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 fights143
Wins131
Wins by KO98
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 longest recorded unbeaten streak in boxing history, having gone 92-0-1.

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. Wilde had been away from the ring for months, and was outweighed by Sharkey by seven pounds. 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. The American newspaper's decisions were questioned by many British boxing journalists.[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
136 fights 132 wins 3 losses
By knockout 99 3
By decision 31 0
By disqualification 2 0
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
135 Loss 131–3–1 Philippines Pancho Villa KO 7 (20) Jun 18, 1923 United States Polo Grounds, New York Lost lineal flyweight title
For inaugural The Ring flyweight title
134 Loss 131–2–1 United States Pete Herman TKO 17 (20) Jan 13, 1921 United Kingdom Royal Albert Hall, Kensington
133 Win 131–1–1 Italy Patsy Wallace PTS 10 May 24, 1920 Canada Toronto Retained lineal flyweight title
132 Win 130–1–1 United States Battling Al Murray KO 2 (8) May 13, 1920 United States National A.C., Philadelphia
131 Win 129–1–1 United States Bobby Dyson KO 1 (12) May 01, 1920 United States Cuddy's Arena, Lawrence
130 Win 128–1–1 United States Battling Al Murray TKO 8 (8) Apr 21, 1920 United States Sportsman's Club, Camden Retained lineal flyweight title
129 Win 127–1–1 United States Mickey Russell TKO 7 (8) Feb 19, 1920 United States 4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City
128 Win 126–1–1 United States Mike Ertie KO 3 (10) Jan 29, 1920 United States Auditorium, Milwaukee
127 Win 125–1–1 United States Memphis Pal Moore PTS 20 Jul 17, 1919 United Kingdom Olympia, Kensington
126 Win 124–1–1 United Kingdom Alf Mansfield TKO 13 (15) Apr 21, 1919 United Kingdom Holborn Stadium, Holborn
125 Win 123–1–1 United Kingdom Jimmy Buck KO 3 (15) Apr 21, 1919 United Kingdom Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool
124 Win 122–1–1 United States Joe Lynch PTS 15 Mar 31, 1919 United Kingdom National Sporting Club, Covent Garden
123 Win 121–1–1 United Kingdom Joe Conn TKO 12 (20) Aug 31, 1918 United Kingdom Chelsea FC, Stamford Bridge, Chelsea
122 Win 120–1–1 United Kingdom Dick Heasman RTD 2 (20) Apr 29, 1918 United Kingdom National Sporting Club, Covent Garden Retained British and lineal flyweight titles
121 Win 119–1–1 United Kingdom Corporal Jacobs KO 4 (6) Mar 28, 1918 United Kingdom Headquarters Gymnasium, Aldershot
120 Win 118–1–1 United Kingdom Jimmy Russell TKO 3 (15) Mar 22, 1917 United Kingdom Holborn Stadium, Holborn
119 Win 117–1–1 United Kingdom George Clark TKO 4 (20) Mar 12, 1917 United Kingdom National Sporting Club, Covent Garden Retained EBU, British, and lineal flyweight titles
118 Win 116–1–1 United States Young Zulu Kid RTD 11 (20) Nov 09, 1916 United Kingdom Holborn Stadium, Holborn Won inaugural lineal flyweight title
117 Win 115–1–1 United Kingdom Tommy Noble TKO 15 (20) Nov 09, 1916 United Kingdom Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool
