Carruthers, Jimmy

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Carruthers, Jimmy Gender: M
James William Carruthers
born on 5 July 1929 at 07:00 (= 07:00 AM )
Place Sydney, Australia, 33s52, 151e13
Timezone AEST h10e (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Sutton
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 12°21' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 14°03 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 11°05'

Jimmy Carruthers (after defending World Bantamweight title against Gualt on 13 November 1953)


Australian boxer, who became world champion in the bantamweight division. He was the 2009 Inductee for the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame Veterans category.

Carruthers's boxing career started as an Australian representative at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. In his first-round match of the bantamweight competition, he fought Fred Daigle of Canada and won on points. He defeated Arnoldo Parés of Argentina in his second match. However, he had sustained an eye injury during his bout with Parés, and had to withdraw from the quarter-final match.

Carruthers joined the professional ranks in 1950, and was an immediate success. By then, he was being managed by Dr. Jim McGirr, and trained by "Silent" Bill McConnell.

He won the Australian Bantamweight title in 1951 and then the British Commonwealth and Bantamweight Championship of the World the following year. Carruthers became Australia's first universally recognised boxing World Champion. Great Australians of the past—including Young Griffo, Mick King, and Les Darcy—had all won world titles, but they had not received international acceptance at the time of winning their respective crowns. After defending his newly-won World bantamweight title against Vic Toweel in Johannesburg, and then against the American Henry "Pappy" Gault in Sydney, it was found that Carruthers was carrying a 30-foot-long tapeworm.

He was matched for a world title bout against the New Zealand Bantamweight Champion Lyn Philp. For unclear reasons the fight never went ahead. Carruthers last fight was in Wellington, New Zealand in 1962 where he lost to Jimmy Cassidy.

Carruthers worked on the Sydney docks as a wharf labourer in the 1950s. He was married to Myra (née Hamilton) until his death and was survived by four children - Boyd, Ginna, Dimiette and Lukas. During the 1950s he owned the colourful Bells Hotel in Sydney's Woolloomooloo. After that he had a number of businesses, including several vegetarian takeaway and juice bars in Sydney.

In his last years Carruthers suffered from lung cancer and Parkinson's disease. He died on 15 August 1990. In 1995 he was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield has a 21-page document of Australian data from Dennis Sutton giving Carlile's data as above with the following source: "From him to Susan Alexander - A rating."


  • Traits : Body : Handedness (Southpaw)
  • Traits : Body : Size (1.68 m/ 5 ft 6 in)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Lung)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Parkinson's
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Gastrointestinal (30-foot-long tapeworm)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Four)
  • Vocation : Business : Business owner
  • Vocation : Business : Entrepreneur
  • Vocation : Sports : Boxing (Bantamweight)
  • Vocation : Misc. : Physical labor (Wharf labourer)
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame
  • Notable : Awards : Sports Championship
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession (World champion boxer)