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Full text of "The life and battles of Jack Johnson, champion pugilist of the world. Together with the complete records of John L. Sullivan, James J. Corbett, Robert Fitzsimmons, James J. Jeffries, Tommy Burns, Peter Jackson and Jim Flynn"

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RICHARD K. FOX 



THE LIFE AND BATTLES 



-OF- 



J ACK JOHNSON 

CHAMPION PUGILIST OF THE WORLD 



Togetlier witli tlie Complete Records of" Jolin L. Sullivan, 

J?mes J. Corliett, Robert Fitzsiniinons. J;iiiies ]. Jeffrie-j 

Tommy Rums, Peter Jackson ami Jim Flynn. 



RICHARD K. FOX PUBLISHING COMPANY 

LRANKLIN SCIHARB, NFW YORK CITY. 



Copyright 1912 
BY RICHARD K. FOX PUBLISHING COMPANV 



CONTENTS 



TAGK 



Johnson's Career 9 

Burns-Johnson Battle - - - - 39 

In the Ring- 41 

Battle by Rounds - - - - 43 

Battle with Jack O'Brien - - - 48 

Battle with Stanley KetchcU - 50 

Fight by Rounds . . . . 50 

Arranging the Fight - - - - 55 

Johnson-Jeffries Battle - - - 64 

Fight by Rounds 66 

Statistics of the Battle . , . 73 

Johnson's Record ----- 74 

Jeffries' Record - . . - 76 

John L. Sullivan - - - - - 77 

James J. Corbett - - . - 80 

Robert Fitzsimmons - - - - 82 

Tommy Burns - . - - - 85 

Peter Jackson - = o ^ - 87 

Jim Flynn ---'•- 28 




TOE CHAMPION'S SMILE. 



ILLUSTRATIONS 



PAGE 

Richard K. Fox ----- 2 

The Chanipicju's vSmilc ... 6 

Jack Johnson ------ 8 

Johnson in London - - - - 10 

Johnson in Training - - - - 12 

James J. Jeffries - - - - 14 

John L. Sullivan - - - - - 16 

James J. Corbett - • - - 18 

Robert Fitzsimmons - - - - 20 

Tommy Burns - • - - - 22 

Sam Langford - - - - - 24 

Joe Jeannctte ----- 26 

Sam McVey - 2C 

Molineaux ------ 30 

Joe Walcott - 32 

Joe Gans - 34 

George Dixon ------ 36 

Johnson's Remarkable Muscles - - 38 

Jeffries Takes Ilis Time - - - - 4c 

Jeffries in Bad Sliape . .... 42 

Tex Rickard, Fight Promoter - - 44 




JACK JOUNSON, CHAJilPION OF THE WORLD. 



JOHNSON'S CAREER 

There is nothing spectacular about the 
career of Jack Johnson, and his earlier fight- 
ing" record does not mark the champion. As 
in the case of Peter Jackson, white pugilists, 
in many cases, have drawn the color line on 
him. Up to the time he fought Burns he 
really had no chance to show what he could 
do. But that battle and the one with Ketchell 
gave the public a line on his real ability. 

He began his career in 1897, when he beat 
S. Smith in ten rounds; kiter he put Jim 
Rocks away in four rounds. In 1898 he 
knocked out Rcddy Brcnicr in three rounds, 
and beat jim Cole in four. Me fought a fifteen 
round draw with Henry Smith. He went 
twelve rounds to a draw in 1899 with Pat 
Smith, and the next year beat Josh Mills in 
twelve rounds, and KU)n(like in twenty rounds. 

In the latter part of 1901 he met Joe 




JACK JOHNSON IN f-ONPON. 



LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON 1 1 

Choynski in his home town. This battle 
brought his name before the publie and after 
winning several battles in the Southwest he 
was taken to Chieag'o, where he continued to 
win and to show signs of cleverness. In that 
year he had three knockouts to his credit, as 
follows: Charley Brooks, two rounds; Horace 
Miles, three rounds, and George Lawler, ten 
rounds. This showed that he had a punch. 
The next year, 1902, he added six knockouts 
to his credit, and one of the defeated men was 
Jack Jeffries, a brother of the then champion, 
who had begun to show promising signs as a 
boxer, but he only lasted five rounds with the 
black man. 

His first defeat was at the hands of the 
veteran boxer, Joe Choynski, with whom he 
was matched by the Galveston Athletic Club 
in March, 1901. He was outclassed from the 
start, as might have been expected from a man 
with his limited experience. He did very 
well, however, in the first and second rounds, 
but in the third he was caught on the jaw with 




JACK JOHNSON IN TBAININQ. 



LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. I .^ 

a right hook, and he went down and out. Foi 
this contest both men were arrested at the in- 
stigation of Gov. Sayers, and held in ,*i5,ooo 
bail, but they were eventually released. 

The big year for Johnson, so far as num- 
ber of fights engaged in was concerned, was 
1902, when he was one of the principals in six- 
teen contests, losing not one, and having four 
draws. This was the year that he met Jack 
Jeffries, brother of Jim, and played with him 
for five rounds before he dropped him for the 
count. 

Probably his hardest battle of the year was 
on October 31, when he met George Gardiner, 
the middleweight champion of New England, 
befcjrc the vSan Francisco Club of San Fran- 
cisco, Cal., and he surprised the people at the 
ringside who came to see the clever New Eng- 
lander hang another scalp on his belt. John- 
son forced the fight from the start, and kept 
up the pace during the entire twenty rounds, 
winning the tlecision with plenty to spare. 
This battle brought him more prominently 




JAMES J. JKFFRIES, 



LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 15 

before the public than all of his previous con- 
tests put together. 

After that he met and defeated in six 
rounds at Los Angeles, Cal., Fred Russell, 
and again on February 23, 1903, he outpointed 
Denver Ed ]\Iartin in twenty rounds in the 
same town. 

Sam McVey, who is at present cutting a 
wide swath in pugilistic circles in Paris, was 
Johnson's next opponent. He was a tough 
customer, capable of taking a good licking 
and coming back, and he had a punch, too. 
They came together in Los Angeles, (m Feb- 
ruary 27, 1903, and the bout went the limit of 
twenty rounds, but from the first the issue 
was never in doubt, for it was Johnson all the 
way. The man who is now champion showed 
then that he had a good punch in either hand, 
that he was quick, aggressive and resourceful. 
At the finish the decision went to him, and 
justly, too. 

The next day he announced that he was 
going after Jeffries, for he wanted a chance 




JOHN L. SULLIVAN 



LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 17 

at the title that was to come to him later on. 
He claimed at that time that he was the logi- 
cal opponent for the big fellow and he was 
also sure that he could beat him. But the 
champion evaded him, having drawn the color 
line since he met Hank Griffin in 1901. 

Johnson won all of his battles during the 
year of 1903, beating the rugged McVey twice. 

His first opponent in 1904 was Black Bill, 
whom he met in a six-round exhibition bout in 
Philadelphia. On April 22, in San Francisco, 
he knocked out McVey in the twentieth round, 
putting a quietus on the aspirations of that 
boxer and proving conclusively who was the 
master. He also won from Frank Childs in 
Chicago in six rounds, and finished up the 
year by knocking out Ed Martin in Los 
Angeles in two rounds. 

Marvin Hart gave him his first real set- 
back, getting the decision at the end of twenty 
rounds in San Francisco on March 28, 1905. 
Hart won, however, purely on his aggressive- 
ness, as at the end of the fight he was badly 




JAMES J. CORBETT 



LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. I9 

beaten and in miserable shape, while Johnson, 
on the other hand, showed scarcely a mark. 
He hit cleaner, he showed more cleverness, 
and he would have won easily had he forced 
the fighting instead of allowing Hart to set the 
pace-. 

From that time on he went steadily up, his 
speed, his cleverness and his ring generalship 
increasing, and he soon began to be recognized 
as a dangerous factor in the heavyweight 
division. The only thing that kept him down 
was his color, and there arc plenty of sporting 
men today who say that if he had been given 
his chance he would have been champion long 
ago, and Tommy Burns would have been in 
the scrap heap with the rest of the second 
raters. The only man of his own color capable 
of competing with him was Joe Jeannette. 
They met several times, but no one who ever 
saw these battles had any doubt but that 
Jolmson was the master at all stages of the 
game and could have 'lone with Jeannette just 
ab he pleased. 




ROBERT FITZSIMMONS 



LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 21 

The fact that Johnson beat Sam Langford 
in Chelsea, Mass., in fifteen rounds, on April 
26, 1906, showed his class, because Langford is 
and always has been a dangerous man in the 
ring in any company, as a glance at his record 
will show. 

At Philadelphia on July 17, 1907, he knocked 
out the redoubtable Fitzsimmons in two rounds, 
and the same year he put away Charley Cutler 
in one round and Jim Flynn in eleven. 

For the past five years his course on the 
pugilistic ladder has been steadily iipward, and 
he has come into his own at last. During his 
long chase of Tommy Burns he expressed the 
greatest confidence in his ability to put away 
the man who was proclaiming himself the 
champion. Time and time again he said he 
would finish the battle, if ever they met, inside 
of fifteen rounds, and those who have seen him 
box anywhere, and not prejudiced against him 
on account of his color, were convinced that he 
could do just as he said. 

There has been a lot of talk about a "yellow 




TOMMY BURNS. EX-CHAMPIOK 



MFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 23 

Streak " that he is said to possess. He may 
have it, but if he has no one has yet found it 
out, so there is no use in nientioning it again. 

He is built magnificently, is strong as a 
lion, is clever, scientific, and carries a great 
punch in either hand. He fought for a small 
purse because he knew he was going to be the 
champion before he left the ring. He was 
convinced that he was the best man and so he 
was willing to fight to prove it, as a champion 
should. 

This big fellow heads the list of famous 
negro fighters, beginning with Molineaux, the 
giant black who fought Tom Cribb twice for 
the championship of England in the early part 
of the present century; and when you come to 
review the histories of the two men they are 
strangely alike in everything except that 
Johnson won what he went after. Molineaux 
went from \'irginia, alone and j)enniless, to 
face the greatest fighting man the world knew 
at that time. He wasn't taken seriously at 
first, but after one or two hard trvouts the 




SAM LANGFORDl 



LIFE AND BATTLES f)F JACK JOHNSON. 25 

sporting men of England became convinced 
that he had enough of the fighter in him to 
make Cribb step a bit. They were matched 
and the battle of thirty-three rounds lasted 
fifty-five minutes. Though he was compelled 
to give in, Molineaux gave Cribb a fearful 
beating, so much so that the champion had to 
be assisted from the ring. 

The second battle between these tw^o at- 
tracted a great deal of attention in England, 
as there were many who believed that 
Molineaux could beat the champion. But in 
this they were mistaken, as the sturdy negro 
lasted but eleven rounds. Here is what a 
writer of the day had to say about it : 

"The battle, which lasted only nineteen 
minutes and ten seconds, left no doubt as to 
the superiority of Cribb. The science of 
Molineau at the opening of the fight was quite 
equal to that of the champion, but the con- 
dition of Cribb was far better, his temper more 
under control, and although there was no 
question as to Molineaux's courage, which 




JOE JEANNETXa 



LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 27 

almost amounted to ferocity, Cribb was his 
superior in steadiness and self-possession." 

Jack Johnson, born in Galveston, Texas, on 
March 31, 1878, is now the heavyweight pugi- 
listic champion of the world, and from all in- 
dications is likely to remain so for some time 
to come. He becomes a notable figure in more 
ways than one and is the first negro boxer to 
gain the coveted title. 

Never has any other boxer the world over 
shown such persistency in following up a 
champion as Johnson did when he first made 
up his mind to go after Tommy Burns. He 
would scarcely have succeeded in obtaining a 
meeting with the elusive French-Canadian, 
however, had it not been for Sam Fitzpatrick, 
veteran boxer and manager, who took the black 
man under his wing and literally chased Burns 
almost around the world. Negotiations were 
first begun in America, but nothing came of 
them, and Burns went to England to gather 
what eas)' money was in sight in that country. 
When Burns became the idol of the English 




SAM McVEY, 



LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 29 

and Irish sport-loving public by his decisive 
victories over their best men, Fitzpatrick 
made another move in his campaign by going 
to England and trying to force Burns into a 
match. The demands that the champion made 
for his end of the purse, win, lose or draw, 
were considered unfair, and Burns lost much 
of the good wishes of the public by the severe 
criticism of the British press. 

