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    LITTLE JIMMY WILDE: THE GREATEST PUNCHER OF ALL TIME? by MIKE CASEY

    THE GHOST WITH THE HAMMER IN HIS HAND: LITTLE JMMY WILDE MIGHT JUST HAVE BEEN THE GREATEST PUNCHER OF ALL

    by Mike Casey from Grandslampage.net

    LITTLE BIG MAN: Standing little over five feet tall and weighing one hundred pounds, Jimmy Wilde was a physical phenomenon. Graduating from the boxing booths in his native Wales, Jimmy was a ferocious puncher who was significantly outweighed by most of his opponents. Yet he went unbeaten in his first 101 fights and is still regarded by most as the greatest ever flyweight.

    I thought of little Jimmy Wilde recently as I watched a documentary about a wonderful cinematic discovery made in the town of Blackburn in the so-called Black Country area of northern England. Sealed in barrels in a photographic shop, untouched and unseen for more than 70 years, were 800 original nitrate negatives of pioneer film makers, James Kenyon and Sagar Mitchell.

    Mitchell and Kenyon ran a late Victorian and Edwardian film company and shot various film projects long before Hollywood was born. Among other things, they captured what is believed to be the first moving film of the Manchester United soccer team in the opening years of the twentieth century.

    The film collection was acquired by the British Film Institute and painstakingly restored to its original glory. The results are astounding. Shot expertly by men who knew their business, the films have the precision and clarity that is so cruelly absent from most of the old fight films from the same era. No crude hand cranking, no skips and jumps, none of the high speed antics that so unfairly ridicule the skilful fistic artists of those bygone days.

    Why did I think of Jimmy Wilde? Because one of Mitchell and Kenyon’s most innovative and inspired ideas was to film ordinary working people going about their business, as they walked the streets and poured from the brutal workshops of the factories and the mines.

    In one marvellous sequence, we see men stopping off at little beer stalls to quench the thirst of long and punishing shifts. Most of them are big fellows with barrel chests and the foaming moustaches of the day, looking far older than their years. We learn that many will be fortunate to see their fiftieth birthdays as a result of their humdrum existence and the many illnesses that prevailed at the time. Many others will simply drink themselves to death in their desperate attempts to alleviate the monotony of their frequently gruesome lives.

    This was life in northern England a hundred years ago, just as it was life in a thousand different places across the great American landscape and in Jimmy Wilde’s heartland of the Welsh valleys.

    It is essential to establish the harsh canvas on which Wilde would paint his numerous masterpieces, for it was a minor miracle that he survived his environment, never mind the punches of the many illustrious opponents who would outweigh him.

    Jimmy Wilde was a phenomenon, and I am not one to use such powerful and emotive words lightly. What other superlative is there for such a wondrous little fellow? Frail of physique and almost sickly in appearance, Jimmy seemed ill equipped to live the extraordinary life he did. By the time he was through, he was a living legend.

    Standing little over five feet tall and weighing a hundred pounds, he worked the mines, worked the boxing booths and then became arguably the greatest pound for pound fighter in boxing history.

    To this day, he remains a virtual shoo-in for the top spot among the all-time flyweights. He is probably the only fighter who unites the generations of boxing fans whenever the top ten lists of each weight division are debated and compiled. Arguments rage all the way down to the flyweights, where the business of the day is usually confined to establishing the running order of those from second to tenth.

    Jimmy Wilde was known as the Mighty Atom, the Tylorstown Terror, or perhaps more appropriately, The Ghost With a Hammer In His Hand. All three nicknames were earned and underscored by ferocious punching power, which never seemed to logically match up with its diminutive source.

    From where did Wilde generate such power and acquire such fierce determination and fighting heart? For those answers, we need to examine his progression to the role of professional boxer and his tireless application thereafter. For Jimmy’s deadly hitting was educated, religiously practised and perfectly timed. As good as he was, he worked for hours to make himself better. His hand speed was exceptional and he quickly learned how to heighten the force of his blows by feeding off the momentum of his opponent.

    Coal mines

    Jimmy Wilde was born in May 1892 in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, and was twelve years old when his family moved to Tylorstown. It was here that Jimmy got his first dose of the tough life in the coalmines. Like so many others, he yearned for a way out, but the hard work served a useful purpose in adding steel to his slight frame and much needed strength to the little arms that would so often be likened to pipe stems by the fight reporters of the day.

