Ruby Jack – our champion red ale.

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Ruby Jack – our champion red ale.
Ruby Jack – our champion red ale. Let’s get ready to rumble!

Named after legendary Cornish heavyweight boxer Robert James Fitzsimmons, Ruby Jack red ale is the latest addition to our prize-winning ale stable, weighing in at a handsome 4.6% ABV and packing a punch worthy of the man listed at No.8 in Ring Magazine’s all-time Top 100 biggest hitters.

Born in Helston, Cornwall in 1863, ‘Bob’ Fitzsimmons made boxing history as the sport’s first three-division world champion, picking up the Middleweight, Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight titles in a professional career that spanned at least three decades and included famous victories against the likes of Gentleman Jim Corbett, the original Jack Dempsey and Tom Sharkey, the latter bout being refereed by none other than former lawman Wyatt Earp himself.

Ruby Jack is a complex blend of rich toasted malt flavours balanced with fruity spiced hops and the name appropriately combines the different elements of Fitzsimmons’ life; his boxing nickname ‘Ruby’ denoting his distinctive red hair and ‘Jack’ as a nod to his emigration to New Zealand in 1873 - Cornish emigrants of the industrial age diaspora are known by the term Cousin Jack – before his ultimate move to America to pursue his professional boxing career.

Available now with full POS support package in keg and distinctive 500ml bottles, try Ruby Jack classic red ale with a rich fruit cake, or do as the Cornish do, with saffron cake.  

Ruby was legendary for his pure fighting skills due to his dislike of training for fights - Ruby Jack, Cornish and hard as nails!

Robert James ‘Bob’ Fitzsimmons

  • Official Record: 99 fights, 68 wins, wins by KO 59, losses 8, draws 4, no contests 19
  • Born in Helston, Cornwall in 1863
  • His mother Jane’s maiden name was Strongman!
  • 1873 - Emigrated to Timaru in New Zealand. Working at his father’s blacksmithing forge helped to develop his upper body.
  • In the early 1880s Jem Mace, an English bare-knuckle boxer, travelled to New Zealand, and Timaru hosted both his boxing school and the first boxing championships held in New Zealand. Fitzsimmons entered the tournament, and knocked out four opponents on his way to winning the competition.
  • 1885 - Fitzsimmons moved to Australia and fought at least 28 professional bouts.
  • Fitzsimmons delivered short, accurate and occasionally conclusive punches, building a reputation as the hardest puncher in boxing.
  • 1890 - Moving on to the United States, Fitzsimmons fought four times, winning three and drawing one.
  • 14 January 1891, in New Orleans, he won his first world title from Jack (Nonpareil) Dempsey. Fitzsimmons knocked out Dempsey in the 13th round to become the World Middleweight Champion.
  • Fitzsimmons knocked Dempsey down at least 13 times and by the finish left him in such a pitiable condition that he begged him to quit. Since Dempsey would not do so, Fitzsimmons knocked him out and then carried him to his corner.
  • 17 March 1897, in Carson City, Nevada, he knocked out American Jim Corbett, World Heavyweight Champion, in round 14 with his trademark ‘solar plexus’ punch.
  • November 1903, Fitzsimmons made history by defeating World Light Heavyweight Champion George Gardiner by a decision in 20 rounds, becoming the first boxer to win titles in three weight-divisions.
  • Fitzsimmons' exact boxing record remains unknown but he claimed to have had more than 350 fights.
  • He died in Chicago of pneumonia in 1917. Having been married four times, with a gambling habit and a susceptibility to confidence tricksters, he did not hold on to the money he made.

Thanks to Bob Fitzsimmon’s great, great, nephew David A. Jack for images and info available at www.fitzsimmons.co.nz

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