Kills off Boxing! In 1900, Joe Gans, a Lightweight was KO'd by Terry
McGovern, in the second round, and when it was highly suspected that
the match was a fix, it actually ended boxing in the state of Illinois for
Jeffries a noted
Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries was one
of the most notes heavyweight champions in this era. He had
retired in 1904 as an undefeated champion, but decided to give it
another chance six years after his retirement. He fought Jack
Johnson, a black boxer who was the FIRST to ever win a heavyweight
title. Jeffries was KO'd by Johnson in the 15th
round. Jeffries turned pro in
1896. He fought top heavyweights at that time, Gus R Duhlin
and Joe Choysnki. In 1898, he KO'd Peter Jackson and took a
decision over Tom Sharkey. On June 9, 1899, at the Coney Island
Athletic Club in Brooklyn, N.Y., Jeffries challenged Bob Fitzsimmons for
the title. According to one news source the writer said, "When Jeffries
dropped the champion in Round 2, it was immediately evident the 206-pound
challenger was physically superior to the 167-pound champion. In Round 10,
Fitzsimmons went down twice courtesy of Jeffries' potent left. The
challenger would finish the job in Round 11, when Fitzsimmons was knocked
out with a left-hook, right-uppercut combination." On May 11, 1900,
Jeffries faced Corbett in Coney Island. Jeffries KO'd Corbett in the 23rd
round! Jeffries made seven successful title defenses, including
rematches against both Fitzsimmons and Corbett. His LAST title
defense, he made it an early night when he KO'd Jack Monroe in 1904. His
ending record was (18-0-2, 15 KOs).
Charles Matthews fights
Charles Matthews on left in his fight with Dave Flahrity, near
Courchesne Lime Plant, North of El Paso, Texas.
Marvin Hart Stopped Root
July 3, 1905
Marvin Hart stopped Jack
Root with a TKO in the twelve round. The fight took place in
Reno, Nevada. They were fighting for the
vacant title, James J. Jeffries refereed the fight and presented the title
belt to Hart. Jim Jeffries had given up the world heavyweight
championship remaining undefeated, as news reports stated that he had run
out of "Worthy challengers." Jeffries himself nominated Root and
Hart to fight for this world title fight to replace him.
Burns goes 20
rounds! February 23, 1906
Burns went 20 long rounds with
Marvin Hart that ended in a decision. The fight took place in
Los Angeles, California.
Even Vaudeville got
into the act when it came to boxing!
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film by this Vaudeville team, call the "Dancing boxing match" was
performed by this well-known team of Montgomery and Stone. The two
danced while they boxed in their act.
One of the most Brutal
bouts - 1906
On September 3, 1906, in Goldfield, Nevada, at a renowned mining camp,
and promoted by Tex Rickard, Danish Battling Nelson, , and Joe Gans
fought 42 rounds, that lasted almost three hours. It was reported that
the gate of this event was a record $76,000. As reported by the Mercury
News, they said, “Gans, the first African-American world champion,
knocked Nelson down several times but could not finish him and broke his
hand in the 33rd round. Referee George Siler warned the bloodied Nelson
about low blows several times. When Nelson fouled Gans again in the 42nd
round, Siler stopped the fight and declared Gans the winner.” Gans died
four years later of tuberculosis at the age of 35.
Five Weight classes compete in the
1908 Summer Olympics
There were five weight class groups that were used in the
contested on the Boxing at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme. In that
time frame, the competition was for men's boxing only. The event
was held on October 27, 1908. Bantamweights waas the lightest
weight class allowed (up to 116 lbs.)
Burns December 26, 1908
Johnson TKO'd Tommy
Burns in the 14th round. The fight was in
Sydney, Johnson was
the first black man to hold the world heavyweight championship.
The Ring Record Book lists his record as 79-8-12 (46KO) with 14
no decisions. Johnson is still
considered one of the best, most powerful counter-punchers who
Jack Johnson - 1908 In
Jack Johnson made a "History First" when he became the first black man to win the heavyweight
title. Jeffries, was publicly pressured to get back into the
sport to fight Johnson. He was guaranteed a purse of $100,000!
So at age 35, and weighing 300 plus pounds Jeffries took on the
challenge. A little boxing trivia, Johnson also KO'd Jeffries
brother who was also a boxer. Johnson KO'd Jack Jeffries in 1902.