Many thought that the next move in Burns' 
campaign of evasion would end matters and 
that Fitzpatrick would never get for his negro 
boxer the chance for the title. This was when 
Burns set sail for Australia from England, a 
point that seemed too far off for the other 
combination, whose funds were being fast used 
up in their pursuit. 

Fitzpatrick and Johnson, however, did not 
give up the chase, for they had the word of 
Biirns that lie would fight when his demands 
were acceded to. Over in the Antipodes the 
champion was finally cornered, for a promoter, 
Hugh Mcintosh, was found who was willing to 







MULI^'EAUX, WHO rOU«HT TOM CUIBB liS 1810, 



LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 31 

guarantee Burns $30,000, no matter what the 
outcome, and Johnson was only too willing to 
accept $5,000 as his end. Mcintosh, who is a 
man little more than thirty years old, showed 
great nerve in arranging all the details, as he 
stood to lose a vast amount if the interest did 
not prove enormous. 

One of the big initial items of expense was 
the building of a stadium at Rushcutter's Bay, 
capable of holding twenty thousand persons, 
at a cost of .^i 0,000. The advance sale of 
seats, however, for nearly a month before the 
scheduled date assured the success from a 
financial standpoint. Seats sold as high as 
$50, and the cheapest bench to be had cost $5. 

No event in a generation aroused the 
Australians as did this fight. An association 
of clergymen made an effort to have the mill 
stopped, but their attempt proved unavailing 
against the outburst of i)o|)ular enthusiasm. 
The Premier of Australia, liimsclf an old-time 
athlete, was just as mucli interested in the 
combat as the ordinary " bushwhacker," and 




JOE WALCOTT 



LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. SS 

many of the leading- business men and those 
identified with the government showed their 
eagerness to see the battle by their purchase 
of choice seats long before the date set. 

In place of the jibing criticisms that were 
meted out to Mcintosh because of what the 
Australians thought was foolhardiness, there 
is nothing now on the island continent but 
words of praise. 

Rumors of all kinds were rife that the fight 
would be "fixed" and that Johnson would be 
bought off. When it was said that Bums had 
wagered $10,000 on his chances many ot the 
" wise " sport followers were further convinc xl 
that Burns had been up to some more craft) 
tricks. That the battle was to be strictly on 
the level was asserted by Mcintosh in the fol- 
lowing cablegram over his own signature : 

"The fight will be absolutely on the level. 
You can bet on it with confidence. Johnson 
would not have chased Burns for nearly twelve 
thousand miles to get a match and then throw 
it, while Burns would not ' lay down ' to a 




JOE GANS. 



LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 35 

negro. The earning capacity of either of 
these men in the event of victory would be 
greater than by indulging in a fake. So take 
it from me that the mill will be decided on 
its merits." 

Now that Fitzpairick's campaign in follow- 
ing Burns to the other side of the world with 
his negro challenger has ended in success he 
will be hailed as one of the shrewdest handlers 
of fighters in the history of the ring. Fitz- 
patrick had Peter Jackson when that negro 
was the most feared heavyweight in the game. 

Corbett was the only champion aspirant 
who had nerve enough to face Jackson, and 
even Jim "passed up" Peter after their 
famous "no contest" at San Francisco. Sul- 
livan drew the color line on Jackson, and 
F'itzimmons was frank enough to admit that 
he wanted none of Jackson's game. Jackson 
failed to take care of himself and was down 
ard out when Jim Jeffries whipped him. 

Fitzpatrick also handled (ieorge Lavigne, 
when he was the lightweight champion. 




GEORGE DIXON. 



LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 37 

The Johnson-Burns match was the first 
heavyweight championship battle staged out- 
side of the United States in years. John L. 
Sullivan won the title from Paddy Ryan at 
Mississippi City nearly thirty years ago, and 
James J. Corbett beat Sullivan in New Orleans. 
Bob Fitzsimmons whipped Corbett in Carson 
City, Nev. , and James J. Jeffries defeated 
Fitzsimmons at Coney Island. 

Burns whipped O'Brien at Los Angeles 
and defeated Bill Squires, the champion of 
Australia, in San Francisco. Then he went 
to England and beat Gunner ]\Ioir, the cham- 
pion of England, in London. He also van- 
cpiished Jem Roche, the champion of Ireland, 
in Dublin. 

Sullivan fought only one battle abroad while 
he was champion, his memorable contest with 
Charlie Mitchell in Chantilly, France. It 
was a draw. Jackson whipped Slavin in Lon- 
don for the championship of England and 
Australia. 



LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 39 

BURNS-JOHNSON BATTLE. 

The fight was scheduled to take place at 
eleven o'clock in the morning' of Deceiiiber 26, 
1908, and so great was the excitement and the 
desire of the Australians to see it that hundreds 
came from the outer districts the night before 
and slept in the open in order to be on hand in 
the morning. One hour before the bell was to 
be rung for the contest every seat was taken by 
a crowd estimated at between eighteen and 
twenty thousand persons, who had paid into 
the box office a sum estimated at from $150,- 
000 to $175,000. 

Statistics of the Fighters. 

Here are the weights and dimensions of 
the men when they went into the ring: 

Burns. Johnson. 

27 yeiirs .\'4e 30 years 

5 ft. 7>i in Height 6 I'l. l?i in. 

176 poiiniifi Weislit 196 pounds 

74^^ in Reach 72X in. 

12 in Foreiirna 13 in. 

13Ji In Biceps 14>^ in. 

16 in Neck 17 in. 

40Ji in Chest 43Ji In. 

32>^ in Waist 33 In. 

38 ii Hips 37 in. 

23;.) Thigh 22^ in. 

i5}i in Calf 16 Id. 




JEFF TAKES HIS TIME GETTING UP. 



LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSIJN. 4I 

IN THE RING. 

At 10.42 a. m. Johnson entered the arena, 
accompanied by his seconds, vSain Fitzpatrick, 
Miillins, Unholz, Lang and Bryant. Wild 
cheers greeted him, and the big black man 
turned and bowed to all four sides of the ring. 

Jtist as Johnson took his seat Burns ap- 
peared. He was smiling and the plaudits of 
the spectators were even more enthusiastic 
than those accorded Johnson. Burns took up 
his position in the western corner of the ring, 
surrounded by his seconds, Keating, O'Keefe, 
O'Donnell, Burke and Russell. 

When the cheering had died down some- 
what Johnson crossed over and shook Burns 
by the hand. The Canadian glanced at the 
big mauleys of the Texan and noticed that 
both were covered with bandages. Fearful 
that perhaps they might not be of the soft 
surgical kind he scrutinized them closely, but. 
finding them to his satisfaction, he made no 
objection. 

The announcement was made that if during 



LIP-E AND BATTt,?:S OF JACK JOIINSON. 4.^ 

the contest the police should interfere and stop 
it, the referee would immediately give a 
decision based on points scored. 

When Burns stripped it was noticed he 
wore elastic bandages about his elbows. 
Johnson shouted across the ring, half angrily, 
"You must take tlio-^c off." 

THE BATTLE BY ROUNDS. 

First Round. — After a few moments of preliminary 
sparring Johnson reached Burns with a sharp upper cut 
and the Canadian went to tlie floor, remaining there for 
the count of eight. He signalled to his seconds that he 
was all right, however, and when he arose sailed in for 
Johnsons body. Jolinson swung a hard right to the head, 
and Burns staggered backward n( arly across the ring 
from the impact of the blo\■.^ Then Burns, rushing in, 
planted a right of great force on Johnson's chin and by an 
excellent display of boxing warded off a return. Johnson, 
nevertheless, managed to put through a stinging left to 
the head at the soimd of the gong. 

Second Round. — When the gong clanged Johnson 
yelled across to the approaching Burns, "Come right on," 
and he swung his right and landed hard on Burns' ciiin. 
The champion's ankle gave way under him and ho went 
down, lie was up immediately, however, and Johnson 
got to close quarters with him and placed right and left 
to face and body. Burns' left eye here commenced to 
swell. Johnson thus far had the better of the battle. 




TEX RICKARD, FIGHT PROMOTER. 



LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 45 

The big black man was coming all the time and he swung 
a terrific left into Burns' stomach. Burns was doing but 
little. He was bleeding from the mouth and apparently 
was tired. The men were clinched as tlie bell rang. 

Third Bound. — Burns swung his right to Johnson's 
head and then did some wonderful execution at infighting, 
chopping his right to the ribs frequently. Johnson dur 
ing the round landed some terrific blows to the kidneys. 

Fourth Round. — When the men met in the centre of 
the ring Johnson shot a heavy right into Burns' ribs. The 
men talked wildly to each other, each seemingly intent 
upon getting the other excited and landing the money 
winning punch. During the jeering they sparred fiercely, 
but few blows were struck. Then Johnson swung left to 
the body and Burns brought right to head. Johnson, 
closing in, threw a terrific right and left to the head of 
the Canadian, The bell found the men in a hard clinch. 

Fifth Round. — Apparently refreshed from his minute's 
rest, Burns started the round briskly, landing his right on 
Johnsons head and punching the body with both hands. 
Johnson managad to slip over a few rights to the head 
during the round. 

Sixth Round. — Johnson rushed and Burns clinched. 
Breaking loose, however, with one hand, Johnson swung 
his right a dozen times into the white man's ribs. Burns 
jolted Joluison's body frecjueutly and swung his right 
hard over the ribs and put a stilt left to the stoniucli 
several times. Jolmson Ircatcd ilicsc blows as a joke, 
laughing at the crowd nnd makin;;- sarcastic remarks to 



46 LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 

his opponent as be bustled Burns into a corner and scored 
a couple of rights to the body. 

Seventh Round.— Johnson rushed Burns across the 
ring, dealing out rights in which there was no mercy. 
Burns got a left to Johnson's jaw and Johnson raisi-d a 
lump under Burns' right eye in return. Burns here 
seemed to be losing strength. Johnson was landing re- 
peatedly on Burns' eye, meanwhile addressing the people 
about the ringside, and tlx.ugh Tommy was working 
dexterously at infighting he placed several terrific blows 
onBurns'ribs, dropping him to the floor for a few seconds. 

Eighth Round. — Burns' eyes were pufTed up and he 
was bleeding from tha mouth when he emerged from his 
corner. The white man's blows apparenily had little 
effect on the Texan, who went severely about belaboring 
the head of the champion. 

Ninth Round. — "Come on. Tommy; swing your 
right!" yelled Johnson as the gong rang. Burns re- 
sponded by calling the negro a "yellow dog." There 
was not very much fighting, probably more talking, dur- 
ing this roimd. 

Tenth Round. — Both men seemed tiring. Johnson still 
used his fists effectively on Burns" head and stomach and 
Burns was doing all he could in reply. His blows, how- 
ever, lacked steam. 

Eleventh Round. — The perspiration pouring ofif the 
body of Johnson made it look not unlike highly polished 
walnut. Burns tried to cross his right over, but Johnson 
cleverly avoided him, meantime hiUfrhing at the champion. 



LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 47 

Burns is outclassed and Johnson apparently is invulner- 
able. When the bell rang Burns limped to his corner. 

Twelfth Round. — Johnson continued to rushtind Burns 
took a tremendous lot of punishment gamely. His jaw is 
greatly swollen. 

Thirteenth Roimd. — Johnson continued to play for the 
injured eye and the cut mouth of Burns, which was 
swollen twice its normal size. Blow after blow the 
colored man rained upon him, and the gong alone saved 
the white man from defeat, for he was reeling and groggy 
as it rang. 

During the intermission between the thirteenth and 
fourteenth rounds the police officials consulted together, 
aad it seemed probable that they would stop the fight in 
the next round Mcintosh went to Bums' corner and had 
a talk with the champion, who declared that he was 
strong. Mcintosh tlien asked the police not to interfere. 

Fourteenth Round. — Johnson went right after Burns 
when time was called. The white man warily backed 
away, but Jolmsnn, following him up, dropped Burns 
with a heavy right to the head. "One, two, three," 
slowly counted the referee, and Burns remained down 
until eight seconds had been tolled off. When he arose 
Johnsun flew at him like a tiger, and, xising both hands 
immercifuUy, soon had the champion tottering. The 
police then juni|)ed into tiie ring and stopped the fight. 

