Jess Willard boxer

Jess Willard boxer
bouts
28
won
22
lost
5
draw
1
Status
inactive
Division
heavyweight
Debut
1911-02-15
Height
6′ 6½″/199cm
Reach
83″/211cm
Age
86
Born
1881-12-29
Death
1968-12-15
Nationality
USA

Willard held the championship for more than four years. Today his reign is considered the 11th longest in the heavyweight division. He lost the title to Jack Dempsey in 1919 in one of the most severe beatings ever in a championship bout. Willard was knocked down for the first time in his career during the first round and another seven times before the round was over; some reports claim that he suffered broken ribs, shattered jaw, broken nose, four missing teeth, partial hearing loss in one ear along with numerous cuts and contusions, but these reports are highly disputable. Jess fought for two more rounds before retiring on his stool because of the injuries he received in the first round, relinquishing the title.At 6 ft 6 1⁄2 in (1.99 m) and 235 lb (107 kg), Willard was the tallest and the largest heavyweight champion in boxing history, until the 270 pounds (120 kg) Primo Carnera won the title on June 29, 1933, and the 6 ft 7 in (201 cm) Vitali Klitschko won the WBC title in 2004 and the 7 ft Nikolai Valuev won the WBA title in 2005.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Result
1923-07-12 Luis Angel Firpo WWWWWW Boyle's Thirty Acres, Jersey City LOST
KO
1923-05-12 Floyd Johnson WWWWDW Yankee Stadium, Bronx WIN
Technical knockout
1919-07-04 Jack Dempsey WWWWWW Bay View Park Arena, Toledo LOST
Corner retirement
1916-03-25 Frank Moran LWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
1915-04-05 Jack Johnson WWWDWW Oriental Park, Havana WIN
KO
1914-04-28 George Rodel WLLWWW Orpheum Theater, Atlanta WIN
KO
1914-04-13 Dan Dailey WDWWWW Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo WIN
KO
1914-03-27 Tom McMahon LWWLLL Grand Opera House, Youngstown LOST
1913-12-29 George Rodel LDWWWW Casino, New Haven WIN
KO
1913-12-12 George Davis LDWLDW Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo WIN
KO
1913-12-03 Carl Morris DWWWWL Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
1913-11-24 Jack Reed LLLLLL Princess Rink, Fort Wayne WIN
Technical knockout
1913-11-17 George Rodel LLLWLD Elite Rink, Milwaukee LOST
1913-08-22 Bull Young WLL Pacific A.C., Vernon WIN
KO
1913-07-04 Al Williams LLWLLL Moana Springs Arena, Reno WIN
Technical knockout
1913-06-27 Charley Miller DWLLDW Dreamland Rink, San Francisco DRAW
Points
1913-05-20 Gunboat Smith WWWWWW Eighth Street Arena, San Francisco LOST
Points
1913-03-05 Jack Leon WL Princess Rink, Fort Wayne WIN
KO
1913-01-22 Frank Bauer L Princess Rink, Fort Wayne WIN
Technical knockout
1912-12-27 Soldier Kearns LWLWWL Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
KO
1912-12-02 Sailor White WLWWLW Miller's Hall, Buffalo WIN
KO
1912-08-19 Luther McCarty WWWWWL Madison Square Garden, New York DRAW
1912-07-29 Arthur Pelkey WDWDW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
1912-07-02 Bull Young WL South Chicago WIN
KO
1912-05-29 Frank Bauer Irwin Hall, Saint Charles WIN
Technical knockout
1912-05-22 Bull Young W Princess Rink, Fort Wayne WIN
KO
1911-10-09 Joe Cox WWWLW Landers Theater, Springfield LOST
Technical knockout
1911-08-10 Mike McKimminsky Hammon WIN
Points
1911-07-04 Frank Lyons Elk City WIN
Points
1911-05-15 William Schiller LLLL Outdoor Arena, near Oklahoma City WIN
KO
1911-04-14 Al Mandino L Benevolent A.A., Oklahoma City WIN
KO
1911-03-24 Lewis Fink WWL Benevolent A.A., Oklahoma City WIN
KO
1911-03-07 Ed Burke Jackson's Pavilion, El Reno WIN
KO
1911-02-15 Lewis Fink W Sapulpa LOST