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. Obeahman

      For real? Congress getting in on the act, banning pictures. This fear that grips the soul of the white man!

    2. R A V E N

      "july 4th - Independence day" feels made up smh

    3. On Sight

      someone should make a movie on it

    4. Quintin R.

      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.

    5. AliEvaMari

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

    6. Radhakant Tiwadi

      Imagine how shity mindset was USA

    7. Jean Bakunzi

      I love this... History

    8. Jean Bakunzi

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

    9. N Montenegro

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

    10. Zainulabedin Patel

      White were unable to digest the black supremacy in boxing .

    11. fireboy 303

      5:02 too bad ali and Frazier took that title

    12. fireboy 303

      5:02 too bad ali and Frazier took that title

    13. Prop B

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

    14. Richie Macmero

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

    15. G-low Goose

      Been on this

    16. Sekai ii

      Francis Ngannou 🇨🇲

    17. Ifeanyi Mbaogu

      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.

    18. Traktorochskit

      OH, White people, why are you so scared?

    19. Ninja Mbita

      Read Unforgivable Blackness !

    20. S E

      Lol this country is sumn else man

    21. TUCO

      weak people always aim for racism .

    22. Rock Land

      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

    23. Nchenge Eyong

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

    24. Lord Burlap

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

    25. Tank Tikka

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

    26. something like that

      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?

    27. DGMG Neco


    28. Cushite Revenge

      The original statement, " Down goes Frazier !! "

    29. Christopher Brook

      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..

    30. Asle Hoset

      It's only one human race

    31. Ryan Ayers

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

    32. Daniel Carter

      Glad real history is still being circulated still

    33. Rol Abe

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

    34. Ybes Prince

      Lol the supreme race cant handle a lil sports defeat.

    35. Millevenon 585

      Lol at the white fragility of the 19th century

    36. Trevon Jones

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

    37. Scott Prendergast

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

      1. Travis Hylton

        they never met


      "He tooook our jawbs!! "

    39. Andrei Andreev

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

    40. Mark Andrew Pawid

      Is it true that Jack Johnson had 10 inch wrists?

    41. Alan Omuyaku


    42. Elle Fox

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

    43. Earthツ

      They need to make a Netflix series about jack johnson

    44. Charles Micheaux

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

    45. L3ST3RMZRGS MD

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

    46. Bogs Kabogo

      Look out America blacks may take ur country the hard way

    47. Andy

      Stuff you should learn in school

    48. Sacred - Chan

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

    49. 32 gigs

      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.

    50. Zap Rowsdower

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

    51. Zap Rowsdower

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

    52. Chris .Appel

      President Trump pardoned him...

    53. Mr Spud

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

    54. richard polborido

      Wow,the Vox featured "Boxing" pun intended

    55. Joseph Christopher

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

    56. Roland Rodriguez


    57. Jackie A.

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

    58. Sfiso Buthelezi

      Black is King ❤👏

      1. Ferreira Linus


    59. Dwight Turner

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

    60. Top Super Seven

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

      1. Swapnil Iqbal


    61. The Truth

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

    62. VelocyTaptor

      Jack lost to another white dude after that tho

    63. Freedom Always20

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

      1. charli el rogers

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


      Congratulations Champ

    65. Kees Appelflap

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

      1. Swapnil Iqbal

        Please show me a sport that is not promoted.

    66. Jeff Slosson

      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.

    67. NJC

      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.

    68. Malc Justice

      I am black...😂😂😂😂

    69. Jamal Mccoy

      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!!!

    70. Shawn Patrick

      Banned by who and who is ‘they?’ Schmucks

      1. Swapnil Iqbal

        @Shawn Patrick thats why it was banned in the us

      2. Shawn Patrick

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

      3. Swapnil Iqbal


    71. Terrance Wicks

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

    72. Pavl Rakopv

      I love Jack Johnson

    73. Fred Flintstone

      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....

    74. Ernani Hidalgo

      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.

    75. Al Brathwaite

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

    76. Matt Bushnell

      Sorry what? 15th round? hahaha

    77. TheGloveCompany 12

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

    78. Beat Bank

      "burns found a blagk master" what

    79. Patrick Mambo

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

    80. Patrick Mambo

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

    81. Patrick Mambo

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

    82. NxDr


    83. Ty Willinganz

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

    84. Blaque Nguni

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

    85. Richard L

      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.....

    86. Krazy Meek

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

    87. kciderman Stuff!!!

      🥊True Legend... What a man 👏

    88. peter gold

      whats changed

    89. dynamike

      Does this mean colored people are better?

      1. Cars for Kids

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

    90. Pièrre Calderone

      LOL They showed him getting beat down in theaters? Lol

    91. Cyrelle jeric Quintos

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

      1. Danny'sDungareeDanceoff

        😐China is racist too, China is overall worse

    92. John Merton

      A woman would know?

    93. Ramiro Ramirez

      P pp

    94. Bong Buena

      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.

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    95. R G

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

    96. Enus Media

      The only thing disturbing... is their underwear

    97. Walter Thatcher

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

    98. knight of the sun

      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.

    99. Donald Bedore


    100. The Bearded Seeker

      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

        Well said !