Hugh D. Mcliitosli, tlic referee, immediately declared 
Johnson the winner, lie adiled that he considered it ilie 
best fight he ever hud witnessed in Australia and that both 
men had fought most fairly. 



48 LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 

THE BATTLE WITH O'BRIEN. 

Johnson's next fight was in the arena of the 
National Athletic Club Philadelphia, Pa., on 
May 19, 1909, when he met Philadelphia Jack 
O'Brien for six rounds. Johnson gave his 
weight at 205 pounds, while O'Brien stated 
he weighed 162 pounds. 

O'Brien gamely carried the fight to the big 
colored fellow during most of the rounds. But 
in doing this O'Brien got some very hard 
bumps and was pretty badly hurt at times, and 
there was no doubt that the champion had the 
better of the contest. 

At times Johnson cut loose with great vigor 
and then it was that O'Brien was punished 
severely. The white man was down several 
times, although only once on a fair knock- 
down. Once O'Brien was carried through the 
ropes by one of Johnson's fierce rushes and 
had it not been for the assistance of those on 
the outside he would have fallen to the floor 
on the other side of the ring. 



LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON, 49 

The blow that knocked O'Brien down was 
delivered in the fifth round and came in the 
midst of a fierce rally on the part of the colored 
fellow. His lefts and rights drove O'Brien 
backward as wind would drive chaff, and a 
short right, the kind for which Johnson is 
famous, caught O'Brien under the left eye. 
Jack went down as though kicked by a mule, 
but came up quickly without waiting for the 
count. 

The mark of the blow was plainly visible, 
for blood trickled from an abrasion and a 
swelling about the size of a mouse slowly ap- 
peared, O'Brien wisely tried to hold until he 
could gather his senses, but the burly negro 
shook him off and shot home two or three 
more lefts and rights, which O'Brien slipped 
or parried. 



50 LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 

THE FIGHT WITH KETCHELL. 

At Jimmy Coffroth's Colma, Cal., arena on 
Oct. 1 6, 1909, Johnson retained the heavy- 
weight championship of the world by knock- 
ing out Stanley Ketchell in the twelfth round. 
The end came so suddenly that when Ketchell 
rolled to the floor and Referee Welch counted 
him out the 10,000 persons crowding the arena 
were absolutely c[uiet for a full minute. 



THE BATTLE BY ROUNDS. 

First Round. — The men dispensed with the usual for- 
mality of shaking hands as they wallied to tlie centre of 
the ring. The discrepancy in stature and weight was 
particularly noticeable as they came together. Johnson 
towered above the white man. The first point scored was 
by Johnson, who landed a hard left to the stomach after 
a good deal of fibbing by each. Each man was cautious, 
feeling out the other. Twice Johnson landed with effect 
as Ketchell hustled him around the ring and forced him 
against the ropes. Then he sidestepped out of the dan- 
ger spot and the bell rang with the men in the centre of 
the ring fighting cautio;;siy. Ketchell looked nervous 
throughout, while Johusou smiled continually. 

Second Round. — They r.iu to a clinch and Referee 



Life and battles of jack johnson. qt 

Wl'KIi pried tlicm apart. On the break Johnson shot a 
straiglit left lo Ihe nose and soon repeated it. At every 
clinch Ke chell tried willi short-arm blows for the stom- 
ach. In a clinch Ketchell uppercut hard to the jaw with 
his left. This angered the champion, wlio rushed in laud- 
ing left and right on the body. Ketchell went to the floor 
with considerable force, although his fall was due more to 
a slip of the; foot than a blow. lie was up quickly and 
rushed in, but had great difficulty in getting under Jack's 
long reach. Johnson merely toyed with him until the 
bed ended the round. 

Third Round. — They sparred for thirty seconds and 
then closed in, swinging right and left at close range 
Ketchell landing on the body once with his right. Ket- 
chell drove his right high on the breast, and as they 
clinched Johnson uppercut twice with the right. The 
referee separated them. They again rushed in close, 
Johnson putting in short rights and left to the stomach. 
The white man uppercut with left to the face as they 
broke from a clinch. Just before the round ended John- 
fccm swung his right to the jaw. Ketchell went to his 
corner, however, dancing, and looked fresh. Johnson 
kei)t up a running fire of conversation with his seconds 
during the minute respite. 

Fourth Round.— After much sparring Johnson rushed 
in, forcing his man to the ropes. Placing his arms around 
Ketchell he fairly carried him to the centre of the ring. 
Ketchell swung a terrific right intended for Johnson's jaw. 
It just missed, but it was a close shave. Johnson then 



52 LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 

steadily backed away as they sparred for a lead with Ket- 
chcU follov.'ing. He tlien sent a hard right to the jaw, 
but Ketchell kept constautly teasing him in an effort to 
make him lead. It was a tame round. 

Fifth Round. — Ketchell opened with a left to the body 
to which Johnson replied with two lefts to the face. John- 
son sent Ketchell's head back with two straight lefts to 
the nose. Ketchell again essayed to force Johnson to lead. 
Ketchell showed unexpected cleverness at blocking. John 
son then swung his left twice to the face and the men 
sparred at long range, Johnson working in a left to the 
face. Neither man showed damage as the round ended. 

Sixth Round. — Each missed a left swing, and then 
Ketchell landed a left to the body and followed with an- 
other left to the jaw. Johnson countered with a left to 
the stomach. Johnson shot out his left catching Ketchell 
on both hands as the latter threw up his guard and Ket- 
chell was sent to the floor. He jumped up smiling. John- 
son gave him a warm reception. He uppercut wiih right 
to the jaw and raked Ketchell's face with a succession of 
lefts to the jaw. Ketchell continued to force the pace but 
was met with two lefts on the nose that started blood. 
Johnson had a good lead at the end of the round. 

Seventh Round. — Johnson swooped in with two lefts 
on the nose, Ketchell countering with a hard left hook on 
the body. Johnson shot another straight left to the nose 
and Ketchell missed a terrific left swing for the jaw. As 
they closed in Johnson uppercut with right to the jaAv. 
Blood flowed from Ketchell's nose. At close quarters 



LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 53 

Johnsoa landed several times on the nose and face. Sud- 
denly Kctchell swung Lis left with terrific force. It 
caught the champion solidly on the jaw, raising a big 
lump that was perceptible to the spectators. It was the 
best blow of the fight. 

Eighth Round. — Johnson immediately closed in, land- 
ing twice with his left on the face. The fighters roughed 
it, shoulder to shoulder, and Ketchell worked in a hard 
right uppercut to the jaw. The referee separated the 
men, Johnson landing left and right on the face as they 
broke. Ketchell missed with another of his terrific swings 
and almost went through the ropes from the force of his 
effort. John.son forced his opponent back gradually and 
landed a left to the jaw. Ketchell again missed a hard 
right swing and again nearly went through the ropes 
from its misdirected force. 

Ninth Round — They closed in, each landing short-arm 
rights on the face. Tlie referee was forced twice to break 
the men from clinches. Tlie champion sent in four sting- 
ing straight lefts to the face, but Ketchell did not break 
ground. On the contrary, he rushed in, hammering at 
the champion's stomach, but liis l)lows were smothered. 
Ketchell planted his left over the ribs and Johnson coun- 
tered with a short left to the jaw. Johnson again liookcd 
his left to the jaw and a cliruh followed. Johnson broke 
it up witli a hard straight blow to the face. Immedi- 
ately after, however, the men were again wrestling. 
Johnson swung Ketchell almost off his balance. Getting 
him against the ropes he sent a right wallop to the stom- 



54 LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 

acli and Ketchell winced. Jolmsoa patted Ketchell on 
the stomach with his open hand as the bell clanged. Ket- 
chell looked worried as he took his chair. 

Tenth Round. — After a clinch Johnson sent two light 
lefts to the stomach and quickly shifted to the jaw, where 
he connected twice and Ketchell started spitting blood. 
Johnson wrestled Ketchell to the floor, then lifted him up 
and placed him in the centre of the ring. In a mid-ring 
rally Johnson sent three straight iefls to Kelchell's sore 
mouth and nose, starting the blood afresh. 

Eleventh Round. — After some desultory sparring Ket- 
chell whipped his left to the kidneys and missed two hard 
swings for the jaw. It was noticeable that the right 
uppercut that Johnson used with good effect in his other 
fights had little effect upon Ketchell. The Michigander 
landed a terrific right almost on the point of the jaw. The 
champion immediately clinched and seemed content to 
rest. Ketchell forced the fighting, seeking to follow up 
Ihe advantage, but could not solve his opponent's defense. 
Ketchell's battered face was proof that Johnson's constant 
left jabs were reaching their mark. 

Twelfth Round. — Ketchell suddenly rushing in sent 
his right to the jaw. Johnson fell flat upon his back and 
tlie fall seemed to have injured him, but the tricky cham- 
pion was waiting for him. He swung a hard right to the 
jaw and then a left to the body. As Ketchell fell back- 
ward Johnson sent another right swing to the face and 
the white man went to the mat as if ho had been shot. 
There he lay, blood streaming from his mouth. He made 
a weak effort to rise, but fell back and was counted out. 



LIKE AND BA r'l'T.KS OF JACK JOHNSON. 55 



ARRANGING THE BIG FIGHT. 



Then began negotiations for the big battle 
between Johnson and James J. Jeffries. All 
this while there had been talk of bringing the 
two men together, and at last Jeffries was in- 
dncedto come out of retirement. The result of 
a lot of talk was the following: 

Form of agreement entered into this 
eleventh day of August, 1909, between Jack 
Johnson, of Galveston, Tex., and James J. 
Jeffries, of Los Angeles, Cal. 

1. It is agreed between these men mutually 
that they shall box a certain number of 
rounds, the same to be anywhere from 20 to 
100, for the heavyweight championship of the 
world. 

2. Contest to be held before the club offer- 
ing the best inducements and mutually agreed 
upon by the contestants. 

3. The division of the purse shall l)e on a 
basis of either 60 per cent, and 40 per cent, to 
winner and loser, respectively, or 75 per cent. 



56 LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 

and 25 per cent, or winner may be permitted 
to take the entire amount. The decision in 
this matter to rest with James J. Jeffries. 

4. The sum of $5,000 each is to be posted 
with Charles A. Comiskey of Chicago as a 
guarantee of good faith and the fulfillment by 
each side of the terms of this agreement. Said 
money to be posted within seventy-two hours. 
It is further agreed that the above named 
$5,000 shall operate as a side bet on the result 
of the contest. 

5. It is further agreed that the club will be 
selected and mutually agreed upon sixty days 
from date, at which time all further details 
will be mutually agreed upon. 

6. Contest to take place not later than six 
months from date of selecting club and the 
signing of final articles. 

(Signed) Sam Berger for JamesJ. Jeffries. 
(Signed) Jack Johnson. 

Then there was another meeting at which 
this agreement was drawn up and signed. 
The agreement entered into this day between 



I.IKE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 57 

Jack Johnson and James J. Jeffries provides 
for the following : 

1. They agree to box for the heavyweight 
championship of the world. 

2. They agree to box for the club, organ- 
ization or person offering the best financial in- 
ducement. 

3. Bids for the contest must be submitted 
on Dec. i, 1909, at 3 P. ]M. at the Hotel 
Albany, New York city. 

4. Each club, organization or person mak- 
ing a bid for this contest must have a repre- 
sentative on the ground wIto will post §5,000 
in coin or certified check to make good any 
and all stipulations of this bid. 

5. Referee to be selected when the club's 
bid is accepted. 

6. It is hereby agreed that the contest shall 
be forty-five rounds or more. 

7. The purse shall be divided 75 per cent, 
to the winner and 25 per cent, to the loser. 

8. Each of the contestants lierewith posts 
with Robert P. Murphy, of New York, as tern- 



58 LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 

porary stakeholder the sum of ijiiio,ooo. Of 
this sum each posts $5,000 as a wager or side 
bet on the result of the contest and $5,000 as a 
forfeit to guarantee compliance with these 
articles, 

9. The contest shall take place not later 
than July 5, 1910. 

10. It is hereby understood and agreed that 
the contest shall be fought under straight Mar- 
quis of Queensberry rules and with five ovmce 
gloves. 

11. The final stake and forfeit holder is to 
be decided upon when the club is selected. 

Witness our hands and seals this 29th day of 
October, 1909. 

(Signed) James J. Jeffries, Sam Berger. 
Jack Johnson, George Little. 

