1909-09-09 Jack Johnson nd-w pts 10 Al Kaufman, Mission Street Arena, Colma, San Francisco, California, USA - WORLD
1909-09-09 Jack Johnson nd-w pts 10 Al Kaufman, Mission Street Arena, Colma, San Francisco, California, USA - WORLD. Referee: Ed Smith. Despite being a no-decision bout, although Johnson’s title was at stake Kaufman (191) was unable to take advantage of his opportunity and landed very few punches throughout the contest. At times Johnson (209) appeared to be taking it easy, but when he did open up Kaufman was often in distress. With the fight at an end, the referee stated to the newspaper men present that although he could not give a verdict Johnson was the better man, having outboxed and outpunched Kaufman in virtually every round.
Just a matter of days before taking on Stanley Ketchel, Johnson met Gunboat Smith in a four-round exhibition bout at the Seal Rock House, San Francisco on 11 October. According to the New York Herald, the champion was floored and badly dazed in the fourth, whereupon his manager cut the round short.
Earlier, on 28 September at the Armory AA, Boston, Massachusetts, Sam Langford forced the Dixie Kid to retire inside five rounds of a defence of his ‘black’ title claim, before risking it in six rounders against the same man, (nd-w co 3 on 10 January 1910 at the Phoenix AC, Memphis, Tennessee), and Battling Jim Johnson (nd-w pts 6 on 14 May 1910 at the National AC, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).