    Wilde’s true vocation was beckoning, and at the age of sixteen he went to try his luck in the local boxing booths. He quickly discovered that luck was one thing he rarely needed in his natural element of the boxing ring.

    He fought literally scores of fights against much heavier men, astounding onlookers time and time again with his destructive punching and ever improving technique.

    Unfairly, in what were much more superstitious times, Wilde also acquired the reputation of a physical freak. People gasped in awe at the little dynamo, but were equally afraid of him. He couldn’t be real, surely. As Jimmy continued to wreak havoc on those men daring enough to step up and challenge him, so an ironic turnabout occurred. No longer did people worry about whether Wilde was big enough or fit enough for such tough and bruising work. The welfare of his opponents became the issue.

    Let me nail the myth right here and now that there was anything freakish about Jimmy Wilde or his punching ability. This fact was rightly and eloquently explained by one of the greatest boxing journalists ever in the hugely knowledgeable Jimmy Butler.

    Butler, in today’s parlance, was something else. He loved his boxing and was as familiar with the underground circuit as he was with the establishment. It was one of Jimmy’s pleasures to seek out illegal fights throughout London in the hope of spotting potential talent. He knew all the hot spots, and most of the bouncers and doormen knew him. He only needed to tip his hat and exchange some pleasantries to gain entry.

    Such gathering would take place in any makeshift and convenient place, as they do to this day: in warehouses, on old industrial sites, in secretive little ‘lock-ups’ beneath the railway arches or in remote areas out on the tracks. If you have ever seen the Charles Bronson movie, Hard Times, you will have an idea of the scenario.

    But Jimmy Butler didn’t just love his fights. He loved his fighters. He got to know them, got to know their way of fighting and followed them tirelessly throughout their careers. He was a close acquaintance of Wilde, as well as other such greats as Sam Langford, Jim Jeffries, Owen Moran and Jim Driscoll.

    Butler watched Jimmy Wilde in training and understood what he was seeing. He wrote of Jimmy, “Wilde has often been described as a fighting freak. But he was not. A pugilistic marvel –yes. A glove fighting genius – yes. But a freak – definitely no. Jimmy Wilde was more, much more, than that.

    “There was nothing freakish in his devastating punch, amazing though it was. The whole secret of it, as Jimmy himself told me, was in the correctness of the timing.

    “For hour after hour, in the days before he was champion, the former pit boy would practise punching, until he had cultivated a sense of judgement of distance and timing that bordered upon the uncanny.

    “There will never be another Jimmy Wilde. He was the greatest gamecock boxing will ever know.”

    Disciplines

    Mastering the various disciplines and the many subtleties of his trade enabled Jimmy Wilde to make fast and awesome progress when he made the transition from the boxing booths to the professional ranks in the winter of 1910. Astonishingly, he went unbeaten in his first 101 outings, compiling that record in the breathtaking space of just over four years.

    The streak began quietly and almost anti-climatically when his professional debut against Les Williams was declared a no contest after three rounds at Pontypridd in Wales. The date was December 26, aptly known as Boxing Day in the United Kingdom.

    Then Wilde caught fire, piling up knockout victories with the hitting power of a man twice his size. He took on all comers, ripping the European flyweight title from Eugene Husson in 1914 on a sixth round knockout and frequently engaging in catch-weight contests in which he was ridiculously outweighed.

    News of Jimmy’s destructive power shot around the boxing globe with such resonance that potential opponents all the way up to lightweight began to steer a wide berth of the little terror.

    When the streak was snapped by the speedy and ruthless Tancy Lee in 1915, Wilde was not at all well going into the fight. Not for the first time in his career, he refused to offer his poor condition as an excuse for his performance. Lee stopped him in seventeen rounds for the British title, and such was the damage done to Wilde’s right ear that someone in his entourage wanted to sever it with a knife.

    Jimmy got well, bided his time and avenged the loss in 1916 when he stopped Lee in eleven rounds. Wilde was now reaching the glorious peak of his career and he ascended the world flyweight throne later that year when he battered his way to an eleventh round victory over Young Zulu Kid at the National Sporting Club in Covent Garden.

