|Real name||Janos Ruthaly|
|Born||May 26, 1875|
Frahelž, Bohemia, Czech Republic
|Died||June 10, 1963 87)(aged|
|Wins by KO||28|
Janos Ruthaly (May 26, 1875 – June 10, 1963), or known professionally as Jack Root, was a light heavyweight champion and also fought for the world heavyweight title. He fought out of Chicago. He was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2011. His uncle, Janos Rutt, immigrated to Minnesota. Today, his descendants in and around south-central Minnesota evolved the spelling of their last name to Rutt. There are some descendants based in the Chicago area and have relocated around the United States to Arizona, California, Indiana, and Northern Michigan. A great-great-grandson, Travis Rutt, is a well-known wrestler from New Prague, MN.
Root (with the support of some historians) claimed that he was the first world light heavyweight champion.His bout with George Gardiner on July 4, 1903, is claimed by some to be the first title bout in the new division. Root contended that his manager, Lou Housman, created the division and billed the Root vs. Gardner fight, which Gardner won by knockout in the twelfth round. The fight was caught on film. Jack Root, George Gardner, and Bob Fitzsimmons all held the light heavyweight world championship title in 1903.
During the 1980s, however, some boxing historians found records indicating that Joe Choynski won a twenty-round decision over Jimmy Ryan on August 18, 1899, in a fight billed as being for the light heavyweight championship. Choynski never seems to have made any claim to be the first light heavyweight champion, however.
On July 3, 1905, Root fought Marvin Hart for the vacant world heavyweight championship in Reno Nevada. The former champion, Jim Jeffries, had retired and declared that Hart and Root were the two top heavyweights. Jeffries refereed the fight to name the new champion, which Hart won by a twelfth-round knockout.
Root served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War I. After his time in the service Root became the president and boxing manager of the renowned Los Angeles Olympic Auditorium. Root was also one of many boxers to attend the funeral of Feab S. Williams (better known as "George Godfrey").
Root died on June 10, 1963 at Temple Hospital from a heart attack, aged 87.
|55 fights||47 wins||3 losses|
|55||Win||47–3–3 (2)||Fred Russell||PTS||10||Feb 26, 1906||Kalamazoo AC, Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.|
|54||Loss||46–3–3 (2)||Marvin Hart||KO||12 (?)||Jul 03, 1905||Amphitheater, Reno, Nevada, U.S.||For vacant world heavyweight title|
|53||Win||46–2–3 (2)||John Willie||DQ||5 (10)||Dec 05, 1904||Blue Island AC, Blue Island, Illinois, U.S.|
|52||NC||45–2–3 (2)||Tommy Ryan||PTS||6||Nov 23, 1904||National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|51||Win||45–2–3 (1)||George Gardiner||PTS||6||May 02, 1904||Waverly A.C., Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|50||Draw||44–2–3 (1)||George Gardiner||PTS||6||Feb 26, 1904||Battery D Armory, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|49||Draw||44–2–2 (1)||John Willie||PTS||6||Feb 05, 1904||Battery D Armory, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|48||Win||44–2–1 (1)||Fireman Jim Flynn||KO||8 (20)||Nov 26, 1903||Rover's Club, Pueblo, Colorado, U.S.|
|47||Loss||43–2–1 (1)||George Gardiner||TKO||17 (20)||Jul 04, 1903||International A.C., Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada||Lost world light heavyweight title|
|46||Win||43–1–1 (1)||Charles Kid McCoy||PTS||10||Apr 22, 1903||Light Guard Armory, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.||Won inaugural world light heavyweight title|
|45||Win||42–1–1 (1)||Marvin Hart||PTS||6||Nov 10, 1902||Lyceum A.C., Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|44||Win||41–1–1 (1)||Kid Carter||PTS||6||Oct 27, 1902||American A.C., Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|43||Loss||40–1–1 (1)||Billy Stift||TKO||17 (20)||Aug 18, 1902||Saucer Track, Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.|
|42||Win||40–0–1 (1)||Billy Stift||KO||2 (6)||Apr 26, 1902||Chicago A.C., Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|41||Win||39–0–1 (1)||George Gardiner||DQ||7 (20)||Jan 31, 1902||Music Hall, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.|
|40||Win||38–0–1 (1)||Australian Jim Ryan||KO||2 (20)||Oct 30, 1901||Music Hall, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.||Won vacant Middleweight Championship of the West|
|39||Win||37–0–1 (1)||Kid Carter||DQ||15 (20)||Jun 28, 1901||Woodward's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, U.S.||Low Blow|
