Jimmy Wilde

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Jimmy Wilde
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Real nameWilliam James Wilde
Nickname(s)
  • The Mighty Atom
  • The Tylorstown Terror
  • Ghost with the Hammer in his Hand
Weight(s)Flyweight
Height5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)
Reach66 in (168 cm)
NationalityWelsh
Born(1892-05-15)15 May 1892
Quakers Yard, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
Died10 March 1969(1969-03-10) (aged 76)
Whitchurch, Cardiff, Wales
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights149
Wins137
Wins by KO99
Losses3
Draws1
No contests8

William James Wilde (15 May 1892 – 10 March 1969) was a Welsh professional boxer who competed from 1911 to 1923. He held the IBU world flyweight title in 1916, the EBU European flyweight title twice; firstly in 1914 and again from 1916 to 1917, the BBBofC British flyweight title in 1916 and the National Sporting Club's British flyweight title from 1916 to 1918. Often regarded as the greatest British fighter of all time, he was the first official world flyweight champion and was rated by American boxing writer Nat Fleischer, as well as many other professionals and fans including former boxer, trainer, manager and promoter, Charley 'Broadway' Rose, as "the Greatest Flyweight Boxer Ever". Wilde earned various nicknames such as, "The Mighty Atom," "Ghost with the Hammer in His Hand" and "The Tylorstown Terror" due to his bludgeoning punching power. While reigning as the world's greatest flyweight, Wilde would take on bantamweights and even featherweights, and knock them out.[1] As well as his professional career, Wilde participated in 151 bouts judged as 'newspaper decisions', of these the results were: Won 7 and lost 1, with 143 being declared as 'no decisions'. Wilde has the third longest recorded unbeaten streak in boxing history, having gone 92–0–1. Behind Packey McFarland who went 106–1–6 losing only his 9th fight and going another 104 unbeaten and behind Young Griffo who was 7–1–3 early on and bringing his record up to 79–1–38 going 107 fights unbeaten.

Early years[edit]

Jimmy Wilde's birth certificate states that he was born in the Taff Bargoed Valley community of Pentwyn Deintyr) (now known as the Graig), Quakers Yard, Treharris, Wales, in the county borough of Merthyr Tydfil. His parents later moved to the village of Tylorstown in the Rhondda Valley when Wilde was around 6 years old.[2] Wilde was the son of a coal miner and worked in the coal pits himself. He was small enough to crawl through gullies impassable to most of his colleagues. He started boxing at the age of sixteen in fairground boxing booths, where crowds were amazed by his toughness and ability to knock down much larger opponents, most of which were local men weighing around 200 lbs. In 1910, Wilde married his wife Elizabeth and was a father the same year. He left Tylorstown Colliery in 1913.

Professional career[edit]

The record books often show that Wilde started boxing professionally in 1911, but it is widely assumed (and later confirmed by boxing analysts) that he had been fighting professionally for at least four years before that. His claim that he had at least 800 fights is probably greatly exaggerated, but it was certainly more than the 152 shown in Boxrec and elsewhere. His officially listed debut was on 26 December 1910, when he fought Les Williams to a no-decision in three rounds. His first win came on 1 January 1911, when he knocked out Ted Roberts in the third round

Managed by Teddy Lewis, reserve captain of the local rugby club, Pontypridd RFC,[3] Wilde went undefeated in 103 bouts, all of which were held in Britain, a remarkable achievement. In the middle of that streak, on 31 December 1912, he won the British 7 stone championship by beating Billy Padden by an eighteenth-round knockout in Glasgow. He finally lost his undefeated record when he challenged Tancy Lee for the vacant British and Europe Flyweight Championship on 15 January 1915 in London. Wilde was knocked out in the seventeenth round (of twenty).

William Howard Robinson: A Welsh Victory at the National Sporting Club, 31 March 1919. (The Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII, congratulates Jimmy Wilde.)

