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    Jeannette W-TKO49 McVey

    We all, of course, have heard of this amazing fight.

    Quoting the Boxing Register:


    Jeannette's most famous fight occured on April 17, 1909, when he met Hall of Famer McVey in Paris. The pair had fought a lackluster bout there two months before. The dissatisfied crowd had showered the ring with programs and other debris, and rumors began to circulate that the two had treated the fight as a mere exhibition. Eager to dispel that notion, Jeannette and McVey agreed to fight to the finish with no round limit. The resulting battle was one of the greatest marathons in boxing history. McVey scored the first of his 27 knockdowns in the first round. In the sixteenth McVey countered a Jeannette uppercut with a right to the jaw that most likely would have finished Jeannette--had he not been saved by the bell. Jeannette went down in the next round, the 21st time in seventeen rounds that he had hit the canvas. Looking beaten after nineteen rounds, Jeannette miraculously revived and seized control of the fight. As the bout moved past the 40-round mark, Jeannette began to floor McVey with regularity, but still could not put him away. In the 42nd, Jeannette dropped McVey seven times. Finally, after 49 rounds, McVey could not continue. Despite having been knocked down 27 times, Jeannette had triumphed in this unbelievable test of endurance, courage, and boxing ability. This fight underscores Jeannette's indomitable will.


    Beautiful story. But how true is it?




    Le match Joë Jeannette-Sam Mac-Wea

    Après un magnifique combat qui a duré deux heures vingt-quatre minutes, au cirque de Paris, Joë Jeannette, a été victorieux de Sam Mac-Vea qui, au 49c round, reconnaissant sa défaite, a serré la main de son adversaire et déclaré abandonner.




    JEANETTE GETS THE DECISION.
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    McVey Fails to Respond in Forty-ninth Round.


    Paris, April 17.--Joe Jeanette won the finish fight with Sam McVey to-night, the scrap going forty-ninth rounds. It was not a knockout, as McVey simply refused to respond at the beginning of the fiftieth round, declaring he "had enough." His seconds threw up the sponge. There has been intense rivalry between McVey and Jeanette, and challenges have been hurled right and left by both men, while they raked down the money in the music halls.

    McVey was the favorite for to-night's fight, and he started off like a winner, putting Jeanette down for the count in the sixth round. It was a give-and-take encounter to the twentieth round, with McVey having all the better of it, but after that point he weakened, and was slammed all around the ring by Jeanette, who administered terrific punishment until the forty-ninth, when McVey quit cold. Both men were badly punished.




    M'VEY MEETS DEFEAT.
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    Beaten in Fiftieth Round of Fight by Jeannette.


    Paris, April 17.--In the greatest prizefight witnessed in France since John L. Sullivan and Charley Mitchell drew at Chantilly in 1888, Joe Jeannette, of New York, defeated Sam McVey, of California, to-night in the fiftieth round of a finish fight. A great crowd witnessed a game exhibition of heavyweights, the contest lasting for three hours and a half. McVey had the better of the fight up to the fortieth round, and in both the twenty-first and the twenty-second round he had the New Yorker so groggy that he barely could keep on his feet.

    Jeannette bore the punishment bravely, and came back in a wonderful manner. McVey had almost worn himself out after forty rounds, and by this time the New York fighter was coming back. By effective infighting he gradually beat the Californian and practically had him knocked out when the fight ended. McVey's seconds throwing up the sponge. Jeannette was the favorite in the betting, and the purse was $6,000.

    It is understood that Jeannette now intends to issue a challenge to Jack Johnson for the championship of the world.




    THE OXYGEN TREATMENT HELPED.
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    That is Why Jeanette Was Fresh After Forty-Nine Rounds of Fighting.


    Paris, April 19.--The Jeannette-McVey fight was one of the most interesting contests that Paris has ever seen. Jeannette's victory was mainly due to the adoption of young Corbett's method of inhaling oxygen between rounds, the first time it had been resorted to on this side of the Atlantic. The efficency of the oxygen treatment was well illustrated by its effects on Jeannette, who revived quickly after being on the verge of a knockout no less than four times during the fight. His freshness at the end of the forty-ninth round was such as to astonish the veterans of the prizering, who gathered about the ringside.

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    OXYGEN A FACTOR IN FIGHT.
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    Jeannette Beats MacVey in Forty-ninth Round of Brutal Encounter.


    Paris, April 17.--By virtue of oxygen pumped into them by their seconds Jeannette and MacVey reeled and staggered through forty-eight rounds of a brutal and plucky fight here to-night. At the opening of the forty-ninth round MacVey, his face utterly dehumanized save for an expression of helpless agony that distorted what remained of his features, signified that he was unable to continue, whereupon the referee declared Jeannette the winner.

    The fight was to a finish for a purse of 30,000 francs. About 2,500 persons, a large majority of them foreigners, were present, less than half the number who attended the match between the two on February 20, when MacVey got the decision after a fight that was under the general suspicion of being fixed. To-night's fight was on its merits, a fact that was testified to by the desperate condition of both combatants.

    In the early rounds Jeannette's cleverness more than offset MacVey's superior hitting ability. This continued up to the nineteenth round, when after a singular episode in which Jeannette figured as a practitioner of forbearance, shaking hands with his helpless adversary, when he might apparently have punished him, he himself was knocked down three times in succession and was saved only by the bell.

    For the next few rounds he survived only by the liberal employment of oxygen, the bell several times finding him all but helpless. To the surprise of all he displayed remarkable powers of recuperation, and in the last ten rounds simply made a chopping block of his opponent, although he lacked the power to deliver a knockout or even achieve a straight knockdown. MacVey's surrender, however, was justified as it was impossible in his condition that he could win.

    The contest will not improve the standing of either man. MacVey showed himself slow and lacking in ability to take advantage of openings, while Jeannette demonstrated his lack of a winning punch. As an exhibition of recuperative power on Jeannette's part, however, and of endurance and stamina on MacVey's the contest was as remarkable as for its brutality. Curiously enough, brutal as it was, it was devoid of ferocity, the men exhibiting an almost friendly spirit throughout the fight.

    The contest opened briskly, Jeannette using a straight left blow. He showed the greater cleverness until the fifth round, when Sam knocked him down, after which both fought cautiously until the fourteenth round, when Sam's right eye was swollen. At the sixteenth round Jeannette changed his style of fighting and forced Sam to the ropes. In the seventeenth round Joe seemed a certain winner unless for a chance knockout blow.

    During the nineteenth round, when Jeannette seemed to have Sam at his mercy, Sam sent him down three times for nine, eight and six seconds. After this round oxygen was administered to Jeannette, and the dose was repeated in varying quantities until the last round. Jeannette went down again for six seconds in the twenty-first round. Sam had the best of it until the twenty-sixth round, when Joe went down again for eight seconds. He was down for the same time in the twenty-eighth round, when Sam was too weak to put him out.

    In the thirty-third round both slipped on water in Joe's corner and went to the floor. Subsequently Joe cleverly fought Sam into the same corner, hoping to advantage by a similar accident. In the forty-second round and until the end oxygen was administered to Sam, but it did not seem to help him as it did Jeannette.

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    That water mentioned in the corner is important. Many people writing about the fight and even in a recent documentary about Jeannette the water stain on the canvas was shown to be a pool of blood. The re-enactment even had Jeannette being dragged back to his corner as his body smeared blood all over the canvas like something from a slasher film. I have always thought it was more likely water which in a black and white photo would look very dark after staining canvas. Blood would look black.

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