Jesse Hart

Weightclass: Super Middleweight

  • 24wins

  • 1losses

  • 0draws

  • 20kos

AGE:
28
Birthplace:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Height:
6’3”
reach:
77.5"
Managers:
Starletta Hart, Steven Andrews
Trainers:
Eugene “Cyclone” Hart (father)

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Jesse “Hollywood” Hart

At the age of 28, Jesse is a five-year pro. A talented contender at 168 pounds – ranked No. 1 by the WBO – he is a former amateur standout: Jesse was a gold medalist at the 2011 U.S. National Championships and National Golden Gloves Championships.

He comes from a strong family boxing tradition – Jesse is the son of former middleweight contender Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, who fought the best in his division and retired in 1982 with a record of 30-9-1, 28 KOs. Jesse’s uncle and his father’s uncle and a cousin were also boxers.

Jesse stayed active with three fights in 2015 and two in 2016 and made good progress – he stepped up to 10-round status for the first time, stepped up his level of opposition, and gave impressive performances. He fought two times in 2017.

He challenged WBO super middleweight world champion Gilberto Ramirez for the title on September 22, 2017 – Jesse gave a strong effort but lost a very close 12-round unanimous decision.

In his last fight on April28, 2018, in Philadelphia, he won by seventh-round TKO against Demond Nicholson.

ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: Former super middleweight world title challenger Jesse Hart did a number on Demond Nicholson in a seventh-round knockout victory.

Hart won his second fight in a row since super middleweight world titlist Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez outpointed him in a hard-fought fight in September.

Hart had his way for virtually every second of the opening round until Nicholson landed a hard right hand that sent him into the ropes as the bell ended the round. But his moments in the fight were few and far between thereafter as he struggled mightily to get inside against the much taller and longer Hart.

Referee Shawn Clark, who had a difficult night, gave Hart credit for a knockdown in the third round though television replays showed that Nicholson slipped. Later in the round, Hart sent Nicholson reeling from a left hand and then dropped him again – for real this time – with an overhand right.

Nicholson landed some damaging shots late in the sixth round, including two uppercuts, that stunned Hart.

But in the seventh round, Hart badly hurt Nicholson with a right hand that made him touch his gloves to the mat but Clark didn’t call a knockdown. But when the fight resumed Hart landed several more heavy punches to knock him down. Clark seemed to take forever with his count and Nicholson finally – and seemingly reluctantly – got to his feet, but then Clark waved off the fight at 2 minutes, 26 seconds. [End Rafael item]

In his post-fight interview, Jesse said, “Nicholson wanted to quit – simple as that. When a man turns his back, it’s a sign that he doesn’t want it anymore.

“I dream about the Ramirez rematch every night. I want it! I want so bad. I know now that I can’t make mistakes when I’m in the ring with him. Let’s make it happen!”

In an earlier interview, 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 that 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.”

Jesse had the nickname “Hard Work” for most of his career, but changed it to “Hollywood” for his last fight. He said, “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 says that, too, ’cause I burn myself out in the gym. I leave it all in the gym. So, I just ran with that.”

Wife and co-manager Starletta Hart said, “The nickname ‘Hollywood’ came about because Jesse’s position now is to put on a show, to entertain. That’s how we came up with ‘Hollywood Hart.’ Ric Flair is part of the inspiration behind that. Ric Flair was a flashy professional wrestler.”

At the age of 28, Jesse is a five-year pro. A talented contender at 168 pounds – ranked No. 1 by the WBO – he is a former amateur standout: Jesse was a gold medalist at the 2011 U.S. National Championships and National Golden Gloves Championships.

He comes from a strong family boxing tradition – Jesse is the son of former middleweight contender Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, who fought the best in his division and retired in 1982 with a record of 30-9-1, 28 KOs. Jesse’s uncle and his father’s uncle and a cousin were also boxers.

Jesse stayed active with three fights in 2015 and two in 2016 and made good progress – he stepped up to 10-round status for the first time, stepped up his level of opposition, and gave impressive performances. He fought two times in 2017.

He challenged WBO super middleweight world champion Gilberto Ramirez for the title on September 22, 2017 – Jesse gave a strong effort but lost a very close 12-round unanimous decision.

In his last fight on April28, 2018, in Philadelphia, he won by seventh-round TKO against Demond Nicholson.

ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: Former super middleweight world title challenger Jesse Hart did a number on Demond Nicholson in a seventh-round knockout victory.

Hart won his second fight in a row since super middleweight world titlist Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez outpointed him in a hard-fought fight in September.

Hart had his way for virtually every second of the opening round until Nicholson landed a hard right hand that sent him into the ropes as the bell ended the round. But his moments in the fight were few and far between thereafter as he struggled mightily to get inside against the much taller and longer Hart.

Referee Shawn Clark, who had a difficult night, gave Hart credit for a knockdown in the third round though television replays showed that Nicholson slipped. Later in the round, Hart sent Nicholson reeling from a left hand and then dropped him again – for real this time – with an overhand right.

Nicholson landed some damaging shots late in the sixth round, including two uppercuts, that stunned Hart.

But in the seventh round, Hart badly hurt Nicholson with a right hand that made him touch his gloves to the mat but Clark didn’t call a knockdown. But when the fight resumed Hart landed several more heavy punches to knock him down. Clark seemed to take forever with his count and Nicholson finally – and seemingly reluctantly – got to his feet, but then Clark waved off the fight at 2 minutes, 26 seconds. [End Rafael item]

In his post-fight interview, Jesse said, “Nicholson wanted to quit – simple as that. When a man turns his back, it’s a sign that he doesn’t want it anymore.