In 1915, Wilde was hospitalized, requiring an operation for "an internal complaint".[4] After a sixteen-fight knockout streak, on 14 February 1916 he won the British flyweight title by beating Joe Symonds by a knockout in round twelve at the National Sporting Club in London.[5] On 24 April 1916, Wilde beat Johnny Rosner by a knockout in the eleventh round at Liverpool Stadium to win the IBU World Flyweight title. On 13 May, he had two fights on the same day at Woolwich Dockyard (against Darkey Saunders and Joe Magnus), winning both by knockout, both fights combined lasting less than five rounds. On 26 June Wilde returned to the National Sporting Club to take his revenge on Tancy Lee with an eleventh-round knockout. On 18 December, Wilde became recognised as the first World Flyweight Champion (the IBU title was only recognised in Europe) when he defeated Young Zulu Kid of the United States, knocking him out in the eleventh round of their bout at the Holborn Stadium.[6]

In late December 1916, after being rejected on two previous occasions due to an old leg problem from a colliery accident and for being underweight, Wilde was accepted into the British Army and while never seeing active service, became an instructor at Aldershot.[7][8]

In 1917, he retained the world title by beating George Clarke by a knockout in four. With that win, he also won the European title and recovered the British title. But that would be his last title defence, as soon he decided to vacate the world title. He kept fighting and winning, and in 1919, he beat Joe Lynch, another boxer who was a world champion, by decision in 15.

Wilde travelled to the United States for a series of fights, and on 6 December 1919, lost to "Little" Jackie Sharkey in a ten-round newspaper decision of the Milwaukee Journal before a crowd close to 8,000 at the Auditorium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[9] Sharkey was considered a decisive winner, taking eight of the ten rounds according to the newspapermen at ringside. Sharkey's blows were said to land more frequently and with greater force. Sharkey's win was at least a minor upset as Wilde led in the early betting 2 to 1.[10][11]

In 1920, Wilde went undefeated in 10 fights, but then, he lost by a knockout in 17 to former World Bantamweight Champion Pete Herman, who outweighed him by more than a stone (14 pounds), in 1921.[12][13] The bout was originally scheduled as a title defence, but Herman had lost his championship to Lynch the month before. Herman easily regained the Bantamweight title from Lynch in July 1921, leading some to suspect that he had left the title behind with Lynch in America intentionally. That was the fight that marked his return to Britain after touring the United States all of 1920. After a win over Young Jennings, he announced his retirement.

Wilde returned to the ring out of a sense of obligation to defend his title against Pancho Villa on 18 June 1923 at the Polo Grounds in New York. After losing by a knockout in seven to the Philippines' first world champion,[14] Wilde announced his retirement before returning to England, confirming his decision on 1 January 1924.[15][16]

In 1927, at the age of 35, Wilde was reportedly considering making a comeback, but never returned to competitive boxing.[17]

Retirement[edit]

Having had his first book, Hitting and Stopping: How I Won 100 Fights, published in 1914, Wilde wrote two additional books, the instructional The Art of Boxing (1923).[18] and the 1938 autobiography Fighting Was My Business.

Wilde's son David followed him into a career in professional boxing, although without great success.[19]

In the 1930s he lived in a house in Hocroft Court, Cricklewood, from where almost all of his boxing trophies and medals were stolen in a 1936 burglary.[20] He became a boxing referee, including in 1936 refereeing every bout of a boxing tournament at the Hastings Pier Pavilion.[21] In December 1936 he was injured after being thrown from a car driven by a friend when it collided with a van near Hampstead.[22]

Wilde lived the last few years of his life in the Cadoxton district of Barry, South Wales. With his final boxing winnings, Wilde entered into several business schemes, including a Welsh cinema chain and partnership in a cafe at 5 Western Shelter, Barry Island that was named 'The Mighty Atom' cafe. None were successful and he spent his final years in poverty.[23] In 1965, Wilde suffered serious injuries during a mugging at a train station in Cardiff, from which he never recovered.[1] His wife, Elizabeth, died in 1967,[24] and two years later Wilde died in a hospital in Whitchurch. He was buried in Barry Cemetery.

