Jackie Fields

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Jackie Fields
Statistics
Rated atWelterweight
Height5 ft 7.5 in (1.71 m)
Reach69 in (175 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1908-02-09)February 9, 1908
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedJune 3, 1987(1987-06-03) (aged 79)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Boxing record
Total fights84
Wins72
Wins by KO31
Losses9
Draws2
No contests1
 
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Jackie Fields
Statistics
Rated atWelterweight
Height5 ft 7.5 in (1.71 m)
Reach69 in (175 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1908-02-09)February 9, 1908
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedJune 3, 1987(1987-06-03) (aged 79)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Boxing record
Total fights84
Wins72
Wins by KO31
Losses9
Draws2
No contests1

Jackie Fields (Jacob Finkelstein, February 9, 1908 – June 3, 1987) was an American professional boxer who won two world championship titles.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Jackie Fields, who was Jewish, was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA on February 9, 1908 under the name Jacob Finkelstein.[2][3] He was married on August 12, 1931. The couple separated in December 1940 and his wife, Martha, was granted a divorce in May 1944.[4] Fields died in 1987 at the age of 79 in Los Angeles, California in the United States.[5] At the time he was part owner of the Tropicana Hotel.[1]

Amateur career[edit]

Over the course of Field's amateur career, he participated in 54 fights, winning 51 of them. During the 1924 Summer Olympics, Fields won a gold medal in the featherweight division. He was 16 years old.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Competing as a welterweight, Fields won the 1929 and 1932 championship titles.[1]

On July 25, 1929 Fields faced Joe Dundee in a match for the welterweight championship. Fields was awarded the fight in the second round after Dundee, having been knocked down twice, delivered a foul blow which left Fields incapable of continuing the fight. Dundee, who had taken a $50,000 advance to participate in the fight, claimed that the foul was unintentional.[7] Fields stated he believed Dundee, but noted that it was the only bout he had ever won on a foul.[8]

Awards[edit]

Fields was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2004.[5] In 1972 he was inducted into the United Savings-Helms Hall of Boxing Fame during a ceremony in Las Vegas.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Olympian Fields dies at 79". The Palm Beach Post. June 20, 1987. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ Taylor, Paul (2004). Jews and the Olympic Games. Sussex Academic Press. p. 228. ISBN 9781903900871. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ Siegman, Joseph (2000). Jewish sports legends: the International Jewish Hall of Fame (3rd Edition ed.). United States: Brassey's. 
  4. ^ "Mrs. Jackie Fields Is Granted Divorce". Youngstown Vindicator. May 24, 1944. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Jackie Fields". International Boxing Hall of Fame. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Jackie Fields Inducted Into Helms Fame Hall". The Press-Courier. June 27, 1972. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  7. ^ Dunkley, Charles (July 26, 1929). "Jackie Fields Becomes Champ on Foul Blow". The Miami News. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  8. ^ Dunkley, Charles W. (July 26, 1929). "Jackie Fields Wins Title as Welterweight Champion on Foul from Joe Dundee". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 

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