Although records weren't kept as precisely at the time, the common belief is that Figg had a record of 269–1 in 270 fights. His only loss came when Ned Sutton beat him to claim the title. Figg demanded a rematch, which he won, and also went on to retire Sutton in a rubber match. After 1730 he largely gave up fighting, and relied on his three protégés to bring in spectators: Bob Whittaker, Jack Broughton, and George Taylor. Taylor took over Figg's business upon Figg's death in 1734, though Broughton went on to become his most famous protégé.
Figg died in 1734 and was buried in St Marylebone Parish Churchyard.
- Jack Dempsey called him the father of modern boxing, although this accolade has also been awarded to Jack Broughton. Many of the bouts at the time consisted of boxing, wrestling and fencing with sharp swords. Figg was also a great fencer who engaged in sword duels and singlestick matches.
- Pugilism.org describes Figg as one of the 5 Hardest Men of the Pugilistic Era and founder of the modern sport of boxing.
- Figg was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992. 
- In 2010, Figg was inducted in the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame.
- A blue plaque dedicated to him was unveiled at The James Figg Pub (formerly The Greyhound Inn), Cornmarket, Thame, on 14 April 2011.
- William Hogarth painted his portrait.
Relationship with William Hogarth
William Hogarth was reputedly a friend and fan. Figg sometimes featured in his pictures, such as Southwark Fair (where he can be seen riding a horse on the far right). It is not unlikely that Hogarth used Figg as model for some of his well known works such as A Rake’s Progress and a A Midnight Modern Conversation. But as records in this time are unreliable (Hogarth himself warned against finding likenesses of individuals in his depiction of drunks, stating that "We lash the Vices but the Persons spare") this cannot be ascertained with certainty. A typical example is James Figgs' trade card which was believed to be engraved by Hogarth, but the general consensus is that it was engraved by somebody else, it is even suggested that the trade card itself is a forgery.
In popular culture
James Figg's great-grandson appears as a central character in the Marc Olden novel Poe Must Die and appears alongside other historical figures including Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Dickens. Whilst he is a fictional adaption, Olden's character references the life and experiences of the real Figg.
- James FIGG (1684–1734). Oxfordshire Blue Plaques
- Derek Birley (1993). Sport and the Making of Britain. Manchester University Press. p. 118. ISBN 0-7190-3759-X.
- Figg on the Pugilism.org website
- James Figg on the IBHF Website
- Listing on the website
- James Figg on BBC Oxford
- A Midnight Modern Conversation (1733) on the website of the Royal Collection Trust
- A Midnight Modern Conversation on the website of the Indianapolis Museum of Art
- James Figgs'trade card on the website of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
- The trade card on the website of British Museum
- Thame Local History
- James Figg's record at CyberBoxingZone
- James Figg entry at the International Boxing Hall of Fame Website
- Article on James Figg by Iain Abernethy
- Figg article at the England History website