Witness: Bob Vernon, William J. Wright, 
Robert P. Murphy. 

The meeting to open the bids and decide the 
details of the match was scheduled to take 
place in New York city, on Dec. i, but Police 
Commissioner Baker decided this proceeding 



LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 59 

would be unlawful and threatened to arrest 
Johnson and Jeffries and all the principals if 
they met for this purpose, and the scene of 
the gathering was transferred to Naegeli's 
Hotel in Hoboken, N. J. 

The scenes at the opening of the bids were 
dramatic. As was expected the stakes were 
so high that only the heaviest gamblers had a 
chance to sit in the game. Six men only sat 
in the big game. They were Eddie Graney, 
Tex Rickard. Jack Gleason, Jimmy Coffroth, 
Tom McCarey and Hugh Mcintosh. Coffroth 
was pooled with and represented by Jack 
Gleason. Mcintosh's cards were played by 
Phil King, his American representative. 

Stakeholder Bob Murphy took his seat at the 
head of the table. George Little and Jack 
Johnson were on ]Murphy's left and Tom 
McCarey and Sam Bergcronliis riglit. Seated 
around the table or pushed about in the crowd 
that surged through the room were the other 
bidders, Jack Gleason, Tex Rickard, Eddie 
Graney and Phil King. 



6o LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 

Graney's bid was read first. As president 
of the Tuxedo A. C, of San Francisco, he 
made three propositions to the fighters. First 
he offered them 80 per cent, of the gross re- 
ceipts, with a guarantee of 875,000, the entire 
picture privileges to go to the contestants. 
Second, 80 per cent, of the gross receipts, 
$70,000 guaranteed, with $20,000 for, or ^;^ 1-3 
per cent, of the moving picture privileges. 
Third, 90 per cent, of the gross receipts, with 
no guarantee and the entire moving picture 
privileges. 

Graney's bid was accompanied by a certified 
check of $5,000, as a guarantee of good faith. 
In his bid he stipulated that he would hold 
the bout in an open pavilion, seating 25,000, 
with a guaranteed seating capacity of 25,000, 
in or within five miles of San Francisco. 

Jack Gleason, pooled with Jimmy Coffroth, 

was the next to be considered. The Gleason- 

Coffroth proposition offered the fighters a 

purse of $125,000 with no picture privileges, or 

a guaranteed purse of $75,000 with 66 2-3 per 



LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 6l 

cent, of the inoving- picture profits, or 80 per 
cent, of the gross receipts with 66 2-3 per cent, 
of the picture privileges. Gleason promised 
to post $30,000 immediately upon accepting 
his first offer, $20,000 on agreeing to the sec- 
ond proposition, or $10,000 if the fighters chose 
his third offer. Gleason posted a New York 
draft for $5,000 with his bid, and stipulated 
that the bout would take place in Colma, 
Ocean View or San Francisco, on July 4, 19 10. 

Mcintosh's bid was the third opened. The 
Australian proposition was as follows: 

"I guarantee each man for the contest in 
America, $37,500; if the contest is held in 
England, $40,000; in France, $40,000; in Aus- 
tralia, $50,000, all rights reserved. I make 
the alternative offer that if the contest is held 
in cither America, England or France, Jeffries 
and Johnson may have the whole of the gross 
gate, less $10,000, witli a minimum guarantee 
of $25,000 to each man, all rights reserved by 
me. If in Australia, whole gross gate receipts 
without deduction, and with a guaranteed 



62 LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 

minimum of $37,500 to each man, all rights re- 
served by me. My second alternative offer is 
that I will give purses in America or France 
of $50,000 and one-third of privileges. 

"For the pictures I offer: In England, 
$13,000 and one-fourth interest; in Australia, 
$20,000, all rights reserved. The contest to 
take place at a date to be named by me during 
the year 1910, each contestant to receive not 
less than three months' notice. Five thousand 
dollars will be deposited by me as a forfeit to 
guarantee my good faith." 

Then Tex Rickard handed a sealed envelope 
to Murphy, and as the stakeholder carelessly 
tore open the envelope, Rickard cautioned: 

"You had better be careful with that en- 
velope, Mr. Murphy. It contains money." 

It did. Rickard inclosed $20,000 with his 
offer, fifteen $1,000 bills and a check for 
$5,000. When Master of Ceremonies Murphy 
began to read, " G. L. Rickard, of Ely, Nev., 
and John J. Gleason, San Francisco, submit 
the following bid," further commotion was 



LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 63 

caused, for it was seen that Gleason not only 
had tied up with Coffroth, but also was bound 
up with Rickard. The Nevada mine owner 
and the California baseball magnate offered 
the fighters a guaranteed purse of .f 101,000, 
with 66 2-3 per cent, of the moving picture 
privileges. The bids stipulated that the bout 
would be held on July 4 in California, Nevada 
or Utah. Besides the $20,000 accompanying 
his bid, Rickard announced that he would 
post $20,000 more sixty days before the fight 
and would put up an additional $50,000 forty- 
eight hours before the encounter. 

Tom McCarey's was the last bid to be 
opened. McCarey, in behalf of the Pacific 
A. C, of Los Angeles, offered the fighters the 
entire gate receipts and 50 per cent, of the 
moving picture privileges, or a guaranteed 
parse of $110,000 with 50 per cent, of the 
moving picture privileges. If the contestants 
accepted the McCarey proposition, new and 
final articles must be signed within twenty- 
four hours. 



64 LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 

Berger and Johnson both asked Murphy to 
read agam the Graney and Rickard propo- 
sitions. The two discussed the bids for a 
time and then asked for twenty-four hours 
in which to consider them. 

On the following day all the principals met 
in Hoboken, and without any formalities 
accepted Rickard's bid, carrying with it the 
greatest gambling proposition ever heard of. 

Tex Rickard, who was the promoter of the 
record-drawing fight between Joe Gans and 
Battling Nelson at Goldfield, Nev., on Sept. 6, 
1906, is a celebrity of the gold fields of Alaska 
and the mining camps of Nevada and the 
Southwest, who has lost fortunes time and 
again only to win them back on another turn 
of Forttme's wheel. 



JOHNSON-JEFFRIES BATTLE. 

The battle took place as scheduled, but not 
in California. Governor Gillett, for reasons 
best known to himself, stepped in at the 
eleventh hour and prohibited a continuance 



LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 65 

of the arrangements, and also announced that 
he would call out the militia in case an at- 
tempt was made to pull off the contest in Cali- 
fornia. Rickard then went to his home State, 
Nevada, and within a short time procured 
assurances from the business men of Reno 
that the license w^ould be subscribed and he 
would be helped in every way to erect a suit- 
able arena. Both training camps were then 
transferred to quarters in the neighborhood 
of Reno. A day or so before the Fourth the 
purse was cut to 60 and 40 instead of 75 and 
25 per cent. 

It was announced that Charley White, of 
New York, would act as second referee, to 
take the place of Rickard in case anything 
occurred before or during the battle to require 
the substitution of another man. 

The men were examined by physicians, 
according to the laws of Nevada, and pro- 
nounced to be in the best possible physical 
condition. 

On July 4 the great arena was filled with 



66 I,TFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 

20,000 people, and shortly after two o'clock 
the principals were in their corners. Johnson 
entered the ring at 2 130, and Jeffries followed 
two minutes later. In Johnson's corner were 
Billy Delaney, Tom Flanagan, Barney Furey, 
Kid Cotton and Frank Sutton. Behind Jef- 
fries were Jim Corbett, Joe Choynski, Sam 
Berger, Farmer Burns, Abe Attell, Bob An; - 
strong and Roger Cornell. Timekeeper was 
George Harting. Timekeeper for Johnson, 
Stanley Ketchell ; for Jeffries, Billy Gallagher; 
Announcer, Billy Jordan, of San Francisco. 
Referee, Tex Rickard ; second referee, in case 
of an emergency, Charley White, of New 
York. There were no preliminary bouts. 

Time was called at 2 137, and both advanced 
to the centre of the ring. 



THE BATTLE BY ROUNDS. 

First Round — Jeff walked in and Johnson gave 
ground. Jolinson led a straight left. Then a clincli 
followed. Jelf hooked a left on tlie ueok and in the 
clinch sent a left to the body. Johnson responded Avitli 
a left and they continued to stand breast to breast, 



LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 6? 

trying for inside blows. As they broke Jeff sent a left 
to Johnson's neck and crossed to the body. The round 
was tame. As they turned to their corners, Jeff tapped 
Johnson on the shoulder and smiled. 

Second Round — Jeff assumed liis crouch, but missed 
his first attempt. Jack forced the pace and Jeff stepped 
nimbly away. Jack sent a left to Jeff's face, and as 
they clinched ripped a hard uppercut to Jeffs chin. 
They held together and were unwilling to give each 
other any chance. Jeff sent a right to the rilis and 
took a left on the face at close quarters. Jeff' crouched 
and waited for Johnson, but he was not willing. They 
came together without a blow and Johnson tried his 
uppercut but missed. Jeff put a right on Jack's 
shoulder and pushed him about. AVhen they broke 
Jack shot his left hard to Jeffs face and tried his up- 
percut but missed again. Then there was a lot of 
wrestling and not much fighting. The gong rang with- 
out a good blow having been struck. 

Third Round — Jolmson fell into a short left to the 
stomach. Tliey clinched. Jack dashed a left to the 
nose and they clinched again. Johnson missed with 
right and left uppercuts and then Johnson tried a 
vicious right to the head, but Jeffries ducked and 
clinched. Johnson was very cautious in tiie break- 
aways. Johnson sent two liglit rights to tlu' liead and 
liiey clinched. At the bell Jellrics s<'nt a light left to 
the head. Tne round was even. 

Fourth Round— Johnson sent a left to the head. Jef- 
fries blocked Jack's right to tlie same place anil a 



68 LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 

clinch followed. Jeffries sent three hard rights to the 
stomach. Johnson put a left to the head. Johnson's 
nose Avas bleeding. Jeffries goes into a clinch. Jolin- 
son sends a right to the kidneys. In the clinch he sent 
a straight left to the head and then took one in return. 
They clinched. Johnson held in the clinches. John- 
son Avent against the ropes and took three jabs to the 
stomach. The crowd Avent Avild at Jeffries' shoAving. 
Atthe break Johnson sent a right to the ear, without 
damage. Jeffries had a shade the better of this round. 

Fifth Round — They sparred and Johnson kept talk- 
ing to Jeffries. He kids Jim in the clinches. Jeffries 
rushed in Avith left to the ribs. Then a clinch. John- 
son sent a long left to the stomach, but did no damage. 
Jack Avorked a left uppercut to jaw, and Jim's mouth 
was slightly cut. He dashed in and sent two lefts to 
face. They sparred and Johnson backed away. He 
appeared to be very cautious and played on the defen- 
sive. Jeffries sent a straight left to mouth, and an- 
other to the nose, increasing the floAV of claret from 
that organ. They Avere clinched at the bell. Kound 
even. 

Sixth Round — The pace was slow up to this time with- 
out doing much damage to the men. Johnson shot a left 
to Jeff's face and closed Jeff's right eye.. Jack missed 
two rights. Jeff's nose was bleeding when the gong rang. 
When Jeff took his seat his seconds got busy Avith bis eye, 
but Jeff told them that it Avas O. K. It Avas Jolmsou's 
round. 

Seventh Round — Jeff walked right in. Jack led right 



LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. O9 

and left and missed. Jefif's eye was badly swollen and be 
rubbed it with bis glove. He feinted about and tried to 
draw Johnson on, but the negro declined to eome in. Jeff 
stepped in with left to body, but missed it and took a left 
on the head. Jeff hooked a left to the jaw. Johnson 
sent in lefls to Ihe face. Jeff pulled his way into another 
clinch, but failed to land. He drew Jack into a lead and 
shot a left to tiie face. In a close quarter mi.x;;p Jack 
sent his left to the face. 

Eighth Round — Thej' sparred at the opening and John- 
son feinted. They rushed into a clinch and Jack hooked 
to the ear with a left. Johnson scut two rights to the 
head and repeated a moment later. Johnson 'blocked 
beautifully. In a half clinch Jeffries pounded the stom- 
ach. Jeffries ducked a left and took a right on chest. 
They clinched again. Johnson sent a left to the stomach. 
Johnson held in the clinciies and referee breaks them. 
Johnson forced a clinch, hanmieiing the kidneys. John- 
son tried a terrific right hook to the jaw but missed. 
Johnson sent a h'fc to the head. Jeffries dashed in with 
a right, but it was blocked. They clinched and Jack 
tried rijiht to head, but was short. They were clinched 
at the bell. Johnsons round by a slight margin. 

