History | Feb 18 2018

On This Day: Boxing pioneer James J. Corbett passes away aged 66

Sam Corbishley explains how James J Corbett was so much more than just the ‘Father of Modern Boxing’
James J Corbett

HERITAGE – Born on September 1, 1866, James J Corbett was the son of Irish immigrants, his father hailing from Ballinrobe, County Mayo.

BANK CLERK – As a teenager, Corbett worked at the San Francisco branch of the Nevada Bank as an assistant receiving teller. It was this job which gave Corbett a glimpse of the refined, classy lifestyle he himself would later become synonymous with.

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