|38||Win||36–0–1 (1)||George Byers||KO||9 (20)||Jan 18, 1901||Woodward's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, U.S.|
|37||Win||35–0–1 (1)||Dick O'Brien||KO||3 (6)||Oct 16, 1900||Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|36||Win||34–0–1 (1)||Dan Creedon||KO||1 (20)||Oct 04, 1900||Convention Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.|
|35||Draw||33–0–1 (1)||Tommy Ryan||PTS||6||Jul 24, 1900||Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|34||Win||33–0 (1)||Dick O'Brien||PTS||6||Jul 10, 1900||Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|33||Win||32–0 (1)||Ed Denfass||KO||4 (6)||Feb 20, 1900||Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|32||Win||31–0 (1)||Jack Hammond||KO||2 (6)||Feb 05, 1900||Badger A.C., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.|
|31||Win||30–0 (1)||Tommy West||PTS||6||Jan 09, 1900||Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|30||Win||29–0 (1)||Alec Greggains||KO||6 (20)||Nov 15, 1899||Woodward's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, U.S.|
|29||Win||28–0 (1)||Frank Steiner||KO||3 (6)||Oct 18, 1899||Belle City Opera House, Racine, Wisconsin, U.S.|
|28||Win||27–0 (1)||Frank Craig||PTS||6||Oct 15, 1899||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|27||Win||26–0 (1)||Frank Craig||PTS||6||Oct 03, 1899||Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|26||Win||25–0 (1)||Billy Stift||PTS||6||Sep 23, 1899||Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|25||Win||24–0 (1)||John Banks||KO||1 (?)||Aug 12, 1899||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|24||Win||23–0 (1)||Fred Grant||KO||3 (?)||Jul 07, 1899||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|23||Win||22–0 (1)||Johnny Gorman||KO||2 (?)||Jun 21, 1899||Adelphi Theater, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|22||Win||21–0 (1)||Tom Burke||KO||7 (?)||Jun 07, 1899||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|21||Win||20–0 (1)||Tom Casey||KO||1 (?)||May 31, 1899||Adelphi Theater, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|20||Win||19–0 (1)||Australian Jim Ryan||PTS||20||May 15, 1899||Music Hall, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.|
|19||Win||18–0 (1)||Dick Moore||KO||2 (?)||Apr 29, 1899||Lyceum Theater, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|18||Win||17–0 (1)||Billy Stift||DQ||7 (20)||Feb 16, 1899||Claus Groth Hall, Davenport, Iowa, U.S.||Won vacant Northwest middleweight title|
|17||Win||16–0 (1)||Harry Peppers||PTS||6||Jan 21, 1899||Tattersall's, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|16||Win||15–0 (1)||Australian Jim Ryan||PTS||6||Dec 30, 1898||7th Regiment Armory, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|15||Win||14–0 (1)||Tom Lansing||KO||5 (6)||Nov 15, 1898||Madison Hall, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|14||Win||13–0 (1)||Jack Murphy||KO||2 (?)||Aug 19, 1898||U.S.|
|13||Win||12–0 (1)||Jimmy Watts||KO||2 (?)||Aug 05, 1898||Lenox A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.|
|12||Win||11–0 (1)||Tom Lansing||TKO||6 (12)||Jul 22, 1898||Lenox A.C., New York City, New York, U.S.|
|11||Win||10–0 (1)||Jack Moffat||PTS||6||May 14, 1898||American A.C., Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|10||Win||9–0 (1)||Mike Carroll||KO||1 (6)||Apr 14, 1898||Calumet A.C., Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|9||NC||8–0 (1)||George Ryan||NC||1 (?)||Mar 27, 1898||Chicago A.A., Chicago, Illinois, U.S.||The police stopped this bout after 1 round|
|8||Win||8–0||Jack Moffat||PTS||6||Mar 26, 1898||Chicago A.A., Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|7||Win||7–0||Jack Hammond||KO||2 (?)||Mar 12, 1898||Chicago A.A., Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|6||Win||6–0||Charles Whitey||KO||2 (?)||Feb 12, 1898||Chicago A.A., Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|5||Win||5–0||Billy Philleth||KO||1 (?)||Feb 07, 1898||America A.A., Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|4||Win||4–0||George Hipp||KO||1 (?)||Jan 15, 1898||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|3||Win||3–0||Young Charlie White||KO||2 (?)||Jan 08, 1898||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||Pat Brastand||KO||3 (?)||Dec 24, 1897||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||Charles Upton||KO||4 (?)||Nov 12, 1897||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
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|Inaugural Champion|| World Light Heavyweight Champion|
April 22, 1903 – July 4, 1903