Ninth Roimd — Jeff stood up and walked into a left to 
the chest. "Make him fight," yelled C'orbett. "Never 
mind, just wait," said Johnson. Johnson walked in and 
tried left for body. Jeff got inside of it and put his head 
against Jack's chest and shoved the black fellow back to 
the ropes. Jeff took it all in calmly and seemed to be 
waiting the opportunity to land a good one. Jeff walked 



70 LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 

into two left jabs on the face. They did no damage. His 
wrist landed hard on the ribs and Johnson did not appear 
to like it. It was Jeff's round. 

Tenth Round — They came up slowly. Jack shot a left 
to the face, but Jeff brushed it away and responded with 
a left to the body. Jack again missed a lightning right 
to the jaw. Jeflf put his shoulder against Johnson's body 
and shoved him back. At close range Johnson sent a left 
uppercut to Jiff's face. Jeflf got under a left lead and 
seemed to want to wear Jack out by bearing his weight 
and shoving him. Jeff struck out two lefts to face from 
a clinch and got one of the same kind. Jeff took two 
lefts on the face when they broke. He stepped in quickly 
and shot a left to the body as gong rang. 

Eleventh Round — They walked up carefully, Jeff 
finally trying his left only to find it blocked. He took a 
left in face three times, but smiled and talked to Jack. 
They broke away from a clinch and Johnson sent a stiff 
left uppercut to the face and a right to the body. He 
kept Jeflf bobbing his head to keep away from the right 
uppercut whenever they came together. In a cliuoh Jack 
sent two uppercuts to face and Jeflf appeared tired. They 
shoved about, Jeflf with his head on shoulder and when 
they finally broke Jack hooked left to nose, drawing 
blood. Jeff appeared tired, compared with Johnson. Just 
before the call of time Jeflf rushed in and sent left and 
right to body, but Jack was going away and was not hurt. 
Decidedly Johnson's round. 

Twelfth Round — .Jim walked over waiting for a 
chance to get inside Jack's defense. Jack simply 



LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 71 

waited and then drew back and hooked a left to lace. 
"Thought yon said you Avere going to have me wild," 
said Johnson to Corbett's taunts. JelF bored his way 
to close quarters, but got a left on the sore nose for his 
reward. His nose bled freely and as he turned to take 
his seat at the gong he spat out a mass of blood. Jetf 
was not worried apparently and looked fresh. 

Thirteenth Round — When they broke Johnson sent 
a left to the body and a right uppercut to the chin. 
"Stick there. Jim," shouted Corbett. Jeff stuck until 
he was forced away. Then he took two lefts and a 
right uppercut to the jaM'. Holding him with right on 
shoulder, Johnson sent in three lefts to face in quick 
succession and then an uppercut to the face. Jeff 
seemed to be slow. He could not solve Johnson's de- 
fense and took all the blows that came his way. Jack 
swung a left to the face and then calmly clinched. 
Jetf continued to come in. The round was all Johnson's. 

Fourteenth Round — JeflTs eye Avas almost closed. 
Jeff walked into a left to the ear. Jack tapped the big 
fellow on tiie face twice and blocked Jeff's att(unpt at 
close fighting. Jeff took three straight lefts to face 
and got in a left to face. JetFs lefts Avere blocked by 
Johnson before they could get Avithin six inches of his 
face. "How you feel, Jim?" said Jack, as they closed 
in and clinched. "How you like 'em?" Jetf Avore a 
sober look and made no response. He took three 
more lefts. "They don't hurt," said Jeff. 

Fifteenth Round— When the men faced each other it 
was plain to all that Jeffries was in distress. His face was 



72 LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 

puffed and bleeding from the punishing lefts and rights 
he had received, and his movements were languid. He 
shambled after the elusive negro, sometimes crouching 
low with his hand stuck out in front, and sometimes stand- 
ing erect. Stooping or erect, he was a mark for John- 
son's accurately driven blows. Johnson simply waited 
for tlie big white man to come in and chopped his face to 
pieces. They came into a clinch after a feeble attempt 
by Jeffries to land a left hand blow on the body, and as 
they broke away Jack shot his left and right to the jaw in 
a flash. Jeffries staggered back against the ropes. His 
defensive power seemed to desert him in an inslant. John- 
son dashed at him like a tiger. A rain of lefts and rights 
delivered at close quarters sent Jeffries reeling blindly. 
Another series of short, snappy punclies and the big 
white giant went down for the first time in his ring career. 
He fell under the top rope, over the lower one and onto 
the overhang of the platform. Resting on his haunches 
and right elbow Jeffries looked around in a dazed way 
and got up at the coimt of nine. While he was down 
Johnson stood almost over him until Rickard waved him 
back. He stood ready to strike, and when Jeffries arose 
from his knees he dashed in again. Jeffries reeled about 
and tried to clinch, but Johnson eluded him, and as the 
old champion swung around to the South side of the ring 
he jolted him twice on the jaw. Jeffries sank to his knees 
weak and tired, but got up again at the count of nine. It 
was then that Jeffries' friends began to call to Rickard to 
stop the fight. 

Rickard gave no heed to these appeals, Jeffries was 



LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 73 



hi Iplcss DOW, and as lie staggered to bis feet the negro 
was waiting for him. A left, a right and another left, 
short, snappy, powerful blows, found their mark on Jef- 
fries" eiiin and lie went down for the third time. Again 
he sprawled over the lower rope, hanging half outside the 
ring. The timekeeper rai.sed and lowered his arm, tolling 
off the seconds. He bad reached the c lunt of seven when 
some of Jeffries' seconds put foot inside the ropes and 
Rickard walked between the fallen man and the negro 
champion. Placing his hand on Johnson's shoulder he 
declared bim the winner. While Jeffries was not counted 
out, this was merely a technical evasion. It was evident 
that be could never have got up inside ten seconds. 



STATISTICS OF THE BATTLE. 

Johnson's share of the money was §145,600, as follows: 
Sixtj'- per cent, of the purse . - - - §60,600 

Bonus 10,000 

Share of moving pictures 50,000 

Total §120,600 

Earned after signing articles and before fight - 25,000 

Total §145,600 

Jeffries' end was as follows: 

Forty per cent, of the purse . . . . §40,400 

Bonus 10,000 

Share of moving pictures 66,666 

Total -------- §117,066 

Earned after signing articles and before fight - 75,000 

Total §192,066 

Total earned by both fighters - - - - §;3;:37,666 
Tlie gate receipts amounted to $270,775; there were 
15,760 i)aid admissions; the profits on the battle which 
went to Kickard and Gleason were about §120,000. 



74 LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 



JACK JOHNSON'S RECORD. 

Born Mar. 31. 1878, Galveston, Tex. Height 6 tt. 1% i J. Weight, 195 pounds 

1897 : Beat— S. Smith 10 rounds. Jim Rocks, 4 rounds. 

1898: Knockout— Rediiy Breuier. 3 rounds. Won— Jim Cole, 4 rounds. 
Draw — Henry Smith, 15 rounds. 

1899 : Draw— Pat Smitli, 12 rounds. 

1900: Beat— Josh Mills, 12 rounds. Draw— Klondike, 20 rounds. 

1901: Knockout— Horace Miles, 3 rounds. Charley Brooks, 2 rounds. 
George Lawlor, 10 rounds. Won— John Lee, 15 rounds. Jack McCor- 
mick, 7 rounds. Jack McCormick, 7 rounds. Knocked out by- 
Joe Choynski, in March, 1901, 3 rounds. 



1902 










Rounds 


Jan. 


17 


Frank Childs - 


Draw 


Chicago - 


- 6 






Dan Murphy 


Knockout 




10 


- 




Ed Johnson - 


Knockout 


. . 


- 4 


Mar. 


7 


Joe Kennedy 


Knockout 


Oakland 


4 


Mar. 


15 


Joe Kennedy - 


KnocKOut 


.San Francisco 


- 4 


- 




Bob White - 


Won 


. . . 


- 15 


. 


- 


Jim Scanlon - 


Won 


. . . . 


17 


May 


16 


Jack Jefiries 


Knockout 


Los Angeles 


5 


- 




Klondike - - 


Knockout 


. . 


• 13 


- 


- 


Billy stift - - 


Draw 


. . . 


10 


June 


20 


Hank Griffin - 


Draw 


Los Angeles 


20 


. 




Hank Griffin 


Draw 


Los Angeles - 


- 12 


- 




Pete Everett - 


Won 


- - 


20 


Oct. 


21 


Frank Childs 


Won 


Los Anseles - 


- 13 


Oct. 


31 


George Gardiner 


Won 


San Francisco 


20 


Dec. 


4 


Fred Kussell - 


Won 


Los Angeles • 


- S 


1903 












Feb. 


5 


Denver Ed Martin • 


Won 


Loa Angeles 


20 


Feb. 


27 


Sam McVey 


Won 


Los Angeles - 


- 20 


Apr. 


16 


Sandy Ferguson 


Won 


Boston 


10 


May 


11 


Joe Butler 


Knockout 


Philadelphia - 


- 3 


July 


31 


Sandy Ferguson 


No decision 


Philadelphia 


6 


Oct. 


27 


Sam McVey 


Won 


Los Angeles - 


- 20 


Dec. 


11 


Sandy Ferguson 


Won 


Colma 


20 


1904 












Feb. 


15 


Black Bill 


No decision 


Philadelphia 


6 


Aijr. 


22 


Sam McVey 


Knockout 


San Francisco 


20 


June 


2 


Frank Childs - 


Won 


Chicago 


6 


Oct. 


18 


Ed Martin • 


Knockout 


Los Angeles - 


- 2 



Ml'K AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 



75 







JOHXSOX'S 


K£C'OICI> Continued. 




lyo,") 








Roun 


ds. 


Mur. 


2S 


Marvin Hart 


Lost 


San Francisco - 


20 


Apr. 


25 


Jim Jeffords 


Knockout 


Pliiladelpliia - 


4 


May 


2 


Black Bill 


Won 


Pliiladelpbia 


4 


May 


9 


Joe Jean iiette 


No decision 


Pbiladelpbia - 


3 


Miiy 


9 


Walter Johnson 


Knockout 


Philadelpbia 


3 


June 


26 


Jack .Munroe - 


No decision 


Pbiladelpbia - 


6 


Ju/y 


13 


Morris Harris 


Knockout 


Philadelptiia 


1 


July 


13 


Black Bill - 


No decision 


Pliiladelpliia - 


3 


July 


18 


Sandy Ferguson - 


Won on loul 


(^lelsea 


6 


July 


24 


Joe Grim - 


No decision 


Pliiladelpliia 


6 


Nov. 


25 


Joe Jean nette 


Lost on foul 


Pliiladelpliia 


2 


Deo. 


1 


Yu. Peter Jackaon 


Draw 


Baltimore 


12 


Dec. 


2 


Joe Jean nette 


No decision 


Pliiladelpbia 


6 


1906 












Jan. 


16 


Joe Jean nette 


No decision 


New York - 


3 


Mar. 


14 


Joe Jeanneite - 


Won 


Baltimore 


15 


Apr. 


26 


Sam Lansford 


Won 


Cbelsea 


15 


Apr. 


19 


Black Bill 


Knockout 


Will;e8barre 


7 


June 


18 


Cbarley Hagliey - 


Knockout 


Gloucester 


1 


Sept. 


3 


Billy Dunning - 


Draw 


Millinocket 


10 


^ept. 


20 


Joe Jeannetie - 


No decision 


Pbilndelpbia - 


- 6 


Nov. 


8 


Jim Jeffords 


No decision 


Pliiladelpliia 


6 


Nov. 


26 


Joe Jeanneite - 


Draw 


Portland 


10 


1907 












Feb. 


19 


J'eter Felix - 


Knockout 


Sidney, A us. 


1 


Mar. 


4 


J. Lang 


Knoeuout 


Melbourne. Aus. 


9 


July 


17 


Bob Fitzsimmons 


Won 


Pbiladelpbia 


2 


Aus. 