    For once, Jimmy was facing a shorter opponent in the determined little American warrior, who stood just four feet ten inches. Not surprisingly, though, the Kid was heavier than Wilde and much more muscled and thickset.

    Young Zulu could fight too. Setting up a rushing attack, he was all over Jimmy in the first round and for a good part of the second, until Wilde stopped him in his tracks with an uppercut and floored him with a quick succession of heavy blows. Only the bell saved the Kid, but he was undeterred by the turnaround and resumed his strong offensive in the third. Jimmy, however, now had the measure of his man and the contest began to take on a distinct air of inevitability as the more punishing punches repeatedly came from the Welshman.

    It would be noted many times throughout Wilde’s career that the resistance of his opponents would quite noticeably drain once they had sampled his terrible power. In the eleventh round, Wilde drove Young Zulu to the ropes with a powerful left hook to the jaw and decked him with a series of debilitating body shots. A final series of smashes to the jaw prompted the Kid’s seconds to throw in the towel.

    Outweighed by 20lbs!

    There was one fight in 1918, at Stamford Bridge in London, which was a perfect microcosm of Jimmy Wilde’s career and the mountains he scaled.

    Joe Conn was a hard and skilful featherweight battler from London’s East End, who dwarfed Jimmy when they met at mid-ring for the referee’s instructions. The Stamford Bridge arena was swelled to capacity for the fight, and the general consensus was that even the exceptional Wilde had bitten off more than he could chew.

    Muscular, beautifully conditioned and with a string of quality wins to his name, Conn went smoothly about his business and quickly began to mark up Jimmy’s face with the accuracy of his punches. Wilde’s lips were soon trickling blood and an old eye cut was opened.

    That was when Conn reaped the whirlwind. Jimmy’s innocent little eyes suddenly clouded as he launched his counter assault with such fury that Conn could do little to hold back the tide. Head and body shots rained in, but always with cleverness and calculation, much in the way that Marco Antonio Barrera would go to work some eighty years later.

    By the tenth round, Conn was shattered. Six times he was pounded to the canvas, and the knockdown tally had reached nine by the time the eleventh round was completed. These were much less forgiving times, in which fighters frequently shipped atrocious punishment before they were mercifully rescued.

    Poor Joe Conn, a bloody mess, was driven to the canvas another four times in the twelfth round before the referee had finally seen enough. Wilde hadn’t just won a fight. He hadn’t merely thrilled his transfixed audience. He had scared people and sealed his reputation as a terrifying fighter.

    End game

    The end game for Jimmy Wilde began to play out in 1921, when he met the great American bantamweight ace, Pete Herman, at the Royal Albert Hall. In that fight, Jimmy would suffer an injury that would set the clock ticking on his career.

    He had taken a step too far against the brilliant Herman, to whom he was conceding nearly twenty-eight pounds in weight. Jimmy was throwing the dice against a man of outstanding talent and ferocity, who still stands up as one of the greatest bantamweights in history.

    Herman was a hurricane of a fighter when in full flow, yet Wilde astonished the crowd with his bravery and evasive skill as he defied Pete for sixteen rounds. In the seventeenth, Jimmy made a rare tactical error. Anticipating a feint from Pete, Wilde was caught flush by a terrific right to the chin. The blow knocked him through the ropes and catapulted him to the floor, where he struck his head heavily. He was severely concussed, and the permanent effects of the injury would carry through to his heroic stand against Pancho Villa two years later.

    Against Herman, Jimmy got up. What else did he ever do in the face of adversity? He got up to be knocked down again and protested bitterly when referee Jack Smith grabbed his arm, signalled the end and hauled him back to his corner. The compassionate Smith playfully castigated Wilde for not knowing how to stay on the canvas.

    But Jimmy Wilde was all but done. His slender frame and fighting heart were running on empty and the blow to his head had quickened the pace of his decline. He notched a final win against Young Jennings in front of his adoring Welsh fans, before travelling to New York for his showdown at the Polo Grounds with the human tornado that was known as Pancho Villa.

    The loss of Jimmy’s powers that brutal night was all too evident. All at once, it seemed, he had been stripped of his speed and skill and his almost uncanny sense of anticipation. Even the famous, hammer-like punch had been spirited from his gloves. Wilde traded on little more than raw courage against the ferocious onslaughts of Villa, who would become a legend in his own right.

