Originally Posted by janitor
Jeffries won because Fitz smashed his hands on his head , he was also fighting with a dislocated thumb.
Hype Igoe who was ringside stated it was the worst beating he ever saw one man inflict on another ,worse than the beating Dempsey gave Willard.
The hands argument cuts both ways.
Fitzsimmons might have had hand problems, but he was also alowed to wear protective covers on his hands, which likley contributed to Jeffries facial damage.
Training footage means nothing imo .Footage of Johnson training shows a very mobile, never stationary heaVyweight busy with both hands constantly going. In fact Johnson fought nothing like that the film we have of Jeffries fighting shows him laying back and countering against Sharkey,and plodding forward against Ruhlin, and Johnson.
Throw out the Johnson debacle ,that leaves us with him in his prime against Ruhlin ,who appears quicker afoot ,and better defensively.
It is endlesly frustrating trying to reconstruct Jeffries and Johnson based on the available fight footage. Perhaps the sparring footage gives us a glimpse of the bits that we are missing?