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Ronnie James boxer

Ronnie James image
Status inactive
Age 59
Division lightweight
Height 5′ 7½″/171cm
Debut 1933-01-21
Born 1917-10-08
Death 1977-06-12
Nationality United Kingdom
Residence Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom
bouts
135
won
113
lost
17
draw
5
bouts
135
won
113
lost
17
draw
5
Status inactive
Age 59
Division lightweight
Height 5′ 7½″/171cm
Debut 1933-01-21
Born 1917-10-08
Death 1977-06-12
Nationality United Kingdom
Residence Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom

James' first recorded professional fight was on 21 January 1936 against local fighter Sid Williams. James then went on an unbeaten run of 52 contests before being stopped by Dave Crowley at the Empire Pool on 12 January 1936. Although many of the matches in his early career were against fairly inexperienced fighters, several notable opponents were faced; including wins over Welsh champions Boyo Rees and Terence Morgan; a draw with Southern area champion Dick Corbett and a victory against future NBA World champion Jackie Wilson.After the Crowley contest, James began to face more challenging contests on a regular basis. James fought and lost against Spaniard Baltasar Sangchili, but then knocked out fellow Welshman Phineas John in the eighth round in October 1936. These bouts were followed with another points draw with Corbett. The end of 1936 through to 1937 saw James face a dearth of experienced challengers, before he met Cuthbert Taylor at St Helen's in Swansea. The match was won by James, which was followed by another victory, this time against Douglas Kestrell. The Kestrell fight was followed by a loss to Liverpool fighter Tony Butcher, who came off a twelve-match losing streak to stop James by a technical knockout in the sixth of a twelve-round bout in the Market Hall of Haverfordwest.

James' first recorded professional fight was on 21 January 1936 against local fighter Sid Williams. James then went on an unbeaten run of 52 contests before being stopped by Dave Crowley at the Empire Pool on 12 January 1936. Although many of the matches in his early career were against fairly inexperienced fighters, several notable opponents were faced; including wins over Welsh champions Boyo Rees and Terence Morgan; a draw with Southern area champion Dick Corbett and a victory against future NBA World champion Jackie Wilson.After the Crowley contest, James began to face more challenging contests on a regular basis. James fought and lost against Spaniard Baltasar Sangchili, but then knocked out fellow Welshman Phineas John in the eighth round in October 1936. These bouts were followed with another points draw with Corbett. The end of 1936 through to 1937 saw James face a dearth of experienced challengers, before he met Cuthbert Taylor at St Helen's in Swansea. The match was won by James, which was followed by another victory, this time against Douglas Kestrell. The Kestrell fight was followed by a loss to Liverpool fighter Tony Butcher, who came off a twelve-match losing streak to stop James by a technical knockout in the sixth of a twelve-round bout in the Market Hall of Haverfordwest.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
June 2, 1947 Cliff Curvis WWLWWW Vetch Field, Swansea LOSS
Technical knockout
May 20, 1947 Mick Gibbons LLWDWD Drill Hall, Neath WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 13, 1947 Tommy Burns WWLWWD Sydney Stadium, Sydney WIN
DQ
Sept. 4, 1946 Ike Williams WWWWWW Ninian Park, Cardiff National Boxing Association World Lightweight

LOSS
KO
July 11, 1946 Pat Cunane W New St James Hall, Newcastle National Boxing Association World Lightweight

WIN
Points
June 12, 1946 Maurice Ouezman LLDLDL Newport Athletic Grounds, Newport WIN
Points
Sept. 25, 1945 Jimmy Molloy WWWLLD Royal Albert Hall, Kensington WIN
DQ
July 2, 1945 Gwyn Williams LWWWLL Ninian Park, Cardiff WIN
Points
May 11, 1945 Arthur Danahar WWWWLW Ghent LOSS
Points
March 20, 1945 Cyril Wills LLWLWL Drill Hall, Swansea WIN
KO
Feb. 12, 1945 Dick Shields LLWWLL Stow Hill Drill Hall, Newport WIN
Points
Nov. 28, 1944 Gwyn Williams WWWWWW Royal Albert Hall, Kensington LOSS
DQ
Oct. 23, 1944 Jimmy Watson WLLWLL Drill Hall, Wolverhampton WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 12, 1944 Eric Boon WWLLWW Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff BBBofC British Lightweight

WIN
KO
May 27, 1944 Arthur Danahar WWWWWW St Helens Ground, Swansea BBBofC British Lightweight

LOSS
Points
March 8, 1944 Arthur Danahar WWWWWW Tower Circus, Blackpool Final British Army Welterweight

