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Old 11-20-2012, 03:23 PM   #43
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Default Re: Prime James J. Jeffries vs Jack Johnson

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Originally Posted by mcvey View Post
The fact that Jeffries lasted into the 15th rd , may have had more to do with Johnson's desire to punish him for all those insults and slights he had to suffer from Jeffries, than any competitiveness on Jeffries part.
Tex Rickard , the referee, and a huge Jeffries booster, said that Johnson could have finshed it whenever he liked.
Prime for prime I see a titanic struggle with periods of extended clinching ,Johnson being successful at neutralising Jeffries attack and taking a decision.

Well having just read about the fight (again) last night, it appears that Johnson won every round except perhaps one, up until the 15th. So it really wasn't anywhere close to a competitive fight. Jeffries said he could see when he should be going on offense and defense but the mind and the body weren't connected the way they were in this youth. He also said he didn't think he could ever have beaten Johnson.

Regarding the outcome of the fight, Johnson would have made far more money if he lost than he did winning. The purse was slip 60-40 the boxers both had a large share in the film rights, which would have been huge had Jeffries won.
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