International Boxing Hall of Fame

Jack Dillon

"The Hoosier Bearcat"

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Ernest Cutler Price (better known as Jack Dillon and Hoosier Bearcat; born February 2, 1891, Frankfort, Indiana � died August 7, 1942, Chattahoochee, Florida) was light heavyweight boxing champion of the world.


Dillon's real name was Ernest Culter Price. He took the name "Jack Dillon" from the famous racehorse, Sidney Dillon. Price worked at the farm/stable where the horse was housed. At his first fight, Price appeared very nervous. When asked his name, he said Sidney Dillon. The referee misunderstood him, and bawled out "Jack Dillon!" (May 20, 1916, Tacoma Daily News).

Professional Boxing Career

Dillon turned pro in 1908 and won the vacant World Light Heavyweight title with a win over Battling Levinsky in 1914. In 1916 he lost the belt in a rematch with Levinsky over 12 rounds.

Dillon was often referred to as "Jack the Giant Killer" for his ability to handle the most dangerous heavyweights of his era.

Life After Boxing

In retirement, Dillon lived next door to a restaurant he owned in operated. Dillon died on August 7, 1942, in Chattahoochee, Florida, aged 51.


Dillon was elected into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1995.

Preceded by
Philadelphia Jack O'Brien
World Light Heavyweight Champion
14 April 1914 24 October 1916
Succeeded by
Battling Levinsky