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Old 10-21-2013, 04:34 PM   #166
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Default Re: Prime James J. Jeffries vs Jack Johnson

I actually think that Ruhlin was a pretty good choice as a title opponent.

He had been very highly regarded before Fitz beat him, and Fitz seems to have refused a title fight with Jeffries, for reasons that are hard to understand.

I think Jeffries just got fed up with it and took the second best available challenger.

I think it is a stretch to say that Ruhlin was damaged goods after the Fitzsimmons fight. Only Jeffries beat him in the next four years.
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