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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  1. Radhakant Tiwadi
    Radhakant Tiwadi
    2 uur geleden

    Imagine how shity mindset was USA

  2. Jean Bakunzi
    Jean Bakunzi
    3 uur geleden

    I love this... History

  3. Jean Bakunzi
    Jean Bakunzi
    3 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.

  4. N Montenegro
    N Montenegro
    5 uur geleden

    Miles Davis did a marvelous rendition to this man. What a genius he was!

  5. Zainulabedin Patel
    Zainulabedin Patel
    8 uur geleden

    White were unable to digest the black supremacy in boxing .

  6. fireboy 303
    fireboy 303
    8 uur geleden

    5:02 too bad ali and Frazier took that title

  7. fireboy 303
    fireboy 303
    8 uur geleden

    5:02 too bad ali and Frazier took that title

  8. Prop B
    Prop B
    11 uur geleden

    This white chick really loves telling this story doesn't she🤔🤨

  9. Richie Macmero
    Richie Macmero
    11 uur geleden

    The media did have a field day with their titles!!

  10. G-low Goose
    G-low Goose
    14 uur geleden

    Been on this

  11. Sekai ii
    Sekai ii
    14 uur geleden

    Francis Ngannou 🇨🇲

  12. Ifeanyi Mbaogu
    Ifeanyi Mbaogu
    15 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.

  13. Traktorochskit
    17 uur geleden

    OH, White people, why are you so scared?

  14. Ninja Mbita
    Ninja Mbita
    20 uur geleden

    Read Unforgivable Blackness !

  15. S E
    S E
    Dag geleden

    Lol this country is sumn else man

  16. TUCO
    Dag geleden

    weak people always aim for racism .

  17. Rock Land
    Rock Land
    Dag 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

  18. Nchenge Eyong
    Nchenge Eyong
    2 dagen geleden

    It such a shame we still see such racism today.America great country but very very bad history

  19. Lord Burlap
    Lord Burlap
    2 dagen geleden

    Jim Jeffries.....The Great White HopeLESS......

  20. Tank Tikka
    Tank Tikka
    2 dagen geleden

    That motion picture is definitely 'moving'. Away from the ridiculous vanity that is hurt by it.

  21. something like that
    something like that
    2 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?

  22. DGMG Neco
    DGMG Neco
    3 dagen geleden


  23. Cushite Revenge
    Cushite Revenge
    3 dagen geleden

    The original statement, " Down goes Frazier !! "

  24. Christopher Brook
    Christopher Brook
    3 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..

  25. Asle Hoset
    Asle Hoset
    4 dagen geleden

    It's only one human race

  26. Ryan Ayers
    Ryan Ayers
    4 dagen geleden

    The secret to Johnson’s success is his breakfast routine of banana pancakes

  27. Daniel Carter
    Daniel Carter
    4 dagen geleden

    Glad real history is still being circulated still

  28. Rol Abe
    Rol Abe
    4 dagen geleden

    there is no such thing as white supremacy.! Hmmmpft#@#$*!^/##!!!!

  29. Ybes Prince
    Ybes Prince
    4 dagen geleden

    Lol the supreme race cant handle a lil sports defeat.

  30. Millevenon 585
    Millevenon 585
    5 dagen geleden

    Lol at the white fragility of the 19th century

  31. marc field
    marc field
    5 dagen geleden

    Jack Johnson murderer bully drug addict race don't mean nothing he's promoters would pay off white etc to lose

    1. Travis Hylton
      Travis Hylton
      4 dagen geleden

      a nice dream

  32. Trevon Jones
    Trevon Jones
    5 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.

  33. Scott Prendergast
    Scott Prendergast
    6 dagen geleden

    Jack dempsey smashed Johnson’s face up badly not that long after

    1. Travis Hylton
      Travis Hylton
      4 dagen geleden

      they never met

    6 dagen geleden

    "He tooook our jawbs!! "

  35. Andrei Andreev
    Andrei Andreev
    6 dagen geleden

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

  36. Mark Andrew Pawid
    Mark Andrew Pawid
    6 dagen geleden

    Is it true that Jack Johnson had 10 inch wrists?

