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Jack Johnson Vs James Jeffries The most socially significant boxing match ever contested pitted world heavyweight champion Jack Johnson against former champ James Jeffries. Jeffries, who had hung up his gloves in 1904, had been coaxed out of retirement by big money to take on the cocky black champion in Reno, Nevada on July 4, 1910. The fight proved to be no contest as Johnson won easily. Race riots erupted all over the United States when the result was announced.
Tags: Jack  Johnson  James  Jeffries 
Added: 20th February 2008
Views: 1806
Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: donmac101 on 2008-02-20 
Now it's not every day I sit back and say, that was very informative.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-02-20 
Why thank you, Donamc. I try to make my posts to this website both entertaining and informative. Glad you liked it.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-09-12 
Bit of trivia: There wasn't another world championship boxing match held in Reno, Nevada until Sugar Ray Leonard defended his world welterweight title against Bruce Finch in 1982. Anyone who could prove he attended the Johnson-Jeffries fight 72 years before was given a free ticket. Two very old gents produced their ticket stubs from 1910 and were given the VIP treatment at the Leonard-Finch bout.
Posted by: Steve on 2008-09-12 
Very impressive trivia! I wouldn't even think to think this thought!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2010-05-24 
The hundredth anniversary of this fight is fast approaching. Because of all the violence and race riots that it caused in 1910, the milestone anniversary probably won't be commemorated very much.
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