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"Gentleman" John Jackson
(the "Emperor of Pugilism")

BORN   September 25 1769; London, England
DIED October 7 1845; London, England
HEIGHT.. 5-11
WEIGHT 202 lbs
BACKER Colonel Harvey Aston

Jackson was a very strong all-around athlete and a two-fisted, scientific boxer; In addition to his fistic skills, he was an excellent sprinter and jumper

Unlike many of the fighters of his time, "Gentleman" John socialized with members of the upper echelon of society; He dressed well and conducted himself well with fine manners; His symmetry in frame and fine muscular development made him a fitting model for sculptors

He was inducted into the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1954 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992

Undated (Prior to 1788)
          -Jackson was an exceptional amateur boxer

Jun  9 William Futrell           Smithham Bottom, Eng      (1:07:00)  W   

Mar 12 George Ingleston          Ingatestone, Eng            (20:00)  L  5
          -Jackson suffered a broken leg

          -Jackson announced his retirement from the ring (only to return later)

Apr 15 Daniel Mendoza            Hornchurch, Eng             (10:30)  W  9
          -Championship of England

          -Jackson announced his retirement from the ring;
          Some sources report 1798

Undated (1796-)
          -Jackson opened a boxing school in London, Eng and trained a number of
          members of high society; Among them was George Gordon (Lord Byron)

          -Jackson gave many exhibitions for English and foreign lords and celebrities

          -Jackson was asked to furnish an unarmed force to preserve order
          at the Coronation of George, the Fourth; He selected 18 fighters

*** Sketch And Some Data Provided By Rich Zampetta (of England) ***

Record courtesy of Jan Skotnicki, Historian, International Boxing Research Organization



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