Originally Posted by edward morbius
"Fitz was 39"
He was 36 for the 1899 fight.
Who else legitimately beat Fitz between 1890 and 1905?
Even after the 1902 defeat, Fitz still had wins over George Gardner and Jack O'Brien in his future. He seems to have been like Archie Moore. He just fought well old.
I was referring to title defences. Johnson was usually generous to opponents even Jeffries who never gave him any credit and referred to him as "the skunk", and refused to shake hands with him before the fight or after.
Here is Johnson's verdict on their fight ,and also the referee Tex Rickard's opinion of Johnson.
NB. Rickard was a huge fan of Jeffries.