    But how Wilde fought at the Polo Grounds. How his little body spat defiance. Nat Fleischer, founder and editor of The Ring magazine, wrote of Jimmy’s performance, “Never, since Battling Nelson was counted out on his feet in forty rounds by Ad Wolgast in 1910 in California, did a champion pass more gloriously than did Wilde that night.”

    Still the outcome might have been different if Jimmy hadn’t behaved so honourably after being floored at the end of the second round by a big right that caught him on the nape of his neck. Most ringsiders agreed that the punch had arrived after the sound of the bell and Wilde had to be carried back to his corner. But he didn’t protest. He didn’t cry foul and demand the decision. He fought on as he always did, even though his courage did little more than to toss him straight back into the eye of the storm.

    Villa kept hustling and charging and firing, and the effects of the blow sustained in the Pete Herman fight had robbed Jimmy of his once sublime ability to judge distance and evade incoming fire.

    Fight fans are hardy people. They pay their money and expect to see two warriors giving their all, but only the disturbed want to see a noble man hurt beyond reason. Such was Wilde’s plight by the close of the sixth round that the tough New York crowd was urging referee Patsy Haley to stop the fight. Haley went to Wilde’s corner as Jimmy sat there bruised and bleeding and got the answer he expected. Wilde insisted on being counted out if that was the way it had to end.

    For a minute or so in the fateful seventh, Jimmy breathed his final act of defiance by attacking Villa with what little he had left. His effort was unforgettable but it was akin to a man throwing a snowball at a raging inferno. Mercifully, it wasn’t long before Wilde got his wish to exit in the traditional way. He was counted out face down.

    A mighty champion had finally fallen, his glittering career over. Yet it would be too easy and too much of a cliché to say that Jimmy Wilde looked like a little boy lost on that torrid New York night, for that was the great deception about him throughout his rip-roaring journey: the man who looked like a little boy, frail to the point of appearing puny, the unlikeliest of ring killers.

    The toughest women wanted to rush Jimmy home and feed him a hot meal. The toughest men had the good sense to avoid him like the plague.

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    Re: LITTLE JIMMY WILDE: THE GREATEST PUNCHER OF ALL TIME? by MIKE CASEY

    JIMMY WILDE'S CAREER RECORD:


    Cyber Boxing Champion
    Jimmy Wilde
    (the "Mighty Atom")

    BORN:May 15 1892; Tylorstown, Galmorganshire, Wales
    DIED: March 10 1969; Cardiff, Wales
    HEIGHT : 5-2 1/2
    WEIGHT : 94-109 1/2 lbs
    ETHNICITY: Welsh
    MANAGER : Teddy Lewis


    The skinny and frail-looking Wilde was a dynamic fighter with a powerful punch. He was taught to fight by future father-in-law, the legendary mountain fighter Dai Davies, while working in the mines of Wales. At 16, he began exhibiting in the boxing booth of Jack Scarrott, where he appeared from 1909 to 1914 in an estimated 500 fights.
    Both Nat Fleischer and Charley Rose ranked Wilde as the #1 All-Time Flyweight. He was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in its inaugaral class in 1990.

