1905-07-03 Marvin Hart w co 12 (20) Jack Root, The Arena, Reno, Nevada, USA

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1905-07-03 Marvin Hart w co 12 (20) Jack Root, The Arena, Reno, Nevada, USA. Referee: James J. Jeffries. Although the retired champion, Jeffries, gave his belt to the winner, Hart was never really seen as a real champion despite beating the ‘black’ titleholder, Jack Johnson, a few months earlier.

With both men making the body their main target, the battle being mainly consigned to close quarters, it was not until the seventh round that there was a knockdown when Hart (190) was dropped by a terrific right to the head and saved by the bell. Surprisingly, after Hart came out fresh for the eighth it was punch for punch most of the way. Coming into the 12th Root (171) appeared to be marginally ahead, but after being hit by a heavy right to the ribs he went down to be counted out.