Jimmy Perrin – Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
St. Aloysius HS
A top-rated featherweight boxer in the late 1930s, Jimmy Perrin is a New Orleans great in the ring, despite never receiving a title shot. He finished his career with a 54-8-7 mark.
Perrin competed in boxing for St. Aloysius High School and won the 1932 Southern Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) championship to qualify for the national championships at the age of 17. However, he lost in the flyweight finals to Brooklyn’s Lou Salica at the National AAU Championships to miss out on becoming an Olympian.
He began his professional career on February 6, 1933 with a victory over Charley Feraci in a four-round bout at the Coliseum Arena in New Orleans.
Perrin would post a pair of high-profile victories in his career. On August 14, 1939, he posted a 10-round unanimous decision over future boxing Hall-of-Famer Sixto Escobar at Municipal Auditorium. And on February 26, 1940, he defeated Joey Archibald, the featherweight champion of the world, in a non-title bout at Municipal Auditorium.
Born February 3, 1916, as James LaCava. He took his step-father’s name when his mother remarried. Perrin died on April 14, 1997 at the age of 82. He was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 1965.