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Jack Stelzner

BORN   near St. Louis, Missouri
WEIGHT 150-180 lbs

Stelzner was a local St. Louis fighter who volunteered to spar with Bob Fitzsimmons when the great man came to town; Fitzsimmons liked his style and took him on as a regular sparring partner and cornerman

Jack's greatest asset was the way he responded to punishment and came fighting back; He was "willing" and liked to trade punches; He started out as a middleweight and grew into a heavyweight

1893
Apr 17 Ed Jones                   St. Louis, Mo                      KO  3
Aug 25 Willis Kennedy                                                 D   
Oct 29 Billy Butts                St. Louis, Mo                      KO  1
          -Butts weighed 220 lbs
Nov 14 Tom Fitzpatrick            St. Louis, Mo                       W  2

1894
Mar  9 Jones                      Hot Springs, Ar                    TK  4
          -Jones was the Middleweight Champion of Arkansas
Mar 14 Bob Fitzsimmons            St. Louis, Mo                      EX  4
          -Some sources report "L 4"
Apr 21 F.M. Kahn                  St. Louis, Mo                       W  3
Jul 13 Billy Zashritz                                                KO  6
          -Zashritz weighed 218 lbs
Sep 29 Bob Fitzsimmons            San Antonio, Tx                    EX  2
Dec 19 Billy Dooley               Memphis, Tn                        TK 22
          -Some sources report "St. Louis, Mo";
          Dooley weighed 170 lbs;

1894-1895
          -Stelzner reportedly worked as a fireman on a railroad
          in Missouri, then as a night watchman at a St. Louis brewery

1895
Feb  3 A.E. Allen                 Hot Springs, Ar                     W 13
Apr  1 P.J. Nolan                 St. Louis, Mo                      KO  2
Jul  6 Mike Queenan                                                   W  4
          -Queenan weighed 228 lbs
Jul 25 "Texas" Jim Johnson        Tyler, Tx                           W  5
          -Johnson was a black heavyweight
Jul 26 Jim Fogarty                Tyler, Tx                          KO  6
Oct 15 Bob Fitzsimmons            Corpus Christi, Tx                 EX   
Nov  4 Bob Fitzsimmons            Glenwood Park, Ar                  EX   
Dec 25 Bob Fitzsimmons            El Paso, Tx                        EX   

1896
Jan  4 Bob Fitzsimmons            Juarez, Mx                         EX   
Jan  8 Bob Fitzsimmons            Juarez, Mx                         EX  6
Jan  8 Bob Fitzsimmons            Juarez, Mx                         EX   
          -This was a wrestling match: Time = 6 minutes
Jan  8 Bob Fitzsimmons            Juarez, Mx                         EX   
          -This was a wrestling match: Time = 9 minutes
Jan  8 Bob Fitzsimmons            Juarez, Mx                         EX   
          -This was a wrestling match: Time = 15 minutes
          The previous 4 bouts were held the same date
Jan 29 Bob Fitzsimmons            Juarez, Mx                         EX   
Feb 17 Bob Fitzsimmons            Juarez, Mx                         EX   
May  4 Jim Williams               Salt Lake City, Ut                 LK  7
          -Williams was the Heavyweight Champion of Utah
Jun 23 Jim Sullivan               Park City, Ut                       W 14
          -Sullivan weighed 210 lbs
Aug 25 Frank Purcell              New York, NY                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Aug 25 Theodore Van Buskirk       San Francisco, Ca                   D 10
Sep  2 Harry Peppers              San Francisco, Ca                   D 10
          -Some sources report "D 8"
Nov 22 Bob Fitzsimmons            Sausalito, Ca                      EX  3
Nov 30 Tom Johnson                San Francisco, Ca                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Dec  6 Bob Fitzsimmons            Los Angeles, Ca                    EX  3
          -This bout was held during the afternoon
Dec  6 Bob Fitzsimmons            Los Angeles, Ca                    EX  3
          -This bout as held during the evening;
          The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Dec 13 Bob Fitzsimmons            Los Angeles, Ca                    EX   