LOSS
Points
July 31, 1943 Lefty Flynn LWWWLW St Helens Ground, Swansea LOSS
Points
June 14, 1943 Eric Dolby LWWLLL Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff WIN
KO
May 19, 1943 Lefty Flynn LLLWLW Queensberry Club, Soho LOSS
Points
March 17, 1943 Dick Shields WLWDDL Queensberry Club, Soho WIN
Technical knockout
March 6, 1943 Jimmy Watson WLWLLW Drill Hall, Cardiff WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 3, 1943 Lefty Flynn WWWWLL Queensberry Club, Soho WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 21, 1943 Dick Corbett LLWWWW Kelvin Hall, Glasgow WIN
DQ
Dec. 12, 1942 Johnny Lockie WWLWWW Market Hall, Haverfordwest WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 2, 1942 Freddie Simpson WWWWWW Queensberry Club, Soho WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 18, 1942 Jimmy Watson LWWLWL Town Hall, Oxford WIN
KO
Nov. 12, 1942 Jimmy Molloy WWWLWW The Stadium, Liverpool WIN
Points
Sept. 23, 1942 Tommy Smith WWWLLL Queensberry Club, Soho WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 29, 1942 Dave Crowley LWLLWW Taff Vale Park, Pontypridd WIN
Technical knockout
May 25, 1942 Eric Dolby LLWLWW Colston Hall, Bristol LOSS
DQ
May 3, 1942 Danny Mack LLLLWW Gess Pavilion, Port Talbot WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 22, 1941 Freddie Simpson WWWWWW Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
KO
Sept. 29, 1941 Johnny Ward DLWWLW Royal Albert Hall, Kensington WIN
Points
Aug. 28, 1941 Harry Lazar WWLWWW Royal Albert Hall, Kensington WIN
Points
April 22, 1940 Dave Finn LLWWWW Empress Hall, Earl's Court WIN
DQ
March 18, 1940 Freddie Simpson WWWWWL National Sporting Club, Piccadilly WIN
Points
March 4, 1940 Joe Slark WWWLLW Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
KO
Nov. 27, 1939 Jimmy Vaughan WWDWLW Earls Court Empress Hall, Kensington WIN
Points
Nov. 13, 1939 Al Binney LWLLWW Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
Corner retirement
Sept. 23, 1939 Dennis Chadwick LDLDLW Drill Hall, Swansea WIN
Points
July 31, 1939 Benny Caplan LDLLWL Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
KO
July 17, 1939 Johnny Sayers DWWDLL Brynmawr WIN
KO
July 10, 1939 Dave Finn WLWDDL Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
Technical knockout
June 26, 1939 Billy Kid Brooks WWWLWL Drill Hall, Gloucester WIN
KO
May 15, 1939 Jack Carrick DLDWLW Vetch Field, Swansea WIN
Technical knockout
April 17, 1939 Dave Crowley WWWWLL Vetch Field, Swansea LOSS
DQ
March 2, 1939 Dave Finn WDWLWL Royal Albert Hall, Kensington LOSS
Points
Feb. 8, 1939 Johnny Jones LLLLLW Dock Street Drill Hall, Newport WIN
Corner retirement
Jan. 16, 1939 Dick Corbett LWWWWW Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
Points
Dec. 19, 1938 Mak Perez DLWLLL Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
Points
Nov. 21, 1938 Johnny McGrory WWDLWW Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
KO
Oct. 31, 1938 Mitsos Grispos LWLLLL Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
Points
Oct. 14, 1938 Nobby Baker WWWWLD Judge's Hall, Trealaw WIN
KO
Oct. 1, 1938 Charlie Curry WLLWWW Town Hall, Maesteg WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 12, 1938 Tommy Hyams LLWLWL Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
KO
Aug. 2, 1938 Billy Masters WWLWLW Vetch Field, Swansea WIN
Technical knockout
June 27, 1938 Freddie Miller WWWWWW Vetch Field, Swansea LOSS
DQ
June 7, 1938 Danny Mack WWLLLL Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
KO
May 12, 1938 Danny Mack WWWWLL Vetch Field, Swansea WIN
Points
May 2, 1938 Dave Williams LLLLWL Sports Ground, Ebbw Vale WIN
KO
April 26, 1938 Matt Powell LLWLLL Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
KO
Sept. 8, 1937 Tony Butcher LLDLLL Market Hall, Haverfordwest LOSS
Technical knockout
Aug. 9, 1937 Douglas Kestrell LWWLWL Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
DQ
July 19, 1937 Cuthbert Taylor WLWDWW St Helens Ground, Swansea WIN
Points
March 29, 1937 Joe Riley DWWWWL Market Hall, Carmarthen WIN
KO
March 15, 1937 Tommy Fox LLLWDW Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
Technical knockout
March 7, 1937 Arnold Lagrand WWWWW The Ring, Blackfriars Road, Southwark LOSS
Points
Dec. 7, 1936 Harold Kid Lewis WLWLWW Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
KO
Nov. 30, 1936 Frankie Simms LLWDWW Kings Theatre, Cardiff WIN
Points
Nov. 20, 1936 Boyo Burns WWLLLD Millbay Rinkeries, Plymouth WIN
KO
Nov. 9, 1936 Dick Corbett WWWWWW Empire Pool, Wembley DRAW
Points
Oct. 26, 1936 Teddy Hayes WWWDWL Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
Points
Oct. 21, 1936 Tudor Thomas LLDWWD Town Hall, Maesteg WIN
Technical knockout
Oct. 5, 1936 Phineas John DLLWLL Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
KO
Sept. 21, 1936 Johnny Peters DWWWLL Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
Points
July 27, 1936 George Morgan DWWWWL Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
