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Book Review -- IN THE RING WITH JAMES J. CORBETT   by Adam Pollack

"Gentleman" Jim Corbett
(James John Corbett)

BORN     September 1 1866; San Francisco, California
DIED     February 18 1933; Bayside, Queens, New York
HEIGHT   6-1 1/2
WEIGHT   173-190 lbs
RACE     White; Irish-American
MANAGERS Charles Stenzel, Charles E. "Parson" Davies, William Brady, George Considine, James J. McDevitt

Corbett was one of the greatest heavyweights of all-time; He developed innovations that led to modern boxing techniques and fighting styles; He was clever, agile and "jack-rabbit" quick; He utilized fast jabs and hooks and possessed excellent footwork along with slippery head and body movement

 
Due to early day reports, there is much question as to whether bouts were amateur or professional; Very likely, many bouts identified as amateur or exhibitions were wins

 
Nat Fleischer ranked Corbett as the #5 All-Time Heavyweight and Charley Rose ranked him as the #9 All-Time Heavyweight; He was inducted into the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1954 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990



Corbett-Courtney 1894 Fight Video Clip

Corbett-Fitzsimmons 1897 Fight Video Clip

Another Corbett-Fitzsimmons 1897 Fight Video Clip

Corbett Fight Video Clip (Fitzsimmons, McCoy)

Corbett-Sullivan Sparring In Street Clothes 1910 Video Clip

Corbett-Tunney Sparring 1925 Video Clip (Scroll 1/3 way down, click play button)

Jeffries Speaks Video Clip (Comments on Corbett)

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*** AMATEUR BOUTS ***

Undated
       Fatty Carney                San Francisco, Ca                W   
          -This was a "private" fight
       Joe Robinson                San Francisco, Ca                L   
          -This was a street fight

1884
       Joe Choynski                San Francisco, Ca               KO  1
          -Some sources report "ND 1"

1883-1885
       Billy Keneally              San Francisco, Ca                W  4
       John Donaldson                                               W  4

          -Corbett beat many unnamed minor opponents in the
          San Francisco, Ca area

          -Corbett became a Golden Gloves Champion and won
          seven Silver Championship Cups in amateur boxing
          on the Pacific Coast

          -Corbett beat some professional boxers in the
          San Francisco, Ca area

1885
Apr    -The new Olympic Club opened
May 19 William T. Welch            San Francisco, Ca               EX  4
          -Some sources report 1886;
          Most sources report "L 4"

       -Corbett received boxing instructions from "Professor" Walter Watson

       "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey    San Francisco, Ca               EX   
       Lem Fulda                   San Francisco, Ca               EX   
          -Some sources report "KO" in 4 minutes; Watson said "No"
Jul 24 Grosenberg                  San Francisco, Ca               EX  4
          -Corbett was better ("W 4")
Aug 28 Mike Cleary                 San Francisco, Ca               EX  2
          -Cleary was better but said that Corbett "got away" from 
          a right-hand punch better than anyone he had ever seen
Aug 28 Dave Eisemann [Eisman]      San Francisco, Ca               TK  2
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date

          -Corbett became Heavyweight Champion of the Olympic Club

Oct  9 E.G. Slosson                San Francisco, Ca               EX  3
          -Corbett was better ("W 3")
Oct 23 James Hair                  San Francisco, Ca               EX  3
Nov  6 E.G. Slosson                San Francisco, Ca               EX  3
Nov  6 Walter Watson               San Francisco, Ca               EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Dec  3 James Hair                  San Francisco, Ca               EX   
Dec  3 E.G. Slosson                San Francisco, Ca               EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Dec    Walter Watson               San Francisco, Ca               EX   
          -This bout may have been held on 12/03/85
       William T. Welch            Oakland, Ca                     KO  1
          -Some sources report 1886

1886
Jan 22 James McCarthy              San Francisco, Ca               EX   
          -A second Corbett-McCarthy bout is reported;
          Corbett bested McCarthy in May 1886
Feb 12 Walter Watson               San Francisco, Ca               EX  3
May 14 Robert McCord               San Francisco, Ca               EX   
May    William T. Welch            San Francisco, Ca               EX   
Jul  3 Frank Smith                 Salt Lake City, Ut              WF  3
          -Reports vary - "WF 4" - "W 2" - "KO 2";
          Smith was disqualified for holding and wrestling
Jul 14 Duncan McDonald             Salt Lake City, Ut               D  6
Jul 22 Duncan McDonald             Salt Lake City, Ut              EX  3

          -Corbett and McDonald possibly had other exhibitions;
          Corbett used the name "Jim Dillon" while in Salt Lake City

Nov  8 P.T. Goodloe                San Francisco, Ca               EX   
Dec  2 Jack Kitchen                Oakland, Ca                     EX   

          -Corbett married Olive Lake (divorced in 1895)

1886-1887
       Duncan McDonald             Evanston, Wy                     W  4
          -Reports vary - "W 6" - "D 4"

