Titles: welterweight champion 1929-1930 and 1932-1933 Record: 72-9-2 Born: February 9, 1908 in Chicago, Illinois (USA) Years active: 1924-1933 Nickname: None Fields was not yet a man when he won the Olympic featherweight gold medal in 1924 during the Paris Olympics at the age of 16. Born in Chicago his family moved to California when he was 13 and started to box as amateur to earn groceries for his struggling family. Fighting out of Los Angeles, Fields won his first 8 bouts, but his career nearly came to a end when he took on the legendary Jimmy McLarnin before he was ready. The result was a broken jaw and his first loss via knockout. It was to be his only loss in the first 34 bouts of his career and the only knockout loss Fields ever suffered. By 1927 Fields had grown to be a lightweight and on April 4th he fought the champion, Sammy Mandell, to a 12-round, no-decision bout. Mandell had refused to put his title on the line, which turned out to be a good call, because according to newspaper men Fields won handily. Jackie won the rest of his bouts that year before Lewis "Kid" Kaplan took a decision from him. Now he would fight his rival Mushy Callahan in a all California bout, and take a 10 round decision in a fierce fight. He was still 20 years old and his body forced him to move up in weight to the welterweight limit. Fields fought the best of the era including Sammy Mandell, Vince Dundee and Young Jack Thompson with mostly positive results. In 1929 Fields began his championship run with a victory over Jack McCarthy followed by a win over Al Van Ryan that led to his winning the N.B.A. version of the welterweight title against Young Jack Thompson in a 10 round bout. Now Fields won the unified title by knocking down Johnny Dundee four times before a riot broke out in the stadium with Dundee fans knowing that a disqualification would mean all the money wagered would be returned. His nemisis Young Jack Thompson took the title away from Fields in a 15 round fight. Jackie would regain the title one more time when he defeated Lou Brouillard. After a car crash Fields lost the sight in one eye yet was able to fight on! Predictably he lost the title when a crafty southpaw like Young Corbett III beat him over 15 rounds. After one more fight he retired and worked in a Hollywood film lot and partly owned The Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas. Fields was also elected into the Jewish Sports Hall Of Fame in Israel, in 1979.
1924 Sep 18 Joe Salas Los Angeles W 4 Nov 6 Al Leonard Los Angeles W 4 Dec 10 Danny Woods Alhambra, CA W 4 1925 Feb 5 Benny Pascal Pasadena, CA W 6 Apr 2 Billy Young Wilmington, CA KO 2 May 8 Joe Salas Hollywood, CA W 10 Jun 9 Billy Young Vernon, CA KO 1 Aug 12 Johnny Lamar Los Angeles D 6 Sep 23 Frankie Fink Los Angeles W 6 Nov 12 Jimmy McLarnin Los Angeles KO by 2 1926 Feb 24 Willie Buff Wilmington, CA KO 3 Mar 13 Young Brown Sacramento, CA KO 5 Apr 9 Phil Salavadore Hollywood, CA W 10 Apr 28 Johnny Lamar Los Angeles W 10 Jun 18 Johnny Lamar Hollywood, CA W 10 Jul 16 Roscoe Hall Hollywood, CA W 10 Sep 2 Sailor Ahsmore Pasadena, CA W 8 Sep 24 Dick Hoppe Hollywood, CA W 10 Dec 7 King Tut Los Angeles W 10 Dec 21 Jack Silver San Francisco KO 4 1927 Jan 14 Matty Mario Hollywood, CA W 10 Jan 25 Harry "Kid" Brown Vernon, CA W 10 Mar 11 Russ Whalen Hollywood, CA W 10 Apr 4 Sammy Mandell Los Angeles ND 12 Jun 2 Joey Kaufman New York W 10 Jun 15 Louis "Kid" Kaplan New York L 10 Jul 4 Frankie Fink New York W 10 Aug 30 Baby Joe Gans Los Angeles W 10 Nov 3 Joey Silver San Francisco W 10 Nov 22 Mushy Callahan Los Angeles W 10 Dec 2 Dick Ramies Hollywood, CA KO 2 Dec 20 Buddy Saunders Los Angeles W 10 1928 Jan 13 Charley Feraci San Diego W 10 Feb 15 Vince Dundee Los Angeles W 10 Feb 23 Sammy Mandell Chicago L 10 Apr 17 Vince Dundee Los Angeles W 10 May 3 Don Fraser Hollywood, CA KO 1 Jun 8 Don Fraser Hollywood, CA KO 3 Jun 26 Jack Zivic Los Angeles KO 7 Jul 13 "Farmer" Joe Cooper San Francisco W 10 Jul 20 Joe Vargas San Francisco KO 9 Aug 10 Pete Meyers San Francisco KO 4 Oct 1 Young Jack Thompson San Francisco W 10 Oct 30 Sergent Sammy Baker Los Angeles KO 2 Nov 30 Mike Payan San Francisco KO 2 Dec 27 Tommy Elks Hollywood, CA KO 7 1929 Jan 28 Jack McCarthy Chicago W 10 Feb 15 Baby Joe Gans New York W 10 Mar 8 Al Van Ryan Detroit KO 5 Mar 25 Young Jack Thompson Chicago W 10 (Wins Vacant NBA Welterweight Title) May 24 Clyde Chastain Chicago W 10 Jun 19 Jack Horner St. Louis KO 4 Jun 28 "Farmer" Joe Cooper Chicago KO 1 Jul 25 Joe Dundee Detroit WDQ 2 (Retains NBA, Wins World Welterweight Title) Oct 2 Vince Dundee Chicago W 10 Oct 21 Gorilla Jones San Francisco W 10 Nov 5 Dummy Mahan Kansas City KO 2 Dec 13 Gorilla Jones Boston NC 7 1930 Jan 6 Alf Ros Philadelphia W 10 Jan 10 Jimmy Owens Chicago KO 2 Jan 24 Vince Dundee Chicago W 10 Feb 22 Young Corbett III San Francisco L 10 Apr 8 Tommy Freeman Cleveland KO 5 Apr 21 Meyer Grace Kansas City KO 3 May 9 Young Jack Thompson Detroit L 15 (Loses World Welterweight Title) Sep 30 Jack Horner Rochester, NY W 10 Oct 7 Tommy Jordan Indianapolis KO 3 Nov 24 Sam Bruce Buffalo W 10 Dec 9 Paul Pirrone Cleveland W 10 Dec 19 Bucky Lawless Detroit KO 5 1931 Feb 26 Jackie Brady Syracuse, NY W 10 Sep 19 Young Terry New York L 10 Oct 8 King Tut Detroit W 10 Nov 16 Jimmy Belmont Pittsburgh D 10 1932 Jan 28 Lou Brouillard Chicago W 10 (Regains World Welterweight Title) Feb 29 Jimmy Belmont Pittsburgh KO 8 Mar 4 Johnny Indrisano Boston L 10 Mar 8 Patsy Pollock Denver KO 2 Mar 11 Izzy Kline Salt Lake City KO 1 Apr 1 Leslie Baker Boston KO 5 Apr 5 Pee Wee Jarrell Dayton, OH KO 4 May 6 Henry Firpo Louisville ND 10 Dec 1 Tommy Herman San Francisco KO 2 Dec 30 Eddie Murdock San Diego L 10 1933 Feb 22 Young Corbett III San Francisco L 10 (Loses World Welterweight Title) May 2 Young Peter Jackson Los Angeles W 10