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Jimmy Ellis Record

Total Fights53
Title Wins1
Title Defenses1
Title-Fight KOs0
KO Wins24
KO Losses4
Jimmy Ellis Record & Stats
Jimmy Ellis' Record
Jimmy Ellis' boxing record and career infographic

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      What is Jimmy Ellis' boxing record?

      In a professional boxing career spanning 14 years, Jimmy Ellis fought 53 times with 40 wins, 12 losses, and 1 draw.

      Ellis retired from professional boxing with a record of 40-12-1, which included one heavyweight world-title win and one successful title defense fight. He had a 45.3% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 24 of his total 53 fights being knockout wins. Ellis suffered four knockout losses in his career, one of which was against Joe Frazier in a heavyweight title fight.

      His last fight was a 1st round KO victory over Carl Baker on May 6, 1975.

      Some of Ellis' best fights and notable victories include wins over Hall-of-Famer Floyd Patterson, Jerry Quarry, George Chuvalo, Leotis Martin, and Oscar Bonavena.

      53May 6, 197535Carl BakerWinKO1
      52Mar 2, 197535Joe FrazierLossTKO9
      51Nov 12, 197434Joe BugnerLossPTS
      50Jul 16, 197434Ron LyleLossUD
      49Mar 4, 197434Larry MiddletonDrawSD
      48Dec 12, 197333Boone KirkmanLossSD
      47Oct 23, 197333Al JonesWinTKO7
      46Jun 18, 197333Earnie ShaversLossKO1
      45May 5, 197333Rico BrooksWinKO5
      44Apr 14, 197333Joe Tiger HarrisWinKO2
      43Mar 6, 197333Charlie HarrisWinTKO1
      42Feb 21, 197332Bob FelsteinWinKO2
      41Oct 26, 197232Harold CarterWinTKO7
      40Sep 21, 197232Ollie WilsonWinTKO6
      39Jun 13, 197232Rico BrooksWinKO2
      38May 16, 197232Dick GoshaWinTKO6
      37Jul 26, 197131Muhammad AliLossTKO12
      36May 10, 197131George ChuvaloWinUD
      35Mar 2, 197131Tony DoyleWinKO10
      34Nov 10, 197030Roberto DavilaWinTKO7
      33Feb 16, 197029Joe FrazierLoss *RTD4
      32Sep 14, 196828Floyd PattersonWin *PTS
      31Apr 27, 196828Jerry QuarryWin *MD
      30Dec 2, 196727Oscar BonavenaWinUD
      29Aug 5, 196727Leotis MartinWinTKO9
      28Mar 22, 196727Johnny PersolWinKO1
      27Nov 14, 196626Tommy SimsWinKO1
      26Oct 27, 196626Eddie DembryWinKO1
      25Sep 10, 196626Billy DanielsWinPTS
      24May 21, 196626Leweni WaqaWinKO1
      23Mar 29, 196626Hubert HiltonWinPTS
      22Nov 15, 196525Chuck LeslieWinUD
      21May 25, 196525Joe BlackwoodWinKO1
      20Nov 30, 196424George BentonLossMD
      19Oct 21, 196424Don FullmerLossSD
      18Apr 21, 196424Joe SpencerWinKO1
      17Feb 28, 196424Rubin CarterLossUD
      16Sep 27, 196323Luis GutierrezWinPTS
      15Jun 18, 196323Johnny HalafihiWinKO1
      14Dec 3, 196222LeRoy GreenWinUD
      13Sep 1, 196222Henry HankLossUD
      12Jun 13, 196222Charlie GloverWinPTS
      11Jun 13, 196222Sammy PoeWinPTS
      10Jun 7, 196222Rudolph BentWinTKO2
      9May 4, 196222Holley MimsWinUD
      8Feb 17, 196221Johnny AlfordWinMD
      7Jan 11, 196221Rory CalhounWinKO1
      6Nov 29, 196121Holley MimsLossUD
      5Oct 7, 196121Clarence RileyWinRTD1
      4Aug 22, 196121Wilf GreavesWinMD
      3Jul 22, 196121Johnny MorrisWinSD
      2May 6, 196121Gene LeslieWinUD
      1Apr 19, 196121Arley SeiferWinTKO3

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      Jimmy Ellis was an American professional boxer. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S. on February 24, 1940. He was a heavyweight world champion. Ellis died on May 6, 2014 at the age of 74 years. His professional boxing career spanned more than 14 years — from 1961 to 1975.

      Ellis made his professional boxing debut against Arley Seifer at the age of 21 on April 19, 1961, defeating Seifer via 3rd round TKO. He went on to win 4 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 1 wins via stoppage.

      He had his first world title fight at the age of 28 on April 27, 1968 after 30 professional fights, against Jerry Quarry for the heavyweight WBA (vacant) title. He defeated Quarry via 15 round majority decision to become the heavyweight champion of the world.

      Ellis won one world title at heavyweight. For all the details about Ellis' world title wins and defenses refer to the "Championships" section below.

      Ellis had a total of 12 losses in his professional boxing career.

      His last professional fight was a non-title bout against Carl Baker at 35 years of age, on May 6, 1975. Ellis won the fight via 1st round KO.


      Ellis had a total of three world-title fights, which includes winning one world title and one successful title defense. He won two of these fights and lost one.

      Title Wins

      Jimmy Ellis fought for a heavyweight world title in two fights and won once. He won one heavyweight belt.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      Apr 27, 1968Jerry QuarryHeavyweightWBA*MD
      * Vacant title

      Title Defenses

      Jimmy Ellis had two heavyweight world-title defense fights. He won once and lost once.

      Following is the table of his successful title defense fights, the next section has the fights where he lost his titles.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles DefendedMethod
      Sep 14, 1968Floyd PattersonHeavyweightWBAPTS

      Title Losses

      Jimmy Ellis lost one world-title defense fight, and lost one title in the fight.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles LostMethod
      Feb 16, 1970Joe FrazierHeavyweightWBARTD


      Ellis fought a total of 53 times during his professional career, which includes 3 world-title fights at the heavyweight division. These four fights are the highlight of his career.

      • December 2, 1967: Jimmy Ellis puts on the first remarkable performance of his career, defeating Oscar Bonavena via 12th round unanimous decision.

      • April 27, 1968: Ellis wins his first world title by defeating Jerry Quarry via 15 round majority decision. He is now the WBA heavyweight world champion.

      • September 14, 1968: Ellis successfully defends the WBA heavyweight title against Floyd Patterson, winning the fight via 15 round PTS.

      • May 10, 1971: Jimmy Ellis beats George Chuvalo via 10th round unanimous decision.


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