The boxing film that was banned around the world

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In 1910, boxing heavyweight champion Jack Johnson defeated Jim Jeffries in the "Battle of the Century," and the nation erupted.
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On December 26, 1908, American boxer Jack Johnson became the first Black heavyweight champion of the world, after defeating defending champion Tommy Burns in a title fight in Sydney, Australia. Black fighters were typically denied the chance to win the heavyweight title, a de-facto line of segregation that was known as “the color line.” So when Burns accepted Johnson’s challenge and lost, the film that was distributed around the fight proved controversial.
The white boxing world set out to find a white heavyweight to beat Johnson and take back the title. That white fighter ended up being James Jeffries, a former heavyweight champion who had retired undefeated.
Their fight, hyped as the “Battle of the Century,” took place in Reno, Nevada, on July 4, 1910, in front of 20,000 mostly-white spectators and nine motion picture cameras. Throughout the nation, many thousands more listened to live telegram bulletins of each round. Johnson beat Jeffries easily, and, as a result, racist mob violence broke out across the country, and Black Americans celebrating Johnson’s win were attacked, and some were killed.
The film of the fight became notorious worldwide and was the most talked-about motion picture of its time. Johnson lost the heavyweight title in 1915 after successfully defending it eight times, but remained an inspiration for many fighters to come.
Further reading:
Fight Pictures: A History of Boxing and Early Cinema, by Dan Streible
Prizefighting and the Birth of Movie Censorship, by Barak Orbach
Jack Johnson, Rebel Sojourner: Boxing in the Shadow of the Global Color Line, by Theresa Runstedtler is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out​.
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Andrei Andreev
Andrei Andreev 9 timer siden
Imagine Tyson in his prime would be sent back in those days. He'd be punching out "champions" left and right. Ooof :)
Mark Andrew Pawid
Mark Andrew Pawid 18 timer siden
Is it true that Jack Johnson had 10 inch wrists?
Spenny G
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Alan Omuyaku
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Elle Fox
Elle Fox 2 dager siden
Some of those trunks are quite short, huh? Lol.... I can see your cheeks!! 🎶
Earthツ 2 dager siden
They need to make a Netflix series about jack johnson
Charles Micheaux
Charles Micheaux 2 dager siden
Jack Johnson was more audacious than Muhammad Ali. No athlete has ever caused such a world stir as Jack Johnson.
L3ST3RMZRGS MD 2 dager siden
That is so awesome! Now I wanna catch this movie.
Bogs Kabogo
Bogs Kabogo 3 dager siden
Look out America blacks may take ur country the hard way
Andy 3 dager siden
Stuff you should learn in school
Sacred - Chan
Sacred - Chan 3 dager siden
Johnson was the One punch man of real life, powerful and yet everyone underestimated/hated him.
32 gigs
32 gigs 3 dager siden
Fitzsimmons at 3:03 went from 160 all the way to heavyweight and actually won the heavyweight title weighing 160 pounds. A black boxer by the name of Sam Langford went from 130 to heavyweight.
Zap Rowsdower
Zap Rowsdower 3 dager siden
Black guy: wins world title Racists: [Pikachu face] ('°○°`)! *You can't do that!*
Zap Rowsdower
Zap Rowsdower 3 dager siden
I never knew about this man, Mr. Jack Johnson everyone around the world will remember your name again, sir.
Chris .Appel
Chris .Appel 3 dager siden
President Trump pardoned him...
Mr Spud
Mr Spud 3 dager siden
He was a certified boyo he got that burns fight by stalking burns calling him out for a fight 😂😂
richard polborido
richard polborido 4 dager siden
Wow,the Vox featured "Boxing" pun intended
Joseph Christopher
Joseph Christopher 4 dager siden
He was the best fighter or boxer ever lived!!!
Roland Rodriguez
Roland Rodriguez 4 dager siden
Jackie A.
Jackie A. 5 dager siden
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Sfiso Buthelezi
Sfiso Buthelezi 5 dager siden
Black is King ❤👏
Dwight Turner
Dwight Turner 5 dager siden
I'd love to see a match between Jeff-Johnson and the great Muhammad Ali.
Top Super Seven
Top Super Seven 6 dager siden
Vox will slap a copyright claim on anyone who replays this without their permission. Racists!
Swapnil Iqbal
Swapnil Iqbal 4 dager siden
The Truth
The Truth 6 dager siden
So...this thing called "great whyte hype" has been going on for centuries!!! Hmmm... how interesting!😉😂😂😂
VelocyTaptor 6 dager siden
Jack lost to another white dude after that tho
Cooking With Hagar
Cooking With Hagar 6 dager siden
Underrated boxer, i never heard about him until now, i think they should make a new movie about him.
charli el rogers
charli el rogers 2 dager siden
It was Joe Gans 1st he fought 42 rounds, Then it Was Jack Johnson! Yeaaaaaaaa💯🙌🏾💪🏾✊🏾👏🏾🤙🏾😉❤
TLOTLO PHELE 6 dager siden
Congratulations Champ
Kees Appelflap
Kees Appelflap 6 dager siden
Who the f cares, Boxing isn't a real sport. It is a "promotion" .
