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Jimmy Slattery

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Jimmy Slattery
Real name James Patrick Slattery
Rated at Light Heavyweight
Nationality Flag of the United States USA
Birth date 1904-08-25
Birth place Buffalo, NY
Death date August 30, 1960 (aged 56)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 129
Wins 114
Wins by KO 51
Losses 13
Draws 0
No contests 2

James Edward Slattery (born August 25, 1904 in Buffalo, NY) was a professional boxer in the Light Heavyweight (175lb) division. (The name often appears as James Patrick Slattery, however that is incorrect. His son and grandson also had the name James Edward.)

Slattery, son of a Buffalo fire fighter, turned pro in 1921 and came up short in his challenge for the World Light Heavyweight Title against Paul Berlenbach in 1925. His KO loss in 1925 to Dave Shade was named Ring Magazine Upset of the Year. Slattery won the vacant NBA light heavyweight title in August of 1927 with a decision over Maxie Rosenbloom, only to lose it to Tommy Loughran in December of that year.

He won the NYSAC World Light Heavyweight Title by beating Lou Scozza in 1930. Slattery lost the title later that year in a bout against Maxie Rosenbloom for the NYSAC World Light Heavyweight Title and the Undisputed World Light Heavyweight Title. The verdict was "highly unpopular" with the 15,000 fans at the fight. The United Press score sheet gave Rosenbloom 8 rounds and Slattery 4, with 3 even. Referee Patsy Haley, after being almost knocked out by one of Rosenbloom's wild swings, gave his decision to Slattery. He was overruled by two judges, both of whom voted for Rosenbloom [1].

Alcoholism almost certainly shortened Slattery's life, career and marriage (he had famously eloped with 19 year old Elizabeth A. Pendergast). During the Great Depression, Slattery was known to throw money out of the window of his car while driving through the streets in order to help the poor children buy new shoes for school. A play about Slattery's life, "Jimmytown", was produced in Buffalo in 1997 and Jimmy Slattery place, in south Buffalo was named in his honor in 2006.

Slattery died August 30, 1960 in Buffalo, New York, USA

His former wife, Elizabeth Ann Burgess (nee Pendergast) died in 1998

Career Record: Won 109 (KOs 47) Lost 14 Draw 0

Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006