100 Greatest African Americans: A Biographical Encyclopedia. schedule. The punch knocked out Ketchell's front teeth; Johnson can be seen on film removing them from his glove, where they had been embedded. Papa Jack, Jack Johnson and the Era of the White Hopes, Randy Roberts, Macmillan, 1983, Chapter 8. Fare thee, Titanic, fare thee well. [citation needed] Johnson won by a TKO in the 12th round of the scheduled 20-rounder, when Childs's seconds signaled he could not go on, claiming a dislocated elbow. Directed by Ken Burns. At least twenty people were killed across the US from the riots,[36] and hundreds more were injured. Instead, Johnson chose to take on Battling Jim Johnson, a lesser-known boxer who, in 1910, had lost to Langford and had a draw and loss via KO to Sam McVey, the former colored champ. The son of former slaves, he had to drop out of school at an early age to find work in order to supplement his family income. [53] Johnson continued fighting, but age was catching up with him. Jones and his co-star Jane Alexander both received Oscar nominations for their work on the film. Afterwards, Jeffries was humbled by the loss and what he'd seen of Johnson in their match. Jack Johnson (Boxer) was born on March 31, 1878 in Texas, United States. It really is a wonderful sight. Asked the secret of his staying power by a reporter who had watched a succession of women parade into, and out of, the champion's hotel room, Johnson supposedly said "Eat jellied eels and think distant thoughts". Johnson held the title until it was vacated when he won the world heavyweight title from Tommy Burns in Sydney, Australia on Boxing Day 1908. John L. Sullivan, who made boxing championships a popular and esteemed spectacle, stated that Johnson was in such good physical shape compared to Jeffries that he would only lose if he had a lack of skill on the day of the fight. To flee to Canada, Johnson posed as a member of a black baseball team. He denied matches to black heavyweights Joe Jeanette (one of his successors as colored heavyweight champ), Sam Langford (who beat Jeanette for the colored title), and the young Harry Wills, who was colored heavyweight champ during the last year of Johnson's reign as world's heavyweight champ. In 1910, Johnson hired a private investigator to follow Duryea after suspecting she was having an affair with his chauffeur. In 1912, he was convicted of violating the Mann Act for bringing his white girlfriend across state lines before their marriage. With Jack Johnson, Keith David, Samuel L. Jackson, Adam Arkin. [19], Johnson attested that his success in boxing came from the coaching he received from Choynski. [84], On June 10, 1946, Johnson died in a car crash on U.S. Highway 1 near Franklinton, North Carolina 36°05'42.0"N 78°27'40.8"W[85] after racing angrily from a diner[10] that forced him to eat in the rear area allocated to blacks. Many whites felt humiliated by the defeat of Jeffries. © 2021 Biography and the Biography logo are registered trademarks of A&E Television Networks, LLC. No, I couldn't have reached him in 1,000 years."[27]. Jeffries did not miss so many blows, because he hardly started any. Before the fight, Jeffries remarked, "It is my intention to go right after my opponent and knock him out as soon as possible." Fare thee, Titanic, fare thee well" (The Eagle Rock was a popular dance at the time). After a few years of school, Johnson went to work as a laborer to help support his family. Johnson's first fight came around this time. The movement to censor Johnson's victory took over the country within three days after the fight. 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