28 


Cbarley Cutler 


Knockout 


Reading - - . 


1 


Sept. 


12 


Sailor Burke 


No decision 


Bridgeport - 


6 


Nov. 


2 


Jim Flynn 


Knockout 


t'olma . . . 


11 


1908 












June 




Al MoNamara 


Won 


Plymoutb 


4 


July 


31 


Ben Taylor 


Knockout 


lOngland - 


8 


Dev. 


26 


Tommy Burns - 


Won 


Australia 


14 


1909 












May 


19 


Vbil jHCk O'Brien 


No decision 


PliilBdelphia - 


6 


June 


30 


Tony Koas 


No decision 


Pittsburg 


6 


Sept. 


9 


Al Kauflman 


No decision 


San Fran. 


10 


Oct. 


16 


Stanley Kelcbell 


Knockout 


Col ma 


12 


1910 












July 


4 


James J. Jeffries - 


Knockout 


Reno. Nev. - 


15 


1912 












July 


4 


Jim Flynn - 


Won 


- Lhs Vegas 


9 



76 l.IFK AND HATTLK.S f)F JACK JOHNSON. 

JAMES J. JEFFRIES. 

James J. Jeffries was born in Carroil, Oiiio. His first battle of 
record was witn T. VanBuskirk, whom lie knocked out in two rounds. 
He beat Peter Jaeuson in three rounds, Tom Sharkey in twenty rounds, 
and then came East to show his calibre. He was a failure, ior he was 
billed to box two men at the Lenox Athletic Club, in New York. Arm- 
strong and Steve O'Donnell. He beat the former in ten rounds, but 
claimed he had hurt his hand and could not go on with O'Donnell. That 
was on August 5. His next appearance in the ring was when be gained 
the title by knocking out Bob Fitzsimmons. He won again in the same 
year from Tom Sharkey at Coney Island, the contest going the limit, but 
it was a questionable decision, the sailor forcing the fight all the way and 
mixing It at the finish. Many of the leading sporting men who witnessed 
the battle were of the opinion that it should have been a draw at least. 

For twenty-three rounds before the same club, on May 11, 1900, Cor- 
bett made Jeffries look like a novice, punching him when and where 
he pleased without a return, until the big fellow ended matters by catch- 
ing the ex-champion on the jaw with a left hook and putting him down 
for the count. 

Jeffries met Hank Griffln, Joe Kennedy and Gus Ruhlin in 1901 
taking on Old Fitz in San Francisco on July 25. 1902, and knocking him> 
out in eight rounds. He agreed to put Jack Munroe, the Butte minen 
oul in four rounds at Butte, Mont., but failed, and so lost the decision. 

He knocked out Corbett in ten rounds on August 14, 1903, in San 
Francisco, and beat Jack Mu'rne m t'^'^same city the year following. 
RECORD. 
Born 1875, Carroll, Ohio. Height 6 ft. 1!4 in. Heavyweight. White. 

1897: Knockout— T. VanBuskirk, 2 rounds. Dick Baker, 9 rounds. 

Draw— Gus Ruhlin, 20 rounds. Joe Cnovnski, 20 rounds. 
1898; Won— Joe Goddard, 4 rounds. Peter Jackson. 3 rounds. Pete 

Everett, 3 rounds. Tom Sharkey, 20 rounds. Bob Armstrong, 10 

rounds. 
1899: Knockout— Bob Fitzsimmons, 11 rounds. Won— Tom Sharkey, 

25 rounds. 
1900: KnocKOut— Jack Finnegan, 1 round. Jim Corbett, 23 rounds. 



1901 








Bounds 


Sept. 17 


Hank Griffin 


Won 


Los Angeles 


- - 4 


Sept. 27 


Joe Kennedy - 


Knockout 


Los Angeles - 


2 


Nov. 15 


Gus Ruhlin - 


Won 


San Francisco 


- 5 


1902 










July 25 


Bob Fitzsimmons 


Knockout 


San Francisco 


8 


Dec. 10 


Jack Munroe 


Lost 


Butte - 


4 


1903 










Aug. 14 


Jim Corbett 


Knockout 


San Francisco 


10 


1904 










AuK. 26 


Jack Munroe 


Won 


San Francisco 


- - 2 


1910 










July 4 


Jack Johnson - 


- Knockout by 


Reno, Nev. • 


- 15 



LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 77 

JOHN L. SULLIVAN. 

They rail him "The Nolilest Roman of Them All." And it i^n't 
without reason, either, for he was a erent man. and he is a great man. 
who was always on the level. His popularity « ill never fade nor wane. 

John L. Sullivan was born on October 15, 1853. In his early days he 
nnpeared in many boxing contests in and around Boston, where he soon 
I ej.iriio a popular favorite. The first battle which brought him to the 
n.Ticecfthe seneral public was with Donaldson, nt Cincinnati, Ohio. 
S i.livan beat him easily, but the loser was not satwtied and challenged 
the Boston Strong Boy to meet him with hrd uloves for $500 a side. 
They met in a room in Cincinnati on December 28, 1881. By running 
awav Donaldson lasted ten rounds before he was knocked out. Later, 
wlien Sullivan came to New York, he made the announcement that he 
would give any man in the world $50 wlio would stand up against him 
for four rounds. The first man to try for the money was Steve Taylor, 
but his seconds threw up the "ponge in two rounds. 

It was then that Mr. Richard K. Fox l^egan to taUe an interest in 
pugilism, and he expres.sei his willingness to back Sullivan or anyone 
else against him in a battle for the championship of the world. Mr. Fox 
oSered, also, to have made a valuab'e and handsome belt to be emblem- 
otic of the title. At that time the only suitable antagonist for Sullivan 
seemed 10 be Paddy Rynn, It didn't take very long to arrange matters, 
and on Octoher 5, 1881, Sullivan's representatives were in the Poi.rcic 
(iAZKTTE cilice and the match was made for ?2 .500 a side, to be held 
witliin one hundred miles of New Orleans, Ln., on February 7, 1882. 

The figlit WHS held at Mississippi Citvand was the beginning of a new 
era in i)Ugili<(m in America. Over 15,000 persons were present at the 
ringside. A moment before tmie was culled, William II. Harding, then 
the sporting editor ol the Police (Gazette, stepped into the ring and 
gave Ryan gl.OOO presented by Richarl K. Fox. with which to bet on 
himself. Tne bet was taken and the monev placed in the hands of 
Harry Hill, the ofTicial stakeholder. Then began a fight that made 
pugilistic history, anil created more excitement in this connt-y than e". 
of the other pugilistic battles which had preceded It. The contest lasted 
nine rounds and started Sullivan on the road to success. 

After a short tour in which be met all comers, agreeing to stop ther> 
In lour rounds, Sullivan, at a benefit In Washington Park, New York, 
July 4, 1882, agreed to give |5<X) to Jimmy Elliott ar^d f250 tc any other 



78 LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON, 

man wlio would last four tliree-minute rounds against him. No one but 
Elliott appeared to claim tbe chance to make a little change. Elliott 
lasted a trifle over three rounds. In the early part of the fourth round 
be was hit so hard that his handlers thought he had been killed. 

With the object in view of fostering the boxing game Richard K. Fox 
had a short time previous sent to England for Jim Collins, better known 
as Tug Wilson, to come over and meet Sullivan. The latter refused to 
make a match with him until he had first had a hout with the gloves, so 
the matter was arranged and Madison Square Garden, New York, was 
secured for the purpose, on the evening of July 17, 1882. The occasion 
resulted in a record-breaking crowd. Wilson was to stay four thrie- 
minute rounds, and if be succeeded be was to get fl.OOOand half of the 
gate money. By not standing up and fighting, and falling to avoid 
punishment whenever tbe opportunity oQered, and by taking the fu;l 
count every time, Wilson managed to stay the required four rounds and 
won the money. But it wasn't a fight, by any means, it was a farce. 
After this aflair Mr. Fox ofifered to back Wilson against Sullivan for 
J5.000 a side, but the champion refused to even consider it. 

Sullivan's next contest of note was with Charley Mitchell, the boxing 
champion of Eng'and, at Madison Square Garden, New York. May 4. 
1883. Mitchell was quite sure he could stay four rounds with the cham- 
pion. The Boston Boy bad the Englishman beaten in three rounds 
when he fought him down and bad fallen on top of him. But when 
Mitchell got to his feet, apparently dazed, Captain Williams jumped into 
the ring and stopped the battle. 

As in the case of Tug Wilson Sullivan refused to meet Mitchell later 
in a twenty-four foot ring. 

After this fight Mr. Fox sent for and backed Herbert Slade, the 
Maori, who was then in New Zealand with Jem Mace. The men met at 
Madison Square Garden on August 6, 1883, Sullivan agreeing to put t'.e 
Maori away inside of four rounds. He bad no trouble this time, as three 
rounds were enough for the New Zealander. 

After that Sullivan appeared in minor contests, meeting such men 
as Dominick McCaflfrey, Patsey Car Jiff, Alf Greenfield and others. 

In July. 1387, Mr. Fox posted §1,000 with the New York Clipper to 
bind a match between Jake Kilrain and Sullivan, for the Police 
Gazette diamond belt. |5.000 a side and the championship of Amerii'ii. 
but Sullivan refused to meet ICilrain. 



LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 79 

On November 23, 1888, Sullivan met Paddy Ryan in a tour-round 
coniesl lor gate money. Ryan was knocked out in the third round. 

Sullivan and Charley Mitchell met at Cliantilly, France, on March 
10, 1886, in a battle for $2,500 a side, under the rules of the London prize 
ring. After thirly-nine rounds, vvhicli took three hours and eleven 
II inutes, the battle was declared a draw on account of darkness. 

And now came the battle for the largest stake ever fought for up to 
that time, $20,000 and the Police Gazktte diamond belt. It was pulled 
oft at Richhurg, Miss., July 8, 1889, Sullivan's opponent on this occasion 
was Jake Kllrain, who represented the Police Gazette. As in the 
case of Ryan, Mr. Fox had given $1,000 to Kilrain to bet on himself. 
Under a broiling sun the men fought seventy-five rounds, Kilrain tieing 
unable to appear for the seventy-sixth. 

Sullivan's Waterloo came in the ring of the Olympic Club, New 

Orleans, La., September 7, 1902, when he met James J. Corbett. It can 

be told in a few words, this downfall of a great champion who had held 

his own for twelve years. For twenty-one rounds he stood up against 

youth and cleverness, and then he settled down on ti:e floor of the ring, 

losing a purse of $25,000, a side tiel of $10,000, and the title, but not his 

popularity, 

RECORD. 

Born Oct. 15. 1858, Boston, Mass. Height 5 ft. 10J| In. Heavyweight. 

Color, wliite. 
1880: Knockout— Oeorge Rooke. 2 rounds. J. Donaldson. 10 rounds. 

Exliibition— Joe Ooss, 3 rounds. 
1881 : Won— Steve Taylor, 2 roumls. John Flood, 8 rounds. Knockout 

—Fred Crossley, 1 round. James Dalton, 4 rounds. Jack Burns, 2 

rounds. 
1882: Won— Paddy Ryan, 9 rounds. John McDermott, 3 rounds. Knock- 
out—Jimmy Klliott, 3 rounds. K.xhihilion- Tug Collins, 4 rounds. 

Joe Cohurn. 
1883: Won— Charlie Mitchell, 3 rounris. Herbert A. Slade, 3 rounds. 
1884 : Won— Fred Rohinson, 3 rounds, (ieorge M. Robinson, 4 rounds. 

Rnos Pliillips. 4 rounds, .lohn M. Ladin, 3 rounds. Alf Oreenlield, 

2 rounds. KnocKOUt— Al Marx, 1 round. i)an Henry, 3 round. William 

Fleming, 1 round. 
1885: Won— Alf Oreentield. 4 rounds. Jack BurUe, 5 rounds. Dom. 

McCaftrev, 6 rounds. Police Interlerence— Paddv Ryan. 

1888 " Rounds 

Sept. 18 Frank Herald 
Nov. 13 Paddy Ryan 
Dec. 28 Duncan McDonald 

1887 
Jan. 18 Patsy Cardifi 

Mar. 10 Charley Mitchell 

18H9 
July 8 Jake Kilrain 

1892 
Sept. 7 Jim Cortiett 

1896 
Aug. 31 Tom Sbarkey 



Won 
KnocKout 
Draw 


Allegheny 

San F'randsco - 

Denver, Col. - 


4 


Draw 


Minneapolis 


6 


Draw 


<'hantilly. France 


39 


Won 


Richbiirg 


7.-. 


