Originally Posted by edward morbius
"who of any stature did Griffin ko"
But these are quotes about Jack Johnson from Tad Dorgan on 7-1-1910
First on Jack Johnson
"You know Johnson hasn't shown an awful lot of class in his fights. He had little fellows to fight, such as Burns and Ketchel. What about a big fellow with a punch? Hank Griffin hit Johnson on the chops in the second round of their fifteen round fight and Johnson did nothing but play safe after that."
And in the interest of fairness, on Jim Jeffries
"Jeffries never was a boxer, never had a fight that he wasn't used up in, and as far as meeting a man like Johnson goes, he never dreamed of it. Why, he never beat a young fellow in his life. He made his reputation off old men like Fitzsimmons, Corbett, Jackson, and the like. They were all in when he got them. Young fellows like Sharkey and Choynski, although they were half a foot shy in height and fifty pounds lighter, went the distance with him."
From the SF Examiner 7-1-1910
*It is interesting for all their later reps, perhaps the top sportswriter of their own era had a much less exalted impression of both Johnson and Jeffries.
The average weight of Jeffries title challengers is 188lbs.
The average weight of Johnson's title challengers is 203lbs.
Tad Dorgan had a very high opinion of Jack Johnson look it up.
His opinion of Jeffries was echoed by Gene Tunney years later.