    1910
    Dec 26 Les Williams Pontypridd, Wales ND 3

    1911
    Jan 1 Ted Roberts Pontypridd, Wales KO 3
    Jan 10 Dick Jenkins Pontypridd, Wales W 6
    Jan 20 Dai Jones Pontypridd, Wales D 6
    Feb 2 Kid Pearson Pontypridd, Wales KO 2
    Feb 10 George Lake Pontypridd, Wales D 6
    Mar 9 Dick Jenkins Cardiff, Wales W 6
    Mar 20 Dai Thomas Pontypridd, Wales TK 3
    Apr 4 Archie Grant Pontypridd, Wales KO 3
    Apr 10 Eddie Thomas Pontypridd, Wales KO 2
    Apr 20 Billy Papke Pontypridd, Wales KO 3
    May 5 Dai Roberts Pontypridd, Wales KO 3
    May 15 Archie Grant Pontypridd, Wales KO 3
    May 25 Ted Roberts Pontypridd, Wales KO 2
    Jun 3 Billy Brown Pontypridd, Wales TK 4
    Jun 20 Fred "Kid" Morris Pontypridd, Wales W 6
    Jul 7 Steve Thomas Pontypridd, Wales KO 3
    Aug 8 Fred Chappell Pontypridd, Wales W 6
    Aug 15 Jim Easton Edinburgh, Scotland W 10
    Aug 26 Dick Jenkins Pontypridd, Wales TK 11
    Sep 9 Young Avent Pontypridd, Wales KO 4
    Sep 20 Ted Powell Pontypridd, Wales KO 3
    Oct 10 Joe Rogers Pontypridd, Wales KO 5
    Oct 20 Young Powell Pontypridd, Wales KO 3
    Oct 30 Young Langford Pontypridd, Wales KO 2
    Nov 11 Young Towell Pontypridd, Wales KO 4
    Nov 20 Young Rice Pontypridd, Wales KO 4
    Dec 12 Young Towell Pontypridd, Wales KO 3
    Dec 20 Ted Roberts Pontypridd, Wales KO 4
    Dec 30 Young Jennings Pontypridd, Wales W 12

    1912
    Jan 20 Matt Wells' Nipper London, England KO 1
    Feb 1 Young Baker Liverpool, England W 6
    Feb Young Jennings Pontypridd, Wales W 6
    Mar 9 Young Jennings Cardiff, Wales W 6
    Apr 4 Rowland Hall Wales KO 4
    Jun 3 Joe Wilson London, England ND 6
    Jun 20 Lewis Williams Tonypandy, Wales KO 5
    Jul 20 Fred "Kid" Morris Cardiff, Wales TK 5
    Aug 10 Joe Gans Tonypandy, Wales KO 5
    Aug 17 Jim Stuckey Tonypandy, Wales TK 8
    Sep 19 Walter Hall Sheffield, England TK 3
    Nov 4 Mike Flynn Tonypandy, Wales TK 8
    Nov 9 Phil Davies Merthyr, Wales TK 2
    Nov 13 Llewelyn Boswell Swansea, Wales W 6
    Nov 16 Young Rainsford Tonypandy, Wales TK 2
    Nov 30 Alf Williams Pentre, Wales W 12
    Dec 14 Stoker Staines Tonypandy, Wales KO 1
    Dec 21 Billy Yates Cardiff, Wales TK 5
    Dec 29 Harry Stuckey Tonypandy, Wales ND 6

    1913
    Jan 1 Billy Padden Glasgow, Scotland TK 18
    -98 Pound Championship of Great Britain
    Jan 18 Tommy Hughes Tonypandy, Wales TK 7
    Feb 1 Dick Jenkins Tonypandy, Wales ND 10
    Feb 8 Young Tony Tonypandy, Wales ND 10
    Feb 15 Kid Fitzpatrick Tonypandy, Wales TK 2
    Feb 22 Deb Hardwick Tonypandy, Wales ND 8
    Mar 1 Harry Stuckey Tonypandy, Wales ND 6
    Mar 8 Dai Matthews Tonypandy, Wales TK 4
    Mar 13 Billy Rowlands Pentre, Wales ND 6
    Mar 31 Harry Taylor Swansea, Wales KO 3
    Apr 12 Will Rees Tonypandy, Wales KO 2
    Apr 19 Billy Yates Tonypandy, Wales KO 3
    May 24 Dai Davies Tonypandy, Wales W 12
    Jun 14 Billy Padden Tonypandy, Wales W 15
    Jun 21 Gwilym Thomas Tonypandy, Wales TK 5
    Jul 1 Dick Lewis Tonypandy, Wales TK 3
    Jul 12 Tommy Lewis Tonypandy, Wales W 12
    Jul 19 Young Dando Tonypandy, Wales W 15
    Aug 4 Darkey Saunders Cardiff, Wales W 10
    Aug 13 Harry Brooks Manchester, England KO 8
    Aug 28 Young Dyer Liverpool, England TK 3
    Sep 6 Dick Jenkins Ferndale, Wales W 10
    Sep 8 Dido Gains Cardiff, Wales W 15
    Sep 11 Harry Curley Hanley, Wales TK 12
    Sep 18 Kid Levine Hanley, Wales TK 17
    Sep 23 Young Dando Cardiff, Wales W 20
    Nov 1 Darkey Saunders Tonypandy, Wales TK 11
    Nov 13 Young Baker Liverpool, England TK 10
    Nov 21 Young Dyer Manchester, England TK 2
    Nov 22 Dido Gains Swansea, Wales W 15
    Dec 6 Young Dando Merthyr, Wales WF 10
    Dec 13 Billy Charles Tonypandy, Wales TK 6
    Dec 24 Kid Levine Tonypandy, Wales KO 8

