The boxing film that was banned around the world

24 feb. 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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  • And now just take a look at MLB Baseball -> black kids are pushed out for this very reason. White people do not want white men to have to compete fairly in this country. Nothing has changed in athletics in America.

    Quintin R.Quintin R.3 uur geleden
  • White folks tend to try to erase black folks' achievements. 🤔

    AliEvaMariAliEvaMari5 uur geleden
  • Imagine how shity mindset was USA

    Radhakant TiwadiRadhakant Tiwadi9 uur geleden
  • I love this... History

    Jean BakunziJean Bakunzi10 uur geleden
  • Race doen't matter. Love one an other. No one choose to be born in certain community. God is the master of all.

    Jean BakunziJean Bakunzi10 uur geleden
  • Miles Davis did a marvelous rendition to this man. What a genius he was!

    N MontenegroN Montenegro12 uur geleden
  • White were unable to digest the black supremacy in boxing .

    Zainulabedin PatelZainulabedin Patel15 uur geleden
  • 5:02 too bad ali and Frazier took that title

    fireboy 303fireboy 30315 uur geleden
  • 5:02 too bad ali and Frazier took that title

    fireboy 303fireboy 30315 uur geleden
  • This white chick really loves telling this story doesn't she🤔🤨

    Prop BProp B18 uur geleden
  • The media did have a field day with their titles!!

    Richie MacmeroRichie Macmero18 uur geleden
  • Been on this

    G-low GooseG-low Goose20 uur geleden
  • Francis Ngannou 🇨🇲

    Sekai iiSekai ii21 uur geleden
  • You guys are busy killing yourself here over what happened some 100yrs back boxing greatness doesn't have anything to do with race people like jack are one of a kind I read about the dude some 10yrs back and someone in America is complaining about not knowing the story while am from Nigeria I guess it's Because I've always loved boxing as a kid and never had the opportunity. So people stop arguing and learn your history fellows.

    Ifeanyi MbaoguIfeanyi Mbaogu22 uur geleden
  • OH, White people, why are you so scared?

    TraktorochskitTraktorochskit23 uur geleden
  • Read Unforgivable Blackness !

    Ninja MbitaNinja MbitaDag geleden
  • Lol this country is sumn else man

    S ES EDag geleden
  • weak people always aim for racism .

    TUCOTUCODag geleden
  • Our place is from the begining, we are kings and queen of this earth and we are educated so no more whitewash of the truth, come fist to fist look at Mike yson, usian bolt, Olando Morage kings of the earth, knowledge is power

    Rock LandRock LandDag geleden
  • It such a shame we still see such racism today.America great country but very very bad history

    Nchenge EyongNchenge Eyong2 dagen geleden
  • Jim Jeffries.....The Great White HopeLESS......

    Lord BurlapLord Burlap2 dagen geleden
  • That motion picture is definitely 'moving'. Away from the ridiculous vanity that is hurt by it.

    Tank TikkaTank Tikka2 dagen geleden
  • Wait, why was a fight between a Canadian and an American fought in Australia? Why fight in a country was probably a month or two's voyage from both fighters homeland when one of them could have taken a day or some to drive to the others country?

    something like thatsomething like that2 dagen geleden

    DGMG NecoDGMG Neco3 dagen geleden
  • The original statement, " Down goes Frazier !! "

    Cushite RevengeCushite Revenge3 dagen geleden
  • I don't know why they ban that boxing match. Old Retired white boxer went up again young black boxer in is prime and lasted 15 rounds..

    Christopher BrookChristopher Brook3 dagen geleden
  • It's only one human race

    Asle HosetAsle Hoset4 dagen geleden
  • The secret to Johnson’s success is his breakfast routine of banana pancakes

    Ryan AyersRyan Ayers4 dagen geleden
  • Glad real history is still being circulated still

    Daniel CarterDaniel Carter4 dagen geleden
  • there is no such thing as white supremacy.! Hmmmpft#@#$*!^/##!!!!

    Rol AbeRol Abe4 dagen geleden
  • Lol the supreme race cant handle a lil sports defeat.