  37. Alan Omuyaku
    Alan Omuyaku
    7 dagen geleden


  38. Elle Fox
    Elle Fox
    8 dagen geleden

    Some of those trunks are quite short, huh? Lol.... I can see your cheeks!! 🎶

  39. Earthツ
    8 dagen geleden

    They need to make a Netflix series about jack johnson

  40. Charles Micheaux
    Charles Micheaux
    8 dagen geleden

    Jack Johnson was more audacious than Muhammad Ali. No athlete has ever caused such a world stir as Jack Johnson.

    9 dagen geleden

    That is so awesome! Now I wanna catch this movie.

  42. Bogs Kabogo
    Bogs Kabogo
    9 dagen geleden

    Look out America blacks may take ur country the hard way

  43. Andy
    9 dagen geleden

    Stuff you should learn in school

  44. Sacred - Chan
    Sacred - Chan
    9 dagen geleden

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

  45. 32 gigs
    32 gigs
    9 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.

  46. Zap Rowsdower
    Zap Rowsdower
    9 dagen geleden

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

  47. Zap Rowsdower
    Zap Rowsdower
    10 dagen geleden

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

  48. Chris .Appel
    Chris .Appel
    10 dagen geleden

    President Trump pardoned him...

  49. Mr Spud
    Mr Spud
    10 dagen geleden

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

  50. richard polborido
    richard polborido
    10 dagen geleden

    Wow,the Vox featured "Boxing" pun intended

  51. Joseph Christopher
    Joseph Christopher
    11 dagen geleden

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

  52. Roland Rodriguez
    Roland Rodriguez
    11 dagen geleden


  53. Jackie A.
    Jackie A.
    11 dagen geleden

    THIS DOESNT REALLY WORK. See my channel for the real way to LOSE WEIGHT FAST AS ME

  54. Sfiso Buthelezi
    Sfiso Buthelezi
    11 dagen geleden

    Black is King ❤👏

    1. Ferreira Linus
      Ferreira Linus
      5 dagen geleden


  55. Dwight Turner
    Dwight Turner
    12 dagen geleden

    I'd love to see a match between Jeff-Johnson and the great Muhammad Ali.

  56. Top Super Seven
    Top Super Seven
    12 dagen geleden

    Vox will slap a copyright claim on anyone who replays this without their permission. Racists!

    1. Swapnil Iqbal
      Swapnil Iqbal
      10 dagen geleden


  57. The Truth
    The Truth
    12 dagen geleden

    So...this thing called "great whyte hype" has been going on for centuries!!! Hmmm... how interesting!😉😂😂😂

  58. VelocyTaptor
    12 dagen geleden

    Jack lost to another white dude after that tho

  59. Freedom Always20
    Freedom Always20
    12 dagen geleden

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

    1. charli el rogers
      charli el rogers
      9 dagen geleden

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

    12 dagen geleden

    Congratulations Champ

  61. Kees Appelflap
    Kees Appelflap
    12 dagen geleden

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

    1. Swapnil Iqbal
      Swapnil Iqbal
      10 dagen geleden

      Please show me a sport that is not promoted.

  62. Jeff Slosson
    Jeff Slosson
    13 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.

  63. NJC
    13 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.

  64. Malc Justice
    Malc Justice
    13 dagen geleden

    I am black...😂😂😂😂

  65. Jamal Mccoy
    Jamal Mccoy
    13 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!!!

  66. Shawn Patrick
    Shawn Patrick
    13 dagen geleden

    Banned by who and who is ‘they?’ Schmucks

    1. Swapnil Iqbal
      Swapnil Iqbal
      9 dagen geleden

      @Shawn Patrick thats why it was banned in the us

    2. Shawn Patrick
      Shawn Patrick
      9 dagen geleden

      @Swapnil Iqbal The us Congress doesn’t control the world although they think they do

    3. Swapnil Iqbal
      Swapnil Iqbal
      10 dagen geleden


  67. Terrance Wicks
    Terrance Wicks
    13 dagen geleden

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

  68. Pavl Rakopv
    Pavl Rakopv
    14 dagen geleden

    I love Jack Johnson

  69. Fred Flintstone
    Fred Flintstone
    14 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....

  70. Ernani Hidalgo
    Ernani Hidalgo
    14 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.

  71. Al Brathwaite
    Al Brathwaite
    14 dagen geleden

    Whites haven't changed that much have they? Why so petty why such envy? Why such hatred?

