FC: by Angel Madrigal | The Birth of modern America:Boxing
1: Bare knuckles to gloves was the name given to boxing when it was in its early years.In these years no gloves were worn. A British sportsman named the Marquess of Queensberry sponsored a new set of boxing rules in 1867. Called the Queensberry Rules. Queensberry Rules were first used in a London tournament in 1872. The Queensberry Rules, with slight modifications, are still used amateur and professional boxing worldwide. For example, fighters must wear gloves. Fights must be divided into three-minute rounds with a one-minute rest period between rounds. While the Queensberry Rules were being used in the United Kingdom in the late 1800’s. British boxers brought bare-knuckle fighting to the United States. The sport made little headway at first. It was illegal in most areas and attracted little interest anywhere. | Historical Background
2: Jimmy Wilde Jimmy Wilde was a brittish boxer. He was born in Quakers Yard, Wales, United Kingdom.(15 May 1892 - 10 March 1969), He was 5 feet 3 He was the first official world flyweight champion inches. Wilde was known by many nicknames such as, "The Mighty Atom", "Ghost with the Hammer in his Hand" and "The Tylorstown Terror".
3: Early Years: 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 peers. Wilde first fought at the age of sixteen in fairground boxing booths, where crowds were amazed by his toughness and ability to knock down much larger opponents, most of which were local hard to beat men, known as "toughmen" weighing around 200 lbs. In 1910 Wilde married his wife Elizabeth and had his first son the same year. He left Tylorstown Colliery in 1913. In 1916 Wilde joined the British Army and was sent to Aldershot as a PT instructor.
4: ProFessional Career: Wilde started boxing professionally in 1911 but it is estimated that he had been fighting professionally for at least four years before that. Wilde's claim that he had at least 800 fights.Wilde's officially listed debut was on December 26 1910, when he fought Les Williams to a no-decision in three rounds. His first win came on 1 January 1911, when he knocked out Ted Roberts in the third round. His manager at the time was Teddy Lewis who was a captain of local rugby club, Pontypridd RFC at the time.
5: Wilde went undefeated in 103 bouts, all of which took place in Britain. In the middle of that streak, on December 31, 1912, he won the British 7 stone championship by beating Billy Padden by an eighteenth-round knockout in Glasgow.He finally lost his undefeated record when he boxed Tancy Lee for the vacant British flyweight title and Europe championship on January 15, 1915 in London. Wilde was knocked out in the seventeenth round
6: 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. 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. On 13 May he had two fights on the same day at Woolwich Dockyard (against Darkey Saunders and Joe Magnus), winning both by knockout, both fights combined lasting less than five rounds. On 26 June Wilde returned to the National Sporting Club to take his revenge on Tancy Lee with an eleventh-round knockout. On 18 December Wilde became recognised as the first World Flyweight Champion. When he defeated Young Zulu Kid of the United States whose seconds threw in the towel during the eleventh round of their bout at the Holborn Stadium.
7: In 1917, he retained the title by beating George Clarke by a knockout in four. With that win, he also won the European title and recovered the British title. But that would be his last title defence, as soon he decided to vacate the world title. He kept fighting and winning, and in 1919, he beat Joe Lynch, another boxer who was a world champion, by decision in 15. In 1920 he went undefeated in 10 fights, but then, he lost by a knockout in 17 to former world bantamweight champion Pete Herman, who outweighed Wilde by more than a stone, In 1921. The bout was originally scheduled as a title defence, but Herman had lost his championship to Lynch the month before. Herman easily regained the bantamweight title from Lynch in July 1921, leading some to suspect that he had left the title behind with Lynch in America intentionally. That was the fight that marked his return to Britain after touring the United States all of 1920. .
8: Wilde returned to the ring out of a sense of obligation to defend his title against Pancho Villa on 18 June 1923. After losing by a knockout in seven to the Philippines' first world champion, Wilde announced his retirement.
9: Retirement: Jimmy Wilde lived the last few years of his life in the Cadoxton district of Barry, South Wales. With his final boxing winnings, Wilde entered into several business schemes, including a Welsh cinema chain and partnership in a cafe at 5 Western Shelter, Barry Island that was named 'The Mighty Atom' cafe. None was successful and he spent his final years in poverty.In 1965, Wilde suffered a serious mugging at a train station in Cardiff, from which he never recovered. His wife, Elizabeth, died in 1967, and two years later Wilde died in a hospital in Whitchurch. He was buried in Barry Cemetery.
10: Recognition and Awards summarized: He had a record of 137 wins, 4 losses, 2 draws and 8 no-decisions, with 100 wins by knockout, which makes him one of the most prolific knockout winners of all time. Ring Magazine, a publication which named him the 3rd greatest puncher of all time in 2003, has twice named Wilde the greatest flyweight of all time (March 1975 & May 1994). Furthermore, in the October 1999 issue of Ring Magazine he was rated as the 13th greatest fighter of the 20th century. In 1990, Wilde was elected into the International Boxing Hall Of Fame as a member of that institution's original class. In 1992 he was also inducted into the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame and one of his prize winning belts is part of the organisation's display.
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