Jesse Hart
Weightclass:
Super Middleweight
Age:
26
Birthplace:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Record:
19-0, 16 KOs
Height:
6’3”
Reach:
Managers:
Doc Nowicki, David Price
Trainers:
Eugene “Cyclone” Hart (father)
biography
“Hard Work”

Twitter: @Hart2Y
Ranked WBO #3, IBF #8, WBA #10, WBC #12 at 168 pounds..
NABF super middleweight “junior” champion, one successful defense…
USBA, NABO super middleweight champion, one successful defense…
2011 U.S. Olympic Trials (amateur), 165 pounds – Gold Medalist…
2011 U.S. National Championships (amateur), 165 pounds – Gold Medalist…
2011 National Golden Gloves Championships (amateur), 165 pounds – Gold Medalist…

At the age of 26, Jesse is a three-year pro. A rising young contender at 168 pounds, he is a former amateur standout – he was a gold medalist at the 2011 U.S. National Championships and National Golden Gloves Championships.
He has 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 made great progress – he stepped up to 10-round status for the first time, stepped up in level of competition, and gave impressive performances every time.
In his last fight on December 12 in Tucson, Arizona, he won by first-round TKO against Andrik Saralegui.
In his previous fight on September 11 in Las Vegas, he won by ninth-roiund TKO against Aaron Pryor Jr.
After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: This was a battle between fighters with famous boxing fathers. Hart is the son of 1970s middleweight contender Eugene "Cyclone" Hart. Pryor is the son of Hall of Fame former junior welterweight champion Aaron Pryor.
The fight was a one-sided destruction in favor of the much younger and more talented Hart, who battered...
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2015 – in his last fight on 12-12-15 in Tucson, AZ, he won by TKO (1st round) against Andrik Saralegui (8-3): the scheduled 8-rounder was one of the co-features with the Oscar Valdez-Ernie Sanchez main event, and Jesse quickly overpowered him; he scored two knockdowns in the 1st round – the first with a series of punches, the second with a right hand to the body – and the referee stopped the fight at 0:54…
1ST USBA, NABO SM TITLE DEFENSES – on 9-11-15 in Las Vegas, NV, he won by TKO (9th round) against Aaron Pryor Jr. (19-8-1): the scheduled 10-rounder was co-featured with the Oscar Valdez-Chris Avalos main event, and Jesse dominated the fight; he consistently outworked Pryor, landed the harder punches, and rocked him repeatedly; he staggered Pryor with an unanswered series of punches in the 9th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:51…
1ST NABF JR. SM TITLE DEFENSE, WON VACANT USBA, NABO SM TITLES – on 5-2-15 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (6th round) against previously undefeated Mike Jimenez (17-0): the scheduled 10-rounder – Jesse’s first – was on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao main event, and he dominated the fight; he outworked Jimenez, consistently landed the harder punches, and wore him down with body punches; Jesse rocked Jimenez with an unanswered series of punches in the 6th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:13…
 
2014 – 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...
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background
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Jesse said, "I was born and raised in Philadelphia. I've got three brothers and three sisters. One of my brothers was shot and killed – that was in 2010. It was very hard to get over that. My dad, Eugene Hart, was a middleweight contender. He's a full-time trainer now. Boxing's on both sides of my family. It's big – it's tradition! My uncle on my dad's side, he was a fighter, too. He fought amateur. His name is Alfred Lowrey. And my dad's uncle was a fighter, too. His name was Jimmy Hart. On my mom's side, I had another cousin that boxed, Rick Williams.
"My dad took me to the gym when he would train. I started boxing when I was seven years old. He started me off in the kitchen – he drew a line in the kitchen for my feet so I would get the traditional stance. I’m naturally righthanded.
"I think I had about 90, 95 amateur fights. I had nine losses."…
From the Philadelphia Daily News, by Bernard Fernandez [Apr. 23, 2012 – excerpts]: After a controversial double-tiebreaker loss to Terrell Gausha at the USA National Championships in Fort Carson, Colo., ended his dream of representing his country at this summer's London Olympics, a bitterly disappointed Jesse Hart hinted that he might be through with boxing forever.
"Right now, I don't think I'll ever fight again," said the 22-year-old North Philadelphian. "I don't even know about the pros."
But they say that time heals all wounds, and the signing of a lucrative contract and a chance to make your professional debut on one of boxing's biggest stages make a great salve.
"They made me an offer I couldn't confuse," an obviously pleased Hart said of the promotional arrangement he has agreed to with Top Rank. He will make his pro debut June 9 against an opponent to be announced at Las Vegas' MGM Grand, on the undercard of a show headlined by the WBO...
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Biography

