‘Gentleman Jim:’ Heavyweight king & the world’s first movie star

October 16th, 2016

In his 24 pro fights, 'Gentleman' Jim Corbett fought nine times against International Boxing Hall of Famers and handed the great John L. Sullivan the first loss of his career.
Corbett was slick and handsome, but hardly a gentleman, becoming one of the sport's early smack-talkers, an annoyance that created a lifetime rift between he and Sullivan.
Christopher James Shelton, the world's most industrious boxing historian, joined us on Oct. 16 to talk about the unusual career and remarkable life of the turn-of-the-century heavyweight king, including his stranger-than-fiction business relationship with inventor Thomas Edison.

Our conversation with Chris Shelton is preceded by expert analysts Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who discuss the landscape of the heavyweight division, Danny Garcia's choice of opponents, how a Spence-Brook fight might look, who wins Haye vs. Bellew, the Hall of Fame credentials of Dariusz Michelczewski, and Manny Pacquiao's typically odd training camp.

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