1902-07-25 James J. Jeffries w co 8 (20) Bob Fitzsimmons, Athletic Club Arena, San Francisco, California, USA - WORLD

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1902-07-25 James J. Jeffries w co 8 (20) Bob Fitzsimmons, Athletic Club Arena, San Francisco, California, USA - WORLD. Referee: Ed Graney. Given the opportunity to regain his old title Fitzsimmons (172) started well, his left hand picking off the slower champion whose face was covered in blood after three rounds. At the end of the fifth Fitzsimmons was still going strong, making Jeffries (219) miss while jabbing and dropping in right hands. In the sixth Jeffries at last began to weaken Fitzsimmons with tremendous rights to the body. Although Fitzsimmons came back well to take the seventh, after being caught by a cracking right to the body in the eighth he dropped down in agony to be counted out.

On 19 December, at Sutton’s Broadway Theatre, Butte, Montana, Jeffries took on Jack Munroe in a four-round exhibition in which he was contracted to stop his rival inside the distance or lose both the decision and the $500 stake money. With Munroe still on his feet at the final bell he would eventually meet Jeffries for the championship in August 1904.