titles: Heavyweight champion from 1892-1896 Years active: 1886-1903 Born: November 1, 1966 in San Francisco, California (USA) Record: 11-4-3 Nickname: Gentleman Jim Jim Corbett makes my list more because of his historical worth than his boxing abilities. He also deserves credit for destroying John L. Sullivan, the "Myth" of a champion who was considered as unbeatable as Foreman, Liston, and Tyson. A skillful boxer Corbett used quickness and defense rather then brute strength to win fights. Corbett is also credited with developing the left hook and was involved in the first film ever made of a fight. Corbett grew up in San Francisco and led a double life as a bank teller at day and a boxer at night. He first came to fame by defeating Joe Choynski 3 times and the ultra thought Jake Kilran. Next he crossed the color barrier and drew with perhaps the best heavyweight of the time in Peter Jackson over 61 rounds. Finally he meet Sullivan in New Orleans for the championship. Sullivan chased Corbett for 17 rounds before he knocked Corbett down for the first time in his career. But in the 21st round the Corbett landed a solid left hook and the follow up attack finished the champion off. Corbett lost his title in 1897 to a smaller and quicker Bob Fitzsimmons who knocked him out in the 14th round. Corbett would also loose at the only other attempt to regain his title to James Jefferies via knockout.
1886 Billy Welch CA L 4 Billy Welsh CA KO 1 1887 Frank Smith Salt Lake City KO 2 Tom Johnson CA W 4 James Dailey CA KO 3 Mike Brennan CA W 3 William Miller CA W 6 Billy Hayes CA KO3 27 Aug Jack Burke CA D 8 1888 Duncan McDonald Evanston,IL W 6 30 Jun Frank Glover CA D 3 1889 30 May Joe Choynski Fairfax,CA NC 4 5 Jun Joe Choynski Benecia,CA KO 27 15 Jul Joe Choynski San Francisco,CA W 4 29 Jul Dave Campbell Portland,OR D 10 1890 18 Feb Jake Kilrain New Orleans,LA W 6 14 Apr Dominick McCaffrey Brooklyn,NY W 4 1891 21 May Peter Jackson San Francisco,CA D 61 8 Oct Ed Kinney MI W 4 1892 21 Jan Bob Caffrey PA KO 1 16 Feb Bill Spilling NY KO 1 7 Sep John Sullivan New Orleans,LA KO 21 (Won World Heavyweight Championship) 1894 25 Jan Charley Mitchell Jacksonville KO 3 (Retained World Heavyweight Championship) 7 Sep Peter Courtney NJ KO 6 1895 4 Jan Jim McVey LA KO 3 1896 14 Jun Tom Sharkey CA D 4 1897 17 Mar Bob Fitzsimmons Carson City,NV KO by 14 (Lost World Heavyweight Championship) 1898 22 Nov Tom Sharkey New York,NY L D.Q 9 1900 11 May James Jeffries Coney Island,NY KO by 23 (For World Heavyweight Championship) 30 Aug Charles "Kid" McCoy New York,NY KO 5 1903 14 Aug James Jeffries San Francisco,CA KO by 10 (For World Heavyweight Championship)