1909-10-16 Jack Johnson w co 12 (20) Stanley Ketchel, Mission Street Arena, Colma, San Francisco, California, USA - WORLD

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1909-10-16 Jack Johnson w co 12 (20) Stanley Ketchel, Mission Street Arena, Colma, San Francisco, California, USA - WORLD. Referee: Jack Welch. An historic battle, with both men agreeing to a no-knockdown clause, saw Johnson (205½) break the agreement when smashing Ketchel (170¼) to the floor in the second round, having whipped in a right uppercut. Realising what he had done from there onwards Johnson kept Ketchel at bay with the left hand, but the middleweight champion was biding his time before getting lucky in the 12th round. Having just grazed Johnson’s chin with a sweeping right, when Ketchel slammed in another right that landed just behind the ear the champion was down. With Johnson back on his feet, as Ketchel roared in for the kill he was lifted off the ground by a tremendous right uppercut. There was no way Ketchel was going to get up, and after being counted out it took several minutes to bring him round.

Meanwhile, defending his version of the ‘black’ title Sam Langford took on Klondike (w co 2 at The Armory AA, Boston, Massachusetts on 2 November), the Dixie Kid (nd-w co 3 at the Phoenix AC, Memphis, Tennessee on 10 January 1910) and Battling Jim Johnson (nd-w pts 6 at the National AC, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 14 May 1910), while the other claimant, Joe Jeannette, drew over 30 rounds with Sam McVea at The Circus, Paris, France on 11 December 1909 prior to taking on Morris Harris (nd-w pts 10 at the National AC, NYC, New York on 1 July 1910).