1914-06-27 Jack Johnson w pts 20 Frank Moran, Bicycle Velodrome, Paris, France
1914-06-27 Jack Johnson w pts 20 Frank Moran, Bicycle Velodrome, Paris, France. Referee: Georges Carpentier. Earlier, on 15 March, the IBU had stated that Johnson v Moran could go ahead under French Federation Rules on the grounds that the contest was not billed as a world title bout, as only Sam Langford and Joe Jeannette were eligible to compete for that crown. However, on 18 April, the same body said that Johnson must box Langford on or before 5 August if he wanted to retain the title, a title that they were showing to be vacant in their latest listings. At this stage of his career, Johnson (221), who was only recognised in certain parts of Europe, was virtually into semi-retirement, living the ‘gay’ life and squandering his fortune.
However, he got himself into shape for Moran (203), and although being unable to knock his rival out he was well worth the decision. Hardly exciting, although never boring, Moran tried throughout to land his big right, which he had christened ‘Mary Ann’, as he chased after Johnson, but the latter proved to be just too quick for him. Round after round seemed the same as Johnson moved out of danger, held on tight, or used Moran for target practice. There were no knockdowns.