  72. Matt Bushnell
    Matt Bushnell
    14 dagen geleden

    Sorry what? 15th round? hahaha

  73. TheGloveCompany 12
    TheGloveCompany 12
    15 dagen geleden

    2:49-2:58 😂 cause they know we win!

  74. Beat Bank
    Beat Bank
    15 dagen geleden

    "burns found a blagk master" what

  75. Patrick Mambo
    Patrick Mambo
    15 dagen geleden

    100 years later in 2012 the first black president gets re-elected..........God bless Johnson

  76. Patrick Mambo
    Patrick Mambo
    15 dagen geleden

    It would have been Genocide had Obama won the elections in 1912

  77. Patrick Mambo
    Patrick Mambo
    15 dagen geleden

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

  78. NxDr
    15 dagen geleden


  79. Ty Willinganz
    Ty Willinganz
    15 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

  80. Blaque Nguni
    Blaque Nguni
    16 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.

  81. Richard L
    Richard L
    16 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.....

  82. Krazy Meek
    Krazy Meek
    16 dagen geleden

    I much hate can you have foe a person tht thy made a virus to try drop the economy number

  83. kciderman Stuff!!!
    kciderman Stuff!!!
    17 dagen geleden

    🥊True Legend... What a man 👏

  84. peter gold
    peter gold
    17 dagen geleden

    whats changed

  85. dynamike
    17 dagen geleden

    Does this mean colored people are better?

    1. Cars for Kids
      Cars for Kids
      4 dagen geleden

      No? It means that poc can do the same a white people

  86. Pièrre Calderone
    Pièrre Calderone
    17 dagen geleden

    LOL They showed him getting beat down in theaters? Lol

  87. Cyrelle jeric Quintos
    Cyrelle jeric Quintos
    17 dagen geleden

    Because USA is a racist state😂😂 that china will conquer USA lol😂😂

    1. Danny'sDungareeDanceoff
      13 dagen geleden

      😐China is racist too, China is overall worse

  88. John Merton
    John Merton
    17 dagen geleden

    A woman would know?

  89. Ramiro Ramirez
    Ramiro Ramirez
    18 dagen geleden

    P pp

  90. Bong Buena
    Bong Buena
    18 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.

    1. Nobody _
      Nobody _
      7 dagen geleden

      @Nana Li Hinduism is the world's oldest religion, according to many scholars, with roots and customs dating back more than 4,000 years. Today, with about 900 million followers, Hinduism is the third-largest religion behind Christianity and Islam.

    2. Nana Li
      Nana Li
      14 dagen geleden

      Almighty God I give You all my thanks , praise , glory & love. I call upon You right now Dear Jesus to ask You to place Your powerful hand of protection, love & comfort over my friend, Your child & their loved ones Father God. Work through them & bless them with Your glorious light so when the enemy comes for them My God the enemy turns & runs blinded by Your light of love & righteousness My Lord Jesus. Help us all My Father God & teach us how to deal with ignorant people who are no better then us but think they are.. Bless us with Your strength. In Christ Jesus I pray. Amen

  91. R G
    R G
    18 dagen geleden

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

  92. Enus Media
    Enus Media
    19 dagen geleden

    The only thing disturbing... is their underwear

  93. Walter Thatcher
    Walter Thatcher
    19 dagen geleden

    Cool. Now, let's make an Ip Man-style film out of this and I'm happy.

  94. knight of the sun
    knight of the sun
    19 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.

  95. Donald Bedore
    Donald Bedore
    19 dagen geleden


  96. The Bearded Seeker
    The Bearded Seeker
    19 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.

    1. Lucy Wynn
      Lucy Wynn
      6 dagen geleden

      Well said !

  97. Hx-Flix & Blog
    Hx-Flix & Blog
    19 dagen geleden

    Yet here we are in the 21st century and White supremacy is live and kicking...a bad habit.

  98. John Albert
    John Albert
    19 dagen geleden

    A man won ! Better fighter won ! New World Champ ! An American won !

  99. Big Stick General
    Big Stick General
    19 dagen geleden

    I'm a black. A proud black at that.... Hate my color, I don't care.... I refuse to be a racist

  100. Douglas Ryan
    Douglas Ryan
    19 dagen geleden

    Jack Johnson would probably best any modern heavy weight