“Hard Work”

  • Twitter: @Hart2Y
  • Ranked WBO #3, IBF #8, WBA #10, WBC #12 at 168 pounds..
  • NABF super middleweight “junior” champion, one successful defense…
  • USBA, NABO super middleweight champion, one successful defense…
  • 2011 U.S. Olympic Trials (amateur), 165 pounds – Gold Medalist…
  • 2011 U.S. National Championships (amateur), 165 pounds – Gold Medalist…
  • 2011 National Golden Gloves Championships (amateur), 165 pounds – Gold Medalist…

At the age of 26, Jesse is a three-year pro. A rising young contender at 168 pounds, he is a former amateur standout – he was a gold medalist at the 2011 U.S. National Championships and National Golden Gloves Championships.

He has 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 made great progress – he stepped up to 10-round status for the first time, stepped up in level of competition, and gave impressive performances every time.

In his last fight on December 12 in Tucson, Arizona, he won by first-round TKO against Andrik Saralegui.

In his previous fight on September 11 in Las Vegas, he won by ninth-roiund TKO against Aaron Pryor Jr.

After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: This was a battle between fighters with famous boxing fathers. Hart is the son of 1970s middleweight contender Eugene "Cyclone" Hart. Pryor is the son of Hall of Fame former junior welterweight champion Aaron Pryor.

The fight was a one-sided destruction in favor of the much younger and more talented Hart, who battered Pryor round after round.

From the opening bell, Hart crushed him with power punches and bounced him off the ropes time and again. Pryor was game but did not throw many punches at all. The fight was not competitive for a moment. When Hart continued to pulverize Pryor during the ninth round [the] referee stepped in to stop the fight at 2 minutes, 51 seconds as Hart was hammering him with unanswered punches. [End Rafael item]

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."

Regarding his nickname, he said, "It 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."

Fight History

Fight by Fight – 2015 – in his last fight on 12-12-15 in Tucson, AZ, he won by TKO (1st round) against Andrik Saralegui (8-3): the scheduled 8-rounder was one of the co-features with the Oscar Valdez-Ernie Sanchez main event, and Jesse quickly overpowered him; he scored two knockdowns in the 1st round – the first with a series of punches, the second with a right hand to the body – and the referee stopped the fight at 0:54…

1ST USBA, NABO SM TITLE DEFENSES – on 9-11-15 in Las Vegas, NV, he won by TKO (9th round) against Aaron Pryor Jr. (19-8-1): the scheduled 10-rounder was co-featured with the Oscar Valdez-Chris Avalos main event, and Jesse dominated the fight; he consistently outworked Pryor, landed the harder punches, and rocked him repeatedly; he staggered Pryor with an unanswered series of punches in the 9th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:51…

1ST NABF JR. SM TITLE DEFENSE, WON VACANT USBA, NABO SM TITLES – on 5-2-15 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (6th round) against previously undefeated Mike Jimenez (17-0): the scheduled 10-rounder – Jesse’s first – was on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao main event, and he dominated the fight; he outworked Jimenez, consistently landed the harder punches, and wore him down with body punches; Jesse rocked Jimenez with an unanswered series of punches in the 6th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:13…

 

2014 – 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…

 

2013 – 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...

