Jess Willard

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Jess Myron Willard (December 29, 1881 – December 15, 1968) was a world heavyweight boxing champion known as the Pottawatomie Giant who knocked out Jack Johnson in April 1915 for the heavyweight title.wikipedia
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Jess Myron Willard (December 29, 1881 – December 15, 1968) was a world heavyweight boxing champion known as the Pottawatomie Giant who knocked out Jack Johnson in April 1915 for the heavyweight title. On April 5, 1915, in front of a huge crowd at the new Oriental Park Racetrack in Havana, Cuba, he knocked out champion Jack Johnson in the 26th round to win the world heavyweight boxing championship.

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At 6 ft and 235 lb, Willard was the tallest and the largest heavyweight champion in boxing history, until the 270 lb Primo Carnera won the title on June 29, 1933, and the 6 ft Vitali Klitschko won the WBC title in 2004 and the 7 ft Nikolai Valuev won the WBA title in 2005.
Jess Willard who stood 6ft 7in was the tallest world heavyweight champion in boxing history until Nikolai Valuev, at 7ft 0in and 328 lb.

Jack Dempsey

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He was known for his great strength and ability to absorb tremendous punishment, although today he is also known for his controversial title loss to Jack Dempsey. At age 37, Willard lost his title to Jack Dempsey on July 4, 1919, in Toledo.
Among his opponents as a rising contender were Fireman Jim Flynn, the only boxer ever to beat Dempsey by a knockout when Dempsey lost to him in the first round (although some boxing historians believe the fight was a "fix"), and Gunboat Smith, formerly a highly-ranked contender who had beaten both World Champion Jess Willard and Hall of Famer Sam Langford.

Jack Johnson (boxer)

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Jess Myron Willard (December 29, 1881 – December 15, 1968) was a world heavyweight boxing champion known as the Pottawatomie Giant who knocked out Jack Johnson in April 1915 for the heavyweight title. On April 5, 1915, in front of a huge crowd at the new Oriental Park Racetrack in Havana, Cuba, he knocked out champion Jack Johnson in the 26th round to win the world heavyweight boxing championship.
On April 5, 1915, Johnson lost his title to Jess Willard, a working cowboy from Kansas who started boxing when he was twenty-seven years old.

Frank Moran

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Willard fought several times over the next four years, but made only one official title defense prior to 1919, defeating Frank Moran on March 25, 1916, at Madison Square Garden.
In 1914 he fought Jack Johnson for the Heavyweight Championship of the World, and in 1916 "The Fighting Dentist" went up against Jess Willard for the same title, but lost both bouts.

Earl Rogers

Willard was charged with second-degree murder, but was successfully defended by lawyer Earl Rogers.
Rogers defended boxer Jess Willard on charges of second-degree murder stemming from the death of his opponent, John "Bull" Young, from a blow to the head in the ninth round of a boxing match on August 22, 1913.

Madison Square Garden (1890)

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Willard fought several times over the next four years, but made only one official title defense prior to 1919, defeating Frank Moran on March 25, 1916, at Madison Square Garden.
A bout between defending heavyweight champion Jess Willard and challenger Frank Moran on March 25, 1916, which brought in $152,000, the largest Garden take to that date.

Tex Rickard

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On May 12, 1923, promoter Tex Rickard arranged for Willard to make a comeback, fighting Floyd Johnson as part of the first line-up of boxing matches at the newly opened Yankee Stadium in New York City.
On February 3, Jess Willard agreed to Rickard's offer to fight Frank Moran in New York City.

Luis Ángel Firpo

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Willard followed up this victory by facing contender Luis Ángel Firpo on July 12, 1923.
He followed that with seven more wins in a row, including wins over Jack McAuliffe and former world champion Jess Willard.

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Floyd Johnson

On May 12, 1923, promoter Tex Rickard arranged for Willard to make a comeback, fighting Floyd Johnson as part of the first line-up of boxing matches at the newly opened Yankee Stadium in New York City.
On May 12, 1923, Johnson lost to Jess Willard in an eleventh-round TKO before a crowd of around 63,000 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

Boyle's Thirty Acres

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The fight was held at Boyle's Thirty Acres in New Jersey, in front of more than 75,000 spectators.
Luis Ángel Firpo earned a title shot at Dempsey by knocking out ex-champion Jess Willard in the eighth round before a paid attendance of 75,712 on July 12, 1923.

International Boxing Hall of Fame

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In 2003 he was inducted posthumously into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Pottawatomie County, Kansas

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Among the famous natives of Pottawatomie County are world heavyweight boxing champion Jess Willard and automobile manufacturer Walter Chrysler.

Vitali Klitschko

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At 6 ft and 235 lb, Willard was the tallest and the largest heavyweight champion in boxing history, until the 270 lb Primo Carnera won the title on June 29, 1933, and the 6 ft Vitali Klitschko won the WBC title in 2004 and the 7 ft Nikolai Valuev won the WBA title in 2005.

Nikolai Valuev

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At 6 ft and 235 lb, Willard was the tallest and the largest heavyweight champion in boxing history, until the 270 lb Primo Carnera won the title on June 29, 1933, and the 6 ft Vitali Klitschko won the WBC title in 2004 and the 7 ft Nikolai Valuev won the WBA title in 2005.

Saint Clere, Kansas

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Jess Myron Willard was born on 29 December 1881 at Saint Clere, Kansas.

Cowboy

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In his teenage years and twenties he worked as a cowboy.

English Americans

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He was of mostly English ancestry, which had been in North America since the colonial era.

Virginia

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The first member of the Willard family arrived in Virginia in the 1630's.

Oriental Park Racetrack

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On April 5, 1915, in front of a huge crowd at the new Oriental Park Racetrack in Havana, Cuba, he knocked out champion Jack Johnson in the 26th round to win the world heavyweight boxing championship.

Havana

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On April 5, 1915, in front of a huge crowd at the new Oriental Park Racetrack in Havana, Cuba, he knocked out champion Jack Johnson in the 26th round to win the world heavyweight boxing championship.

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On April 5, 1915, in front of a huge crowd at the new Oriental Park Racetrack in Havana, Cuba, he knocked out champion Jack Johnson in the 26th round to win the world heavyweight boxing championship.

Counterpunch (boxing)

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Johnson found that he could not knock out the giant Willard, who fought as a counterpuncher, making Johnson do all the leading.

Toledo, Ohio

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At age 37, Willard lost his title to Jack Dempsey on July 4, 1919, in Toledo.