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Jack Root
Jack Root.jpg
Real nameJanos Ruthaly
Weight(s)Light Heavyweight
Born(1876-05-26)May 26, 1876
Frahelž, Bohemia, Czech Republic
DiedJune 10, 1963(1963-06-10) (aged 87)
Boxing record
Total fights55
Wins by KO28
No contests2

Jack Root (May 26, 1876 – June 10, 1963) was a light heavyweight champion and also fought for the world heavyweight title. He fought out of Chicago. He was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2011. His uncle, Janos Rutt, immigrated to Minnesota. Today, his descendants in and around south-central Minnesota evolved the spelling of their last name to Rutt. There are some relatives based in the Chicago area and have relocated around the United States to Arizona, California, Indiana, and Northern Michigan. A great-great-grandson, Travis Rutt, is a well-known wrestler from New Prague, MN.

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Championship Claim

Root (with the support of some historians) claimed that he was the first world light heavyweight champion.[1] His bout with George Gardiner on July 4, 1903, is claimed by some to be the first title bout in the new division. Root contended that his manager, Lou Housman, created the division and billed the Root vs. Gardner fight, which Gardner won by knockout in the twelfth round. The fight was caught on film. Jack Root, George Gardner, and Bob Fitzsimmons all held the light heavyweight world championship title in 1903.

During the 1980s, however, some boxing historians found records indicating that Joe Choynski won a twenty-round decision over Jimmy Ryan on August 18, 1899, in a fight billed as being for the light heavyweight championship. Choynski never seems to have made any claim to be the first light heavyweight champion, however.[2]

Heavyweight title fight

On July 3, 1905, Root fought Marvin Hart for the vacant world heavyweight championship in Reno Nevada. The former champion, Jim Jeffries, had retired and declared that Hart and Root were the two top heavyweights. Jeffries refereed the fight to name the new champion, which Hart won by a twelfth-round knockout.

After boxing

Root served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War I. After his time in the service Root became the president and boxing manager of the renowned Los Angeles Olympic Auditorium.

See also


  1. ^ "The Lineal Light Heavyweight Champions". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia.
  2. ^ Goldman, Herbert (August 1999), "Jack Root: The First World Light Heavyweight Champion?", Boxing Digest, 41, no. 7: 56, 57
Inaugural Champion World Light Heavyweight Champion
April 22, 1903 – July 4, 1903
Succeeded by
George Gardiner

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