Fireman Jim Flynn
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|Fireman Jim Flynn|
|Real name||Andrew Chiariglione|
December 24, 1879|
Hoboken, New Jersey
|Died||April 12, 1935(aged 55)|
|Wins by KO||33|
Andrew Chiariglione, usually known as Fireman Jim Flynn, (24 December 1879 – 12 April 1935) was an American boxer of the early twentieth century.
A native of Hoboken, New Jersey, Flynn's first recorded fight was in 1899, and in 1906 he was offered a title shot by heavyweight champion Tommy Burns. They met on 2 October 1906, with Burns stopping Flynn in the 15th round. Flynn fought the highly rated Sam Langford in 1908 and twice more in 1910, losing twice and gaining a draw in the other.
On 4 July 1912, Flynn challenged for the world title a second time, this time against Jack Johnson. Despite being warned by the referee, Flynn continually attempted to headbutt Johnson, and the local sheriff eventually stepped in to stop the fight in Johnson's favour.
He continued to fight rated contenders such as Battling Levinsky, Billy Miske, Jack Dillon and Gunboat Smith, and scored a first round knock-out over future heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey in February 1917 (He was the only fighter to ever knock out Jack Dempsey), although boxing historian Monte Cox has questioned the legitimacy of the result. A year later Flynn met Dempsey again, and this time Flynn was knocked out in the first round.
Flynn continued to fight into his 40s. He fought three further bouts against Langford, losing all three, and beat Tiger Flowers, the future middleweight champion, in 1923. He finally retired in 1925 after a 26-year ring career, with a final record of 47-53-20, including 33 wins by knockout.
- "Did Jack Dempsey Take a Dive?". Cox's Corner. Retrieved 2008-07-16.