1887
Jan 25 Tom Johnson                 Oakland, Ca                     EX  3
          -Some sources report "W 4";
          Corbett was better ("W 3")
Feb  2 Mike Brennan                San Francisco, Ca               EX  3
          -Reports vary - "EX 4" - "W 3" - "W 4"
       "Captain" James C. Dailey   in California                   TK  2
          -Reports vary - "KO 1" - "KO 4"
       Martin "Buffalo" Costello   in California                    W  3
Mar 23 Joe Choynski                San Francisco, Ca               EX  5
          -Corbett was better ("W 5")
Aug 10 J. Kitchen                  San Francisco, Ca               EX   
Aug 27 Jack Burke                  San Francisco, Ca               ND  8
          -Reports vary - "D 8" - "EX 8"

          -Corbett trained and sparred with Billy Keneally in preparation
          for the Keneally-Joe Choynski bout

1887-1888
       Bill Hayes                  in California                   KO  3
Nov    William Miller              San Francisco, Ca                W  6
          -Some sources report "W 4"

1888
Jan 27 Billy Keneally              San Francisco, Ca               EX   
Feb    -Corbett was hired as boxing instructor by the San Francisco
          Olympic Club when Walter Watson resigned
Feb 17 Billy Keneally              San Francisco, Ca               EX  4
Mar  9 Billy Keneally              San Francisco, Ca               EX  3
Apr  8 -Corbett began working out and sparring with Joe McAuliffe
          in preparation for the McAuliffe-Frank Glover bout
Jun 29 W.H. Quinn                  San Francisco, Ca               EX   
          -This was a wrestling match; Falls: 1-1
Jun 30 Frank Glover                San Francisco, Ca                D  3
          -Reports vary - "W 2" - "EX 4" - "D 8"
Jul 28 Joe Bowers                  San Francisco, Ca               EX  4
          -Corbett was better ("W 4")
Aug 21 Frank Bush                  San Francisco, Ca               EX  3
Nov 14 Robert McCord               San Francisco, Ca               EX   
Nov 24 Robert McCord               San Francisco, Ca               EX  3

          -Corbett claimed to have sparred with Joe McAuliffe
          in preparation for the McAuliffe-Peter Jackson bout

*** PROFESSIONAL BOUTS ***

1889
Apr 16 J.B. Smith                  San Francisco, Ca               EX
May 30 Joe Choynski                San Anselmo, Ca                 NC  4
          -This bout was held near "Fairfax, Ca";
          Gloves were used for this bout;
          Police intervened; Corbett was better (W 4)
Jun  5 Joe Choynski                Carquinez Straits, Ca           TK 27
          -This bout was fought on a barge in "Benecia Harbor, Ca";
          Corbett wore two-ounce gloves;
          Choynski wore skin gloves with seams;
          Some sources report 6/08/89
Jul 15 Joe Choynski                San Francisco, Ca                W  4
          -Some sources report "EX 4"
Jul    Joe McAuliffe                                               EX   
          -Corbett and McAuliffe sparred during Jul-Aug 1889
          in preparation for the McAuliffe-Pat Killen bout
       George Atkinson             San Francisco, Ca               KO  1
          -This bout was held prior to 9/23/89;
          Some sources report "W 2" during 1888
Sep 28 John Donaldson              San Francisco, Ca               EX  3
          -Reports vary - "EX 4" - "W 4"
Oct 12 J.B. Smith                  San Francisco, Ca               EX  4
Dec 10 -Corbett resigned his boxing instructor position
          with the San Francisco Olympic Club
Dec 11 "Australian" Billy Smith    Portland, Or                     W  6
Dec 12 "Australian" Billy Smith    Portland, Or                     W  6
          -Some sources report "San Francisco, Ca";
          Some sources report "W 10"
Dec 28 Dave Campbell               Portland, Or                     D 10
          -Corbett won easily on skills but failed to score
          a knockout; Some sources report 7/29/89

1885-1890
       Horace Leeds                Atlantic City, NJ               EX   

1890
Feb 18 Jake Kilrain                New Orleans, La                  W  6
          -Some sources report 2/17/90
Mar 20 Mike Donovan                New York, NY                    EX  3
          -Donovan called Corbett the quickest big man he ever faced

          -Corbett and Mike Donovan sparred several times in New York
          during March and April 1890; Likely, they sparred in Boston,
          Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington too

Apr 14 Dominick McCaffrey          Brooklyn, NY                     W  4
          -Reports vary - "EX 4" - "TK 4"; Technically, this was
          more of an exhibition bout; Short rounds and long rests
          were allowed; When McCaffrey retired in round 4, Corbett
          was declared the winner
Apr 30 John Donaldson              Sacramento, Ca                  EX   
May  1 -Corbett resumed his boxing instructor position with the
          San Francisco Olympic Club
Sep  3 Robert McCord               San Francisco, Ca               EX   
Sep  3 Jack Woolrich               San Francisco, Ca               EX   
          -This was a wrestling match;
          The previous 2 bouts were held the same date

