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The Jack Johnson interview – 109 years on

Ian Parsons unearths a jewel from the Boxing News archives as Jack Johnson recalls the 'Fight of the Century' against Jim Jeffries

THIS July will mark the 109th anniversary of the historic meeting between Jack Johnson and James Jeffries.

Their bout, which was dubbed “The Fight of the Century” and took place in Reno, Nevada on July 4, 1910, became a symbolic contest over racial superiority.

Johnson, who became the first black heavyweight champion of the world when he defeated Tommy Burns in Australia on December 26, 1908, didn’t just beat his white opponents – he taunted and humiliated them.