Jimmy McLarnin

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Jimmy McLarnin
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Real nameJames McLarnin
Nickname(s)Baby Faced Assassin
Beltin' Celt
Dublin Dynamiter
Dublin Destroyer
Murderous Mick
The Belfast Spider
The Jew Killer
The Jew Beater
Hebrew Scourge
The Irish Lullaby
Weight(s) Flyweight to welterweight
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Reach67 in (170 cm)
NationalityCanadian
Born(1907-12-19)19 December 1907
Hillsborough, County Down, United Kingdom
Died28 October 2004(2004-10-28) (aged 96)
Richland, Washington, US
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights69
Wins55
Wins by KO21
Losses11
Draws3

James Archibald McLarnin (19 December 1907 – 28 October 2004) was an Irish-Canadian professional boxer who became a two-time welterweight world champion and an International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee. [1] McLarnin has been referred to as the greatest Irish boxer of all time. BoxRec ranks McLarnin as the 11th best pound-for-pound fighter of all-time, the second best Canadian boxer of all time after Sam Langford, and the third greatest welterweight of all time. [2] [3]

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Background

There was often confusion over McLarnin's exact place of birth and his date of birth. McLarnin himself was unsure as to the exact location and at various times claimed to be born in Inchicore, Dublin or the Lisburn Road in Belfast. Adding to the confusion he went by nicknames the Dublin Destroyer and Belfast Spider. It was Irish boxing historian Patrick Myler who later unearthed McLarnin's birth certificate which showed that McLarnin was born in Hillsborough, County Down, Northern Ireland in 1907. [4] [5]

McLarnin's father, Sam McLarnin, a Methodist from Dublin, was described as 'a typical Dublin Irishman' and traveled throughout Britain and Ireland for work. He later married Mary Ferris from Belfast and they settled in County Down before being drawn into Belfast. When McLarnin was three years of age the whole family emigrated to Saskatchewan, Canada via Liverpool. The McLarnins started out as a wheat farmers, but years later, following a particularly harsh winter, the family moved to Vancouver where they opened a second-hand clothes store in Vancouver's east end. [4] [5] [6] [7] [7]

McLarnin was prodigious athlete, his main sports were football, baseball and boxing and was considered a model of propriety by Rev. A.E. Roberts at the Methodist mission in Vancouver. He took up boxing at the age of 10 after getting into a fight defending his newspaper-selling pitch. Former professional boxer Charles "Pop" Foster recognized McLarnin's talent at the age of 13. He constructed a makeshift gym for McLarnin to train in, sure that he would one day be the champion of the world. The two of them would remain close, and when Foster died, he left everything he had to McLarnin. [6] [7]

Boxing career

Following a successful start to his career in Vancouver, McLarnin's grew aggrieved at the low pay he was receiving for bouts and decided to move south. "We had to go to the United States to make our money. We owe Vancouver nothing" said McLarnin. [6]

Foster took McLarnin to San Francisco, where his youthful appearance made it difficult to get a fight until he lied about his age. It is for this reason that McLarnin was known as the "Baby-faced Assassin". Despite his youthful appearance, McLarnin had incredible power with both fists, his right being particularly feared. However, like many similar fighters McLarnin suffered several hand injuries throughout his career. Towards the end of his career McLarnin was forced to become more of a scientific boxer to reduce further injuries to his hands. [8]

McLarnin lost his first title shot on 21 May 1928 in New York against world lightweight champion Sammy Mandell. However, he did go on to beat him twice in the following two years. It would be five years before McLarnin would next get a title shot, during which time he knocked out gifted Jewish fighters Al Singer, Ruby Goldstein, and Sid Terris. [9]

McLarnin's second title shot came against welterweight champion Young Corbett III. McLarnin won by knockout after only 2 minutes 37 seconds. Following his title success, McLarnin fought an epic three-fight series with Barney Ross. The first fight, on 28 May 1934, was won by Ross, but McLarnin regained his title in their next match four months later. In the deciding fight on 28 May 1935, McLarnin lost his title for the final time in a narrow decision.

McLarnin retired in November 1936 still at the top of his game, having won his last two fights against all-time greats Tony Canzoneri and Lou Ambers. His record was 54 wins, 11 losses, and 3 draws in 68 contests. In 1996 Ring Magazine voted McLarnin the fifth-greatest welterweight of all time.