116 Win 114–1–1 United Kingdom Johnny Hughes KO 10 (20) Jul 31, 1916 United Kingdom Kensal Rise Athletic Ground, Kensal Rise Retained IBU, EBU, and British flyweight titles
115 Win 113–1–1 United Kingdom Tancy Lee KO 11 (20) Jun 26, 1916 United Kingdom National Sporting Club, Covent Garden Retained IBU and British flyweight titles
Won EBU flyweight title
114 Win 112–1–1 United Kingdom Tommy Harrison RTD 8 (20) May 29, 1916 United Kingdom Oxford Music Hall
113 Win 111–1–1 United Kingdom Darkey Saunders TKO 3 (6) May 13, 1916 United Kingdom Woolwich Dockyard Labour Club, Woolwich
112 Win 110–1–1 United Kingdom Joe Magnus KO 2 (6) May 13, 1916 United Kingdom Empire Theatre, Cardiff
111 Win 109–1–1 United Kingdom Benny Thomas PTS 15 Apr 29, 1916 United Kingdom Empire Theatre, Cardiff
110 Win 108–1–1 United Kingdom Johnny Rosner RTD 11 (20) Apr 24, 1916 United Kingdom Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool Retained IBU flyweight title
109 Win 107–1–1 United Kingdom Sid Smith KO 3 (20) Mar 27, 1916 United Kingdom Hoxton Baths, Hoxton
108 Win 106–1–1 United Kingdom Sam Kellar RTD 8 (20) Mar 09, 1916 United Kingdom West London Stadium, Marylebone
107 Win 105–1–1 United Kingdom Joe Symonds RTD 12 (20) Feb 14, 1916 United Kingdom National Sporting Club, Covent Garden Won IBU and British flyweight titles
106 Win 104–1–1 United Kingdom Jimmy Morton KO 2 (15) Jan 27, 1916 United Kingdom Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool
105 Win 103–1–1 United Kingdom Tommy Noble RTD 11 (20) Jan 24, 1916 United Kingdom New Cross Baths, New Cross
104 Win 102–1–1 United Kingdom Billy Young Rowlands TKO 7 (20) Jan 08, 1916 United Kingdom Empire, Swansea
103 Win 101–1–1 United Kingdom Sid Smith TKO 8 (15) Dec 20, 1915 United Kingdom National Sporting Club, Covent Garden
102 Win 100–1–1 United Kingdom Danny Elliott KO 2 (15) Dec 13, 1915 United Kingdom Central Baths, Bradford
101 Win 99–1–1 United Kingdom Johnny Best TKO 14 (15) Dec 09, 1915 United Kingdom Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool
100 Win 98–1–1 United Kingdom Tommy Hughes RTD 8 (15) Nov 27, 1915 United Kingdom Palace Theatre, Barrow In Furness
99 Win 97–1–1 Republic of Ireland Peter Cullen RTD 9 (15) Oct 20, 1915 Republic of Ireland Drill Hall, Dublin
98 Win 96–1–1 United Kingdom Walter Buchan RTD 5 (15) Sep 23, 1915 United Kingdom Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool
97 Win 95–1–1 United Kingdom George Clark RTD 8 (15) Aug 14, 1915 United Kingdom Pheasant Inn Grounds, Carbrook
96 Win 94–1–1 United Kingdom Driver Bethuen RTD 5 (10) Jul 24, 1915 United Kingdom Pheasant Inn Grounds, Carbrook
95 Win 93–1–1 United Kingdom Sid Shields KO 2 (20) Mar 25, 1915 United Kingdom Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool
94 Loss 92–1–1 United Kingdom Tancy Lee TKO 17 (20) Jan 25, 1915 United Kingdom National Sporting Club, Covent Garden Lost IBU and British flyweight titles,
For vacant EBU, and British flyweight title
93 Win 92–0–1 United Kingdom Sid Smith TKO 9 (15) Dec 03, 1914 United Kingdom Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool Retained IBU and British flyweight titles
