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Old 11-08-2012, 08:44 AM   #1
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James J. Beattie,

'Big Jim', a 6' 9" - Minnesota Mammoth Heavyweight at 240 lbs.

By mid-1967, 25 year-old 'Big Jim' had compiled a record of 26-3-0 (22 KO's),
and made a claim for the Heavyweight Championship, stating that he could take
over for the now 'stripped' Cassius Clay.

Ranked as the #10 Heavyweight, his Manager Gene Schoor of New York was
attempting to get former World Heavyweight Title challenger - Doug Jones
to fight 'Big Jim'.

'Big Jim' had charisma, and was being billed as the new threat in the
Heavyweight Division. Some were trying to push 'Big Jim' as the
Great White Hope, but James J. was trying to distance himself from that
moniker.

'I want to be a Champion for all people. When Cassius Clay comes back,
I will offer him the first opportunity to challenge me. It would only be
fair, as he has not lost a fight in the ring. Of course, he never fought me.'

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James J. Beattie

Could he fight ?

Amateur back-ground stated, that he posted a record of 55-5, while
fighting as a 195 lb. 'tooth-pick'.

Including winnning '3' Upper Midwest Golden Gloves Championships,
1960, 1961 and 1962.

'Big Jim' carried a powerful left hand, and a decent right hand, but
the knock on him was that he was as 'slow as syrup in winter',
and was a sucker for an overhand right.

Combined with injury-proned feet, asthma and chronic back problems,
he sometimes appeared as a stumbling freak.

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Old 11-08-2012, 10:15 AM   #3
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St. Paul,

James J. Beattie, from St. Paul area in Minnesota.

Amateur record states that the 17 1/2 year-old in 1960, won the
Upper Midwest Golden Gloves.

He also won the 1961 and 1962 Upper Midwest Golden Gloves
Tournament.

James J. Beattie made it to the 1962 National Golden Gloves Tournament,
and lost to Buster Mathis.

Amateur career record 55-5.

In the summer of 1962, a 20 year-old 'Big Jim' was part of a 'Travelling Circus'
as a 'Strongman', where he knocked out '30 straight' opponents.

New York public relations man, Gene Schoor heard about 'Big Jim', and recruited
him, and signed him to a contract, under Kid Galahad, Inc. (Boxing Promotions).

In September 1962, he brought him to New York, and had him training at Gleason's Gym.

The plan, to build up James J. Beattie, by putting him in with 'selected opponents',
and work towards a Heavyweight Championship by 1966/1967.
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:22 AM   #5
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St. P.

James J. Beattie was a sparring partner for Cassius Clay when he prepared
for his bout with Ernie Terrell.

'Big Jim' did make it up to the #10 ranked Heavyweight in September 1967,
by defeating (KO 7) Levi Forte.

'Big Jim' had a record of 26-3-0 (22 KO's)

By July 1968 - James J. Beattie reached the 'big time', earning himself a bout
with Buster Mathis.

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Old 11-08-2012, 12:28 PM   #6
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James J. Beattie

Famous quote for 1964, talking about Cassius Clay and Sonny Liston.

'I'm no Black Muslim. I have no Police Record.'

Unfortunaletely, his 'wit' was much better than his boxing aility.

After compiling a record of 17-2-0 (16 KO's), the 'Giant' was rematched
with James J. Woody on December 10, 1965 in Madison Square Garden.

'Big Jim' and James Woody had fought one year earlier, in November 1964.
Where James Woody won an 8-Round Split-Decision in a bloody war.

James J. Woody, a 6' 0" 198 lb. southpaw with a record of 8-0-0 (Zero Knockouts),
battered the 6' 9" 235 lb. 'Big Jim' all over the ring, finally stopping the 'Giant' by a
TKO 7.

James J. Beattie was beaten up so bad, that the New York State Athletic Commission
revoked his boxing license.

The general opinion was, the guy can't fight a lick. He has absoluetly no knowledge
of how to defend himself. He can punch a bit, and his left hand is adequate. But, he
has no business being in the ring with anybody who has half-way decent boxing skills.
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:22 AM   #7
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Another forgotten heavyweight who ended up as a midwest trialhorse.

His claim to fame in my eyes, Pepe', is getting ko'd by my local hero Tom Fischer near the end of his career. The one-sidedness of the loss reportedly is what caused the 5'9 Fischer to earn the nickname "Roughhouse", which he kept for the whole of his career.
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D 9,

The story about James J. Beattie,

In the Summer of 1959, the 17 year-old joined a Travelling Midwest Summer Circus Caravan,
as a 17 year-old 6' 6" 195 lb. 'strongman' called 'Big Jim'.

During a 30-day road show, 'Big Jim' scored '30' straight knockouts over a challenging circus
patrons (Farm-hands, Dairy-farmers and Lumberjacks).

