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James John Corbett

Pugilist

James John Corbett, American pugilist. member Olympic Club), 1884.

Background

Corbett, James John was born on September 1, 1866 in San Francisco, California, United States. Son of Patrick and Katherine (McDonald) Corbett.

Education

No children.

Career

Began boxing (as member Olympic Club), 1884. Defeated Joe Choynski in 28th round of bout which began May 30, 1889 and ended week later on barge in San Francisco Bay (after being stopped by police). Defeated Jake Kilrain, New Orleans, February 1890, Dominick McCaffrey, Brooklyn, April 1890.

Fought Peter Jackson to draw after 61 rounds. Fought John L. Sullivan in exhibition match of 4 1-minute rounds. Defeated Sullivan in 21 rounds, September 1892.

Defeated Charlie Mitchell (English champion) and Peter Courtney, 1894. Knocked-out by body blow from Robert Fitzsimmons, March 17, 1897. Toured country in play Gentleman Jack.

Beaten by Jim Jefferies in 23 rounds, 1900, again defeated by Jefferies, 1903. Retired from ring, appeared in drama and vaudeville.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: The Roar of the Crowd, 1925.

Membership

Member Olympic Club), 1884.

Connections

Married Olive Lake, June 8, 1886. Married second, Jessie Taylor, August 15, 1895.

father:
Patrick Corbett

mother:
Katherine (McDonald) Corbett

spouses:
Olive Lake

Jessie Taylor