    Ybes PrinceYbes Prince5 dagen geleden
  • Lol at the white fragility of the 19th century

    Millevenon 585Millevenon 5855 dagen geleden
  • 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 Jones5 dagen geleden
  • Jack dempsey smashed Johnson’s face up badly not that long after

    Scott PrendergastScott Prendergast6 dagen geleden
    • they never met

      Travis HyltonTravis Hylton4 dagen geleden
  • "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 Andreev6 dagen geleden
  • Is it true that Jack Johnson had 10 inch wrists?

    Mark Andrew PawidMark Andrew Pawid7 dagen geleden
  • 💙

    Alan OmuyakuAlan Omuyaku8 dagen geleden
  • Some of those trunks are quite short, huh? Lol.... I can see your cheeks!! 🎶

    Elle FoxElle Fox8 dagen geleden
  • They need to make a Netflix series about jack johnson

    EarthツEarthツ8 dagen geleden
  • Jack Johnson was more audacious than Muhammad Ali. No athlete has ever caused such a world stir as Jack Johnson.

    Charles MicheauxCharles Micheaux9 dagen geleden
  • That is so awesome! Now I wanna catch this movie.

    L3ST3RMZRGS MDL3ST3RMZRGS MD9 dagen geleden
  • Look out America blacks may take ur country the hard way

    Bogs KabogoBogs Kabogo9 dagen geleden
  • Stuff you should learn in school

    AndyAndy9 dagen geleden
  • Johnson was the One punch man of real life, powerful and yet everyone underestimated/hated him.

    Sacred - ChanSacred - Chan9 dagen geleden
  • 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.

    32 gigs32 gigs10 dagen geleden
  • Black guy: wins world title Racists: [Pikachu face] ('°○°`)! *You can't do that!*

    Zap RowsdowerZap Rowsdower10 dagen geleden
  • I never knew about this man, Mr. Jack Johnson everyone around the world will remember your name again, sir.

    Zap RowsdowerZap Rowsdower10 dagen geleden
  • President Trump pardoned him...

    Chris .AppelChris .Appel10 dagen geleden
  • He was a certified boyo he got that burns fight by stalking burns calling him out for a fight 😂😂

    Mr SpudMr Spud10 dagen geleden
  • Wow,the Vox featured "Boxing" pun intended

    richard polboridorichard polborido10 dagen geleden
  • He was the best fighter or boxer ever lived!!!

    Joseph ChristopherJoseph Christopher11 dagen geleden
  • Shameful

    Roland RodriguezRoland Rodriguez11 dagen geleden
  • THIS DOESNT REALLY WORK. See my channel for the real way to LOSE WEIGHT FAST AS ME

    Jackie A.Jackie A.11 dagen geleden
  • Black is King ❤👏

    Sfiso ButheleziSfiso Buthelezi11 dagen geleden
    • 🤣🤣🤣🤣

      Ferreira LinusFerreira Linus5 dagen geleden
  • I'd love to see a match between Jeff-Johnson and the great Muhammad Ali.

    Dwight TurnerDwight Turner12 dagen geleden
  • Vox will slap a copyright claim on anyone who replays this without their permission. Racists!

    Top Super SevenTop Super Seven12 dagen geleden
    • ?

      Swapnil IqbalSwapnil Iqbal10 dagen geleden
  • So...this thing called "great whyte hype" has been going on for centuries!!! Hmmm... how interesting!😉😂😂😂

    The TruthThe Truth12 dagen geleden
  • Jack lost to another white dude after that tho

    VelocyTaptorVelocyTaptor12 dagen geleden
  • Underrated boxer, i never heard about him until now, i think they should make a new movie about him.

    Freedom Always20Freedom Always2012 dagen geleden
    • It was Joe Gans 1st he fought 42 rounds, Then it Was Jack Johnson! Yeaaaaaaaa💯🙌🏾💪🏾✊🏾👏🏾🤙🏾😉❤

      charli el rogerscharli el rogers9 dagen geleden
  • Congratulations Champ

    TLOTLO PHELETLOTLO PHELE13 dagen geleden
  • Who the f cares, Boxing isn't a real sport. It is a "promotion" .

    Kees AppelflapKees Appelflap13 dagen geleden
    • Please show me a sport that is not promoted.

