The boxing film that was banned around the world


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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  • Quintin R.
    Quintin R.20 menit yang lalu

    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.

  • AliEvaMari
    AliEvaMari2 jam yang lalu

    White folks tend to try to erase black folks' achievements. 🤔

  • Radhakant Tiwadi
    Radhakant Tiwadi6 jam yang lalu

    Imagine how shity mindset was USA

  • Jean Bakunzi
    Jean Bakunzi7 jam yang lalu

    I love this... History

  • Jean Bakunzi
    Jean Bakunzi7 jam yang lalu

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

  • N Montenegro
    N Montenegro9 jam yang lalu

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

  • Zainulabedin Patel
    Zainulabedin Patel12 jam yang lalu

    White were unable to digest the black supremacy in boxing .

  • fireboy 303
    fireboy 30312 jam yang lalu

    5:02 too bad ali and Frazier took that title

  • fireboy 303
    fireboy 30312 jam yang lalu

    5:02 too bad ali and Frazier took that title

  • Prop B
    Prop B15 jam yang lalu

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

  • Richie Macmero
    Richie Macmero15 jam yang lalu

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

  • G-low Goose
    G-low Goose18 jam yang lalu

    Been on this

  • Sekai ii
    Sekai ii18 jam yang lalu

    Francis Ngannou 🇨🇲

  • Ifeanyi Mbaogu
    Ifeanyi Mbaogu19 jam yang lalu

    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.

  • Traktorochskit
    Traktorochskit21 jam yang lalu

    OH, White people, why are you so scared?

  • Ninja Mbita
    Ninja MbitaHari Yang lalu

    Read Unforgivable Blackness !

  • S E
    S EHari Yang lalu

    Lol this country is sumn else man

  • TUCO
    TUCOHari Yang lalu

    weak people always aim for racism .

  • Rock Land
    Rock LandHari Yang lalu

    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

  • Nchenge Eyong
    Nchenge Eyong2 hari yang lalu

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

  • Lord Burlap
    Lord Burlap2 hari yang lalu

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

  • Tank Tikka
    Tank Tikka2 hari yang lalu

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

  • something like that
    something like that2 hari yang lalu

    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?

  • DGMG Neco
    DGMG Neco3 hari yang lalu


  • Cushite Revenge
    Cushite Revenge3 hari yang lalu

    The original statement, " Down goes Frazier !! "

  • Christopher Brook
    Christopher Brook3 hari yang lalu

    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..

  • Asle Hoset
    Asle Hoset4 hari yang lalu

    It's only one human race

  • Ryan Ayers
    Ryan Ayers4 hari yang lalu

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

  • Daniel Carter
    Daniel Carter4 hari yang lalu

    Glad real history is still being circulated still

  • Rol Abe
    Rol Abe4 hari yang lalu

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

  • Ybes Prince
    Ybes Prince5 hari yang lalu

    Lol the supreme race cant handle a lil sports defeat.

  • Millevenon 585
    Millevenon 5855 hari yang lalu

    Lol at the white fragility of the 19th century

  • Trevon Jones
    Trevon Jones5 hari yang lalu

    Why in the thumbnail it looks like the dude is fully naked only wearing a pair of boxing gloves & a long pair of socks.

  • Scott Prendergast
    Scott Prendergast6 hari yang lalu

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

  • Travis Hylton

    Travis Hylton

    4 hari yang lalu

    they never met

    ASTATOSTASOS6 hari yang lalu

    "He tooook our jawbs!! "

  • Andrei Andreev
    Andrei Andreev6 hari yang lalu

    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 Pawid7 hari yang lalu

    Is it true that Jack Johnson had 10 inch wrists?

  • Alan Omuyaku
    Alan Omuyaku8 hari yang lalu


  • Elle Fox
    Elle Fox8 hari yang lalu

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

  • Earthツ
    Earthツ8 hari yang lalu

    They need to make a Netflix series about jack johnson

  • Charles Micheaux
    Charles Micheaux9 hari yang lalu

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

    L3ST3RMZRGS MD9 hari yang lalu

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

  • Bogs Kabogo
    Bogs Kabogo9 hari yang lalu

    Look out America blacks may take ur country the hard way

  • Andy
    Andy9 hari yang lalu

    Stuff you should learn in school

  • Sacred - Chan
    Sacred - Chan9 hari yang lalu

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

  • 32 gigs
    32 gigs10 hari yang lalu

    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 Rowsdower10 hari yang lalu

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

  • Zap Rowsdower
    Zap Rowsdower10 hari yang lalu

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

  • Chris .Appel
    Chris .Appel10 hari yang lalu

    President Trump pardoned him...

