Johnson Jeffries Fight July 4th 1910

Contributed by rstel

Johnson  Jeffries Fight July 4th 1910

This is in part the origin of the expression 'great white hope', and a famous moment in Black history. The programme of this fight in Reno, USA, belonged to my late father, Joe Flanagan, who, in his youth, boxed as the Salford Flash, an amateur boxer in the 1930s and 40s in the North West. I think this must be how he came by it. Jack Johnson (the Galveston Giant) was the first Black world heavyweight champion in 1908, and Jeffries came out of retirement to challenge Johnson, unsuccessfully. The rest is history...

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