1909-10-16 Jack Johnson w co 12 (20) Stanley Ketchel, Mission Street Arena, Colma, San Francisco, California, USA - WORLD
1909-10-16 Jack Johnson w co 12 (20) Stanley Ketchel, Mission Street Arena, Colma, San Francisco, California, USA - WORLD. Referee: Jack Welch. An historic battle, with both men agreeing to a no-knockdown clause, saw Johnson (205½) break the agreement when smashing Ketchel (170¼) to the floor in the second round, having whipped in a right uppercut. Realising what he had done, from thereon Johnson kept Ketchel at bay with the left hand, but the middleweight champion was biding his time and in the 12th round he got lucky. Having just grazed Johnson’s chin with a sweeping right, Ketchel slammed in another right that landed just behind the ear and the champion was down. Realising that he had been double-crossed, Johnson got up snarling and as Ketchel roared in for the kill he was lifted off his feet by a tremendous right uppercut. There was no way Ketchel was going to get up and after being counted out it took several minutes to bring him round.
Meanwhile, the version of the ‘black’ title owned by Joe Jeannette saw him drawing over 30 rounds with Sam McVea at The Circus, Paris, France on 11 December 1909, prior to taking on Morris Harris (nd-w pts 10 on 1 July 1910 at the National AC, NYC, New York).