1899-06-09 James J. Jeffries w co 11 (25) Bob Fitzsimmons, Greater New York AC, Brooklyn, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD

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1899-06-09 James J. Jeffries w co 11 (25) Bob Fitzsimmons, Greater New York AC, Brooklyn, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: George Siler. Fitzsimmons (167) made the early running but found it difficult to reach the crouching Jeffries’ body before he was dropped in the second round from a straight left. Swinging rights to the ribs were also beginning to hurt Fitzsimmons. By now fighting an uphill battle, having hit the challenger with his best punches to no avail Fitzsimmons was floored twice in the tenth prior to being taken out by a left-right to the jaw.

Thus Jeffries (206) won the championship after just 12 contests, a record he shared with James J. Corbett. However, history shows him to have then drawn the ‘Colour Bar’, an action that precluded great fighters such as Jack Johnson from getting the chance to fight for the title during his tenure.

Following exhibition bouts against George Chrisp and Jack Scales in London on successive nights in August, Jeffries claimed that the latter was, in his opinion, the best heavyweight in England. Following that, Scales challenged all England, Chrisp preferred. When Chrisp failed to sign for an English championship contest against him on 5 December of that year Scales claimed the title by forfeit.