92 Win 91–0–1 United Kingdom Joe Symonds PTS 15 Nov 16, 1914 United Kingdom National Sporting Club, Covent Garden Won IBU flyweight title
91 Win 90–0–1 United Kingdom Alf Mansfield RTD 9 (15) Sep 28, 1914 United Kingdom West London Stadium, Marylebone
90 Win 89–0–1 United Kingdom Young Baker PTS 15 Aug 20, 1914 United Kingdom Boulevard Rink, Leicester
89 Win 88–0–1 United Kingdom Young Ted Walters DQ 6 (15) Aug 10, 1914 United Kingdom St James Hall, Newcastle
88 Win 87–0–1 United States Artie Edwards PTS 15 Jul 23, 1914 United Kingdom Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool
87 Win 86–0–1 United Kingdom Charley Jordan RTD 10 (15) Jul 18, 1914 United Kingdom New Marquee, Tonypandy
86 Win 85–0–1 United Kingdom Charlie Banyard TKO 9 (15) Jun 22, 1914 United Kingdom Market Hall, Aberdare
85 Win 84–0–1 United Kingdom Georges Gloria TKO 5 (15) May 11, 1914 United Kingdom National Sporting Club, Covent Garden
84 Win 83–0–1 United Kingdom Alf Mansfield PTS 20 Apr 27, 1914 United Kingdom Olympia Skating Rink, Leeds
83 Win 82–0–1 United Kingdom Albert Bouzonnie TKO 6 (15) Apr 16, 1914 United Kingdom Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool
82 Win 81–0–1 United Kingdom Jack Madden KO 4 (15) Apr 13, 1914 United Kingdom Portland Skating Rink, Ashton under Lyne
81 Win 80–0–1 United Kingdom Eugene Husson KO 6 (20) Mar 30, 1914 United Kingdom National Sporting Club, Covent Garden
80 Win 79–0–1 United Kingdom Bill Kyne TKO 4 (15) Mar 26, 1914 United Kingdom Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool
79 Win 78–0–1 United Kingdom George Jaggers RTD 5 (15) Feb 16, 1914 United Kingdom Artillery Drill Hall, Sheffield
78 Win 77–0–1 United Kingdom Paddy Carroll KO 2 (12) Feb 15, 1914 United Kingdom Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool
77 Win 76–0–1 United Kingdom Tom Thomas TKO 7 (10) Feb 09, 1914 United Kingdom Free Trade Hall, Manchester
76 Win 75–0–1 United Kingdom Kid Nutter PTS 15 Feb 02, 1914 United Kingdom Drill Hall, Birkenhead
75 Win 74–0–1 United Kingdom Billy Young Padden TKO 3 (15) Jan 29, 1914 United Kingdom Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool
74 Win 73–0–1 United Kingdom Young Beynon PTS 15 Jan 08, 1914 United Kingdom Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool
73 Win 72–0–1 United Kingdom Kid Nutter PTS 15 Jan 03, 1914 United Kingdom Pavilion Skating Rink, Tonypandy
72 Win 71–0–1 United Kingdom Kid Levene KO 8 (20) Dec 24, 1913 United Kingdom Marquee, Tonypandy
71 Win 70–0–1 United Kingdom Harry Brooks RTD 9 (15) Dec 16, 1913 United Kingdom Free Trade Hall, Manchester
70 Win 69–0–1 United Kingdom Billy Charles RTD 6 (20) Dec 13, 1913 United Kingdom Pavilion, Tonypandy
69 Win 68–0–1 United Kingdom Young George Dando DQ 10 (15) Dec 06, 1913 United Kingdom Drill Hall, Merthyr Tydfil
68 Win 67–0–1 United Kingdom Dido Gains PTS 15 Nov 22, 1913 United Kingdom Drill Hall, Swansea
67 Win 66–0–1 United Kingdom Jack Young Dyer TKO 2 (15) Nov 21, 1913 United Kingdom Manchester
66 Win 65–0–1 United Kingdom Young Baker RTD 10 (15) Nov 13, 1913 United Kingdom Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool
65 Win 64–0–1 United Kingdom Darkey Saunders TKO 11 (15) Nov 01, 1913 United Kingdom Pavilion Skating Rink, Tonypandy
64 Win 63–0–1 United Kingdom Young George Dando PTS 20 Sep 22, 1913 United Kingdom Westgate Rink, Cardiff
63 Win 62–0–1 United Kingdom Kid Levene RTD 7 (15) Sep 18, 1913 United Kingdom Olympia Skating Rink, Hanley
62 Win 61–0–1 United Kingdom Harry Curley RTD 12 (15) Sep 11, 1913 United Kingdom Olympia Skating Rink, Hanley
61 Win 60–0–1 United Kingdom Dido Gains PTS 15 Sep 08, 1913 United Kingdom Artillery Drill Hall, Sheffield
60 Win 59–0–1 United Kingdom Dick Jenkins PTS 10 Sep 06, 1913 United Kingdom Ferndale
59 Win 58–0–1 United Kingdom Jack Young Dyer TKO 3 (15) Aug 28, 1913 United Kingdom Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool
58 Win 57–0–1 United Kingdom Darkey Saunders PTS 10 Aug 04, 1913 United Kingdom American Skating Rink, Cardiff
57 Win 56–0–1 United Kingdom Tommy Lewis PTS 15 Jul 12, 1913 United Kingdom Pavilion, Tonypandy
56 Win 55–0–1 United Kingdom Dick Lewis RTD 3 (15) Jul 01, 1913 United Kingdom Pavilion Skating Rink, Tonypandy
55 Win 54–0–1 United Kingdom Gwilym Thomas TKO 5 (15) Jun 21, 1913 United Kingdom Pavilion Skating Rink, Tonypandy
54 Win 53–0–1 United Kingdom Billy Young Padden PTS 12 Jun 16, 1913 United Kingdom Pavilion Skating Rink, Tonypandy
53 Win 52–0–1 United Kingdom Dai Davies PTS 12 May 24, 1913 United Kingdom Pavilion Skating Rink, Tonypandy
52 Win 51–0–1 United Kingdom Billy Yates KO 4 (12) Apr 19, 1913 United Kingdom Pavilion Skating Rink, Tonypandy
51 Win 50–0–1 United Kingdom Will Rees KO 2 (12) Apr 12, 1913 United Kingdom Drill Hall, Swansea
50 Win 49–0–1 United Kingdom Harry Taylor RTD 3 (6) Mar 24, 1913 United Kingdom Drill Hall, Swansea
49 Win 48–0–1 United Kingdom Dai Matthews RTD 4 (12) Mar 08, 1913 United Kingdom Marquee, Tonypandy
48 Win 47–0–1 United Kingdom James Kid Fitzpatrick TKO 3 (20) Feb 15, 1913 United Kingdom Pavilion, Tonypandy
47 Win 46–0–1 United Kingdom Ben Hardwick NWS 8 Feb 22, 1913 United Kingdom Hippodrome, Tonypandy
46 Win 45–0–1 United Kingdom Tommy Hughes RTD 7 (15) Jan 18, 1913 United Kingdom Hippodrome, Tonypandy
45 Win 44–0–1 United Kingdom Billy Young Padden TKO 18 (20) Jan 01, 1913 United Kingdom Victoria AC, Glasgow
44 Win 43–0–1 United Kingdom Billy Yates RTD 4 (15) Dec 21, 1912 United Kingdom Theatre Royal, Cardiff
43 Win 42–0–1 United Kingdom Stoker Staines KO 1 (15) Dec 14, 1912 United Kingdom Pavilion, Tonypandy
42 Win 41–0–1 United Kingdom Alf Williams PTS 15 Nov 30, 1912 United Kingdom Pentre
41 Win 40–0–1 United Kingdom Kid Pearson RTD 2 (6) Nov 23, 1912 United Kingdom Pavilion, Mountain Ash
40 Win 39–0–1 United Kingdom Jim Ransford RTD 2 (20) Nov 16, 1912 United Kingdom Scarrott's Pavilion, Tonypandy
39 Win 38–0–1 United Kingdom Llewellyn Boswell PTS 6 Nov 13, 1912 United Kingdom Swansea
38 Win 37–0–1 United Kingdom Phil Davies RTD 2 (6) Nov 09, 1912 United Kingdom Olympia Rink, Merthyr
37 Win 36–0–1 United Kingdom Walter Hall TKO 3 (6) Sep 19, 1912 United Kingdom Attercliffe Boxing Hall, Sheffield
36 Win 35–0–1 United Kingdom Jim Stuckey TKO 8 (8) Aug 17, 1912 United Kingdom Pavilion, Tonypandy