Lost 


New Orleans 


21 


No Decision 


New York 


3 



So LIFE AND liAi TLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 

JAMES J. CORBETT. 

James J. Corbett was horn in California September 1, 1866, and \i 
tnenty-six years old wlien he became champion of America by l.eatim^ 
Sullivan. His first battle of any note wag with David Kiseman wlien he 
was eighteen years of a:je. He won in two rounds. Tl.en he met James 
Dailey, whom he beat in four rounds. He bested Buffa'o Costello and 
Duncan McDonald, but his first important contest was with Joe Choynsui 
on a barse in the middle of the Sacramento Kiver. Tiiey fought with 
small gloves, and it is said that more money was wagered on this fisht 
than on any that ever took place in California. ChoynsUi was out-clai?sed 
and was beaten in twenty-seven roumls. Corbett did not come into sen- 
eral public notice, however, until he met Jake Kiirain in a six-round 
contest at New Orleans. After that he bestPd Dominick McCafirey easily, 
Returning to the Coast he made a match with Peter Jackson for a puree 
of $10,000. Jackson was the favorite, and the California Club officials 
stopped tiie battle at the end of the sixty-first round with a decision of a 
draw. 

After a successful theatrical tour he met Charlie Mitchell in 1894 at 
Jacksonville, Fla. It was a short, sharp, fierce battle, Corl.ett knocking 
the Englishman cold in three rounds. 

He fought Tom Sharkey a four round draw in San Francisco, and 
then on March 17, 1897, he went down to defeat at Carson City, Nev., 
before Bob Fitzsimmons. The battle lasted fourteen rounds, and a 
punoli on the solar plexus made the Australian champion of the world. 

On November 22, 1898. he met Tom Sharkey in New York for the 
second time, and was heins; beaten by the rugged sailor wlien McVey, 
one of Corbett 's seconds, jumped into the i in;, and Sharkey was awarded 
t:je fight on a foul. 

Corbett and McCoy met in Madison Square Garden on August 30, 
1900, and McCoy was knocked out in five rounds, Jt has always been 
claimed that this contest was prearranged, and that those who were in 
right" knew in advance what the outcome would be. 

RECORD. 
Born Sept. 1, 1866, San Francisco, Cal. Height, 6 ft. 1 in. Heavyweight. 

Color, white, 
1886: Knockout— Billy Welch, 1 round. Lost — Billy Welch, 4 rounds. 
1887: Draw— Jack Burke, 8 rounds. 
1888: Draw— Frank Glover, 3 rounds. 



LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. gl 

CORBETT'S RECORD-Contiiined. 

1889: Won— J(ie Clioynski, 4 rounds. Knockout— Joe Cliovnski, 27 
rounds. Draw— Dave Campbell, 10 rounds. Police interference— Joe 
Clioynski, 4 rounds. 

1890: Won— Jake Kilrain, 6 rounds. Dom. McCaflrey, 4 rounds. Ex- 
liibilinn— Mike Donovan, 3 rounds. 

1891 : Won— Ei. Kinney. 4 rounds. Draw— Peter Jackson, 61 rounds, 
Exbibition, Jobn L. Sullivan, 4 rounds. Jim Hall. 4 rounds. 

1892: Won— Bill Spillings. 1 round. Bob Caffrey, 1 round. John L. Sul- 
livan. 21 rounds. No decision— Joe Lannon. 

1894: Knockout— Cbarlie Mitchell, 3 rounds. Peter Courtney, 6 rounds 

1896 • Draw— Thomas Sliarkey, 4 rounds. 



1897 








Round;; 


Mar. 17 


Bob Fitzsimmons 


Lost 


Carson 


14 


1898 










Nov. 22 


Tom Sharkey 


Lost on Foul 


New York - 


9 


1900 










May U 


Jim Jeffries 


Knocked out by 


Coney Island 


23 


A'lg. 30 


Ki 1 McCoy - 


Knockout 


New Yoriv 


5 


19()3 










Au^'. 14 


Jim Jeffries 


Knocked out by 


San Francisco 


10 



82 LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 

ROBERT FITZSIMMONS. 

Robert Fitzsjmmons, when he met Corbett, fought for the Champion, 
ship of the World, and it was so speciflei in the articles of agreement- 
He was the Champion of Australia, and the English title at that time 
WHS divided between Peter Jackson, Jem Smith, Slavln and Charley 
Mitchell, 80 that in winning from Corbett he really became the tirst 
champion of the^world. He was born in Cornwall, England, June 4. 
1862. Ijut spent most of his early life in Australia. He was a born fighter, 
so tiiat it did not take him long to learn the science of the game. 

When Jem Mace reached the town of Timaru with his troupe of 
boxers, Fitz presented himself as a candidate for tistic honors and knocked 
out four of Mace's men in one night. That whs his beginning. A year 
later the young blacksmith met allcomers at Mace's second visit, and put 
five men away ofl the reel, even offering to fight Mace tiimself. After a 
few battles he wentto Sydney, where he added to his reputation by knocK- 
ing out half a dozen men. It was there that he was beaten by Jim Hall, but 
there is a question as to whether or not that go was on the level. The 
money he got out of that contest brought him to America. 

His first fight in this country was with Frank Allen, in San Francisco, 
who quit with his wrist broken. After demonstrating his superiority, he 
decided to go after Jack Dempsey, the Nonpareil. The match was made 
the Olympic Club of New Orleans getting it, and the men met on Januflry 
14. 1891. At that time Dempsey was the holder of the middleweight 
championship belt which had been presented to him by Richard K. Fo.v. 
It was an historic battle and attracted a great deal of attention. Although 
Dempsey was an overwhelming favorite, Fitzsimmons beat him unmer- 
cifully, and knocked him out in the thirteenth round, after begging him 
to quit, gaining the middleweight championship. 

Then arrived on the scene Peter Maher. "Champion of Ireland. ' 
The Olympic Club of Nca- Orleans got the bout for a $10,000 purse, and 
the men met on March 2, 1892. It looked like a good fight for a while 
but Fitz Bhowed his superiority and Maher quit at the end of the twelfth 
round. Then, on March 8, 1893, came his fight with his old opponent' 
Jim Hall, of Australia. It was held in tbe arena of the Crescent City 
Athletic Club of New Orleans. Nearly all of the New York money went 
on HaH. In the fourth round he was hit flush on the Jaw. and knocked 
out so thoroughly that it was twenty minutes before be revived, acd 
many thought be was dead. 



LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. gz 

His next important battle was witli Jos Cljoynski at the Boston 
f Muss.) Theatre, June 17, 1894. It was carded to ao eiglit rounds, and if, 
at the expiration of tliat time, both men were on their feel, it was to be a 
draw. Choynski was badly beaten in tlie fifth round, only the call of 
time saving him, and in the sixth the contest was so one-sided that the 
police interfered, so it was called a draw anyhow. 

The next to come along was Dan Creedon, who called himself mid- 
dleweight champion of Australia. He got his in two rounds in the 
OljmpicClub of New Orleans on September 25, 1894, and it was five 
minutes before he l<new what bit him. 

Then nesotiations were entered into with William Brady, who rep- 
resented Corbett, with the object in vie v of securinj^ a match nitti the 
champion, but nothing came of them. Fitz while showing at Syracuse, 
N. Y., accidentally killed Con Kiordan, his sparring partner, but at the 
subsequent trial was discharged. 

He fought Peter Maher at Langtry, Texas, on Febrnarj' 21, 1896, and 
knocked him out in exactly ninety-five seconds. 

Fitzsimmons met Sharuey at the Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, 
December 2, 1896. Wyntt Earp, a gun man, wiis referee. In the seventh 
round Fitzsimmons had his man beaten. In the eighth round he upper- 
cut him and sent him down and out. Sharkey tried to rise, but could 
not, and the referee gave the decision to the sailor amid the hisses of the 
crowd. 

There was a contest in the courts over the payment of the purse of 
$10,000, but it was eventually given to Siiarkey. 

For the second time articles of agieemeni were signed between Filz- 
sirtimonsandCorlaett. who were to fi^ht for the title und the Police Gazette 
13,000 Diamond Belt. At a meeting held in the Police Gazette office, 
I Dan Stuart was present, prepared to give a purse of $15 000 for the con- 
test. The date was set for March 17, 1897, ana Mr. Fox was selected us 
stakeholder. At the second meeting Cnrson City, Nev., was named as 
the battle-ground. The result bus i.lready been told, except that when 
Corbett found that he had been beaten and Fitzsimnjons i ad received the 
decision, he wanted to continue the battle. Brady was wild and chall- 
enged Fiiz to meet Corbett again for $20,000 a side, but the crowd didn't 
take him seriously. 

Fitz^immons held his title a trifle over two years, and then he was 
raaiched to meet James J. Jeffries on June 9, 1899, at Coney Island. He 
I ut np a good, gtime battle, but the bollermaker was too heavy for film. 



84 ^AFK AND RATTI,ES OF JACK JOHNSON. 



He absorbed punisLiment lii^e a glutton, and in ti.e eleventh round Jed 
dropped the Australian for the count and ended his championship career. 
After that Fiiz met JefllThorne in Chicago, and put him away. He 
also heat Jim Daly; knocked out El. Dunkhorst in two rounds; Gus 
Rulilin in six rounds; and then got square with Torij Sharkey I y putting 
him away in tno rounds at Coney Island. On July 25, 1902, he fousht 
Jeffries a spcond time in San Francisco, and was knocked out in eii^lit 
ronnds. His last light was witli Philadelphia Jacic O'Brien in San 
Francisco. He lost in thirteen rounds. 

RECORD. 

Bern June 4, 1862, Elston, Cornwall, England. 
1890: Won— Billy McCarthy, 9 rounds. Knockout— Arthur Upham. 5 

rounds. Lost— Jim Hall, 4 rounds. 
1891: Won— Black Pearl, 4 rounds. Knockout— Jack Dempsey. 13 

rounds. Abe Congle, 2 rounds. 
1892: Won— Peter Maher, 12 rounds. Knockout— James Farrell, 2 rounds. 
Joe Godfrey, 1 round. Jerry Slattery, 2 rounds. Millard Zander, 1 
round. 
1893: Won- Jack Hickey, 3 rounds. Knoci<out— Jim Hall. 4 rounds. 

Phil Mayo, 2 rounds. Warner, 1 round. 
1894: Knockout- Frank Kellar, 2 rounds. Dan Creedon, 2 rounds. 

Draw— Joe Choynsici, 5 rounds. 
1896: Knockout- Peter Maher, 1 round. No decision— Peter Malier, 3 

rounds. Lost on Foul— Tom Sharkey. 8 rounds. 
1897: Won— James J. Corbett, 14 rounds. 

1899: Knockout— Jeff Tliorne, 1 round. Knocked out by— Jim Jeffries, 
11 rounds. 

Hounds 

Won Philadelphia - 1 

Knockout Brooklyn • - 2 

■ Knockout New York - - 6 

Knockout Coney Island - 2 



1900 
Mir. 27 Jim Daly 
April 30 Ed. Dunkhorst 
Aug. 10 Gus Ruhlin 
Au^'. 24 Tom Sharkey • 

1902 
June 25 Jim Jeffries - 

1903 
Sent. 30 Con Coughlin • 
Ojf. 14 Joe Grim 
N'lV. 25 George Gardiner 

1904 
July 23 Phila Jack O'Brien 

1935 
Dec. 20 Phila Jaclv O'Brien 

1907 
July 17 Jack Johnson - 



Knocked out by San Francisco 



Knockout 


Piiilarelphia 


- 1 


No decision 


Philadelphia - 


C 


Won 


San Francistc 


■ -- 


No decision 


Philadelphia - 


G 


Lost 


San Franciscu 


- j3 


Lost 


Philadelphia 


- ? 



I.II-'K AND RATII.KS OF JACK JOHNSON. 85 

TOMMY BURNS. 