Awards and recognition[edit]

With the longest unbeaten streak in boxing history, he went 103 fights before his first loss. Wilde had a record of 139 wins, 3 losses, 1 draw and 5 no-contests, with an impressive 99 wins by knockout. Ring Magazine, named him both the 3rd greatest puncher of all time, and the greatest flyweight of all time, and rated him as the 13th greatest fighter of the 20th century.

In 1990, he was elected to the inaugural class of the International Boxing Hall of Fame and in 1992, the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame.

He was ranked as the top flyweight of all-time by the International Boxing Research Organization in 2006.[25]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
150 fights 131 wins 3 losses
By knockout 98 3
By decision 31 0
By disqualification 2 0
Draws 1
No contests 8
Newspaper decisions/draws 7
All Newspaper decisions are regarded as “no decision” bouts as they have “resulted in neither boxer winning or losing, and would therefore not count as part of their official fight record."
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
150 Loss 131–3–1 (15) Pancho Villa KO 7 (20) Jun 18, 1923 Polo Grounds, New York City, New York, U.S. Lost NBA flyweight title;
For inaugural NYSAC and The Ring flyweight titles
149 Loss 131–2–1 (15) Pete Herman TKO 17 (20) Jan 13, 1921 Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, England
148 Win 131–1–1 (15) Patsy Wallace PTS 10 May 24, 1920 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Retained world flyweight title
147 Win 130–1–1 (15) Battling Al Murray KO 2 (8) May 13, 1920 National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
146 Win 129–1–1 (15) Bobby Dyson KO 1 (12) May 01, 1920 Cuddy's Arena, Lawrence, Massachusetts, U.S.
145 Win 128–1–1 (15) Battling Al Murray TKO 8 (8) Apr 21, 1920 Sportsman's Club, Camden, New Jersey, U.S. Retained world flyweight title
144 Win 127–1–1 (15) Young Zulu Kid NWS 10 Apr 12, 1920 Windsor, Ontario, Canada
143 Win 127–1–1 (14) Frankie Mason NWS 12 Mar 12, 1920 Coliseum, Toledo, Ohio, U.S. Retained world flyweight title
142 Win 127–1–1 (13) Patsy Wallace NWS 6 Feb 19, 1920 National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
141 Win 127–1–1 (12) Mickey Russell TKO 7 (8) Feb 19, 1920 4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
140 Win 126–1–1 (12) Mike Ertie KO 3 (10) Jan 29, 1920 Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
139 Win 125–1–1 (12) Babe Asher NWS 8 Jan 08, 1920 Future City A.C., Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.
138 Loss 125–1–1 (11) Jackie Sharkey NWS 10 Dec 06, 1919 Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
137 Win 125–1–1 (10) Memphis Pal Moore PTS 20 Jul 17, 1919 Olympia, Kensington, London, England
136 Win 124–1–1 (10) Alf Mansfield TKO 13 (15) Apr 21, 1919 Holborn Stadium, Holborn, London, England
135 Win 123–1–1 (10) Jimmy Buck KO 3 (15) Apr 21, 1919 Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, England
134 Win 122–1–1 (10) Joe Lynch PTS 15 Mar 31, 1919 National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London, England
133 Win 121–1–1 (10) Joe Conn TKO 12 (20) Aug 31, 1918 Chelsea FC, Stamford Bridge, Chelsea, London, England
