1899-11-03 James J. Jeffries w pts 25 Tom Sharkey, Greater New York AC, Brooklyn, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD
1899-11-03 James J. Jeffries w pts 25 Tom Sharkey, Greater New York AC, Brooklyn, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: George Siler. Fighting under the glare of 400 arc lights to enable filming the arena was like a hot house, but it did not appear to affect Jeffries (215) or Sharkey (183) who battled away throughout. After putting Sharkey down in the second round, despite the majority of the crowd thinking that the champion would finish his rival off the tough sailor got up and went toe to toe. Neither took a backward step, and when Jeffries was given the verdict in what was a close fight Sharkey lost any claim he may have had to the title.