Born: December 25 1885; Lisdoovarna, County Clare, Ireland
Died: May 1964 (aged 78) Lowell, Massachusetts
Weight: 133-153 lbs
Total fights: 93
Wins by KO: 36
No Contest: –
Gardner was a scrappy competitor who knew how to fight; He was not a great power hitter but was clever and difficult to beat; He lost only four fights in his first 8 years in the ring and was knocked out only twice during his entire career – towards the end. Jimmy was a brother of George Gardner (once Light Heavyweight Champion) and Billy Gardner, and a brother-in-law to Joe Thomas, hard-hitting middleweight of the teens.
Among those he defeated during his career were Belfield Walcott, Jack Carrig, Tommy Devine, Patsy Sweeney, Kid Griffo, Jimmy Kelly, George Memsic, Willie Fitzgerald, Jack O’Keefe, Rube Smith, Charley Sieger, Rufe Turner, Young Erne, Otto Sieloff, Harry Lewis, Clarence English, Joe Walcott, Jimmy Clabby, Jack Fitzgerald, Bill McKinnon, and Terry Martin. Gardner was a brother of George Gardner (once Light Heavyweight Champion) and Billy Gardner, and a brother-in-law to Joe Thomas, hard-hitting middleweight of the teens.