burns