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Black History Month Special: ‘Fight of the Century’ — Johnson vs. Jeffries

by on Feb.25, 2013, under Boxing News

By Christopher James Shelton

 

An aged Jim Jeffries (left) is overwhelmed by Jack Johnson

An aged Jim Jeffries (left) is overwhelmed by Jack Johnson

 

Jack Johnson (New York – 10/29/09): “I have been chasing Jeffries across the continent for months. It seems to me to be the old case of Tommy Burns over again. I have to trail people to get them into matches. It is a fact that when traveling had to be done with a view of settling this match, I was the one who has had to go on the journey. I have traveled across the continent from California, just to get Jeffries into a match, and I am the Champion…. Sometimes, I am almost compelled to think that Jeffries is bluffing when he talks of re-entering the ring.”

Through 1907 Jack Johnson had defeated all of the major Black contenders. He had defeated Joe Jeanette, Sam Langford and Sam McVey. He had defeated an earlier group of Black pugilist greats in Denver Ed Martin and Frank Childs. It would be a year campaign of chasing White Champion, Tommy Burns, around the world until he taunted his way into a Championship bout. Johnson accepted that Burns was the recognized Champion, and that the challenger chases the Champion. Johnson accepted the unfair terms of receiving $5000 versus $30,000 for Burns as the price of being an ambitious opponent. But he was not as pleased, as the official ‘Champion’, to be on the chase again. (continue reading…)

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