Marvin Hart

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Marvin Hart
Marvin Hart in 1902, photo from the Chicago Daily News
Nickname(s) The Louisville Plumber
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 5 ft 11 12 in (1.82 m)
Reach 74 in (188 cm)
Nationality USA
Born (1876-09-16)September 16, 1876
Louisville, Kentucky
Died September 17, 1931(1931-09-17) (aged 55)
Fern Creek, Kentucky
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 41
Wins 29
Losses 7
Draws 4

Marvin Hart (September 16, 1876 – September 17, 1931) was the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion from July 3, 1905 to February 23, 1906.

Boxing career[edit]

Hart, nicknamed "The Louisville Plumber" because of his former trade, gained considerable prominence after a 1905 win over future champion Jack Johnson. That year, the heavyweight title was left vacant as a result of the retirement of champion James J. Jeffries and Hart's record earned him a chance to fight for the championship against top-ranked Jack Root (1876–1963), a much more experienced boxer, who had already beaten Hart in November, 1902.

Jeffries, the retiring champ, refereed the championship fight on July 3, 1905 in Reno, Nevada. Hart knocked out Jack Root in the 12th round to win the vacant championship. After one successful exhibition match, Hart lost his championship to Canadian Tommy Burns on February 23, 1906 in Los Angeles, California.


Hart died the day after his 55th birthday of an enlarged liver and high blood pressure. He was interred in the Resthaven Memorial Park, in Louisville, Kentucky.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Marvin Hart - concept". 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
James J. Jeffries
World Heavyweight Champion
Succeeded by
Tommy Burns