Ernest Cutler Price (better known as Jack Dillon and Hoosier Bearcat; February 2, 1891, Frankfort, Indiana – August 7, 1942, Chattahoochee, Florida) was light heavyweight boxing champion of the world.
Dillon's real name was Ernest Culter Price. He took the name "Jack Dillon" from the famous racehorse, Sidney Dillon. Price worked at the farm/stable where the horse was housed. At his first fight, Price appeared very nervous. When asked his name, he said Sidney Dillon. The referee misunderstood him, and bawled out "Jack Dillon!" (May 20, 1916, Tacoma Daily News).
Professional Boxing Career
Dillon turned pro in 1908 and won the vacant World Light Heavyweight title with a win over Battling Levinsky in 1914. In 1916 he lost the belt in a rematch with Levinsky over 12 rounds.
Dillon was often referred to as "Jack the Giant Killer" for his ability to handle the most dangerous heavyweights of his era.
Life After Boxing
In retirement, Dillon lived next door to a restaurant that he owned and operated. Dillon died on August 7, 1942, in Chattahoochee, Florida, aged 51.
Dillon was elected into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1995.
Philadelphia Jack O'Brien
|World Light Heavyweight Champion
14 April 1914 – 24 October 1916