       Jim Daly                                                    EX   
          -Daly worked as a sparring partner during
          the fall of 1890 and was active in numerous
          sparring exhibitions

Oct  8 John D. Spreckels           San Francisco, Ca               EX   
          -Corbett broke Spreckels' nose
Oct  9 Robert McCord               Oakland, Ca                     EX  3
Nov  7 Jack Kitchen                San Francisco, Ca               EX  3
          -Corbett was better; The verdict may have been "EX 4"
Dec 11 A.G.D. Kerrill              San Francisco, Ca               EX   
Dec 29 -Corbett resigned his position with the San Francisco
          Olympic Club and went on a tour

1891
Jan 15 John Donaldson              New Orleans, La                 EX   

Feb    -Corbett and Donaldson toured the eastern United States and
          sparred; They appeared in New York, Brooklyn and Chicago;
          Probably, other cities too

Mar    -Corbett and Donaldson sparred in San Francisco during March
          and April 1891

Apr 19 Julian R. Brandon           Sausalito, Ca                   EX  4
May 21 Peter Jackson               San Francisco, Ca               NC 61
          -Some sources report "D 61"
Jun 26 John L. Sullivan            San Francisco, Ca               EX  4
          -Some sources report "EX 3" on 6/24/91
Jul    Joe Lannon                  St. Paul, Mn                    EX   
          -Corbett and Lannon sparred during Jul 1891
Aug  5 Jim Hall                    Chicago, Il                     EX  4
          -Some sources report 8/15/91
Aug 13 -Corbett began a tour and performed in the play, After Dark; 
          During the play, he sparred 3 rounds with Jim Daly
Oct  8 Ed Kinney                   Milwaukee, Wi                    W  4
          -Some sources report 10/07/91
Oct 12 Jim Corbett                 Brooklyn, NY                    EX  3
          -This bout as part of the play, After Dark;
          The play ran all the week of Oct 12
Oct 23 William Rocap               Philadelphia, Pa                EX   
Oct 23 Clarence Cramer             Philadelphia, Pa                EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Oct 25 Clarence Cramer             Philadelphia, Pa                EX   
Oct 25 H.W. Schlichter             Philadelphia, Pa                EX   
Oct 25 Lon Kitchen                 Philadelphia, Pa                EX   
          -This was a wrestling match; Corbett threw Kitchen;
          The previous 3 bouts were held the same date

          -Corbett continued his tour with the play, After Dark;
          During the play, he sparred 3 rounds with Jim Daly

Dec 26 Mike Donovan                New York, NY                    EX  1
Dec 26 Bob Center                  New York, NY                    EX  1
          -Corbett knocked Center out;
          The previous 2 bouts were held the same date

1892
Jan 14 Jim Daly                    Philadelphia, Pa                EX   
Jan 15 William Rocap               Philadelphia, Pa                EX   
Jan 18 Joe Donohue                 Philadelphia, Pa                EX  1
          -Corbett stopped Donohue (TK 1)
Jan 18 Jim Daly                    Philadelphia, Pa                EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Jan 19 Jim McVey                   Philadelphia, Pa                EX  3
Jan 20 Jack "Bubbles" Davis        Philadelphia, Pa                EX   
Jan 21 Bob Caffrey                 Philadelphia, Pa                EX  3
Jan 22 Mike Donovan                Philadelphia, Pa                EX  3
Jan 23 Bob Caffrey                 Philadelphia, Pa                EX  3   
Jan 23 Jim McVey                   Philadelphia, Pa                EX  3   
          -The previous 2 bouts were scheduled the same date
Jan 25 Jim Daly                    Boston, Ma                      EX  3
          -Corbett and Daly held several exhibitions in Boston, Ma
          in late Jan 1892
Feb 11 Charlie Mitchell            New York, NY                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled;
          Negotiations fell through
Feb 16 William Spilling            New York, NY                    EX  1
          -Corbett stopped Spilling (TK 1)
Feb 16 Bob Caffrey                 New York, NY                    EX  1
          -Corbett stopped Caffrey (TK 1)
Feb 16 Joe Lannon                  New York, NY                    ND  3
          -Reports vary - "W 3" - "EX 3" - "L 3";
          The previous 3 bouts were held the same date
Mar  2 Jim Brady                   Philadelphia, Pa                EX  4
          -Reports vary - "W 4" - "KO 2"
Mar  3 Billy McLean                Philadelphia, Pa                EX  4
          -Some sources report "EX 3"
Mar  4 Tommy Monoghan              Philadelphia, Pa                EX  2
          -Corbett knocked Monoghan out (KO 2);
          Some sources report "Mike Monoghan"
Mar  5 Jim Daly                    Philadelphia, Pa                EX  2
          -Some sources report 3/04/92
Mar 12 -Sources report that Corbett defeated Jack Langdon,
          Jack McVey, Sailor Brown and a heavyweight during
          the past two weeks in Philadelphia, Pa
Mar 21 Jim Daly                    New York, NY                    EX   
          -Corbett and Daly sparred in New York, NY several times
          during late Mar 1892
Apr  2 Jim Daly                    New York, NY                    EX   
Apr  4 Jim Daly                    Providence, RI                  EX  3
Apr  6 John McCann                 Hartford, Ct                    TK  1
Apr  6 Jim Daly                    Hartford, Ct                    EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Apr    Jim Daly                    New Haven, Ct                   EX  3
          -Some sources report 4/06/92
Apr    Jim Daly                    Syracuse, NY                    EX   
Apr  8 Jim Daly                    Buffalo, NY                     EX  3
Apr  9 Mike Donovan                New York, NY                    EX   
Apr 13 Jim Daly                    Rochester, NY                   EX   
Apr 23 Peter McCann                Chicago, Il                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Apr 23 Jim Daly                    Chicago, Il                     EX  3

