Charles Payne

The bigger they come, the harder they fall - Robert Fitzsimmons

When asked about his biggest opponent, the heavyweight boxer James Jeffries, Robert Fitzsimmons uttered the phrase that still trips off the tongues of underdogs the world over. It is a catchphrase worth remembering, and even chanting, if we are to get our house in order. Of course, government keeps getting bigger and bigger, and at some point, it will fall under the weight of its own hubris.

In the meantime, it is beating down the American spirit and needs to be stopped in its tracks. Yesterday, we saw two signs of big lumbering, arrogance, and an untrustworthy government.

Calling on the spirit of Fitzsimmons as inspiration, let's review his remarkable career and legacy. Born Robert James in England, nicknamed "Ruby Robert," Fitzsimmons moved to New Zealand at an early age to work in his brother's blacksmith forge. His boxing ability, which included an unnatural strength and precise punching, finally brought him to the United States and a Middleweight title. He became famous for moving on to win the Heavyweight crown and later, the Light Heavyweight title. His tussles were masterpieces and huge events. When he fought James Corbett, wealthy people and stars, like Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp attended.

Fitzsimmons fought Jeffries in Coney Island, where he lost in the 10th round knockout (most fights were scheduled for 20 to 25 rounds back then).

The Rematch

Tale of the Tape

Robert Fitzsimmons


James Jeffries




172 pounds


219 pounds




To this day, the rematch is still discussed among boxing historians. Jeffries was favored 10 to 4, and the live gate was $31,800. Fought in 1902, Fitzsimmons was said to have shellacked his opponent in a bid to reclaim his title but in the end, he was much older, much smaller, and the bigger man pulled out a miraculous victory. After the bout, bystanders remarked how the winner had been beaten to a pulp; some even cried it was "fixed."

Charles Payne

Charles V. Payne is a regular contributor to the Fox Business and Fox News Networks. He is also the Chief Executive Officer and Principle Analyst of Wall Street Strategies, Inc. (WSSI), founded in 1991 which provides subscription analytical services to both individual and institutional investors.

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