At the age of 27, Jesse is a four-year pro. A rising young contender at 168 pounds – ranked No. 1 by the WBO – he is a former amateur standout. He was a gold medalist at the 2011 U.S. National Championships and National Golden Gloves Championships.
He comes from a strong family boxing tradition – he is the son of former middleweight contender Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, and Jesse’s uncle and his father’s uncle and a cousin were all boxers.
Jesse stayed active with three fights in 2015 and two in 2016, and made great progress – he stepped up to 10-round status for the first time, stepped up in level of opposition, and gave impressive performances.
In his last fight on April 8 in Oxon Hill, Maryland, he won by fifth-round TKO against Alan Campa.
ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: Philadelphia super middleweight Jesse Hart hammered Alan Campa relentlessly in a fifth-round knockout victory.
Hart pasted Campa, of Mexico, with shots in the first round and appeared to have him hurt, but Campa hung in there, taking a lot of punishment to the body and head. He repeatedly rocked Campa with left hands.
Finally, in the fifth round, with Hart battering Campa, his corner threw in the towel, and [the] referee waved off the fight at 1 minute, 44 seconds. [End Rafael item]
Regarding his training, Jesse said, “There’s a lot of good fighters in Philly for sparring, but the type of work that I bring, people don’t want to do it. They feel like it’s a fight when I’m sparring, so we do have to bring guys in.
“My dad don’t baby me in sparring with guys I can get over on. He brings in guys that can push me to the limit – we work with top-notch guys, guys don’t care about your name or none of that. My dad brings in guys that don’t care about anything – they want to fight in a sparring session.
“My father – with my pro career, he’s growing not only as a father but as a trainer. Before it was just ‘do it his way,’ but now he trusts some of my decisions, my instincts in the ring. My dad is going to be one of the best trainers in boxing, not only in Philadelphia, but the world.
“My nickname just carried over from going from gym to gym, city to city. Every coach I ever train with always say, ‘Yo, man, you’re the hardest working dude I’ve ever seen.’ Coach Al Mitchell – he said I was the hardest working fighter he ever had in Marquette, Michigan. All the gyms I go to always say that – ‘This boy, man, he don’t stop.’ My coaches now say they always have to pull me back. My dad say that, too, ’cause I burn myself out in the gym. I leave it all in the gym. So, I just ran with that.”
STRENGTHS: Has good skills and movement, good punching power, and a strong amateur background. Has a very strong family boxing background
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 22 fights…83 total rounds
AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 3.7 rounds
KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 81 %
DISTANCE FIGHTS: 10 rounds – 1 (1-0), 9 rounds – (1-0), 8 rounds – 1 (1-0)