35 Win 34–0–1 Barbados Joe Gans TKO 7 (8) Aug 03, 1912 United Kingdom Pavilion, Tonypandy
34 Win 33–0–1 United Kingdom Kid Morris RTD 5 (20) Jul 20, 1912 United Kingdom Welsh National A.C., Cardiff
33 Win 32–0–1 United Kingdom Roland Hall KO 4 (?) Apr 04, 1912 United Kingdom
32 Win 31–0–1 United Kingdom Sam Jennings PTS 6 Mar 09, 1912 United Kingdom Badminton Club, Cardiff
31 Win 30–0–1 United Kingdom Sam Jennings PTS 6 Feb 15, 1912 United Kingdom Millfield A.C., Pontypridd
30 Win 29–0–1 United Kingdom Young Baker PTS 6 Feb 01, 1912 United Kingdom Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool
29 Win 28–0–1 United Kingdom Matt Wells' Nipper TKO 1 (10) Jan 20, 1912 United Kingdom The Ring, Blackfriars Road, Southwark
28 Win 27–0–1 United Kingdom Ted Roberts KO 4 (?) Dec 20, 1911 United Kingdom Millfield A.C., Pontypridd
27 Win 26–0–1 United Kingdom Young Towell KO 3 (?) Dec 12, 1911 United Kingdom Millfield A.C., Pontypridd
26 Win 25–0–1 United Kingdom Jim Young Rice KO 4 (?) Nov 20, 1911 United Kingdom Millfield A.C., Pontypridd
25 Win 24–0–1 United Kingdom Young Towell KO 4 (?) Nov 11, 1911 United Kingdom Millfield A.C., Pontypridd
24 Win 23–0–1 United Kingdom Young Sam Langford KO 2 (?) Oct 30, 1911 United Kingdom Millfield A.C., Pontypridd
23 Win 22–0–1 United Kingdom Young Powell KO 3 (?) Oct 20, 1911 United Kingdom Millfield A.C., Pontypridd
22 Win 21–0–1 United States Joe Rogers KO 5 (?) Oct 10, 1911 United Kingdom Millfield A.C., Pontypridd
21 Win 20–0–1 United Kingdom Ted Powell KO 3 (?) Sep 20, 1911 United Kingdom Millfield A.C., Pontypridd
20 Win 19–0–1 United Kingdom Frank Avent KO 4 (?) Sep 09, 1911 United Kingdom Millfield A.C., Pontypridd
19 Win 18–0–1 United Kingdom Sam Jennings TKO 11 (15) Aug 26, 1911 United Kingdom Millfield A.C., Pontypridd
18 Win 17–0–1 United Kingdom Fred Chappell PTS 6 Aug 08, 1911 United Kingdom Millfield A.C., Pontypridd
17 Win 16–0–1 United Kingdom Steve Thomas KO 3 (?) Jul 07, 1911 United Kingdom Millfield A.C., Pontypridd
16 Win 15–0–1 United Kingdom Kid Morris PTS 6 Jun 20, 1911 United Kingdom Millfield A.C., Pontypridd
15 Win 14–0–1 United Kingdom Billy Brown KO 4 (?) Jun 03, 1911 United Kingdom Millfield A.C., Pontypridd
14 Win 13–0–1 United Kingdom Ted Roberts KO 2 (?) May 25, 1911 United Kingdom Millfield A.C., Pontypridd
13 Win 12–0–1 United Kingdom Archie Grant KO 3 (?) May 15, 1911 United Kingdom Millfield A.C., Pontypridd
12 Win 11–0–1 United Kingdom James Easton PTS 10 May 08, 1911 United Kingdom Olympia, Edinburgh
11 Win 10–0–1 United Kingdom Dai Roberts KO 3 (?) May 05, 1911 United Kingdom Millfield A.C., Pontypridd
10 Win 9–0–1 United Kingdom Billy Papke KO 2 (?) Apr 20, 1911 United Kingdom Millfield A.C., Pontypridd
9 Win 8–0–1 United Kingdom Eddie Thomas KO 2 (?) Apr 10, 1911 United Kingdom Millfield A.C., Pontypridd
8 Win 7–0–1 United Kingdom Archie Grant KO 3 (?) Apr 04, 1911 United Kingdom Millfield A.C., Pontypridd
7 Win 6–0–1 United Kingdom Dai Thomas TKO 3 (?) Mar 20, 1911 United Kingdom Millfield A.C., Pontypridd
6 Win 5–0–1 United Kingdom Lewis Williams RTD 4 (6) Mar 13, 1911 United Kingdom Millfield A.C., Pontypridd