1897
Jan 27 Theodore Van Buskirk       Sacramento, Ca                      W 10
          -Police intervened; Saved Van Buskirk and declared a "Draw"
Feb 22 Jim Jeffries               Los Angeles, Ca                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
          Stelzner injured his back
Feb 24 Bob Fitzsimmons            Carson City, Nv                    EX  1
Feb 24 Bob Fitzsimmons            Carson City, Nv                    EX  3
Feb 24 Bob Fitzsimmons            Carson City, Nv                    EX  3
          -The previous 3 bouts were held the same date
Feb 25 Bob Fitzsimmons            Carson City, Nv                    EX   
Feb 26 Bob Fitzsimmons            Carson City, Nv                    EX  3
Feb 27 Bob Fitzsimmons            Carson City, Nv                    EX   
Feb 27 Bob Fitzsimmons            Carson City, Nv                    EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Mar  1 Bob Fitzsimmons            Carson City, Nv                    EX   
Mar  2 Bob Fitzsimmons            Carson City, Nv                    EX   
Mar  4 Bob Fitzsimmons            Carson City, Nv                    EX   
Mar  5 Bob Fitzsimmons            Carson City, Nv                    EX   
          -This was a wrestling match
Mar  5 Bob Fitzsimmons            Carson City, Nv                    EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Mar  9 Bob Fitzsimmons            Carson City, Nv                    EX  8
Mar 10 Bob Fitzsimmons            Carson City, Nv                    EX   
Mar 12 Bob Fitzsimmons            Carson City, Nv                    EX   
Mar 15 Bob Fitzsimmons            Carson City, Nv                    EX   
Mar 21 Bob Fitzsimmons            San Francisco, Ca                  EX  4 
Apr 14 Alec Greggains             San Francisco, Ca                   D 20
          -Some sources report 8/15/97
Oct 19 Joe McAuliffe              Los Angeles, Ca                    KO 15
          -Some sources report "W 15"

1898
Jan 31 Casey                      Vallejo, Ca                        KO 11
          -Some sources report 2/01/98
Feb 15 Billy Wallace              Columbus, Oh                       TK  8
       Jim Jeffries               Oakland, Ca                        EX   
          -This bout was held during Feb-Mar 1898
Mar  8 Tom Sharkey                San Francisco, Ca                  EX  4
Apr    Jim Jeffries               Oakland, Ca                        EX   
          -Stelzner sparred regularly with Jeffries
May  4 Jim Jeffries               Oakland, Ca                       SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled;
          Stelzner was ill and could not fight
May    Jim Jeffries               Oakland, Ca                        EX   
          -Stelzner sparred regularly with Jeffries
May  6 Henry Baker                San Francisco, Ca                  LF  5
          -Some sources report "LF 6" on 5/07/98
May  9 Jim Jeffries               Oakland, Ca                       SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled
May 14 Theodore Van Buskirk       Marysville, Ca                     TK 17
Oct  1 Joe Kennedy                San Francisco, Ca                   L 20
          -Some sources report 9/30/98;
          Some sources report 10/11/98

1899
Jan 31 Tom Silverthorn            Sacramento, Ca                     WF 11
May 16 Jim Jeffords               San Francisco, Ca                  WF 10
          -Some sources report "WF 11";
          Some sources report "TK 11"
Sep 18 Gus Ruhlin                 Denver, Co                         LT  7
          -Stelzner was down twice in both the sixth and seventh rounds;
          The referee stopped the bout; Some sources report "L 7"
Oct  9 Dick Moore                 St. Louis, Mo                       D 15
Dec 21 Ed Dunkhorst               Hot Springs, Ar                     D 20
          -Some sources report 12/22/99

1900
Jan  3 Dan Bayliff                Hot Springs, Ar                    KO  5
Mar 15 Joe Butler                 San Francisco, Ca                  WF  2
          -Butler claimed that he had knocked Stelzner down
          five times in two rounds but the referee would not
          count him out; Then, Butler was disqualified;
          Some sources report 3/14/00
Aug  4 Mike "Dummy" Rowan         Rock Springs, Wy                    W 15
Aug 18 Mike "Dummy" Rowan         Rock Springs, Wy                    W 14

1902
Jul 25 -Stelzner seconded Bob Fitzsimmons vs Jim Jeffries in San Francisco, Ca

1943
          -Stelzner was alive and living in Oakland, Ca; 
          He had retired from San Francisco Police Department


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

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

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