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Robert James Fitzsimmons (May 26, 1863 – October 22, 1917), a Cornish native, moved to New Zealand in his childhood. Representing New Zealand, he made boxing history as boxing's first three-division world champion. He also achieved fame for beating Gentleman Jim Corbett, the man who beat the great John L. Sullivan.
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- He knows all the vulnerable spots of the human anatomy as well as the most erudite surgeon in the business and has a greater variety of effective blows than any fighter who ever lived.
- For courage, for power, for skill, for fighting will, there is nothing on record that holds a candle to Fitz.
- Edgar Lee Masters historian and writer, Book of Boxing page 233.