The Boxing Record of Jim Coffey

The Roscommon Giant

a.k.a. The Dublin Giant

Supplied courtesy of Tracy Callis, Historian, International Boxing Research Organisation

BORN : Jan 27, 1890, Co. Roscommon, Ireland

DIED : Dec 20, 1959, Dublin, Ireland

HEIGHT : 6′3″

WEIGHT : 210 lbs

MANAGER : Billy Gibson

WINS : 32

NO-DECISION : 20

LOSSES : 5

EXHIBITION : 4

Click Here for an explanation of boxing verdicts and "No Decision"s

The following tables detail Jim Coffey's boxing record from 1912 to 1921

1912

Date Opponent Venue Result
Jan 26 Nick Muller New Polo AC, New York W 6
Mar 1 Al Benedict New Polo AC, New York KO 8
Mar 15 Alfred “Soldier” Kearns New Polo AC, New York LK 1
Apr 29 Larry Williams Olympic AC, New York KO 2
May 13 “Soldier” Delaney Olypmic AC, New York ND 10
Aug 21 Jack Rowan St. Nicholas Rink, New York KO 4
Aug 24 Tim Logan KO 6
Fred McKay KO 5
Sep 10 “Soldier” Delaney Some sources report Sep 23 KO 3
Oct 26 Dan Daily National AC, Philadelphia ND 6
Nov 23 Ray Simmons ND 10
Billy Ryan KO 1
*key to decisions

1913

Date Opponent Venue Result
Jan 1 Ray Simmons New York KO 2
Jan 9 Arthur Pelkey Philadelphia ND 6
Jan 25 Dan Daily National AC, Philadelphia ND 6
Feb 12 Ned Carpenter Fairmont AC, Bronx KO 1
Feb 26 Jack McFarland Fairmont AC, Bronx KO 5
Mar 26 George “Boer” Rodel Fairmont AC, Bronx TK 9
Apr 29 Whitey Allen Fairmont AC, Bronx KO 1
May 23 “Fireman” Jim Flynn Madison Square Garden ND 10
Dec 22 "Battling" Levinsky Madison Square Garden ND 10
*key to decisions

1914

Date Opponent Venue Result
Jan 2 "Battling" Levinsky National AC, Philapelphia ND 6
Jan 17 Jack Lester Fairmont AC, Bronx KO 5
Feb 19 Tony Ross Empire AC, New York KO 6
Mar 9 "Battling" Levinsky Madison Square Garden ND 10
Mar 28 Jack Connors Fairmont AC, Bronx KO 1
Apr 18 Tom Kennedy New York ND 10
Apr 24 “Fireman” Jim Flynn Stadium AC, New York KO 4
May 11 Alfred “Soldier” Kearns Philadelphia KO 1
May 25 Dan Daily Olympia AC, Philadelphia ND 6
Oct 7 Terry Kellar Stadium AC, New York TK 9
Oct 26 Charles Weinart Olympia AC, Philadelphia ND 6
Dec 15 Ed “Gunboat” Smith Madison Square Garden ND 10
*key to decisions

1915

Date Opponent Venue Result
Feb 18 Jack “Twin” Sullivan Fairmont AC, Bronx KO 5
Feb 26 Bill Ryan New York KO 2
Mar 4 Arthur Pelkey Fairmont AC, New York KO 3
Mar 27 “Soldier” Delaney Queensboro AC, Long Island KO 2
Mar 30 George “One-Round” Davis Fairmont AC, New York ND 10
Apr 7 Carl Morris St. Nicholas Arena, New York ND 10
May 5 Al Reich Madison Square Garden KO 3
May 31 “Fireman” Jim Flynn Brighton Beach AC, Brooklyn KO 9
Sep 15 Jack Reed Montreal, Quebec KO 3
Sep 20 Jack Driscoll New Bedford, Massachusetts KO 4
Oct 19 Frank Moran Madison Square Garden LK 3
Nov 29 Ed “Gunboat” Smith Madison Square Garden KO 4
*key to decisions

1916

Date Opponent Venue Result
Jan 7 Frank Moran Madison Square Garden LK 9
Jan 28 Lou Bodie Arena, Syracuse, NY KO 5
Apr 13 “Denver” Jack Geyer New York KO 5
Sep 23 Ed “Gunboat” Smith National AC, Philadelphia ND 6
*key to decisions

1917

Date Opponent Venue Result
Feb 8 Bob Devere Brooklyn ND 10
Mar 7 Sam Nolan New York KO 3
Mar 15 Joe Cox Clermont Rink, Brooklyn KO 3
Mar 27 Terry Kellar Brooklyn TK 3
Apr 23 Carl Morris Manhattan AC ND 10
Sep 3 Bartley Madden Fairmont AC, New York ND 10
Sep 11 “Battling” Levinsky Armory AA, Boston ND 12
Sep 13 Joe Bonds Harlem, New York KO 3
Nov 9 Bill Brennan Harlem, New York ND 10
Nov 23 Bartley Madden Marieville Gardens, Rhode Island LK 7
*key to decisions

1918

Date Opponent Venue Result
May 4 Harry Greb New York EX 3
May 24 “Battling” Levinsky Madison Square Garden ND 6
Jun 6 “Battling” Levinsky Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo ND 6
Aug 10 Joe Jeanette New York EX 3
Aug 15 Joe Bonds Brooklyn, New York EX 4
Oct 17 Joe Jeanette Brooklyn, New York EX 3
Nov 22 Joe Jeanette New Haven, Connecticut ND 4
*key to decisions

1919

Date Opponent Venue Result
Feb 12 “Battling” Levinsky Armory AA, Boston L 12
Mar 3 Larry Williams Armory, Jersey City W 8
Apr 7 Jack Clifford Nesbitt Theater, Wilkes-Barre, Penn. W 10
Billy Warren Castlerea, Ireland KO 1
*key to decisions

1921

Date Opponent Venue Result
Jun 28 Pat Bolger Commonwealth SC, New York W 10
Oct 18 Erminio Spalla Palace of Joy, Coney Island, New York W 12
Nov 18 Martin Burke Tulane Arena, New Orleans L 15
*key to decisions

Key to Fight Result Abbreviations

  • W  : Won
  • L  : Lost
  • KO : Won by knockout
  • LK : Lost by knockout
  • TK : Won by technical knockout
  • LT : Lost by technical knockout
  • EX : Exhibition bout
  • ND : No-Decision

No Decision Verdicts

Meaning of the "ND" verdict as explained by B. R. Bearden in "The Origins of Boxing Terms and Traditions" :

"The No‐Decision Era ran from approximately 1911 until 1920, though it carried over longer in some cases until referees and judges broke out of the habit. It started with the Frawley Law, passed in 1911. The Law was made in an attempt to stop fixed fights, with the idea that a fix was less likely if the only way to win was by knock out. Of course, fight fans want a clear winner, so the newspapers took over, rendering their own decisions, called “newspaper decisions”. But, from a cross-reference of several papers of the time, it is usually very easy to determine who won a particular fight. Suffice to say, if a Hall of Fame fighter has 40 ND listed, it’s a safe bet that he won 35 or more of them. The Law was changed by the Walker Law in 1920, ending the No‐Decision Era. At times a fighter might have deserved to win and been handed the consolation prize of ND, but to their credit, the “newspaper decisions” almost always told the real story. It is from them that we know just how good Harry Wills (25 ND), Philadelphia Jack O’Brien (57 ND), Benny Leonard (121 ND), Sam Langford (48 ND) and scores of other fighters of that time really were."

In contrast, European title fights which went the distance at that time were still awarded by a majority points decision of three international judges.