Originally Posted by hernanday
I just read somewhere that Jack Johnson was knocked out by Jess Williard in the 26th round
or soemthing like that during the 1910s. Given that he was like the 5th or 6th champ, how many rounds were in "modern boxing" ie marquess of queensberry rules and when was it reduced to 15.
Johnson/Willard was the last major 45 rounder.
After that a mixture of 20, 15 and 10 rounders occurred.
Louis fought in the last 20 rounder; the Dempsey/Tunney bouts were the last major 10 rounders.
After that all major 'world title' bouts were 15 rounders until the WBC starting to bring in 12 rounders in the early/mid 80s.