Apr    -Sources report that Corbett sparred with Jim Daly in
          Milwaukee, Wi, Minneapolis, Mn, Vancouver, BC, Can,
          Tacoma, Wa and Portland, Or

May 14 Manfred Olsen               San Francisco, Ca               EX  1
          -Corbett knocked Olsen out (KO 1)
May 14 Jim Daly                    San Francisco, Ca               EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
May 19 Jim Daly                    San Francisco, Ca               EX   
May 30 Jim Daly                    Trinidad, Co                    EX   
Aug 20 Jim Daly                    Newark, NJ                      EX  3
Aug 20 Jim McVey                   Newark, NJ                      EX   
          -This was a wrestling match
Aug 20 Jim Daly                    Newark, NJ                      EX  3
          -The previous 3 bouts were held the same date
Aug 25 Jim Daly                    Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
Aug 29 John Lawler                 New York, NY                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Aug 29 Jim Daly                    New York, NY                    EX   
Aug 29 Jim McVey                   Newark, NJ                      EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date

Sep  2 Jim Daly                    Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
          -This bout was a wrestling match;
          Corbett and Daly got rough and an 
          argument ensued
Sep  3 Jim McVey                   Philadelphia, Pa                EX   
          -This was a wrestling match - a 30 minute session
Sep  5 Jim Daly                    near Spartanburg, SC            EX   
          -This bout was held on a "training car"
          which was part of a southbound train
Sep  5 Jim Daly                    near Gainsville, Fl             EX   
Sep  5 Denny Dillon                near Gainsville, Fl             EX   
Sep  5 Mike Donovan                near Gainsville, Fl             EX    
          -The previous 3 bouts were held on a "training car"
          which was part of a train going from Gainsville
          to Atlanta, Ga
Sep  5 Jim Daly                    New Orleans, La                 EX   
          -This was a wrestling match;
          The previous 5 bouts were held the same date
Sep  7 John L. Sullivan            New Orleans, La                 KO 21
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World
Sep 12 Joe Choynski                New York, NY                   SCH   
Sep 12 an unnamed opponent         New York, NY                   SCH   
Sep 12 an unnamed opponent         New York, NY                   SCH   
          -The previous 3 bouts were scheduled the
          same date; The outcomes are not known
Sep 14 Jim Daly                    Philadelphia, Pa                EX  3
Sep 15 Jim Daly                    Providence, RI                  EX   
Sep 16 Jim Daly                    Boston, Ma                      EX   
Sep 17 John L. Sullivan            New York, NY                    EX  3
Sep 19 Jim Daly                    Hartford, Ct                    EX  3
Sep 20 an unnamed opponent         Hoboken, NJ                    SCH   
          -The previous bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Sep 21 Jim Daly                    Waverly, NJ                     EX   
Sep 22 Jim Daly                    Brooklyn, NY                    EX  3
Sep 23 Jim Daly                    Waverly, NJ                     EX  3
Sep 23 Jim Daly                    Newburgh, NY                    EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Sep 26 Jim Daly                    Albany, NY                      EX  3
Sep 29 Jim Daly                    Buffalo, NY                     EX  3
Oct  3 John Donaldson              in New Jersey                   EX   
          -This bout was part of the play, Gentleman Jack
Oct  4 John Donaldson              Wilmington, De                  EX  3
Oct  5 John Donaldson              Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
          -This bout was part of the play, Gentleman Jack

          -Corbett and Donaldson toured the eastern United States
          and sparred as part of the play, Gentleman Jack, for 
          several months

1893
Jul    Jim Daly                    Chicago, Il                     EX   
          -Corbett boxed exhibitions at the "Chicago World's Fair" 
          during Jul 3-18 1893
Sep  4 John Donaldson              New York, NY                    EX  3
Oct  4 John Donaldson              Wilmington, De                  EX  3
Oct    John Donaldson              Interlaken, NJ                  EX   
Nov    John Donaldson              Cleveland, Oh                   EX   
          -This bout was held during November 20-25
Nov 27 John Donaldson              Buffalo, NY                     EX   
Dec 12 an unnamed opponent         Augusta, Ga                     EX  1
Dec 16 Jim McVey                   Mayport, Fl                     EX   
          -This was a wrestling match
Dec 16 Dan Creedon                 Mayport, Fl                     EX   
Dec 16 Tom Tracey                  Mayport, Fl                     EX   
Dec 16 John Donaldson              Mayport, Fl                     EX   
          -The previous 4 bouts were held the same date
Dec 31 John Donaldson              Mayport, Fl                     EX   
Dec 31 Dan Creedon                 Mayport, Fl                     EX   
Dec 31 Tom Tracey                  Mayport, Fl                     EX   
          -The previous 3 bouts were held the same date