 

2012 – 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…

Amateur / Personal Background

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Jesse said, "I was born and raised in Philadelphia. I've got three brothers and three sisters. One of my brothers was shot and killed – that was in 2010. It was very hard to get over that. My dad, Eugene Hart, was a middleweight contender. He's a full-time trainer now. Boxing's on both sides of my family. It's big – it's tradition! My uncle on my dad's side, he was a fighter, too. He fought amateur. His name is Alfred Lowrey. And my dad's uncle was a fighter, too. His name was Jimmy Hart. On my mom's side, I had another cousin that boxed, Rick Williams.

"My dad took me to the gym when he would train. I started boxing when I was seven years old. He started me off in the kitchen – he drew a line in the kitchen for my feet so I would get the traditional stance. I’m naturally righthanded.

"I think I had about 90, 95 amateur fights. I had nine losses."…

From the Philadelphia Daily News, by Bernard Fernandez [Apr. 23, 2012 – excerpts]: After a controversial double-tiebreaker loss to Terrell Gausha at the USA National Championships in Fort Carson, Colo., ended his dream of representing his country at this summer's London Olympics, a bitterly disappointed Jesse Hart hinted that he might be through with boxing forever.

"Right now, I don't think I'll ever fight again," said the 22-year-old North Philadelphian. "I don't even know about the pros."

But they say that time heals all wounds, and the signing of a lucrative contract and a chance to make your professional debut on one of boxing's biggest stages make a great salve.

"They made me an offer I couldn't confuse," an obviously pleased Hart said of the promotional arrangement he has agreed to with Top Rank. He will make his pro debut June 9 against an opponent to be announced at Las Vegas' MGM Grand, on the undercard of a show headlined by the WBO welterweight title defense by Manny Pacquiao against challenger Timothy Bradley.

Hart, who will be trained by his father, former middleweight contender Eugene "Cyclone" Hart, said the venue is especially significant since his dad, who compiled a 30-9-1 mark with 28 knockout victories, fought almost exclusively in Philly and never made it to Vegas.

"This is Dad's dream," said Hart…. [End Fernandez item]

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:

2012 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Fort Carson, Colorado, 165 pounds – SILVER MEDALIST: in his first fight on 2-26-12 he won a 23-7 decision against John Magda of Rutherford, N.J.; in his second fight on 2-28-12 he won a 15-10 decision against D’Mitrius Ballard of Temple Hills, Md.; in his third fight on 2-29-12 he won a 22-6 decision against Wesley Tucker of Toledo, Oh.; in the quarterfinals on 3-1-12 he won a 37-17 decision against Russell Gaskins of Washington, D.C.; in the semifinals on 3-2-12 he won a 14-10 decision against Izaak Cardona of Colorado Springs, Colo.; in the finals on 3-3-12 he had a 10-10 draw, but lost the tiebreaker against Terrell Gausha of Cleveland, Oh.; USA Boxing reported, "Terrell Gausha upset reigning Olympic Trials champion Jesse Hart in the closest of final round contests. Hart held a slim one-point lead as the seconds ticked off but Gausha landed a scoring blow just before the final bell to pull the bout to a 10-10 tie. As the total punch count was tied as 34, the bout went to a judge’s poll with Gausha winning by a 3-2 margin."...

2011 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – Baku, Azerbaijan, 165 pounds: in his first fight on 10-1-11 he stopped Nabah Hzam of Qatar in the 3rd round; in his second fight on 10-3-11 he won a 13-8 decision against Sobir Nazarov of Tajikistan; in his third fight on 10-4-11 he lost a 17-15 decision against Donabek Suzhanov of Kazakhstan…

