Jess Willard

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Birthday
29, 1881
Birthplace
Kansas
Death Date
Dec 15, 1968 (86)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
29, 1881
Birthplace
Kansas
Death Date
Dec 15, 1968 (86)

About

6'6", 270-pound heavyweight boxing champion, nicknamed the 'Pottawatomie Giant' and 'The Great White Hope.' He compiled a career record of 26-6-1.

Before Fame

He worked as a cowboy as a young adult.

Trivia

After holding the heavyweight title for four years, he lost it to Jack Dempsey in a brutal bone-breaking match in which he was knocked down seven times in the first round.

Family Life

He married his childhood friend Harriet Evans.

Associated With

Jack Dempsey was the only boxer to ever knock him down.