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Jim Hegerle boxer

Jim Hegerle image
Status inactive
Age 71
Division middleweight
Height 5′ 8″/173cm
Reach 66″/168cm
Debut 1954-06-08
Born 1936-02-17
Death 2007-06-26
Nationality USA
Residence Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
bouts
57
won
36
lost
18
draw
3
bouts
57
won
36
lost
18
draw
3
Status inactive
Age 71
Division middleweight
Height 5′ 8″/173cm
Reach 66″/168cm
Debut 1954-06-08
Born 1936-02-17
Death 2007-06-26
Nationality USA
Residence Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA

Hegerle made his professional debut against Walter Quinn on June 8, 1954, recording a win by fifth-round knockout. His first lost came in only his third professional fight, against Al Alexander, the following March. The loss didn't deter Hegerle, in fact his early career was sprinkled with occasional losses and draws, but he continued to fight frequently, and by April 1956 Hegerle had compiled a record of 19–3–2. In May Hegerle faced his first notable opponent, Jimmy Martinez, whose record was 69–23–9. Martinez beat him on points, but in a rematch only two weeks later, Hegerle returned the favor. The following month Hegerle faced 7–1–1 Joe Schmolze, who would become his chief rival. The two would fight on June 21 (a TKO win for Hegerle) and on August 22 (a majority decision for Schmolze, then again on August 14, 1958 (a split decision win for Schmolze) and one last time on Saint Patrick's Day of 1959 (a fifth-round TKO win for Hegerle). Of the four meetings, the last two were for the Minnesota light heavyweight championship. Other notable boxers who Hegerle fought included Del Flanagan, Clarence Cook, Gene Fullmer, Neal Rivers, and Nino Benvenuti, all of whom beat Hegerle, and Dick Lane, whom Hegerle defeated. Hegerle retired from professional boxing with a record of 36–18–3 with 20 wins coming by knockout.

Hegerle made his professional debut against Walter Quinn on June 8, 1954, recording a win by fifth-round knockout. His first lost came in only his third professional fight, against Al Alexander, the following March. The loss didn't deter Hegerle, in fact his early career was sprinkled with occasional losses and draws, but he continued to fight frequently, and by April 1956 Hegerle had compiled a record of 19–3–2. In May Hegerle faced his first notable opponent, Jimmy Martinez, whose record was 69–23–9. Martinez beat him on points, but in a rematch only two weeks later, Hegerle returned the favor. The following month Hegerle faced 7–1–1 Joe Schmolze, who would become his chief rival. The two would fight on June 21 (a TKO win for Hegerle) and on August 22 (a majority decision for Schmolze, then again on August 14, 1958 (a split decision win for Schmolze) and one last time on Saint Patrick's Day of 1959 (a fifth-round TKO win for Hegerle). Of the four meetings, the last two were for the Minnesota light heavyweight championship. Other notable boxers who Hegerle fought included Del Flanagan, Clarence Cook, Gene Fullmer, Neal Rivers, and Nino Benvenuti, all of whom beat Hegerle, and Dick Lane, whom Hegerle defeated. Hegerle retired from professional boxing with a record of 36–18–3 with 20 wins coming by knockout.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
April 13, 1962 Nino Benvenuti WWWWWW Palazzetto dello Sport, Roma LOSS
KO
March 24, 1961 Jack McCracken LWWWLW Auditorium, Saint Paul WIN
Points
Jan. 18, 1961 Henry Burton WLLLLL Auditorium, Saint Paul WIN
Technical knockout
April 20, 1960 Lee Owens WLLLWW Montana St. College Fieldhouse, Bozeman LOSS
KO
Feb. 12, 1960 Victor Zalazar LLDWLW Madison Square Garden, New York LOSS
Unanimous decision
Dec. 3, 1959 Bobby Daniels WWWWWW Armory, Duluth USA Minnesota State Light Heavyweight

LOSS
Split-decision
Oct. 31, 1959 Al Sparks WWDLWW Mary E. Sawyer Auditorium, La Crosse USA Minnesota State Light Heavyweight

LOSS
Unanimous decision
Aug. 11, 1959 Ernie Smith WLWWLL Midway Stadium, Saint Paul USA Minnesota State Light Heavyweight

WIN
Points
June 16, 1959 Ernie Smith LWLWWL Auditorium, Saint Paul WIN
Technical knockout
May 28, 1959 Jim Sargent LLLLLL Mayo Civic Auditorium, Rochester WIN
KO
March 17, 1959 Joe Schmolze LLWWWW Auditorium, Saint Paul USA Minnesota State Light Heavyweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 4, 1959 Walcott Jackson WLWWLL Auditorium, Saint Paul USA Minnesota State Light Heavyweight

WIN
Points
Jan. 19, 1959 Lou Bailey LWLLLW La Crosse USA Minnesota State Light Heavyweight

