George Gardner
(George Gardiner)

BORN   March 17 1877; Lisdoonvarna, County Clare, Ireland
DIED July 8 1954; Chicago, Illinois
HEIGHT 5-11 3/4
WEIGHT 155-175 lbs
RACE White; Irish-American
MANAGER Tom O'Rourke

Gardner was never recognized for being as talented a fighter as he was; He was not credited for being a great champion because he won the Light Heavyweight Championship of the World in one bout and lost it in the next; However, the man to whom he lost in his first defense was a marvel, an All-Time great - Bob Fitzsimmons;  To lose to him was no disgrace

During his career, Gardner defeated such men as Joe Walcott, Peter Maher, Marvin Hart, Jack Root, George Byers, Frank Craig, Jim Jeffords, Billy Stift and  Jack Moffatt

George was a brother of Jimmy Gardner and Billy Gardner, both boxers

Gardner-Root 1903 Fight Video Clip

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Nov  5 Hugh Colgren               Manchester, NH                    W  4
Mar  7 Matt Leary                 Manchester, NH                    W  4
Mar 10 J. Young                   Manchester, NH                   KO  3
Mar 17 J. Young                   Manchester, NH                   KO  2
Apr 10 Tom Moore                  Manchester, NH                   KO  4
Apr 27 Tom O'Brien                Manchester, NH                   KO  1
Nov 20 Hugh Colgren               Manchester, NH                   KO  3
Dec 10 Professor Evans            Manchester, NH                   TK  3
Dec 25 Ed "Thunderbolt" Smith     Montreal, Que, Can               KO  7

Jan 20 Bob Montgomery             Manchester, NH                    D 10
Mar 24 Andy Moynahan              Manchester, NH                   KO  3
Apr  9 John Butler                Lowell, Ma                       TK  7
Jun  7 Young Sharkey              Lowell, Ma                       TK  9
Jul 31 "Wild" Bill Hanrahan       Lowell, Ma                        D  6
Aug  5 Harry Fischer              Brooklyn, NY                     TK 17
Sep 16 Jimmy Handler              Brooklyn, NY                     LT 18
          -Some sources report 10/16/99;
           Some sources report "L 18"
Nov  5 George Byers               Lynn, Ma                          D 15
Dec 12 Jack Moffatt               Brooklyn, NY                     TK  8
          -Some sources report "W 7";
           Some sources report that Moffatt broke an arm

Jan  9 Harry Fischer              Lynn, Ma                         TK 12
Jan 16 George Byers               Lynn, Ma                          D 15
          -Some sources report 2/02/00
Feb 12 Jimmy Handler              Brooklyn, NY                     TK  3
Feb 22 George Byers               Hartford, Ct                     WF 14
Mar 14 Jack Burke                 Lynn, Ma                         TK  4
Apr 17 J. Fitzpatrick             Portland, Me                     TK  9
Apr 23 Dick Baker                 Manchester, NH                   KO  4
          -Some sources report "Dick Burke";
           Some sources report "Bill Hanrahan";
           Some sources report "KO 9" at "Portland, Me"
May  2 Charlie Goff               Utica, NY                        TK  7
May 14 George Byers               Boston, Ma                       ND 15
          -Some sources report "D 15"
May 29 Edward "Kid" Carter        Brooklyn, NY                     WF 19
Sep 10 Frank Craig                London, Eng                      WF  4
          -Some sources report "KO 4"
Sep 30 Jack Scales                London, Eng                      TK  3

Apr  8 Tim Hurley                 Manchester, NH                   TK  5
          -Some sources report 4/18/01
Jul  4 Jack Moffatt               San Francisco, Ca                TK  3
Aug 30 Edward "Kid" Carter        San Francisco, Ca                TK 18
Sep 27 Joe Walcott                San Francisco, Ca                 L 20
Dec 20 Edward "Kid" Carter        San Francisco, Ca                KO  8

Jan 31 Jack Root                  San Francisco, Ca                LF  7
Apr 25 Joe Walcott                San Francisco, Ca                 W 20
Aug 18 Jack Root                  Salt Lake City, Ut               TK 17
Oct  3 Joe Choynski
               Los Angeles, Ca                 SCH  
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled

Oct 31 Jack Johnson               San Francisco, Ca                 L 20
Dec 11 Billy Stift                Chicago, Il                       W  6
Dec 29 Edward "Kid" Carter        Chicago, Il                       W  6
          -Some sources report 12/29/1903

Feb  9 Bob Armstrong              Philadelphia, Pa                 NC  4
Feb 13 Al Weinig                  Boston, Ma                       TK  7
Apr  6 Peter Maher                Boston, Ma                       KO  1
Apr 21 Charles Haghey             Boston, Ma                      SCH  
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
May 13 Marvin Hart                Louisville, Ky                   TK 12
Jul  4 Jack Root                  Fort Erie, Ont, Can              TK 12
          -Light Heavyweight Championship of the World
Nov 25 Bob Fitzsimmons            San Francisco, Ca                 L 20
          -Light Heavyweight Championship of the World

Jan  5 Marvin Hart                Boston, Ma                        D 15
Feb  8 Fred Cooley                Chicago, Il                       W  6
Feb  8 Jim Driscoll               Chicago, Il                       W  6
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Feb 19
Edward "Kid" Carter        Milwaukee, Wi                     W  6
Feb 26 Jack Root                  Chicago, Il                       D  6
May  2 Jack Root                  Chicago, Il                       L  6
Jul  1 John Wille                 Chicago, Il                       D  6
Aug 15 Jim Jeffords               Butte, Mt                        KO  3
Sep 16 "Fireman" Jim Flynn        Denver, Co                        D 10

Feb 24 Morgan Williams            Denver, Co                      SCH  
          -This bout was scheduled but postponed
Apr 17 Mike Schreck               Salt Lake City, Ut               LT 20
Jun 19 Billy Stift                Ogden, Ut                        KO  5

Jan 24 Jim Jeffords               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Apr 19 Mike Schreck               Chelsea, Ma                      NC  2
Dec 21 Al Kaufmann                Los Angeles, Ca                  LK 14

Apr 17 "Fireman" Jim Flynn        San Diego, Ca                    LK 18
Oct 12 Terry Mustain              San Diego, Ca                     D 20

Jan 29 Terry Mustain              San Diego, Ca                    LK  8
May 18 Tony Ross                  New Castle, Pa                   LT  7

*** The Following Bouts Are Reported But Not Confirmed ***

May 20 Hugh McWinters             Manchester, NH                   KO  6
          -Some sources report that Gardner boxed "Hugh Winters"

Apr 17 Terry Mustain              San Diego, Ca                    LK 18

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