1894
Jan  8 an unnamed opponent         Mayport, Fl                     EX   
Jan 18 John Donaldson              Mayport, Fl                     EX   
Jan 18 Dan Creedon                 Mayport, Fl                     EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Jan 19 John Donaldson              Mayport, Fl                     EX   
Jan 19 Dan Creedon                 Mayport, Fl                     EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Jan 25 Charlie Mitchell            Jacksonville, Fl                KO  3
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World
Jan 27 Dan Creedon                 New York, NY                    EX   
          -Some sources report 1/28/94

          -Corbett and Donaldson were planning to go on a two-month
          sparring tour as part of the play, Gentleman Jack; They
          reportedly appeared in Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh,
          Harlem and Washington, DC

Feb    an unnamed opponent         Mobile, Al                      EX   
Feb 12 John Donaldson              Philadelphia, Pa                EX   
          -This bout was part of the play, Gentleman Jack
Feb 24 Charlie Mitchell            New York, NY                    EX  4

          -Corbett and Donaldson returned to their sparring tour
          as part of the play, Gentleman Jack; They reportedly 
          appeared in Cincinnati, St. Louis, Newark, Brooklyn,
          Louisville and Philadelphia

Apr  9 John Donaldson              Philadelphia, Pa                EX  4
          -This bout was part of the play, Gentleman Jack
Apr 12 -Corbett sailed for Europe with John Donaldson;
          They were scheduled to spar in the play, Gentleman Jack,
          beginning Apr 21 1894

          -Corbett and Donaldson performed in their sparring tour
          as part of the play, Gentleman Jack; They reportedly 
          appeared in London, Paris, provinces in England, Ireland
          and Scotland

          -A biography of Corbett reported that Corbett and Donaldson
          sparred as part of the play, Gentleman Jack, and appeared
          in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester,
          Birmingham, Newcastle-on-Tyne, Brighton, Southampton,
          Sheffield, Belfast and Dublin

May 13 an unnamed opponent         Paris, Fr                       EX   
May    Jim Daly                    Paris, Fr                       EX   
May    Charloment                  Paris, Fr                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled;
          Charloment (Charlomat) was a Savate Champion;

Jul    -Corbett sailed for America (on or about Jul 20) and arrived
          Aug 1; Donaldson became semi-retired and Steve O'Donnell
          became Corbett's primary sparring partner

Aug 16 an unnamed opponent         Trenton, NJ                     EX   
          -This bout was part of the play, Gentleman Jack
Sep  7 Peter Courtney              Orange, NJ                      EX  6
          -Corbett knocked Courtney out; This bout 
          was filmed by Edison's Kinetoscope;
          Rounds lasted from 1 1/2 to 2 minutes due
          to film reloading requirements

Sep    -Corbett resumed his sparring tour in the play, Gentleman Jack

Sep    Steve O'Donnell             Boston, Ma                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

1895
Jan  4 Steve O'Donnell             New Orleans, La                 EX  3
Jan  4 Jim McVey                   New Orleans, La                 EX  3
          -Corbett knocked McVey out (KO 3);
          Some sources report "KO 1";
          The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Jan  5 Jim McVey                   New Orleans, La                 EX   
Jan  6 Steve O'Donnell             New Orleans, La                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jan    Steve O'Donnell             Nashville, Tn                   EX   
          -This bout was part of the play, Gentleman Jack
Jan 16 -Corbett spoke at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tn
          on the topic of physical development
Feb  2 Steve O'Donnell             Minneapolis, Mn                 EX   
Feb 18 Steve O'Donnell             Philadelphia, Pa                EX   
Feb 19 Steve O'Donnell             Philadelphia, Pa                EX   
Feb 20 Steve O'Donnell             Philadelphia, Pa                EX   
Feb 21 Steve O'Donnell             Philadelphia, Pa                EX   
Feb 22 Steve O'Donnell             Philadelphia, Pa                EX   
Feb 23 Steve O'Donnell             Philadelphia, Pa                EX   
Feb 28 Steve O'Donnell             Scranton, Pa                    EX   
Mar  5 -Corbett appeared in Camden, NJ;
          It is not known if he sparred
Mar  7 -Corbett appeared at Frankford, Pa; 
          It is not known if he sparred
Mar  7 -Corbett appeared at West Chester, Pa; 
          It is not known if he sparred
Mar 11 -Corbett was scheduled to appear at New Brunswick, NJ;
          It is not known if he sparred
Mar 12 -Corbett was scheduled to appear at Elizabeth, NJ;
          It is not known if he sparred
Mar 13 -Corbett was scheduled to appear at Hoboken, NJ;
          It is not known if he sparred
Mar 14 -Corbett was scheduled to appear at Yonkers, NY;
          It is not known if he sparred

