Jack Dempsey vs. John Lester Johnson
1916-07-14 : John Lester Johnson 170 lbs drew with Jack Dempsey 181 lbs by NWS in round 10 of 10
- Location: Harlem S.C., New York, New York, USA
- Referee: Kid McPartland
Opinions as to the winner were divided. One newspaper report said that "Dempsey failed to live up to the reputation that he earned in Salt Lake City, and was an easy mark for the local boxer." But another said "Neither boxer was ever in danger, but at the finish Johnson was very tired from the heavy punishment he received in the mid-section and around the head." (BoxRec newspaper decision from New York City newspapers, per historian Jack Kincaid).
The weights mentioned varied from one newspaper to another, but the ones in the BoxRec fight record look most probable.
Google Books on-line (January 1960) Ebony magazine article regarding Johnson and this bout: