The boxing film that was banned around the world

24-Fev, 2021
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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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  • there is no such thing as white supremacy.! Hmmmpft#@#$*!^/##!!!!

    Rol AbeRol Abe3 soat oldin
  • Lol the supreme race cant handle a lil sports defeat.

    Ybes PrinceYbes Prince12 soat oldin
  • Lol at the white fragility of the 19th century

    Millevenon 585Millevenon 58515 soat oldin
  • Jack Johnson murderer bully drug addict race don't mean nothing he's promoters would pay off white etc to lose

    marc fieldmarc field17 soat oldin
    • a nice dream

      Travis HyltonTravis Hylton32 daqiqa oldin
  • Why in the thumbnail it looks like the dude is fully naked only wearing a pair of boxing gloves & a long pair of socks.

    Trevon JonesTrevon Jones17 soat oldin
  • Jack dempsey smashed Johnson’s face up badly not that long after

    Scott PrendergastScott PrendergastKun oldin
    • they never met

      Travis HyltonTravis Hylton28 daqiqa oldin
  • "He tooook our jawbs!! "

  • Imagine Tyson in his prime would be sent back in those days. He'd be punching out "champions" left and right. Ooof :)

    Andrei AndreevAndrei Andreev2 kun oldin
  • Is it true that Jack Johnson had 10 inch wrists?

    Mark Andrew PawidMark Andrew Pawid2 kun oldin

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  • 💙

    Alan OmuyakuAlan Omuyaku3 kun oldin
  • Some of those trunks are quite short, huh? Lol.... I can see your cheeks!! 🎶

    Elle FoxElle Fox3 kun oldin
  • They need to make a Netflix series about jack johnson

    EarthツEarthツ4 kun oldin
  • Jack Johnson was more audacious than Muhammad Ali. No athlete has ever caused such a world stir as Jack Johnson.

    Charles MicheauxCharles Micheaux4 kun oldin
  • That is so awesome! Now I wanna catch this movie.

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  • Stuff you should learn in school

    AndyAndy4 kun oldin
  • Johnson was the One punch man of real life, powerful and yet everyone underestimated/hated him.

    Sacred - ChanSacred - Chan5 kun oldin
  • 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.

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  • Black guy: wins world title Racists: [Pikachu face] ('°○°`)! *You can't do that!*

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  • I never knew about this man, Mr. Jack Johnson everyone around the world will remember your name again, sir.

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  • President Trump pardoned him...

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  • He was a certified boyo he got that burns fight by stalking burns calling him out for a fight 😂😂

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  • He was the best fighter or boxer ever lived!!!

    Joseph ChristopherJoseph Christopher6 kun oldin
  • Shameful

    Roland RodriguezRoland Rodriguez6 kun oldin
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    Jackie A.Jackie A.7 kun oldin
  • Black is King ❤👏

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    • 🤣🤣🤣🤣

      Ferreira LinusFerreira Linus17 soat oldin
  • I'd love to see a match between Jeff-Johnson and the great Muhammad Ali.

    Dwight TurnerDwight Turner7 kun oldin
  • Vox will slap a copyright claim on anyone who replays this without their permission. Racists!

    Top Super SevenTop Super Seven7 kun oldin
    • ?

      Swapnil IqbalSwapnil Iqbal5 kun oldin
  • So...this thing called "great whyte hype" has been going on for centuries!!! Hmmm... how interesting!😉😂😂😂

    The TruthThe Truth7 kun oldin
  • Jack lost to another white dude after that tho

    VelocyTaptorVelocyTaptor7 kun oldin
  • Underrated boxer, i never heard about him until now, i think they should make a new movie about him.

    Cooking With HagarCooking With Hagar8 kun oldin
    • It was Joe Gans 1st he fought 42 rounds, Then it Was Jack Johnson! Yeaaaaaaaa💯🙌🏾💪🏾✊🏾👏🏾🤙🏾😉❤

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  • Congratulations Champ

  • Who the f cares, Boxing isn't a real sport. It is a "promotion" .

    Kees AppelflapKees Appelflap8 kun oldin
    • Please show me a sport that is not promoted.

      Swapnil IqbalSwapnil Iqbal5 kun oldin
  • 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.

    Jeff SlossonJeff Slosson8 kun oldin
  • 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.

    NJCNJC8 kun oldin
  • I am black...😂😂😂😂

    Malc JusticeMalc Justice9 kun oldin
  • 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!!!

    Jamal MccoyJamal Mccoy9 kun oldin
  • Banned by who and who is ‘they?’ Schmucks

    Shawn PatrickShawn Patrick9 kun oldin
    • @Shawn Patrick thats why it was banned in the us

      Swapnil IqbalSwapnil Iqbal5 kun oldin
    • @Swapnil Iqbal The us Congress doesn’t control the world although they think they do

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    • Congress

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  • And when he did loose it had TOOK A DIVE FOR PAY

    Terrance WicksTerrance Wicks9 kun oldin
  • I love Jack Johnson

    Pavl RakopvPavl Rakopv9 kun oldin
  • 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....

    Fred FlintstoneFred Flintstone9 kun oldin
  • 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.

    Ernani HidalgoErnani Hidalgo9 kun oldin
  • Whites haven't changed that much have they? Why so petty why such envy? Why such hatred?

    Al BrathwaiteAl Brathwaite10 kun oldin
  • Sorry what? 15th round? hahaha

    Matt BushnellMatt Bushnell10 kun oldin
  • 2:49-2:58 😂 cause they know we win!