          -Corbett divorced Olive Lake during the 
          year and married Jessie Taylor, an actress, 
          known as Vera Stanwood

Jun  8 Jim McVey                   New York, NY                    EX   
Jun 27 John L. Sullivan            New York, NY                    EX  3
Aug 13 Jim McVey                   Buffalo, NY                     EX  3
Aug 13 Jim Daly                    Buffalo, NY                     EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Aug 15 Jim McVey                   Bath Beach, NY                  EX  3
Aug 15 -Corbett reportedly married Miss Vera Stanwood
Aug 16 Jim McVey                   Buffalo, NY                     EX  4
Sep 30 John Donaldson              New York, NY                    EX  1
Sep 30 Jim Daly                    New York, NY                    EX  1
Sep 30 Steve O'Donnell             New York, NY                    EX  3
          -The previous 3 bouts were held the same date
          during the afternoon
Sep 30 Tom Forrest                 New York, NY                    EX  3
Sep 30 Steve O'Donnell             New York, NY                    EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held during the evening
Oct  9 Steve O'Donnell             San Antonio, Tx                 EX  3
          -Corbett was in training for the Bob Fitzsimmons bout
Oct 18 Duncan McDonald             Little Rock, Ar                 EX  3
Oct 18 Jim McVey                   Little Rock, Ar                 EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Oct 31 Bob Fitzsimmons             Dallas, Tx                     SCH   
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World
          This bout was scheduled but not held;
          Authorities prevented the contest
Nov  4 Steve O'Donnell             Memphis, Tn                     EX  3
Nov 11 -Corbett retired (only to return later); 
          He presented his title to Peter Maher 
          following Maher's knockout win over 
          Steve O'Donnell at Maspeth, NY
Nov 25 -Corbett began performing in the play, A Naval Cadet,             
          touring the country

1896
Feb    -Corbett challenged Bob Fitzsimmons to a bout
Mar    Jim McVey                   Cincinnati, Oh                  EX   
Mar    Jim McVey                                                  SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
          McVey injured an ear sparring with Corbett
Mar    Mike Conley                                                 EX   
Apr  7 Mike Conley                 St. Louis, Mo                   EX   
          -This bout was part of the play, A Naval Cadet;
          Corbett and Conley were arrested but let go;
          The play and the sparring continued for the
          week of Apr 7-11 1896
Apr 15 Al Smythe                   Chicago, Il                     EX   
Apr 15 Boyd Frazer                 Chicago, Il                     EX  1
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date;
          These men were wearing padded suits; The round 
          with Frazer lasted about five minutes because 
          the timekeeper neglected to notice when three 
          minutes were up; Corbett landed about 100 blows
          to six for Frazer
Jun 24 Tom Sharkey                 San Francisco, Ca                D  4
          -Police intervened
Jun 26 Robert McCord               San Francisco, Ca               EX   
Jul    -Corbett gave an exhibition in Denver, Co
          during Jul or Aug 1896
Jul    -Corbett gave an exhibition in Kansas City, Mo
          during Jul or Aug 1896
Jul    -Corbett gave an exhibition in Chicago, Il
          during Jul or Aug 1896
Aug  5 Patrick "Reddy" Gallagher   Denver, Co                      EX   
          -Corbett was preparing for a match with Billy Woods at Cripple Creek, Co
Aug  7 Billy Woods                 Cripple Creek, Co               EX  4
          -Some sources report 8/06/97
Sep 12 -Corbett and Fitzsimmons agreed to a bout in Mar 1897
Dec 14 Jim McVey                   New York, NY                    EX  3

