Léonard Dumoulin was born in Notre-Dame-des-Bois,
a small village from the Eastern Townships in the province of Québec,
near the Maine frontier, on January the 18th 1895 (and not 1898 like he
wanted people to believe). He was known under that name when he moved
to Montréal in the mid-1910's. He started boxing as an amateur in
1916 while working as a traffic cop. He didn't do too well, but hung in
there, grew to about 175 pounds, and began fighting professionnally in 1918.
His first fight (a no-decision against Kansas Jackson) took place on june
the 1st, 1918, in Sherbrooke.
At first, Léonard wasn't very successful. But he began to fight
in Montréal, and then moved to New Bedford (Mass.), where he was
better known as Jack Renault (Jack possibly because of the popularity of
Jack Dempsey, Renault, because his family was also known as Renault-Dumoulin).
The name Jack Renault was easier to pronounce for Americans. The quality
of his opposition picked up. The best men he faced were unquestionnably
Battling Levinsky (a six round affair on june 29th, 1920) and the legendary
Harry Greb with whom he had two pretty good scraps, one in Pittsburgh (march
16th 1921) and a return-go in Montréal (april 6th 1921). Always hesitant
to lead, Jack had no choice but to fight back against the ever busy Greb
who dominated on both occasions, but forced Jack to display a courage few
tought he had.
Things picked up that summer when Jack became a regular at Jack Dempsey's
training camp. Preparing for his mega-fight with Georges Carpentier (july
the 2th, 1921), Dempsey found in Renault a tough customer who took what
he had to give and then some. Leo P. Flynn also became Jack Renault's manager
and from then on his career started to blossom.
Jack grew physically, becoming a full-fledge, 195-200 pounds heavyweight.
In 1923, he began going places, knocking-out some stiff opposition in George
Godfrey (march 9th), Fred Fulton (may 12th) and leading contender Floyd
Johnson (november 2nd). On top of his game, Renault was on target for a
title bout. But Dempsey didn't fight between 1923 and 1926, and other contenders,
like Luis Angel Firpo, were not interested in mixing it up with the Canadian
Cannonball who liked to pose as a Mountie, a job he never held.
A charming man, Jack loved golf and the high life. The money he made
spoiled him and he began to go downhill, losing a questionnable decision
against Quentin Romeo Rojas (december 5th 1924), and being beaten by Jack
Sharkey (april 6th) and George Godfrey (june 6th) in 1925.
After that, Jack lost interest in boxing, but took time to play in a
major motion picture, &laqno;Knockout Reilly», with a famous actor
named Richard Dix. He returned to boxing, and fought some big names (Jack
Delaney, Tommy Loughran, Young Stribling) before quitting the game around
Renault was never a world champion, but he was certainly, with Robert
Cléroux who fought in the 1960's, Québec's greatest heavyweight.
He is remembered by members of his family as a good person, full of wit,
who liked to tell stories and make people feel good around him. He passed
away on July the 28th, 1967, in a Sherbrooke hospital. He was buried in
Stanstead, a Canadian village near the frontier separating Québec
Any information about this fighter would be appreciated.
Please contact Serge Gaudreau at the following E-mail address:
Tale Of The Tape
Born: Jan 18, 1895
Place: Chasham, Quebec, Canada
Real Name: Leonard Renaud
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 195 lbs.
RING RECORD AS OF 1925: 39 wins - 7 losses - 14 ND's
-0 draw - (69 total bouts)
Dec 8 1920 Battling Levinsky Portland L 12
unknown 1920 Soldier Jones unknown W 9
Mar 16 1921 Harry Greb Pitts. ND 10
unknown 1921 Ted Jamison unknown W 10
Apr 6 1921 Harry Greb Montreal ND 10
unknown 1921 Billy Miske unknown ND 8
Jul 18 1922 Jack Dempsey Montreal Exh.
unknown 1922 Billy Miske unknown TKO by 13
Jul 19 1922 Jack Dempsey Ottawa Exh. 3
Jan 29 1923 Gene Tunney Philadel. NC 4
unknown 1923 Fred Fulton unknown KO 9
unknown 1923 Soldier Jones unknown W 10
unknown 1923 Fred Fulton unknown WF 4 (foul)
unknown 1923 Ted Jamison unknown WF 2 (foul)
unknown 1923 Ted Jamison unknown LF 2 (foul)
Mar 21 1924 Capt. Bob Roper Mich. ND 10
unknown 1924 Al Benedict unknown KO 1
unknown 1924 Quinton Romero Rojas unknown L 10
Aug 25 1924 Homer Smith Buffalo W 10
Jan 30 1925 Capt. Bob Roper Omaha ND 10
Mar 6 1925 Homer Smith Michi. ND 10
Mar 23 1925 Quinton Romero Rojas N.J. ND 12
Apr 6 1925 Jack Sharkey Boston L 10
Oct 14 1927 Jack Delaney N.Y.C. L 10
May 24 1928 Chuck Wiggins St.Louis L 10
Mar 17 1930 Tommy Loughran Philadel. L 10
IF YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER INFORMATION ON JACK RENAULT
PLEASE E-MAIL ME
--Jack's biography summary was supplied by Serge Gaudreau