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Jimmy Elliott

BORN   1838; County Athlone, Ireland
DIED March 1 1883; Chicago, Illinois
HEIGHT 6-1
WEIGHT 171-185 lbs
Elliott was an agile, strong, tough, and aggressive boxer who was tricky and used unfair tactics; He had great ability, but never trained seriously; Because of his unrestrained anger, he was twice arrested and sentenced to jail for armed robbery and assault and battery with intent to kill

Jimmy always seemed to turn up at the wrong place at the wrong time; On March 1, 1883, he was shot by gambler Jere Dunn in a Chicago saloon and died shortly afterwards; He is buried in Calvary Cemetery

During his career, Elliott defeated such men as Bill Davis, Charley Gallagher, Dick Eagan and "Captain" James Dalton

1861
May 25 Nobby Clark               Palisades, NJ                        L 34
          -Some sources report 3/28/60 at Weekawken, NJ

1862
Jan  6 Hen Winkle                Bull's Ferry, NJ                     D 95
          -This bout was held near Weehawken, NJ;
           The crowd broke into the ring and the 
           fight was stopped
Nov 16 Big Bailey                near Boston, Ma                      W  4

1863
Jan  9 Dan Kerrigan              Boston, Ma                         SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
           Police intervened
May 11 Jim Dunn                  Staten Island, NY                  SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
           Police intervened
May 13 Jim Dunn                  Bull's Ferry, NJ                    LF 12
          -Dunn's gang broke into the ring and forced
           the referee to disqualify Elliott; In the
           aftermath of the fight, Elliott was arrested
           and jailed at the Trenton, NJ State Prison

May    -Elliott was sentenced to prison for two years at
           the Trenton, NJ State Prison due to armed robbery

1865
Jun  4 -Elliott was released from the Trenton, NJ State Prison

          -Elliott challenged Joe Coburn to fight for the title;
           Coburn refused and Elliott claimed the Heavyweight
           Championship of America

Nov  2 Bill Davis                                                    NC   
          -Police intervened

1867
May 10 Bill Davis                Point Pelee Island, Can              W  9
          -Elliott claimed the Heavyweight Championship of America

1868
Nov 12 Charley Gallagher         Peach Island, Mi                     W 23
          -This fight was held near Detroit, Mi

1870
Dec 12 -Elliott was arrested and convicted of highway
           robbery and assault with intent to kill; He was
           sentenced to 16 years and 10 months at the
           Eastern Penitentiary at Philadelphia, Pa

1879
          -Elliott was released early from prison due to
           an eye disease during the Spring of 1879

May  9 John J. Dwyer             Long Point, Can                      L 12
          -Dwyer claimed the Heavyweight Championship of America
Sep 29 Paddy Ryan                Brooklyn, NY                       SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held

1882
May  1 Dick Eagan                                                     W  4
          -Egan was known as the "Troy Terror";
           Gloves were used for this bout
Jul  4 John L. Sullivan          Brooklyn, NY                        LK  3
          -Gloves were used for this bout
       Tug Wilson                                                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
           Wilson left for England; Elliott won by forfeit
Oct 14 Paddy Ryan                Chicago, Il                         EX   
Nov 25 "Captain" James Dalton    Chicago, Il                         KO   

Record courtesy of Tracy Callis, Historian, International Boxing Research Organization
 

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