'Big Jim' competed im amateur events, and ended up winning the 1960, 1961 and 1962
Upper Midwest Golden Gloves Championships. He even participated in the 1961 and 1962
National Golden Gloves.

After the 1962 National Golden Gloves, 'Big Jim' had compiled a record fo 55-5.

He turned professional in November 1962 (self-managed), and won both of his bouts
by knockout.

But after December 1962, after 2-bouts, he couldn't get anymore fights.

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SST,

James J. Beattie arrived in New York in April 1963.

A 6' 9", 235 lb. -20 1/2 year-old from St. Paul, Minnesota - with a record of 2-0-0 (2 KO's)

New York Public Relations man, Gene Schoor signed 'Big Jim' to a one-year contract for
$10,000 with visions of making him a viable contender for the Heavyweight Championship.

The contract gave 'Big Jim' a $10,000 'signing bonus', plus $157 per week as salary as a construction
worker, to help build-up stamina.

They set him up in an apartment across from Central Park in New York City. They also provided him
with a full-time trainer in Fred 'Fat Freddie' Fiero, who was the trainer for Billy Conn and Joey Maxim.

Ray Arcel was even brought in as an 'advisor'.

The first plan, was to get him on a regular training program at Gleason's Gym, and schedule a few
'tanker fights', to get him some wins and publicity.

His first 'set-up' fight was on May 28, 1963 - when he scored a one-punch 24-second knockout over
one Duke Johnson.

Other 'One-Round' knockouts were scored in June and July.

By the end of July 1963, he was 5-0-0 (5 KO's), and the New York Sports Writers did not know what
to make of him. 'Can he fight, or is he a publicity creation'.

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August 10, 1963

Saratoga Springs, New York

'The Introduction of 'Big Jim' James J. Beattie to the New York Sportwriters'

The 21 year-old - 6' 9" 231 lb. James J. Beattie would be fighting in front of
a large crowd of 5000 at the Convention Center in Saratoga Springs.

His 6-Round Bout will be the 'Special Main Event', in an effort to showcase the
'Incredible Giant'.

The 'Main Event' will be Emile Griffith (Welterweight Champion) vs. Holly Mims
in a 10-Round non-title bout.

Gene Schoor (Kid Galahad, Inc.) has invited '9' of the top New York Sports
Writers to witness the awesome display of power from this Minnesota Mammoth.

James J. Beattie, at 5-0-0 (5 KO's), is being proclaimed as a future Heavyweight
Champion within 4 years (by 1967).

His opponent, Johnny Barazza, a 6' 0" 203 lb. Toronto, Canada Heavyweight, with a
record of 5-3-0 (5 KO's). Johnny is better known as George Chuvalo's sparring partner,
and has a reputation as a 'catcher', who can be hit with anything.
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August 11, 1963

'The James J. Beattie Bubble Burst'

'Big Jim' James J. Beattie, the supposed incredible giant with untold
power in his fists, was left floundering last night at the end of the 5th
Round in his bout with a Canadian - Johnny Barazza.

The 231 lb. 'Big Jim' with a 9" reach advantage and 30 lbs. of weight
over a gym sparring partner, was exhausted after 2-Rounds of fighting, and
nearly collapsed in the ring near the end of Round 3.

The 21 year-old 'project' had looked tremendous in Rounds 1 and 2, as he
gave Barazza a fearful beating, by delivering smashing left hands into the
Canadian's face.

Referee - Arthur Mercante was almost prompted into stopping the one-sided
battering in Round 2. But, Barazza, who is used to hard smashes from being
Canadian Heavyweight George Chuvalo's sparring partner, remained on his feet,
though he was badly hurt.

At the end of Round 2, the 6' 9" Giant was breathing heavily, and looked
winded.

In Round 3, Johnny Barazza started to get inside of the 'Awkward Giant', and
started to fire his own hard punches into the belly of Beattie. The punches
took everthing out of 'Big Jim', and by the rounds end he was floundering
on weakened legs.

In Round 4, Barazza showed his gym sparring experience, by getting inside his
inexperienced opponent, and pulled at his arm with one hamd, while punching his ribs
with the other. The 6' 9" Giant was in pain, as the body punches sapped his little
left strength.

In Round 5, the 6' 0" Barazza just kept pounding away at Beattie's mid-section,
until he just fell to the canvas. 'Big Jim' did get up at the '6-Count', only to take more
body punishment from Barazza.

'Big Jim' did make it to the end of Round 5, but Referee Arthure Mercante said that
was it, and stopped the bout with 'One-Round' to go.

James J. Beattie collapsed in his corner from an 'asthma attack' 3-minutes later, and
an ambulance had to be called.

Beattie spent the night at the Saratoga Hospital in an 'oxygen tent', where he was
under observation.

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