Jack Dillon

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Jack Dillon
Jack Dillon.jpg
Real name Ernest Cutler Price
Nickname(s) Hoosier Bearcat
Jack the Giant Killer
Rated at Light Heavyweight
Height 5 ft 7.5 in (1.71 m)
Reach 72 in (180 cm)
Nationality United States
Born (1891-02-02)February 2, 1891
Frankfort, Indiana
Died August 7, 1942(1942-08-07) (aged 51)
Chattahoochee, Florida
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 252
Wins 187
Wins by KO 66
Losses 27
Draws 32
No contests 6

Ernest Cutler Price (April 23, 1891 – August 7, 1942) better known as Jack "Hoosier Bearcat" Dillon, was an American boxer who held the Light Heavyweight Championship of the World. Dillon was often referred to as "Jack the Giant Killer" for his ability to handle the most dangerous heavyweights of his era. Ring Magazine founder Nat Fleischer ranked Dillon as the #3 Light Heavyweight of all-time, while boxing promoter Charley Rose placed him at #2.[1] The International Boxing Research Organization rates Dillon as the 16th best Light-Heavyweight ever.[2] He was inducted into the Ring Magazine Hall of Fame in 1959 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1995.[1][3]

Professional boxing career[edit]

Price 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).

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.

Life after boxing[edit]

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Cyber Boxing Encyclopedia - Jack Dillon CyberBoxingZone.com Retrieved on 2014-04-05
  2. ^ All-Time Light Heavyweight Rankings IBROresearch.com Retrieved on 2014-04-29
  3. ^ International Boxing Hall of Fame Jack Dillon IBHOF.com Retrieved on 2014-04-05

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Philadelphia Jack O'Brien
World Light Heavyweight Champion
14 April 1914 – 24 October 1916
Succeeded by
Battling Levinsky