Swapnil Iqbal
Swapnil Iqbal 4 dager siden
Please show me a sport that is not promoted.
Jeff Slosson
Jeff Slosson 6 dager siden
I despise racists and racism. Jack Johnson was the superior fighter for many years. To prove otherwise, all you had to do was to challenge and defeat him. No race was mentioned in my statement.
NJC 7 dager siden
The hatred runs so deep for black folks black people not even related to the Johnson-Jeffries fight were killed for it. It isn’t much different a century later.
Malc Justice
Malc Justice 7 dager siden
I am black...😂😂😂😂
Jamal Mccoy
Jamal Mccoy 7 dager siden
The police actually intervened in a major heavy weight fight because the white man was getting slaughtered in front of the world. I never knew that wow!!!
Shawn Patrick
Shawn Patrick 7 dager siden
Banned by who and who is ‘they?’ Schmucks
Swapnil Iqbal
Swapnil Iqbal 3 dager siden
@Shawn Patrick thats why it was banned in the us
Shawn Patrick
Shawn Patrick 3 dager siden
@Swapnil Iqbal The us Congress doesn’t control the world although they think they do
Swapnil Iqbal
Swapnil Iqbal 4 dager siden
Terrance Wicks
Terrance Wicks 7 dager siden
And when he did loose it had TOOK A DIVE FOR PAY
Pavl Rakopv
Pavl Rakopv 7 dager siden
I love Jack Johnson
SportsCenter 7 dager siden
Fun fact: I found Jack Johnson's gravestone today.
Fred Flintstone
Fred Flintstone 8 dager siden
100 years later......I'm white and never heard of him. I'm a musician.....can you imagine music without the influence of blacks.....or any other race for that matter....
Ernani Hidalgo
Ernani Hidalgo 8 dager siden
Anyone else see a parallel with Pacquiao vs Horn? How Horn won inspite of a beating. Although not black against white but generally any other race against them.
Al Brathwaite
Al Brathwaite 8 dager siden
Whites haven't changed that much have they? Why so petty why such envy? Why such hatred?
Matt Bushnell
Matt Bushnell 8 dager siden
Sorry what? 15th round? hahaha
TheGloveCompany 12
TheGloveCompany 12 8 dager siden
2:49-2:58 😂 cause they know we win!
Beat Bank
Beat Bank 9 dager siden
"burns found a blagk master" what
Patrick Mambo
Patrick Mambo 9 dager siden
100 years later in 2012 the first black president gets re-elected..........God bless Johnson
Patrick Mambo
Patrick Mambo 9 dager siden
It would have been Genocide had Obama won the elections in 1912
Patrick Mambo
Patrick Mambo 9 dager siden
They still cannot accept Raphael Warnock won and now they are changing electoral rules
NxDr 9 dager siden
Ty Willinganz
Ty Willinganz 9 dager siden
The video is correct -- as soon as there were a string of black heavyweight champions, all notions of white supremacy have completely disappeared.... ooops
Blaque Nguni
Blaque Nguni 9 dager siden
Save yourself all the whitewashed drivel in this and simply go watch the documentary "Unforgivable Blackness : The Jack Johnson Story" narrated by Wesley Snipes.
Richard L
Richard L 10 dager siden
I used to work at an architect’s office in Melbourne with an old quantity surveyor who was at the fight in Rushcutters Bay Sydney as a 10 year old......his Dad took him. He was blown away.....
Krazy Meek
Krazy Meek 10 dager siden
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peter gold
peter gold 10 dager siden
whats changed
dynamike 10 dager siden
Does this mean colored people are better?
Pièrre Calderone
Pièrre Calderone 11 dager siden
LOL They showed him getting beat down in theaters? Lol
Cyrelle jeric Quintos
Cyrelle jeric Quintos 11 dager siden
Because USA is a racist state😂😂 that china will conquer USA lol😂😂
Danny'sDungareeDanceoff 7 dager siden
😐China is racist too, China is overall worse
John Merton
John Merton 11 dager siden
A woman would know?
Ramiro Ramirez
Ramiro Ramirez 11 dager siden
P pp
Bong Buena
Bong Buena 12 dager siden
Please pray for my daughter and grand daughter in the U.S. where Asian hating is prevalent. Keep them safe with your prayer. I pray for them every day to be safe always. Praise be to God. Amen.
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R G 12 dager siden
They stopd the punch. So we dont knw all this for sure.
Enus Media
Enus Media 12 dager siden
The only thing disturbing... is their underwear
Walter Thatcher
Walter Thatcher 12 dager siden
Cool. Now, let's make an Ip Man-style film out of this and I'm happy.
knight of the sun
knight of the sun 12 dager siden
When I was a teenager, I saw a black man kissing a beautiful white woman- and I was shocked. Then ten years had passed, I realized that I was brought up to think like that. And subsequently, I began to dispised the people that convinced me to behave like that, and I am not white nor black.
