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Old 11-21-2012, 08:48 PM   #45
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Default Re: Prime James J. Jeffries vs Jack Johnson

Originally Posted by guilalah View Post
This brings up a good point: would Jeffries crouch against Johnson, or go upright, as he increasingly tended to do subsequent to the 1900 defense against Corbett.

Bob Fitzsimmons, who thought Jim better off more upright, though Jeffries made a mistake crouching against Johnson.

Johnson did say that Burns fought crouched and that throughout the fight he often simply waited for him to try and attack and caught him while transitioning from defense to offense. So, I would agree with Fitz on that assessment. Funny that virtually all the former heavyweight champs and some fighters such as Langford were in Jeffries corner for that fight. Yet, Johnson was confident enough in victory that he told his brother to bet every dime he had on him. Many negros did just that.
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