DRAW
Points
Nov. 11, 1958 Neal Rivers WWLWWL Civic Auditorium, Albuquerque LOSS
Technical knockout
Aug. 14, 1958 Joe Schmolze WDLLWW Alexander Ramsey Field, Roseville USA Minnesota State Light Heavyweight

LOSS
Split-decision
July 31, 1958 Jesse Gray LLWLLL Crystal Coliseum, Crystal WIN
Technical knockout
July 7, 1958 Gene Fullmer WLWWWW Arena, West Jordan LOSS
Unanimous decision
June 4, 1958 Jimmy Martinez WLDWWW Civic Auditorium, Albuquerque LOSS
Unanimous decision
May 17, 1958 Ralph Jones LLLLWL State Fair Coliseum, Albuquerque WIN
Unanimous decision
Jan. 22, 1958 Lou Bailey LDDWWL Shrine Auditorium, Billings LOSS
Majority decision
Dec. 21, 1957 Jim Sargent L Ramsey High School Gym, Roseville WIN
Unanimous decision
Aug. 24, 1957 Dick Lane WWLWLW Hippodrome Fair, Saint Paul WIN
Technical knockout
June 26, 1957 Ernest Burford WLWLWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago LOSS
Technical knockout
April 24, 1957 Tommy Swan LLLWWL Auditorium, Saint Paul WIN
Points
March 11, 1957 Clarence Cook WWWLWL Auditorium, Saint Paul LOSS
Points
Feb. 5, 1957 Gunther Peemouller W Auditorium, Saint Paul WIN
Points
Jan. 10, 1957 Del Flanagan WWWWLL Auditorium, Saint Paul LOSS
Unanimous decision
Nov. 7, 1956 Jackie King LLWWWL Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
KO
Sept. 20, 1956 Billy Tyree WWWLLL Auditorium, Saint Paul WIN
Unanimous decision
Aug. 22, 1956 Joe Schmolze WWWWWL Metropolitan Sports Stadium, Bloomington LOSS
Majority decision
June 21, 1956 Joe Schmolze WWWWWW Auditorium, Saint Paul WIN
Technical knockout
May 22, 1956 Jimmy Martinez DWWLDW Auditorium, Saint Paul WIN
Split-decision
May 8, 1956 Jimmy Martinez LDWWLD Auditorium, Saint Paul LOSS
Majority decision
April 19, 1956 Bob Rossie LWLLLL Auditorium, Saint Paul WIN
Unanimous decision
April 5, 1956 Jimmy Burke LLWLWL Auditorium, Saint Paul WIN
KO
March 22, 1956 Chick Livingston WWLD Auditorium, Minneapolis WIN
Technical knockout
March 12, 1956 Howard Lee DLLLLL Auditorium, Saint Paul WIN
KO
March 1, 1956 Willie Jackson Armory, Minneapolis WIN
KO
Jan. 30, 1956 Alvin Pellegrini WDLLWL Coliseum Arena, New Orleans LOSS
Unanimous decision
Jan. 17, 1956 Alfonso Flores LLLLWW Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston WIN
Points
Dec. 13, 1955 Jerry Fowler LLLLDW Auditorium, Miami Beach WIN
Points
Nov. 29, 1955 Benny Deaton WLLWWW Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, Tampa WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 8, 1955 Sonny Hope WLLLWL Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, Tampa WIN
Technical knockout
Oct. 6, 1955 Billy Tyree WW Central Labor Union Auditorium, Minneapolis LOSS
Unanimous decision
Sept. 6, 1955 Rocky Volpe WLWWWD Mary E. Sawyer Auditorium, La Crosse WIN
KO
July 26, 1955 Al Wells WWLWWW Civic Center, Butte WIN
Technical knockout
July 12, 1955 Jentrice O'Neill WLLLLD Superior State College Gym, Superior WIN
Points
June 9, 1955 Jentrice O'Neill LWLLLL Superior State College Gym, Superior DRAW
Points
June 2, 1955 Dick Newell WLLDLL Auditorium, Minneapolis WIN
Unanimous decision
May 28, 1955 Jentrice O'Neill LLLWLL Fort William WIN
KO
May 19, 1955 Ron Brothers WWL Auditorium, Saint Paul WIN
Technical knockout
May 12, 1955 Abe Cruz LWLLLL Avalon Ballroom, La Crosse DRAW
Points
April 20, 1955 Jimmy McNamara Duluth WIN
KO
April 5, 1955 Jerry Fowler DLWLLW Marigold Gardens, Chicago WIN
Points
March 8, 1955 Al Alexander WW Civic Auditorium, Seattle LOSS
Points
Nov. 18, 1954 Benny Mason Auditorium, Minneapolis WIN
Points
June 8, 1954 Walter Quinn Avalon Arena, La Crosse WIN
Technical knockout