    TheGloveCompany 12TheGloveCompany 1210 kun oldin
  • "burns found a blagk master" what

    Beat BankBeat Bank10 kun oldin
  • 100 years later in 2012 the first black president gets re-elected..........God bless Johnson

    Patrick MamboPatrick Mambo11 kun oldin
  • It would have been Genocide had Obama won the elections in 1912

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  • They still cannot accept Raphael Warnock won and now they are changing electoral rules

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  • @

    NxDrNxDr11 kun oldin
  • The video is correct -- as soon as there were a string of black heavyweight champions, all notions of white supremacy have completely disappeared.... ooops

    Ty WillinganzTy Willinganz11 kun oldin
  • Save yourself all the whitewashed drivel in this and simply go watch the documentary "Unforgivable Blackness : The Jack Johnson Story" narrated by Wesley Snipes.

    Blaque NguniBlaque Nguni11 kun oldin
  • 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.....

    Richard LRichard L12 kun oldin
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  • whats changed

    peter goldpeter gold12 kun oldin
  • Does this mean colored people are better?

    dynamikedynamike12 kun oldin
    • No? It means that poc can do the same a white people

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  • LOL They showed him getting beat down in theaters? Lol

    Pièrre CalderonePièrre Calderone12 kun oldin
  • Because USA is a racist state😂😂 that china will conquer USA lol😂😂

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    • 😐China is racist too, China is overall worse

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  • A woman would know?

    John MertonJohn Merton13 kun oldin
  • P pp

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  • They stopd the punch. So we dont knw all this for sure.

    R GR G14 kun oldin
  • The only thing disturbing... is their underwear

    Enus MediaEnus Media14 kun oldin
  • Cool. Now, let's make an Ip Man-style film out of this and I'm happy.

    Walter ThatcherWalter Thatcher14 kun oldin
  • 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.

    knight of the sunknight of the sun14 kun oldin
  • Assume!!!!!!

    Donald BedoreDonald Bedore14 kun oldin
  • 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.

    The Bearded SeekerThe Bearded Seeker14 kun oldin
    • Well said !

      Lucy WynnLucy WynnKun oldin
  • Yet here we are in the 21st century and White supremacy is live and kicking...a bad habit.

    Hx-Flix & BlogHx-Flix & Blog15 kun oldin
  • A man won ! Better fighter won ! New World Champ ! An American won !

    John AlbertJohn Albert15 kun oldin
  • I'm a black. A proud black at that.... Hate my color, I don't care.... I refuse to be a racist

    Big Stick GeneralBig Stick General15 kun oldin
  • Jack Johnson would probably best any modern heavy weight

    Douglas RyanDouglas Ryan15 kun oldin
  • I wish they had shown us the fight film...

    Carlos NellsCarlos Nells15 kun oldin
  • He came out of retirement "the hope for white race" and he got the beat down.. hahahaha

    Afro DiasporaAfro Diaspora16 kun oldin
  • Hmmm who was the last white heavyweight champion. Lol 😂🤣😂🤣

    Scott KimuraScott Kimura16 kun oldin
  • Sup with the ole school daisy dukes tht guy waz rockin

    Justin DececcoJustin Dececco16 kun oldin
  • Wow, the woman is annoying. There were riots and authorities were worried about further riots. Johnson was a successful fighter. Kudos to him.

    Alec KinnearAlec Kinnear16 kun oldin
  • This is the man who Trump posthumously pardoned.

    Junior GuzmanJunior Guzman17 kun oldin
  • More like the Great White Nope.

    A BA B17 kun oldin
  • This is all very Falcon and Winter Soldier.

    A BA B17 kun oldin
  • 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 CurveAhead Of The Curve18 kun oldin
  • Sounds about White

    Ahead Of The CurveAhead Of The Curve18 kun oldin
  • Where the media is concerned, what has REALLY changed?

    Wkev AntWkev Ant18 kun oldin
  • Do black people never stop talking about how such victims they are? It’s properly sad

    BlankBlank18 kun oldin
    • Why

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  • The lengths and lows they go.....

    DANN JUMADANN JUMA18 kun oldin
  • 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

    Triple QQQTriple QQQ18 kun oldin
  • I love my black skin... Real Talk!!

    Famous BowenFamous Bowen18 kun oldin
  • Jack Johnson the Beast.

    Wild CatWild Cat18 kun oldin
  • Bruh!!! It’s almost centuries of racism’s

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  • White people and there white rules.🤦‍♂️ Karen's

    Siunipa TaiseniSiunipa Taiseni18 kun oldin
  • 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".

    Jim CroninJim Cronin18 kun oldin
  • Wow that was really like repeating stuff that has been said like 100 years ago.

    NY Plantings Garden Designers & Landscape ContractorsNY Plantings Garden Designers & Landscape Contractors18 kun oldin
  • lol. in england we dont have a race issue between black and white. we just like to see a good fight.

    luke gormanluke gorman18 kun oldin
  • And this is why We Must separate period.

    Raymond GallegosRaymond Gallegos19 kun oldin
  • Yep

    James OwensJames Owens19 kun oldin
  • 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

    Renaj ForbesRenaj Forbes19 kun oldin
    • But the white man still controls sports..the WM is the one who cuts the checks to the fastest man and the strongest fighter 🤷🏽‍♀️

      Lucy WynnLucy WynnKun oldin
  • None

    Arthur BrownArthur Brown19 kun oldin