    1914
    Jan 3 Kid Nutter Tonypandy, Wales W 15
    Jan 8 Young Beynon Liverpool, England W 15
    Jan 29 Billy Padden Liverpool, England TK 3
    Feb 2 Kid Nutter Birkenhead, England W 15
    Feb 9 Tom Thomas Manchester, England TK 7
    Feb 12 Paddy Carroll Liverpool, England KO 2
    Feb 16 George Jaggers Sheffield, England TK 5
    Mar 26 Billy Kyne Liverpool, England TK 2
    Mar 30 Eugene Husson London, England KO 6
    Apr 13 Jack Madden Ashton, England KO 4
    Apr 16 Albert Bouzonnie Liverpool, England TK 6
    Apr 27 Alf Mansfield Leeds, England W 20
    May 11 Georges Gloria London, England TK 9
    Jun 22 Charlie Banyard Aberdare, Wales TK 9
    Jul 18 Charley Jordan Tonypandy, Wales TK 10
    Jul 23 Artie Edwards Liverpool, England W 15
    Aug 19 Young Baker Leicester, England W 15
    Sep 28 Alf Mansfield London, England TK 10
    Nov 16 Joe Symonds London, England W 15
    Dec 3 Sid Smith Liverpool, England KO 9

    1915
    Jan 25 Tancy Lee London, England LT 17
    -Flyweight Championship of Europe;
    Flyweight Championship of Great Britain
    May 25 Sid Shields Liverpool, England KO 2
    Jul 24 Driver Benthew Sheffield, England TK 5
    Aug 14 George Clarke Sheffield, England TK 8
    Sep 23 Walter Buchanan Liverpool, England TK 5
    Oct 20 Peter Cullen Dublin, Ireland TK 9
    Nov 27 Tommy Hughes Barrow, England TK 8
    Dec 9 Johnny Best Liverpool, England TK 14
    Dec 16 Danny Elliott Bradford, England KO 2
    Dec 20 Sid Smith London, England TK 8

    1916
    Jan 8 Billy Rowlands Swansea, Wales TK 7
    Jan 24 Tommy Noble London, England TK 11
    Jan 27 Jimmy Morton Liverpool, England KO 2
    Feb 14 Joe Symonds London, England TK 12
    -Flyweight Championship of the World
    Mar 9 Sam Keller London, England TK 8
    Mar 27 Sid Smith London, England KO 3
    Apr 24 Johnny Rosner Liverpool, England TK 11
    -Flyweight Championship of the World
    Apr 29 Benny Thomas Cardiff, Wales W 8
    May 13 Darkey Saunders Woolwich, England TK 3
    May 13 Joe Magnus Woolwich, England KO 2
    -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
    May 29 Tommy Harrison London, England TK 8
    Jun 26 Tancy Lee London, England TK 11
    -Flyweight Championship of the World;
    Flyweight Championship of Europe;
    Flyweight Championship of Great Britain
    Jul 31 Johnny Hughes London, England KO 10
    Nov 9 Tommy Noble Liverpool, England TK 15
    Dec 18 Young Zulu Kid London, England KO 11
    -Flyweight Championship of the World

    1917
    Mar 11 George Clarke London, England TK 4
    -Flyweight Championship of the World;
    Flyweight Championship of Europe;
    Flyweight Championship of Great Britain
    Mar 22 Frankie Russell London, England TK 3
    Aug 11 Sid Smith London, England EX 4
    Sep 17 Sid Smith London, England EX 3

    1918
    Mar 28 Corporal Jacobs Aldershot, England TK 4
    Apr 29 Dick Heasman London, England TK 2
    May 9 Thomas "Pedlar" Palmer London, England EX 4
    Aug 31 Joe Conn London, England TK 12