“I dream about the Ramirez rematch every night. I want it! I want so bad. I know now that I can’t make mistakes when I’m in the ring with him. Let’s make it happen!”

In an earlier interview, 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 that 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.”

Jesse had the nickname “Hard Work” for most of his career, but changed it to “Hollywood” for his last fight. He said, “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 says that, too, ’cause I burn myself out in the gym. I leave it all in the gym. So, I just ran with that.”

Wife and co-manager Starletta Hart said, “The nickname ‘Hollywood’ came about because Jesse’s position now is to put on a show, to entertain. That’s how we came up with ‘Hollywood Hart.’ Ric Flair is part of the inspiration behind that. Ric Flair was a flashy professional wrestler.”

fight history

  • 2012

    Fight by Fight — On 12-8-12 in Philadelphia he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Stephen Tyner (3-8-2): the bout was on the undercard at Temple University; Jesse scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 1st round, dominated the fight, and won by shutout scores of 40-35, 40-35, 40-34.

    On 11-10-12 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (3rd round) against Joshua Meyers (1-0): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the Vanes Martirosyan-Erislandy Lara main event; Jesse scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 3rd round, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 2:01.

    On 9-14-12 in Chester, PA, he won by knockout (1st round) against Lekan Byfield (2-1-1): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard at Harrah’s, and ended with a spectacular one-punch knockout; Jesse scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 1st round, and Byfield was counted out at 0:48.

    On 7-7-12 in Atlantic City he won by TKO (1st round) against lefthanded Steven Chadwick (0-3): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard at Bally’s; Jesse scored two knockdowns in the 1st round, both with body punches – Chadwick got up both times, but Jesse rocked him with a series of punches, Chadwick’s corner threw in the towel, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:38.

    He made his debut at the age of 21 on 6-9-12 in Las Vegas and won by TKO (1st round) against Manuel Eastman (0-1): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the Timothy Bradley Jr.-Manny Pacquiao main event, and Jesse quickly overpowered him; he rocked Eastman with a series of two-handed punches in the 1st round, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:33.

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  • 2013

    Fight by Fight — On 12-7-13 in Atlantic City he won by TKO (1st round) against Tyrell Hendrix (10-2-2): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Guillermo Rigondeaux-Joseph Agbeko main event, and Jesse quickly overpowered him; he staggered Hendrix with a series of unanswered punches in the 1st round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:20.

    On 9-28-13 in Atlantic City he won by knockout (1st round) against Terrence Wilson (6-7): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Glen Tapia-Elco Garcia main event, and Jesse quickly overwhelmed him – he scored three knockdowns in the 1st round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:57.

    On 8-10-13 in Bethlehem, PA, he won by TKO (1st round) against Stephen Tyner (3-11-2): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard at the Sands Casino Resort; Jesse scored three knockdowns in the 1st round – the first with a series of punches, the second with an uppercut, and the third with a series of punches – and the referee stopped the fight at 1:22.

    On 7-12-13 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (2nd round) against Eddie Hunter (8-8-2): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Chris Avalos-Drian Francisco main event; Jesse scored a knockdown in the 1st round, then scored another knockdown in the 2nd and the referee stopped the fight at 1:17.

    On 6-1-13 in Atlantic City he won by TKO (1st round) against Thomas Turner (3-3): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard at Bally’s Event Center; Jesse scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 1st round – Turner got up, but Jesse staggered him with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 2:15.

    On 4-13-13 in New York he won by TKO (3rd round) against lefthanded Marlon Farr (2-2): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Guillermo Rigondeaux-Nonito Donaire main event; Jesse scored two knockdowns in the 3rd round, and the referee stopped the fight in mid-count at 1:33.

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  • 2014

    Fight by Fight — On 12-13-14 in Philadelphia, PA, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Samuel Miller (28-9): the scheduled 8-rounder was cofeatured with the Felix Verdejo-Karim El Ouazghari main event, and Jesse quickly overpowered him; Jesse scored two knockdowns in the 2nd round, both with right hands – Miller got up both times but was unsteady after the second knockdown, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:07.

    On 10-4-14 in Atlantic City, NJ, he won by knockout (4th round, 1:15) against Roberto Acevedo (8-2).

    On 6-14-14 in Atlantic City he won by TKO (6th round) against Shujaa El Amin (aka Dion Savage, 12-5): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Glen Tapia-Keenan Collins main event, and Jesse quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown early in the 1st round, then scored another knockdown in the 3rd; he scored one more knockdown that dropped El Amin out cold in the 6th round, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 1:36.

    WON VACANT NABF SM JR. TITLE – On 4-11-14 in Las Vegas he won an 8 round unanimous decision against lefthanded Samuel Clarkson (10-2): the bout was co-featured with the Gilberto Ramirez-Giovanni Lorenzo main event – it was Jesse’s first scheduled 8-rounder, and he dominated the fight; he consistently outboxed and outworked Clarkson, and scored two knockdowns in the 4th round – the first with a right uppercut, the second with a right hand-left hook combination; scored 80-70 on all three scorecards.

    On 1-25-14 in New York, NY, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Derrick Findley (20-11-1): the bout was on the undercard of the Mikey Garcia-Juan Carlos Burgos main event, and Jesse dominated; he consistently outboxed and outworked Findley and landed the harder punches; scored 60-54 on all three scorecards.

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