1897
Feb  6 Billy Woods                 Kansas City, Mo                 EX   
Feb  9 Jim McVey                   Salt Lake City, Ut              EX  3
          -Some sources report "Billy Woods"
Feb 12 Jim McVey                   San Francisco, Ca               EX   
Feb 13 Jim McVey                   San Francisco, Ca               EX   
          -Corbett and McVey boxed and wrestled
Feb 14 Jim McVey                   San Francisco, Ca               EX  3
Feb 15 Jim McVey                   San Francisco, Ca               EX  4
Feb 17 Billy Woods                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
Feb 17 Jim McVey                   Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
          -Corbett and McVey wrestled
Feb 17 Billy Woods                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
          -The previous 3 sessions were held the same date
Feb 18 Billy Woods                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
Feb 18 Joe Corbett                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
Feb 18 Jim McVey                   Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
          -Corbett and McVey wrestled;
          The previous 3 sessions were held the same date
Feb 19 Billy Woods                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
Feb 19 Jim McVey                   Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
          -Corbett and McVey boxed and wrestled
Feb 19 Joe Corbett                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
Feb 19 Billy Woods                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
          -The previous 4 sessions were held the same date
Feb 20 Billy Woods                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
Feb 20 Jim McVey                   Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
          -The previous 2 sessions were held the same date
Feb 21 Billy Woods                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
Feb 22 Billy Woods                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  4
Feb 22 Joe Corbett                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  3
          -The previous 2 sessions were held the same date
Feb 23 Joe Corbett                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
Feb 23 Billy Woods                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
Feb 23 Jim McVey                   Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
          -Corbett and McVey wrestled;
          The previous 3 sessions were held the same date
Feb 24 Billy Woods                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
Feb 25 Jim Jeffries                Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  3
Feb 25 George Green (Young Corbett) Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv         EX   
Feb 25 Billy Woods                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
          -The previous 3 sessions were held the same date
Feb 26 Jim Jeffries                Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
Feb 26 Billy Woods                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
          -The previous 2 sessions were held the same date
Feb 27 Jim Jeffries                Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
Feb 27 Billy Woods                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
          -The previous 2 sessions were held the same date
Feb 28 Billy Woods                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
Feb 28 Joe Corbett                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
          -The previous 2 sessions were held the same date
Mar  1 Jim Jeffries                Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  2
Mar  1 Billy Woods                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  2
Mar  1 Jim McVey                   Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  2
Mar  1 Joe Corbett                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  2
Mar  1 Robert Edgren               Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  2
          -The previous 5 sessions were held the same date
Mar  5 Jim Jeffries                Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar  5 Robert Edgren               Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar  5 Jim McVey                   Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar  5 Billy Woods                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar  5 Jim Jeffries                Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar  5 Robert Edgren               Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar  5 Jim McVey                   Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar  5 Billy Woods                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar  5 Jim Jeffries                Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar  5 Robert Edgren               Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar  5 Jim McVey                   Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar  5 Billy Woods                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar  5 Jim Jeffries                Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar  5 Robert Edgren               Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar  5 Jim McVey                   Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar  5 Billy Woods                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar  5 Joe Corbett                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
          -The previous 17 sessions were held the same date
Mar  6 Jim Jeffries                Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
Mar  6 Billy Woods                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
Mar  6 Jim McVey                   Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
Mar  6 Jim McVey                   Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
          -Corbett and McVey wrestled;
          The previous 4 sessions were held the same date
Mar  7 Jim McVey                   Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  3
Mar  7 Billy Woods                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  3
Mar  7 Robert Edgren               Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  3
Mar  7 Jim Jeffries                Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  3
          -The previous 4 sessions were held the same date
Mar  8 Jim McVey                   Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
          -This was a wrestling match
Mar  8 Jim Jeffries                Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  4
Mar  8 Billy Woods                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  4
Mar  8 Joe Corbett                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  4
          -The previous 4 sessions were held the same date
Mar  9 Jim Jeffries                Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
Mar  9 Jim McVey                   Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
Mar  9 Robert Edgren               Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
Mar  9 Billy Woods                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
          -The previous 4 sessions were held the same date
Mar 10 Jim Jeffries                Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  4
Mar 10 Billy Woods                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  4
          -The previous 2 sessions were held the same date
Mar 11 Jim Jeffries                Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  3
Mar 11 Billy Woods                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  3
Mar 11 Joe Corbett                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  3
Mar 11 Jim McVey                   Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
          -This was a wrestling match;
          The previous 4 sessions were held the same date
Mar 12 Jim McVey                   Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
          -This was a wrestling match
Mar 12 Jim Jeffries                Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar 12 Billy Woods                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar 12 Joe Corbett                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar 12 Jim Jeffries                Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar 12 Billy Woods                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar 12 Joe Corbett                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar 12 Jim Jeffries                Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar 12 Billy Woods                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar 12 Joe Corbett                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
          -The previous 10 sessions were held the same date
Mar 13 Jim McVey                   Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
          -This was a wrestling match
Mar 13 Billy Woods                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar 13 Jim Jeffries                Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar 13 Joe Corbett                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar 13 Jim McVey                   Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
          -This was a wrestling match
Mar 13 Billy Woods                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar 13 Jim Jeffries                Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar 13 Joe Corbett                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar 13 Jim McVey                   Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
          -This was a wrestling match
Mar 13 Billy Woods                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar 13 Jim Jeffries                Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar 13 Joe Corbett                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar 13 Jim McVey                   Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
          -This was a wrestling match
Mar 13 Billy Woods                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar 13 Jim Jeffries                Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar 13 Joe Corbett                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
          -The previous 16 sessions were held the same date
Mar 14 Billy Woods                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar 14 Joe Corbett                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar 14 Jim Jeffries                Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
Mar 14 Jim McVey                   Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
          -This was a wrestling match
Mar 14 Jim Jeffries                Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX  1
          -The previous 5 sessions were held the same date
Mar 15 Billy Woods                 Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
Mar 15 Jim Jeffries                Shaw's Hot Springs, Nv          EX   
          -The previous 2 sessions were held the same date
Mar 17 Bob Fitzsimmons             Carson City, Nv                 LK 14
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World
May 14 Jim McVey                   Buffalo, NY                     EX  4
       an unnamed opponent                                         EX   

