1888-08-24 Peter Jackson w rtd 19 (finish) George Godfrey, California AC, San Francisco, California, USA

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1888-08-24 Peter Jackson w rtd 19 (finish) George Godfrey, California AC, San Francisco, California, USA. Referee: Hiram Cook. Billed for the ‘black’ heavyweight title, Jackson, who was at least three inches taller and 30lbs heavier than Godfrey, made a good start when dropping the latter in the second with a solid uppercut. Having gained a decided advantage in the opening ten rounds, Jackson pushed on despite Godfrey making him work for every point. By the 17th session Godfrey was weakening and after Jackson rained in punches continuously the American, realising his hopeless position, retired himself. The fight was contested in two-ounce gloves.

In what was a risk fight of sorts, Jackson put his ‘black’ title claim on the line against George Peters (w rsc 3) in a four-round contest at Whitney’s Opera House, Detroit, Michigan on 25 July 1889.

Like Godfrey before him, Jackson was constantly ignored by many of the ‘white’ fighters of the day who were happy to use the ‘Colour Bar’ as an excuse when choosing not to fight him.

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