Tuesday, June 11, 2019
"Gentleman" Jim Corbett - The man my father was named after - James Corbett Freer
My grandfather Charles Henry Freer was a Golden Gloves boxer and his boxing idol was Gentleman Jim Corbett so he named my father after him. James J Corbett was the first person to win the Heavyweight title under the Marquees of Queensberry rules, when he defeated John L Sullivan in 1892 in the 21st round. He was known for his footwork, speed, timing and defense.