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Johnson-Jeffries Fight: The Knockout


In the 15th round, Johnson knocked Jeffries down once, twice, and then a third time. Jeffries camp entered the ring upon the third knockdown and called it quits to prevent Johnson from knocking him out.

The Rex Beach Booklet states:

"Today we saw a tragedy. A tremendous, rushing, anti-climax has happened and we are dazed. Some 15,000 (figures estimate 20,000 in attendance) of us went out and boiled ourselves in the sun to see a great prize fight, and while it was great from the point of a spectacle and from the courage displayed, it was in reality no fight at all. It was a pitiful, pitiful tragedy. Time had outwitted the keenest of us and instead of the Jeffries we had known and had come to think was still among us, we saw but the shell of a man, fair to the eye and awe-inspiring in his shape, to be sure, but empty of youth’s vigor. The spark had died. The years had done their work. No fierceness of will — no giant determination — could fan it to a flame again. And so he lost."

On July 5, 1910, the Nevada State Journal featured these comments from Johnson:

"I won just as I thought I would right from the start. I knew that I would win. I out-boxed him in every point; I was stronger than he was and was in better condition. He landed several hard body blows on me during the fight but they didn’t bother me at all. I don’t feel the least bit damaged in any way. I didn’t expect to win in such a short time, but when I saw that my blows were taking effect, I knew that I need not fear for the title. It must have looked easy, but Jeffries was certainly a tough one to put away."