1906-03-14 Jack Johnson w pts 15 Joe Jeannette, Eureka AC, Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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1906-03-14 Jack Johnson w pts 15 Joe Jeannette, Eureka AC, Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Referee: Fred Swigert. Johnson, still anxious for a crack at what he considered to be the ‘white’ title, continued to defend the ‘black’ version, eliminating Jeannette in this one. The Baltimore Sun reported that Johnson was the cleverer while Jeannette was eager to mix it and after a fast clip neither man was hurt. Johnson was easily the heavier and looked well able to put his rival out but, according to the paper, he has to make a living and exhibitions like this would enable him to do so. Johnson was given the decision because he landed the greater number of punches, but even when he opened up he never did more that what was necessary to stay ahead of his rival.

On 16 April, Johnson risked his ‘black’ title claim when knocking out Black Bill in the sixth of a no-decision fight held in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Originally shown in record books as being a win inside seven rounds for Johnson on 19 April, the data was corrected by Luckett Davis after researching the Philadelphia Item. There was no mention of a scheduled distance. Virtually all promotions in Wilkes-Barre at the time were held in the Peerless AC Arena, but, strangely, the local papers made no mention of the fight taking place.