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Jess Willard boxer

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

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 Titles Result
July 12, 1923 Luis Angel Firpo WWWWWW Boyle's Thirty Acres, Jersey City LOSS
KO
May 12, 1923 Floyd Johnson WWWWDW Yankee Stadium, Bronx WIN
Technical knockout
July 4, 1919 Jack Dempsey WWWWWW Bay View Park Arena, Toledo LOSS
Corner retirement
March 25, 1916 Frank Moran LWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
NWS
April 5, 1915 Jack Johnson WWWDWW Oriental Park, Havana World Heavyweight

WIN
KO
April 28, 1914 George Rodel WLLWWW Orpheum Theater, Atlanta World Heavyweight

WIN
KO
April 13, 1914 Dan Dailey WDWWWW Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo WIN
KO
March 27, 1914 Tom McMahon LWWLLL Grand Opera House, Youngstown LOSS
NWS
Dec. 29, 1913 George Rodel LDWWWW Casino, New Haven WIN
KO
Dec. 12, 1913 George Davis LDWLDW Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo WIN
KO
Dec. 3, 1913 Carl Morris DWWWWL Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
NWS
Nov. 24, 1913 Jack Reed LLLLLL Princess Rink, Fort Wayne WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 17, 1913 George Rodel LLLWLD Elite Rink, Milwaukee LOSS
NWS
Aug. 22, 1913 Bull Young WLL Pacific A.C., Vernon WIN
KO
July 4, 1913 Al Williams LLWLLL Moana Springs Arena, Reno WIN
Technical knockout
June 27, 1913 Charley Miller DWLLDW Dreamland Rink, San Francisco DRAW
Points
May 20, 1913 Gunboat Smith WWWWWW Eighth Street Arena, San Francisco LOSS
Points
March 5, 1913 Jack Leon WL Princess Rink, Fort Wayne WIN
KO
Jan. 22, 1913 Frank Bauer L Princess Rink, Fort Wayne WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 27, 1912 Soldier Kearns LWLWWL Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
KO
Dec. 2, 1912 Sailor White WLWWLW Miller's Hall, Buffalo WIN
KO
Aug. 19, 1912 Luther McCarty WWWWWL Madison Square Garden, New York DRAW
NWS
July 29, 1912 Arthur Pelkey WDWDW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
NWS
July 2, 1912 Bull Young WL South Chicago WIN
KO
May 29, 1912 Frank Bauer Irwin Hall, Saint Charles WIN
Technical knockout
May 22, 1912 Bull Young W Princess Rink, Fort Wayne WIN
KO
Oct. 9, 1911 Joe Cox WWWLW Landers Theater, Springfield LOSS
Technical knockout
Aug. 10, 1911 Mike McKimminsky Hammon WIN
Points
July 4, 1911 Frank Lyons Elk City WIN
Points
May 15, 1911 William Schiller LLLL Outdoor Arena, near Oklahoma City WIN
KO
April 14, 1911 Al Mandino L Benevolent A.A., Oklahoma City WIN
KO
March 24, 1911 Lewis Fink WWL Benevolent A.A., Oklahoma City WIN
KO
March 7, 1911 Ed Burke Jackson's Pavilion, El Reno WIN
KO
Feb. 15, 1911 Lewis Fink W Sapulpa LOSS
DQ