132 Win 120–1–1 (10) Dick Heasman RTD 2 (20) Apr 29, 1918 National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London, England Retained NSC British and world flyweight titles
131 Win 119–1–1 (10) Corporal Jacobs KO 4 (6) Mar 28, 1918 Headquarters Gymnasium, Aldershot, Hampshire, England
130 Win 118–1–1 (10) Jimmy Russell TKO 3 (15) Mar 22, 1917 Holborn Stadium, Holborn, London, England
129 Win 117–1–1 (10) George Clark TKO 4 (20) Mar 12, 1917 National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London, England Retained IBU, NSC British, and world flyweight titles
128 Win 116–1–1 (10) Young Zulu Kid RTD 11 (20) Dec 18, 1916 Holborn Stadium, Holborn, London, England Won inaugural world flyweight title
127 Win 115–1–1 (10) Tommy Noble TKO 15 (20) Nov 09, 1916 Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, England
126 Win 114–1–1 (10) Johnny Hughes KO 10 (20) Jul 31, 1916 Kensal Rise Athletic Ground, Kensal Rise, London, England Retained IBU and NSC British flyweight titles
125 Win 113–1–1 (10) Tancy Lee KO 11 (20) Jun 26, 1916 National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London, England Retained IBU and vacant NSC British flyweight titles
124 Win 112–1–1 (10) Tommy Harrison RTD 8 (20) May 29, 1916 Oxford Music Hall, London, England
123 Win 111–1–1 (10) Darkey Saunders TKO 3 (6) May 13, 1916 Woolwich Dockyard Labour Club, Woolwich, London, England
122 Win 110–1–1 (10) Joe Magnus KO 2 (6) May 13, 1916 Empire Theatre, Cardiff, Wales
121 Win 109–1–1 (10) Benny Thomas PTS 15 Apr 29, 1916 Empire Theatre, Cardiff, Wales
120 Win 108–1–1 (10) Johnny Rosner RTD 11 (20) Apr 24, 1916 Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, England Retained IBU flyweight title
119 Win 107–1–1 (10) Sid Smith KO 3 (20) Mar 27, 1916 Hoxton Baths, Hoxton, London, England
118 Win 106–1–1 (10) Sam Kellar RTD 8 (20) Mar 09, 1916 West London Stadium, Marylebone, London, England
117 Win 105–1–1 (10) Joe Symonds RTD 12 (20) Feb 14, 1916 National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London, England Won IBU and NSC British flyweight titles
116 Win 104–1–1 (10) Jimmy Morton KO 2 (15) Jan 27, 1916 Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, England
115 Win 103–1–1 (10) Tommy Noble RTD 11 (20) Jan 24, 1916 New Cross Baths, New Cross, London, England
114 Win 102–1–1 (10) Billy Young Rowlands TKO 7 (20) Jan 08, 1916 Empire, Swansea, Wales
113 Win 101–1–1 (10) Sid Smith TKO 8 (15) Dec 20, 1915 National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London, England
112 Win 100–1–1 (10) Danny Elliott KO 2 (15) Dec 13, 1915 Central Baths, Bradford, Yorkshire, England
111 Win 99–1–1 (10) Johnny Best TKO 14 (15) Dec 09, 1915 Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, England
110 Win 98–1–1 (10) Tommy Hughes RTD 8 (15) Nov 27, 1915 Palace Theatre, Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, England
109 Win 97–1–1 (10) Peter Cullen RTD 9 (15) Oct 20, 1915 Drill Hall, Dublin, Ireland
108 Win 96–1–1 (10) Walter Buchan RTD 5 (15) Sep 23, 1915 Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, England
107 Win 95–1–1 (10) George Clark RTD 8 (15) Aug 14, 1915 Pheasant Inn Grounds, Carbrook, Yorkshire, England
106 Win 94–1–1 (10) Driver Bethuen RTD 5 (10) Jul 24, 1915 Pheasant Inn Grounds, Carbrook, Yorkshire, England
105 Win 93–1–1 (10) Sid Shields KO 2 (20) Mar 25, 1915 Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, England