1898
       Charles Lawler                                              EX   
Jul 27 Jim McVey                   Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
Jul 27 Ray Doyle                   Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Jul 28 Ray Doyle                   Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
Jul 28 Tom Corbett                 Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
Jul 28 an unnamed opponent         Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
Jul 28 an unnamed opponent         Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
          -The previous 4 bouts were held the same date (morning)
Jul 28 Jim McVey                   Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
Jul 28 George Green (Young Corbett) Asbury Park, NJ                EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date (afternoon)
Jul 29 Jim McVey                   Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
          -This was a wrestling match
Jul 29 Tom Corbett                 Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
Jul 29 an unnamed opponent         Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
          -The previous 3 bouts were held the same date
Aug  1 an unnamed opponent         Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
Aug  2 Jim McVey                   Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
          -This was a wrestling match
Aug  2 Ray Doyle                   Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
Aug  2 Tom Lansing                 Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
Aug  2 an unnamed opponent         Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
Aug  2 an unnamed opponent         Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
          -The previous 5 bouts were held the same date
Aug  4 Tom Corbett                 Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
Aug  4 Tom Lansing                 Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date (morning)
Aug  6 George Considine            Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
Aug  6 Tom Corbett                 Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
Aug  6 Jim McVey                   Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
          -This was a wrestling match;
          The previous 3 bouts were held the same date (afternoon)
Aug  7 Tommy Rice                  Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
Aug  7 Tom Corbett                 Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
Aug  7 Jim McVey                   Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
          -The previous 3 bouts were held the same date
Aug  9 Tom Lansing                 Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
Aug  9 Billy Lavigne               Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
Aug  9 Tom Corbett                 Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
Aug  9 A.L. Rice                   Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
Aug  9 Jim McVey                   Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
          -This was a wrestling match;
          The previous 5 bouts were held the same date
Aug 10 Tom Lansing                 Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
          -Corbett knocked Lansing out
Aug 10 Tom Corbett                 Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
          -Corbett badly damaged his brother's nose;
          The previous 2 bouts were held the same date (morning)
Aug 13 Tom Lansing                 Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
Aug 13 Steve O'Donnell             Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
Aug 13 an unnamed opponent         Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
Aug 13 Jim McVey                   Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
          -This was a wrestling match;
          The previous 4 bouts were held the same date
Aug 14 Steve O'Donnell             Asbury Park, NJ                 EX  6
Aug 15 Tom Lansing                 Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
Aug 15 Billy Lavigne               Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
Aug 15 Tom Corbett                 Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
          -The previous 3 bouts were held the same date (morning)
Aug 16 an unnamed opponent         Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
Aug 16 an unnamed opponent         Asbury Park, NJ                 EX   
Aug 16 Steve O'Donnell             Asbury Park, NJ                 EX  6
          -This bout was stopped when Corbett received the
          news of the deaths of his parents; His father
          killed his mother and then himself;
          The previous 3 bouts were held the same date
Sep 10 Charles "Kid" McCoy         Buffalo, NY                    SCH  
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled
          due to the deaths of Corbett's parents
Nov 22 Tom Sharkey                 New York, NY                    LF  9
          -Corbett lost by disqualification when his 
          second, Jim McVey, came into the ring in 
          protest of Sharkey's rough, wrestling tactics

1900
Feb    -Corbett was scheduled to spar 20 rounds with Joe Gans at Lakewood, NJ
Feb 22 Gus Ruhlin                  New York, NY                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Mar 20 Mike Donovan                New York, NY                    EX  3
Mar    Gus Ruhlin                                                  EX   
          -Corbett sparred with Ruhlin during Mar-Apr 1900
          in preparation for his bout with Jim Jeffries
May 11 Jim Jeffries                Brooklyn, NY                    LK 23
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World
Aug 30 Charles "Kid" McCoy         New York, NY                    KO  5
          -It seems certain that McCoy faked the knockout
          loss to win bets

1902
May    Bob Fitzsimmons             New York, NY                    EX  3
Dec  8 Tommy Burns                 Detroit, Mi                     EX  3
          -Some sources report 12/09/02
Dec  9 Harry Nedelander            Detroit, Mi                     EX   

1903	
Aug    Yank Kenny                                                  EX   
          -Corbett sparred with Kenny during Aug 1903
          in preparation for his bout with Jim Jeffries
Aug 14 Jim Jeffries                San Francisco, Ca               LK 10
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World

1910
Mar  4 Jack Dillon                 Indianapolis, In                EX  3
       Jim McVey                   New Orleans, La                 EX   
Jun    Jim Jeffries                Moana Springs, Ca               EX   

1925
       Gene Tunney                 New York, NY                    EX  3


*** The Following Bout Is Reported But Not Confirmed ***

1892
Jan 18 Mike Donovan                Philadelphia, Pa                EX  1


*** Much Data Was Provided By Adam Pollack ***

*** Assistance Was Provided By Sergei Yurchenko ***


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1968
       Jack Dempsey                                                LK  7



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