Young Corbett II

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Young Corbett II
Young Corbett II portrait LOC.jpg
Real name William J. Rothwell
Weight(s) Featherweight
Nationality United States USA
Born (1880-10-04)October 4, 1880
Denver, Colorado
Died April 10, 1927(1927-04-10) (aged 46)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 112
Wins 68
Wins by KO 47
Losses 23
Draws 16
No contests 5

Young Corbett II (born William J. Rothwell on October 4, 1880 Denver, Colorado and died on April 10, 1927) is a boxer who held the World Featherweight championship. He took the name "Young Corbett II" in honor of James J. Corbett, a heavyweight champion.[1] Corbett was posthumously inducted into the Ring Magazine Hall of Fame in 1965 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2010.[2]

Pro career[edit]

World featherweight champion[edit]

Corbett became a professional boxer in 1896 and was undefeated in his first 13 fights with a record of 9-0-3-1. In 1901, Corbett defeated George Dixon for the Western featherweight title in Denver, Colorado. In his next fight, Corbett faced world featherweight champion Terry McGovern in Hartford, Connecticut. Corbett knocked out McGovern in the second round and took the title. He defended the title four times, including a rematch against McGovern, which Corbett also won by knockout. During this time he also engaged in a number of non-title matches, including one against Young Erne and two against Jimmy Briggs, both of which Corbett won.[3]

Attempts to match British World Featherweight Champion Ben Jordan with Young Corbett were not successful.

During this time there is some dispute as to Corbett's claim on the featherweight title. Corbett had trouble making the featherweight limit of 126 pounds, and some sources claim he relinquished his title and moved to the lightweight division in December 1902. Abe Attell then claimed the featherweight title.[1] Other sources show that Corbett defended his featherweight title at weights above 126 pounds with Attell defending the title at 126 pounds.[4]

Later career[edit]

Regardless, Corbett continued to fight. He met future world champion Battling Nelson in two consecutive fights in 1904 and 1905, losing both by technical knockout. He then met old nemesis Young Erne in two more fights in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The first fight they fought to a draw. The second fight Corbett lost by decision.

He had a mixed record over the five years remaining in his career. Aurelio Herrera knocked him out in 1906, Harlem Tommy Murphy defeated him via decision, but he defeated Young Erne by decision in 1907. His last fight was in 1910.

Notable bouts[edit]

Result Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes[5]
Loss United States Harlem Tommy Murphy NWS 6 1907-01-09 United States National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Draw United States Terry McGovern NWS 6 1906-10-17 United States National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Newspaper Decision
Loss Denmark Battling Nelson TKO 9 (20) 1905-02-28 United States Woodward's Pavilion, San Francisco, California
Loss Denmark Battling Nelson TKO 10 (20) 1904-11-29 United States Woodward's Pavilion, San Francisco, California
Loss United States Jimmy Britt PTS 20 1904-11-29 United States Woodward's Pavilion, San Francisco, California
Win United States Terry McGovern KO 11 (20) 1903-03-31 United States Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California Retained World Featherweight Title.
Win United States Terry McGovern KO 2 1901-11-28 United States Hartford Coliseum, Hartford, Connecticut Won World Featherweight Title.
Win Canada George Dixon PTS 10 1901-08-16 United States Coliseum Hall, Denver, Colorado
Win United States Oscar Gardner TKO 6 (10) 1901-06-26 United States Wheel Club, Denver, Colorado

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Mullan, Harry (1987). The Great Book of Boxing. New York, New York: Crescent Books. p. 364. ISBN 0-7517-6295-4. 
  2. ^ "Young Corbett II". Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  3. ^ "Young Corbett II". Cyber Boxing Zone. 1927-04-10. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  4. ^ "Boxing Record". Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  5. ^ Young Corbett's Professional Boxing Record. Retrieved on 2014-05-18.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Terry McGovern
World Featherweight Champion
November 28, 1901 – 1902
Recognition Withdrawn
Title next held by
Abe Attell