Life after boxing

McLarnin never returned to the ring despite large incentives for him to do so. [10] Unlike many boxers, McLarnin invested his money wisely and retired a wealthy man. He opened an electrical goods store, and also did some acting, golfing, and lecturing. [10]

In 1937, he appeared with boxers Maxie Rosenbloom, James J. Jeffries, Jack Dempsey, and Jackie Fields, in MGM's Big City , a film involving rough competition between two rival taxi companies. [11]

In 1938, he appeared in a background gymnasium scene for the successful 1938, MGM boxing movie, The Crowd Roars with boxers Abe "The Newsboy" Hollandersky, Joe Glick, Maxie Rosenbloom, Jack Roper, and Tommy Herman. [12]

In 1946, he appeared in Monogram Pictures' boxing movie, Joe Palooka, Champ , with cameos by real boxing greats Joe Louis, Henry Armstrong, Ceferino Garcia, and Manual Ortiz. Heavyweight Jack Roper appeared as the character Waldo. The simple plot involved young boxer Joe and his girl resisting mob influence while Joe trains to fight the champ. [13]

Death

McLarnin died on 28 October 2004 at the age of 96 in Richland, Washington. [14] He was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
69 fights55 wins11 losses
By knockout211
By decision3410
Draws3
No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, timeDateLocationNotes
69Win55–11–3 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Lou Ambers UD101936-11-20 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
68Win54–11–3 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Tony Canzoneri UD101936-10-05 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
67Loss53–11–3 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Tony Canzoneri UD101936-05-08 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
66Loss53–10–3 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Barney Ross UD151935-05-28 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Polo Grounds, New York City, New York Lost The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
65Win53–9–3 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Barney Ross SD151934-09-17 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Madison Square Garden Bowl, Queens, New York Won The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
64Loss52–9–3 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Barney Ross SD151934-05-28 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Madison Square Garden Bowl, Queens, New York Lost The Ring and lineal welterweight titles
The Ring magazine's "Fight of the Year" (1934)
63Win52–8–3 Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg Young Corbett III TKO1 (10), 2:371933-05-29 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, CaliforniaWon lineal welterweight title
Won inaugural The Ring welterweight title
62Win51–8–3 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Sammy FullerTKO8 (10), 2:581932-12-16 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
61Win50–8–3 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Benny Leonard TKO6 (10), 2:551932-10-07 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
60Loss49–8–3 Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg Lou Brouillard SD101932-08-04 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
59Win49–7–3 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Billy Petrolle UD101931-08-20 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
58Win48–7–3 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Billy Petrolle UD101931-05-27 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
57Loss47–7–3 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Billy Petrolle UD101930-11-21 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
56Win47–6–3 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Al Singer KO3 (10), 2:211930-09-11 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
55Win46–6–3 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Jack Thompson UD101930-03-28 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
54Win45–6–3 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Sammy Mandell UD101930-03-01 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
53Win44–6–3 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Ruby Goldstein KO2 (10)1929-12-13 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
52Win43–6–3 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Sammy Mandell UD101929-11-04 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
51Win42–6–3 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Sergeant Sammy BakerKO1 (10), 2:011929-10-09 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg New York Coliseum, Bronx, New York
50Win41–6–3 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Ray MillerUD101929-03-22 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
49Win40–6–3 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Joe GlickKO2 (10), 1:371929-03-01 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
48Win39–6–3 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Joe GlickUD101929-01-11 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
47Loss38–6–3 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Ray MillerRTD7 (10)1928-11-30 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan
46Win38–5–3 Flag of Chile.svg Stanislaus LoayzaKO4 (10)1928-08-02 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan
45Win37–5–3 Flag of Greece.svg Phil McGrawTKO1 (10), 2:451928-06-21 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
44Loss36–5–3 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Sammy Mandell UD151928-05-21 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Polo Grounds, New York City, New York For lineal lightweight title
43Win36–4–3 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Sid Terris KO1 (10), 1:471928-02-24 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
42Win35–4–3 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Billy WallacePTS101927-11-23 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan
41Win34–4–3 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Louis Kaplan KO8 (10)1927-10-18 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
40Win33–4–3 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Don LongKO3 (10)1927-09-23 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg San Diego Coliseum, San Diego, California
39Win32–4–3 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Charlie McBrideKO2 (10)1927-09-09 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg San Diego Coliseum, San Diego, California
38Win31–4–3 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Lope TenorioPTS101927-06-24 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California