Donald Bedore
Donald Bedore 13 dager siden
The Bearded Seeker
The Bearded Seeker 13 dager siden
i've never understood why everyone else must suffer for white people to feel good about themselves. it's like an inherent illness that just won't go away.
Lucy Wynn
Lucy Wynn 5 timer siden
Well said !
Hx-Flix & Blog
Hx-Flix & Blog 13 dager siden
Yet here we are in the 21st century and White supremacy is live and kicking...a bad habit.
John Albert
John Albert 13 dager siden
A man won ! Better fighter won ! New World Champ ! An American won !
Big Stick General
Big Stick General 13 dager siden
I'm a black. A proud black at that.... Hate my color, I don't care.... I refuse to be a racist
Douglas Ryan
Douglas Ryan 13 dager siden
Jack Johnson would probably best any modern heavy weight
Carlos Nells
Carlos Nells 14 dager siden
I wish they had shown us the fight film...
Afro Diaspora
Afro Diaspora 14 dager siden
He came out of retirement "the hope for white race" and he got the beat down.. hahahaha
Scott Kimura
Scott Kimura 14 dager siden
Hmmm who was the last white heavyweight champion. Lol 😂🤣😂🤣
Justin Dececco
Justin Dececco 14 dager siden
Sup with the ole school daisy dukes tht guy waz rockin
Alec Kinnear
Alec Kinnear 14 dager siden
Wow, the woman is annoying. There were riots and authorities were worried about further riots. Johnson was a successful fighter. Kudos to him.
Junior Guzman
Junior Guzman 15 dager siden
This is the man who Trump posthumously pardoned.
A B 16 dager siden
More like the Great White Nope.
A B 16 dager siden
This is all very Falcon and Winter Soldier.
Ahead Of The Curve
Ahead Of The Curve 16 dager siden
Unfortunately the lady host doesn’t realize that White Christian Imperialism has not changed much with 60 million black peoples dead and counting
Ahead Of The Curve
Ahead Of The Curve 16 dager siden
Sounds about White
Wkev Ant
Wkev Ant 16 dager siden
Where the media is concerned, what has REALLY changed?
Blank 16 dager siden
Do black people never stop talking about how such victims they are? It’s properly sad
Bruce Eaton
Bruce Eaton 16 dager siden
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DANN JUMA 16 dager siden
The lengths and lows they go.....
Triple QQQ
Triple QQQ 16 dager siden
So there are great athletes and fighters 🌐 worldwide. Diversity of color. So what? And irregardless of what people think, neither of these fighters could have fought Rocky Marciano
Famous Bowen
Famous Bowen 16 dager siden
I love my black skin... Real Talk!!
Wild Cat
Wild Cat 16 dager siden
Jack Johnson the Beast.
DogLoverWithOutDog 16 dager siden
Bruh!!! It’s almost centuries of racism’s
Siunipa Taiseni
Siunipa Taiseni 16 dager siden
White people and there white rules.🤦‍♂️ Karen's
Jim Cronin
Jim Cronin 17 dager siden
I am wondering if, at the same time, black people were also interested in the outcome of the fight in hopes that it would prove that their race was superior. Or, perhaps, they were just interested in the bout as purely an athletic event and said "let the best man win".
NY Plantings Garden Designers & Landscape Contractors
NY Plantings Garden Designers & Landscape Contractors 17 dager siden
Wow that was really like repeating stuff that has been said like 100 years ago.
luke gorman
luke gorman 17 dager siden
lol. in england we dont have a race issue between black and white. we just like to see a good fight.
Raymond Gallegos
Raymond Gallegos 17 dager siden
And this is why We Must separate period.
James Owens
James Owens 17 dager siden
Renaj Forbes
Renaj Forbes 17 dager siden
and today a black man is still the best fighter in the world , a black man is still the fastest in the world still the strongest
Lucy Wynn
Lucy Wynn 5 timer siden
But the white man still controls sports..the WM is the one who cuts the checks to the fastest man and the strongest fighter 🤷🏽‍♀️
Arthur Brown
Arthur Brown 17 dager siden
George Poppe
George Poppe 17 dager siden
Always the race card
Den & Dennis
Den & Dennis 17 dager siden
Thank you
Subash Pun
Subash Pun 18 dager siden
Johnson was 6 feet plus and burns was 5.5 so what do you say about that
nand nicarrabla
nand nicarrabla 18 dager siden
I'm not white but I see nothing wrong with recognizing the supremacy of a race. But if that race worries too much about having total supremacy, that will be a big problem. The way they treat other races is a sign of how much they worry.
P F 18 dager siden
Braindead liberals bombing, looting and murdering in the early 1900's as well.
Darius Valentin
Darius Valentin 18 dager siden
Where is my ,, White Supremacy '' bonus?
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