James J. Jeffries vs. Tom Sharkey (2nd meeting)

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1899-11-03 : James J. Jeffries 215 lbs beat Tom Sharkey 183 lbs by PTS in round 25 of 25

  • Location: Coney Island A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • Referee: George Siler
  • World Heavyweight Title
  • Photo #2, Post-Fight Photo
  • "The battle was probably the fiercest that the American fight-going public ever witnessed. Not that the battle was devoid of the element that boxing instructors define as the science of self-defense, but it was essentially a 'slugging match,' in which each of the principals made strenuous efforts to put his opponent out of the fight. That it went to the limit of twenty-five rounds was evidence of the wonderful condition and vitality of both men, for during the hour and forty minutes, blows hard enough to have felled an ox were given frequently. Sharkey did most of the leading during the early part of the contest, but the Californian had the sailor almost out at the finish. When the cheers that greeted the announcement that Jeffries had earned the decision of Referee Siler subsided, three enthusiastic cheers were added for the sturdy ex-sailor, who had taken, manfully, such a terrible beating from an opponent who had height, reach, and weight on his side." New York Times [1]
  • "From the first round to the twenty-fifth the sailor put up a battle that plainly demonstrated that he was a 'pug' of no mean ability, and the greater science, alone, of his opponent is all that won him the big fight on points. The club house was filled to its utmost capacity, and with few exceptions the decision was considered fair and equitable." Breckenridge Bulletin
  • "The fight took place in the Coney Island pavilion, and once a decision was made not to remove the roof (to allow in daylight), it was necessary to film under artificial lights, which generated colossal heat. The lights were so hot that the scalps of the fighters were singed, and each suffered from great weight loss as the fight progressed." The Bioscope [2]