37Win30–4–3 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Johnny LamarPTS101927-05-27 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California
36Win29–4–3 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Freeman BlackKO2 (10)1927-05-06 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg San Diego Coliseum, San Diego, California
35Win28–4–3 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Tommy CelloPTS101927-04-05 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
34Draw27–4–3 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Tommy CelloPTS101927-02-22 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Recreation Park, San Francisco, California
33Loss27–4–2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Doc SnellPTS101926-10-15 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California
32Win27–3–2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Joe GlickPTS101926-09-07 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Vernon Arena, Vernon, California
31Loss26–3–2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Johnny FarrPTS101926-03-17 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
30Win26–2–2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Joey SangorKO3 (10)1926-03-03 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
29Loss25–2–2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Bud Taylor PTS101926-01-12 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Vernon Arena, Vernon, California
28Win25–1–2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Bud Taylor DQ2 (10)1925-12-08 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Vernon Arena, Vernon, California
27Win24–1–2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Jackie Fields KO2 (10)1925-11-12 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
26Win23–1–2 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Pancho Villa PTS101925-07-04 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Oaks Park, Emeryville, CaliforniaVilla died days later of tooth infection complicated by fighting McLarnin
25Loss22–1–2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Bud Taylor PTS101925-06-02 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Vernon Arena, Vernon, California
24Win22–0–2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Eddie Spec RamiesKO6 (6)1925-04-18 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Recreation Park, San Francisco, California
23Win21–0–2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Young FarrellPTS61925-04-11 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Lyceum A.C., Los Angeles, California
22Win20–0–2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Teddy SilvaPTS101925-03-24 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Vernon Arena, Vernon, California
21Win19–0–2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Fidel LaBarba PTS101925-01-13 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Vernon Arena, Vernon, CaliforniaPacific Coast Flyweight Title
20Draw18–0–2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Memphis Pal Moore PTS41924-12-09 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Vernon Arena, Vernon, California
19Draw18–0–1 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Fidel LaBarba PTS41924-11-11 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Vernon Arena, Vernon, California
18Win18–0 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Fidel LaBarba PTS41924-10-28 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Vernon Arena, Vernon, California
17Win17–0 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Young NationalistaPTS41924-10-14 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Vernon Arena, Vernon, California
16Win16–0 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Frankie DolanPTS41924-10-07 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Vernon Arena, Vernon, California
15Win15–0 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Benny DiazPTS41924-09-30 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Vernon Arena, Vernon, California
14Win14–0 Flag of Ireland.svg Mickey GillMD101924-8-15 Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
13Win13–0 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Abe GordonKO2 (4)1924-05-14 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland, California
12Win12–0 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Jimmy GriffithsPTS41924-05-02 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg L-st Arena, Sacramento, California
11Win11–0 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Jockey Joe DillonPTS41924-04-30 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland, California
10Win10–0 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Johnny Jockey LightnerPTS41924-04-23 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland, California
9Win9–0 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Frankie GrandettaPTS41924-04-09 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland, California
8Win8–0 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Jimmy GriffithsPTS41924-04-02 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland, California
7Win7–0 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Sammy LeePTS41924-03-26 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland, California
6Win6–0 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Frankie SandsPTS41924-03-19 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland, California
5Win5–0 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Joe CondeTKO3 (4)1924-03-05 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland, California
4Win4–0 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Eddie CollinsTKO3 (4)1924-02-22 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland, California
3Win3–0 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Frankie SandsPTS41924-02-13 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland, California
2Win2–0 Flag of Ireland.svg Mickey GillMD71923-12-28 Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg Hastings Gym, Vancouver, British Columbia
1Win1–0 Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg Young FryKO1 (6)1923-12-19 Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg Hasting Gym, Vancouver, British Columbia

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Young Corbett III
World Welterweight Champion
29 May 1933 – 28 May 1934
Succeeded by
Barney Ross
Inaugural Champion The Ring Welterweight Champion
29 May 1933 – 28 May 1934
Preceded by
Barney Ross
World Welterweight Champion
17 September 1934 – 28 May 1935
The Ring Welterweight Champion
17 September 1934 – 28 May 1935