5 Win 4–0–1 United Kingdom Dick Jenkins PTS 6 Mar 09, 1911 United Kingdom Cardiff
4 Win 3–0–1 United Kingdom Young Williams PTS 6 Feb 23, 1911 United Kingdom Millfield A.C., Pontypridd
3 Draw 2–0–1 United Kingdom Dai Jones PTS 6 Jan 20, 1911 United Kingdom Millfield A.C., Pontypridd
2 Win 2–0 United Kingdom Dick Jenkins PTS 6 Jan 10, 1911 United Kingdom Millfield A.C., Pontypridd
1 Win 1–0 United Kingdom Ted Roberts KO 3 (6) Jan 01, 1911 United Kingdom Millfield A.C., Pontypridd

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Davies, Sean (17 December 2006). "90 years on..." BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Jimmy Wilde, Boxing legend dubbed the Mighty Atom". BBC South East. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  3. ^ "Teddy Lewis Pontypridd RFC profile". www.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
  12. ^ "Jimmy Wilde Beaten". Belfast News-Letter. 14 January 1921. Retrieved 25 December 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  13. ^ "Why Jimmy Wilde Was Beaten: Herman Fully 16lbs. Heavier Than the Welshman". The Globe. 14 January 1921. Retrieved 25 December 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  14. ^ "Defeat of Jimmy Wilde in Fly-Weight Championship". Dundee Evening Telegraph. 19 June 1923. Retrieved 25 December 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  15. ^ "Jimmy Wilde Retiring". Sheffield Daily Telegraph. 4 July 1923. Retrieved 25 December 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  16. ^ "Jimmy Wilde". Daily Herald. 2 January 1924. Retrieved 25 December 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  17. ^ "Jimmy Wilde: Triumphs Which Cannot Be Repeated". The Northern Whig. 29 August 1927. Retrieved 25 December 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  18. ^ "Jimmy Wilde on Boxing". Western Morning News. 22 May 1923. Retrieved 25 December 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  19. ^ "Jimmy Wilde's Advice to his Son". The Northern Whig. 19 November 1932. Retrieved 25 December 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  20. ^ "Jimmy Wilde Loses Trophies". Western Daily Press. 11 February 1936. Retrieved 25 December 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  21. ^ "Jimmy Wilde to Referee Pier Tourney". Hastings and St Leonards Observer. 28 March 1936. Retrieved 25 December 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  22. ^ "Jimmy Wilde in Smash". Nottingham Journal. 24 December 1936. Retrieved 25 December 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  23. ^ Davies, John; Jenkins, Nigel (2008). The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. p. 949. ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6.
  24. ^ Broadbent, Rick (19 March 2004). "Painting of Wilde offers chance of a brush with greatness". Times Online. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  25. ^ "IBRO Rankings". Retrieved 12 February 2012.

Further reading[edit]

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

External links[edit]

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