Re: Prime James J. Jeffries vs Jack Johnson
The longer the fight went, the more it would be in Johnson's favor.. Jeffries would need a knockout at some point, and better sooner than later. It would be a tough proposition to KO a man who had some of the best survival skills of anyone in history, and the tendency to linger around forever. Incidentally, I think Jeffries going 15 rounds with Johnson while being past it, was partially staged ( though only speculation. ) In the photos and limited fight footage that I've seen, along with interviews,etc, It would seem that Johnson could have taken him out much earlier than he actually did... It was billed as being by far the biggest boxing event ever to that point in history, and Jeffries was an icon of the white community, who in truth, was generating most of the bout's revenue. I'm wondering if someone tapped Johnson on the shoulder and said " let the old guy put on a show for a while. "