104 Loss 92–1–1 (10) Tancy Lee TKO 17 (20) Jan 25, 1915 National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London, England For vacant IBU, and NSC British flyweight title
103 Win 92–0–1 (10) Sid Smith TKO 9 (15) Dec 03, 1914 Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, England Retained British 112lbs title claim
102 Win 91–0–1 (10) Joe Symonds PTS 15 Nov 16, 1914 National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London, England British flyweight title eliinator
101 Win 90–0–1 (10) Alf Mansfield RTD 9 (15) Sep 28, 1914 West London Stadium, Marylebone, London, England
100 Win 89–0–1 (10) Young Baker PTS 15 Aug 20, 1914 Boulevard Rink, Leicester, Leicestershire, England
99 Win 88–0–1 (10) Young Ted Walters DQ 6 (15) Aug 10, 1914 St James Hall, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, England
98 Win 87–0–1 (10) Artie Edwards PTS 15 Jul 23, 1914 Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, England
97 Win 86–0–1 (10) Charley Jordan RTD 10 (15) Jul 23, 1914 New Marquee, Tonypandy, Wales
96 Win 85–0–1 (10) Charley Jordan RTD 10 (15) Jul 18, 1914 New Marquee, Tonypandy, Wales
95 Win 84–0–1 (10) Charlie Banyard TKO 9 (15) Jun 22, 1914 Market Hall, Aberdare, Wales
94 Win 83–0–1 (10) Georges Gloria TKO 5 (15) May 11, 1914 National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London, England
93 Win 82–0–1 (10) Alf Mansfield PTS 20 Apr 27, 1914 Olympia Skating Rink, Leeds, Yorkshires, England
92 Win 81–0–1 (10) Albert Bouzonnie TKO 6 (15) Apr 16, 1914 Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, England
91 Win 80–0–1 (10) Jack Madden KO 4 (15) Apr 13, 1914 Portland Skating Rink, Ashton under Lyne, England
90 Win 79–0–1 (10) Eugene Husson KO 6 (20) Mar 30, 1914 National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London, England Won IBU flyweight title
89 Win 78–0–1 (10) Bill Kyne TKO 4 (15) Mar 26, 1914 Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, England
88 Win 77–0–1 (10) George Jaggers RTD 5 (15) Feb 16, 1914 Artillery Drill Hall, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
87 Win 76–0–1 (10) Paddy Carroll KO 2 (15) Feb 12, 1914 Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, England
86 Win 75–0–1 (10) Tom Thomas TKO 7 (10) Feb 09, 1914 Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England
85 Win 74–0–1 (10) Kid Nutter PTS 15 Feb 02, 1914 Drill Hall, Birkenhead, Merseyside, England
84 Win 73–0–1 (10) Billy Young Padden TKO 3 (15) Jan 29, 1914 Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, England
83 Win 72–0–1 (10) Young Beynon PTS 15 Jan 08, 1914 Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, England
82 Win 71–0–1 (10) Kid Nutter PTS 15 Jan 03, 1914 Pavilion Skating Rink, Tonypandy, Wales
81 Win 70–0–1 (10) Harry Brooks RTD 9 (15) Dec 16, 1913 Free Trade Hall, Manchester
80 Win 69–0–1 (10) Billy Charles RTD 6 (20) Dec 13, 1913 Pavilion, Tonypandy, Wales
79 Win 68–0–1 (10) Young George Dando DQ 10 (15) Dec 06, 1913 Drill Hall, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
78 Win 67–0–1 (10) Dido Gains PTS 15 Nov 22, 1913 Drill Hall, Swansea, Wales
77 Win 66–0–1 (10) Jack Young Dyer TKO 2 (15) Nov 21, 1913 Manchester, England