2011 U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS – Mobile, Alabama, 165 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 7-31-11 he won an 18-6 decision against Chris Pearson of Trotwood, Oh.; in the quarterfinals on 8-1-11 he won a 20-8 decision against D’Mitrius Ballard of Temple Hills, Md.; in the semifinals on 8-3-11 he won a 14-8 decision against Antoine Douglas of Burke, Va.; in the finals on 8-5-11 he won a 21-6 decision against Luis Arias of Milwaukee, Wis.; USA Boxing reported, "Middleweight Jesse Hart won the most convincing bout of the evening action in his rematch of the 2010 National Championships finals with Luis Arias. Hart came flying out of the gate before Arias could find his rhythm and took a 16-3 lead after two rounds. He didn’t leave any room for doubt, extending his lead over the final three minutes to win a 21-6 decision and the middleweight title."...

2011 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Colorado Springs, Colorado, 178 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 6-22-11 he won a 15-4 decision against Adam Willis of Milwaukee, Wis.; in his second fight on 6-23-11 he won a 14-7 decision against Maquice Weston of Tacoma, Wash.; in the quarterfinals on 6-23-11 he had a 12-12 draw, but won the tiebreaker against Siju Shabazz of Las Cruces, N.M. – USA Boxing reported, "Hart claimed the win based upon his 66-58 total punch count advantage;" in the finals on 6-25-11 he won by walkover against Jerry Odom of Bowie, Md.…

2011 NATIONAL GOLDEN GLOVES CHAMPIONSHIPS – Indianapolis, Indiana, 165 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 4-24-11 he won a decision against Anthony Bailey of Colorado-New Mexico; in his second fight on 4-27-11 he won a decision against Anthony Campbell of Mid-South; in the quarterfinals on 4-28-11 he won a decision against Leandre White of Detroit, Mich.; in the semifinals on 4-29-11 he won a decision against Antoine Douglas of Washington, D.C.; in the finals on 4-30-11 he won a decision against Daquan Arnett of Florida…

2010 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Colorado Springs, Colorado, 165 pounds – SILVER MEDALIST: in his first fight on 7-12-10 he stopped David Otis in the 2nd round; in his second fight on 7-13-10 he stopped Julius Butler in the 2nd round; in the quarterfinals on 7-14-10 he stopped Aaron Coley in the 3rd round; in the semifinals on 7-15-10 he won a 15-5 decision against Daquan Arnett; in the finals on 7-17-10 he had a 4-4 draw, but lost the tiebreaker against Luis Arias

2009 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Denver, Colorado, 165 pounds – SILVER MEDALIST: in his first fight on 6-9-09 he won a 12-10 decision against Luis Arias; in the quarterfinals on 6-10-09 he won a 30-8 decision against Jesus Correa; in the semifinals on 6-11-09 he won a 14-8 decision against Russell Lamour; in the finals on 6-13-09 he lost by 3rd round disqualification against Terrell Gausha

2008 NATIONAL GOLDEN GLOVES CHAMPIONSHIPS – Grand Rapids, Michigan, 165 pounds: in his first fight on 5-5-08 he won a decision against Manny Thompson; in his second fight on 5-7-08 he lost a decision against Denis Douglin

2008 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Colorado Springs, Colorado, 165 pounds: in his first fight on 3-9-08 he won a 13-9 decision against Andre Penn; in his second fight on 3-10-08 he won a 26-2 decision against Ramon Valenzuela; in the quarterfinals on 3-11-08 he lost a 12-10 decision against Shawn Porter

2006 NATIONAL GOLDEN GLOVES CHAMPIONSHIPS – Omaha, Nebraska, 165 pounds: in his first fight on 4-24-06 he won a 5-0 decision against Chingiz Suleymanov; in his second fight on 4-26-06 he lost a 5-0 decision against Edwin Rodriguez

 

STRENGTHS: Has good skills and movement…has good punching power…had a strong amateur background…has a very strong family boxing background…

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 3 years, 8 months…19 fights…65 total rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 3.4 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 84 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 9 rounds – 1-0)…8 rounds – 1 (1-0)…6 rounds – 3 (3-0)…