Jimmy Doyle (boxer)
|Real name||James Delaney |
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Died||1947-06-25 (age 22)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
|Wins by KO||14|
An Irish American, Doyle made his debut as a professional boxer in 1941 and in 1947 lost to Sugar Ray Robinson by 9th round TKO. After the bout, Doyle went to the hospital, suffering from a severe head injury. Although Doyle was leading, Referee Jackie Davis stopped the bout after Doyle went down for the third time in the 9th round.
Last fight and death
In 1947, Doyle challenged Sugar Ray Robinson for the World Welterweight Title. Robinson had the advantage in every round except the sixth, when he was staggered twice and hurt. A single left hook from Robinson ended the fight. "That punch knocked Jimmy rigid.... With heels resting against the canvas as if hinged, Doyle's body went down. It struck the floor with a thud, like a rigid mass falling. His head crashed against the padded canvas, and as the referee started the count. Doyle raised his head and rested on his elbows.... The referee counted to ten. Doyle was out." 
Doyle was taken to St. Vincent's Charity Hospital immediately after the bout, and failed to regain consciousness and died a few hours later.
Jimmy Doyle was fighting in Cleveland, after suffering some heavy knockouts in California. The state's boxing commission would not sanction him to fight again. After his death, criminal charges were threatened against Robinson in Cleveland, up to and including manslaughter, though none actually materialized. Robinson's biographer Wil Haygood stated during a September 25 2010, book festival appearance that Doyle was pushing himself to fight to "buy his mother a house" and after Doyle's death in 1947, Robinson gave the earnings of his next four fights to Doyle's mother, so she could buy that house."
- The Ring, June 1946, page 31
- Nat Fleischer, in The Ring, September 1947, "Sugar Ray Robinson backed out of the fight because he had a dream that he killed him: well his dream came true", page 4
- Wil Haygood, Book TV, September 2010
- Will Haygood, Book TV, September 2010