76 Win 65–0–1 (10) Young Baker RTD 10 (15) Nov 13, 1913 Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, England
75 Win 64–0–1 (10) Darkey Saunders TKO 11 (15) Nov 01, 1913 Pavilion Skating Rink, Tonypandy, Wales
74 Win 63–0–1 (10) Young George Dando PTS 20 Sep 22, 1913 Westgate Rink, Cardiff, Wales
73 Win 62–0–1 (10) Kid Levene RTD 7 (15) Sep 18, 1913 Olympia Skating Rink, Hanley, Staffordshire, England
72 Win 61–0–1 (10) Harry Curley RTD 12 (15) Sep 11, 1913 Olympia Skating Rink, Hanley, Staffordshire, England
71 Win 60–0–1 (10) Dido Gains PTS 15 Sep 08, 1913 Artillery Drill Hall, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
70 Win 59–0–1 (10) Dick Jenkins PTS 10 Sep 06, 1913 Ferndale, Wales
69 Win 58–0–1 (10) Jack Young Dyer TKO 3 (15) Aug 28, 1913 Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, England
68 Win 57–0–1 (10) Darkey Saunders PTS 10 Aug 04, 1913 American Skating Rink, Cardiff, Wales
67 Win 56–0–1 (10) Young George Dando PTS 15 Jul 19, 1913 Tonypandy, Wales
66 Win 55–0–1 (10) Tommy Lewis PTS 15 Jul 12, 1913 Pavilion, Tonypandy, Wales
65 Win 54–0–1 (10) Dick Lewis RTD 3 (15) Jul 01, 1913 Pavilion Skating Rink, Tonypandy, Wales
64 Win 53–0–1 (10) Gwilym Thomas TKO 5 (15) Jun 21, 1913 Pavilion Skating Rink, Tonypandy, Wales
63 Win 52–0–1 (10) Billy Young Padden PTS 12 Jun 16, 1913 Pavilion Skating Rink, Tonypandy, Wales
62 Win 51–0–1 (10) Dai Davies PTS 12 May 24, 1913 Pavilion Skating Rink, Tonypandy, Wales
61 ND 50–0–1 (10) Ivor Meredith ND 10 May 05, 1913 Aberdare, Wales
60 Win 50–0–1 (9) Billy Yates KO 4 (12) Apr 19, 1913 Pavilion Skating Rink, Tonypandy, Wales
59 Win 49–0–1 (9) Will Rees KO 2 (12) Apr 12, 1913 Marquee, Tonypandy, Wales
58 Win 48–0–1 (9) Harry Taylor RTD 3 (6) Mar 24, 1913 Drill Hall, Swansea, Wales
57 Win 47–0–1 (9) Billy Young Rowlands NWS 6 Mar 13, 1913 Drill Hall, Pentre, Wales
56 Win 47–0–1 (8) Dai Matthews RTD 4 (12) Mar 08, 1913 Marquee, Tonypandy, Wales
55 ND 46–0–1 (8) Harry Stuckey ND 6 Mar 01, 1913 Hippodrome, Tonypandy, Wales
54 Win 46–0–1 (7) Ben Hardwick NWS 8 Feb 22, 1913 Hippodrome, Tonypandy, Wales
53 Win 46–0–1 (6) James Kid Fitzpatrick TKO 3 (20) Feb 15, 1913 Pavilion, Tonypandy, Wales
52 ND 45–0–1 (6) Young Tony ND 10 Feb 08, 1913 Scarrott's Pavilion, Tonypandy, Wales
51 ND 45–0–1 (5) Dick Jenkins ND 10 Feb 01, 1913 Scarrott's Pavilion, Tonypandy, Wales Agreed no-decision bout if Jenkins lasted the distance. Wilde was the unofficial winner
50 Win 45–0–1 (4) Tommy Hughes RTD 7 (15) Jan 18, 1913 Hippodrome, Tonypandy, Wales
49 Win 44–0–1 (4) Billy Young Padden TKO 18 (20) Jan 01, 1913 Victoria AC, Glasgow, Scotland
48 ND 43–0–1 (4) Harry Stuckey ND 6 Dec 28, 1912 Pavilion, Tonypandy, Wales
47 Win 43–0–1 (3) Billy Yates RTD 4 (15) Dec 21, 1912 Theatre Royal, Cardiff, Wales
46 Win 42–0–1 (3) Stoker Staines KO 1 (15) Dec 14, 1912 Pavilion, Tonypandy, Wales
45 Win 41–0–1 (3) Alf Williams PTS 15 Nov 30, 1912 Pentre, Wales
44 Win 40–0–1 (3) Kid Pearson RTD 2 (6) Nov 23, 1912 Pavilion, Mountain Ash, Wales
43 Win 39–0–1 (3) Jim Ransford RTD 2 (20) Nov 16, 1912 Scarrott's Pavilion, Tonypandy, Wales
42 Win 38–0–1 (3) Llewellyn Boswell PTS 6 Nov 13, 1912 Swansea, Wales
41 Win 37–0–1 (3) Phil Davies RTD 2 (6) Nov 09, 1912 Olympia Rink, Merthyr, Wales
40 Win 36–0–1 (3) Walter Hall TKO 3 (6) Sep 19, 1912 Attercliffe Boxing Hall, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
