English bare-fist boxing champions

Champion

Nickname

from

to


James Figg

The First Champion

1719

1730

retired

Tom Pipes

The Claimant

1730

1734


George Taylor

The Barber

1734

1736


Jack Broughton

The Father of Boxing

1736

1750


Jack Slack

The Norfolk Butcher

1750

1760


William Stevens

The Nailer

1760

1761


George Meggs

The Collier

1761

1762


George Millsom

The Baker

1762

1765


Tom Juchau

The Pavior

1765

1766


William Darts

The Dyer

1766

1769


Tom Lyons

The Waterman

1769

1769

retired

William Darts

The Dyer

1769

1771


Peter Corcoran

The Irish Champion

1771

1776


Harry Sellers

The West Countryman

1776

1779

vacated

Duggan Fearns


1779

1779

vacated

Tom Johnson


1787

1791


Benjamin Brain

Big Ben

1791

1794

died

Daniel Mendoza

The Jew

1794

1795


John Jackson

Gentleman

1795

1796

retired

Thomas Owen

The Fighting Oilman

1796

1797


Jack Batholemew

Barty

1797

1800


Jem Belcher

Napoleon of the Ring

1800

1805


Henry "Hen" Pearce

The Game Chicken

1805

1807

retired

John Gully

The Potter

1807

1808

retired

Tom Cribb

The Black Diamond

1808

1822

retired

Tom Spring

The Light Tapper

1823

1824


Tom Cannon

The Great Gun of Windsor

1824

1825


Jem Ward

The Black Diamond

1825

1827


Peter Crawley

Young Rump Steak

1827

1827

retired

Jem Ward

The Black Diamond

1827

1832


James Burke

The Deaf 'un

1833

1839


William Thompson

Bendigo

1839

1840


Ben Caunt

The Torkard Giant

1840

1841


Nick Ward


1841

1841


Ben Caunt

The Torkard Giant

1841

1845


William Thompson

Bendigo

1845

1850

retired

William Perry

The Tipton Slasher

1850

1851


Harry Broome

The Unknown

1851

1856


Tom Paddock

The Redditch Needlepointer

1856

1858


Tom Sayers

The Brighton Boy

1858

1860


Sam Hurst

The Staleybridge Infant

1860

1861


Jem Mace

The Gypsy

1861

1862


Tom King

The Fighting Sailor

1862

1863

retired

Jem Mace

The Gypsy

1866

1871

vacated

Champion

Nickname

from

to


Tom Molineaux

The Virginia Slave

1810

1815


Tom Hyer


1841

1851

retired

John Morrisey

Old Smoke

1853

1859

retired

John Carmel Heenan

The Benica Boy

1860

1863

vacated

Joe Coburn


1863

1865

vacated

Jimmy Elliott


1865

1870

imprisoned

Mike McCoole

The Deck Hand




Tom Allen


1869

1870


Jem Mace

The Gypsy

1870

1871

vacated

Tom Allen


1873

1876


Joe Goss


1876

1880


Paddy Ryan


1880

1882


John L. Sullivan

The Boston Strong Boy

1882

1889


American bare-fist boxing champions

Champion

Nickname

From

to


John L. Sullivan

The Boston Strong Boy

1885

1892


James J. Corbett

Gentleman Jim

1892

1897


Bob Fitzsimmons

Ruby Robert

1897

1899


James J. Jeffries

The Boilermaker

1899

1905

retired

Marvin Hart

The Fighting Kentuckian

1905

1906


Tommy Burns

Little Giant of Hanover

1906

1908


Jack Johnson

Lil' Arthur

1908

1915


Jess Willard

The Pottawatomie Giant

1915

1919


Jack Demsey

The Manassa Mauler

1919

1926


Gene Tunney

The Fighting Marine

1926

1928

retired

Max Schmeling

Black Uhlan of the Rhine

1930

1932


Jack Sharkey

The Boston Gob

1932

1933


Primo Carnera

The Ambling Alp

1933

1934


Max Baer

Livermore Larruper

1934

1935


James J. Braddock

The Cinderella Man

1935

1937


Joe Louis

The Brown Bomber

1937

1949

retired

Ezzard Charles

The Cincinnatti Cobra

1949

1951


Joe Walcott

Jersey Joe Walcott

1951

1952


Rocky Marciano

The Brockton Blockbuster

1952

1956

retired

Floyd Patterson

The Rabbit

1956

1959


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