  • Mr Spud
    Mr Spud10 hari yang lalu

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

  • richard polborido
    richard polborido10 hari yang lalu

    Wow,the Vox featured "Boxing" pun intended

  • Joseph Christopher
    Joseph Christopher11 hari yang lalu

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

  • Roland Rodriguez
    Roland Rodriguez11 hari yang lalu


  • Jackie A.
    Jackie A.11 hari yang lalu

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

  • Sfiso Buthelezi
    Sfiso Buthelezi11 hari yang lalu

    Black is King ❤👏

  • Ferreira Linus

    Ferreira Linus

    5 hari yang lalu


  • Dwight Turner
    Dwight Turner12 hari yang lalu

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

  • Top Super Seven
    Top Super Seven12 hari yang lalu

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

  • Swapnil Iqbal

    Swapnil Iqbal

    10 hari yang lalu


  • The Truth
    The Truth12 hari yang lalu

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

  • VelocyTaptor
    VelocyTaptor12 hari yang lalu

    Jack lost to another white dude after that tho

  • Freedom Always20
    Freedom Always2012 hari yang lalu

    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

    9 hari yang lalu

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

    TLOTLO PHELE13 hari yang lalu

    Congratulations Champ

  • Kees Appelflap
    Kees Appelflap13 hari yang lalu

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

  • Swapnil Iqbal

    Swapnil Iqbal

    10 hari yang lalu

    Please show me a sport that is not promoted.

  • Jeff Slosson
    Jeff Slosson13 hari yang lalu

    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
    NJC13 hari yang lalu

    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 Justice13 hari yang lalu

    I am black...😂😂😂😂

  • Jamal Mccoy
    Jamal Mccoy13 hari yang lalu

    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 Patrick14 hari yang lalu

    Banned by who and who is ‘they?’ Schmucks

  • Swapnil Iqbal

    Swapnil Iqbal

    10 hari yang lalu

    @Shawn Patrick thats why it was banned in the us

  • Shawn Patrick

    Shawn Patrick

    10 hari yang lalu

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

  • Swapnil Iqbal

    Swapnil Iqbal

    10 hari yang lalu


  • Terrance Wicks
    Terrance Wicks14 hari yang lalu

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

  • Pavl Rakopv
    Pavl Rakopv14 hari yang lalu

    I love Jack Johnson

  • Fred Flintstone
    Fred Flintstone14 hari yang lalu

    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 Hidalgo14 hari yang lalu

    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 Brathwaite15 hari yang lalu

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

  • Matt Bushnell
    Matt Bushnell15 hari yang lalu

    Sorry what? 15th round? hahaha

  • TheGloveCompany 12
    TheGloveCompany 1215 hari yang lalu

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

  • Beat Bank
    Beat Bank15 hari yang lalu

    "burns found a blagk master" what

  • Patrick Mambo
    Patrick Mambo15 hari yang lalu

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

  • Patrick Mambo
    Patrick Mambo15 hari yang lalu

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

  • Patrick Mambo
    Patrick Mambo15 hari yang lalu

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

  • NxDr
    NxDr15 hari yang lalu


  • Ty Willinganz
    Ty Willinganz15 hari yang lalu

    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 Nguni16 hari yang lalu

    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 L16 hari yang lalu

    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 Meek16 hari yang lalu

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

  • kciderman Stuff!!!
    kciderman Stuff!!!17 hari yang lalu

    🥊True Legend... What a man 👏

  • peter gold
    peter gold17 hari yang lalu

    whats changed

  • dynamike
    dynamike17 hari yang lalu

    Does this mean colored people are better?

  • Cars for Kids

    Cars for Kids

    5 hari yang lalu

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

  • Pièrre Calderone
    Pièrre Calderone17 hari yang lalu

    LOL They showed him getting beat down in theaters? Lol

  • Cyrelle jeric Quintos
    Cyrelle jeric Quintos17 hari yang lalu

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

  • Danny'sDungareeDanceoff


    13 hari yang lalu

    😐China is racist too, China is overall worse

  • John Merton
    John Merton17 hari yang lalu

    A woman would know?

  • Ramiro Ramirez
    Ramiro Ramirez18 hari yang lalu

    P pp

  • Bong Buena
    Bong Buena18 hari yang lalu

    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.

  • Nobody _

    Nobody _

    7 hari yang lalu

    @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.

  • Nana Li

    Nana Li

    14 hari yang lalu

    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

  • R G
    R G19 hari yang lalu

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

  • Enus Media
    Enus Media19 hari yang lalu

    The only thing disturbing... is their underwear

  • Walter Thatcher
    Walter Thatcher19 hari yang lalu

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

  • knight of the sun
    knight of the sun19 hari yang lalu

    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 Bedore19 hari yang lalu


  • The Bearded Seeker
    The Bearded Seeker19 hari yang lalu

    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

    6 hari yang lalu

    Well said !

  • Hx-Flix & Blog
    Hx-Flix & Blog19 hari yang lalu

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

  • John Albert
    John Albert19 hari yang lalu

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

  • Big Stick General
    Big Stick General20 hari yang lalu

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