      Swapnil IqbalSwapnil Iqbal10 dagen geleden
  • 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 Slosson13 dagen geleden
  • 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.

    NJCNJC13 dagen geleden
  • I am black...😂😂😂😂

    Malc JusticeMalc Justice13 dagen geleden
  • 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 Mccoy14 dagen geleden
  • Banned by who and who is ‘they?’ Schmucks

    Shawn PatrickShawn Patrick14 dagen geleden
    • @Shawn Patrick thats why it was banned in the us

      Swapnil IqbalSwapnil Iqbal10 dagen geleden
    • @Swapnil Iqbal The us Congress doesn’t control the world although they think they do

      Shawn PatrickShawn Patrick10 dagen geleden
    • Congress

      Swapnil IqbalSwapnil Iqbal10 dagen geleden
  • And when he did loose it had TOOK A DIVE FOR PAY

    Terrance WicksTerrance Wicks14 dagen geleden
  • I love Jack Johnson

    Pavl RakopvPavl Rakopv14 dagen geleden
  • 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 Flintstone14 dagen geleden
  • 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 Hidalgo14 dagen geleden
  • Whites haven't changed that much have they? Why so petty why such envy? Why such hatred?

    Al BrathwaiteAl Brathwaite15 dagen geleden
  • Sorry what? 15th round? hahaha

    Matt BushnellMatt Bushnell15 dagen geleden
  • 2:49-2:58 😂 cause they know we win!

    TheGloveCompany 12TheGloveCompany 1215 dagen geleden
  • "burns found a blagk master" what

    Beat BankBeat Bank15 dagen geleden
  • 100 years later in 2012 the first black president gets re-elected..........God bless Johnson

    Patrick MamboPatrick Mambo15 dagen geleden
  • It would have been Genocide had Obama won the elections in 1912

    Patrick MamboPatrick Mambo15 dagen geleden
  • They still cannot accept Raphael Warnock won and now they are changing electoral rules

    Patrick MamboPatrick Mambo15 dagen geleden
  • @

    NxDrNxDr15 dagen geleden
  • 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 Willinganz16 dagen geleden
  • 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 Nguni16 dagen geleden
  • 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 L16 dagen geleden
  • I much hate can you have foe a person tht thy made a virus to try drop the economy number

    Krazy MeekKrazy Meek16 dagen geleden
  • 🥊True Legend... What a man 👏

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  • whats changed

    peter goldpeter gold17 dagen geleden
  • Does this mean colored people are better?

    dynamikedynamike17 dagen geleden
    • No? It means that poc can do the same a white people

      Cars for KidsCars for Kids5 dagen geleden
  • LOL They showed him getting beat down in theaters? Lol

    Pièrre CalderonePièrre Calderone17 dagen geleden
  • Because USA is a racist state😂😂 that china will conquer USA lol😂😂

    Cyrelle jeric QuintosCyrelle jeric Quintos17 dagen geleden
    • 😐China is racist too, China is overall worse

      Danny'sDungareeDanceoffDanny'sDungareeDanceoff14 dagen geleden
  • A woman would know?

    John MertonJohn Merton17 dagen geleden
  • P pp

    Ramiro RamirezRamiro Ramirez18 dagen geleden
  • 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.

    Bong BuenaBong Buena18 dagen geleden
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      Nana LiNana Li14 dagen geleden
  • They stopd the punch. So we dont knw all this for sure.

    R GR G19 dagen geleden
  • The only thing disturbing... is their underwear

    Enus MediaEnus Media19 dagen geleden
  • Cool. Now, let's make an Ip Man-style film out of this and I'm happy.

    Walter ThatcherWalter Thatcher19 dagen geleden
  • 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 sun19 dagen geleden
  • Assume!!!!!!

    Donald BedoreDonald Bedore19 dagen geleden
  • 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 Seeker19 dagen geleden
    • Well said !

      Lucy WynnLucy Wynn6 dagen geleden
  • Yet here we are in the 21st century and White supremacy is live and kicking...a bad habit.

    Hx-Flix & BlogHx-Flix & Blog19 dagen geleden
  • A man won ! Better fighter won ! New World Champ ! An American won !

    John AlbertJohn Albert20 dagen geleden
  • 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 General20 dagen geleden