    Inter-Allied King's Trophy Competition
    Dec 11 Joe Lynch London, England Exh-W 3 (KO 2?)
    Dec 11 Digger Evans London, England Exh-W 3
    Dec 12 Pal Moore London, England Exh-L 3

    1919
    Mar 31 Joe Lynch London, England W 15
    Apr 21 Jimmy Buck Liverpool, England KO 3
    May 16 Alf Mansfield London, England TK 13
    Jul 17 "Memphis" Pal Moore London, England W 20
    Dec 6 Jack Sharkey Milwaukee, Wi ND 10

    1920
    Jan 8 Babe Asher St. Louis, Mo ND 8
    Jan 29 Mike Ertle Milwaukee, Wi KO 3
    Feb 19 Mickey Russell Jersey City, NJ KO 7
    Mar 3 Patsy Wallace Philadelphia, Pa ND 6
    Mar 12 Frankie Mason Toledo, Oh ND 12
    Apr 12 Young Zulu Kid Windsor, Ont, Canada ND 10
    Apr 21 Battling Murray Camden, NJ KO 8
    May 1 Bobby Dyson Lawrence, Ma KO 1
    May 13 Battling Murray Philadelphia, Pa KO 2
    May 24 Patsy Wallace Toronto, Ont, Canada W 10

    1921
    Jan 13 Pete Herman London, England LT 17
    Feb 15 Young Jennings Wales W 6

    1923
    Mar 29 Thomas "Pedlar" Palmer London, England EX 3
    Jun 18 Pancho Villa New York, NY LK 7
    -Flyweight Championship of the World;
    Weights: 109 1/2 - 110

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    Re: LITTLE JIMMY WILDE: THE GREATEST PUNCHER OF ALL TIME? by MIKE CASEY

    The toughest women wanted to rush Jimmy home and feed him a hot meal. The toughest men had the good sense to avoid him like the plague.

    Great line.

    I've always been a fan of Jimmy Wilde and always took an interest in any articles written on him, partly due to the fact I have Welsh blood in my family and that my Grandfathers uncle was a very close friend of Jimmy Wildes, but also because Wilde was a truely GREAT fighter. The word great is way overused in this sport but Jimmy Wilde was great.

    As its been said many times before if Wilde was around today I doun't think it is too unreasonable to say he would have won titles in a number of weight divisions from Minimum Weight to Super-Bantamweight, maybe?

    It still saddens me though when I think how he spent the last two years of his life in a nursing home, mostly unaware of his great ring career, and all because a gang of low-life scum mugged, and beat him.

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    Re: LITTLE JIMMY WILDE: THE GREATEST PUNCHER OF ALL TIME? by MIKE CASEY

    Equally as impressive as his unfathomable punching power was Wildes heart.

    Descriptions of his fights with Lee (fight I) and Herman paint a hopeless picture yet when the fight were stopped his actions were that of a man extremely insulted. The man had no quit in him at all.

    Nice detailed article there, Mike.

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    Re: LITTLE JIMMY WILDE: THE GREATEST PUNCHER OF ALL TIME? by MIKE CASEY

    Perhaps our British friends can fill in the boxrec records of Wilde's comp. Being such an older little guy, he seldom gets mentioned.

    How much film is available on him?

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    Re: LITTLE JIMMY WILDE: THE GREATEST PUNCHER OF ALL TIME? by MIKE CASEY

    wilde- one of my heroes and top ten p4p ever imo- top 5 or less as a puncher. there are at least two films of wilde that i have but cant rember them right now- one of the very great boxer punchers ever.

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    Re: LITTLE JIMMY WILDE: THE GREATEST PUNCHER OF ALL TIME? by MIKE CASEY

    is the fight with Villia all thats left of Wilde on film??

    I always read how the guy was a massive puncher, and for such a little guy to carry that kinda of power was almost un heard of. I think the Ring Magzine should have put him in the top puncher of all time. I think 3 is 2 low for him.

    The Ghost with the hammer in his hand as they called him. and he only suffer 3 defeats in overt 130 someodd fights is amazing in its self. One of the all time greats.

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    Re: LITTLE JIMMY WILDE: THE GREATEST PUNCHER OF ALL TIME? by MIKE CASEY

    make that three- two in his prime and then withvilla-probably more is avaiable somwhwere.

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