1904-08-26 James J. Jeffries w rsc 2 (20) Jack Munroe, Mechanics’ Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USA - WORLD

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1904-08-26 James J. Jeffries w rsc 2 (20) Jack Munroe, Mechanics’ Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USA - WORLD. Referee: Ed Graney. Three times Munroe (186) was sent to the floor from rights and lefts to the jaw in the first round and it would have been curtains had the bell not rung to end the session. Marching out for the second, Jeffries (219) was unrelenting and at 1.45 the referee stopped the contest after Munroe had been dropped twice, firstly from body blows and then by a terrific right to the head. Munroe had failed to land a punch worthy of a title battle and had been a huge disappointment.

Jeffries relinquished the title on announcing his retirement as undefeated champion in May 1905, having run out of worthy ‘white’ opposition, and nominated the winner of a match between Marvin Hart and Jack Root as his successor. At the same time, Philadelphia Jack O’Brien, Bob Fitzsimmons, Al Kaufman and Tommy Burns all laid claim to the title.