39 Win 35–0–1 (3) Jim Stuckey TKO 8 (8) Aug 17, 1912 Pavilion, Tonypandy, Wales
38 ND 34–0–1 (3) Mike Flynn ND 8 Aug 10, 1912 Pavilion, Tonypandy, Wales
37 Win 34–0–1 (2) Joe Gans TKO 7 (8) Aug 03, 1912 Pavilion, Tonypandy, Wales
36 Win 33–0–1 (2) Kid Morris RTD 5 (20) Jul 20, 1912 Welsh National A.C., Cardiff, Wales
35 ND 32–0–1 (2) Lewis Williams ND 6 Jun 20, 1912 Mid Rhondda Athletic Grounds, Tonypandy, Wales No decision trial bout
34 ND 32–0–1 (1) Joe Wilson ND 3 Jun 03, 1912 National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London, England No decision trial bout
33 Win 32–0–1 Roland Hall KO 4 (?) Apr 04, 1912 United Kingdom
32 Win 31–0–1 Sam Jennings PTS 6 Mar 09, 1912 Badminton Club, Cardiff
31 Win 30–0–1 Sam Jennings PTS 6 Feb 15, 1912 Millfield A.C., Pontypridd, Wales
30 Win 29–0–1 Young Baker PTS 6 Feb 01, 1912 Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, England
29 Win 28–0–1 Matt Wells' Nipper TKO 1 (10) Jan 20, 1912 The Ring, Blackfriars Road, Southwark, London, England
28 Win 27–0–1 Ted Roberts KO 4 (?) Dec 20, 1911 Millfield A.C., Pontypridd, Wales
27 Win 26–0–1 Young Towell KO 3 (?) Dec 12, 1911 Millfield A.C., Pontypridd, Wales
26 Win 25–0–1 Jim Young Rice KO 4 (?) Nov 20, 1911 Millfield A.C., Pontypridd, Wales
25 Win 24–0–1 Young Towell KO 4 (?) Nov 11, 1911 Millfield A.C., Pontypridd, Wales
24 Win 23–0–1 Young Sam Langford KO 2 (?) Oct 30, 1911 Millfield A.C., Pontypridd, Wales
23 Win 22–0–1 Young Powell KO 3 (?) Oct 20, 1911 Millfield A.C., Pontypridd, Wales
22 Win 21–0–1 Joe Rogers KO 5 (?) Oct 10, 1911 Millfield A.C., Pontypridd, Wales
21 Win 20–0–1 Ted Powell KO 3 (?) Sep 20, 1911 Millfield A.C., Pontypridd, Wales
20 Win 19–0–1 Frank Avent KO 4 (?) Sep 09, 1911 Millfield A.C., Pontypridd, Wales
19 Win 18–0–1 Sam Jennings TKO 11 (15) Aug 26, 1911 Millfield A.C., Pontypridd, Wales
18 Win 17–0–1 Fred Chappell PTS 6 Aug 08, 1911 Millfield A.C., Pontypridd, Wales
17 Win 16–0–1 Steve Thomas KO 3 (?) Jul 07, 1911 Millfield A.C., Pontypridd, Wales
16 Win 15–0–1 Kid Morris PTS 6 Jun 20, 1911 Millfield A.C., Pontypridd, Wales
15 Win 14–0–1 Billy Brown KO 4 (?) Jun 03, 1911 Millfield A.C., Pontypridd, Wales
14 Win 13–0–1 Ted Roberts KO 2 (?) May 25, 1911 Millfield A.C., Pontypridd, Wales
13 Win 12–0–1 Archie Grant KO 3 (?) May 15, 1911 Millfield A.C., Pontypridd, Wales
12 Win 11–0–1 James Easton PTS 10 May 08, 1911 Olympia, Edinburgh, Scotland
11 Win 10–0–1 Dai Roberts KO 3 (?) May 05, 1911 Millfield A.C., Pontypridd, Wales
10 Win 9–0–1 Billy Papke KO 2 (?) Apr 20, 1911 Millfield A.C., Pontypridd, Wales
9 Win 8–0–1 Eddie Thomas KO 2 (?) Apr 10, 1911 Millfield A.C., Pontypridd, Wales
8 Win 7–0–1 Archie Grant KO 3 (?) Apr 04, 1911 Millfield A.C., Pontypridd, Wales
7 Win 6–0–1 Dai Thomas TKO 3 (?) Mar 20, 1911 Millfield A.C., Pontypridd, Wales
6 Win 5–0–1 Lewis Williams RTD 4 (6) Mar 13, 1911 Millfield A.C., Pontypridd, Wales
5 Win 4–0–1 Dick Jenkins PTS 6 Mar 09, 1911 Cardiff, Wales
4 Win 3–0–1 Young Williams PTS 6 Feb 23, 1911 Millfield A.C., Pontypridd, Wales
3 Draw 2–0–1 Dai Jones PTS 6 Jan 20, 1911 Millfield A.C., Pontypridd, Wales
2 Win 2–0 Dick Jenkins PTS 6 Jan 10, 1911 Millfield A.C., Pontypridd, Wales
1 Win 1–0 Ted Roberts KO 3 (6) Jan 01, 1911 Millfield A.C., Pontypridd, Wales

