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Johnson-Jeffries Fight: Fight Day at the Gate

Johnson-Jeffries TicketAt the Gate on Fight Day

"On the day of the fight special trains converged on Reno (preventing any rail departures) and extra streetcars were put on the line that extended out Fourth Street. Much of the throng of spectators arrived on foot or in automobiles. Newsmen sharpened their pencils, and cameramen, perched on a special platform at the arena’s west end, prepared to record the momentous event for posterity."

Reno gets the bid – fight label

The fight was scheduled for 3 p.m., but onlookers began descending upon the arena hours before. At 2:44 p.m., the fight commenced under the sweltering Nevada sun.