1901-11-15 James J. Jeffries w rtd 5 (20) Gus Ruhlin, Twentieth Century AC, Mechanics’ Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USA - WORLD

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1901-11-15 James J. Jeffries w rtd 5 (20) Gus Ruhlin, Twentieth Century AC, Mechanics’ Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USA - WORLD. Referee: Harry Corbett. Never a threat, Ruhlin (194) was hammered throughout by Jeffries (211) and it was only his cleverness that enabled him to last as long as he did. Knocked down in the third round and saved by the bell, he was immediately under pressure in the fourth as Jeffries hooked in short rights to the body. However, by the end of the session Ruhlin appeared to have recuperated and it was a surprise when he failed to answer the bell to open the fifth.

Five days later, Jeffries stated that he would not be meeting Denver Ed Martin under any circumstances as, in the event of losing, he had no wish to see a black world heavyweight champion.