James John "Gentleman Jim" Corbett

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James John "Gentleman Jim" Corbett

Birthplace: San Francisco, CA, USA
Death: Died in New York, NY, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Patrick J. "Pete" Corbett and Catherine C. "Kate" Corbett
Brother of Joseph Aloysius Corbett

Occupation: Heavyweight boxing champion
Managed by: Justin Swanström
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About James John "Gentleman Jim" Corbett

James John "Gentleman Jim" Corbett (September 1, 1866 – February 18, 1933) was a heavyweight boxing champion, best known as the man who defeated the great John L. Sullivan. He also coached boxing at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. He stood at 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m), with a reach of 73 inches (190 cm).

Boxing career

Dubbed by the media as "Gentleman Jim Corbett," he was rumored to have a college education. He also pursued a career in acting, performing at a variety of theatres. He has been called the "Father of Modern Boxing" because of his scientific approach and innovations in technique. Some think that he changed prizefighting from a brawl to an art form.

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James John "Gentleman Jim" Corbett's Timeline

September 1, 1866
San Francisco, CA, USA
February 18, 1933
Age 66
New York, NY, USA