(NOAH BRUSSO) 
Tommy Bums ia the man who picked up his title on the road. He 
never fought for it, but annexed It after the retirement of Jefifries. He 
was born on June 17, 1881, at Hanover, Ont., and his first battle was with 
Fred Thornton, whom lie linoclced out in five rounds. He did tlie tru-ic 
twice. He was a hard worl^er at the game, fighting ten men in his 
second year out. After tie had become a self-stj'led champion, lie went 
abroad and picked up a lot of easy marlcs, knocicing them all out, one 
after the other. Jack Palmer, Jem Roche, Jewey Smith, Bill Squires 
and Bill Lang all went down before him, and then he was practically 
forced to make a match with Jacic Johnson. That is an old story now, 
but it IS a well-known fact that from the time the first bell rang Burns 
never had a look in. 

RECORn. 
Born June 17, 1881, Hanover, Ontario. Height. 5 ft. 7 in. Color white. 
1900 : Knocko:it— Fred Thornton, twice, 5 rounds each. 
1901: Knockout— Billy Walsh, 5 rounds. Archie Steele, 2 rounds. F.d. 

Sholtreau, 1 round. Billy Walsh, 6 rounds. Dick Snaith, 9 round". 

Reddy Phillips, 9 rounds. Jack C'Donnell, 8 rounds. Won— Dick 

Smith. 10 rounds. Tom McCune, 10 rounds. Lost— Mike Schreck, 10 

rounds. 



1903 










Rounds 


- - 


• 


Jim O'Brien 


Won 


Del ray 


- 10 


Mar. 


26 


Dick Smith 


Knockout 


Delray - 


- - 2 


Miir. 


2fi 


Reddy Phillips - 


Draw 


Del ray 


- 3 


- - 




Harry Peppers 


Knockout 


Detroit - 


2 


- - 




Tom McCune 


- Knockout 


Detroit 


- 7 


- - 




Jimmy Duggan 


K nodi out 


Hougliton 


9 


Oct. 


25 


Billy Moore 


Won 


llougliton 


- 10 


- - 




Jack Hammond 


Knockout 


S. Miirie - 


3 


- - 




,Tiic;; Butler 


- Kiiocicout 


s. Mnrie 


- 2 


- - 




Jack O'Donnelf 


Knoci.out 


Kvan?to 1 


- 11 






Ben O'GrHdy 


- Knockout 


Detroit 


- 3 


1904 
















Oeorge Shroshrpc - 


Knockout 


Ciiica:;o - 


.5 


Feb. 




Mike Schreck - 


Draw 


Milwaukee 


• 6 


- - 




Tony Cnponi - 


Draw 


Chicago • 


6 


- - 




Tony Caponi 


Won 


Chicago 


• . 6 



86 I-IFE AXD BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 







BUKSS' 


KECORD— Coiitiiined. 




1904 










Bounds 


- - 


- 


Joe Wardinski 


Knockout 


Salt Lake 


1 


Au-. 


20 


Cyclone Kelly 


- Knockout 


Tiicoma 


. 4 


Sept. 


16 


Billy Woods - 


Draw 


Seattle - 


- 15 


Oct. 


7 


Jack O'Brien 


Lost 


Milwaukee 


- 6 


Dec. 




Indian Joe 


Knockout 


Ballard - 


6 


1905 












Mar. 


7 


Jack Sullivan 


Draw 


Spokane - 


- 20 


Mny 


3 


Dave Barry 


Won 


Tacoma 


20 


June 


7 


Hugo Kelly 


Draw 


Detroit 


- 10 


Ju'.y 


28 


Hugo Kellv 


Draw 


Los Angeles 


20 


Aug. 


31 


Dave Barry 


- Knockout 


San Francisco 


- 20 


Oct. 


17 


Jack Sullivan 


Lost 


Los Angeles 


20 


1906 












Feb. 


23 


Marvin Hart 


Won 


Los Angeles 


- 20 


Mar. 


28 


Jim O'Brien 


Knockout 


San Diego 


1 


Mar. 


28 


Jim Walker - 


- Knockout 


San Diego 


- 1 


Get. 


2 


Jim Flynn 


Knockout 


Los Angeles - 


- 15 


Kov. 


28 


Phila Jack O'Br 


en - Draw 


Los Angeles 


-20 


1907 












Jan. 


10 


Joe Grim - 


No decision 


Philadelphia 


3 


May 


8 


Jack O'Brien 


Won 


Los Angeles 


- 20 


July 


4 


Bill Squires 


Knockout 


San Francisco 


1 


Dec. 


2 


Gunner Moir 


- Knockout 


London 


- 10 


1908 












Feb. 


10 


Jack Palmer - 


Knockout 


London 


4 


Mar, 


17 


Jem Roche - 


- Knockout 


Ireland 


- 1 


Apr. 


18 


Jewey Smith - 


Knockout 


France - 


5 


June 


13 


Bill Squires - 


- Knockout 


France 


- 8 


Aug. 


24 


Bill Squires 


Knockout 


Australia 


- 13 


Sept, 


2 


Bill Lang 


- Knockout 


Australia - 


- 6 


Dec. 


26 


Jack Johnson 


Lost 


Australia 


- 14 


1910 












April 


U 


Bill Lang 


Won 


Australia 


20 



LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON. 87 



PETER JACKSON. 

Born July 3, 1861. Heiulit, 6 ft. Y^ in. Heavyweislit. Color, black. 

1882: Draw— Jack Hayes. Knockout— Jack Haye.s, 7 romids. Sati 
Uriton, 20 minutes. Mick Dooley, 3 rounds. 



1884 
July 26 Bill Farnaa 
- ■ ' - Bill Farnan • 

1886 
Sept, 25 Tom Leea 



RouiuN 
Lost Melljourne, Aus. - 3 

Draw Melbourne, Au.s. 6 

Won Sydney, Aus. - SO 



Aui,'. 24 George Godfrey 
Dec. 27 Joe WcAuliffe 



1889 
Apr. 

•May 

July 

July 

Aug. 

Aug. 

Aug. 

Oct. 



26 Patsy Cardill . 

1 Shorty Kincaid - 

U Sailor Brown - 

30 MikeLyncli 

5 Paddy Bren nan 

9 Ginger McCoriuick 

19 Jack Fallon 

.5 Alf Mitcliell 

• Jack Partridge - 

- Jem Young 
Jack Watts - 

• Coddy Meddings 

- Alf Ball 



Ocr. 


13 


Jack Watson 


Nov. 


11 


Jera Smith - 


1890 






.Ian. 


27 


Jack Ashton 


Mar. 


4 


Jack Fallon 
Dick Keating 


May 


19 


Ed Smith • 


.July 


23 


Tom Jolinson 


Oct. 


21 


Joe Goddard 



Won 


San Francisco 


19 


Knockout 


San Francisco • 


21 


Won 


San Francisco 


VI 


Won 


Virginia City, Nev. 


2 


Knockout 


Chicago - 


4 


Won 


Bufifalo 


2 


Won 


Buflalo - 


1 


Knockout 


Hoboken - 


2 


Won 


Neiv York 


4 


Won 


London 


3 


Won 


I^ondon - 


.5 


Won 


London 


S 


Won 


London - 


3 


Won 


London 


3 


Won 


London - 


3 


Won 


Lofulon - 


3 


Won 


London 


- 


No decision 


Brooklyn 


3 


Knockout 


Williamsburg - 


2 


Knockout 


Louisville 


I 


Won 


Chicago 


5 


Won 


MaiysvillP. Cal. - 


- 


Draw 


Melbourne, Auh. 


8 



88 LIFE AND BATTLES OF JACK JOHNSON 

JACKSODT'Si RECORD-Continned. 

1891 KouiKls 

Jlay 21 Jim Corbetl - - Draw Shu Francisco - 61 

1892 

Jan. 12 Al Fisli - - - Won riiicago - . . 2 

Jan. 12 Jack Dalton - - Knockout ChiCHSio - . - 3 

May 30 Frank Slavin - Knockout London - - 10 

1893 

- - - - Jim JeSries - - Lost San Francisco - 3 



JIM FLYNN. 

(ANDKEW CHIARIGLIONE.) 

Born Dec. 24, 1879, Brooklj-n, N. Y. Height, 6 ft. 9>2 in. Heavyweight, 
Italian-Americnn. Color, White. 

1901: Knockout— Chambers, 4 rouncis. Ed Seaman, 4 rounds. Ray Condy, 
2rounif8. Won — Fred Davis, 6 rounds. Pat Malloy, 6 rounds. Fred 
France, 6 rouiKls. Kid Dawson, 3 rouiids. 

1902: Knorkoul— Jack Lavell. 2 rounds. Georstp Condie, 2 rounds. Joe 
Tracy, 15 rounds. Biirnt'y Passow, 12 rouncJs. Ed Burns, 11 rounds. 
Jack Graham, 7 rounds. Won — W^illard Bean, 20 rounds. Won-toul — 
Jack Graham, 5 rounds. Draw— Joe Cotton, 20 rounds. Dummy 
Rowan, 20 rounds. 

1903: KnocKout— Wm. JJalloy, 20 ro'inds. Kid Rowley, 2 rounds. Austin 
Yale. 7 rounds. Eddie Kellv, 20 rounds. Lost— Jtck Root, 8 rounds. 
Draw— Tom Kinslev, 15 rounds. Tom Kinsley, 20 rounds. 

1904: KnotKOUt— Tom Kissile, 3 rounds. Ed ilcCoy, 3 rounds. Tim 
Hurley, 6 rounds. Ed coolev, 8 rounds. Ed Cooley.6 rounds, ^\■on — 
Cyclone Kelly, 20 rounds. Won-foul— Tim Hurley, 7 rounds. Draw- 
Andy Walsli, 20 rounds. Harry Peppers, 10 rounr.s. Morgan Williams, 
20 rounds. Tommy Rilev, 20 rounds. Geortie Gardiner. 10 rounds. 

1905: Knockout- Mor<;an Williams, 4 rounds. Dummy Rowan, 4 rounds. 
Jimmy Rowan, 6 rounds. Andy Malloy, 2 rounds. Draw— Tom Riley, 
10 rounds. 

1906: Knocke i out by— Tommy Burns, 15 rounds. Draw— Jack (Twin) 
Sullivan, 20 rounds. 

1907: Knockout- Georue Gardiner, 18 rounds. Dave Barry, 7 rounds. 
Bill Squires, 6 rounds. Knocked out by- Jack Jolinson, 11 rouncis. 
Won— Jack (T^.in) Sullivun, 20 rounds. Won-foul— Tony Ross. 18 
rounds. Draw— Jack (Tnin) Suli van, 20 rounds. 

1908: Knocked out hy— Al Kauflman, 9 rounds. Sam LauL'ford.l round. 
Draw— Jim Barry, 10 rounds. No decision— J. (Twin) Sullivan, lo 
rouiiiis. Jim Barry, 10 rounds. Batilins Jolinson, 10 rounds. Won — 
Ralilini; Johnson, 10 rounds. Battling Johnson, 10 rounds. 



LIFE AND RATTLES OF JACK JOHNSOX 





FtYNX'S 


R e C O R D - Continued. 




1909 








Rounds 


Mar. 19 


Billy Papke 


No decision 


Los Angeles - 


- - 10 


June 1 


Mont. Jack Sullivan - No decision 


Los Anseles 


- 10 


July 14 


Billy Papke 


No decision 


Los Angeles 


- 10 


July 30 


Phil. Jack O'Brien 


- No decision 


Denver - 


6 


sept.22 


Bill Petlus 


Won 


Pueblo 


- 10 


Oct. 30 


Jack Burns 


- No decision 


Los Angeles 


10 


Dec. 31 


Joe Willia 


Knockout 


Los Angeles 


- 10 


1910 










Feb. 8 


Sam Langforii 


No decision 


Los Angeles 


- 10 


Mar. 17 


Sam Langlord 


Knocked out by 


Los Angeles 


8 


1911 










Jan. 2 


Tony Capon i 


Won 


Los Angeles 


9 


Mar. 28 


Al Mindino 


Knockout 


Muskouefl 


4 


May 5 


Al Kauflmari 


Knockout 


Kansas City - 


- 10 


Sept. 15 


Carl Morris - 


Won 


New York 


- 10 


Nov. 20 


Cliarley Sclniiidt - 


Draw 


Fort Wortii - 


4 


Dec. 27 


Tony Caponi 


Knoci;out 


Salt Lake City 


3 


1912 










Jan. 18 


Al Williams 


- Knockout 


Toronto - 


2 


July 4 


Jack Juhnson 


Lost 


Laa VegHs - 


9 



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