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Other old-timers such as Benny Lynch, Jack “Kid” Berg, Jim Driscoll and Freddie Welsh are also legendary. Boxing Wiki is a FANDOM Lifestyle Community. Jimmy Wilde lived the last few years of his life in the Cadoxton district of Barry, South Wales. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox.
Record: 131-4-1 (98 KOs) Heavyweight champion Gene Tunney lauded Jimmy Wilde as "the greatest fighter I ever saw." Wilde then embarked on a sixteen-fight knockout streak, and on 14 February 1916, he won the British flyweight title by beating Joe Symonds by a knockout in round twelve at the National Sporting Club in London. He would retire less than two years after winning the title at the age of only 25 and die at 33, the result of alcoholism.
Outweighed by well over a stone the Welshman was dropped three times and stopped in the 17th round by the highly accomplished American. Colorized Photo: Jimmy Wilde: 132-3-1-5 (99 KOs) Boxed professionally: 1911-1924. For example, a fighter who left one country as a small child was assigned to his second country. Background: Lewis (pictured above) had an incredible journey as a boxer, starting as a 15-year-old flyweight in 1909 and fighting at least one heavyweight before he retired in 1929. He had skinny legs, pipe-stem arms and a completely unorthodox fighting style.
View production, box office, & company info. © 2020 RING TV LIVE. The bout was originally scheduled as a title defence, but Herman had lost his championship to Lynch the month before. After a win over Young Jennings, he announced his retirement.
His first registered professional contest was in 1911 when he knocked out Ted Roberts in three rounds.  Wilde was the son of a coal miner and worked in the coal pits himself. Wilde was small enough to crawl through gullies impassable to most of his colleagues.
He finally lost his undefeated record when he challenged Tancy Lee for the vacant British and Europe Flyweight Championship on 15 January 1915 in London. In 1919 Wilde scored two magnificent wins over top-rated American bantamweights Joe Lynch and Pal Moore.
On 24 April 1916, Wilde beat Johnny Rosner by a knockout in the eleventh round at Liverpool Stadium to win the IBU World Flyweight title.
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The native of Glasgow combined superb all-around ability with surprising power to become one of the best and most popular flyweights of all time, capping his run of dominance by outpointing Small Montana at Wembley Arena in London to win the undisputed world title in 1937.
William Howard Robinson: A Welsh Victory at the National Sporting Club, 31 March 1919. Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist. It’s no wonder that cerebral heavyweight champion Gene Tunney described Wilde as, “the greatest fighter I ever saw.” The Welshman’s first loss came in 1915 against Tancy Lee of Scotland, who stopped Wilde in a fight for the European flyweight title and an early world championship belt. Wilde was knocked out in the seventeenth round (of twenty).
In this feature, The Ring looks closely at 20 countries with strong boxing traditions and selects the best fighter from each. His own hammer blows came from all angles, usually while his opponent was trapped on the ropes or helpless in a corner.
Background: The sheer volume of great fighters from the U.K. made it difficult to select the best of the best from this nation. He left Tylorstown Colliery in 1913. Ring Magazine, a publication which named him the 3rd greatest puncher of all time in 2003, has twice named him the greatest flyweight of all time (March 1975 and May 1994). With that win, he also won the European title and recovered the British title. Wilde avenged the loss by stopping Lee the following year and two fights later, when he knocked out Young Zulu Kid, he became the first to gain universal recognition as flyweight champion of the world. In 1920 he toured America winning all 12 contests, five inside the distance. Jimmy Wilde is an actor, known for Boys from the Blackstuff (1982), The Marksman (1987) and The Long Day Closes (1992). His first win came on 1 January 1911, when he knocked out Ted Roberts in the third round
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