KO
July 13, 1936 Billy Charlton WWWWWW Junction Stadium, Manchester LOSS
Points
April 28, 1936 Les Greenaway LWWLDW Public Hall, Briton Ferry WIN
Points
April 13, 1936 Bob Lamb DWLLLL Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
Points
March 12, 1936 Baltasar Sangchili WWWWWL The Stadium, Liverpool LOSS
Points
Feb. 17, 1936 Danny Thomas DLLLLL Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
Corner retirement
Jan. 29, 1936 Dave Crowley WWWLWD Wembley Arena, Wembley LOSS
DQ
Jan. 12, 1936 Jackie Wilson WWWWWW The Ring, Blackfriars Road, Southwark WIN
Points
Dec. 23, 1935 Dick Corbett WWWWWW Mannesmann Hall, Swansea DRAW
Points
Oct. 31, 1935 Len Beynon DWWLLW Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
Points
Oct. 14, 1935 Jim Connelly WLWW The Ring, Blackfriars Road, Southwark WIN
KO
Sept. 21, 1935 Fred Nipper Morris LLWWWL Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
Corner retirement
Sept. 5, 1935 Len Beynon WWDWWL Vetch Field, Swansea WIN
Points
July 29, 1935 Teddy Rollins WWWWWW Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
KO
July 15, 1935 Jack Collins LWLWWW Stanley Greyhound Track, Liverpool WIN
DQ
July 1, 1935 Harry Daly WLLDLL Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
Points
June 9, 1935 Joe Horridge LLLLWW The Ring, Blackfriars Road, Southwark WIN
Points
May 27, 1935 Fred Bailey WDWWWL Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
Points
April 28, 1935 Eric Jones WDLLDW The Ring, Blackfriars Road, Southwark WIN
KO
April 22, 1935 Jimmy Young Knowles DWLWLL Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
Points
April 8, 1935 Les Greenaway WWWLWD Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
Points
April 7, 1935 Stanley Battling Croft WLLWLL The Ring, Blackfriars Road, Southwark WIN
Technical knockout
March 25, 1935 Benny Thackray LLWDLW Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
KO
March 10, 1935 Ernie Gaze WWLLLW The Ring, Blackfriars Road, Southwark WIN
KO
March 4, 1935 Tucker Winch LLWWWW Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
Points
Jan. 31, 1935 Arley Hollingsworth WLLLLW Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
Points
Jan. 7, 1935 Terence Tancy Morgan WWLLLL Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 26, 1934 Eddie Roberts Palais de Danse, Pontypridd WIN
Points
Dec. 17, 1934 Tony McLeod LWLLLL Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 5, 1934 Bob Healey DDLWWL Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
Points
Oct. 20, 1934 Wyndham Lewis LWWLL Working Men's Club, Llanelli WIN
Points
Oct. 8, 1934 Harry Edwards LLDLLW Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
Points
Sept. 24, 1934 Johnny Barrett WLDLLW Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
Points
Sept. 3, 1934 Dave Williams L Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 27, 1934 Billy Jones DLDLWW Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
Points
Aug. 4, 1934 Frank Sweetman L Vetch Field, Swansea WIN
Technical knockout
July 7, 1934 Llew Edwards Vetch Field, Swansea WIN
KO
June 11, 1934 Jackie Bishop WLWDWL Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
Technical knockout
May 12, 1934 Peter McCamley Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
Points
May 10, 1934 Young Britton Market Hall, Haverfordwest WIN
Points
April 23, 1934 Kid Leyland LLWLLL Hippodrome, Cardiff WIN
KO
April 14, 1934 Kid Davies Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
Technical knockout
March 17, 1934 Nick Cantwell W Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
Points
March 10, 1934 Evan Evans DDL Labour Stadium, Merthyr Tydfil WIN
Points
Feb. 17, 1934 Islwyn Howells Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
Points
Feb. 10, 1934 Reg Owen Working Men's Club, Llanelli WIN
KO
Dec. 26, 1933 Idris Pugh LLLLDL Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
KO
Dec. 16, 1933 Boyo Rees WWWWWW Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
Points
Dec. 2, 1933 Chick Jones Mannesmann Hall, Swansea DRAW
Points
Nov. 18, 1933 Johnny Griffiths LL Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
KO
Oct. 21, 1933 Idris Pugh LLLLLD Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 23, 1933 Harry Sullivan LW Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
KO
Aug. 5, 1933 Boyo Rees LLWWWW Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
DQ
July 19, 1933 Idris Pugh LLLLLL Market Hall, Haverfordwest DRAW
Points
June 24, 1933 Tubby Evans D Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
Technical knockout
April 21, 1933 Ginger Williams LDLWLL Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
Points
April 1, 1933 Dave Collins L Drill Hall, Merthyr Tydfil WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 11, 1933 Reg Morgan L Mannesmann Hall, Swansea DRAW
Points
Jan. 21, 1933 Sid Williams L Mannesmann Hall, Swansea WIN
Technical knockout