Notes[edit]

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  2. ^ "Jimmy Wilde, Boxing legend dubbed the Mighty Atom". BBC South East. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  3. ^ "Teddy Lewis Pontypridd RFC profile". ponty.net. Archived from the original on 28 September 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Jimmy Wilde Ill: Boxer to Undergo an Operation". Western Mail. 22 April 1915. Retrieved 25 December 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  5. ^ "Jimmy Wilde Defeats Symonds in Contest for Fly-Weight Boxing Championship". Dundee Courier. 15 February 1916. Retrieved 25 December 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  6. ^ "Jimmy Wilde Still Fly-Weight Champion". Dundee Courier. 19 December 1916. Retrieved 25 December 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  7. ^ "Jimmy Wilde for the Army". Sheffield Evening Telegraph. 28 December 1916. Retrieved 25 December 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  8. ^ ""Boy" McCormick Dies in Car". Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough. 23 January 1939. Retrieved 25 December 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  9. ^ "English Bantam Champ Loses Popular Verdict to American, El Paso Herald, El Paso, Texas, pg. 12, 8 December 1919
  10. ^ "Wilde is Favored to Beat Sharkey", St Louis Post Dispatch, St. Louis, Missouri, pg. 12, 6 December 1919.
  11. ^ "Yankee Wins Over Briton", The Daily Gate City and Constitution Democrat, Keokuk, Iowa, pg. 6, 8 December 1919
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Further reading[edit]

  • Harris, Gareth (2006) Jimmy Wilde: World Champion Flyweight Boxer – Tylorstown Legend, Coalopolis Publishing, ISBN 978-0953647569

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Achievements
Inaugural Champion World Flyweight Champion
18 December 1916 – 18 June 1923
Succeeded by
Pancho Villa